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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique coffee grinders rating which considers: 460 US prices • 1,200 expert & user reviews • 190 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1
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Baratza Virtuoso

19 Reviews

$229.00

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Burr
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Sep 2016
#2
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DeLonghi KG79

344 Reviews

$137.50

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120g
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Burr
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Jul 2010
#3
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Baratza Encore

23 Reviews

$134.99

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227g
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Burr
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Nov 2018
#4
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Graef CM702

11 Reviews

$131.34

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250g
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Burr
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Feb 2015
#5
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KitchenAid BCG111OB

262 Reviews

$19.99

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113g
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Blade
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May 2014
#6
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Breville BCG600SIL

31 Reviews

$179.95

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340g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
#7
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DeLonghi KG521M

67 Reviews

$159.95

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350g
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Burr
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Aug 2016
#8
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DeLonghi KG89

20 Reviews

$83.93

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120g
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Burr
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Jul 2010
#9
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DeLonghi KG49

31 Reviews

$119.00

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90g
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Burr
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Feb 2011
#10

71

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Baratza Sette

$249.00

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Burr
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Oct 2016
#11

69

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Bodum Bistro

$18.00

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60g
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Blade
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Jun 2013
#12

69

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KitchenAid BCG211OB

$40.00

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113g
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Blade
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Jun 2018
#13

68

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Baratza Vario 886

$479.00

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Burr
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Oct 2016
#15

68

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Baratza Forte

$899.00

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300g
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Burr
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Oct 2016
#16

67

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Krups F20342

$18.94

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75g
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Blade
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Sep 2016
#17

67

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Hario MSS‑1

$26.35

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24g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
#18

67

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Brentwood Appliances CG‑158W

$20.79

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113g
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Blade
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Mar 2017
#19

67

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Hario MSCS2B

$30.00

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Sep 2016
#20

67

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Krups F2037051

$10.13

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Sep 2016

66

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Porlex Mini

$53.00

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20g
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Burr
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Sep 2017

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$18.00
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$18.94
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$57.21
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$134.99
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$179.95
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$180.00
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$137.50
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$134.99
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$83.93
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$159.95
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kg89
$83.93
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$79.99
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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

We currently list 36 coffee grinders ranging from $7 to $899. A new coffee grinder costs on average $130 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between $20 and $249. The Mr. Coffee IDS77RB is the cheapest coffee grinder at only $8, and Baratza Forte is the most expensive at $899.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

The average price of Baratza coffee grinders is $284 which is the highest average price of all coffee grinder brands. Baratza coffee grinders start at $0 and their most expensive coffee grinder costs $899.

Breville coffee grinders range in price from $180 to $180, and the average price of Breville coffee grinders is $180 which is the second highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

The third highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is DeLonghi coffee grinders with an average price of $143. DeLonghi coffee grinders range in price from $29 to $329.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 20 expert reviews and 995 user reviews for coffee grinders and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of coffee grinder.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

We found 36 current offers for coffee grinders from eBay making it the biggest coffee grinder retailer. That is over 4 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Overstock for whom we found 9 current offers for coffee grinders. The third biggest retailer is Appliances Connection with 6 current coffee grinder offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Grinders Released?

The most common period for new coffee grinders to be released in is between June and July. If you wait until June 2019 then you might be able to get better features on your coffee grinder. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current coffee grinders cheaper in June once the latest models have been released. The biggest month last year for new coffee grinder releases was June, with six new coffee grinders released that month. Five new coffee grinders were released in July 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases. In 2016 most new coffee grinders were released in September, with 33 new coffee grinders released that month.

How Fast Do Coffee Grinder Prices Drop After Release?

New coffee grinders drop in price by an average of 9% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. That means that on a typical coffee grinder costing $33 you could save on average $3 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.

The coffee beans capacity of coffee grinders range from 12g to 700g. The coffee beans capacity of most coffee grinders range from 10g to 70g. The coffee grinder with the biggest coffee beans capacity is the Swan SF16020N, which is a 700g capacity coffee grinder and can be purchased for $0.00. The coffee grinder with the smallest coffee beans capacity is the Porlex Mini, which is a 20g capacity coffee grinder and is on sale for $53.00.

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.

Burr is the most popular grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders. We found 88 coffee grinders that are burr coffee grinders. We found 53 coffee grinders that are blade coffee grinders, making blade the second most common grinding mechanism amongst new 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. 65% of coffee grinders 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 eBay. 34 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 eBay. 94.4% of their coffee grinder prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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