Pepper Mills: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
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by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentEditors rate only manual pepper mills because the electric pepper mills they tried didn't work. They review seven pepper mills on performance and design. Editors say they appreciate mills with large, unobstructed filler doors and large capacities. Top-rated pepper mills have a large output and easy-to-use grind adjustment settings. We wish the editors had named the electric pepper mills that choked.
The Finest Grind
by Louisa Chu
Our AssessmentChef Louisa Chu focuses on three pepper mills (the Unicorn Keytop, Peugeot Hostellerie and Elite Graviti) that have earned high ratings elsewhere. Unlike many reviewers, Chu considers real kitchen scenarios and discusses which mills are easiest to grip with greasy hands. The Unicorn Keytop is the easiest to fill of the three mills, she says, but its plastic body isn't as durable as the Peugeot's wooden one. The Elite Graviti is easy to use and boasts a certain wow factor, but it's somewhat heavy.
Pick a Peck of Peppermills
by Aida Mollenkamp
Our AssessmentAida Mollenkamp tests six pepper grinders sold by Broadway Panhandler for ease of use, grind consistency, design, style and features. Mollenkamp dislikes plastic mills, and she concludes that the best pepper mill "depends on what you're doing and how large your hands are," but she describes only one mill as "good for smaller hands." We'd give this article a higher rating if Mollenkamp had ranked the pepper mills. The ultra sleek Peugeot Reims pepper mill is her top pick, followed closely by the Peugeot Fidji.
What's the Best Pepper Mill?
by Editors of and contributors to TheKitchn.com
Our AssessmentA reader asks for pepper mill recommendations, and editors and contributors chime in with their suggestions. Editor Faith Durand calls the Perfex Cast Aluminum Pepper Mill her "current frontrunner" -- she likes its old-fashioned look and solid performance. There are recommendations here for Peugeot, Unicorn and for Greek coffee and spice mills.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt Amazon.com, many pepper mills have accumulated ratings, but only a few pepper mills have been rated more than 10 times. Most earn ratings in the neighborhood of three to four stars. Among those manual pepper mills that have a substantial number of reviews, the Unicorn Magnum pepper mill and William Bounds Key Mill WB-1 are top-rated, followed by the Williams Bounds 8-Inch WB pepper mill. The MIU Electric Pepper Mill gets good marks in the electric category. The Chef'n Mini pepper ball is among the lowest-rated pepper mills here.
Herb and Spice Tools
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentAt Cooking.com, the majority of pepper mills earn a rating of at least four stars out of five. The Unicorn Magnum is the highest-rated pepper grinder, with an average rating of 4.8 stars in more than 300 reviews. The PepperMate Pepper Mill earns a very high overall rating in more than 200 reviews.
by Teri Tsang
Our AssessmentThis article is little more than a list of Teri Tsang's top five pepper mills, with a couple of pros and cons for each. Although Tsang helpfully includes a photo of each pepper mill, she doesn't explain how she tested each mill or discuss her rating criteria. The list isn't ranked, and she doesn't name the best mill in various categories, which limits the usefulness of this article. What's worse, all of the grinders have fairly serious flaws. The PepperMate Pepper Mill is listed as one of her favorites, but its drawback is an "awkward key crank." The Unicorn Peppergun doesn't grind uniformly, Tsang says.
What is the Best Pepper Mill?
by Contributors to SeriousEats.com
Our AssessmentContributors to this site discuss their favorite pepper mills, and several brand names -- Peugeot, Unicorn, Zassenhaus, Unicorn and PepperMate all crop up. One reviewer says that the Unicorn Peppergun can be operated with one hand.
by Contributors to Chowhound.com
Our AssessmentContributors to this culinary forum name most of the usual suspects -- Peugeot, PepperMate, Perfex and Unicorn -- when asked to name the best pepper mill. One owner who has both a Peugeot and a Unicorn says that the latter far outperforms the former. Two owners of Peugeot pepper mills say that they've been in use for more than a decade, with no hitches.
Your First Kitchen
by Editors of Epicurious.com
Our AssessmentEditors recommend a salt-and-pepper mill set, the Cole and Mason Emperor. Not only are they see-through, they're easy to operate with one hand. Their only downside is that the acrylic housing is "less sophisticated" than other materials, editors say. This article does not discuss any other pepper mills.
Pepper Grinder Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentAt Buzzillions.com, five pepper mills have garnered reviews. All receive an average of four stars or more. Most have only a handful, but the iTouchless Electronic has accumulated more than 50. Most reviews of this automatic grinder -- which were originally posted to Overstock.com but are no longer there -- are positive.