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8 Best Coffee Grinders of 2022

Shop the best blade, burr and manual coffee grinders you can buy.

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We updated this article in April 2022 to ensure all pricing is accurate and all picks recommended by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab are in stock.


Once you've had a great cup of coffee, it's hard to go back. While many factors contribute to taste, including the coffee maker you use and the temperature the brew is served at, the freshness of the beans is among the most important — and that's where coffee grinders come in.

Whole coffee beans retain their flavor much longer than ground. For comparison, think of the pungent aroma of freshly minced garlic versus the unnoticeable scent of a whole clove: The longer you let the garlic sit once it's cut up, the more its scent will dissipate. The same thing happens with coffee beans; once they're ground and exposed to air, they start to lose flavor. Grinding your own beans before each brew ensures the freshest flavor. It also allows you to easily control the grind size, a key selling point whether you opt for fine grinds for espresso machines, medium for drip coffee makers or coarse, for those who prefer using a French press or making cold brew.

Testers in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab recently evaluated 20 different coffee grinders, including blade grinders, burr grinders and manual grinders. They looked for even, differentiated grounds via the fine, medium and coarse settings, and they considered the noise level of each grinder. Read on for more information on types of coffee grinder and how our experts tested.

Our top picks

Best Overall Coffee Grinder
Conical Burr Coffee Grinder OXO Brew Read More
Best Value Coffee Grinder
Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder Hamilton Beach Read More
Easiest Coffee Grinder to Use
Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder Bodum Read More
Best Coffee Grinder for Cold Brew and French Press
DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill Cuisinart Read More
Quietest Blade Coffee Grinder
Silent Vortex Electric Grinder Krups Read More
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      Best Overall Coffee Grinder
      Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
      OXO
      OXO Brew

      In our tests, we were impressed with how the OXO burr grinder performed. It produced very even coffee grounds that could be used for espresso, cold brew and everything in between. The hopper (where the beans are stored) features a UV-blocking tint and an airtight lid, both of which help preserve flavor. It can also hold up to 3/4 pound of coffee beans, the largest capacity of all the grinders we tested.

      The grinder operates with the touch of a button and grinds into a static-fighting stainless steel container, which features a lid with a hole big enough to empty the grounds into a coffee filter without making a mess. The lid also helps prevent grounds from shooting everywhere during grinding. After emptying the grounds, you can securely click the container into place, readying it for the next batch.

      • Coffee bean capacity: 3/4 pound
      • Grind settings: 15
      • Cup settings: None, but offers a 30-second programmable timer

      Best Value Coffee Grinder
      Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder
      Hamilton Beach
      Hamilton Beach

      Blade grinders are generally less expensive than burr grinders, but this affordable Fresh Grind Electric Coffee blade grinder from Hamilton Beach stands out in terms of performance too. It can confidently grind up to 9 tablespoons of coffee beans quickly and evenly. It's also easy to operate with by pressing a single button. The clear lid allows you to see inside to check how your beans are grinding, and the grinding container is removable, which makes it easy to empty into a coffee filter.

      Unlike other blade grinders we tested, the container features 6-, 10- and 12-cup coffee ground markings to better guide your experience. It also lists a maximum for spices (although we typically recommend grinding your coffee and spices with different grinders). An additional unique feature is its cord storage system hidden within the base: Pull it down to expose a dowel that you can use to wrap the cord around, and pop it back up to hide it.

      • Coffee bean capacity: 9 tablespoons, according to the manufacturer's instructions
      • Grind settings: Not applicable to blade grinders (only applicable to burr grinders); grind size can be controlled by how many times you pulse it or how long you process it
      • Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

      Easiest Coffee Grinder to Use
      Bistro Burr Coffee Grinder
      Bodum
      Bodum
      Now 30% off

      Bodum makes it clear exactly what setting to use with its well-labeled burr coffee grinder. The airtight plastic lid is etched with a chart that suggests how long to grind the beans based on the type of coffee you're making as well as the amount. Simply turn the 7.75-ounce hopper to select one of 12 grind settings; the hopper is angled, which allows beans to flow into the grinder. In our test, the Bodum Burr Coffee Grinder was able to make even grounds on the fine, medium and coarse settings, all of which were noticeably different in size, perfect for espresso, drip coffee and French press and cold brew.

