The Kuhn Rikon Ratchet is a good option for those with arthritis or similar hand conditions, since no twisting is required; instead, you move the ratchet back and forth. It also appeals to consumers who like "cool" kitchen gadgets since it's available in several colors and has a fun, contemporary look. While a few users complain of breakage and several say you can't get a truly coarse grind, most say the mill is both functional and affordable.
Easy-to-use ratchet design. Many reviewers say that compared to conventional mills, the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet is easier to use, since you move the lever back and forth instead of twisting the top. As one user notes, "I would recommend it to anyone who has trouble twisting a cap." Katherine Cancila of The Wall Street Journal Test Kitchen praises the grinder for dispensing "a healthy shower of pepper" -- a sentiment that others echo. Owners add that the mill is easy to fill and adjust, although some complain that they can't get a coarse grind with this model, only fine.
Some reports of breakage. Several owners report that the Kuhn Rikon Rachet is made of quality materials. According to one user, "The gears are ceramic, which I assume means it will last a while." However, some reviewers say the adjustment wheel doesn't move smoothly, and a few others report cracking and breaking. One user notes that the mill "snapped in two," adding, "there is a lot of torque on the body due to ratcheting back and forth." We found no specific mention of a warranty, but the company details a commitment to quality and service on its website.
1. The Wall Street Journal
The Kuhn Rikon Ratchet is one of five top picks in this comparative test of pepper mills. Katherine Cancila says it comes in fun colors and releases a lot of pepper with each crank, but warns that the adjustment wheel can be difficult to turn.
Review: Pepper Grinders, Katherine Cancila, Jan. 28, 2012
About 70 users post reviews for the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet at Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Most say it's easy to use, and many like the lever-style operation. However, a few report cracking or breaking, and many complain that it can't produce a coarse grind.
Review: Kuhn Rikon Ratchet Salt Pepper Grinder, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
A half-dozen reviewers offer feedback on the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet at SurLaTable.com, and all give it 5 stars out of 5. They say it's easy to use, looks great on the counter and provides good quality for the money. We found no negative comments about the mill.
Review: Kuhn Rikon High-Output Ratchet Mills, Contributors to SurLaTable.com, As of November 2013