Top 10: The Best Coffee Grinder Reviews

You’ve undoubtedly looked at the myriad of coffee grinder reviews all over the web, if you’re looking for the best coffee grinder for your home or office. For the uninitiated, this may seem like a gargantuan task to undertake, given the hundreds of available products, from blade grinders, conical burr grinders, flat burr grinders, manual ceramic burr grinders, etc. The difficulty is further compounded by the fact that grinders are produced by dozens of brands, in many different price ranges, with a myriad of distinguishing features.

This list has been compiled for those looking for the best of the best coffee grinders. Coffee bean grinders of all shapes, sizes, and functions will be featured in this article, and their ranking will be determined by the following factors: consistency, uniformity of grinds, convenience, performance, build quality, and aesthetics. The best coffee grinders should strike a balance between all the aforementioned factors, ultimately providing a great value, dollar for dollar.

The Best Coffee Grinder of 2016

After going through many existing coffee grinder reviews, we have compiled a list that shows you the best coffee grinder.
Based on features, convenience, performance, excellent build quality and great value for your money, we present you:
The Best Coffee Grinder of 2016
(Tip: Check the orange buttons for full detailed coffee grinder reviews and 1-on-1 comparisons)

WINNER

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is simply the best coffee grinder, hitting the sweet spot on features, performance, grind settings and build quality for a very interesting price. 

RUNNER-UP

Breville Dose Control Pro

A bit cheaper than the #1 is the Breville Dose Control Pro. While it lacks the smart features, it is an excellent grinder, capable of delivering perfect, consistent grinds for a great price.

NOTEWORTHY

Porlex JP-30 Grinder

The Porlex JP-30 is a high quality device for everyday grinding. It's both great to look at and easy to use. The Porlex JP-30 is small enough for even tiny kitchens, or great to take on the road.

1. Breville BCG820BSSXL Smart Grinder Pro –
Stainless Steel Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

The Breville BCG820 Smart Grinder Pro is not the best coffee grinder of 2016 because of any single factor. Instead, this machine handily beats out the competition for its combined features, incredible convenience, high performance, excellent build quality, and fantastic value. You will not find another highly consistent and feature-packed grinder as cheap as this.

Its predecessor, the BCG800, was already one of the most favored burr coffee grinders in the specialty coffee world. The BCG820 took its fantastic design and improved on virtually every shortcoming of the predecessor. As many coffee grinder reviews agree on for this model, its improvements over the BCG800 are worth every penny.

Although some grinders outperform the BCG820 on certain tasks (such as grinding specifically for espresso), none of them can compete on its combination of features, convenience, and overall value. Producing a great uniformity for nearly any coarseness you could want, the BCG820 is the best coffee grinder available, dollar for dollar.

Fun fact: This is the coffee grinder our very own Chief Editor uses to make the grinds for a delicious espresso together with his Breville Barista Express

2. Breville Dose Control Pro -
Stainless Steel Espresso Grinder

The Breville Dose Control Pro is a fantastic no-frills mid-range burr grinder. It is sturdy, attractive, and boasts high-end results at a fraction of the cost. It may not have all the features of more expensive products, but it produces an impeccably uniform grind on all of its 60 coarseness settings.

On the downside, the Dose Control Pro is not the most convenient coffee grinder available and does have a few limiting factors, such as: No quantity control beyond its timer, a lack of grinds container, and missing dose controls. These missing features keep it from being the best coffee grinder of 2016, but do not deter it from being an amazing value nonetheless.

Given its price, this high-performance grinder is an absolutely amazing value, and should be considered by anyone looking to upgrade from pre-ground coffee. There are simply no electronic burr grinders in its price range that can deliver the same quality, consistency, and variability of grind.

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3. Porlex JP-30 Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Porlex designs the JP-30 with coffee fanatics in mind. The device is extremely small. At only 7.5 inches tall and 1.85 inches in diameter, this is not the grinder for those who are looking to mass produce endless cups of coffee. Instead, the Porlex JP-30 is a manual grinder for those who make a cup or two a day of pour-over, drip or espresso brews. The device is built with an extremely sturdy stainless steel casing that pulls apart easily for very easy cleaning.

While the grind settings can be adjusted, it can be a bit cumbersome to accomplish. Likewise, do not expect to have a wide selection of grind types with the Porlex JP-30. You can adjust the grind for either a coarse or fine finish, will need to do a lot of playing around to get something in-between. That said, the grind is extremely consistent.

The biggest complaint (and this is rather small, to be fair) most current users have with this device is that it does not hold a lot of whole beans to begin with. While grinding only takes 60-90 seconds for 30 ounces, if you’re trying to make coffee for more than just yourself, you may need to spend a lot of time (and physical energy) grinding out a lot of coffee. Most users have put those worries behind, opting instead to build up a bit of muscle while enjoying the sleek design and extremely effective and consistent grind the Porlex JP-30 delivers.

4. Baratza Forte AP (All-Purpose) –
Flat Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder

Being one of Baratza’s most expensive offerings, the Forte AP is a beast of a machine. It combines the best features of all the other Baratza machines, including a macro/micro coarseness adjustment, high precision timer and electronic scale, and a highly convenient portafilter holder. It will grind your beans to any coarseness with incredible uniformity, without unwanted fines. It is a full feature, café quality grinder that will produce an incredible grind for virtually any brewing methods.

