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 the #1 Best Seller in Coffee Grinders on Amazon.com. 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, ease-of-use and durability of this 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." A few complain that the grinder is noisy, but most don't mind and say it's not too loud.
Simple and versatile, but can be messy. Users 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. Some have devised ways to avoid this, such as turning the unit upside-down after grinding is complete, tapping the unit lightly against a countertop to release all the ground coffee and then opening the unit so the lid becomes the coffee receptacle. Many also say the unit can be inconvenient to clean, as some ground coffee, spices or seeds could remain beneath the blades. Some suggest buying a nylon brush and brushing out the grinder between uses. Others advise purchasing separate grinders for coffee, spices and seeds to avoid flavor bleed between grinds.
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.
More than 3,200 owners post reviews of the Krups F203, giving it an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5. It's also the #1 Best Seller in Coffee Grinders. Most owners say this 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 2014
In nearly 120 reviews the Krups F203 gets an overall average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5, and 95 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 2014
The Krups F203 earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars in more than 80 reviews and 99 percent say it's a good value. Almost without exception, owners add that it performs well and is easy to use. There are no consistent complaints and all report that they would recommend this grinder to a friend.
Review: Black 3-oz. Coffee Grinder by Krups, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of October 2014
Nearly 80 owners review the Krups F203 grinder, giving it a combined average score of 86 points out of 100. Many praise its simple design, good performance, and low price, although some would prefer the ability to set it for a specific type of grind and some say it's loud.
Review: Krups Fast-Touch Coffee Grinder 203 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of October 2014
5. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
We would not normally consider a review this old, except that most of the coffee grinders in this roundup are still being manufactured and also still get ratings on other sites. The Krups F203 is included in this test of nine coffee grinders, which are rated for design, capacity and cleaning.
Review: Coffee Grinders, Editors of Cook's Illustrated, Nov. 1, 2001