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Compare the Best Coffee GrindersOctober 2018

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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique coffee grinders rating which considers: 480 US prices • 3,400 expert & user reviews • 180 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

Bodum Bistro

366 Reviews
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$9.95

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60g
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Blade
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Jun 2013
The highest scoring coffee grinder under $50, with exceptional expert reviews and a very good spec.
#2

89

KitchenAid BCG111

197 Reviews
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$18.00

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113g
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Blade
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May 2014
An affordable and classic 113g capacity blade coffee grinder, with a great spec.
#3

86

KitchenAid BCG211OB

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$40.91

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113g
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Blade
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Jun 2018
A low cost and very popular 113g capacity blade coffee grinder, with a great spec and the latest technology.
#4

86

Hario mscs2b

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$40.36

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n/a
Burr
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Sep 2016
A very popular and very cheap burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with a great spec.
#5

85

Krups GVX2

4 Reviews
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$44.99

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200g
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Burr
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Dec 2009
A classic and sensationally cheap 200g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a great spec.
#6

85

Secura SCG‑903B

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$333.88

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142g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
A fully featured and spectacularly cheap 142g capacity burr coffee grinder.
#7

83

DeLonghi kg89

11 Reviews
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$74.00

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120g
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Burr
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Jul 2010
The highest scoring coffee grinder under $100, with a very good spec.
#8

83

Hario MSS‑1

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$26.35

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24g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
A fully featured and low cost 24g capacity burr coffee grinder.
#9

83

Porlex Mini

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$57.15

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20g
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Burr
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Sep 2017
An affordable and fully featured 20g capacity burr coffee grinder.
#10

83

Bodum 11160‑01U

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$47.49

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60g
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Blade
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Sep 2015
A fully featured and affordable 60g capacity blade coffee grinder.
#11

73

KitchenAid KCG0702

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$190.00

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198g
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Burr
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May 2017
A good spec but only moderate value for money 198g capacity burr coffee grinder.
#15

81

DeLonghi KG79

1,061 Reviews
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$137.50

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120g
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Burr
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Sep 2018
An excellently reviewed and good value for money 120g capacity burr coffee grinder, with the latest technology and a great spec.
#16

81

DeLonghi KG49

46 Reviews
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$81.16

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90g
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Burr
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Feb 2011
A low cost and classic 90g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a very good spec.
#17

81

Cuisinart CBM‑18N

6 Reviews
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$89.50

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226g
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Burr
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May 2017
A top-rated and good value for money 226g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a very good spec.
#18

81

GEFU LORENZO

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$49.95

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40g
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Burr
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Jul 2017
An affordable and fully featured 40g capacity burr coffee grinder.

80

DeLonghi Delonghi coffee grinder black

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$487.90

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90g
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Blade
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Sep 2016
A good spec and bargain price 90g capacity blade coffee grinder.

80

DeLonghi KG 521.M

94 Reviews
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$185.88

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350g
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Burr
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Aug 2016
A positively reviewed and good spec burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with a good price and one of the biggest coffee beans capacity available.

79

Baratza Virtuoso

20 Reviews
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$199.00

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n/a
Burr
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Sep 2016
A critically acclaimed and very popular burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with a good spec.

79

Mr. Coffee IDS57‑RB

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$31.49

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50g
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Blade
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Jun 2018
A very cheap and good spec 50g capacity blade coffee grinder, with the latest technology.

79

Sunbeam EM0405

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$28.57

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50g
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Blade
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Sep 2017
An affordable and good spec 50g capacity blade coffee grinder.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is the difference between a blade and burr grinder?
AA blade grinder uses spinning metal blades to chop the coffee beans into very fine pieces. A burr grinder, on the other hand, uses 2 gears or rollers to smash and grind the coffee beans finely.
QWhat is the benefit of a burr grinder?
AA burr grinder provides a more even and high-quality grind, and won't accidentally burn the coffee like a blade grinder will. Also the size of the grounds can be changed by adjusting the space between the burrs.
QWhy is variable grinding size important?
ADifferent coffee makers prefer different size of grounds - espresso makers favour a very fine grind, whereas a French Press needs a far coarser grind.
QWhy can blade grinders burn coffee?
ABlade grinders work by cutting up the coffee beans into very small pieces using rotating metal blades. Unfortunately, the blades have to spin very fast to cut, and the act of cutting produces friction and heat. This can actually heat the coffee so much that it 'burns' and gains an unwanted, bitter taste. For best results with a blade grinder, grind in short bursts to avoid burning.

Coffee Grinder Buying Guide

At its core, a coffee grinder is a small machine that take whole coffee beans and runs them through a grinder, providing fresh ground coffee for an excellent brew. While it’s definitely fine to use pre-ground coffee, coffee snobs generally agree that coffee tastes better when you use freshly-ground beans rather than pre-packaged grounds.

Blade grinders

These grinders use sharp blades powered by an electric motor to chop the beans into very fine pieces. These machines are generally the cheapest type of coffee grinder, but they do not produce a particularly even grind - some ground may be significantly different sizes than others, leading to a less-efficient brewing, and less tasty coffee. More troubling, the high RPM of the blades on these type of grinders generates quite a lot of heat, which can lead to actually burning the grounds, making coffee brewed from them taste far more bitter.

Burr grinders

This method of grinding is the traditional way of grinding coffee, and has changed very little since the manual grinders that used to be used. The ‘burrs’ in question are toothed or notched gears, which crush and grind the beans into a uniform manner. They give a far more consistent grind than blade grinders, but tend to be slightly more expensive. Burr grinders also improve on blade grinders by being able to vary the size of the grind, allowing them to be effectively used for a wide variety of coffee brewing methods.

