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Pepper Mill Recommendation Please

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I've had it with my pepper mill and would like suggestions on a replacement (all sorts of price ranges, as long as warranted, are welcome). What I want is one that doesn't take forever to grind a teaspoon's worth of pepper. Thanks.

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  1. I have had 2 Peugeot mills for over 15 years. I keep a black lacquered one for black pepper and a samller white lacquered one for white pepper. I also have a Perfex that does a good job too.

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    1. re: Candy

      I just bought a peugot wine bottle pepper mill on clearance at Sur La Table for $30.00 for a birthday gift for a friend. I am glad they last.

      1. re: Richie
        Marcia M. D'A.

        The Peugeot pepper mills have a lifetime warrenty. I've had one for more than thirty years, and another for fifteen or so, I guess. One more was left in a cabin in Maine some years back.
        I like them because they are idiosyncratic - no two grind just the same.

        1. re: Marcia M. D'A.

          I love my peugeot pepper and salt grinders: elegant, easy to fill, ease of use.

      2. re: Candy

        Ditto on the Peugot. I've had one for about 13 years that works as well as when I bought it. You should be able to find them at fairly reasonable prices, too, if you shop around. (Around I here I can get the 6" plain wood model for about $25, though some places charge quite a bit more.)

        1. re: Candy

          I'm overwhelmed by the different models. Are they the same mechanism, just a different design?

        2. I love, love, love my oxo spice/pepper grinder... I have three of them. it really dumps a lot of pepper out with each grind... so I'd only recommend it if you really like lots of pepper.

          1. Having a regular manual grinder already I'm in the market for an electric grinder that will allow me to have one hand free. I don't like contaminating my cooking gear when handling chicken, pork, etc. I find it very useful for seasoning poultry, meat or fish to have a free hand to flip things.

            It's a toss up between a William Bounds & a Peugeot electric grinder for me. I see that Trudeau has a "rechargeable" grinder, I'm not familiar with that brand so that'll mean more research. I'll have to read a few more reviews & to try them out at Sur La Table. I search epinions.com & amazon.com to read reviews from people who have already bought the product to see if there are any glitches.

            As far a manual grinder my sister has a huge gold Turkish style grinder that releases a lot of grinds with each turn that she is quite happy with so you might look into that. Like this one, but not exactly http://www.espressozone.com/zassenhau... .

            Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

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              Jeremy Newel

              Like you, I need to have one hand free, so I got the Wm. Bounds electric. I love it! But if you need a lot of pepper at one go (I don't), you may find it a bit slow. For me, it is perfect. Have neither seen nor tested the Peugeot, though, so I can't make a valid comparison. Have never heard of the other one.

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              Caitlin McGrath

              I like both my Perfex, which performs well EXCEPT when I want a real coarse grind and is extremely easy to fill (little chute pops open on the side, nothing to unscrew), and my Zassenhaus, which performss well EXCEPT when I want a real fine grind. The Perfex can be found at cookware shops, and is around $60 nowadays. Penzey's sells the Zassenhaus in two sizes.

              Link: http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

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              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                Thanks for posting the average Perfex price. I just saw them at Williams Sonoma for $150! I'm glad I passed it up at that apparently inflated price.

                1. re: twinmommy

                  Know this is not date specific, but PERFEX has two sizes, normal one is 60 or so, and the big one, about 10 inches, costs 150 or so. Thus not inflated price if big one.

                  1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                    I'm sitting here stupefied! I had no idea Perfex mills were that expensive. And now even more so. I just took a look and the 4 incher is selling for $70 to $90. I've had two, one for white and one for black pepper, for probably 40 years now. But there's just no way, even in late 1960 dollars, that I would have paid that for one pepper mill, no less two.

                    I still use the Perfex for white pepper. I agree that adjusting the grind can be problematic. Every couple of years or so I just take it completely apart and give it a good scrubbing and it seems to help. But for black pepper, I've switched to the Unicorn Magnum and never looked back.

                    1. re: JoanN

                      Of the three l have, two, small pepper and small salt,, got at a house sale for $4 each, big one for pepper was a present. But even with their problems, still like them the best. Sure there are better out there, but these are damn near family by now.

                      1. re: JoanN

                        You are right. Perfex grinders are fine for history buffs. They have been around unchanged for ages. Sure they work, but are not in a league with the Unicorn Magnum...or, in my opinion, the even better ceramic mills such as the Kuhn-Rikon vase grinder or the WMF Ceramill's.

                      2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        Well, wish I had bought one in 2009. The 7 1/2 inch(8inchyou mentioned) costs $199 now and only one place can you find it. So inflation gets us all but it is a beautiful pepper grinder and well made. I can return it as long as store exists and I have the paper work.

                    2. re: Caitlin McGrath

                      I've always found my Perfex to want to grind every way BUT fine, and unless I tighten the adjustment regularly it keeps wandering over to the extra-coarse end of the spectrum. That said, I love it. The side-chute is brilliant, and having a crank to turn means you can do it with greasy/goopy hands, which happens a lot in my kitchen...

                      After chasing all over France trying to find one on its home ground, I broke down and paid $50 to my local cookware store in Nashville. That was in '91.

                    3. Here's a discussion on this topic.

                      I love my Unicorn Magnum pepper mill.

                      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                      1. re: valerie

                        Also love my magnum.

                        1. re: valerie

                          Me, too. I could never get the grind I wanted from the Perfex. The Unicorn Magnum can be easily changed from coarse to fine and you get more pepper out of it with a couple of turns than you do with other mills I've tried. That said, CI did a bit on pepper mills a few years ago and gave the best rating to the William Bound's mills. But I wouldn't give up my Magnum for anything.

                          1. re: valerie

                            Agreed. I tried out a lot of mills; some are better, some worse. But this thing holds a massive amount of pepper, is easy to adjust, and kicks out the end product impressively. I got the biggest size, though in retrospect, I think the next smaller version might be easier to wield and would still hold plenty of peppercorn. It's not the prettiest thing, but that's the only drawback.

                            1. re: valerie

                              Another vote for the Unicorn Magnum, after going through a Peugeot and William Bounds. It is easy to grind a lot of pepper quickly with the Unicorn. I believe Fine Cooking reviewed peppermills recently and picked this one as the best.

                              1. re: valerie
                                JK Grence (the Cosmic Jester)

                                To respond to a couple of posters, Cook's Illustrated found, like the other magazine, the Magnum pepper mill to be the best, and indeed when you watch their TV show, it's the only pepper mill they use. The other ones that fell into the Recommended category were the East Hampton Industries (or EHI) Peppermate, the OXO Good Grips Grind It Pepper Mill, and the Zyliss Pepper Mill. The smaller Magnum works equally as well as the big one. The William Bounds that somebody mentioned fell into the Not Recommended category.