If you want to grind coffee for espresso but aren't prepared to plunge into the high-end grinder market, the Capresso 560.01 Infinity (*Est. $90) is the best budget-friendly burr grinder for the task. It earns an overall rating of 4.2 stars out of 5 in more than 1,100 Amazon.com reviews, and an overall rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 100 owners at Cooking.com.
With its 16 settings, and high-quality burrs, the Capresso 560.01 is an especially good grinder for the price, reviewers say. It is widely considered a well-designed machine, with users commenting that they especially like how the container holding the grounds fits snugly into the base, which reduces coffee dust. Many also applaud its slow grinding speed, which is credited with helping to preserve coffee flavor and aroma. The Capresso is recommended for automatic-drip coffeemakers, and many call it a good choice for espresso novices as well because it doesn't require the huge investment of an upscale espresso grinders. A few gripe about static, but this seems to be a common problem with burr grinders.
The Infinity 560.01 is a black plastic model, but the Infinity is also available with a plastic and stainless finish (*Est. $140). The 565.05 is a metal version with a stainless finish (*Est. $140). A few owners suggest the metal model has fewer issues with static than the plastic version.
The Cuisinart Supreme Grind DBM-8 (*Est. $45) performs better than two other burr grinders and three blade grinders in a test conducted by ConsumerReports.org and published on TV station KABC in Los Angeles. It also earns a recommendation from Specialty-Coffee-Advisor.com for its ease of use and cleaning. More than 220 owners offer similar feedback at Cooking.com, where more than 90 percent award it a rating of 4 or 5 stars out of 5. Many say it grinds consistently, is easy to use and is well priced, although some call it loud and say it produces a lot of static.
Opinions are more mixed on Amazon.com, where the DBM-8 maintains an overall rating of 3.1 stars out of 5, based on about 1,100 reviews. Owners also complain about noise and static, and some say the grind is inconsistent. Overall, though, most reviewers agree that perfect performance isn't expected of a $45 coffee grinder, and the majority are pleased with the quality and low price of this model.