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There’s no doubt that a fresh steaming cup of coffee tops the list of life’s simple pleasures. But while a lot of focus is placed on the type of coffee and the coffee maker, the real magic is in the beans or, more specifically, when you grind them.
Sure, it’s easier to buy beans that are already ground, but when you grind them yourself right before you use them, it really elevates the experience from good to magical. While it may seem like grinding your own beans every time you want to make a cup of coffee is a lot of extra hassle, the best coffee grinders make things really quick and simple and all of the options on this list meet that mark.
Here, the best coffee grinders.
Bodum is one of the leaders in coffee-related appliances and accessories and they nailed it, once again, with their Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder. Equipped with a conical burr, it spins slower than other types of grinders so you get an even, consistent grind without a lot of extra noise. The top coffee compartment holds 220 grams—or about a half a pound—of whole coffee beans and the grinds empty into a glass catcher designed to reduce status cling and keep your coffee fresh. And with its vertical design, it doesn’t take up too much space on your countertop.
Even though it’s loaded with 12 different grind settings, it’s still really easy to use. All you have to do is add coffee beans to the top, turn the dial to your preferred setting, select grind duration—it ranges from 5 to 20 seconds—and then turn it on.
The OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is another option that’s similar to the Bodum in a lot of ways. The name was likely a dead giveaway, but it also uses a conical burr grinding system that’s designed to create uniform grounds, no matter which of the 15 grind settings you use. It has a one-touch timer button that memorizes your last setting, so if you’re a creature of habit and always reach for the same type of coffee, there’s no need to reprogram the grinder every time. Just press and go.
While the OXO slightly bigger than the Bodum, the larger design allows you to hold more whole coffee beans—about three-fourths of a pound total—for easy one-touch grinding.
With 60 unique grind settings, an LCD display, and an 18-ounce coffee bean storage capacity, Breville’s Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder is definitely one of the most advanced on this list. You can use the three controls on the front of the grinder to adjust grind time, grind size, and amounts of cups or shots (depending on whether you’re making coffee or espresso). You also have the option to grind directly into a filter, airtight container, or portafilter.
The Smart Grinder Pro comes in several colors, including brushed stainless steel, black, copper, red, blue, and white, so you can choose the option that best suits your kitchen.
The Fellow Ode Brew Grinder is really an ode to brewed coffee in its freshest form. Focused only on coffee (not espresso), Fellow designed this grinder with 31 grind settings, a single dose load bin, and professional-grade flat burrs that mimic the quality grind that you would get at your favorite local coffee shop.
Fellow eliminated the top-set coffee hopper that you see on many other at-home grinders and added extra features that help reduce noise so every step of your morning coffee can be the quiet, relaxing experience you’re after.
If you’re not into the bells and whistles and you’re just looking for an easy way to crank out (literally) some freshly ground coffee, the Handground Precision Manual Coffee Grinder has everything you need to get the job done. This crank-style hand grinder has 15 grind settings that can handle the finest and coarsest grinds for everything from espresso to French press, and it includes a handy visual guide to walk you through the options. All you have to do is turn the dial setting, load the hopper, and crank the lever to grind.
Another great thing about this manual coffee grinder is that it’s totally portable, so if you like to go camping or you travel a lot, you can take it with you and always have fresh coffee on the go.
Baratza only manufactures one product—coffee grinders—so it’s no wonder they have it totally figured it out. The Encore, which is Baratza’s entry level model, has 40 grind settings and high-speed precision burr grinders that quickly turn your coffee beans into uniform grinds from fine to coarse. All you have to do is turn the manual dial and press the one-touch button on the front of the grinder.
If you want something a little more advanced, Baratze also offers a Virtuoso+ line that has the same number of grind settings with a digital timer display that makes it easier to get the perfect brew for any type of coffee.
It’s almost impossible to put together a list of any best kitchen appliances without giving a shoutout to KitchenAid. While their Blade Coffee Grinder is pretty basic, especially compared to most of the other options on this list, it can easily power through enough beans to make 12 cups of coffee. The inner 4-ounce stainless steel bowl has measurement markings inside so you can easily and quickly see how many beans you need to grind for 4, 8, 10, and 12 cups of brewed coffee.
All you have to do is fill the cup, close the lid, and push down on the cover to grind. And since the cover is clear, you can watch as the beans grind and stop when they reached your desired consistency.
There may be no such thing as a truly silent coffee grinder, but the Krups Silent Vortex Electric Grinder is pretty close. It utilizes Vortex Spin Technology to pull coffee beans into the blades to give you a fast, efficient, and consistent grind with considerably less noise than other coffee grinders like it. Easy-to-use, the one-touch operation allows you to grind enough beans for up to 12 cups of coffee in about 15 seconds flat.
It also moonlights as a spice and herb grinder, so you can use it for things like whole peppercorns or fennel seeds if you need to.
The De’Longhi Dedica Conical Burr Grinder may sound fancy and that’s because it is. With a digital LCD display and 18 variable grind settings, you can grind uniform beans for everything from espresso to pour overs to a French press. You can also choose from different strength settings—light, normal or strong—depending on how bold you like your coffee.
The grinder also includes an airtight glass carafe that houses enough grinds for up to 14 cups of coffee, or you can dispense the grinds directly into a portafilter for your espresso machine.
With its 50s kitchen, retro-inspired look, the Smeg Coffee Grinder is definitely the cutest option on this list. But looks aren’t everything and, fortunately, this coffee grinder performs too. Using the side lever, you can adjust the grind to 30 different settings for all types of coffee brewing. It also has eight presets that allow you to grind enough coffee for one single shot of espresso to up to 12 cups of drip coffee at a single touch of the button.
It comes in six diner-esque colors—white, red, black, cream, pastel blue, and pastel green. Smeg also makes matching drip coffee makers, so you can buy the set together and have the cutest coffee setup ever.