If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive and reliable coffee grinder, the Krups F203 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder is the one you want to buy -- and many do as it's one of the most prolifically reviewed coffee grinders anywhere. True, some complain that it's small or difficult to clean, and it's not for espresso or other finicky coffee grinds, but, for the price, it's hard to beat the performance of this versatile and durable Krups coffee grinder.
Consistent grinder. The KRUPS F203 electric coffee grinder is widely considered a top-performing product, with owners noting that it grinds coffee, spices and seeds finely and evenly. There are no settings; you press the button for as long as it takes to achieve the grind you want. Owners say the results are uniformly consistent. Some point out that the model's design (an oval shape with a flat lid), also promotes fast and even grinding. In addition, it does not produce excessive coffee dust, which can lead to a brew that resembles "sludge." We did see some complaints from those who wish this Krups had an adjustable grind feature.
Simple and versatile, but can be messy. Owners say the Krups F203 is fast and easy to use -- just plug it in, pour in the ingredients, click on the lid and press the button. However, many users note that ground coffee tends to spill out of the unit when the lid is removed. Others say that the grinder can be inconvenient to clean, as particles sometimes get stuck under the blades. Some suggest buying a nylon brush and brushing out the grinder between uses. To avoid flavor bleed between flavored and unflavored coffees, or between coffee and nuts or seeds, quite a few reviewers buy more than one Krups F203 -- and say that it's affordable enough to make that a reasonable option.
Will last for years. We saw many reviews from people who have owned the Krups F203 for years and say that it's still going strong and performing just as well as the day they got it. It feels sturdy and solid when in use, owners say, and there are very few reports of malfunctions. It's small and light; easy to store in a cupboard, but attractive enough to leave on a counter; we saw many comments about its "stylish" appearance. The capacity is small, though, only three ounces, which isn't enough for some. This grinder is available only in black.
Krups F203 Reviews
More than 5,800 owners post reviews of the Krups F203, giving it an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. The vast majority are happy, saying this Krups is a sturdy basic grinder that's a quick and consistent performer. However, there are some complaints that it's not easy to clean, and ground coffee can spill when you lift the lid after grinding.
Review: Krups 203 Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder with Stainless Steel-Blades, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2015
In nearly 180 reviews the Krups F203 gets an overall rating of about 4.7 stars out of 5, and 92 percent of reviewers say they would recommend it. It's praised for being very efficient and easy to use; they also like its small footprint. Some say it's difficult to clean.
Review: Krups 203-70 Grinder, Fast Touch , Contributors to Macys.com, As of October 2015
The Krups F203 earns an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars in more than 50 reviews and 92 percent would recommend it to a friend. Almost without exception, owners add that it performs well and is easy to use. A few say they wish it had an adjustable grind function.
Review: Krups Black Coffee Grinder , Contributors to BedBathandBeyond.com, As of October 2015
4. Cook's Illustrated
The Krups F203 is included in this test of nine coffee grinders, which are rated for design, capacity and cleaning. We would not normally consider a review this old, except that most of the coffee grinders in this roundup are still being manufactured, have not changed since this report was published, and still get ratings elsewhere.
Review: Coffee Grinders, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Nov. 1, 2001