Getting tired of your morning coffee? It doesn’t really give you the energy and enthusiasm you need to carry out your projects? Maybe you’ve simply become a little more demanding about the quality of the beverage. An electric coffee grinder can help.
If you’ve ever drunk one, you know that the taste of freshly ground coffee is unlike the ready-made grinds you usually buy in stores. You’ll regain real control over the quality and flavor of what you drink.
However, there are many references, and it is tedious to compare them all. To make your life easier, we analyzed and compared 31 models for 41 hours, and took into account the opinions of 757 consumers.
Following our last update, our favorite model is the Cuisinart DBM-8C: it is a grinder that offers a homogenous grind that can be adapted to various types of coffee, is very easy to use and is generally offered at a good price.
Your main objective is to make your mornings more dynamic, and you don’t feel the need to get a barista coffee grinder? You are probably looking for a model with a good quality/price ratio, easy to understand. In our opinion, the Cuisinart DBM-8C is one of the best options to consider.
What we think of Cuisinart DBM-8
What we love about this device is its ease of use. You select the degree of grind from the eighteen available, set the selector to the number of cups you need (from four to eighteen), and you’re done. No need to be a coffee pro.
The Cuisinart DBM-8C is equipped with conical grindstones for even grinding. The resulting grind can be used for filter coffee or with a piston coffee maker. Note that some users find the minimum setting too fine for espressos, but that is also a matter of taste.
You can place about 225 g, or 8 oz. of beans in the hopper, while the grind tank holds up to thirty-two cups. The milling tank is removable and has a locking system to prevent it from being accidentally spilled.
Safety is a real strength of the machine, which is also equipped with a reassuring automatic shut-off function.
You can place this coffee grinder on your countertop without any problem. It is perfectly robust, and the brushed stainless steel housing gives it character while making it easily compatible with any decoration.
When it comes to cleaning, rest assured: it’s pretty quick. What’s more, Cuisinart had the reflex to include a shovel and a brush, which saves you extra costs.
Selector to choose the desired number of cups (4 to 18)
18 levels of grind available to suit all tastes
Brushed stainless steel case, both durable and elegant
Automatic shut-off once the grinding process is complete
Supplied with 1 shovel and 1 cleaning brush
Grinding wheels: conical
Hopper capacity: 225 g/8 oz
Hopper capacity: 32 cups
Dimensions: 15.25*18.1*27.3 cm/6*7.1*10.75 in
Weight : 2.55 kg/5.6 lb
Excellent value for money
Not ideal for expressos
The Cuisinart DBM-8C is the model we recommend for anyone who simply wants to enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning, without having to think for hours while preparing it. Its exceptional quality/price ratio and its intuitive and safe handling make it a very popular reference for buyers.
The Baratza Virtuoso+ is the new version of the Baratza Virtuoso, one of the most renowned coffee grinders on the market, used by real aficionados and a number of baristas. If you are uncompromising about the quality of your beverage and want to enjoy optimal versatility, this is the right choice.
What we think of Baratza Virtuoso+
What sets the Baratza Virtuoso+ apart from the competition is its impeccable precision. You have forty degrees of grinding, the finest is suitable for making delicious espressos, the coarsest is ideal with a piston coffee maker: whatever your habits, you will be satisfied.
This electric coffee grinder also has a screen and a knob, which allow you to choose the grinding time (between 0.1 and 40 seconds, with a precision to the tenth of a second much higher than the average). Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll always have the exact right amount of grind.
Thanks to the steel grinding wheels, the homogeneity of the grind is particularly impressive. The grinding speed is specifically designed to reveal the full potential of your grains.
A lighting system is provided, so that you can monitor what is happening in the tank. The tank has a capacity of 142 g, which corresponds to 5 oz., while the hopper can hold up to 225 g of grain, or 8 oz.
The Baratza Virtuoso+ is extremely resistant, so you don’t have to worry about manufacturing quality. What’s more, its modern design and compactness make it as practical on your kitchen counter as it is in a store. It appeals as much to professionals as it does to individuals.
40 degrees of grinding, to prepare any type of coffee.
Timer up to 40 seconds, accurate to the nearest tenth of a second.
Grinding speed of 1.5-2.4 g/second to get the most out of the beans.
Grinding tank illuminated with LEDs.
Relatively compact profile, modern style suitable for commercial use.
Grinding wheels: steel conical.
Hopper capacity: 225 g/8 oz.
Tank capacity: 142 g/5 oz.
Dimensions: 12*16*35 cm/4.7*6.3*13.8 in.
Weight : 3.6 kg/8 lb.
Suitable for making any type of coffee
Rate a little higher than average
If you have the required budget, don’t hesitate to buy the Baratza Virtuoso+. Whether you use an espresso, filter or plunger coffee maker, you will be able to prepare the right grind to sublimate your coffee. It is a long-term investment, as the machine is ultra solid and suitable for frequent use.
