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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.


            2. I have had a Capresso burr grinder for 10 years and used it daily. It cost me about $80, but I just bought a new one for my parents for Christmas. It cost $90 minus the 20% coupon for Bed Bath and Beyond. Watch your junk mail for the coupon. They send them out several times a year.

              1. If you want a blade grinder, this is a good, inexpensive option. You can set a couple of settings to end up making it automatic after some trial and error to figure out what grind you want. http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Coffee-IDS77...

                That said, I think a burr grinder is absolutely the way to go. I spent a bundle on ours and it's been worth every penny. http://www.amazon.com/Baratza-Virtuos...

                Baratza makes a lower end and on their website they sell refurbs (I think around $99).

                1. I got mine at a garage sale for $12 if I recall. I had to do a little work to get it running....

                  I especially like it because it matches my meat grinder.

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                  1. re: JoeBabbitt

                    Dang! That's one impressive grinder!

                  2. The small oval Krups. It might be about $25. I've had one for over 20 yrs. The oval shape throws the beans back into the blades and you get a more even grind. I use it too for grinding hard spices.

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                    1. re: Candy

                      Interesting to hear about the oval versus the circular!

                      1. re: Candy

                        Yes, this is what we had for 15 years or so, until it finally died about 1-1/2 years ago. At that point, I was seduced by claims that a burr grinder was superior, so bought the Cuisinart burr, about which I posted upthread. When that died in less than 3 months, I would have bought another Krupps blade grinder except none were in stock at my local BBB. I did not want to wait to buy one on line, so I bought a Capresso blade grinder for the total cost of only about $15 (I had a BBB discount coupon). It is inferior to the Krupps. I've been meaning to order a Krupps on-line to replace the Capresso but have not yet.

                        1. re: Candy

                          I just picked up the Krups on sale for $19 at Macy's over the weekend.

                        2. If you can deal with a manual grinder, take a look at some of Hario's ceramic burr grinder offerings. I have two of their ceramic burr grinders and both work quite well. An additional plus is that they are easy to travel with. You can find them for under or around $40.