Quality materials are the standout feature of the KitchenAid Pro Line KPCG100, according to user reviews, which frequently praise the construction of this burr-style coffee grinder. For those who abhor plastic countertop appliances, this model offers a metal-and-glass build, and though it costs $200, users say it delivers a consistent grind and easy cleaning.
Dependable across a range of grinds. No matter your coffee beverage of choice, most users agree that the KitchenAid KPCG100 delivers a consistent grind. Whether you prefer an afternoon espresso, Turkish coffee or French press, many agree that this model will achieve a consistent grind for your cup of joe. A few owners disagree, saying that if you use the KPCG100 for espresso, you'll be disappointed.
A majority of owners consider this grinder's reliability sufficient justification for the $200 price, with one commenting that the model is "worth every penny." There are a handful of reports about mechanical problems, such as a burned-out motor or a unit that stops working, but overall, this unit earns positive performance feedback.
Cleanup is a breeze. The KitchenAid Pro Line KPCG100 earns high marks for ease of use, with owners praising the large controls and simple reassembly after cleaning. The feature that perhaps garners the most praise from owners is the glass carafe. Unlike plastic receptacles, glass doesn't cause static electricity buildup. As a result, owners say, ground coffee stays inside the vessel, which is not always the case with other models. Some users also say the straight path between the hopper and carafe means coffee has an easy trip, and there's no problem with ground coffee remaining in the unit when cleaning. Nevertheless, some owners complain that beans don't always flow easily from the hopper to the grinding chamber, requiring some prodding with fingers or a stick.
Heavy, but the carafe raises concerns. Users widely agree that the KPCG100 is a heavy-duty unit that's built to last, making it a good investment. One user observes that it appears to be designed for use in a factory, not simply in a home. Another owner describes the casing as heavy and strong. The motor also garners praise as a powerful component. Owners posting reviews to CoffeeGeek.com and Amazon.com report having used the model for years, with one adding that it continues to "do what it should do." The only weakness, according to some reviews, is that the carafe's glass is too thin, and the absence of a handle makes it prone to breakage. The model comes with a two-year warranty.
"Futuristic" design garners mixed views. The KitchenAid KPCG100 has an unusual shape and look, which draws a range of comments. Some users say they like the look, with one saying it looks good on the counter, and another praising its "excellent aesthetic." One user, however, says the model has a 1930s-era "futuristic" design that is both ugly and handsome at the same time. Reviews are also decidedly mixed when it comes to the model's size, with one owner calling the KitchenAId KPCG100 "bulky," but another commenting that it's a good choice for those with limited space.
Relatively quiet, but by no means silent. Most owners call the KitchenAid KPCG100 relatively quiet, with one reviewer adding that it is quieter than expected and another saying it won't "frighten the cat." Nevertheless, users acknowledge that grinders are noisy appliances by nature: One explains that it's loud enough to drown out a nearby radio, and another says, "People upstairs will hear the grinder chugging away." An owner provides some perspective, explaining that it's "quiet compared to blade grinders."
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Review Credibility: Excellent More than 140 Amazon.com users post reviews of the KitchenAid KPCG100, giving it an overall rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Many praise its solid construction and easy-to-use controls, and several say it has performed effectively for years. On the downside, some users complain that the glass carafe has no handle, and some say the beans don't flow from the hopper without prodding.
Review: KitchenAid Pro Line Series Burr Coffee Mill, Onyx Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Very Good About 70 users rate the KitchenAid KPCG100, with all but one awarding it 4 or 5 stars (out of 5). Most like the heavy-duty metal-and-glass construction. Many users say it delivers a consistent grind, and they note that because the carafe for catching grounds is glass not plastic, it produces no static electricity. Some complain, however, that the beans need to be poked to flow from the hopper.
Review: Onyx Black 7-oz. Pro Line Burr Coffee Grinder by KitchenAid, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good This grinder earns an overall rating of 8.0 (out of 10) in more than 70 user reviews. Owners say they like the construction and striking look of this grinder, but they are divided on whether it grinds finely enough for espresso connoisseurs. Many say the KitchenAid KPCG100 is as good or nearly as good as more expensive burr grinders. Some users complain about design flaws, but reviews are short and there is often no explanation as to what those flaws are.
Review: Grinders: KitchenAid ProLine Grinder, Contributors to CoffeeGeek.com, As of January 2013