Krups Fast Touch Black
Are you on a tight budget, but still want to be able to control the thickness of your grind, or even grind foods other than coffee? We have a solution. There are electric grinders that are particularly accessible and versatile, such as the Krups Fast Touch Noir.
What we think of Krups Fast Touch
This electric coffee grinder is very compact. Unlike most competitors, it does not have a hopper: you place the beans immediately inside (you enjoy a capacity of about 75 g, which corresponds to 2.65 oz).
To crush them, just press the button. Not only is it hard to make it more intuitive, but it also means you can get a grind of just about any thickness. In fact, if you want something thinner to make an espresso, just hold the button longer.
The machine was originally designed for coffee, but you are free to use it with other foods: it also works with herbs and spices. The truth is that even if you already have a classic electric coffee grinder, it can be handy in the kitchen.
The Krups Fast Touch has a limited capacity, but more than enough to make your morning coffee. And it doesn’t take up any space on the counter, so when your grind is ready, you store it in a cupboard or drawer.
The steel blades ensure good efficiency, while the elliptical shape makes it easier to pour your grind into a container.
For cleaning, please note that the unit must not come into contact with water (in other words, only the lid can be placed in your sink). Therefore, you will need to use paper towels. Some people also use a slice of bread.
Can also be used to grind spices, nuts and herbs.
Surprisingly simple to use: just press.
Elliptical shape for easy pouring your grind into a bowl.
Easy to clean with paper towel or a piece of bread.
Stainless steel blades.
Capacity: 75 g/2.65 oz (up to 12 cups of coffee).
Dimensions: 8.9*7.6*17.1 cm/3.5*3*6.7 in.
Weight: 454 g/16 oz.
Also works with spices
Can produce fine grinds
Specific cleaning procedure
The Krups Fast Touch Noir is easy to store in a cupboard, and is ideal for grinding your coffee and spices. You can get as fine a result as you want, just keep pressing. All this for even less than some manual coffee grinders.
You have eclectic tastes, you often entertain, and you would like to be able to always offer your guests a fresh coffee? In that case you need a grinder that can grind large quantities quickly and with good precision. The Baratza Encore is the perfect choice.
What we think of Baratza Encore
Let’s now mention a feature of this coffee grinder that makes some buyers hesitate: it has no timer, you can’t choose the quantity ground beforehand.
We don’t find this really annoying. In fact, there are two ways to start grinding. The first is to activate the side switch: the grains are continuously ground until there are no more grains. The second is to press the push button, for a momentary grinding.
Once you get used to it, by combining these two methods, you can obtain the desired quantities. Moreover, this guarantees the freshness of the coffee.
As the Baratza Encore can grind continuously, it is ideal if you want to grind large quantities of coffee to offer your guests filter coffee. It has another advantage: a precision that is rare in its price range. To access one of the forty thickness settings, simply turn the hopper.
A marker on the semi-transparent tank lets you know when to stop grinding.
The hopper and tank capacities are the same as on most models, 225 g (8 oz.) and 142 g (5 oz.) respectively. The conical steel grinding wheels provide a very good grinding consistency.
The Baratza Encore is a rather compact, reasonably priced machine that does not make too much noise compared to some competitors. Most purchasers keep it for a few years, and spare parts are available online, so you don’t have to buy a complete coffee grinder again in case of a problem.
40 degrees of grinding accessible by simply turning the hopper.
Switch for continuous grinding, button for momentary grinding.
Numerous spare parts available for longer life.
Semi-transparent tank with markings to avoid overloading.
Grinding wheels: 40 mm, conical, steel.
Hopper capacity: 225 g/8 oz.
Tank capacity: 142 g/5 oz.
Dimensions: 12*16*35 cm/4.7*6.3*13.8 in.
Weight : 3.1 kg/7 lb.
Attractive price, replaceable parts
Ensures maximum freshness
Push button and switch
The Baratza Encore is an intermediate option. Not having a timer can be a little confusing for some people, but you get used to it pretty quickly. If you want accuracy and simplicity without breaking the bank, this is an option we strongly encourage you to consider.
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What people think of the Bodum Bistro
The first thing you notice with this machine is obviously its meticulous design. You can choose between five colors (black and white are still our favorites: they have the advantage of being both elegant and passe-partout).
You shouldn’t have any space problems: this electric coffee grinder takes up significantly less space than the average coffee grinder. It does not become intrusive on your countertop.
Just note that some users with sensitive ears find it louder than other references. Don’t hesitate to get an idea of the sound volume by watching the video above.
What we really appreciate about this model is that it includes features that are not always offered at this price. For example, you have a timer, which can go from five to twenty seconds. You have real control over how much grain you want to grind.
