The 9 Best Coffee Grinders of 2024, Tested by Real People

The Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder was crowned our favorite True coffee lovers know the real meaning of rise and grind They brew their morning cup of joe from freshly ground beans

Published Time: 06.06.2024 - 19:31:14 Modified Time: 06.06.2024 - 19:31:14

The Bodum Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder was crowned our favorite

True coffee lovers know the real meaning of rise and grind: They brew their morning cup of joe from freshly ground beans. For those connoisseurs, a good coffee grinder is a kitchen staple on par with a frying pan or a cutting board. But why bother grinding whole beans when you can get high-quality pre-ground coffee? It all comes down to freshness, says Monica Russell, barista, nutritionist, and founder and CEO of Acquired Coffee.

Our PEOPLE Tested team put more than 20 coffee grinders to the test, evaluating each one on its design, performance, ease of use, and overall value. Aside from noting the consistency of the grind, we also brewed the coffee to see which grinder made the best cup of coffee.

This machine was very simple to use. There are three main grinding settings — fine, medium, and coarse — and each has four intermediate options of their own for a total of 12 settings, so you’re sure to get the right texture to brew your perfect cup, whether from an espresso machine, a French press, or a drip coffee maker. We noted that the settings were quite intuitive (though there is an instruction manual), making the Bodum a good choice for beginners.

It’s also rather quiet for a coffee grinder, so you don’t have to worry about waking up the whole house when it’s time for coffee. We were impressed with its clean design, but its performance is how Bodum nabbed the top spot; during testing, it produced very consistent grounds each time. The machine is also easy to clean. It doesn’t come with a brush, but you don’t necessarily need one to keep it clean — just a damp paper towel will do.

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 7.6 x 7.1 x 12.5 inches | Settings: 12 | Capacity: 7.75 ounces

If you’re new to coffee grinders and are concerned that you’ll have to break the bank on an expensive burr machine, this one from Krups will have you thinking differently. We liked the sleek design of this, though it is a bit tall. There’s just one button to operate it, so it’s super easy to get started.

While it's not silent, it is quiet. We found that it produced an even grind without having to shake up the grinder to redistribute the beans, and it has a very consistent grind for the blade type — no need to agitate or manipulate beans mid-grind to ensure an even product. The result was a brew with a light and pleasant taste and a sweet finish. There aren’t many features on this budget-friendly coffee grinder, though the insert does lift out and has a lid to store the ground coffee.

Type: Blade | Dimensions: 4.33 x 4.02 x 8.46 inches | Settings: Manual | Capacity: Enough for 12 cups of coffee

This machine is far from complicated; the settings were intuitive, and there was very little setup. The stainless steel chamber made easy work of pouring the grounds out for use. The settings are numbered, making them easy to follow, plus the brewing methods are clear. In fact, the only thing that at first seemed intimidating with this machine was the cleanup, but the directions were clear, and the small brush and a dry paper towel did the job.

Though the machine was impressive with its ability to grind the beans with consistency and create grounds to brew a cup with a rich caramel color, we did notice that you had to choose a higher setting than what was recommended in order to achieve those results. The dial is numbered precisely, so you can get just the grind you want. We liked the sleek design of the grinder, as the stainless steel keeps the grounds from sticking, while the tinted hopper preserves the beans between grinds. 

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.75 x 12.8 inches | Settings: 15 | Capacity: 12 ounces

Coffee connoisseurs who are ready to ramp up their at-home café experience would fare well with this model from Breville. For those who like their ground coffee just so, the settings were very precise — maybe a little too precise, as it took some time to dial in the exact settings. There’s a quick start guide to get you up and running and a coffee chart guide that simplifies the process.

The brewed coffee had a light aroma with nice floral notes on the front. We had found the grind adjustment knob difficult to turn at first, though the settings themselves were easy to see, thanks to a backlit display that shows grind time, size, and cups clearly. There were some coffee bean remnants that stuck around the blade, but it was easy to clean in general. Overall, the performance was consistent and a strong match to the control samples for each of the brews, so if you don’t mind a more complex machine, you’ll be happy with the Breville.

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 8.5 x 6 x 15.5 inches | Settings: 60 | Capacity: 18 ounces

The Baratza Virtuoso+ is an impressive-looking coffee grinder, though it’s simple to set up thanks to a guide that offers clear instructions in more than 20 different languages. The backlit display makes it easy to see the timer countdown as well as the settings — there are 40 different ones, so you can grind a variety of coffee beans. We found the buttons were a bit sensitive and kept turning on the pulse mode by mistake, so there might be a bit of a learning curve with that.

