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The 10 Best Coffee Grinders - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every coffee grinder on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 84 coffee grinders, 7 reviews and 813 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Coffee Grinders
Molino

Melitta Molino

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
92
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
76
2 Years Old
Running Costs
71
£3 / 5 Years
Overall Score
51
Average
Yes
200g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Dec 2015
Release Date
#2 in Coffee Grinders
MC01

Girmi MC01

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
84
Excellent
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
78
1 Year Old
Running Costs
59
£4 / 5 Years
Overall Score
50
Average
No
50g
Blade Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Feb 2016
Release Date
#3 in Coffee Grinders
7560

Cloer 7560

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
66
Good
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
62
2 Years Old
Running Costs
74
£3 / 5 Years
Overall Score
47
Mediocre
Yes
100g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Jan 2015
Release Date
  • £26.75
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#4 in Coffee Grinders
CM 702

Graef CM 702

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
44
Mediocre
Features
96
Fully-Featured
Age
63
2 Years Old
Running Costs
68
£3 / 5 Years
Overall Score
44
Mediocre
Yes
250g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Feb 2015
Release Date
#5 in Coffee Grinders
KCG0702

KitchenAid KCG0702

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
9
Mediocre
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
97
2 Months Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
41
Mediocre
Yes
198g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
May 2017
Release Date
  • £180.55
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#6 in Coffee Grinders
CM 800

Graef CM 800

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
38
Mediocre
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
81
1 Year Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
41
Mediocre
Yes
350g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Apr 2016
Release Date
#7 in Coffee Grinders
DO442KM

Domo DO442KM

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
55
Average
Features
76
Good Features
Age
82
1 Year Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
37
Mediocre
Yes
215g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
May 2016
Release Date
  • £51.49
    Save £3.46 (6%)
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#8 in Coffee Grinders
EKM 300

Rommelsbacher EKM 300

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
7
Mediocre
Features
75
Good Features
Age
72
2 Years Old
Running Costs
50
£4 / 5 Years
Overall Score
35
Mediocre
Yes
220g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Sep 2015
Release Date
  • £105.71
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#9 in Coffee Grinders
5KCG0702

KitchenAid 5KCG0702

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
33
Mediocre
Features
54
Good Features
Age
97
2 Weeks Old
Running Costs (Unknown)
Overall Score
32
Mediocre
Yes
200g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Jun 2017
Release Date
  • £125.95
    Save £81.95 (39%)
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#10 in Coffee Grinders
Coffee Grinder

Dualit Coffee Grinder

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
50
Average
Features
41
Good Features
Age
71
2 Years Old
Running Costs
62
£4 / 5 Years
Overall Score
31
Mediocre
Yes
250g
Burr Grinder
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Product Type
Aug 2015
Release Date

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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

The price range of coffee grinders is from £0 to £260 and in total we found prices for 41 coffee grinders. A new coffee grinder costs on average £43 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between £0 and £142. The most expensive coffee grinder that we found is the DeLonghi KG 520M at £260, and the cheapest is the Sencor SCG 3050SS at only £0.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

The highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is KitchenAid coffee grinders with an average price of £170. KitchenAid coffee grinders range in price from £170 to £170.

The second highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Breville coffee grinders with an average price of £147. Breville coffee grinders range in price from £147 to £147.

The average price of DeLonghi coffee grinders is £139 which is the third highest average price of all coffee grinder brands. DeLonghi coffee grinders start at £30 and the most expensive DeLonghi coffee grinder costs £260.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We couldn't find any reviews for coffee grinders.The top three coffee grinder brands are Sencor, OBH Nordica and Adler. Sencor has an average rating of 0%, OBH Nordica has an average rating of 0% and Adler has an average rating of 0%.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

We found 14 current offers for coffee grinders from eBay making it the biggest coffee grinder retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 8 current offers for coffee grinders. The third biggest retailer is Sabalex with 4 current coffee grinder offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Grinders Released?

July to August is the most common period for new coffee grinders to be released in. For the latest coffee grinder technology you may be best waiting until July 2017. Also the price of the current coffee grinders may drop off just before the latest models are released in July. In August 2016 six new coffee grinders were released making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases. The biggest month in 2015 for new coffee grinder releases was January, with seven new coffee grinders released that month. 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?

New coffee grinders drop in price by an average of 21% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new coffee grinder costing £40, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £8.

Coffee Beans Capacity

The coffee beans capacity of coffee grinders range from 30g to 700g. The coffee beans capacity of most coffee grinders range from 30g to 97g. The coffee grinder with the biggest coffee beans capacity is the SwanSF16020N, which is a 700g capacity coffee grinder and can be purchased for £9.99. The SwanSF16020N has the smallest coffee beans capacity. This coffee grinder is a 30g capacity coffee grinder and is available at £78.60.

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Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

The biggest coffee grinder retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 14 current coffee grinder offers from eBay. The second biggest coffee grinder retailer is Amazon UK with 8 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to coffee grinders. Sabalex is the third biggest retailer with 4 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Grinders?

The cheapest shop by number of coffee grinder for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 8 coffee grinders.

Proportion of Coffee Grinders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on coffee grinders is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 100% of its coffee grinders.

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