Fourteen thickness settings are available. The Bodum Bistro is essentially coffee filter oriented.
It is a grinder, which means that you get a homogenous grind that is superior in quality to those produced by blade mills. The grindstones are made of stainless steel for durability.
Finally, you should know that the unit is equipped with a borosilicate glass tank. The great advantage of this material is that it limits the effects of static electricity: you won’t have grindings all over your counter as sometimes happens when using plastic tanks.
We recommend this product to all coffee lovers who want to keep a beautifully decorated kitchen and enjoy a good quality grind without having to break their piggy bank.
Compact and assertive design, several colors available (black, white, etc.).
14 options for the thickness of your grind.
Timer (up to 20 seconds) easy to set with the rotary knob.
Borosilicate glass reservoir to limit the effects of static electricity.
Grinding wheels: conical stainless steel.
Borosilicate glass tank
May seem quite noisy
Space-saving, particularly beautiful and with features that are rather rare in its price range, the Bodum Bistro ticks all the boxes. It is a little noisier than other models, but without becoming too disturbing. Having a borosilicate glass tank makes cleaning much easier.
In your eyes, more than a drink, coffee is a moment of relaxation? If so, you probably don’t want to struggle with your electric coffee grinder when it’s time to clean up. Luckily, there are options that are particularly easy to clean, such as the KitchenAid BCG100.
What people think of the KitchenAid BCG111OB
Before going any further, be aware that the KitchenAid BCG111OB has the same slight disadvantage as other blade coffee grinders: the grind produced is not perfectly homogeneous (it is finer at the bottom, thicker at the top). Nevertheless, this precision is still sufficient for the majority of private individuals.
The appliance consists of an electric base, a stainless steel bowl and blade, and a cover. The advantage of these last three elements is that they are removable and can be placed directly in the dishwasher. If you are allergic to household chores, you should love this product!
In the bowl, there are markings to show you the right amount of grains to place. You can prepare your grind for a minimum of four cups and a maximum of twelve.
There is no difficulty in using it. It’s very simple: you have absolutely nothing else to do but press the button.
There are no complicated settings or timers, if you press the button longer the grind will be finer, so you don’t have to go through the complicated calculations every time you want a cup of coffee!
A one-year warranty is offered. KitchenAid is a reliable and reputable brand, and in practice you can expect a much longer life span.
Two colors are available for this electric coffee grinder, you can choose between onyx black and empire red (the one found on many of the manufacturer’s products). If you want to save money, the black version is usually a little less expensive.
Bowl, blade and lid are dishwasher safe.
Easy to use: press the button until the desired grind is obtained.
Markings inside the bowl to know how much grain to put in the bowl.
Two colors available: onyx black and empire red.
Stainless steel blade.
Capacity: 4 to 12 cups.
Dimensions: 10*10.8*22.2 cm/3-15/16*4-¼*8-¾ in.
Warranty: 1 year.
Easy to clean
Compact and pretty
Less homogeneous grinding
The KitchenAid BCG111OB is a blade grinder that does not offer the same precision as the grinding wheel references, but it is rather accessible, more compact, and much faster to clean. If you don’t want to take your mind off things, and just want to drink a good coffee once in a while, don’t hesitate.
Capresso 565.05 Infinity
Are you allergic to noise, and you mostly drink espresso or filter coffee? We can only recommend Capresso Infinity. This electric grinder is designed for a moderate grinding speed to preserve your ears and the aromas of your coffee.
What we think of the Capresso Infinity
The great particularity of this coffee grinder is its operating philosophy. Capresso has indeed chosen to make its model a little slower than most of its competitors. This has happy consequences: aromas are preserved, noise is reduced and electrostatic effects are reduced.
The Capresso Infinity also offers a comfortable capacity: the hopper holds 250 g, or 8.8 oz, of beans, while the grind tank has a capacity of 113 g, or 4 oz.
As for the grind, you can choose from sixteen different thickness levels. Here again, Capresso takes the opposite approach to the competition, offering an extra-fine setting, suitable for making espressos (or even Turkish coffee, depending on taste).
However, if you mainly use a plunger coffee maker, this is not the ideal model, as the thicker setting is still relatively thin compared to some competitors.
We appreciate the excellent security of the appliance: if the hopper is not correctly installed, it stops automatically.
To start grinding, nothing could be simpler: just turn the timer knob. The shredding time can be from five to sixty seconds, so you are free to prepare small or large quantities according to your wishes.
And last but not least, the Capresso Infinity is extremely robust. Its zinc die-cast case is not only robust, but also gives it real character. The machine is relatively compact and can be placed on your work surface without any worries.
Limited speed to reduce volume and preserve aromas.
Timer can be set from 5 to 60 seconds.
Heavy-duty die-cast zinc case.
Automatic shut-off if the hopper is not correctly positioned.
