When it comes to brewing coffee, you will need a grinder to make the coffee beans into ground coffee beans. That seems easy but actually it is not. It is an important step for brewing a cup of good coffee.
You shall always grind before the brewing process to keep the freshness of the coffee beans.
There are two kinds of grinders. The blade and the burr one. Before starting reading this guide, you shall read our grinder basics to understand more about how a grinder works.
If you already have the knowledge of a grinder, you can dive in now.
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7 Coffee Grinders -Reviews
KRUPS GX550850 Precision Flat Burr Grinder
The KRUPS GX550850 Precision Grinder is a burr grinder. It is cheap but with all the functionality you want. You can tune the fineness for the ground coffee beans and also adjust the cup size of your coffee beans. This grinder is easy to clean with removable burr and embedded brushing.
It is a burr grinder, so you can expect consistent results from it. Burr grinders are better than blade grinders. However, so even for the basic grinder, it will still more expensive than a blade grinder.
JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder
If you are looking for a manual coffee grinder for travel, I would recommend JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. It is full mental, so it is durable. Besides, it is a burr grinder, not a blade one. So you can expect even ground coffee beans and consistent results from it.
You can even tune the fineness. This functionality is helpful if you bring a Moka Pot with you for camping. You know, the coarse ground coffee bean will make the espresso taste bland but a fine one won’t.
But the problem is that the Manual grinder is slow. If you are going to use it at home, it may disappoint you.
Cuisinart DBM-8 Grinder
This grinder is a lot like the KRUP GX550850 except that it has a large chamber. It is also a burr grinder. You can control the fineness and how many beans to the grinder. This one has an indicator that you can remember which fineness you have chosen before. However, it is not easy to clean. But with this size and price, it is still ok.
Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder
The Mr.Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder is a blade grinder. For a blade grinder, you can’t expect much, but for the price of it, it is a good bargain. This grinder features the fineness selection and cup-size tuner. Though you can fine-tune the fineness, since it has 3 levels of fineness, it is still good for your drip coffee maker or French coffee maker.
If you don’t care about the inconsistent result and uneven ground coffee beans, but do care about the price, this one is still a good option for you. It is cheap but with full functionality. Besides, it is easy to clean. If I were just someone want a cheap coffee, I would go for this one.
SHARDOR Coffee Blade Grinders
Unlike Mr.Coffee, this one does not have the fineness tuner, nor does it has a cup-size tuner. So you need to take control of the grind time to tune the fineness you want. Some may say it is not convenient, but that leaves your rooms to find the best fineness you want. With only 3 types of fineness of the Mr.Coffee one, you may fail to brew a good taste for yourself. If you are looking for a blade grinder and find the fineness you want, this one will be your choice.
Breville BCG820BSSXL Smart Grinder
The Breville BCG820BSSXL Smart Grinder is the most powerful grinder you will ever see. It has a very precise electronic timer which could allow you to adjust the timer for a 0.2-second increment. You can experiment with your coffee taste with the grinder for every increment to find the best fineness. The 60 steps of it allow you to prepare coffee from drip coffee maker to espresso coffee maker.
The burr of it is also a unique design one. It can minimize the grinding heat and protect the essential coffee oil in the coffee. If you are an espresso lover, this one is definitely for you.
The LCD screen also makes your kitchen like a professional coffee workshop.
Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder
The Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder is also an advanced grinder. However, unlike the Breville one, it has only 12 steps for the grind setting. But, if you are not a very professional coffee lover, this one is still ok for you. Considered the price of it, it will be well worth money if you just want to make espresso but don’t want to experiment with the grind fineness.
This grinder is dishwasher safe. The disassemble part of it could be placed in the dishwasher. So it is easy to clean. Besides, it can also preset the fineness of the grind. So that you can have consistent ground coffee beans.
Blade or Burr?
Burr will always be better than a blade one. But if you are not serious with your coffee, then a blade one is also ok for you.
Blade one will produce uneven and inconsistent results. But they are cheap. If you don’t want to invest more, go for the blade one.
Burr one will product even and consistent results. However, most of them are expensive. If you are serious with your coffee or if you are going to make a cup of espresso, you shall consider the burr one.
Automatic or Manual?
We don’t recommend a manual one because it takes time but if you are going camping or travel, manual one would be better. But if you are going to use it at home, then use the automatic one. It will save you time.
The other reason is that most of the grinders have the grind timer, you can preset it and get consistent results. Even if you don’t have a timer, you can use your phone as a timer. However, if you use the manual one, then you need to take a closer look at the ground coffee beans.
For drip coffee maker and French coffee maker, you can go for a blade or burr one. The coarse ground coffee beans are ok for uneven status. But an even one will produce better coffee.
For Moka Pot, Syphon Coffee Maker and Espresso Maker, go for the burr one. They need even ground coffee beans.