10 Best Coffee Grinders in 2021

Updated 28-03-2021 – Dan Alvazrez

Best Coffee Grinders for the UK

There are a ton of coffee grinders available in the market and getting the best coffee grinder can be daunting if you are not sure which type you need. There are many great coffee grinders from different categories, and it is a tall task to find the best coffee grinder that will be useful to you. This gets further complicated when you see a lot of them are made with cheap competence and are awful at doing one thing they are supposed to do; grinding coffee beans.

Not a lot of coffee grinders do what they are supposed to do, and I found it out the hard way. Some of them simply refused to grind coffee beans or guard jams halfway through. Some simply broke on the first usage. Granted, I have big hands that are not “polite” to the grinders but if I’m going to use my hands to manually grind the coffee, the crank should not fail before the coffee is even ground. Now we have a list of overall best coffee grinders for the UK that will work wonderfully for any budget and need. We got the cheapest grinders to the ridiculously expensive ones and their features vary a lot as well.

Thankfully, most of the grinders in the UK are not that expensive, so I got to order 40 of them to try out and use. Of course, I did ample research before ordering them and made sure I’m getting the best value for money. Even my 8 hours of research was not sufficient to get me all winners here, and I ended up with around 10 extremely useless products. Maybe one day I’ll make a list of the worst coffee grinders in the UK but for now, let’s talk about the best ones I found.

 

Is a Good Coffee Grinder Worth It?

Coffee comes in a lot of flavours, strengths, and sizes, and it all depends upon the coffee bean. After all, it is the main component of a coffee-based drink. The type of coffee bean, how it was roasted, and how it is ground makes the coffee taste amazing or horrible. You can buy the best of the best but if even one of those steps is wrong, you’ll be getting a bad cup of coffee and a bad return on your investment.

A lot of people just drink the instant coffee they have in their cupboards for years. And I’ll admit, I did that too because I wasn’t aware how great a good cup of coffee would taste. Being a poor student has its perks (not really) but getting access to good quality coffee was not one of them. I didn’t even drink coffee till I was in my late teens because my parents were against giving coffee to young people and I thank them for that. I wasn’t dependent on the caffeine hit most of my peers were, and I only drank coffee to enjoy the flavour and not get the jump start most craved in the morning. Coffee can be an addictive thing and just like all great things, it should be taken in moderation.

The jump from instant coffee to professionally made coffee in a café was a huge one for me. That’s where my love of coffee started, and I started visiting the café a lot more. Moving to another city allowed me to explore the coffee space a bit more, visiting different shops trying out different drinks, and generally enjoying the taste. But at home, things were not as great, I was still using the instant coffee thing which worked for the most part but was not as enjoyable.

Thankfully, I got myself a used espresso maker and started making my own coffee. It wasn’t until I tried to learn how to make coffee I started getting better tasting cups. I’m still using preground coffee from a big company which I do not recommend now.

If you’ve been to a coffee shop, you’d notice that the stuff grinds the coffee right before you put it into your drink. There is a very good reason for that, and it is always better to grind your coffee right before you drink it. If you want the best taste and flavour to come through, simply buy the beans from a local store and grind them yourself. This will give you a rich aroma as well as flavour and drastically improve the quality of coffee you make at home. Remember, when it comes to coffee, the fresher it is, the better.

So in short, yes a good quality coffee grinder is worth it.

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How Do I Choose The Best Coffee Grinder?

There are 2 different types of grinders that are further divided into 2 different categories. Let me explain:

There are blade coffee grinders and then there are burr coffee grinders.

The difference between blade grinders and burr grinders is that the blade grinders chop the coffee beans while the burr ones grind the coffee beans. The measured quantity of having a blade coffee grinder is the price, they are generally a lot cheaper than other types of grinders and are readily available. The downside is that the coffee when tasted is not great because the coffee beans are not ground they are chopped into tiny pieces. We will be doing a full list of the best blade grinders as well, so you can check it out if you are dedicated to getting one.

The electric burr grinders on the other hand are a bit more expensive, but they provide the best quality there is. Most of the professionals use these types of grinders and many of the shops you visit will also have good quality burr grinders. We have a dedicated list of the best burr grinders and I highly recommend that you check it out if you’ve made up your mind about getting one.

