The 8 Best Coffee Grinders of 2020

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Breville the Smart Grinder Pro at Best Buy

"60 precise-grind settings."

Best Electric: Bodum Premium Electric Burr Grinder at Amazon

"Ideal for customers who want a few advanced features but don't want to break the bank."

Best Simple Design: OXO On Conical Burr Grinder with Scale at Amazon

"Built-in scale with easy-to-use digital interface for programming precise weights​."

Best Budget: Hamilton Beach Custom Grind at Walmart

"Decently operable and truly inexpensive."

Best Value: Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder at Amazon

"Ideal for the everyday coffee geek who loves their daily brew but isn't ready to go down the espresso rabbit hole."

Best Versatile: KitchenAid Coffee and Spice Grinder at Bed Bath & Beyond

"Steel blades can grind coffee beans or take on herbs and spices for lightning-fast ingredient prep while cooking."

Best Manual: Hario Skerton Plus at Amazon

"Grinder with screw-top lid for easy storage."

Best for Espresso: KitchenAid Burr Coffee Grinder at Amazon

"15 different grind settings, all the way down to a very fine grind that’s ideal for making espresso."

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Breville the Smart Grinder Pro

    Excellent
    What We Like
    • Consistent grind size

    • Easy-to-understand interface

    • Coffee grounds cup doubles as storage

    What We Don't Like
    • Expensive

    • Short power cord

    This grinder has stainless steel conical burrs that are designed to minimize grinding heat and protect the essential oils, maximizing the flavor you get from your coffee beans. It has 60 precise-grind settings from the finest espresso to a coarse grind for French press and everything in between. You’ll always have exactly the right grind for your beans and your coffee grinder.

    This has an electronic timer that allows you to adjust the grind time down to two-tenths of a second, so you can produce exactly the amount of ground coffee you need every single time. You can store up to 16 ounces in the hopper, which has a locking system that makes it easy to remove and clean. You can also grind beans directly into a filter or your favorite container, so there’s less to clean.

    Sometimes a litany of features can lead to confusion, but not with this machine. Our product tester found the grinder "very comprehensive" and "simple to use." She added that there's a graph on the LCD display that "shows the grind size from coarsest to finest, complete with markers for press, perk, drip, and espresso along the way."

    This machine comes with two sizes of portafilter cradles, a ground-coffee container with ​a lid and a cleaning brush. This model is available in three different colors to fit your kitchen décor.

    "If you’re serious about coffee, you’ll be happy with this machine. From the finest grind to the coarsest, the bits of coffee were consistent." Donna Currie, Product Tester

  • 02 of 08

    Best Electric: Bodum Premium Electric Burr Grinder

    Very Good
    What We Like
    • Straightforward

    • Various grind settings

    • Finest grind is perfect size

    What We Don't Like
    • Full bean hopper spills beans if removed

    • Coarsest grind is uneven

    • Hopper exposes beans to light

    • Prone to static cling

    The Bodum Electric Burr Grinder is a middle-tier option, ideal for customers who want a few advanced features but don't want to break the bank. The conical burrs are an upgrade over cheaper, less effective blade grinders. This machine also has 12 adjustable grind settings, ranging from a fine espresso grind to a coarser grind, best for French presses. A built-in timer is extremely handy, and part of the reason the item receives so much praise for its ease of use.

    There are some drawbacks worth noting, however. Even though the glass coffee ground catcher is meant to reduce static cling—common with finer grinds—our reviewer said the item is "inexplicably prone to static cling." She added that the grinder isn't quite as effective on the coarser grind settings, often leading to an end result that's "chunky and a bit uneven." Nonetheless, the Bodum Electric Burr Grinder earned an above-average score in our product testing.

