Here at the Strategist UK, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve written about all kinds of coffee-making essentials before — including the best kettles and the best coffee machines — here, we’ve rounded up the best coffee grinders, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.
Best-rated overall coffee grinder
This neat grinder by Krups was the best rated overall — not only does it have the highest number of reviews of all the grinders we saw on Amazon, but 76 percent were five stars. The grinder features two blades, and is activated with one button (hence why 225 reviewers called it “easy to use” in reviews), and holding it down for longer causes the grind to be finer. One customer, who ground 40g at a time (enough for both her and her husband) said it took approximately ten seconds to grind. Though the blades can’t be removed, 1,458 reviewers agreed the grinder was easy to clean, with a warm damp cloth being the preferred method. And it’s versatile, too — 1,967 customers left a positive review about the Krups’ ability to grind spices (including one mum who has been using it to make her spice blends for 5 years). Some 318 reviews said this model was reasonably quiet — although on the other hand, 29 people still wrote negative reviews about the noise.
Best-rated burr coffee grinder
This was the best-rated burr grinder (named for the two components which grind the beans together), with 67 percent five-star reviews. Eighty-six reviewers wrote that they were impressed by the grinder’s 19 different settings, which let you adjust coarseness depending on whether you’re using an Aeropress, French press, or pour-over. It also features a mode where you can choose how many people you are making coffee for. One reviewer upgraded to this after their hand-operated grinder became tiresome to use every day, while another, who claimed to be something of a professional, said they could grind beans for a drip coffee or espresso machine with ease. Thirty-one reviewers wrote that it was excellent value (one even noticed that grinders featuring ‘conical’ burrs, as opposed to flat ones were rarely at this price). In total, 73 positive reviews said that they would recommend this to anyone looking for a coffee grinder.
Best-rated handheld grinder
This Hario handheld grinder has 67 percent five-star reviews. It features two conical burrs, and because it’s manually operated, allows for complete control over the coarseness of the grind — 284 happy customers wrote about being able to customise the coffee to their liking. The burrs themselves (which are ceramic rather than stainless steel) were well-reviewed, being mentioned by 49 customers, while 68 said the grinder worked well. Due to its size (and the effort required) it was mostly used by on-the-go brewers — 63 people mentioned how quick it was making one or two portions of ground coffee with this machine. It’s also, naturally, far quieter than an electric model, which one early-riser said ensured he didn’t wake up his family when he made coffee in the morning.
Best smart/digital coffee grinder
This digital grinder has 85 percent five-star reviews. It allows users to customise the grind setting, grind time, and number of shots or cups. Sixty reviewers described it as easy to use, including 21 people who said setting it up was straightforward. But it was particularly popular with users who wanted something more advanced than the basic options on offer. One customer bought this after using a blade grinder and said it was a “considerate” step up — there are options to grind for specific coffee makers, such as a French press or espresso machine. And small touches, such as a vacuum seal on the container for the coffee beans, ensures the beans stay fresh for longer — something one customer called perfectly executed. One reviewer said thanks to details like a magnetic clip to keep the grounds container in place, there was nothing extra that could make this coffee grinder more easy to use. While several reviews said the hopper on top can fit a 250g bag of beans, the machine’s footprint is “quite small,” says one customer.
Best bean-to-cup coffee machine
Though there are a lot of bean-to-cup devices on the market, this was the highest rated, with 76 percent of the reviews being five stars. One hundred and thirteen reviewers highly recommended it, including someone who found it much less of a hassle than an espresso machine, but far better quality than a pod-based machine. In fact, 20 percent (or one in five) of all reviews mentioned the quality of the coffee, which is due to the grinder, which has a dial so you can adjust the coarseness of the beans (there are seven settings in total). One five-star reviewer, who said this was their favourite appliance in the world, said the usually messy process of grinding was made easier with this all-in-one machine. And in case it sounds complicated, 577 reviewers agreed it was easy to use.
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