It is not necessary to be a real gourmet to understand that coffee from freshly ground beans is much more aromatic and tastier than from an older grind. And no hermetic packaging or containers will save you from a significant loss of aroma – the most valuable thing that coffee has in general. We dedicate this review to coffee grinders that are best suited for home use. Expertology specialists have prepared a list of worthy models and grouped them: according to the principle of grinding – rotary and millstones; millstones in terms of affordability – the most inexpensive; millstones for the best combination of price and quality. As a “bonus” we also reviewed a couple of models of manual coffee grinders.
Which brand of home coffee grinder to choose
First, let’s deal with the brands and manufacturers of coffee grinders that appear in our review, and explain why they are worth your attention.
- High-profile brands such as Bosch and De’Longhi need no introduction. We only recall that the first brand is German, and the second is Italian. The production facilities of both are scattered around the world (globalization), but in general, the quality always corresponds to the class of equipment produced.
- The owner of the Nivona brand is the relatively young German company NIVONA Apparate GmbH, which entered the market in 2005. Its advantage is a narrow specialization in the production of coffee machines and related products. The equipment is assembled at factories in Switzerland, Portugal and China.
- The Spanish company Cunill with more than half a century of history is even more highly specialized than Nivona. It produces strictly coffee grinders and accessories for them. This is an indisputable plus, but for the most part this technique is close to professional and often very expensive. Products are made in Spain.
- The Caso brand was created in 2003 by the German company Braukmann GmbH. All equipment under this name is made in China, but the characteristics and reviews are mostly positive.
- Rommelsbacher is a solid German brand with a deep, almost century-old history. Small appliances such as coffee grinders are made in Turkey and China.
- The German trademark ProfiCook belongs to the well-known holding Clatronic Group. These are household appliances for the mass consumer, not distinguished for the most part by premium quality. But it is inexpensive and well worth the money. Produced in China.
- Silampos is a Portuguese manufacturer of stainless steel cookware. Entered the market in 1951 as a family business. Now Silampos products have real fans around the world and belong to the premium class, closer to the elite. Prices are appropriate. Manual coffee grinders are produced at the Silampos factory in Portugal.
Now we are moving from “foreigners” to Russian brands.
- VITEK is a well-known and even familiar to our customer trademark, owned by the Russian company Golder Electronics. Refers to the middle and lower price segment. One of the best-selling brands of home appliances in the Russian Federation – according to Gallup Media, every third Russian family has products of this brand. Produced in China on a contract basis from OEM / ODM companies.
- Mikma is a trademark of small household appliances of the Mikromashina plant (Moscow). One of the oldest Russian industrial enterprises. Positioned as a domestic manufacturer, but there is a share of craftiness here – the engines in Mikma coffee grinders are Chinese. It is possible that other parts are too, since “Made in China” is clearly written only on the engine.
- ViTESSE is a completely Russian brand, which for a long time diligently disguised itself as French, until the Federal Antimonopoly Service became interested in this circumstance. Now there are no direct statements about the French origin of ViTESSE equipment on the official website, but the “tricks” with attributes and positioning have remained. By itself, the equipment of this brand is quite good, affordable, and fully complies with the standards and requirements of Rospotrebnadzor.
Rating of the best coffee grinders
Best Electric Rotary Coffee Grinders
Let’s consider the first nomination of our rating of coffee milk of the simplest type – rotational. The principle of grinding here is the rapid (+/- 3000 rpm) rotation of a specially designed two- or four-sided knife, which breaks and crushes the grains to the smallest fractions. Blenders work the same way. The degree of grinding in such devices is controlled by the processing time in combination with visual observation of the contents of the chamber through a transparent cover. The uniformity of grinding in rotary coffee grinders for the most part is not ideal, but they are much cheaper in mass than millstones. From the widest offer of the market, our specialists have identified the following models: Bosch MKM 6000 (6003), Mikma EKMU IP-30, De’Longhi KG 49, ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021 and Caso Coffee Flavor.
Bosch MKM 6000/6003
German coffee grinders Bosch models MKM 6000 and 6003 are manufactured at Bosch’s own production facilities in Slovenia. This is a compact device, made in a typical cylindrical form factor for such coffee grinders. Power consumption – 180 watts. Available in two colors: white – series 6000 and black – series 6003.
