Steady Grinding: 10 Best Coffee Grinders

You’ve heard it before, but we’re here to really drive it home – a good coffee grinder will make all the difference when it comes to your brew. While it’s true that the difference in quality is more prevalent for espresso, it also matters when it comes to your morning cup of joe. Whether you’re using an automatic drip (which most households do) or a French press for those coarse brews – the coffee grinder makes a larger impact on the finished the product than anything else. So before you spend a bunch of money on a barista training seminar (we’re talking to home brewers specifically), you might want to consider investing into a solid grinder first.

Now the reason we use the word invest is because grinders are expensive. While we did our best to include a few “budget friendly” models in the $100-200 range, most coffee grinders are going to set you back over $200, and some even over the $500 mark – but you are paying for quality here. We would also like to preface this article with the fact that not everyone needs a high-end conical burr grinder. Those of you that are just looking to grind up some coffee beans from the local market, and toss them into your coffee maker will be able to pick up a reliable blade coffee grinder online from just about anywhere for $20-$50. For those of you are really looking to experiment with crafting your own brews from home, read on to find out the most important features of picking out your next grinder.

As we previously mentioned, you’ll want to opt for a conical burr grinder. This will crush your beans into the desired fineness, as oppose to your typical blade grinder, which will do nothing more than chop your beans. The other important criteria to research when purchasing your grinder include uniformity particle size, control of grind size, and of course the quality of construction. You want something that’s low-noise, low-temperature, and built to last. If you want to start bringing out tastes you’ve never experienced before, and enjoy the freshness of homemade grounds, it’s time to add a quality coffee grinder to your kitchen. While everyone has their own specific needs, our list of the 10 best coffee grinders is sure to get you started on the right path to home brewing.

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Encore

Standout Feature: Budget Friendly
Price: $199

We understand not everyone can spend a 2-week paycheck on their grinder, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy fresh ground coffee in the morning. This entry level device features 40 grind settings, 8-ounce bean hopper capacity, and a powerful high torque DC motor that is quiet while operating. The burrs are also easy to clean, and can be removed from the grinder with no special tools required. [Purchase]

Gaggia MDF Coffee Grinder

Gaggia MDF Coffee Grinder

Standout Feature: Most Reliable
Price: $250

The team at Gaggia is focused on building the most reliable coffee grinders on the market. Anyone who’s ever purchased one knows just how serious the brand is when it comes to delivering a great experience to their customers, even manually testing each and every grinder before it ships out. This burr grinder features 34 different grind settings, a 120-watt motor with gear-reduction, 10-ounce bean hopper, and an easy-to-use pull-lever doser to dispense your coffee grounds into your portafilter. [Purchase]

Baratza Virtuoso

Baratza Virtuoso

Standout Feature: Best Bang For Your Buck
Price: $230

While there are some “budget friendly” options on our list, the Virtuoso gives you the most performance and quality for your money. If you’re looking for the perfect entry level option, and you don’t mind spending just north of $200, this is a great choice. The aptly titled device is packed with commercial grade 40mm conical burrs, powerful DC motor, 8-ounce bean hopper, and a variable timer switch for added convenience. [Purchase]

Mazzer Mini

Mazzer Mini

Standout Feature: Best in Class
Price: $649

While there are much more expensive coffee grinders on the market, this one was the priciest one we got our hands on. This high end grinder is equipped with an ultra powerful 250 watt motor, flat 58mm grinding burrs, and is the only stepless adjustable grinder that we reviewed (which really lets you dial in the fineness). The grinder is constructed from die-cast aluminum, and is the perfect choice for those of you looking for a commercial-grade coffee grinder for your household. [Purchase]

Bodum Bistro

Bodum Bistro

Standout Feature: Budget Friendly
Price: $135

Packed with 14 different grind settings, along with a Borosilicate glass catcher to reduce static (this is what causes jumping coffee beans), the Bodum Bistro electric burr coffee grinder will get the job done without breaking the bank. It’s available in several different colors including black, orange, red, green and white. The timed grinding feature is also great for consistency. [Purchase]

Rochy 3-4SD 001

Rancilio Rocky

Standout Feature: Minimal Noise
Price: $350

While we’ve reviewed all of the options on this list, the Rocky is the coffee grinder we use in our own kitchen. It’s priced competitively (especially considering it hit the market at over $500), and is quite possibly the quietest grinder we’ve ever used – regardless of price point. Don’t let the quiet nature of the grinder fool you either. This powerful 166-watt motor is capable of grinding 7.7 pounds per hour with its 50mm commercial grade grinding burrs. There are 50-stepped grind settings to choose from on the Rocky. [Purchase]

Baratza Vario-W

Baratza Vario

Standout Feature: Built-in Scale
Price: $549

Precise measurements may not be on the minds of the beginning home brewer, but for the experienced user, precise measurements are everything. The fully integrated weight-based grinder is most certainly the selling point for this high-end coffee grinder, but the Vario is fully capable in every other arena as well. This device also features a whopping 200 grind pre-sets, three programmable dosage buttons and a digital LCD window for viewing weight value. [Purchase]

Breville Smart Grinder Coffee Machine

Breville Smart Grinder Coffee Machine

Standout Feature: Best Tech
Price: $200

Seeing some of the prices on this list, one would think that $200 wouldn’t get you a whole lot of features in a coffee grinder. One would be wrong. Breville’s contribution features a backlit LCD Screen, 25 grind settings, and is equipped with the brand’s proprietary Dosing IQ, calibrating each dose every time you adjust the grind settings. The bean hopper lid will keep your coffee beans fresh during storage, and let’s be honest – this thing looks awesome. [Purchase]

Capresso Infinity

Capresso Infinity

Standout Feature: Most Economical
Price: $85

While you’re not going to get the same output and control you would get with a $500 coffee grinder, the Infinity is a great start for those of you that are looking to get your feet wet with home brewing, and are on a very limited budget. This grinder has been outfitted with a 100-watt conical burr grinder with 16 different grind settings, along with a 8.5-ounce bean hopper. [Purchase]

Hario Ceramic Slim Coffee Grinder

Hario Ceramic Slim Coffee Grinder

Standout Feature: Best Space Saver
Price: $25

The Skerton was definitely Hario’s claim to fame on the coffee grinder scene, but the brand decided it was time to iterate. So what did they do? Introduce a lighter, slimmer, “mini” version of the same manual coffee grinder we all know and love. It’s definitely going to take a lot more work to grind up the beans than every other option on the list, but it’s also very satisfying. Not to mention the fact that its grind speed is completely dependent on your ability to spin the crank. When you’re done using it, toss it right into the dishwasher for a quick cleaning, and store it pretty much anywhere in the house. The only downfall we see is you might end up losing it – like the remote. [Purchase]

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