The best home coffee grinders

Whether you like a latte, a cappuccino, or straight-up espresso, invest in a countertop coffee grinder for fresh-as-can-be coffee every morning

Coffee grinder

There are some smells that are universally agreeable: just-cut grass, just-right toast, and of course, freshly-ground coffee. And now, thanks to some superb at-home coffee grinders, you can recapture a little bit of that magic in your very own kitchen, assuming, that is, that you've already bought the very best coffee machine.

Why buy a coffee grinder?

Some bigger coffee machines come with built-in grinders, but if you have a compact model without, or take your brew from a cafetiere or moka pot, a coffee bean grinder is a great investment. As well as filling your kitchen with that fantastic smell, grinding coffee beans at home, to order, means a fresh taste every time, rather than keeping a large amount pre-ground, which will go stale more quickly.

What to look for when buying a coffee grinder

For large rounds at dinner parties, or big families who all have a thing for coffee, look for a grinder with a large capacity to fulfil a lot of orders quickly and easily. If you don’t have a lot of worktop space to spare, a smaller one will do the job equally well, just with more refilling. If you are partial to an espresso or ristretto, make sure you pick a grinder with a fine enough grind setting.

Finally, when we use the phrase 'coffee grinders', don’t let us restrict you: some grinders are also ideal for using with tough-to-crack spices like cardamom or cloves, or even for nuts to fold into bakes or sprinkle on dishes. Just make sure to clean your machine thoroughly in between, so your coffee doesn’t taste like cumin, and vice versa (unless you’re into that sort of thing).

1. Sage Smart Grinder Pro

For a perfectly precise cup of coffee, look no further than this smart grinder

Best for: Best overall
Capacity: 450g
Power: 165W
Reasons to buy
+Ultra-precise+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid

It should come as no surprise that a grinder bearing Blumenthal’s name both looks amazing in the kitchen, and outperforms all comers. There are a phenomenal 60 grind settings, and the removable hopper at the top (for whole bean storage), has a 450g capacity, so you don’t have to re-fill too often. Choose from presets for French press, filter or espresso, or programme your own cup size and shot volumes. Truly one for the connoisseur, the ideal gift for the coffee lover who seemingly has everything else — although for the price, you have to really, really love them.

2. Krups F20342

An affordable grinder that puts you in complete control

Best for: Best compact
Capacity: 75g
Power: 180W
Reasons to buy
+Manual control over grind+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Only one speed/mode 

This Krups offering is small, svelte and stylish, so while it’s easily packed away it’s also no bother to keep it on the worktop. It’s supremely easy to use, with just one button that works much like that of a hand blender — just keep an eye on the beans through the clear lid until you have the perfect grind — but will require some trial and error if you’re not sure how fine you’d like your grounds. An affordable coffee mill with uniform grinding and no confusing extraneous bits, it’ll fit seamlessly into any kitchen.

3. Andrew James Coffee Grinder

This multi-use grinder makes coffee and spice and all things nice

Best for: Not just coffee
Capacity: 70g
Power: 150W
Reasons to buy
+Lots of uses+Great value
Reasons to avoid
-Only one control

Great for spices, nuts, and even houmous or pesto as well as coffee beans, this Andrew James grinder is a thoroughly useful tool for keen chefs, and far easier than a pestle and mortar. Use it for wet or dry ingredients, just make sure that bulkier ingredients are chopped small before grinding. Its stainless steel blades are durable and easy to clean in between prep stages, and its 150W motor is powerful enough to face down some tough ingredients. For under £15, you can’t go wrong, but if you’re a coffee perfectionist, go for something that gives you more control over the grind.

4. De'Longhi KG79 Coffee Grinder

Simply great performance, and for a budget-friendly price

Best for: Value performance
Capacity: 120g
Power: 110W
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Transparent powder container
Reasons to avoid
-Not the biggest hopper 

While it’s not the cheapest on our list, this De’Longhi model offers first-rate value for money for its performance and ease of use. Making a great cup of coffee is superbly simple: choose the grade you’d like, from fine to coarse, and the number of cups, from two to 12, then press the button for the perfect portion. The removable powder container is also a nice touch which minimises mess. If you want more control than with a budget grinder, but not the hefty price tag of the professional models, this is the perfect buy.

5. Swan Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

A unique modern design with clever included cup

Best for: Design
Capacity: 70g
Power: 150W
Reasons to buy
+Great design+Integral cup
Reasons to avoid
-Might not grind fine enough 

Swan’s stainless steel coffee grinder does double duty as appliance and art piece, with its unique design and great functionality, especially for the low price. Its brushed metallic finish looks decidedly high-end, and the integral cup, meaning you can grind straight into your drinking vessel with no messy transfer, is a touch of genius. The push-button is simple to use, and you can pulse to your preferred grind. The only issue is trying to get a fine enough grind on a single pass-through: espresso drinkers will probably prefer the Krups on this front.

6. Cuisinart Professional Burr Coffee Mill

A professional look and feel for coffee-shop cool in your own kitchen

Best for: Grinding options
Capacity: 225g
Power: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Looks professional+Lots of modes
Reasons to avoid
-Minimum of four cups 

The clue to this grinder’s appeal is right there in the title: its professional good looks worth of any high-end establishment, and of your morning routine, too. The brushed stainless steel housing is both robust and beautiful, while the grinder itself has dishwasher-safe parts for easy clean-up. The real charm, though, lies in its wealth of options: there are 18 grind modes, and it has the ability to make anywhere between four and 18 cups. If you tend to be a solo sipper who likes fresh coffee, and doesn’t want to make four cups at a time, the Hunt Brothers manual grinder is a good alternative.

7. Dualit Burr Coffee Grinder

With an efficient burr and generous storage, for when you want to be full of beans

Best for: Capacity
Capacity: 250g
Power: 150W
Reasons to buy
+Large capacity+Removable burr
Reasons to avoid
-Prone to static

The Dualit Burr Coffee Grinder is the best grinder for a large yield on our list, with its generous 250g-capacity hopper and convenient dosing selector. The conical burr, generally a good marker of a quality grinder, spins more slowly to minimise clogging and overheating, and the 10 grind settings offer something for all cups. That clever burr is also removable, for easy cleaning.

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