If you're looking for a battery-operated pepper mill, reviewers say the Trudeau Graviti is a simple, effective option. It offers one-handed, nearly effortless operation: Simply turn it over and the motor starts running. Many owners say the mill grinds well and looks nice on the countertop or table, but we did read reports of mechanical problems and some users balk at the need for six AAA batteries.
Virtually effortless grinding. According to reviewers, the Trudeau Graviti battery-operated pepper mill is as user-friendly as it gets. "You turn it over and the motor starts," says one user; another writes, "it takes no effort." Some point out that because the grinding action happens at the top -- which becomes the bottom when you flip it over -- you never end up with messes. Yet a few owners complain that its capacity is too small, and one says the six-battery requirement makes the unit heavy. Overall, though, the grinder "does a simple job very well."
Mechanical problems are a concern. While most owners say the Trudeau Graviti is a fine-working pepper mill, it does rack up a fair number of comments about mechanical problems. Several users report that it tends to jam with peppercorns getting stuck inside; in some cases, they can remove the stuck pieces and start the grinder up again. However, others report that the Graviti stops working over time, and one says the batteries constantly need replacing. Still, a majority of reviewers say the mill is dependable even with constant use. It includes a one-year warranty.
The Trudeau Graviti mill earns an average 3.5 stars out of 5 from nearly 300 Amazon.com users. Many say it operates easily and with no mess, although a number of them complain that the unit stopped working or never worked right from the start.
Review: Trudeau Graviti Battery-Operated Pepper Mills, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2013
The red Trudeau Graviti battery-operated pepper mill gets 4.2 stars out of 5 from about 20 reviewers posting to Walmart.com. The silver version averages 3.8 stars out of 5 from nearly 30 users. Many say it works well, but some report mechanical problems or complain that it requires six batteries.
Review: Battery-Operated Pepper Mill, Red, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of November 2013
About.com's housewares editor says the Trudeau Graviti is fun, convenient and easy to operate, but she dislikes that it requires six AAA batteries. Mariette Mifflin doesn't mention how she tests the grinder or whether she compares it to other mills.
Review: Graviti Battery Operated Pepper Mill by Trudeau, Mariette Mifflin, Not dated