The capacity of the bean bowl is 75 g. The bottom of the bowl is made at an angle – thanks to this, it is possible to avoid sticking of large fractions to the walls of the bowl and lid, thereby achieving maximum grinding uniformity. For the same reason, there is no need to shake the grinder during operation – in devices with a flat bottom, this must be done constantly.
The coffee grinder can only be operated when the lid is completely closed – only in this position it becomes possible to press the power button. Not all users like this solution, since the button and, accordingly, the cover must be held by hand all the time.
Knives in Bosch MKM 6000/6003 are made of stainless steel, but the seat is plastic, and according to numerous reviews, this is one of the weakest points of this model. The disadvantage is compensated by a 24-month warranty from the manufacturer.
- European assembly;
- quality materials;
- relatively uniform grinding;
- cute design;
- fragility of knife fastening;
- retractable cord.
Mikma EKMU IP-30
Mikma EKMU IP-30 is a Russian-made coffee grinder, but with Chinese spare parts (at least an engine) takes second place in our rating. Power consumption is 115 watts. The device weighs 730 g. The shape – the most common for this class of devices – is cylindrical, but the starting principle is somewhat different.
In the Mikma EKMU IP-30 coffee grinder, unlike the previous model, the start button is placed on the body, but the engine will still start only when the lid is tightly fixed, and here it will no longer need to be held by hand.
Many users do not like the modest capacity of the bowl – only 30 g, but this model is much quieter than the same Bosch MKM 6000/6003. Pulse mode protects the device from overheating. The mechanism for taking the cord inside the case is not provided, as in the previous model.
- quality materials and assembly;
- thick-walled cover and its reliable fixation;
- pulse mode;
- quiet work;
- protection against inclusion at the removed or insufficiently fixed cover;
- small maximum dose of a single grinding;
- non-retractable cord;
- not suitable for grinding spices and sugar;
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De’Longhi KG 49
The Italian coffee grinder De’Longhi KG 49 has significant differences from the two models described above. This is a distinctly higher class and advanced functionality. Buyers primarily appreciate the design of the device and relatively quiet operation. A special “thank you” is expressed to the manufacturer for having a device for winding the power cord.
The dimensions of the device are 15x25x13 cm, and the weight is 800 g. The capacity of the bowl is quite decent – 90 g. The package includes a special brush for cleaning the bowl.
The De’Longhi KG 49 has a dosing device to accurately calculate the amount of grind per cup. It also has a timer and grind indicator, but buyers almost unanimously qualify these features as useless, which only add value to the coffee grinder.
As for the quality of grinding, the situation here is ambiguous. On the one hand, the uniformity of grinding approaches burr coffee grinders, but at the same time, for many, this result is unstable and varies from portion to portion.
Perhaps the most noticeable drawback is the critical shortage of spare parts, which makes this model practically unrepairable. And there is something to break in it – the knife axis fixing ring is made of plastic, and due to the constant exposure to high temperatures and mechanical loads, it can “crumble” already in the first year of operation.
Prices: 3021 – 5990 rubles.
- Beautiful design;
- relatively quiet operation;
- cleaning brush included;
- cord winder;
- useless features that increase the cost;
- unjustified price;
- questionable durability;
- unstable grinding;
- problems with spare parts during repairs;
ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021
The German coffee grinder ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021 is made in China. It has a laconic yet stylish design. A stainless steel metal case is also a relative rarity among coffee grinders of this class. The features and functionality of this model look very good against the backdrop of an affordable price. A little more about this.
The power of the device is 200 watts. The bowl holds up to 85 g of coffee beans. The engine is started by pressing the cover itself, that is, the protection against starting in the open is implemented very elegantly. The pulse mode saves the grinder from overheating, but many users do not like the frequent operation of the protection. The case has a cord winder.
The most indisputable advantage of this model is the presence of two removable bowls with different knives: with two and four blades. The first is used for grinding coffee, the second – for grinding nuts, herbs, spices.
The ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021 model is covered by an official manufacturer’s warranty for a period of 24 months.
- attractive design;
- overheat protection;
- metal case;
- heats up quickly before the protection trips.
