Best Coffee Grinders to Enjoy Freshly Ground Coffee in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 25, 2020
The process of making coffee is like a ritual for every person addicted to this drink. And the first thing to do is grinding the beans with the help of a coffee grinder. This is a review of the best and most popular coffee grinders on the market, so that you can choose the most suitable one. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Grinder Type
Power and Capacity
Design
Additional Options
Warranty
 
PROS

The unit uses a "Push to grind" system - you only need to push one button to start grinding coffee. To ensure safe use, the appliance will not turn on in case the lid is not closed properly.

CONS

The brush is somewhat fiddly to use.

OUR VERDICT

This stylish coffee grinder offers three grinding levels: coarse, medium, and fine, for brewing perfectly delicious coffee each time. Thanks to its portable size, the item takes minimal countertop and storage space.

detailed parameters
Grinder Type

Blade grinder

Power and Capacity

170 Watts, Can grind for up to 12 cups at a time, 90 g grinding capacity

Design

Plastic body, Transparent removable bean container, Stainless steel blades

Additional Options

Selectable grinding level (fine, medium, coarse), "Push to grind" system, Cleaning brush, Cord storage, Non-slip rubber feet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The appliance will help you to quickly turn coffee beans, crackers, nuts, and grains into a thin powder. The unit can also be used for processing wet ingredients allowing you to make sauces and baby food.

CONS

It can only grind beans for brewing 7-8 cups of coffee in one go. 

OUR VERDICT

Being a portable alternative to a conventional blender, the Duronic CG250 coffee grinder will be welcome in any kitchen. The unit has a powerful motor and non-slip rubber feet that will prevent it from sliding off the countertop.

detailed parameters
Grinder Type

Blade grinder

Power and Capacity

250 Watts, Can grind for up to 8 cups at a time, 75 g grinding capacity

Design

Plastic body and cover, Removable stainless steel bowl, Stainless steel blades

Additional Options

Push-down top operation, Cable management space, Non-slip rubber feet

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Equipped with a powerful motor and high-quality stainless steel blades, this efficient coffee grinder will allow you to get consistently ground coffee in no time at all.

CONS
The power cord is somewhat short - just 2 feet.
OUR VERDICT

Functional and simple in use, the KRUPS coffee grinder has quite a capacious container. It's a great choice for grinding not only coffee beans but also spices and nuts.

detailed parameters
Grinder Type
Blade grinder
Power and Capacity

200 Watts, Can grind for up to 15 cups at a time

Design

Plastic body, Grinding container, Stainless steel blades and interior

Additional Options

Lid-activated safety switch, Built-in cord storage, Rubberized feet

Warranty

2 years

PROS
The push button located on the housing for a handy operation ensures accurate control over grind texture.
CONS

If you mill some solid nuts or spices, the rotation speed of a blade might vary.

OUR VERDICT
Stylish stainless steel housing of the coffee grinder will decorate any kitchen. Using this appliance, you can even turn sugar into powdered sugar for your pastry.
detailed parameters
Grinder Type
Blade grinder
Power and Capacity

110 Watts, Can grind for up to 10 cups at a time

Design

Stainless steel body, Transparent viewing window on a lid, Stainless steel blade

Additional Options
Cord storage compartment, Safety lock-in lid
Warranty

2 years

PROS

An ergonomic transparent lid will allow you to control the coffee fineness. Just hold the start button for up to 8 seconds for coarser and for 12 seconds for finer grinding results.

CONS

The grinding chamber is a bit tricky to clean. 

OUR VERDICT

Whether you prefer espresso, latte, or French pressed coffee, this Andrew James coffee grinder in red will help you get the desired fineness. This affordable and functional appliance can also be used for grinding nuts and spices.

detailed parameters
Grinder Type

Blade grinder

Power and Capacity

150 Watts, Can grind for up to 10 cups at a time, 70 g grinding capacity

Design

Plastic body and lid, Stainless steel blades

Additional Options

One-touch operation, Non-slip base

Warranty

2 years

De'Longhi KG49

Get Perfectly Ground Coffee Each Time

The De'Longhi KG49 is one of the best coffee grinders out there. Not only does it have a powerful motor, durable grinding mechanism, and quality stainless steel blades, the machine features a unique user-friendly design that will allow you to get perfectly ground coffee each time.

The operation is very straightforward - you only need to press the lid to activate the appliance and release it to stop grinding. You will note that this model has a selection knob that indicates the number of cups you are grinding for (from 2 to 12). The maximum capacity of the grinder is 90 grams; make sure not to fill the container above the MAX level embossed on the inside.

Blade coffee grinders may be somewhat inconvenient to use because you have to control the fineness of the grind by monitoring the grinding results. If you run the machine for too long or for too short, the coffee will turn into a thin powder or you will have your beans ground too coarse for your chosen brewing method. The manufacturer offers an elegant solution to the issue - grind setting indicator lights (coarse, medium, and fine). To get the desired texture, just press the lid until the corresponding light appears. Thanks to the ergonomic non-slip rubber feet, the item will stay securely in place during its operation.

Review of De'Longhi KG49 12-Cup Coffee Grinder

Unique Design

Next, this innovative coffee grinder has an unconventional grinding chamber. Featuring a stainless steel bottom and transparent plastic upper part, this container will allow you to see how finely/coarsely the coffee is ground. Moreover, the coffee container can be removed for easy cleaning - just turn in clockwise and lift it upwards. Though it is not recommended to place the item in water, any coffee residues can be removed with a brush that comes with the box. The cover, by the way, can be washed with water and detergent, just do not forget to rinse and thoroughly dry it afterwards. The housing is easy to clean with a soft cloth. Surely enough, the unit must be unplugged before performing any cleaning on it.

Finally, this blade coffee grinder is easy to store thanks to its compact design and ergonomic cord storage. And its sandglass shape makes it easy to handle and carry around.

All in all, the De'Longhi KG49 coffee grinder is just what you need to grind coffee beans for your espresso machine, drip pot, or percolator and to enjoy the taste and flavour of freshly-made coffee.

De'Longhi KG49 12-Cup Coffee Grinder in the use

Additional Info

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Duronic CG250

Compact Alternative to a Blender

Let's move on to the most powerful and most functional coffee grinder on our shortlist. Equipped with a 250-Watt motor, the Duronic CG250 Electric Coffee Grinder will grind beans in a matter of seconds. Moreover, this versatile unit doubles as a compact blender - it can be used for processing both dry and wet ingredients. In other words, in addition to grinding coffee, it will allow you to make dips, sauces, and even baby food.

Meanwhile, the unit's operation is even simpler than that of a blender. The lid of the coffee grinder acts as a switch. Simply push it down to start the motor and lift your hand from it to stop. For the user's safety, the appliance will only start its operation when the lid is properly secured.

The grinding chamber and the blade are made of high-quality stainless steel. The bowl holds up to 75 grams of coffee beans which is enough for brewing 7-8 cups of coffee. The transparent lid will let you see how fine the coffee is ground. When the job is done, the bowl can be removed from the base for pouring out freshly ground coffee, sauce, or chopped veggies.

Review of Duronic CG250 Electric Coffee Grinder

Removable Grinding Bowl

Because both the cup and the lid are removable, cleaning the unit is a breeze. If necessary, they can be washed with warm soapy water, however, if you only use the appliance for grinding coffee, just wipe the cup with a dry cloth and remove any remaining coffee with a brush.

Please note that it is important to let the motor cool down at least for one minute after one minute's operation to prolong the service life of the unit. In any case, as powerful as it is the appliance will handle literally any grinding task in less than a minute.

On the bottom of the grinder, you will find ergonomic cord storage. You can wind up the cable inside the base for portable storage, or to make the cord shorter in order to stop it from getting in the way.

In a word, this powerful and reliable coffee grinder, in addition to its main function, can be used for grinding nuts and seeds, chopping vegetables, and even for blending various ingredients. Easy to use and clean, it has a small footprint and takes minimal space for storage.

Duronic CG250 Electric Coffee Grinder in the use

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KRUPS F203

One-Button Design

If you are looking for a functional and powerful blade coffee grinder, consider this KRUPS model. It has an efficient 200-Watt motor and high-quality twin stainless steel blades that will quickly and thoroughly grind coffee beans and spices to release their natural flavour.

The unit is easy to use and operate thanks to its 1-button design. So, you need to put enough beans into the container and push just a single button - and the grinding will start. The motor only runs when the button is activated. As soon as the grinder's content gets the desired consistency, release the button. The perfect coffee fineness is achieved by altering the processing time, so simply give a longer press for finer grinding or turn the unit off a bit earlier for coarser grinding. Anyway, in the end, you will get well-ground coffee with a wonderful aroma. Then, use your favourite brewing method to make your perfect cup of coffee.

