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Does anyone have a Peugeot pepper grinder?

Soop Sep 30, 2009 05:24 AM

I'm eyeing up these bad boys as a potential xmas present (to me) http://www.cookwarebycsn.co.uk/asp/sh... It's a lot to pay for a pepper grinder, but I expect it will last forever (and thus pay for itself in the end). I've heard good things about Peugeot. What are they like?

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  1. c oliver RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 05:51 AM

    There are a bunch of threads here that discuss this (both pro and con). I'll just say I LOVE MINE!. If even travel with it. I took it from NoCal to NYC and Cape Cod. I'm in Rio now and regret that I didn't bring it. It's that big a deal to me :) But I'm an old fart and small things get me excited these days!

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      Soop RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 06:42 AM

      Heh, me too I guess :)
      I read a few Amazon reviews of those kind, and one thing that worried me was the quality of the metal top. Apparantly it's quite thin.
      The other thing is the looseness of the adjuster. Is yours OK?

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        c oliver RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 07:07 AM

        I have nothing to compare it to as this is my first "good" pepper mill but I don't find the top "thin" or in any way flimsy. And one of my favorite features is how wide the range is of the adjuster, from super coarse to thin as thin can be. I use it multiple times a day for probably five years so far and feel it's like new.

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          Soop RE: c oliver Sep 30, 2009 07:23 AM

          Your endorsment is good enough for me ^__^
          I wonder if I can get away with it as a present for BOTH of us? (meaning I get more presents for me :D)

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            c oliver RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 07:30 AM

            Helllllooooo. Haven't you ever heard the expression "what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine"?

    2. Chemicalkinetics RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 07:33 AM

      Awesome topic. I am also looking for a decent pepper grinder. My current one changes its grind size as I grind. When I start at coarse grind, it will move toward fine grind setting in a few twist, so I have to keep on loosing the top nob. A pain in the butt. I read Oxo has a good reliable one at an afforable price. The problem I am not getting it is that (1) its fine grind setting is not very fine (2) I don't like the plastic look. I heard the Vic Firth one is good too?

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        Soop RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 30, 2009 07:35 AM

        I've got a cheap one which is permanently set to fine grind. It's not very good, but I'd give it to you if I didn't need it in the meantime.

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          Chemicalkinetics RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 11:15 AM


          What brand is that? Well, I probably will want to get a grinder which I can set different grind size.

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            Soop RE: Chemicalkinetics Sep 30, 2009 03:06 PM

            generic vinyl, got it from a supermarket for £4-5

      2. bayoucook RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 07:36 AM

        I have the Unicorn Magnum Plus, recommended by CI. I have put it thru' pepper hell for the last 4 years and it is unbeatable. Love it.


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          Eric in NJ RE: bayoucook Oct 4, 2009 05:03 AM

          I bought a Peugeot and it is a good grinder, but the adjustment knob does get loose allot. I then bought the Unicorn Magnum and even though it is black plastic as apposed to wood it is a darn good grinder if they both broke at once...I'd buy another Unicorn

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            Mother of four RE: bayoucook Oct 5, 2009 10:25 AM

            I also own the Unicorn, and in my mine it's the very best pepper grinder that I have ever had! So easy to fill, and grinds like a dream! I also ordered it because of CI.

          2. Paulustrious RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 08:49 AM

            I have three of them - they all work well. The mechanism on them looks to be the same, even though they cost different amounts.

            1. BobB RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 11:34 AM

              I have a 25+ year old Peugeot that works as well today as the day I bought it, but I have heard reports that the newer ones are not as well made as the older ones.

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                Soop RE: BobB Sep 30, 2009 03:07 PM

                Tends to be the way these days -___-

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                  c oliver RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 03:09 PM

                  Mine's only about five years old and I see no difference since I was given it.

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                  Claudette RE: BobB Oct 1, 2009 12:22 AM

                  I bought one for my husband two years ago, and it's great: very fine grind, very tight mechanism, and it looks terrific (it's the one that looks like a miniature silver space tube with a rotating space wheel on top). I like coarse grind, so I never use it, but I love looking at it. For the price, you're darn right I'll be using it as art!