Caso Coffee Flavor
The Caso Coffee Flavor coffee maker is made in China, but under the patronage and quality control of a German company. This is to some extent a “cousin” of the above model ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021. Here, in the same way, the case is made of stainless steel with matte polishing and very similar functionality.
The power of the device is 200 W, the volume of the bowl can hold 90 g of coffee beans. The linear dimensions are 20.5×10.7×10.7 cm, and the weight is 950 g. The bowl, like the body, is made of stainless steel. A pulse mode is implemented to protect against overheating. There is a cord winder.
This model, just like the ProfiCook PC-KSW 1021, is capable of not only grinding coffee, but also grinding spices, herbs and nuts. The only difference is that in this model the same bowl with a double-sided knife is used for this.
Like the previous model, the PC-KSW 1021 comes with a 24-month manufacturer’s warranty.
- attractive design;
- pulse mode;
- compartment for cable winding;
- not expressed.
The best inexpensive coffee grinders with burrs
We turn to a review of another, more advanced category of coffee grinders, in which millstones perform the direct function of grinding. First, it is also the most important advantage of such coffee grinders over rotary ones – it is almost guaranteed uniformity of grinding. On average, coffee grinders of this type are more expensive than rotary grinders, and significantly.
The Kitfort KT-717 coffee grinder with a plastic case and metal burrs is the best solution for home use, besides, the device is inexpensive and not troublesome to use. The grinding size is adjustable, but, judging by the reviews, you won’t have to rely on a very fine powder, nevertheless, the degree of grinding is suitable for Turks and coffee machines. The receiving transparent compartment is designed for 230 gr. grains, a tank for ground product – 100 gr. Kitfort KT-717 can work continuously for no more than 5 minutes, but this time is usually enough to prepare a large portion of the powder. Longer one-time operation is fraught with overheating of the device, but in this case there is a protective thermostat in the system – in case of critical heating, it will turn off the motor automatically. By the way, if the coffee grinder is assembled incorrectly, for example, without containers installed, it will not be possible to turn it on.
To clean the millstones, a special brush is provided in the kit. During operation, the device does not travel on the table thanks to rubberized legs. The motor of the device is designed for 800 W, the length of the cord is sufficient – 98 cm. There is an indicator of the coffee grinder operation on the panel.
- transparent containers for grains and ground product;
- grinding fineness adjustment;
- automatic shutdown when heated;
- available in many hardware stores.
- there is no the finest grinding;
- a slight escape of ground coffee was noted.
Compact coffee grinder Vitek VT-7129 with metal burrs and a plastic case, according to users, is almost an ideal solution for home use. It grinds coffee beans and spices quickly and efficiently. The volume of the bean box is 240 gr., the receiving box is 140 gr. On the device panel there is an operation indicator and a rotary wheel that regulates the degree of grinding from very fine powder to large granules. The coffee grinder copes with the task perfectly even at a power of 150 watts.
The burr and container can be easily removed for cleaning, but there are no maintenance accessories included. A meter power cord is sufficient for convenient operation of the device, and rubberized feet will prevent the coffee grinder from sliding on the countertop. By the way, users note that Vitek VT-7129 does not buzz and vibrate much, and this is a plus.
- grinding degree adjustment;
- there is an indicator of work;
- convenient device disassembly and cleaning;
- overheat protection.
- no care accessories included.
Rating of the best coffee grinders in terms of price-quality ratio
And now, in order to fully cover the segment of coffee grinders for home use, we need to go beyond the lower price segment. Our experts considered the following models to be optimal in terms of a combination of reasonable price, quality characteristics and necessary functionality: Rommelsbacher EKM 300, Nivona NICG 130 CafeGrano and Cunill Brasil. These models are already significantly more expensive than any of the above, and in terms of functionality they are almost on the upper border of “home” coffee grinders. Everything above is already professional equipment, or coffee grinders for catering establishments.
Rommelsbacher EKM 300
And again, this famous German brand sounds in our review. The Rommelsbacher EKM 300 coffee grinder with dimensions of 14×29.5×18.5 cm is characterized by an impressive capacity of the bean container – 220 g. The capacity of the chamber for ground coffee is 120 g.