Review of KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

Treat Your Whole Family

This powerful spice and coffee grinder will allow you to make fragrant and delicious coffee to treat your family and guests. Thanks to the large capacity of the grinding chamber, you can process 75 grammes of coffee beans at a time - enough for brewing up to 12 cups of the energizing drink.

KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder in the use

Stylish and Compact

The KRUPS F203 coffee grinder has a compact oval shape and an elegant black casing. Featuring a small footprint, the appliance doesn't take much space for storage. A transparent lid will allow you to see when the coffee beans or herbs get the desired fineness. The only downside of this model is that the power cord is a little short (only 2 feet); however, this is pretty common for such a compact device. This stylish coffee-mill will perfectly blend with any kitchen decor so it will make you enjoy you coffee brewing ritual even more.

Detailed review of KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder

Versatile and Safe

As we have mentioned above, this coffee grinder can grind not only coffee beans but also nuts, parsley, spices, and herbs. Therefore, this compact unit doubles as a spice grinder. Though just one grinding speed is available, the machine is incredibly efficient (don't forget this grinder has a high-power motor). Also, this appliance includes a so-called lock-off switch which ensures its safe use - the grinding will start only if the lid is on.

KRUPS F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder application

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


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Krups 203 Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder
 

James Martin ZX595

Grinder Type

It is a common knowledge that the secret of a delicious cup of coffee lies in the right coffee beans sort, roasting grade, and a brewing method. But it is only part of the story since each coffee beverage requires an appropriate grinding. With this fantastic blade coffee grinder, you can control the grind texture for a perfect drink. And a single button will make the grinding process an engrossing morning ritual for all true coffee lovers.
Review of James Martin ZX595 Mini Grinder

Power and Capacity

This blade grinder is pretty powerful - its electric motor yields 150 Watts. It takes minutes to grind enough beans for 12 cups if you fill the grinder to a full capacity. However, if you don't need so much ground coffee at a time, you can load the exact quantity of beans. You can also use James Martin ZX595 Mini Grinder for herbs, nuts and spices milling. The coffee grinder will come in handy for performing most cooking tasks.
James Martin ZX595 Mini Grinder in the use

Design

The appliance's housing and blades are made of stainless steel. This feature emphasizes not only the device's durability but also prevents the chamber from absorbing foreign odours during grinding. Therefore, your coffee will never have a savour of previously milled herbs. For your convenience, there is a transparent viewing window. Hence, you can control the grinding and stop the device when the beans are ground to the optimal fineness. Pretty convenient!
Detailed review of James Martin ZX595 Mini Grinder

Additional Options

When the coffee grinder is not in use, you can easily store it in a cupboard or just place it on a countertop. This model features a special power cord storage compartment at its bottom so that you can arrange all little things there and save your working surface from unneeded mess. A safety "lock in" lid doesn't let the grinder start running until it's been fixed properly in place. This feature makes it pretty safe to use even for kids. (Though, children shouldn't drink coffee until they reach at least 15). James Martin coffee grinder doesn't need a lot of advertising since it's already well known from TV shows where James Martin uses it every day!
James Martin ZX595 Mini Grinder application

 

Andrew James 67157

Good Value For The Money

Cheaper does not necessarily mean less effective. This stylish Andrew James coffee grinder offers a 70-gram grinding capacity that will allow you to prepare enough beans for brewing up to 10 cups of Java. Equipped with sharp stainless steel blades, it will efficiently grind coffee beans, nuts, spices, herbs, and seeds. For example, it can process sesame seeds, flax seeds, and poppy seeds with no difficulty, let alone peanuts, cashews, and almonds. You can even use the unit for making gluten-free flours.

Whether you need coffee for your coffee machine, French press, or other brewing devices, this model will help you have the beans ground just as coarse or as fine as you need. Featuring one-touch operation, the unit is activated by pressing the start button on its lid; when you release the button, the motor will stop running. The longer the unit operates, the finer grind you will get. You can hold the button for up to 8 seconds for a coarse grind and up to 12 seconds for a fine grind. Alternatively, you can use short bursts - the pulse function will give you more control over the grinding process.