A considerable number of burr coffee grinder reviews have taken issue with the Forte AP’s build quality, which is notably poorer than most machines in its range. This keeps the Forte AP from being the best coffee grinder of 2016.

However, given Baratza’s highly motivated and professional customer service, you can rest easy knowing any issues will be dealt with in a timely manner. Despite any issues in build quality, the Baratza Forte AP is an excellent grinder that will satiate even the most particular of coffee aficionados. If features and performance outweighed all other factors, this would easily be the best burr grinder under $1,000.

5. Baratza Vario-W Coffee Grinder – Baratza 985

One of the pricier Baratza grinders available, the Vario-W’s distinguishing feature is an incredibly convenient electronic scale. Doing away with manually measuring your ground coffee prior to brewing, the Vario-W automatically grinds your beans to a preferred weight, +- 0.2 grams. This feature is a revolution in convenience and makes the Vario-W one of the best burr grinders available.

As expected from Baratza, the Vario-W produces a very uniform grind for any coarseness. Furthermore, its macro/micro adjustment for coarseness yields 230 increments, making it ideal for almost any type of brew.

If it weren’t for issues in build quality and its difficulty with French press grinds, the Vario-W would probably be number one on the list. Regardless, it is still a fantastic machine with plenty to offer, and more than deserves its spot at number five.

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6. Kitchenaid Pro Line Coffee Grinder-onyx Black

The KitchenAid Pro Line grinder is the best-looking burr grinder on the market. It Features an award-winning design and excellent build quality. Its high-quality construction, excellent choice of materials, and great performance make it a fantastic grinder to have in your kitchen.

It produces a very uniform grind in 15 different consistencies, and it does so at much lower decibel levels than most burr grinders.

While this is a great grinder for French press, Turkish, cold brew, pour-over, and drip, it simply has too few adjustment notches to be precise enough for espresso machines. Because of this, the Pro Line coffee grinder is number 6 on the list.

7. Mazzer Mini Grinder

The Mazzer Mini is a smaller, more affordable version of the Super Jolly grinder, found at number 10 of this list. It is the best performing espresso grinder under $1000, bar-none. Featuring similar visuals and identical features to the Super Jolly, while taking a smaller footprint in your kitchen, the Mazzer Mini a nearly perfect product for espresso aficionados. Even pricier grinders have a hard time matching up to the excellent Italian craftsmanship of the Mazzer Mini.

While this is the best burr grinder for espresso, one design choice keeps it from being in the top 5 overall. Unlike the Super Jolly’s electronic doser controls, the Mini’s cylindrical doser mechanism was clearly made for high traffic café grinding, not home grinding.Despite the slightly inconvenient manual doser, the Mazzer Mini is a fantastic grinder for espresso.

Despite the slightly inconvenient manual doser, the Mazzer Mini is a fantastic grinder for espresso and well worth it's money.

8. Zassenhaus Santiago Coffee Mill Grinder –
Mahogony – 156MA

The Zassenhaus Santiago is a beautiful manual knee mill with exceptional performance. The most attractive manual coffee grinder on this list, the Santiago sports an antique coffee grinder design that will look phenomenal in almost any setting.

Its adjustable stainless steel burrs provide an exceptional consistency in uniformity in grinds, and this grinder is capable of grinding coffee for any brewing method imaginable.

While matching the performance of even the best electronic burr grinders at a fraction of the price, this coffee bean grinder is not the cheapest, most comfortable, or the highest performing manual mill available.

Despite this, its fantastic antique coffee grinder design and top tier performance place it firmly at number 8.

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9. Baratza Virtuoso –
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The Baratza Virtuoso is simply one of the best burr electronic burr grinders in its price range. It features an excellent consistency and uniformity of grinds, seldom seen in mid-range coffee grinders. It grinds for any brew method conceivable and is wonderful for specialty coffee drinkers who want delicious freshly ground coffee without breaking the bank.

This machine is a jack-of-all-trades, but don’t expect it to excel at any one task.

Given the incredible value of this coffee bean grinder, it should come as no surprise that the Virtuoso is missing some key features found in more specialized machines. Its coarseness settings are somewhat limited, as it doesn’t have enough increments to be versatile enough for café quality espresso on every type of machine and portafilter.

Despite these perceived shortcomings, this is one of the best coffee grinders under $500 for French press, cold brew, drip, pour-over, and espresso.

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10. Mazzer Super Jolly Electronic Doserless Grinder

The Mazzer Super Jolly is the priciest grinder on this list, but the price tag is definitely justified if you are an espresso perfectionist. This coffee grinder is the most consistent, highest performing, best-built machine that you’ll find outside of a café. It is in the same league as the Rancilio and Mahlkonig coffee grinders.

Using a “stepless” adjustment mechanism for its coarseness, the Super Jolly has virtually an infinite amount of increments within the espresso range.

Despite its incredible performance and industrial build quality, there are three main reasons as to why the Mazzer Super Jolly did not rank higher: this grinder is gigantic, its price is restrictive, and it only grinds beans for espresso.

Despite these issues, the Mazzer Super Jolly is easily the best burr grinder on this list for any and all types of espresso machines.

Our Best Pick: Breville Smart Grinder Pro