The model is equipped with a dispenser and a grinding degree regulator. The adjustment is quite subtle – as many as 12 degrees. The dispenser is designed for the number of servings up to 10. The coffee grinder is supplied with a special brush for cleaning the internal surfaces.
The power consumption of the Rommelsbacher EKM 300 is 150 watts. Users highly appreciate the long-term continuous operation and high performance of this model. Even the cord received special praise – its length is 1.4 m – this is a rarity. As a rule, the cords of coffee grinders are twice as short. The case has a cable winder.
Against the background of generally favorable reviews about this coffee grinder, complaints about noise slip through, which is often tiring when making coffee for a large family.
- attractive design;
- high performance;
- quality assembly;
Nivona NICG 130 CafeGrano
The German coffee grinder Nivona NICG 130 CafeGrano is made in China, but the head office closely monitors quality, so there are no complaints about materials and assembly.
The model is quite original and pleasant to users with its convenience. So, for example, many people appreciate it because you can grind coffee directly into the horn of the coffee maker. A distance of 58 mm allows you to almost snugly fit the horn from most models. The volume of the bean compartment is 200 g. Both bean and ground coffee containers have transparent walls.
The coffee grinder consumes 100 watts in operation. This model has 4 main grinding levels, each of which is further divided into 4, that is, in total there are 16 levels. The built-in timer can be used to control the volume produced.
Many users appreciate such a seemingly small detail – the ground coffee does not wake up when the container is removed, as is usually the case with many other coffee grinders.
There is, however, a drawback in this grinder – with minimal grinding, the passage into the storage tank can clog, and it has to be cleaned manually.
- quality materials;
- relatively quiet operation;
- you can grind directly into the horn;
- conical millstones;
- plastic case;
- clogged at the smallest grinds.
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Rommelsbacher EKM 200
The Rommelsbacher EKM 200 burr grinder grinds up to 250 grams of grains (or spices) at a time. It has an ergonomic compact appearance, a strong body and transparent containers, through the walls of which it is convenient to monitor the amount of consumed and received products. at one time the device grinds up to 250 gr. grains or spices, in portions – from 2 to 12, which is a lot with a motor power of 110 watts. Containers from the coffee grinder are easily removed and installed back.
In general, the Rommelsbacher EKM 200 device has 9 degrees of grain grinding. Questions from users arise to the smallest – ideally fine grinding still does not work. Some craftsmen have figured out how to fix the defect – they disassemble the device and manually set the desired size. However, these actions will lead to the loss of warranty after purchase, this must be taken into account. The device itself is quite weighty – 2 kg, which is partly why it does not move around the table during operation. Rommelsbacher EKM 200 also has a cord rewind function.
- 9 degrees of grinding;
- compact appearance and stable design;
- cord twisting;
- relatively quiet model.
- requires manual fine-tuning through disassembly of the device.
Caso Barista Flavor
In the price-quality ratio, the Caso Barista Flavor coffee grinder takes an honorable third place. The chopping component is a rotary knife driven by a 150 W motor, also in pulsed mode. The productivity of the device is 1 kg of grains per hour, the speed of rotation of the knife is up to 3000 revolutions in 60 seconds. This performance allows you to grind grains with different degrees of fineness (15 modes), including to the finest powder. The top compartment holds up to 300 gr. grains, receiving – up to 150 gr. powder.
The cord of the device with a length of 80 cm basically does not raise questions, it is quite enough for convenient operation of the coffee machine, a nice bonus is the winding of the wire. The millstones are made of stainless steel and are easy to clean, as are the whole grain and ground grain containers. The body of the coffee grinder is relatively light – only 740 gr., The legs are rubberized, so that the device does not ride on the countertop. On the panel next to the grinding degree regulator there is an indicator for turning on the machine, and the system also provides protection against accidental activation and automatic shutdown in case of overheating.
- 15 grinding modes, including the finest;
- Lightweight yet durable construction
- Power indicator and thoughtful security system;
- Large bean container;
- Good performance.
- Insignificant spillage of grains past the container when it is loosely installed.
