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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Coffee Grinder

The three main types of coffee grinders are blade, flat plate, and conical. Conical burr grinders are the original type of grinders and use burrs placed at a near vertical orientation which spin at a low speed so there’s no burn taste. These provide the most consistent coarse grounds used in French press or pour over coffee but will also make good medium to fine grinds as well

Next, you have blade grinders which use sharp cutting blades spinning at very high speeds to cut and chop coffee beans to grounds. The least expensive option, they work best for medium type grounds ideal for drip machines and percolators. For most coffee making applications, a blade grinder is really all you need. Because of their operating speed, they can sometimes burn the beans and slightly alter the taste of your coffee.

Lastly, you have flat plate burr grinders which turn slower than blade grinders so there’s less of a chance the coffee will burn. They use horizontal burrs on a flat plate (hence the name) which do a credible grinding job for all coffee grinds, but they excel at finer grinds like espresso and Turkish blends.

For the purpose of this list, we’re concentrating on electrically powered grinders because they grind larger quantities of beans faster and easier, especially when you’re making more than one cup of coffee. Every one of these grinders will be easy to take apart and clean which is helpful if a bean gets caught in the mechanism, the blades gum up from very oily or flavored beans, or if a foreign object accidentally gets into the grinder.

Each pick will also have at least five grind selections unlike some basic coffee grinders that have no selection capability where it’s almost impossible to get consistent grounds from one brewing session to the next. These selections will grind at least eight cups of coffee at one time, giving you enough grounds to fuel any coffee making pot that you plan on using. Lastly, each of these machines will come with a limited manufacturer’s one year warranty, unless otherwise mentioned in the description.

Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS Rocky Coffee Grinder

With a 140 watt direct drive motor, the Rancilio HSD-ROC-SS Rocky Coffee Grinder makes it to the top of this list for its excellent grind consistency of the grind. This coffee grinder is available as a doser model, which provides a consistent and measured grind every time which is especially good for espresso. It’s also available as a non-doser model that’s better for making larger amounts of coffee, but in all other respects these two types are exactly the same.

This pick uses a plate grinder that’s adjustable with up to 20 different grind selections, it is one of the more quiet-running grinders here, and the hopper holds up to half-pound of beans. Weighing in at nearly 20 pounds in weight, it's certainly not going to go anywhere when you’re grinding coffee. This coffee grinder comes covered by a two year warranty but there are several optional extended warranties you can get for an extra cost.

Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

If you are a fan of conical burr grinders, and demand complete consistency in every batch of grounds that you make, the Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is up to the challenge. The adjustable motor spins the burrs very slowly between 405 RPM to 495 RPM, which assures you won’t have any burned grounds on your hands prior to brewing. This pick uses a relatively quiet transmission that transfers the power to the blades and it also has an auto-stop function if something falls into the hopper and begins to jam up the burrs.

This grinder will hold eight ounces of coffee in the hopper, but there’s an optional nine ounce addition which can be attached. There’s also a pulse function so you can manually grind beans as long as you want, and it comes with 40 different grind selections. The Baratza Virtuoso stands out among other coffee grinding appliances for its functionality and grind quality, so if you want the best conical burr grinder you've just found it.

KitchenAid KCG0702CU Burr Coffee Grinder

For a style and design all its own, the KitchenAid KCG0702CU Burr Coffee Grinder is certainly different yet very functional in all respects. This is a plate-style burr grinder, so if you’re into espresso this is a very good machine for that purpose. With 15 separate grind levels you'll always have the grind type you need while the hopper holds seven ounces of beans. This unit looks much like a regular KitchenAid mixer and uses the same reliable 220 watt motor while the exterior of the unit is die cast metal for added durability.

Design-wise, the grinder is a gem with both hopper and grounds containers made of glass to add a very elegant visual touch to this unit. This grinder is available in several colors so you can have your pick of which one fits best with your kitchen décor into any décor. If design, form, and function are priorities for a coffee grinder, put this pick on your short list.

Cuisinart CBM-18 Programmable Conical Burr Mill

If you love conical burr grinders but don't want to pay a premium price, then check out the Cuisinart CBM-18N Programmable Conical Burr Mill. This conical burr grinder offers 18 grind selections to choose from so you'll get the perfect grind every time. The unit’s hopper holds eight ounces while the slow grinding speed means you never have to worry about burnt grounds. There’s also a digital readout which lets you input the number of cups you want ground up for the perfect amount every time. For conical burr grinder aficionados who cherish conical burr ground coffee the Cuisinart will give you  everything you need and it's backed by a three year warranty to boot.

Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder

If just want a terrific (yet simple) coffee grinder for percolators or drip machines check out the Hamilton Beach 80365 Custom Grind Hands-Free Coffee Grinder. With only five grind settings, this is a modest but surprisingly effective grinder. Turn the dial, put in up to 12 cups worth of beans in the grinding chamber, and hit the button. Once the grind is done, the unit stops automatically. This is by far the loudest grinder on the list but for about 80 percent of the coffee grinding population, this is really all you'll ever need.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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