Both of these grinders can come in manual and electric types. However, a manual grinding device usually uses 2 discs to grind the coffee beans just like the old-school grinder mills.

Now that you know what types and kinds of coffee grinders are there, you can start forming a better picture of what you require. Generally speaking, if you want to spend a lot less, and still get your coffee “ground” then a blade-based coffee grinder is for you. However, if you want the best tasting coffee and the price is no objection, you should check out a burr coffee grinder.

In all honesty, a lazy guy like me is simply going to recommend an electric burr grinder. But, if you are into putting your sweat and tears into your coffee making, then a manual coffee grinder will do a great job. It is going to take a lot longer to grind the coffee, and you’ll need to have patience, but the end result will be a great cup of coffee that you have put hard work into making. Another big advantage of having a manual coffee grinder is that you can use it anywhere, as it doesn’t require any electrical power, you can take it on your trips as well. Freshly ground coffee made on a campfire? Yes, a manual coffee grinder is going to provide you with that.

The best coffee grinders in the UK list is going to tackle all the different types of grinders in one big list. We do have dedicated lists for the best burr grinders as well as the best manual grinders. Check those out if you are sure about what you need.

Product

Details

Sage BCG600SIL Dose Control
Rating 9.5
Sage BCG600SIL Dose Control
  • Type: Conical Burr grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 44.5 x 26.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel
Krups Expert Burr Grinder
Rating 9.3
Krups Expert Burr Grinder
  • Type: Burr Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 30 cm
  • Weight: 1.79 Kg
  • Material: Plastic and metal
Baratza Sette 22F Coffee Grinder
Rating 9.5
Baratza Sette 22F Coffee Grinder
  • Type: Conical Burr Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13 x 24 x 38 cm
  • Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Material: Plastic and metal

Key Features

  • Type: Conical Burr Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 13 x 24 x 38 cm
  • Weight: 3.2 Kg
  • Material: Plastic and metal

The Baratza Sette 22F Coffee Grinder is one of the most expensive electric coffee grinders we tested, and it is also one of the most accurate ones around. The electric burr coffee grinder is capable of giving accurate weight-based dozing, and it is highly precise in doing so. High precision means that you will be able to extract the exact amount of coffee you need without having any waste. It is also capable of grinding directly into the portafilter. This is done thanks to a built-in convertible holder that enables you to grind coffee beans directly into the supplied grounds bin or your own portafilter.

The overall experience of using the Baratza Sette 22F Coffee Grinder was a pleasant one. The initial setup was easy enough, but I did download the full manual from the website. I really like how the quick setup guide is simple and easy to follow. However, if you are going to grind directly into the portafilter, I recommend that you go over the setup just to make sure everything is held firmly. If it’s not level and firm, the whole weighing mechanism can be disrupted. Once you’ve got accustomed to the whole system, it is easy sailing from here on out.

I got very consistent grinds from the Baratza Sette 22F Coffee Grinder. The machine is also capable of grinding very fast but can get a bit noisier.You can also adjust the offset if you are getting slightly inaccurate wage readings, while it’s not in the instruction manual, you can easily check out YouTube on how you can do it. The burr coffee grinder is a lot faster than other grinders on the list, and it is generally a lot better than other grinders I’ve tested when it comes to producing fine grounds. You can easily clean it, the weighing process is simple, and it works as intended.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A simple user interface with a beautiful design
  • Built-in weighing scale makes everything easier
  • Can grind directly into the portafilter
  • Grinding is done really fast

Reasons to Shun

  • It is a bit noisier
  • It is definitely expensive

Key Features

  • Type: Conical Burr grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 44.5 x 26.1 x 20.6 cm
  • Weight: 3.5 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sage, and naturally, I was very excited about trying out the Sage BCG600SIL Dose Control to make espresso. Thankfully, like almost all Sage products, this stainless steel conical grinder not only impressed me but also exceeded any expectations I had. It is still an expensive machine but the amount of features it packs makes the price worthwhile. Just to be clear here, I did not purchase this myself, but I did take this one to my place from the office and had it for around 30 days. It still pains me that I had to return it back to the office, and I was caught “stealing office property” thanks to a nosy employee.

