If you're looking for the Cadillac of coffee grinders, the Rancilio Rocky Doserless should be on your shortlist. Users say it is heavy and built like a tank, and its performance is outstanding. Although there are some complaints that the grind switch is hard to use and the instruction manual could be better, most consider this machine a good value -- a remarkable compliment for a grinder that costs more than $300.
Consistently outstanding results. It seems there aren't enough complimentary adjectives to describe the performance of the Rancilio Rocky Doserless, according to our analysis of owner reviews and feedback on coffee-centric websites. Users say it is an "excellent," "outstanding," and even "incredible" machine that can deliver any type of coffee grind desired. One user who highly recommends this model says, "Your coffee will taste as good as your weakest link, don't skimp on any one piece."Most agree that the $300-plus-price is money well spent, although one user does question whether espresso made with this grinder, instead of a blade model, justify the high price.
Easy to use, easy to clean. Reviewers generally agree that the Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder is easy to use, although some say the grind button can be difficult to press. One user calls it "awkward and painful." There are also some complaints that the manual could be better. As for cleaning this grinder, users widely agree that it couldn't be easier, noting that the virtual absence of static electricity means that grounds don't fly around and make a mess on the counter. On the downside, some users report that it can take time to learn the grinding system and achieve the precision desired.
Built like a tank. Construction and durability is an area in which the Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder truly shines. Users say it is tough, heavy and rugged. In fact, one maintains that "Rocky" is the perfect name for this rock-solid appliance, which weighs in at more than 15 pounds. One user notes that this is the last grinder you will ever need to buy, adding that it will likely last long enough to pass on to the grandkids. Another says that after five years of daily use, the model is still performing well and has never required maintenance. It comes with a two-year warranty.
Looks great on the counter. Reviewers of the Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder generally praise its appearance.. Editors at Specialty-Coffee-Advisor.com name it their favorite precision burr grinder for home use, pointing out in their brief evaluation that it's "nice to look at." Users say it has a great design, with one calling it "stylish." We found no reviewer complaints about the look of this model.
A quiet performer. The majority of reviewers do not address the issue of Rancilio Rocky Doserless grinder's sound, but those who do say it's "quiet." We found no complaints about the noise level of this model, and no claims that any other models are quieter. The quiet operation, however, is among the reasons why many users say the Rocky Doserless is well worth its high price tag.
Review Credibility: Good About 45 owners post reviews of the Rancilio Rocky Doserless at Amazon.com, where it earns 4.4 stars (out of 5) overall. Many praise its performance and rock-solid construction; with one reviewer saying it's the last grinder you'll buy. Nevertheless, some users complain that the grind switch is difficult to push, and one user wonders if there's really a $300 difference between espresso ground from this model and espresso ground with a blade model.
Review: Untitled, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2013
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Review Credibility: Good The Rocky Doserless earns an overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from about 60 reviewers at this site. Owners say it performs well, is easy to use and operates quietly, and many note that it is a heavy, sturdy machine. There are a few complaints about the quality of the instruction manual, however, and some say it can take a bit of trial and error to determine the best settings to achieve the desired grind.
Review: Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder, Contributors to WholeLatteLove.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good About 40 owners review the Rancilio Rocky Doserless at CoffeeGeek.com, handing it an overall score of 8.4 points out of 10. The model is praised for its excellent "rugged" build and consistent grind. One user says the machine looks great on the counter, and many say it is well worth the money. One reviewer complains that the owner's manual could be more helpful.
Review: Grinders: Rocky Doserless Grinder, Contributors to CoffeeGeek.com, As of January 2013
Review Credibility: Good This detailed article covers many of the basics about grinding coffee, and recommends three coffee grinders; their favorite is the Rancilio Rocky Doserless. The editors say it's the best burr grinder for home use because of its ease of use and aesthetic design, but they don't specify how they reached this conclusion or what other models they tested.
Review: How to Grind Coffee Properly, Editors of Specialty-Coffee-Advisor.com, Undated