Though this model is less functional than some of its more expensive competitors, it is efficient, reliable, and durable; no wonder the unit comes with a 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

Review of Andrew James 67157 Electric Coffee Grinder

Brighten Up Your Kitchen

This appliance is safe to use - the motor will not start if the lid is not in its place. The ergonomic see-through lid will allow you to monitor the grinding process and stop processing as soon as the beans, seeds, or other ingredients get the desired texture. On the flip side of the coin, the grinding chamber is somewhat difficult to clean; however, using a small brush makes cleaning easier.

We would also like to mention that this model has a stylish and comfortable design and it is easy to hold in your hand thanks to its portable size and unconventional shape.

Summing up, the Andrew James electric coffee grinder is a great moderately-priced appliance for processing coffee beans, nuts, herbs, and seeds. Though not as powerful as some units in this review, it still does a great job. Finally, its eye-catching design will enliven any kitchen interior.

Andrew James 67157 Electric Coffee Grinder in the use

 

What Is a Coffee Grinder?

Whether you like brewing coffee in a coffee pot or prefer making it in an espresso machine, you need a good coffee grind. And there’s no better appliance for that than a coffee grinder. Rather than simply cutting coffee beans into pieces, a coffee grinder crushes them, releasing more flavour and producing the type of grind you prefer. The only problem you may have is to choose out of thousands of coffee grinders available the one that will be right for you. To help you with your choice, we’ve evaluated the five best-selling models from several brands as well as assessed their main features and functionality so it should be easier for you to pick the right thing.

If you do not find a suitable model on this list, you can take a look at our selection of burr coffee grinders. And if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your old coffee machine, make sure to read this article.

What Features to Compare

Grinder Type

First things first, you need to decide which type of coffee grinder will be best for you. There are two types to choose from - blade and burr coffee grinders. Blade coffee grinders are usually cheaper and easier to use. However, the problem with them is that they don't actually grind coffee. Instead, they smash coffee beans, producing a grind that is not consistent in texture. Burr coffee grinders, though more expensive, can really grind coffee. They grind coffee beans between two plates, turning them into uniform, tiny particles. Plus, they produce less friction, which makes for a more flavourful cup of coffee.

Grind Settings

Another important thing to consider is how many grind settings are available with a coffee grinder you choose. This is especially important if you love to experiment with coffee brews and want to try out various coffee brewing methods. In general, most coffee grinders presented on the market will have a pulse function allowing you to grind coffee at a single push button. Some others will be featured with an auto-grind function saving you the need to push any button at all. And then, you'll find models with a timed grinding function - these will let you set the time and grind coffee automatically with no manual control. Think how many times you usually brew coffee during a day and decide how much control of the brewing process you really need. For most people, however, coffee grinders offering the basics prove to be more than enough for their needs.

Number of Settings

When it comes to the number of settings, the choice is totally up to you. If you think you're going to need all of the brew styles possible, opt for coffee grinders offering 40 settings and more. For those who prefer the typical brew styles and usually experiment only a little, models with 20-40 settings will suffice. For those who love standard brew styles and look for an inexpensive coffee grinder, models with less than 30 settings will do the trick.

Power/ Speed

Now, this section is important. Considering that you pay money, we think you should know a bit more about a coffee grinder you buy. In general, there are two types of models available - low-speed and high-speed coffee grinders. Which one to choose will depend on the type of brew you prefer.

You might be surprised to hear it but high speed doesn't always mean a good grind. By grinding beans at fast speeds, coffee grinders often tend to generate heat which can ruin the taste of your coffee adding sourness and bitterness to it. At the same time, higher speeds allow for a finer and more consistent grind perfect for brewing delicious espresso. What's the solution? To get around this problem, it's important to make sure a coffee grinders is equipped with a powerful motor and has larger burrs.

When it comes to low-speed grinders, these are common for most households. Though they operate at slower speeds, the grind they produce is nice and makes for a very good cup of coffee. They prevent heat buildup and brew well for most brew styles regular users need.

Design

Finally, you may want to check the materials a grinder is made of. More often than not, coffee grinders are made either from stainless steel or ceramic. Ceramic models look nice, do not heat much and usually have a longer lifespan than stainless steel grinders. On the other hand, stainless steel models aren't brittle and won't break if you accidentally get a stone or something in the hopper, which makes them a bit more reliable in use. Choosing the perfect grinder for your kitchen will come down to your own preferences and how much money you're ready to spend on the purchase. In this article, we cover the best models which should suit any taste and budget.

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