Coming back to the Sage BCG600SIL Dose Control, it is a solidly built device with a beautiful design. It is also very symmetrical and looks great on any kitchen counter. Another thing I really like about the stainless steel conical grinder is the dials, there is a dial for the grinding time as well as the fineness of the coffee grounds being produced. Speaking of grinding, there are 60 grind settings on the machine which I think is more than enough for everyone. For comparison, as usual, an espresso machine or a bean-to-cup machine has 6 to 10 different grind settings, granted they are inbuilt grinders but still.

The Sage BCG600SIL Dose Control also comes with an electronic precision timer. This allows you to adjust the time exactly by one-second increments which is detrimental for accurate dozes for any brew size. The stainless steel conical burr coffee grinder is designed in such a way that it minimizes the heat produced during the process. This in turn protects the walls inside the coffee beans and preserves them for better-tasting coffee.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Comes with a precision electronic timer
  • 60 grind settings are amazing to have
  • Simple and easy to use controls
  • Specially designed grinding mechanism to minimize heat

Reasons to Shun

  • Grind time can only be set in increments of seconds
  • The cleaning is trickier than I’d like

Key Features

  • Type: Burr Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 21 x 17 x 30 cm
  • Weight: 1.79 Kg
  • Material: Plastic and metal

Are you looking for an inexpensive electric burr grinder and don’t want to spend money on a completely useless one? Then the Krups Expert Burr Grinder might be the grinder you’re looking for. It may not have a lot of grind settings or many of the features the top coffee grinders have, but it is available at a very reasonable price. At first glance, the Krups Expert Burr Grinder doesn’t seem like it will be able to grind a lot of coffee, but surprisingly it is very sturdily made and works great as well.

There are 17 settings that adjust the distance between the 2 burrs. This allows you to fine-tune the coarseness of the ground coffee. I’ll be honest here, I wasn’t able to get fine results with the device but with 17 different settings, I was able to get at least closer to what I want. It is not to say that the Krups Expert Burr Grinder is a bad product, far from it, but you need to have appropriate expectations when purchasing this budget pick.

Another feature I like about the Krups Expert Grinder is the ability to select precise portions. You can easily make two or 12 cups at the same time thanks to the cup selector. Once you’ve selected the appropriate amount, the device will stop automatically after that amount is ground. This results in virtually no wastage. The large capacity 225 g bean hopper is also airtight this means you can load it all up without the worry of coffee being exposed to external elements. The coffee beans will remain fresh and result in generally fresh ground coffee. The device is also very easy to clean thanks to its removable ground coffee container and upper burr.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Has a large capacity bean hopper
  • Made with durable stainless steel
  • Allows you to select precise portions
  • Cleaning is relatively easier thanks to removable components

Reasons to Shun

  • Only 17 different grind settings
  • The design is nothing to write home about

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Coffee Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 21  cm
  • Weight: 1.14 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel and plastic

The Duronic CG250 Electric Coffee Grinder is the first stainless steel blade coffee grinder I’m including on the list and there is a good reason for that. At this price point, the Duronic CG250 is simply an irresistible offer. The product offers a powerful 250 W motor that is capable of slicing through coffee beans with ease. It’s not technically grinding the coffee beans but instead shoving it out into small pieces, but it works perfectly fine especially at this price point.

It only takes seconds to chop up the coffee beans into a fine dust by the Duronic CG250 Electric Coffee Grinder. Furthermore, it is of course a bit noisier than I am comfortable with, but it gets great results in a short amount of time. The coffee grounds are great for espresso or Turkish coffee. You can easily make French press or cold brew with the electric grinder, and that usually requires coarsely ground beans.

