A low price and a great look are the top reasons to buy this adequate -- but by no means stellar -- performer. It's a burr style, which is widely believed to produce a more uniform grind than blade grinders; still, users say that while it's fine for basic coffeemakers, you'll need to spend more to get the precision grinding required for espresso or French press.
Not the best option for espresso or French press. Many owners say the Cuisinart Supreme Grind DBM-8 produces a consistent, even grind -- an observation echoed by Los Angeles TV reporter Ric Romero in a rebroadcast of a ConsumerReports.org review of the coffee grinder. Still, some owners expecting excellent performance from this burr-style model report uneven results, saying the grind is not consistent enough for special beverages like espresso and French press. There are also complaints about too much coffee dust, and a few reviewers describe mechanical breakdowns. Overall, though, the majority of users are satisfied with the model's performance, particularly considering its relatively low price.
Simple, but not without flaws. Users widely agree that the Cuisinart DBM-8 is very easy to use. Some like its selection of grinds, and others add that it's easy to measure the coffee beans to achieve the perfect amount of ground coffee. A few reviewers say the DBM-8 a relatively fast grinder, and one reports using it to grind cornmeal and flour in addition to coffee. There are reports of static, however-- and according to users, this means coffee flies out and makes a mess when the lid is lifted. There are also complaints that coffee dust clumps and sticks to the side of the receptacle, which can make cleaning a hassle. One user wishes the "on" switch were red to make it easier to see.
Solid and sturdy. Reviewers say the Cusinart DBM-8 is a sturdy appliance with a good build and nice weight. An editor at Specialty-Coffee-Advisor.com says it makes a great gift, with recipients enjoying years of good service and registering no complaints. A minority of owners posting on Amazon.com, however, report mechanical breakdowns or other malfunctions. It is equipped with an 18-month warranty.
Looks great on the counter. While many coffee grinders garner few comments about their appearance, the Cuisinart Supreme Grind DBM-8 bucks this trend. Owners call it stylish and good looking, with one pointing out that its stainless-steel finish is more attractive than the black that's typical of affordable grinders. One owner says you'll be "delighted" to have it on your counter.
Loud! Make no mistake – the Cuisinart DBM-8 is a loud appliance. While some users consider it no louder than most grinders, others beg to differ. Comments posted to retail websites include "Loud," "Very loud," "Noisy," and "Noise level is high." Still, as one user puts it, for an affordable model, "what do you expect?"
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1. KABC (Los Angeles)
Review Credibility: Excellent KABC News rebroadcasts a ConsumerReports.org video review of coffee grinders. Three blade grinders and three burr grinders are tested. The Cuisinart Supreme Grind DBM-8 is the top pick, with Ric Romero saying that it offers a consistent grind at a good price. Not all tested models are identified, however, and there's no description of how the test was conducted.
Review: Coffee Grinders Are Put to the Test, Ric Romero, Feb. 12, 2009
Review Credibility: Very Good More than 220 owners rate the Cuisinart DBM-8 on Cooking.com, with more that 90 percent handing it a rating of 4 or 5 stars (out of 5). Detailed reviews praise the unit as efficient, easy to use, quick and well priced. While many say it produces a consistent grind, there are some reports of uneven grinds. Some also say the machine is very loud, and others note it produces static, which can create a mess on the countertop when emptying the grinder.
Review: 8-oz. Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Coffee Grinder by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good About 1,100 users post reviews of the Cuisinart DBM-8 on Amazon.com, giving in an overall rating of 3.1 stars out of 5. The unit's most widely praised features are its appearance and price. While many say the model grinds well, there are a significant number of complaints that it doesn't grind consistently. Some note that it's fine for drip coffee but not for espresso or French press, which need more consistent grinds. Static and noise are also issues for some customers.
Review: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good This detailed guide to grinding coffee names the Cuisinart DBM-8 as one of three recommended grinders. It is called precise, easy to clean, attractive and capable of providing years of service. Although no formal testing is mentioned, it's clear that the author has personal experience with this model.
Review: How to Grind Coffee Properly, Editors of Specialty-Coffee-Advisor.com, Undated