This grinder performed very well and was consistent with the controls for the various brews. The blind taste test found the Virtuoso+-produced coffee had a nutty flavor with a mild aroma and a very pleasant taste with a slight hint of bitterness. The sleek design of the machine also makes it very easy to clean up.

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 6.69 x 6.69 x 12.6 inches | Settings: 40 | Capacity: 230 grams

The Baratza Encore has 40 settings to achieve the ideal grind for your desired coffee bean. It produced a flavorful coffee that had a clear appearance and a nice aroma. We did have a bit of difficulty with the setup of this grinder due to a missing gasket and parts that were difficult to align despite the instructions being rather clear. Though -

it’s easy to adjust the settings, it would have been even better if the grind preferences were indicated on the machine.

However, this machine is a nice size for storage in a cabinet or on a counter, and we like that it comes in either black or white. It was also easy to clean, thanks to the cone-shaped cleaning brush.

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 4.7 x 6.3 x 13.8 inches | Settings: 40 | Capacity: 5 ounces

During testing, we found that this grinder was simple to use since the settings and markings on the machine are clear and intuitive. However, even with clear settings, it might take some trial and error to get the grind right; we initially ground the beans a bit too finely for our brewing needs. The coffee brewed was light in color and had a mild aroma.

This one took the top spot for design because of its clean, modern look. Visually, it would make a nice addition to any kitchen. The machine was simple to clean, thanks to the brush it comes with; just wipe the cup with a damp paper towel, and you’re set for next time.

Type: Burr | Dimensions: 9.4 x 4.2 x 9.5 inches | Settings: 11 | Capacity: 80 grams

Despite the name, this manual grinder operates using burrs, not blades. We found that the long handle made for easier grinding and thought that this would be a step up from an electric grinder for the home coffee aficionado. While it’s easy to use, beginners might have a bit of a learning curve. There is a video to watch on how to use it, and it’s a must-watch for cleaning purposes. 

This grinder has a click-setting guide to adjust the level of coarseness. Don’t be intimidated, though; it encourages you to mess around to find your sweet spot, which we recommend anyway since the instruction manual isn’t that helpful. The wood and glass design is a departure from the stainless steel and black bodies that many other grinders have. While the design is simple and modern for every type of kitchen decor, the price certainly won’t fit every budget.

Type: Manual burr | Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 4 inches | Settings: Manual | Capacity: 40 grams

There are two types of coffee grinders: blade and burr. “Blade grinders use a spinning blade to chop the beans, while burr grinders use two revolving abrasive surfaces to grind the beans,” explains Russell. “Burr grinders are considered to be superior as they produce a more consistent grind size, which is essential for achieving a balanced and flavorful cup of coffee.”

The capacity of a coffee grinder refers to how many whole beans you can grind at once. “Smaller grinders are more portable, while larger grinders are able to handle larger quantities of beans,” says April Jamison, barista and founder of Brew That Coffee. Consider how much coffee you’ll need to brew at a time, then purchase a grinder accordingly.

Making coffee at home as opposed to buying it at the café will definitely save you money in the long run, even if you purchase the most expensive coffee grinder on this list. “Grinding your own coffee beans is a more cost-effective way to enjoy a great cup of coffee,” says Jamison. “Pre-ground coffee can become stale quickly, which results in a less flavorful cup. Furthermore, pre-ground coffee does not always offer a wide selection of beans or the quality and freshness that come with fresh-ground beans.”

But determining a budget for your coffee grinder also comes down to how much you’ll use it. If you’re ready to make coffee making part of your daily routine, then go ahead and splurge on the Comandante C40 Nitro Blade Grinder. Not sure if you can commit to rising and grinding every day? Then maybe go with a more affordable Krups Silent Vortex Electric Grinder.

Coffee grinder settings are important. “Look for a grinder with a range of grind size settings, as different brewing methods require different grind sizes,” says Russell. “For example, a French press requires a coarser grind than a pour-over.”

Some grinders have features that make them easier to use, like a removable hopper, a built-in scale, and even a timer, Jamison notes. “At the end of the day, knowing which coffee grinder to buy is entirely up to the user and their individual preferences,” she says.

Our team of expert product testers and resident coffee enthusiasts spent a day in the lab trying out the best coffee grinders on the market. We tested 21 different models and made our careful selections based on the following attributes:

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Barbara Bellesi Zito is a freelancer with more than 18 years of experience as a writer, editor, and social media consultant for regional and national brands, including, Forbes Advisor, BELLA Magazine, Apartment Therapy, The Motley Fool, Martha Stewart Living, and Insider. Barbara specializes in real estate, home improvement, and lifestyle topics. For this article, she drew on the experiences of our team of product testers, countless online user reviews, and interviews with coffee experts Monica Russell and April Jamison to compile this list of the best coffee grinders.

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