There are two main types of burr grinder: conical and wheel. Conical grinders are quieter but also slighly more expensive than wheel grinders.

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Grind Settings

Burr and disc coffee grinders have settings to change the size of the coffee grounds produced by the machine. This is important because different types of brewing methods favour different sizes of grinds - an espresso machine requires an extremely fine blend, whereas using a cafetiere requires far coarser grounds. Many will have pre-programmed settings to allow for easy selection, but will also allow manual adjustment.

For bladed grinders, it is more difficult to adjust the side of the grind, since the blades cannot be modified to cut coarser or finer. However you can gain an approximation of different grind sizes by grinding the beans for longer. As a good rule of thumb 8-10 seconds will give you a coarse grind, with 12-15 seconds giving a medium grind, and 15-20 for a fine grind.

With all types of grinder, you have to experiment a bit to find the perfect grind setting for the coffee you want to make. If you find too many ground leaking into the coffee, try a coarser grind. If you want a more intense flavour, try finer grounds.

Some expensive coffee makers will actually have grinders built-in, so double-check your maker of choice doesn't have this extra before buying a stand-alone model.
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Capacity

Coffee grinders all have a different capacity, measuring that amount of ground coffee the machine can hold. Some grinders contain a big hopper that can hold enough grounds for several cafetieres, others will only product enough grounds for a single cup - these usually have inbuilt ‘dose controls’ to make sure only the right amount of grounds are produced at once.

Which capacity is best for you depends on what kind of coffee you mot regularly make - families and companies may prefer a bigger capacity, while solo coffee drinkers may only need a grinder that dispenses a single dose at a time.

Timer

More advanced coffee grinders will allow you to set a timer for how long the grinder will run - this allows you to create the precise grind quantity for the amount of coffee you want to make, especially when using bladed grinders. Some coffee makers will measure out in seconds of grinding, others will measure in cups. In both cases, you will need to experiment to find the right amount of coffee grinds for your chosen method of brewing.

Coffee Grinder Retailers, Prices and Features

Coffee Grinder Prices

The price range of coffee grinders is from $5 to $899 and in total we found prices for 59 coffee grinders. A new coffee grinder costs on average $127 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between $19 and $370. The Cliff b074wzmqsk is the cheapest coffee grinder at only $6, and Baratza Forte is the most expensive at $899.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

The highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Gastroback coffee grinders with an average price of $474. Gastroback coffee grinders start at $474 and their most expensive coffee grinder costs $474.

The average price of Baratza coffee grinders is $406 which is the second highest average price of all coffee grinder brands. Baratza coffee grinders start at $125 and their most expensive coffee grinder costs $899.

Rancillo coffee grinders range in price from $370 to $370, and the average price of Rancillo coffee grinders is $370 which is the third highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 17 expert reviews and 3,038 user reviews for coffee grinders and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of coffee grinder.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

The biggest coffee grinder retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 50 current coffee grinder offers from Amazon US. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 42 offers. That means Amazon US is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to coffee grinders. Overstock is the third biggest retailer with 9 current offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Grinders Released?

July to September is the most common period for new coffee grinders to be released in. In July 2017 five new coffee grinders were released making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases. In 2016 most new coffee grinders were released in September, with 34 new coffee grinders released that month. The biggest month in 2015 for new coffee grinder releases was January, with eight new coffee grinders released that month.

How Fast Do Coffee Grinder Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, coffee grinders drop in price by 11% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $6 on a typical $60 new coffee grinder by waiting 6 months before buying.

Coffee Beans Capacity

'Coffee Bean Capacity' denotes the amount of coffee beans that the grinder can hold at once time.

Comparing all coffee grinders, the coffee beans capacity range from 12g to 700g. The coffee beans capacity of most coffee grinders range from 10g to 70g. The Swan SF16020N, which is available at $0.00, has the biggest coffee beans capacity and is a 700g capacity coffee grinder. The Porlex Mini, which can be purchased for $56.61, has the smallest coffee beans capacity and is a 20g capacity coffee grinder.

A larger capacity means that more coffee can be ground in a single session, without the need to refill the grinder.

Grinding Mechanisms

'Grinding Mechanism' denotes the mechanism used to grind the coffee beans into fine particles.

We found 79 coffee grinders that are burr coffee grinders, which makes this the most common grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders. The second most frequently found grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders is blade. We found 44 coffee grinders that are blade coffee grinders.

There are two main mechanisms used for grinding - blades and burrs (wheeled gears that crush the beans). Of the two a burr grinder is far better - it allows the size of the resulting grind to be adjusted, and stands less chance of 'burning' the coffee due to heat and friction while grinding.

Adjustable Grinder Settings

'Adjustable Grinder Settings' denotes whether you can adjust the settings on the coffee grinder to produce finer or coarser grinds.

Most new coffee grinders are coffee grinders with an adjustable grinder settings. 81 coffee grinders (65%) on Kagoo are coffee grinders with an adjustable grinder settings.

Different types of coffee makers favour different grind sizes - espresso makers need very fine grinds, whereas cafetieres prefer coarser grinds. Having the ability to adjust the grind makes the device far more versatile.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Grinders?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying coffee grinders. For each retailer it shows the total number of coffee grinders where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying coffee grinders. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Amazon US. 39 of their coffee grinder prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Coffee Grinders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for coffee grinders by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of coffee grinder prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's coffee grinder prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Amazon US. 78% of their coffee grinder prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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