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Jan 8, 2007 01:18 PM

Recommendations on the best ceramic pepper grinder.

I have had three regular pepper grinders in the last two years and want a ceramic grinder. What and where is the best to be had, please?

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  1. While not ceramic, this is what I've been using for years. Great product. So great, they even use them in the White House Kitchen! Worth a look.

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    1. re: HaagenDazs

      Thanks for the link. Which one do you have? I guess you don't have their 'gearly different' peppermill then, because it has a ceramic mechanism, so thanks for the recommendation.

      1. re: MobyRichard

        That's funny, I didn't even look at the new items! I use the 12 inch Presidential Walnut. It looks great and works great!

    2. again, not ceramic, which I suppose you are desiring for longevity?

      I use a Perfex mill purchased at Peet's in Berkeley 40 years ago. Small, easy to use (one-handed, even) and grinds copious amounts of pepper with just a few twirls of the handle. Easy side-load chute.

      1. I also have used the same Perfex mill for about 3 decades now. I just gave a Perfex salt and pepper mill as a Xmas gift. I am sure that it will last a life time.

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        1. re: tritium

          Perfex here. Nearly 45 years of hard use and still perfect. Looks like old pewter now instead of new pewter, but still handsome enough to wipe off and move from the kitchen stove to a formal dinner table.

          1. re: tritium

            Holy cow! The Perfex mills are of Williams and Sonoma now and are expensive! Even the IKEA ones which I would expect to be on the cheaper side are $30 a piece. Are there any good mills on the cheaper side or did I just say something wrong?! :o)

            1. re: ktcolt

              They've always been relatively expensive. I know I paid about $30 for mine in the early 60s. But when I average it out it's cost me about 75 cents a year.

              I love the neat, small, stable size and classic styling. I've watched pepper mills--and I mean good pricey ones--come and go (i.e., break/crack/scratch/chip/cloud up) in my five children's homes. I hate the tall skinny ones that are always getting knocked over. (One once fell on and cracked a VERY expensive antique dinner plate.) The colorful contemporary plastic ones stick out like sore thumbs on any kind of dressy table/buffet setting, get absolutely filthy looking in a working kitchen, and at least twice my children's or friends' plastic mills have melted from the heat of the stove (which is exactly where cooks use them most).

              The Perfex's beautiful pewter and simple traditional shape never looks out of place with sterling & crystal, and the thing is simply indestructible. Not a dent or scratch on mine after constant daily use for nearly a half-century.

              IMO, it's either ONE Perfex or TWO other pepper mills: one for the table, one for the cook. So maybe it's not that expensive after all.

              (A Perfex is my favorite wedding gift. For a grandson's high school graduation I had one engraved w/his initials. He is a professional chef now and his little Perfex and his set of knives go with him everywhere.)

              1. re: ktcolt

                ktcolt, I just noticed that a Perfex can be bought for $43 plus $8.99 shipping at

                That's not exactly free but much better than most places.

            2. I have a Perfex and 2 Peugeots. A black lacquer one for black pepper and a white lacquer for white pepper. They are almost 20 years old and grind like they were new.

              1. I really like William Bounds grinders, they are also not ceramic, but I've had one for about ten years and it still works like new. The reason is that they're not actually pepper grinders, they're pepper crushers.