I'm going to buy an extra coffee grinder for spices this weekend - my current situation of using the little cuisinart doesn't do the job. Should I buy a "burr grinder" if its to be used for spices, or is there a specific appliance that works better for spices?
I'm delighted with my KitchenAid. It's larger and more powerful than the Cuisinart (I've burned out 2 Cuisinarts in the past 5 years or so). One of the best features of the KitchenAid is that the bowl is removable, making it easy to clean.
Lowe's has them for less than I paid, maybe $35 if I remember correctly. Shop around online.
I have two small Braun coffee grinders. One marked COFFEE and one marked SPICES. They are inexpensive ($20) and clean easily. They take up very little space in the cabinet. This is the only product I would consider to grind spices and coffee. Macy's is having a sale on them. Hope this helps. I use my Cuisinart mini-prep for the serious stuff like salsas.
I use an old Braun, designated for spice grinding.
I have even used it for *fresh* herbs--produces a very fine grind, and much easier than mincing them!