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Best reasonably priced Pepper Grinder

Matash Jan 11, 2009 08:39 AM

Bought a Trudeau set of salt and Pepper but after 2 years the pepper grinder seems to be leaving pepper droppings on kitchen table....

Cannot wait to toss it and get new one .. any ideas

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  1. lschow RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 08:56 AM

    Not specifically a pepper grinder, but I get a jar of whole peppercorns, then use a coffee grinder to grind a handful or so at a time.

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      ipsedixit RE: lschow Jan 12, 2009 08:58 AM

      Ditto this.

      Economical and a great way to multi-task kitchen gadgets.

    2. c oliver RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 09:23 AM

      I don't know how you define "reasonable" but I love the Peugeot and this is a good price plus free shipping and no sales tax.


      We have a vacation home and I carry it with me back and forth :)

      1. Caralien RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 09:25 AM

        I've never actually seen a pepper grinder which didn't always leave a few grinds behind, even after a good shake and tap...

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          c oliver RE: Caralien Jan 11, 2009 09:29 AM

          Good point. My pepper grinder, kosher salt container, olive oil, etc. sit on a little tray by the range. There's always small amounts of pepper there.

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            lifespan RE: c oliver Jan 11, 2009 09:35 AM

            I too love my Peugeot. (It was purchased "on sale" at a kitchen outlet, at about 1/2 off the retail price.) I agree that it leaves bits of pepper on surfaces where it rests.

        2. Delucacheesemonger RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 09:43 AM

          Been using a perfex for many years, love it, end of story.

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            Matash RE: Delucacheesemonger Jan 11, 2009 02:08 PM

            What exactly is a perfex

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              Marge RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 02:18 PM


              I have a perfex and a peugeot. I prefer the peugeot, end of story.

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                c oliver RE: Marge Jan 11, 2009 02:26 PM

                Wow, just looked at those. They're quite expensive. And I know I'd like my Peugeot top for grinding rather than that little handle. Different strokes.

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            Emma47 RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 09:55 AM

            I just replaced my Puegeot with a Unicorn Magnum. It is the best: easy to adjust the grind, easy to fill, reasonable price: http://www.unicornmills.com/index.cfm...

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              mateo21 RE: Emma47 Jan 11, 2009 04:38 PM

              I second this! I hated my Peugeot; whimpy often came to mind when using this. Ever try to season 8 quarts of soup with a peppermill that puts out 1/16 tsp per turn? It's not what I'd like to be doing -- I picked up a Magnum Unicorn and love it (although I do wish I had gotten the larger size)!

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                JoanN RE: Emma47 Jan 12, 2009 02:35 AM

                Another vote for the Magnum. Holds a lot of pepper, easy to fill, great output, easily adjusted. Not that it usually influences me, but CI gave it it's top rating. I have two Perfex mills. One contains white pepper. Don't know why in the world I'm holding on to the second one. It's just taking up space. Yes, the Magnum will leave a bit of pepper crumbs on the counter. But it comes with it's own little dish on which to set it down, so at least the crumbs are contained and easy to clean up.

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                  DGresh RE: JoanN Jan 14, 2010 03:21 AM

                  Me too! Love the Magnum. And it has a little matching tray to catch those "droppings". I like that it holds a lot. I also got the matching salt grinder (for looks mainly)-- I put kosher salt in it and it grinds it very fine.

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                    Mother of four RE: DGresh Jan 20, 2010 04:32 PM

                    Me three! Love my Magnum, would never have anything other then that brand.

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                      tochowchick RE: Mother of four Jan 21, 2010 12:00 PM

                      I'm a HUGE Magnum fan...have one large peppermill for cooking and the smaller one and matching salt mill for the table...LOVE them...

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                        woodleyparkhound RE: tochowchick Mar 3, 2010 07:55 AM

                        Yet another HUGE vote for the Magnum - I love the course grind and the large amount of pepper than comes out per twist; it's also very easy to fill comparatively. I had Zassenhaus and Perfex before the Magnum - the Perfex is still in the drawer in case the Magnum breaks, but unless it does I'm never using it again. I gave the Zassenhaus to a friend who loves its fine grind just as much as I hated it.

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                  Cpt Wafer RE: Emma47 Jan 12, 2009 08:52 AM

                  I much prefer my Unicorn to either my Peugeot or Kuhn Rikon. The Peugeot is more beautiful and the Kuhn Rikon looks cooler but the Unicorn simply works better for me.

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                    Joe Blowe RE: Emma47 Jan 12, 2009 10:24 AM

                    Add me to the list of Peugeot owners that have turned to the dark side: the black Unicorn Magnum rains forth pepper like nobody's business!

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                    spinblue RE: Matash Jan 11, 2009 10:07 AM

                    The pepper droppings drove me crazy too. Life is tough isn't it. :)

                    Costco sells an upside down pepper mill and leaves no residuals laying around. It's a plastic mill and not ultra nice like a lot of others but it's really working well for us.

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                      c oliver RE: spinblue Jan 11, 2009 10:15 AM

                      As I mentioned, I have always had a tray under stove-side condiments. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar make a WAY bigger mess than pepper. An it's easy to wash whenever.