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                  ctscra RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 02:46 PM

                  I bought a William Bounds maybe 20 yrs. ago. After 13 yrs. it started acting up and the company chose to send me a new model which is still going strong. It's a great grinder with multiple settings and the customer service did right by me.

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                    danbob RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 09:10 PM

                    I have 4 Peugeots, one each for black, white, green and Schezuan peppercorns. The oldest is 10 years old. I don't think I've even had to twitch the adjustment knob one iota in 10 years. Rock solid product. DAN

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                      jaykayen RE: Soop Sep 30, 2009 10:46 PM

                      The Peugeot I use has a very loose nut: it needs constant adjustment.

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                        mmdad RE: jaykayen Sep 30, 2009 11:01 PM

                        I am thinking that the vic firth is currently making the best. They are really nice.

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                          BiscuitBoy RE: mmdad Oct 2, 2009 09:05 AM

                          Love my Vic....Can't beat it for the money

                      2. Soop RE: Soop Oct 1, 2009 01:22 AM

                        Hmmm. I like a coarse grind. I'll have to research which one is best.

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                          BobB RE: Soop Oct 1, 2009 05:50 AM

                          As mentioned, one nice thing about the Peugeot is that you can adjust the grind from powdery fine to very coarse (almost, but not quite, coarse enough for a proper steak au poivre, which really needs cracked peppercorns, not ground).

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                            c oliver RE: BobB Oct 1, 2009 10:05 AM

                            That's why mine gets used multiple times a day - super coarse to super fine.

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                          miss.foodie RE: Soop Oct 1, 2009 05:48 AM

                          Personally, I like Peugeot mills and Marlux mills the best. To me, the grinding mechanism of both Peugeot and Marlux feel fairly similar. I ended up purchasing Peugeot mills because Marlux mills are hard to find in Canada. I think they are more popular in Europe. A couple of years back, I purchased a Marlux mill for a friend from HomeSense (part of TJMaxx/TKMaxx group of companies) here in Canada. After I tried it at their place one night during dinner, I discovered the grinding mechanism on the Marlux felt different that the normal cheap pepper mills. And that's how I got hooked on high-end pepper mills. I started researching the mills and keeping an eye out for them. But I never did see Marlux mills again in Canada or the US. While I was searching for Marlux mills, I came across the Peugeot mills at many kitchen stores here in N. America. I tried them out and discovered that the grinding mechanism had a similar feel to the Marlux. Because I shop at HomeSense regularly, I started keeping my eye out for them. I found HomeSense carried them on occasion at hugely discounted prices compared to normal retail prices. It is hit and miss with what you find a HomeSense and I wanted a matching pair of the salt & pepper so I waited until I found the perfect pair. One time last year, I lucked out and there was a whole bunch at HomeSense so I ended up purchasing a pair of the Chateauneuf with the U-Select function. The pair (salt & pepper) together cost me $80 CAD. They were perfectly flawless! I've checked the price of this model at the local Williams-Sonoma store and they were selling for $120 CAD for each mill!!!

                          You may want to check out the Peugeot website for all the different models. http://www.psp-peugeot-usa.com/produc...
                          The Fidji model that you are interested in is listed under Wood & Stainless mills. If you click on 'View Products' button under Wood & Stainless mills, you will actually find a Fidji model that has the U-Select feature. The U-Select feature is pretty new. I've only see it around in the last 2-3 years. You may want to see if you can find it at a local store and test it out to see if it gives you better control on the grind. Here is more info about the U-Select...

                          Hope this helps.

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                            Soop RE: miss.foodie Oct 1, 2009 06:50 AM

                            Dude, that's really helpful!!!!

                            *edit* I really like the idea of U select, but I can't see any using that that I like the look of

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                            dmd_kc RE: Soop Oct 1, 2009 05:28 PM

                            The manual ones are very nice. The battery-operated ones are not nearly as reliable (obviously, I think).

                            The fewer automatic moving parts the better in all gadgets, in my opinion.

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                              Robin Joy RE: dmd_kc Oct 4, 2009 03:57 AM

                              Electric ones (and "pepper ball" types) do have the advantage of single handed use, which can be useful if you are stirring, or have one raw meat-tainted hand.

