Burr grinders use elongated teeth or "burrs" to break apart and pulverize coffee beans. This makes for a jagged surface area on the grounds which allows water to penetrate and release the essential oils and flavors locked inside the beans for maximum flavor.
There are two types of burr grinders, disc grinders and conical grinders. Disc grinders are always less expensive and perform very well for rendering exceptionally flavored ground coffee with the exception of espressos or Turkish coffee. Comparably, conical grinders excel at rendering every type of coffee ground including the finest grounds.
All of the burr grinders we’ve chosen for this list will be electrically powered. While manual burr grinders work great for a single cup of coffee, using one to make a full pot will be very time consuming. These picks also have multiple grind settings for maximum versatility. Granted, there are some fine grinders out there that are pre-set for a medium grind that will conform to most people’s tastes, but versatility is a key here, especially if you want to experiment with different types of coffee styles.
Another selling point of these picks is they’ve all been designed with removable grinding parts which make cleaning much easier than units with permanently mounted parts. Additionally, they’re all standalone units, not add-ons meant to work in conjunction with a base appliance such as mixers, blender bases or kitchen centers. Lastly, each of these best burr grinders will be covered by a minimum one year manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise noted in the description.
The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Bin comes with an eight ounce hopper and a five ounce bin. There are 40 individual grind settings and because this is a conical grinder it will give you superior grinds for espresso and Turkish blends. It features a pulse button for a quick cup of coffee, and is designed to limit the amount of static build-up in the grounds bin. Read Full Review
If you are looking for the closest thing to a commercial conical burr grinder for your home, the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder offers precision and excellence all in one grinder. Although expensive, it will provide the most consistently ground coffee you’ve ever had, even espresso blends. Simply fill the hopper, choose how much coffee to be ground, and adjust the fineness of the grind. With 40 individual grind settings to choose from, this grinder goes to work with the push of a button and automatically turns off when your grounds are ready.
If all you want is a quick cup of coffee, just push the pulse button until you get the amount of grounds you want. The hopper holds eight ounces of beans and the bin holds five ounces of ground coffee. This also one of the best grinders designed to limit your ground from clinging to the bin due to static electricity. If you want a machine that turns out world class ground beans, you’ve just found it in the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder.
The Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill is designed with a bean hopper which holds the equivalent of 8 to 10 cups of coffee, but the bin will hold up to 32 cups of coffee grounds. You can choose from 18 grind options and a pulse button lets you grind personal amounts of beans for single cup. Read Full Review
If you want a capable burr grinder that uses the flat burr technique, the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill should suit your needs. Using flat discs used to grind the beans and an 18 position grind selecting twist dial, you'll find the grind you need for virtually any type of coffee you want to brew. The bean hopper holds eight ounces, but the grind bin holds a staggering 32 cups worth of ground beans. No matter how large your coffee maker is, you'll have enough grounds available after they’ve been ground.
This burr grinder has a pulse button and an auto-shut off once the desired amount of beans have been ground. At about half the price of the top rated grinder, the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill will perform remarkably well for all but the finest ground beans. This burr grinder comes covered by an 18 month warranty.
The Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder comes with a 14 ounce hopper which will hold 14 ounces of coffee beans and a five ounce anti-static glass bin for the grounds. There are also 14 different grind settings to choose from and a two year manufacturers warranty which round out this grinder’s value. Read Full Review
If you prefer glass over plastic in a conical burr coffee grinder, check out the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder. You’ll enjoy 14 grind settings and a pulse button for an individual cup of freshly ground joe. Although not as versatile as some grinders, for most people, there should be enough choices that will keep their coffee cravings satisfied. The bean hopper holds about 14 ounces of beans, but the grounds bin only holds about five ounces. If you want 10 cups of coffee, you'll have to go through two grinding cycles to get enough grounds.
As a nice extra, the coffee ground bin is made of real glass to virtually eliminate static cling. For those of you concerned about kitchen dcor, this grinder is available in multiple of colors including black, red, green and white. Covered by two year warranty, the Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder should be fine for individuals who don’t plan on brewing big pots frequently.
The affordable Mr. Coffee BVMC-BMH23 Automatic Burr Mill Grinder gives you 18 different grind adjustments, but don't expect to get Turkish or espresso grind consistency. Both the hopper and grind bin will hold 8 ounces of beans and there’s also a twist-ring grind selector to quickly choose your preferred setting. Read Full Review
For the cost of less effective blade grinders, you can have a burr grinder that will give you a better tasting cup of coffee with the Mr. Coffee BVMC-BMH23 Automatic Burr Mill Grinder. While you shouldn’t expect to have grinds fine enough for espresso, for virtually any other grind this pick has you covered with 18 settings. The eight ounce hopper will supply the eight ounce bin with a pots worth of ground coffee. A twist ring selector makes it easy to choose how fine you want the grounds as you just select how many cups you want and hit the button. This is a great entry-level burr grinder which produces flavorful grinds as good as higher priced models.
The Grindmaster Model 835S Coffee Grinder offers espresso enthusiasts six grind settings and holds 1 1/2 pounds of beans in the hopper. This is the absolute finest grinder to have on your countertop if you are a connoisseur of espresso or Turkish grinds. Read Full Review
If price is irrelevant and you’re absolutely obsessed with espresso or Turkish style ground coffee, then look to the Grindmaster Model 835S Coffee Grinder. This commercial grade coffee grinder excels at producing the finer grinds which define a true espresso. The six grinder settings are selected via a huge selector knob at the front, offering grinds from coarse for percolators to extra fine for Turkish, and two variable settings for drip coffee makers. The grounds are precise and just about perfect for any type of coffee you want.
The hopper holds 1 1/2 pounds of coffee, and you'll have to supply your own coffee ground bin. To protect your investment, the manufacturer’s warranty covers the machine for two years and four years for the burr grinders. If you demand the finest grind coffee grinder for yourself and social gatherings, this grinder has your name on it.