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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 99 coffee grinders, 40 reviews and 347 prices. Last updated 17 October 2017.

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$89.40

#2 Melitta Molino

Molino
A fully featured and positively reviewed 200g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a fair price
97
Reviews
10 Reviews
81
Value for Money
Excellent
84
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
200g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Apr 2015
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$42.29

#3 Sinbo SCM‑2934

SCM-2934
A top-value and fully featured 60g capacity blade coffee grinder
93
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Overall Score
Excellent
No
60g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jan 2017
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$91.59
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#4 Cuisinart CBM‑18N

CBM-18N
The best scoring coffee grinder under $100, with a recent release date
96
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
226g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
May 2017
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$91.59
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$31.34

#5 Sunbeam EM0405

EM0405
A fully featured and affordable 50g capacity blade coffee grinder, with a recent release date
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Overall Score
Excellent
No
50g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Sep 2017
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$49.95

#6 GEFU LORENZO

LORENZO
A top-value and good spec 40g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a recent release date
94
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
40g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jul 2017
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$56.90
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#7 Porlex Mini

Mini
A best selling and affordable 20g capacity burr coffee grinder, with good features and a recent release date
87
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
74
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
20g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Sep 2017
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$56.90
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$45.00

#8 OBH Nordica Prestige

Prestige
A good spec and cheap 60g capacity blade coffee grinder
82
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
72
Overall Score
Very Good
No
60g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Dec 2014
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#9 CrushGrind Brazil

Brazil
A bargain price and good spec 30g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a recent release date
76
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Features
Good Features
68
Overall Score
Good
Yes
30g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jul 2017
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$55.00

#10 Sinbo SCM‑2930

SCM-2930
An affordable and good spec 50g capacity blade coffee grinder
71
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Features
Good Features
67
Overall Score
Good
No
50g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Nov 2015
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$199.99
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#11 DeLonghi Dedica KG 521.M

Dedica KG 521.M
A good spec but only moderate value for money burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder
50
Value for Money
Average
66
Features
Good Features
59
Overall Score
Average
Yes
350g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Aug 2016
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$199.99
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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

Coffee grinders range in price from $0 to $212 and in total we found prices for 23 coffee grinders. A new coffee grinder costs on average $85 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between $0 and $200. The most expensive coffee grinder that we found is the KitchenAid KCG0702 at $212, and the cheapest is the Cloer 7560 at only $0.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

Breville coffee grinders range in price from $200 to $200, and the average price of Breville coffee grinders is $200 which is the highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Graef coffee grinders range in price from $181 to $209, and the second highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Graef coffee grinders with an average price of $195.

Peugeot coffee grinders range in price from $175 to $175, and the average price of Peugeot coffee grinders is $175 which is the third highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 11 user coffee grinder reviews written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of coffee grinder. The top three coffee grinder brands are Melitta, Breville and Sencor. Melitta has an average rating of 91%, Breville has an average rating of 85% and Sencor has an average rating of 0%.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

The biggest coffee grinder retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 18 current coffee grinder offers from eBay. The second biggest coffee grinder retailer is Amazon US with 6 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon US when it comes to coffee grinders. Overstock 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. Six new coffee grinders were released in August 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases. In 2015 most new coffee grinders were released in January, with seven new coffee grinders released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new coffee grinder releases was July, with 13 new coffee grinders released that month.

How Fast Do Coffee Grinder Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, coffee grinders drop in price by 13%. That means a saving of $5 on a typical $39 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 20g to 700g. The coffee beans capacity of the majority of coffee grinders range from 20g to 58g. The coffee grinder with the biggest coffee beans capacity is the GraefCM 800, which is a 350g capacity coffee grinder and can be purchased for $181.32. The coffee grinder with the smallest coffee beans capacity is the GraefCM 800, which is a 20g capacity coffee grinder and currently retails for $56.90.

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.

We found 26 coffee grinders that are blade coffee grinders, which makes blade the most popular grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders. We found 25 coffee grinders that are burr coffee grinders, making burr the second most popular 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

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. 30 out of 51 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.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

We found 18 current offers for coffee grinders from eBay making it the biggest coffee grinder retailer. That is more than twice as big as the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 6 current offers for coffee grinders. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 1 current coffee grinder offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Grinders?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest coffee grinder prices (found to be cheapest for 18 coffee grinders).

Proportion of Coffee Grinders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 100% of its coffee grinders, eBay is most frequently the cheapest coffee grinder retailer.

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