Best coffee grinders
Coffee is that glorious liquid that gives many of us that much needed boost when we wake up in the morning, but not all coffee is created equally.
You could go for the cost effective instant stuff, but if you want to experience the crisp aroma and taste of great coffee you're going to have to go for the beans. You can't just dump the beans in with hot water, though, you need a grinder to get things going. We just so happen to have a few you should check out.
These grinders come from the likes of Hario, De'Longhi, and Kitchenaid, and with prices varying from £14.50 up to £154 you'll be sure to find something to suit your needs.
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Cuisinart Grind and Brew Plus
The thing about coffee grinders is that once it's done, you still have to brew the coffee yourself. So you might as well get yourself a grinder that also brews your coffee automatically. You can also use ground coffee, if the need arises, and pre-select the strength of the coffee to match your tastes. If that that wasn't enough, you can actually programme the machine yourself to grind and brew coffee for you in advance. Perfect for those bleary eyes Monday mornings.
£128 | Amazon
James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595
If you want something with a much broader functionality, the James Martin Mini grinder is one gadget to look into. It's designed to be used for grinding things other than coffee beans, like nuts and spices. It's quite nice to look at, it's easy to use, and it comes with a transparent window so you can see how the bean grinding is coming along. It's also fairly cheap, which is always a bonus.
£14.50 | Amazon
The Bodum Bistro's smaller capacity might mean it needs topping up more regularly, but that doesn't mean it's not a worthy addition to your kitchen counter. It has easy-to-use push button control, an adjustable grinding head, and static free glass that ensures you don't have ground coffee falling all over the place when you open it up.
£22 | Amazon
Kitchenaid Artisan Burr
This is an ideal grinder for those of you who desperately want a grinder that's easy on the eyes. But don't think that it's all style and no substance, it has 15 different grinding settings, ceramic grinding heads to reduce friction, and a hefty 198g capacity. Plus it's nice and easy to keep clean.
£154 | Go Electrical
Krups Expert GVX231
This is a grinder perfectly suited to those of you who have an exact preference for your coffee, and want to achieve that as easily as possible. The GVX231 has 17 different settings to select how your coffee is ground, with each one being specifically designed for a different brewing method. There's also a selector which lets you designate how many cups of coffee you're planning to make, and since you'll always have the right amount you won't get much in the way of waste.
£38 | Amazon
A nice brightly coloured option with a transparent lid that lets you see exactly how far you are from needing to refill the beans. The level of grinding is completely adjustable, and it also has a friction clutch to make sure your ground coffee doesn't damage any of the moving parts inside.
£55 | Amazon
De'Longhi KG79 Professional Burr Grinder
This one has a lot of different grinding settings, but it's best for grinding up your beans for espresso coffee. So if you like your coffees to be small and strong, this might just be the grinder for you. Other than that it's a fairly typical affair: It has adjustable settings for bean grinding and the number of coffee cups, a transparent bean housing, and an easy-to-clean container for your ground coffee.
£47 | Amazon
Lloytron E5602SS Stainless Steel Coffee/ Spice Grinder
The thing about mechanical coffee grinders is that they tend to be rather loud as those blades get to work, which is why the Lloytron E5602SS is so special. This one promises to grind your coffee beans quietly, but without any loss of power. It comes with the downside of not having more than one grind setting, but if you want something easy on the ears it's a fair compromise.
£18 | Amazon
Hario Glass Hand Coffee Grinder
A nice low-tech option for those of you who need something basic, Hario's hand powered coffee grinder is a brilliant choice. It's easy to use, it's dishwasher proof, has adjustable grinding settings, an ergonomic design, and a silicon lid to ensure your coffee beans stay where they should be (in the grinder).
Zassenhaus Panama Coffee Mill
Another hand-powered grinder, but this time with it's a little easier on the eyes. That's not all the Zassenhaus Panama has going for it, though, it also happens to have adjustable grinding settings that won't change on their own and promises a consistent uniform grind. Oh and it's been guaranteed to work for at least 25 years, which is one less thing to worry about.
£57 | Amazon