The device is also a very small one with only 75 g of capacity. It is very portable and can be stored in most drawers and cabinets after usage. As it is a very small device, it can easily be moved around without any worries. It is also designed with a simple push-down mechanism that stops the grinding process. There are no switches to turn it on, all you need to do is press down on the lid and the blades will start spinning. As it is a blade-based device, this mechanism works as a safety measure as well because it will only run when the lid is on. One big advantage of blade grinders is how easy they are to clean, the Duronic CG250 is the same way. The removable stainless steel bowl makes it a lot easier to do routine maintenance. I also appreciate that the machine comes with a BS British standard 3 pin plug, making it easier to plug in anywhere in the office.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Small size and portable design
  • Simple and easy to use user interface
  • Stainless steel blade is very sturdy
  • Superbly easy to clean

Reasons to Shun

  • Can get a bit noisy
  • You have to be careful not to over grind

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Coffee Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 19.2 x 14.4 x 10.8 cm
  • Weight: 660 Grams
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Plastic

The Kabalo Electric Coffee Bean Grinder looks like a neat coffee grinder that won’t take a lot of space on your kitchen counter. It is a compact and easily transportable device that is suitable for grinding coffee beans and being easily storable. The first thing you notice about this device is that it looks beautiful with its silver finish. The coffee grinder is designed really well and would suit any décor.

The Kabalo Electric Coffee Bean Grinder also comes with a safety lock lid system that makes it secure for usage. You don’t have to worry about the lid opening up during the grinding process. There is also a pulse function that some argue is the better way to grind anything, including coffee beans. I really like the integrated cord storage compartment, this means that the device is very easy to carry around in a bag if you’re on the go.

The electric coffee Bean grinder uses a stainless steel blade and basically crushes the coffee into a fine powder. The longer you grind, the finer the powder becomes, so you’ll have to time your grinds accordingly. It is an inexpensive coffee grinder and there are no timers here, so you’ll have to go by the feel and maybe get the grind right after one or 2 tries. It is made with stainless steel and plastic, so it is quite sturdy as well. At this price, this electric green grinder is a good deal if you are simply looking for a cheap grinder to get coffee beans ground.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Beautiful and slick looking design
  • Comes with a safety lock lid system
  • The integrated cord compartment is great
  • Made with sturdy stainless steel components

Reasons to Shun

  • Has only 50 g of capacity

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 27.6 x 13.1 x 12.3  cm
  • Weight: 1.04 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Plastic

I haven’t heard of the company Shardor before trying out their coffee grinder, and honestly, I love the name. It kind of sounds like something straight out of a Tolkien novel, and I’m all for it. The device does uniform grinding consistently and uses a no-rim blade design that is capable of producing even results.

There is a high-power motor inside the machine rotating at 24,000 rpm. You’ll be able to get your coffee ground to a fine powder in around 8 to 15 seconds which is very fast considering it is a blade-based coffee Bean grinder. I really like how the company included safety features in the product, the grinder can only rotate when the bowl is locked into the place and the lid is on it.

Overall, the Shardor Coffee Grinder is a neat little grinder that will get the job done in a fast and easy way. Another advantage of having this coffee being grinder is that it can grind almost everything. This includes rock sugar, pepper, bay leaf, dry chilli, chickpeas, mint, cumin, cinnamon, and my hopes and dreams.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Good quality safety features
  • The design is sleek and stylish looking
  • A very powerful motor inside
  • No rim blade design for even grinding

Reasons to Shun

  • As with other blade grinders, you have to time the grind yourself
  • The motor can give off a faint smell after prolonged usage

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 16.5 x 25.5  cm
  • Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Plastic

The Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder is one of the most unique-looking coffee grinding machines on the list. It has a striking design with a huge dial on the top and a transparent container at the bottom that shows ground coffee. The Bean container has a capacity of 200 g which is a lot, and it is enough to make 2 to 14 cups with ease.

The machine also has 17 different grind settings which is not a lot by my standards, but it is still something that allows granular adjustments. The device also consumes low power and has some energy-efficient and saving features. It automatically turns itself off after a few minutes of inactivity.

