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The 9 Best Coffee Grinders You Can Buy in 2022

If you want to make good coffee at home, you need a coffee grinder. These are the only nine you need to consider.

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As it pertains to making better coffee in the morning, no decision yields a greater effect than switching from pre-ground to whole bean coffee. Roasted whole bean coffee carries with it the aromatics of the bean for a few weeks after roasting, and remains stable and “fresh” for much longer. Pre-ground coffee expels all the bean’s natural aromatic and exposes the grounds to particles that distort flavor — in other words, pre-ground coffee is stale coffee.

To convert whole bean coffee to ground coffee, we need a coffee grinder. But not all grinders are created equal. We tested what most experts consider the world’s best coffee grinders, comparing size, speed, price and performance, to identify which machines to buy, and these are the nine best coffee grinders of 2022.

    What Makes a Good Coffee Grinder?

    Burrs, Not Blades

    A rule of thumb: burr grinders rule, blade grinders drool. Where a blade grinder works more like a blender, chopping away at beans at the blade level, burr grinders effectively chew and crush beans. The difference between the two is dramatic. When coffee is put in a blade grinder — which are typically inexpensive and designed for spice grinding — only the beans that are in contact with the blade are brought to size. This means the beans that sit below the blade, or wedge themselves into corners, are left at a completely different size, while the beans at blade-level are turned to dust. These differences ruin good whole bean coffee by creating ground coffee that’s inconsistent and prone to weird extraction. In short, pots of coffee will never be replicable.

    Sturdy Construction

    With coffee grinders, the heavier the better. There are a few reasons for this. One, more weight means the machine’s motor won’t knock itself out of calibration or grind setting mid-grind. But it also means the grinder you’re buying — a relatively small machine tasked with crushing coffee beans for 30 seconds every day — is less liable to break internally because there’s less plastic and more metal.

    Serviceability

    No matter how nice the machine, every grinder requires service now and again. Even if there’s not a mechanical issue, you’ll need to remove the burr and guts of the machine to clean coffee from months ago off the internal gears. If you can’t take it apart easily, don’t buy it.

    The Best Coffee Grinders of 2022

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    Best Overall Coffee Grinder
    Baratza Encore
    Amazon
    Best Splurge Coffee Grinder
    Baratza Virtuoso+
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    Best Budget Coffee Grinder
    Oxo Brew Coffee Grinder
    Oxo
    Best Coffee Grinder for Espresso
    Breville Smart Grinder Pro
    Williams Sonoma
    Best Coffee Grinder for Drip Coffee
    Fellow Ode Grinder
    Fellow
    Best Hand Coffee Grinder
    Porlex Mini Coffee Grinder
    Amazon
    Best Entry-Level Coffee Grinder
    Cuisinart CBM-20 Grinder
    Amazon
    Best Coffee Grinder for the Budget-Conscious Shopper
    Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Mill Coffee Grinder
    Amazon
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    Best Coffee Grinder for Coffee Nerds
    Baratza Sette 270
    Amazon
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