    "If you want a simple grinder that can be set once and used every day without fuss, this grinder will do the trick."Donna Currie, Product Tester

  • 03 of 08

    Best Simple Design: OXO On Conical Burr Grinder with Scale

    OXO On Conical Burr Coffee Grinder with Integrated Scale
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    Excellent
    What We Like
    • Nice design

    • Bean hopper locks securely

    • Integrated scale to weigh beans

    • Senses empty bean hopper

    What We Don't Like
    • Coarsest grind is chunky

    • Scale sometimes needs to be tared

    • No cord wrap

    • Expensive

    Want a burr grinder without useless, unnecessary frills? This OXO grinder might be your best bet. One feature that really sets the item apart is its built-in scale. During our product testing, our reviewer found that the "scale is accurate to the gram" and perfectly "integrates with the grinding operation." Such precision leads to a consistently delicious cup of coffee. Another small perk is that the "grinder won’t start if the cup isn’t on the scale," which prevents grounds from flying everywhere "if someone bumps or removes the cup."

    On top of that, the easy-to-use digital interface lets you change the programs and dose weights​, and it's also precise enough to give you anything from one batch of espresso-ground coffee to five doses of filter-ground coffee, at the touch of a button. You can also make minute adjustments to coffee strength with the gentle twist of a knob, and the hopper is easily removable to switch from bean to bean whenever necessary.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Budget: Hamilton Beach Custom Grind

    Hamilton Beach Custom Grind Coffee Maker

     Courtesy of Walmart

    What We Like
    • Affordable

    • Easy to use

    • Removable, dishwasher-safe grinding chamber

    What We Don't Like
    • Blade grinder

    • Small capacity (5 ounces)

    For die-hard believers in burr grinders, it’s nearly impossible to find one that’s both decently operable and truly inexpensive. That’s why we’ve landed on this blade grinder from Hamilton Beach, a solid option for those who aren’t interested in spending more than $30 on this part of their morning coffee routine. This device is certainly not as advanced or customizable as more expensive models, but it does offer some broad adjustment options for at least a degree of precision above a single-button design. And it holds a lot — up to 14 cups worth of coffee. Simply fill the stainless steel chamber, set your quantity and the coarseness of your grind, and press the button. It will automatically grind to your desired consistency and then turn itself off, allowing you to continue your morning routine in the meantime. And the chamber is removable, meaning you can pour out your grounds with ease and clean up in a snap.

    What the Experts Say

    “Nine out of ten times that you get a bad cup [of coffee] it’s because you use a different amount of coffee grounds, a different amount of water, or a different size grind. We recommend that you get a burr grinder because it will grind your coffee evenly and consistently. And consistency is key.”


    -Allie Caran, Director of Education at Partners Coffee

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Value: Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

    What We Like
    • Burr grinder

    • 40 grind settings

    • Simple controls

    What We Don't Like
    • Prone to static cling

    • Tinted coffee bin, difficult to see through

    If a $500 grinder isn't in your future but you want something reliable, Baratza has another model for you. The Virtuoso's conical burrs will last roughly two-thirds as long as the ceramic burrs in the Vario, and their shape encourages an even and just as adjustable particle size as those in the machine's more expensive, flashier cousin.

    The Virtuoso has the capacity to create grinds coarse enough for French press and fine enough for just about everything short of espresso, which makes it ideal for the everyday coffee geek who loves their daily brew but isn't ready to go down the espresso rabbit hole. Baratza is also dedicated to service, which means that parts and repair are relatively simple on these units, unlike many other home appliances available.

  • 06 of 08

    Best Versatile: KitchenAid Coffee and Spice Grinder Pack

    KitchenAid Coffee and Spice Grinder Pack
    Courtest of Overstock.com.
    What We Like
    • Space saver

    • Diswasher Safe

    • Easy to use

    What We Don't Like
    • Loud

    • Blade grinder

    • Grind size is changed manually

    If you shy away from single-use appliances (or don’t like them taking up your limited storage space), then the KitchenAid Coffee and Spice Grinder Pack has appealing versatility. Its stainless steel blades can grind coffee beans for your morning joe or take on herbs and spices for lightning-fast ingredient prep while cooking. And with its single-button design, it couldn’t be easier to use. The downside of the one-touch button, however, is that the only way to adjust grind size is by manually grinding for a shorter or longer amount of time, which may lead to unevenness.