This is exactly the model that was mentioned as the upper limit of the norm for home household coffee grinders. Considering its power – 280 W, the capacity of the compartment for raw materials – 1000 g, the permissible time of continuous operation – 30 minutes, the productivity – 11 kg / h and the cost, Cunill Brasil can even be considered rather semi-professional equipment. It was decided with great reserve to include it in the review of household coffee grinders only as a compromise for those cases when it comes to making coffee for a really large family of several generations, or for a medium-sized community.
The dimensions of the device are 21x45x36 cm. The coffee grinder contains a dispenser and a tamper, it has an effective overheating protection system. The dispenser is hermetically sealed so that the aroma of coffee is not lost for a long time.
Cunill Brasil is characterized by special ergonomics – it is noticeable that the engineers have thought through everything to the smallest detail. The handle is very comfortable, the coffee tank is easily and quickly fixed, the dispenser lever can be mounted both on the left and on the right.
The case is made of plastic, which causes criticism from some users. But the coffee bean tank is made of unbreakable material. The coffee container can be washed in the dishwasher.
Also, some buyers are dissatisfied with the high noise level of this model, but given its emphasis on professional use, the claim can be considered not entirely justified. The same goes for nit-picking the form factor of millstones. In Cunill Brasil, they are flat, not conical, but in the pursuit of uniform grinding, flat burrs outperform conical burrs.
- quality assembly;
- overheat protection;
- long allowable time of continuous operation;
- impeccable grinding uniformity;
- wide functionality;
- high performance;
- high price;
- plastic case;
- flat millstones;
Rating of the best manual burr grinders
And as a “cherry on the cake” consider two models of manual burr coffee grinders. Our experts have selected these items according to a simple principle: the best among the expensive ones and the best among the cheap ones. The favorites were Silampos Stellar and Vitesse VS-1680.
Already in the very name of this model of a manual coffee grinder, its “stardom” (Stellar) is laid down, which, however, is quite deserved. Everything here is top notch. The thick-walled (0.7 mm) case, like all other external parts, is made of the so-called medical or surgical steel with a high content of chromium and nickel (18 and 10%, respectively). Such an alloy is characterized by exceptional strength, a vanishingly small number of micropores, complete resistance to corrosion and deterioration under the influence of the vast majority of aggressive chemicals.
The coffee grinder weighs 0.62 kg, its height is 18 cm. Due to the mirror polished surface, Silampos Stellar stands out brightly in the interior of the kitchen, even against the background of any other metal surfaces. The degree of grinding is regulated by a special screw.
Equipped inside with a special metal disc Impact Disc at the bottom as much as 6.5 mm thick. The manufacturer’s warranty on the body and bottom is an unprecedented 25 years for household appliances!
The coffee grinder can be washed in dishwashers of any type, but without the use of abrasives. The set includes a special coffee spoon made of the same mirror-polished metal.
- high ergonomics;
- beautiful appearance;
- premium class;
- decades of warranty;
- exorbitant price.
The coffee grinder of the Russian trademark Vitesse VS-1680 is made in China. It weighs 917 g and has an attractive classic design with a predominance of natural wood in the body materials.
The working mechanism is made of ceramic-metal elements. The degree of grinding is easily adjustable from the finest to the coarsest. The ground coffee is poured into a retractable wooden mini-box at the bottom.
Many buyers note that in order for the grinding regulator to work adequately, it is necessary to slightly rivet the handle and lubricate all parts of the regulator. This is far from the only case when a coffee grinder needs such manual tuning to achieve the desired degree of grinding. But these temporary inconveniences are compensated by the affordable price and the subsequent long work without unpleasant surprises.
Some users note that the receiving slot in the millstone is too narrow, they say, not every grain will go into it, but such reviews are extremely rare.
- classic design;
- uniform grinding;
- quality materials;
- narrow receiving gap in the millstone;
- requires refinement.
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Gutenberg “Terra Antica”
The body of the Gutenberg “Terra Antica” manual coffee grinder is made of hevea wood, inside of which a metal l-shaped millstone is hidden. With its help, a fragrant coffee powder of perfect grinding is obtained, more evenly than in many electric models. In Gutenberg “Terra Antica”, by the way, the mechanism of rotation and fastening of the millstones is quite strong – they do not break (at least there are no reviews with this drawback), unlike identical inexpensive coffee grinders.
- interesting design;
- reliable internal mechanism;
- uniform grinding of grains.
- not defined.