      The Bodum Grinder has a timer that grinds for up to 20 seconds in increments of five. Its glass container has a lid that prevents grounds from flying everywhere. The lid stays in place when shaking grounds into a filter, but is also easy to remove if you choose to use a coffee scoop. The grounds container has a rubber grip around it to make it easier to handle, and it slides in and out of the holder easily.

      • Coffee bean capacity: 7.75 ounces
      • Grind settings: 12
      • Cup settings: Grinds up to 20 seconds at a time

        Best Coffee Grinder for Cold Brew and French Press
        DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
        Cuisinart
        Cuisinart

        The Cuisinart Surpreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers 18 grind sizes, all of which are noticeably different from each other. The finest grinds well for espresso, the medium for drip and pour over, while the coarsest is perfect for cold brew and French press. The grounds container features a small hole through which grounds can pass easily and mess-free into a coffee filter. Plus, you can replace the container securely in the base with one hand. The grinder comes with a two-in-one coffee scoop and brush for easy cleaning.

        • Coffee bean capacity: 1/2 pound
        • Grind settings: 18
        • Cup settings: 4 to 18 cups

        Quietest Blade Coffee Grinder
        Silent Vortex Electric Grinder
        Krups
        Krups

        After a few unavoidable clanky pulses, the Krups Silent Vortex Electric Grinder was the quietest grinder we tested. While not silent, it had a muffled sound, which would benefit the sleeping members of any household (not to mention neighbors, for those in thin-walled apartments). In addition to being quiet, it also produced even grounds quickly. It has a small footprint, making it even more perfect for apartment dwellers.

        • Coffee bean capacity: 12 tablespoons
        • Grind settings: Not applicable to blade grinders (only applicable to burr grinders); grind size can be controlled by how many times you pulse it or how long you process it
        • Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

        Quietest Burr Coffee Grinder
        Infinity Plus Conical Burr Grinder
        Capresso
        Capresso
        Now 29% off

        The Capresso Infinity Plus Conical Burr Grinder was the quietest burr grinder we tested. Like the Krups, our quietest blade grinder, the Capresso made a noticeable low, muffled sound. It features 16 grind settings, each of which is easy to select with clearly labeled markings. The grinder also features a dial, so you can set how many cups you're grinding, from 1 to 12. The ergonomic container is easy to pull out of the housing with one hand. It features a wide mouth, with minimal static, good for pouring the grounds into a coffee filter.

        • Coffee bean capacity: 11 ounces
        • Grind settings: 16
        • Cup settings: 1 to 12 cups

        Best Coffee Grinder for Espresso
        Smart Grinder Pro
        Breville
        Breville

        The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is designed beautifully for the most picky espresso and coffee drinkers. It features 60 grind settings that produce some of the most even results we've seen. The finest setting produces powdery grinds that don't clump together, while the coarsest resembles the ground coffee you'd buy in a store. The grinder features a large, digital screen that allows you to effortlessly select the grind size, cup amount and grind time, which allows adjustment in 0.2-second increments. The grounds fall directly into a plastic container with cup markings for espresso, drip and French press coffee. The container also features a cover for the opening in the lid in case you don't use all the ground coffee at once.

        The most unique feature of this grinder is its attachment for portafilters, allowing you to grind the coffee directly into the filter y0u use in your espresso machine. So long, measuring and filling with a scoop.

