Fresh ground pepper adds a savory touch with some kick to any meal. Even better, you don't have to wait until you dine out to enjoy this taste sensation. You can serve fresh ground pepper on all your favorite dishes if you purchase whole peppercorns and a pepper grinder — also called a pepper mill — to use at home.
Pepper grinders come in different styles with different types of blades. The best pepper mills, such as those made by Fletchers Mill and Kuhn Rikon, adjust to break down the peppercorns into the size you prefer, ranging from tiny grains of subtle pepper to coarse pieces with lots of zing. If you're not sure where to start, check out our recommendations for some of the best pepper mills you could add to your kitchen lineup.
Best Overall: Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill
If you love pepper, you’ll love the output of the Unicorn Magnum pepper mill. With a steel grinding mechanism, it grinds very quickly, and a thumbscrew on the bottom allows for easy adjusting. Users agree that it’s one of the best on the market, and the mill’s ability to consistently grind and its quality build put it at the top spot on our list.
Best Value: Fsdifly Original Stainless Steel Salt or Pepper Grinder
Its ergonomic design, durable build, and affordable price combine to put the Fsdifly Original stainless steel grinder as the best value pick. This pepper mill has a see-through glass body, so you’ll never guess if you’re running out of peppercorns. Users report that it produces a uniform grind and is easy to clean.
Best Looking: Ebaco Original Stainless Steel Salt or Pepper Grinder
If you’re looking to add a pepper mill to your table setting, you want to make sure it looks good. With its stainless steel top and attractive glass body, the Ebaco pepper grinder meets those expectations. This pepper mill conveniently fits right in your hand, and it’s smooth and easy to use.
Best Hand-Crank: Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill
With an exquisite copper design and a traditional hand crank grinder, the Atlas pepper mill by Pepper Mill Imports is as good-looking as it is functional. Handmade in Greece, this pepper mill takes a grinding method used for centuries and pairs it with high-quality parts and a beautiful look you would expect from today. The result is, as one user says, "the perfect pepper mill."
Best for a Gift: KSL Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
The KSL electric salt and pepper grinder set is an elegant set that makes a lovely wedding or housewarming gift. While the attractive set wins praise for its durable design and high-end look, what’s more important is that it works well. Users love the ease of the one-button grind and find that the pepper mill effortlessly adjusts from a fine to a coarse grind.
Best Wooden Mill: Fletchers Mill Federal Pepper Mill
Easy to use with a classic wooden look, the Fletchers Mill Federal pepper mill is a traditional pepper mill loved for its durability and dependability. Made in the USA, this pepper mill grinds smoothly and consistently. The grind coarseness is easy to adjust, and users love that it produces a generous amount of pepper every time.
Easiest to Use: Kuhn Rikon 25550 Rachet Spice Grinder
If you have trouble with manual dexterity but prefer to use a manual grinder over an electric mill, you’ll appreciate the Kuhn Rikon Ratchet spice grinder. This pepper mill is versatile enough to be used for a variety of spices, but what makes it even more popular is how easy it is to turn the ratchet handle.
Best for Countertop Display: Flafster Kitchen Electric Stainless Steel Salt & Pepper Mills
The Flafster salt and pepper mills are so stylish, you’ll enjoy leaving them out on your countertop for everyone to see. This salt and pepper mill set comes in its own holder, and each mill includes a built-in light for ease of use. Users say they love that the batteries are in their own separate compartment, so you don’t need to dismantle the entire unit to change the batteries or fill up on peppercorns.
Best Electric Mill: Russell Hobbs Electric Salt & Pepper Mill Set
If you have trouble operating a manual grinder, let the Russell Hobbs electric salt and pepper mill set do the work for you. This pepper mill features one-touch operation for fast pepper grinding at the touch of a button. For extra convenience, use the built-in light so you can see just how much pepper you’re getting.
Best Combo Mill: OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 Salt and Pepper Grinder and Shaker
Convenient and easy-to-use, the OXO Good Grips salt and pepper grinder and shaker cuts down on the number of shakers you need in your pantry by combining them into one unit. Grind the pepper from the base and then shake the salt from the top for convenience. The pepper mill also comes with five grind settings to accommodate your tastes or what you’re eating.