    The item achieves such versatility through interchangeable pieces, which may be an annoyance for some or a non-issue for others. It comes with a 4-ounce hopper for coffee beans and two 2-ounce grinding bowls for spices. This grinder doesn’t offer the advanced features or precise control of the more expensive models on this list—coffee connoisseurs may even express horror at the concept of a multi-use grinder-—but if you’re looking for a way to grind coffee at home without devoting counter space to a single-use device, then this is a worthwhile option.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Manual: Hario Skerton Plus Ceramic Coffee Mill

    What We Like
    • Burr grinder

    • Large capacity

    • Adjustable grind size

    • Dishwasher safe

    What We Don't Like
    • Tough to keep stable

    • Coarser grinds can be inconsistent

    While the Hario Skerton Plus is less stable than the Porlex hand grinder, its separate parts make it an ideal travel companion: A screw-top lid is included in the package, making it possible to remove the grinder top, seal the bottom bowl, and use it as a storage unit for freshly hand-ground coffee. The ceramic burrs are long-lasting and precise, offering an incredibly even grind particle size for a manual grinder. As with the Porlex (and basically every other hand-powered grinder in existence), adjustments to the grind-particle size are something of a pain to make, but the accuracy and uniformity of the grind once you settle on the right one is hard to beat at the price.

  • 08 of 08

    Best for Espresso: KitchenAid Burr Coffee Grinder

    KitchenAid KCG0702OB Burr Coffee Grinder, Onyx Black
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.
    What We Like
    • Burr grinder

    • 15 grind settings

    • Unique low-RPM grinding

    What We Don't Like
    • Expensive

    • On the larger side

    This burr coffee grinder has a unique shape that’s reminiscent of a KitchenAid stand mixer, but that shape also makes it shorter than the more upright grinders, so it fits better under low kitchen cabinets or on shelves. It has 15 different grind settings, all the way down to a very fine grind that’s ideal for making espresso.

    This has stainless steel cutting burrs that are durable and powerful. The burrs turn at a slow speed, so there’s less frictional heat that can degrade the coffee flavor, no matter how fine the grind. The seven-ounce bean hopper and grind jar are made from glass, so you’ll get less static cling that’s common with plastic containers. This includes a coffee scoop and a burr grinding brush for easy cleaning. This grinder includes a one-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

Final Verdict

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is our runaway winner thanks to its numerous features, sleek LCD display, and exceptional consistency. However, it is also one of the most expensive coffee grinders on the list, so at half the price the Bodum Premium Electric Grinder is a great alternative.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats

Erin Meister has spent years both working in and reporting on the coffee industry. Since moving to New York City in 2003, she has worked at Joe Coffee Company and Counter Culture Coffee. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe Serious Eats, Rachael Ray Every Day, and more. Erin is also the author of New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History.


This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. Some of his favorite coffee beans to grind up are the extra-dark, extra-caffeinated Death Wish Coffee (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in a Coffee Grinder

Hopper size: A large hopper is convenient since you don’t need to refill it daily, but if you like to brew different types of coffee on different days, a small bean hopper works just as well—plus, it reduces the overall size of the grinder.


Grind size options:
How many types of coffee do you drink? If you always make the same variety, you may never need to change the grind size. However, if you make espresso on some days and French press coffee on others, it’s nice to be able to select exactly the right size every time.


Cleaning:
Most grinders don’t need a lot of cleaning, particularly if you use them daily. Even if you switch between dark and light roasts, a few errant beans won’t ruin the brew. But if you occasionally like flavored coffees, you’ll want a grinder that’s easy to clean, so your morning coffee doesn’t retain a hint of hazelnut for longer than you like.