                            2. Soop RE: Soop Oct 2, 2009 01:27 AM

                              I just found out this morning that the mill I already have is adjustable! -__-*

                              I still like the peugeot ones, but I think I'll have a go with this one for a bit

                              1. Joe Blowe RE: Soop Oct 2, 2009 09:52 AM

                                In my book, my Unicorn Magnum is far better than my Peugeot:


                                1. EarlyBird RE: Soop Oct 2, 2009 05:03 PM

                                  I finally ended my Great Pepper Grinder Odyssey just a few short months ago.

                                  I went through a number of cheapo lucite grinders. They either ground too fine or too coarsely and gave the user no control. Or they fell apart.

                                  I went to a pretty copper Turkish version, and it only gave very fine grind. Gave it to a friend who doesn't care.

                                  I went to a high end one (sorry, can't recall the brand) and it would sort of just jam.

                                  Finally I said, "Darn it! I am good enough for a world class pepper mill and I will have one!" And I forked over meaningful bucks for a famous Peugot. It was not the one you show, but a silver one about 7 inches high. What a pain in the neck to use. I had to constantly re-tighten while grinding, and after the finial falling off and into my soup too many times, I took the little sucker out to a shooting range and put a .303 caliber rifle bullet through it (I thought use of a British round on a French product was proper).

                                  Then I found the William Bounds Grinder. THE grinder. It was a quarter the price of the Peugot, easy to fill, easy to adjust grinds, utterly dependable in every way. Simple, unpretentious and reliable. Just like a grinder should be.

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                                    mmdad RE: Soop Oct 4, 2009 12:31 PM

                                    What size do you think is the best to have for the kitchen cook?

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                                      Soop RE: mmdad Oct 5, 2009 02:13 AM

                                      Personally, I'm thinking 15-20cm. I don't think it's much of a big deal, just refill less often, and I think it's about the right size for my hands.

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                                        Paulustrious RE: Soop Oct 6, 2009 06:17 AM

                                        Just make sure they fir in the shelf where you want to put them.

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                                      QSheba RE: Soop Oct 5, 2009 10:05 PM

                                      I have the clear Peugeot pepper grinder: http://www.surlatable.com/product/peu...

                                      I am not a fan. It get this really awful smell when I have my black/white peppercorn combo in it- which didn't happen in my wooden grinder. (the peppercorns used were from the same bulk Penzey's bag). So now I can only use it for plain black peppercorns.

                                      1. Paulustrious RE: Soop Oct 6, 2009 06:16 AM

                                        I never buy salt mills, just pepper mills. Some salt mills have a flimsier grind mechanism, and my (peugeot) pepper mills seem to work well with salt.

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                                          Soop RE: Paulustrious Oct 6, 2009 07:13 AM

                                          apparantly salt is corrosive though, so you need stainless steel - if your pepper mill mechanism is stainless, then it's all good, but it might wreck another over time.

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                                            Paulustrious RE: Soop Oct 10, 2009 03:45 AM

                                            Hadn't though of that. Obvious now you mention it.

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                                            QSheba RE: Paulustrious Oct 6, 2009 02:45 PM

                                            I don't have the salt mill- only the pepper mill. I couldn't link to *only* the Peugeot clear pepper mill.

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                                            beachmouse RE: Soop Oct 9, 2009 09:21 PM

                                            Spouse bought one of the Williams-Sonoma clearance table last year. He's not sure if he'd pay full price for it, but is happy with it- seems well made and durable, and is an attractive piece of kitchen gear.

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                                              smkit RE: Soop Oct 14, 2009 12:41 PM

                                              I just bought an Oliver Hemming Spice Boy and love it. I also had a Unicorn Magnum Plus for a few years (lost it in a divorce), and I must say I like the Oliver Hemming better so far. Don't get me wrong, Unicorn is a great grinder but the Spice Boy looks better IMO, isn't as messy, and is the easiest grinder to fill that I have ever used. It isn't as fast as Unicorn but few are, and it doesn't hold as much pepper as the Magnum Plus. Anyhow, I am enjoying it, and I love the fact they combine a mortar into the design of the grinder.

                                              You can buy them at Unica Home. http://www.unicahome.com/catalog/item...

                                              You can also search eBay and Amazon, but you will have more limited choice in colors.

                                              Happy grinding.

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