        • Coffee bean capacity: 1 pound
        • Grind settings: 60
        • Cup settings: 1 to 8 espresso shots, 1 to 12 coffee cups

        Best Manual Coffee Grinder
        Manual Coffee Grinder
        JavaPresse
        JavaPresse
        Now 13% off

        For those looking for the absolute quietest way to grind coffee, a manual coffee grinder is the best bet. It also makes for an inexpensive alternative to an electric burr grinder. Compared with the two other manual grinders we tested, the JavaPresse has the most user-friendly handle: It was the most ergonomic and easy to use — and it didn't slip off during testing. Its grind settings were also the easiest to control (via a dial on the bottom of the grinder, like some pepper mills), and we liked that we could see the coffee grounds through the viewing window on the container.

        • Coffee bean capacity: 6 tablespoons
        • Grind settings: No specific settings are marked, but the grind size can be adjusted via a dial on the bottom of the grinder
        • Cup settings: None, but can be controlled by how many tablespoons of coffee beans you grind at a time

        How we test coffee grinders
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        To determine which coffee grinders to recommend, the experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances Lab tested 20 different grinders from trusted brands and as well as best sellers on Amazon. They included a variety of blade and burr grinders, three of which were manual. Our pros evaluated the grinders on how easy they were to set up and use, and more importantly, how well they performed. They used the same type of coffee bean and ensured they were all bought on the same date to ensure the most accurate results. The highest scoring grinders were able to:

        ✔️ Produce even grounds on the fine, medium and coarse settings

        ✔️ Switch between settings and still produce right-sized grounds

        ✔️ Grind beans into noticeably different sizes for fine, medium and coarse setting, suitable for espresso, drip coffee and cold brew/French press respectively

        ✔️ Easily pour grounds into a coffee filter from the container, while making a minimal mess

        ✔️ Grind beans relatively quietly

        What type of coffee grinder is best?
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        There are three main types of coffee grinders: blade grinders, burr grinders and manual grinders.

        ✔️ Blade grinders work like a food processor with blunted edges. The blade spins to chop the coffee beans. The ones we tested were loud when the beans were still whole but operated more quietly as the beans broke down. Overall, blade grinders are smaller and more compact than burr grinders, but they require a learning curve to produce evenly ground coffee of the right size.

        ✔️ Burr grinders work like a pepper mill in that coffee beans pass through two metal or plastic grinding surfaces (burrs) to be ground into pieces. The grind size can be precisely controlled, depending on how many settings the grinder has, and the results are very even, which contributes to a fuller, more balanced taste. They're larger, louder and often more expensive than blade grinders.

        ✔️ Manual grinders are a small and inexpensive option, but selecting the perfect setting is not always easy, and grinding takes way more time than we'd like. They, too, work like a pepper mill by grinding beans between two burrs. Manual grinders store only a small amount of beans and require turning the handle many times to grind. On the plus side, manual grinders are virtually silent compared with blade and burr grinders.

        What to look for when buying a coffee grinder
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        Once you've decided whether a burr, blade or manual grinder is right for you, you'll also want to consider the following:

        ✔️ Hopper size: Burr grinders have hoppers that can store your whole beans, while blade grinders don't, so if you don't want to load your coffee grinder daily, consider a burr grinder. A large hopper might be able to hold a full, 1-pound bag of beans, but some aficionados argue that beans remain fresher when stored in a cool, dry cupboard away from light. (Some hoppers are dark and include a UV-blocking tint for this exact reason.) Most hoppers hold about 1/2 to 3/4 pound of beans.

        ✔️ Settings: With burr grinders, it may seem that the more settings, the better, but most coffee grinder consumers need only a fine, medium and coarse setting — the key is that each setting produces noticeably different grounds to use for espresso, drip and cold brew coffees. And, remember, blade grinders do not offer settings; they require you to adjust the grind setting by processing for a longer or shorter amount of time based on your desired result.

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        Nicole is the director of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab where she oversees all of Good Housekeeping's content and testing related to kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and gear. She's been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013 and has worked at kitchen appliance companies where she helped develop some popular air fryers as well as many recipes for them. She is trained in classic culinary arts and is a professional recipe developer.

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