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Kagoo Score - Our unique coffee grinders rating considers: 1,300 UK prices • 3,300 expert & user reviews • 170 product comparisons • Score breakdown
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#1

90

DeLonghi KG79

1,061 Reviews
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£38.49

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120g
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Burr
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Sep 2018
The highest scoring burr coffee grinder on the market, with great user reviews and good features
#2

90

Melitta Molino

36 Reviews
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£44.99

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200g
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Burr
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Feb 2018
A great value for money and excellently reviewed 200g capacity burr coffee grinder, with very good features
#3

85

Krups GVX2

4 Reviews
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£39.95

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200g
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Burr
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Dec 2009
The highest review score burr coffee grinder on the market, with great features
#4

85

Cuisinart DBM8U

202 Reviews
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£52.95

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225g
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Burr
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Jul 2016
The best scoring coffee grinder under £100, with great features
#5

83

Severin km3874

15 Reviews
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£37.92

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100g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
A positively reviewed and low cost 100g capacity burr coffee grinder, with good features
#6

83

DeLonghi KG 521.M

94 Reviews
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£144.97

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350g
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Burr
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Aug 2016
A high-quality and excellently reviewed burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder
#7

82

Porlex Tall

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£46.94

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50g
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Burr
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Sep 2017
A very popular and cheap 50g capacity burr coffee grinder, with good features
#8

81

DeLonghi KG49

46 Reviews
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£24.95

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90g
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Burr
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Feb 2011
An astonishingly cheap and classic 90g capacity burr coffee grinder, with good features
#9

81

Dualit Coffee Grinder

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£53.00

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250g
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Burr
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Aug 2015
A fully featured and cheap 250g capacity burr coffee grinder
#10

80

Sage bcg820b

106 Reviews
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£159.99

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450g
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Burr
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Jul 2016
A very highly rated and powerful burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder
#11

80

Hario mscs2b

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£28.31

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n/a
Burr
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Sep 2016
A low cost and best selling burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with good features
#12

80

Bodum Bistro

202 Reviews
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£13.30

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60g
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Blade
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Jun 2013
The highest scoring blade coffee grinder around, with outstanding expert reviews but only average features
#13

80

Swan SF16020N

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£15.99

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700g
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Blade
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Aug 2015
An astoundingly cheap and good spec blade coffee grinder
#14

80

Porlex Mini

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£44.18

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20g
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Burr
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Sep 2017
A very popular and fairly new 20g capacity burr coffee grinder, with good features and a good price
#15

79

Savisto svkitcz062

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£11.99

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50g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
The cheapest burr coffee grinder around, but with only middle of the road features
#16

79

DeLonghi kg40

325 Reviews
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£35.73

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90g
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Blade
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Nov 2010
A classic and low cost 90g capacity blade coffee grinder, but with only middle of the road features
#17

79

Secura SCG‑903B

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£30.91

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200g
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Burr
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Sep 2016
A fully featured but 2 year old 200g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a reasonable price
#18

79

Tefal GT203840

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£16.45

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75g
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Blade
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Apr 2015
A very popular and cheap 75g capacity blade coffee grinder, but with only average features
#19

79

ProfiCook PC‑KSW 1093

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£18.45

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60g
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Blade
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Jun 2016
A staggeringly cheap but 2 year old 60g capacity blade coffee grinder, with good features
#20

78

Cuisinart CBM‑18N

6 Reviews
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£75.73

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226g
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Burr
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May 2017
A fully featured and top-rated 226g capacity burr coffee grinder

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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

In total we found 81 coffee grinders ranging from £11 to £703. On average, a new coffee grinder costs £88 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between £22 and £179. The cheapest coffee grinder that we found is the Savisto svkitcz062 at only £12, and the most expensive is the Baratza Forte at £703.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

The highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Gastroback coffee grinders with an average price of £312. Gastroback coffee grinders range in price from £312 to £312.

Baratza coffee grinders start at £0 and their most expensive coffee grinder costs £703. The second highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Baratza coffee grinders with an average price of £280.

Lelit coffee grinders start at £225 and their most expensive coffee grinder costs £225. The average price of Lelit coffee grinders is £225 which is the third highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 17 expert reviews and 2,864 user reviews for coffee grinders written online and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of coffee grinder.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

We found 66 current offers for coffee grinders from Amazon UK making it the biggest coffee grinder retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 56 current offers for coffee grinders. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 8 current coffee grinder offers.

When Are Most New Coffee Grinders Released?

July to September 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 in 2017 for new coffee grinder releases was July, with five new coffee grinders released that month. In 2016 most new coffee grinders were released in September, with 34 new coffee grinders released that month. Seven new coffee grinders were released in January 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new coffee grinder releases.

How Fast Do Coffee Grinder Prices Drop After Release?

New coffee grinders drop in price by an average of 3% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. On a typical new coffee grinder costing £60, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £2.

Coffee Beans Capacity

'Coffee Bean Capacity' denotes the amount of coffee beans that the grinder can hold at once time.

Comparing all coffee grinders, the coffee beans capacity 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 £21.78. The Disino ds440269, which is available at £14.89, has the smallest coffee beans capacity and is a 12g capacity coffee grinder.

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.

Amongst new coffee grinders, the most common grinding mechanism is burr. We found 80 coffee grinders that are burr coffee grinders. Blade is the second most popular grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders. We found 39 coffee grinders that are blade 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.

Of the 119 new coffee grinders currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are coffee grinders with an adjustable grinder settings. 68% of coffee grinders 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 Amazon UK. 44 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 Amazon UK. 66.7% of their coffee grinder prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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