The Melitta Molino Coffee Grinder also comes with removable components, from the grinding disc to the coffee container you’ll be able to clean them easily after removal. The ground coffee is collected in a different detachable container, so it is easier to move around.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • A strikingly beautiful and different design
  • Bean container has 200 g of capacity
  • There are some good energy-saving features
  • Detachable coffee ground container

Reasons to Shun

  • Only 17 individual grind settings

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 19.3 x 11.4 x 11.2  cm
  • Weight: 800 g
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Plastic

The UUOUU CG8320 Coffee Grinder claims to be a powerful and quiet coffee grinding device, and I was hoping that it would be very silent. Unfortunately, it is not as quiet as I thought it would be, but fortunately, it does grind the coffee really well. My point is if you are buying this because it says it will be quiet, tone down your expectations because I’m not sure whether it is that quiet. However, it is an excellent blade-based coffee grinder that takes around 20 seconds to grind up to ounces of coffee beans.

There is a durable stainless steel blade inside the machine that allows you to grind up virtually anything. I was able to grind spices, herbs, nuts, grains, and of course coffee beans without any worries. There are also some safety systems that make the coffee grinder a better deal. The blades won’t even spin unless the lid is placed on the top securely which is always appreciated. The device also features a small-sized washable bowl which makes your life easier when it comes to maintenance and cleaning. There is a strong 200 W motor inside the UUOUU CG8320 Coffee Grinder which makes short work of any coffee beans you put in.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Quieter than other machines but not silent
  • Lid activated safety switch
  • Small size and washable design
  • Can grind a lot of stuff

Reasons to Shun

  • Only has 60 g of capacity
  • You can only use it for one minute and cool it down

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 22 cm
  • Weight: 1 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Plastic

Looking for a stainless steel blade grinding device that is compact and easy to carry? The De’Longhi KG210 Electric Coffee Grinder might be for you. This electric grinder has a push to grind system that only engages when you press on the lid.

As it is on the smaller side, the 90 g of coffee bean capacity in the hopper is also a bit small. The overall design is kept compact and to me, it looks like a DSLR camera lens than a coffee grinder. Rest assured the stainless steel build is sturdy, and you won’t have any problems moving this grinder around.

The grind selector on the machine allows you to choose the grind settings. This brings me to the downside of the De’Longhi KG210 Electric Coffee Grinder, there are only 3 different grind settings which is not a lot. This is exactly why I was disappointed by the selection and placed it almost at the end. However, the compact nature, sturdy build, safety features, and a good quality stainless steel blade make it a good choice for those who are not picky about coffee ground settings.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Transparent and easily removable coffee container
  • Comes with a cleaning brush
  • The push to grind system works well
  • The stainless steel blade is sturdy

Reasons to Shun

  • Only 3 different grind settings

Key Features

  • Type: Blade Grinder
  • Electric: Yes
  • Dimensions:  9 x 9.5 x 16.6  cm
  • Weight: 1.04 Kg
  • Material: Stainless Steel and Aluminum

The Bodum 1116970UK Bistro Blade Grinder is available in 6 different colours and all of them looked beautiful, we were able to get our hands on the red version, and it looks stunning. Combine that with a strong and durable stainless steel blade, and you have a winning recipe here.

The grinder has a transparent lid that allows you to see how fine the coffee grounds are becoming. As there are no automatic settings here, you’ll be able to eyeball it yourself. The interface is easy enough, push-button controls the pulse action or continuous grind. There is even a storage compartment in the base for the cord.

Overall, if you’re looking for a beautiful-looking blade-based coffee grinder, the Bodum 1116970UK Bistro is going to do a great job. The budget-friendly electric grinder looks beautiful while doing its job admirably.

 

Reasons to Buy

  • Available in 6 different colours
  • Durable stainless steel spins at high rpm
  • Storage space for the cord

Reasons to Shun

  • Not as powerful as I’d like

FAQs

What Kind Of Grinder Does Starbucks Use?

Starbucks uses a specialized machine exclusively made for Starbucks. They are automatic machines with built-in burr grinders and are not available for use at home. And honestly, you can do so much better than Starbucks.

 

What is the best coffee grinder for home Use?

Personally, I would highly recommend using an electrical conical grinder at home. But you can also use blade-based grinders or mental grinders if you so choose. They won’t be as great as good-quality burr grinders though.

 Hopefully, you found the grinder to grind your beans on this list. If not, we have dedicated lists for the best manual grinders as well as best burr grinders so make sure you peek at them as well.

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