16 degrees of grinding.
Delivered with 1 shovel and 1 cleaning brush.
Grinding wheels: conical steel.
Hopper capacity: 250 g/8.8 oz.
Tank capacity: 113 g/4 oz.
Dimensions: 12.7*19.7*26.7 cm/5*7-¾*10-½ in.
Weight: 2.7 kg/6 lb.
Able to grind really fine
Before buying an electric coffee grinder
It’s the first time you buy an electric coffee grinder, you’ve just decided to learn about the real flavors of coffee, and you’re a little lost? Don’t worry! Together we will find the answers to the most common questions.
Can I choose any coffee grinder?
As you might have guessed, the answer to this question is no.
It is important to determine what type of coffee you like to drink, and to be more precise, the type of coffeemaker you want to use your grinder with.
Here are the equivalences to remember:
Fine grind = espresso, Turkish coffee.
Medium grind = filter coffee.
Thick grind = use with a plunger coffee maker.
Then it’s up to you to study the settings offered by your appliances and find the combinations that best suit your personal taste.
Blade, grindstones… does it really matter?
Blades are much cheaper, and can often be used to grind other foodstuffs (spices, nuts or herbs). However, they produce a less homogenous grind because they do not grind coffee properly (in fact, they cut the beans).
Grindstones, on the other hand, provide a more homogenous grind.
Specialists will tell you to always use grindstones, but it also depends on your desires: if you just want to enjoy a good coffee without being a connoisseur, blade grinders are more than enough.
Do my beans affect the efficiency of the grinder?
A good grinder handles all coffee beans in the same way.
I have considered the manual grinder. Is electric better?
It’s up to you! The manual grinder has its advantages: a more traditional side, artisanal charm, a better controlled purchase price, etc.
We still prefer electric coffee grinders: they are faster, require much less effort, and avoid mistakes.
Our selection criteria for buying an electric coffee grinder
It’s high time for you to make a purchase, but would you like to check one last time the technical characteristics of the models that caught your attention? We hope this list of criteria will be useful to you.
Coffee grinders are, in fact, relatively accessible since most have an excellent life span.
Small capacity blade models cost between $30 and $50. For an electric coffee grinder with grindstones, count on a minimum of $100, bearing in mind that the most luxurious and efficient products can cost up to $400.
Hopper and tank capacities
The hopper is the space in which you place your grain. Its capacity is usually about 225 grams or 8 ounces.
The hopper, on the other hand, holds the grind obtained after crushing. It generally has a smaller capacity.
The equation is simple: the more coffee you plan to make in one go, the larger the capacity needs to be.
On blade models, where the beans are often placed directly into the unit or into a bowl, only one capacity is appropriate since there is only one container.
Degrees of grinding
Depending on your coffee maker and your tastes, you will try to obtain a more or less fine grind. The more degrees of grind you have, the more you will be able to search for a flavour that suits your palate perfectly.
There are usually at least a dozen grinders on the grindstone models, while the top-of-the-range machines often have forty.
Ease of maintenance
Sometimes the hopper and the tank or bowl are dishwasher safe. However, this is not that common. In practice, it is usually necessary to clean at least part of the mill with a dedicated brush, or even with paper towels or a slice of bread.
Never put an electric unit in the dishwasher.
The material of the grinding wheels
We recommend stainless steel grinding wheels.
The material of the tank
Most of the time, the tank is made of plastic. However, this is not practical because you may end up with coffee on your counter due to static electricity.
That’s why some manufacturers opt for borosilicate glass, which on the one hand is more elegant and on the other hand reduces (but does not completely eliminate) electrostatic effects.
If your mill has a timer, as long as it offers the best possible amplitude (usually it goes from 5 to 20 or 60 seconds).
Ease of use
On most electric coffee grinders, simply turn or press a button, or flip a switch to start grinding. The vast majority of these machines are very intuitive, and some have safe automatic shut-off systems.
Dimensions and aesthetics
Choose an electric coffee grinder that you find pretty, and that won’t become cumbersome in your kitchen. Admittedly, this is not directly related to performance, but there are so many models available online that you have a choice, so there is no reason to make concessions!
Why trust us
All the recommendations we make on Achetezlemeilleur.com are the result of several weeks or months of research, tests, comparisons, analysis of consumer opinions and if necessary interviews with experts and scientists. You will quickly realize that the products we recommend here are not the most expensive or the most trendy: they are the ones that will best fulfill their daily task, passing all the safety, reliability and efficiency tests with ease and with a quality/price ratio that is interesting for you.
In the end, the products we recommend are the ones we would like to buy, and the ones we would also choose for our friends and family.
We do our best to offer you a comparison that will allow you to choose the best possible electric coffee grinder. If we have missed any information or new models, please feel free to leave a comment below or send us a message.