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Compare the 10 Best Coffee GrindersAugust 2017

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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 89 coffee grinders, 9 reviews and 1,690 prices. Last updated 18 August 2017.

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#1 Melitta Molino

Molino
The highest scoring burr coffee grinder around, with features
93
Value for Money
Excellent
92
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Age
2 Years Old
97
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
200g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Dec 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK £46.99
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£22.90
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#2 DeLonghi KG49 Electric Coffee Grinder

KG49 Electric Coffee Grinder
The highest scoring blade coffee grinder around, with alright running costs and great features
97
Value for Money
Excellent
81
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
67
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
90g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jul 2015
Release Date
eBay £22.90
PC World Business £26.98
Currys £26.99
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£18.99

#3 Swan SF16020N

SF16020N
An impressive value for money and very economical to run blade coffee grinder, with good features and a giant 700g coffee beans capacity
98
Value for Money
Excellent
75
Features
Good Features
81
Age
2 Years Old
83
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
83
Overall Score
Excellent
No
700g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Aug 2015
Release Date
Saverpoint £18.99
Ebuyer £19.98
Amazon UK £22.40
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£49.95
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#4 Domo DO442KM

DO442KM
A fairly new and very economical to run 215g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a fair price and great features
79
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Age
1 Year Old
93
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
82
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
215g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
May 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK £49.95
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£23.29

#5 ProfiCook PC‑KSW 1093

PC-KSW 1093
A fairly new and great value for money 60g capacity blade coffee grinder, with satisfactory running costs and good features
93
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
86
Age
1 Year Old
65
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
80
Overall Score
Excellent
Yes
60g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jun 2016
Release Date
Amazon UK £23.29
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£40.84

#6 Russell Hobbs 23120‑56

23120-56
The cheapest burr coffee grinder available, with great features
81
Value for Money
Excellent
80
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
88
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
100g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Nov 2015
Release Date
Amazon UK £40.84
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£39.00

#7 Bear MDJ‑A01Y1

MDJ-A01Y1
The latest blade coffee grinder on the market, with satisfactory running costs and good features
82
Value for Money
Excellent
68
Features
Good Features
94
Age
2 Months Old
48
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
No
500g
Blade
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jul 2017
Release Date
Amazon UK £39.00
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£44.99
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#8 DeLonghi KG79 Electric Coffee Grinder

KG79 Electric Coffee Grinder
A very economical to run and good spec 120g capacity burr coffee grinder, with a reasonable price
72
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Features
Good Features
76
Age
2 Years Old
90
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
120g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Jul 2015
Release Date
eBay £44.99
Currys £44.99
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£60.99

#9 Dualit 75015

75015
The top rated coffee grinder under £100, with alright running costs but representing only middle of the road value for money
64
Value for Money
Good
86
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
64
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
250g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Feb 2016
Release Date
Ebuyer £60.99
Appliances Direct £77.98
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£149.69
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#10 Graef CM 800

CM 800
A fully featured and very economical to run burr adjustable grinder settings coffee grinder, with a giant 350g coffee beans capacity but representing poor value for money
47
Value for Money
Mediocre
96
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Age
1 Year Old
87
Running Costs
£1 / 5 Years
73
Overall Score
Very Good
Yes
350g
Burr
Adjustable Grinder Settings
Coffee Beans Capacity
Grinding Mechanism
Apr 2016
Release Date
eBay £149.69
Amazon UK £161.35
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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

In total we found 45 coffee grinders ranging from £0 to £188. On average, a new coffee grinder costs £38 and 80% of coffee grinders are priced between £0 and £124. The most expensive coffee grinder that we found is the DeLonghi KG 520M at £187, and the cheapest is the Sencor SCG 3050SS at only £0.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Price Range

Breville coffee grinders range in price from £132 to £132, and the average price of Breville coffee grinders is £132 which is the highest average price of all coffee grinder brands.

Graef coffee grinders start at £96 and the most expensive Graef coffee grinder costs £150. The second highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is Graef coffee grinders with an average price of £123.

KitchenAid coffee grinders range in price from £0 to £179, and the third highest average coffee grinder price out of all brands is KitchenAid coffee grinders with an average price of £89.

Coffee Grinder Brands - Average Ratings

We couldn't find any reviews for coffee grinders.The top rated coffee grinder brand is Sencor with an average rating of 0%. The second best brand is ProfiCook with 0% and the third best brand is Adler with 0%.

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 6 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Amazon UK when it comes to coffee grinders. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 5 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. 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. In August 2016 six new coffee grinders were released 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?

In the first 6 months after release, coffee grinders drop in price by 15% on average. That means a saving of £5 on a typical £35 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.

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 is priced at £18.99. The SwanSF16020N, which is available at £123.72, has the smallest coffee beans capacity and is a 30g 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

This denotes the mechanism used to grind the coffee beans into fine particles.

Blade is the most common grinding mechanism amongst new coffee grinders. We found 28 coffee grinders that are blade coffee grinders. We found 21 coffee grinders that are burr coffee grinders, making burr 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

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. 55% 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.

Biggest Coffee Grinder Retailers

We found 14 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 UK for whom we found 6 current offers for coffee grinders. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 5 current coffee grinder offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Coffee Grinders?

The shop that most frequently offered the cheapest price on coffee grinders is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 9 coffee grinders.

Proportion of Coffee Grinders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest coffee grinder prices (found to be cheapest for 64.3% of its coffee grinders).

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