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Mar 31, 2014 12:48 PM

Suggestions for an inexpensive coffee grinder?

Hi all - looking to buy a coffee grinder for home use for the first time, but not looking to spend a fortune - ideally $50-75 at most unless someone can convince me that nothing in this price range is worth it and its substantially worthwhile to spend more.

Can anyone suggest any specific models? Is a Burr grinder worth the extra $ or is a blade grinder adequate? Use will be with a French press and possibly an adapter for k-cup machine.

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  1. Marvin,

    I don't know how good they are, but the burr grinders have really dropped in priced and upped in availability.

    Amazon has the Cuisinart for $44, and I think I saw it at Costco (with their fab return policies) for about that as well.

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    1. re: happybaker

      Do not buy the Cuisinart burr grinder. I did, without reading any online reviews. It stopped working in less than 3 months. (BBB gave me a full refund, no questions asked). I then read the reviews on Amazon and learned that this is a fairly common experience.

      I replaced it with a $20 blade grinder. Yes, I know that blade grinders are disdained as inferior for serious coffee drinkers. But, at least it works.

      1. re: masha

        Have a C burr grinder that I found for a few $ at a yard sale a few years ago. Apparently never used... no remnants of coffee or previous owner knows some special secret for cleaning it out?? It has been working just fine, but then if it poops out... no real loss.

    2. I go down this rabbit hole periodically, as I'm convinced that a burr grinder is better. And I want a hand-operated one. I then read endless reviews of various models and come away more confused than ever as to which one might be worth buying - at any price. Hope you have better luck!

      1. I'll throw out another suggestion - a hand grinder.

        I've heard of many folks who buy vintage coffee grinders and swear the coffee is better. Much better. Here's a brand new one, with great reviews - $40.

        1. I've recently switched to a burr grinder and definitely think it's worthy the extra money. It's a Krups GVX231 and was £40 so should fit into your price range in the US. It has a large number of setings so you can set the grind depending on how you're brewing your coffee. I think for the money -it's a pretty good grinder.

          1. If you're grinding for a French press then a blade grinder will do the job because you don't need a very fine consistent product.

            I like the $30 Kitchen Aid.

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            1. re: Kelli2006

              Second that. We've had the same Krups blade grinder for more than 15 years, making 2 to 4 loads of coffee for the French press daily. It continues to do its job nicely.