What every best Pepper Mills has:
- The ability to swiftly crank out enough fresh pepper.
- A sturdy, easy-to-grip body.
- A grinder that's simple to operate.
The Sweethome.com's experts have spent 60 hours researching and testing 18 pepper mills. They name a top pick, runner-up, budget pick and best electric grinder. Testers evaluate each pepper mill for grinding time, output, and consistency; ease of use; and durability. The resulting reviews are detailed, even-handed and comparative.
Experts at SeriousEats.com evaluate 21 pepper mills under $45 with steel or ceramic grinding mechanisms. Each pepper mill is evaluated for grinding efficiency as well as consistency at the finest and coarsest grind settings, durability and ease of use. Reviews are detailed and winners selected in several categories, including an overall winner, budget pick, fastest pepper mill and best one-handed pepper mill.
Cook's Illustrated editors rate 10 popular pepper mills under $100 by evaluating how long it takes each model to produce 2 tablespoons of finely ground pepper. They give each pepper mill one, two, or three stars for ease of use, grind quality and fine-grind speed. One pepper mill is highly recommended, three are recommended, two are recommended with reservations, and four are not recommended.
Foodal.com's Julie Workman ranks and reviews seven of the most popular pepper mills. She also picks the best model for several lifestyle considerations, including durability, compact size, ease of use, speed and budget. Reviews indicate real-world testing, but they aren't comparative. A helpful buying guide is also included.
Testers at Fine Cooking magazine evaluated 21 pepper mills for ease of use, capacity, adjustability, output and design. They choose an overall winner and budget favorite for both manual and electric grinder. The article includes short shopping tips for buyers looking for a pepper mill.
Amazon.com is one of the best resources for real-world reviews of pepper mills. Reviews are often quite detailed and even-handed, and some note durability concerns that are often overlooked in other reviews. Prospective buyers should read carefully, since reviewers sometimes wrongly fault a product for bad experiences with the seller or shipping. Readers should also beware of older reviews, which might discuss an older version of a product with flaws that have since been addressed.
Cookware and kitchen retailer Williams-Sonoma offers a wide range of pepper mills, although many have just a handful of reviews from owners. Though many are high-end, a few budget models including the OXO Good Grips are sold. Reviewers rate products on a five-star scale. They also indicate how long they've owned the product and how often they use it, which can be helpful.
Bed Bath and Beyond sells a wide range of pepper mills, both higher-end and budget. Reviewers rate products on a five-star scale overall. They also give specific ratings for value and quality, and indicate whether they would recommend each product to a friend. Reviews aren't as comprehensive as those on Amazon, however.