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                      hlehmann RE: Matash Jan 12, 2009 09:32 AM

                      I found one at Target, they call it a "Acrylic Pepper Mill Spinner", about 10 bucks. It can be set to a pretty course setting, which I like, and the big, water faucet style handle is easy to use when your hands are greasy. It's the one I keep near the stove at all times. I had one similar to the Peugot before, but it took too much work to get a reasonable amount of pepper out of the thing.

                      1. thew RE: Matash Jan 12, 2009 10:50 AM

                        i use a metal mortar with a thai granite pestle

                        1. yayadave RE: Matash Jan 12, 2009 11:33 AM

                          Seven bucks at Ikea. Not available on-line. The ground pepper comes out the top so it does not leave "droppings" on the table or counter.

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                            JRCann RE: Matash Jan 12, 2009 12:32 PM

                            If you don't like pepper gindings on the table, you need this one. http://www.natashascafe.com/html/mill... Techinically not a pepper grinder but a Greek/Turkish coffee mill. -- adjustable burr grinder -- has a cap to contain the grindings -- will last a lifetime (probably out last those plastic Bodums 5:1). Not only that did I say its beatiful on the table.

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                              cyberroo RE: Matash Jan 12, 2009 04:53 PM

                              I use the PepperMate that Ina Garten uses on the show, and I actually really like it (aside from the fact that I left it on the stove and it warped slightly from the heat).


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                                Mother of four RE: cyberroo Jan 20, 2010 04:36 PM

                                I have one of those too, but the darn thing has cracked in two places, and I didn't damage it.

                              2. puzzler RE: Matash Jan 13, 2009 09:01 AM

                                The Ikea is hard to beat -- $6.99 and the grinder is ceramic. I use two, one for coarse sea salt and one for pepper. Love 'em. Also they have extra matching jars w/ lids that fit the grinding head.

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                                  Jack_ RE: Matash Jan 13, 2009 10:31 AM

                                  I use this:


                                  a ceramic spice grinder, it sits grinder up so no problems with ground peper all over the place

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                                    yayadave RE: Jack_ Jan 13, 2009 10:59 AM

                                    This looks pretty good if you're not around an Ikea.

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                                      tanuki soup RE: Jack_ Jan 13, 2010 09:59 PM

                                      I use a very similar grinder made by WMF.


                                      (Mine is black, though.) The upside-down design is great.

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                                      toddster63 RE: Matash Jan 13, 2010 06:15 PM

                                      I totally agree about the Magnum peppermills. I've used a lot, and the Magnums really excel at day to day usage. They aren't as pretty or romantic as many others, but the output and peppercorn storage will amaze you.

                                      I will never use any other mill. I'm currently staying with my brother and using his wooden mill, and YIKES! I have to grind and grind and grind all day to get any pepper...! My Magnum takes just one or two grinds...!
                                      The only weak point of the Magnum is that it does not excel at a fine, fine grind (many peppermills don't).

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                                        Matash RE: toddster63 Jan 19, 2010 03:38 PM

                                        Thanks all you chows.. mighty helpful replies

                                      2. grnidkjun RE: Matash Jan 19, 2010 06:22 PM

                                        I have this model.. I found it at tjmaxx for half price. I have a couple. One for pepper, one for salt and one for other spices.
                                        It's not fancy, but the grinder is ceramic and the grinder sits on top.. so no mess.


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                                          jmorri26 RE: Matash Jan 21, 2010 01:44 PM

                                          I never got down with Peugeot. They're nice salt grinders I think, for moist salts and things, but when I grind pepper I was it to go fast and easy. I love mine:


                                          Atlas mills are all metal and last forever. They grind a lot fast and look pretty to.

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                                            mdzehnder RE: jmorri26 Mar 2, 2010 02:08 PM

                                            Glad to see someone who has experience with the Atlas. I've been doing some research on this and the reviews and info I've found seem to place the Atlas and the Perfex about equally. Anyone here who's had experience with both? Anyone else care to comment on the Atlas?

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                                              JoanN RE: mdzehnder Mar 2, 2010 02:32 PM

                                              I know it's not what you're asking, and I have no experience with the Atlas, so maybe I should just keep my mouth shut. But after replacing all my Perfex mills at home (with Magnums), I am now temporarily living in a house with nothing but Perfex mills and I'm having a very serious case of Magnum withdrawal. If the Atlas mills are compared favorably with the Perfex, it would make me seriously suspect of the Atlas.

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                                                mdzehnder RE: JoanN Mar 2, 2010 03:17 PM

                                                Thanks, I appreciate the input, but the Magnum's fatal flaw (as far as I'm concerned) is the grinding mechanism. I'm just not interested in anything with the twist-top style of grind--for some reason I find it supremely annoying. Give me a crank handle every time. Also, call me shallow, but the Magnum (no offense) is hideously ugly. Certainly looks aren't the most impt consideration but if I can find them along with performance I'd be willing to pay a bit extra for the privilege.

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                                                  JoanN RE: mdzehnder Mar 2, 2010 03:52 PM

                                                  How interesting. I love it for all the very reasons you hate it. Chacun a son gout, as they say.

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