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Compare the 10 Best Coffee Grinders - August 2017

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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every coffee grinder on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 89 coffee grinders, 10 reviews and 276 prices. Last updated 15 August 2017.

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$96.44
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#2 Cuisinart CBM‑18N

CBM-18N
The highest rated coffee grinder under $100, with very low running costs and a recent release date
98
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
226g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
May 2017
Release Date
eBay $96.44
Amazon US $99.95
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$199.99

#3 DeLonghi Dedica KG 521.M

Dedica KG 521.M
A very economical to run and good value for money burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with great features and one of the biggest coffee beans capacity on the market
88
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
81
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
350g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Aug 2016
Release Date
Best Buy $199.99
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$218.85

#4 KitchenAid KCG0702

KCG0702
A good spec and good value for money 198g capacity burr coffee grinder, with OK running costs and a recent release date
73
Value for Money
Very Good
73
Features
Good Features
56
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
68
Overall Score
Good
Yes
198g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
May 2017
Release Date
eBay $218.85
Overstock $273.99
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$109.09

#5 Tefal GT203840

GT203840
A good spec but only moderate value for money 75g capacity blade coffee grinder, with alright running costs
56
Value for Money
Average
68
Features
Good Features
44
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
59
Overall Score
Average
No
75g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Apr 2015
Release Date
eBay $109.09
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$151.00

#6 Dualit Coffee Grinder

Coffee Grinder
An economical to run and good spec 250g capacity burr coffee grinder, but representing poor value for money
36
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
78
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
53
Overall Score
Average
Yes
250g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Aug 2015
Release Date
eBay $151.00
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$190.86

#7 Graef CM 800

CM 800
A very economical to run and good spec burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with a massive 350g coffee beans capacity but representing poor value for money
32
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
85
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
52
Overall Score
Average
Yes
350g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Apr 2016
Release Date
eBay $190.86
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$164.99
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#8 Breville BCG600SIL

BCG600SIL
A good spec but inferior value for money 340g capacity burr coffee grinder, with satisfactory running costs
41
Value for Money
Mediocre
65
Features
Good Features
37
Running Costs
$1 / 5 Years
52
Overall Score
Average
Yes
340g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Sep 2016
Release Date
eBay $164.99
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Buying a Coffee Grinder

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.

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.

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.

Coffee Grinder Retailers, Prices and Features

Coffee Grinder Prices

We currently list 15 coffee grinders ranging from $0 to $219. On average, a new coffee grinder costs $80 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between $0 and $200. The most expensive coffee grinder that we found is the KitchenAid KCG0702 at $219, and the cheapest is the Cloer 7560 at only $0.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

Breville coffee grinders range in price from $165 to $165, and the highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Breville coffee grinders with an average price of $165.

The second highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is KitchenAid coffee grinders with an average price of $109. KitchenAid coffee grinders range in price from $0 to $219.

Tefal coffee grinders range in price from $109 to $109, and the average price of Tefal coffee grinders is $109 which is the third highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We couldn't find any reviews for coffee grinders.The top rated coffee grinder brand is Sencor with an average rating of 0%. The second best brand is ProfiCook with 0% and the third best brand is Adler with 0%.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

The biggest coffee grinder retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 9 current coffee grinder offers from eBay. The second biggest coffee grinder retailer is Overstock with 1 offers. That means eBay is over 9 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to coffee grinders. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Grinders Released?

July to August is the most common period for new coffee grinders to be released in. That means that most of the latest coffee grinder technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. The biggest month last year for new coffee grinder releases was August, with six new coffee grinders released that month. In January 2015 seven new coffee grinders were released making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases. July was the biggest month in 2014 for new coffee grinders, with 13 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 53% on average. That means a saving of $13 on a typical $25 new coffee grinder if you wait 6 months before buying.

Coffee Beans Capacity

This denotes the amount of coffee beans that the grinder can hold at once time.

Comparing all coffee grinders, the coffee beans capacity range from 30g to 700g. The coffee beans capacity of the majority of coffee grinders range from 30g to 97g. The DeLonghiKG 520M, which currently retails for $0.00, has the biggest coffee beans capacity and is a 350g capacity coffee grinder. The DeLonghiKG 520M has the smallest coffee beans capacity. This coffee grinder is a 50g capacity coffee grinder and sells for $0.00.

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

Grinding Mechanisms

This denotes the mechanism used to grind the coffee beans into fine particles.

Amongst new coffee grinders, the most popular grinding mechanism is blade. We found 28 coffee grinders that are blade coffee grinders. The second most popular grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders is burr. We found 21 coffee grinders that are burr 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

This 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. 27 coffee grinders out of 49 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.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

The biggest coffee grinder retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 9 current coffee grinder offers from eBay. The second biggest coffee grinder retailer is Overstock with 1 offers. That means eBay is over 9 times bigger than Overstock when it comes to coffee grinders. Best Buy is the third biggest retailer with 1 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Grinders?

The cheapest store by number of coffee grinder for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 9 coffee grinders.

Proportion of Coffee Grinders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest coffee grinder prices (found to be cheapest for 100% of its coffee grinders).

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