Coffee Grinders: Ratings of Sources
This extensive test of Baratza's line of coffee grinders is widely cited by experts and professionals in the world of coffee-grinder reviews. It's very relevant, even though it includes only one manufacturer, because Baratza is considered to be a top producer of coffee grinders.
Matthew Kang sets out to find a good hand grinder for travel -- or just for those who can't afford the far more expensive electric burr grinders. He tests four Hario coffee mills, along with the OE Lido 2 and the Porlex JP-30. He gives a thorough overview of his experience with each grinder and offers his verdict at the end of each review.
Lifehacker.com asked its readers to weigh in on what burr coffee grinders they thought were best for their weekly "Hive Five" series that asks, "Which tool is the best?" Based on extensive reader feedback, editors list the top five here, each with overviews of the type of coffee grinder, as well as thorough reviews of specific models in that category and plenty of comments from readers.
Lauren Crabbe tests seven popular coffee grinders for speed of grind, dosing consistency, particle size range, particle consistency, noise level and ease of operation. Each gets a thorough review that includes pros and cons and an overall rating out of 10. It's an interesting, informative read, but her "cons" can be a bit confusing, especially if you don't get the pop-culture references she makes.
Scott Packard collaborates with experts at Clive Coffee to produce a buying guide and roundup of the 10 best coffee grinders. This list includes manual and electric grinders and focuses on lifestyle: Each is given a designation such as most economical. The reviews are brief, but the grinders are some of the most popular models we see at sites aimed at coffee lovers.
This exhaustive guide to buying an espresso machine is still as relevant today as it was when it was first written. On this, the second page of the guide, Mark Prince discusses espresso grinders in great depth, and it includes recommendations and detailed reviews. The only thing that dates this article is that it was written before a couple of today's top grinders were released (although by the same manufacturers referenced here), and a couple that he mentions have been discontinued and replaced with updated models.
Hundreds of coffee grinders are reviewed on Amazon.com and some get thousands of reviews. Blade coffee grinder are among the best sellers, with burr grinders trailing, probably due to the fact that they're more expensive and more difficult to use. We noticed several cases where the overall rating is brought down by problems that other reviewers point out are caused by operator error. High-end burr coffee grinders tend to rate better than mid-priced burr grinders.
Nearly 100 coffee grinders receive user reviews at CoffeeGeek.com. As the name implies, these contributors are serious about their coffee and the feedback tends to be very specific and critical. There are review guidelines, unlike many other sites: Reviewers are asked to review only products they own, give detailed reviews as opposed to the unhelpful, one-line reviews we often see, and to compare and contrast with other grinders, if possible.
There are several pages of coffee grinders at WholeLatteLove.com, including some very expensive models that are not seen at many other sites. While there are not as many reviews here as we saw elsewhere, what's here is unusually detailed, broken down by a variety of factors, and includes information regarding the reviewers' coffee drinking habits and knowledge level.
SeattleCoffeeGear.com sells about 45 coffee grinders, and all get a decent number of reviews. Each grinder also has a detailed overview of the grinder by the editors of the site, which includes pros, cons and comparisons. Owner reviews are very detailed as well, and are broken down by price, value and quality. In addition, each reviewer is surveyed for their coffee habits.
Macys.com carries just a few, inexpensive to mid-priced coffee grinders, and each gets a decent number of reviews. None of the high-end manufacturers like Rancilio or Baratza are represented here, but familiar brands like Krups and Breville are. Reviews are on a 5-star rating system, and include the percentage of reviewers who would recommend their coffee grinder to a friend.
Nine coffee grinders are tested in this roundup, with four Recommended and the rest Not Recommended. Under normal circumstances we would not include a review this old, except that most of the coffee grinders in this roundup are still being made and have not undergone any significant changes. Cooks Illustrated editors frequently review their product tests, and only update them if there have been changes in the market that would affect their results. Still, this is a mix of blade and burr grinders, which is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison.