When making coffee at home, the best is usually made from fresh ground beans. This means owning a coffee grinder can get you the best cup of coffee. However, when you’re living on a budget, it makes things tough. To help you out, here are the top 5 coffee grinders you can find for under $100.
1. Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings IDS77-RB
It may not be a burr grinder, but it does the same job for the same result, and for many it does it well. Mr. Coffee has programmable settings for different levels of grind, which makes it easier for those who prefer a particular grind and have trouble achieving it on basic coffee grinders.
Other features include: the self-cleaning “chambermaid” that keeps the grind chamber clear of coffee debris and a removable grind chamber that tips out separately (making it unnecessary to shake the entire unit upside down, and easier to clean as it’s dishwasher safe).
Despite the fact you can choose your type of grind, you still must keep your finger on the lid to operate it.
Mr. Coffee is a brand catering exclusively for coffee, so it is unadvisable to use the grinder for anything other than coffee beans.
It comes with a one-year guarantee, which is pretty good compared to more expensive models that often don’t have a long warranty.
As with most new coffee appliances, it is usually a good idea to read the manual before use for safety operating and knowing all the features, including where the hidden extra length of cord is.
2. KRUPS F20342 Electric Blade Coffee Bean & Spice Grinder
For those of you who like espresso grinds, this coffee grinder is perfect for you. It can also grind spices, but unless you clean it with a bit of vinegar and water (then dry off), your spices may taste like coffee or vice versa.
In terms of design, this grinder is super simple. Aside from being more costly, bigger grinders can malfunction in several ways, so you’re safe with this one as long as you don’t go crazy with it.
A general complaint with blade grinders in general is that they heat up and scorch the beans in the grinding process. When you’re grinding your beans it’s best to pay attention. Many people can get distracted by accident and that can lead to burning the beans.
The grinder is simple, black, and modern in appearance, with a retractable cord for ease.
3. KitchenAid BCG111OB Coffee Grinder
If you like a color variety, this grinder comes in three colors, Onyx Black (which is actually silver), Empire Red, and Espresso (an odd name, considering this model isn’t suitable for espresso grind).
It’s a cute little sturdy and solid unit that won’t take up space at just 8.5 inches tall and a little under 4 inches wide. It can grind up nuts, spices, and coffee beans.
The KitchenAid blade grinder is simple, with good “fingertip” control. Simply load the beans in and grind, with a capacity of 4 to 12 ounces. There’s a clear lid to see what you’re grinding and a helpful one-touch button operating system. The grinding bowl detaches for ease of use as well as better cleaning.
This model comes with a separate grinding bowl for the use of spices and nuts to ensure your coffee grounds are kept away from other smells and odors. It is smaller than the coffee chamber and you can grind up to 2 ounces of any spice at a time. The manual offers tips and instructions on how long a particular spice might require, which is quite helpful. Both grinding units are stainless steel, and the blade and both compartments are dishwasher friendly.
It can create a medium to coarse grind—perfect for drip coffee or French Presses. This is not recommended for espresso unless you want to wear out the unit.
The main complaint is that grinds can get stuck below the blade (which is actually very common with blade grinders) and create a lot of mess. Depending on your own patience, these problems may be bearable.
If you are looking for the most basic, simple, does-its-job coffee and spice grinder, then this unit may be for you.
4. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
This is quite the nifty little unit as it is sleek, stylish, and made of stainless steel.
For a unit that doesn’t take up a lot of space, it packs quite the punch. It’s a heavy duty fully automated grinder, designed for a large workload; perfect for the coffee connoisseur.
This device can be used to grind for a variety of brewing methods, including espresso. To give you an example of how well this machine works, it can dispense a medium grind for 12 cups within 40 seconds and 18 cups in just under a minute.
This grinder uses burrs to grind the beans producing a uniform and regular grind of coffee, has a black stainless-steel casing, and comes with an 18-position grind selector, which ranges from very coarse to ultra-fine.
Safety features include a shutting off mechanism (when grinding is completed and not functioning). The hopper lid, grinding burr, and grind chamber can be removed for cleaning purposes. This unit comes with an 18-month warranty.
Many coffee connoisseurs prefer the burr grinder over the blade because it doesn’t generate the same heat a blade grinder does, nor will it leave a bumpy uneven type of grind that may occur with other grinders. Coffee connoisseurs will tell you the flavor of coffee ground in a burr doesn’t even compare to that of beans ground in a grinder with spinning blades.
5. KRUPS GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder
This grinder is relatively quiet and extremely fast, and because this is another burr mill grinder it ensures the best grinding results without overheating. Being versatile is why it is being deemed as a “professional” machine.
Features include a fineness selector and 45 settings divided into 9 steps to have a highly controlled and consistent grind, with all brewing styles at your fingertips. It allows you to select the number of cups between 2 and 12. It has an anti-static coffee container with a lid that will preserve the freshness and flavor of your ground coffee. Coffee beans go in the see-through container at the top; place the plastic lid above it and hit start. It is an automatic grinder, meaning there’s no need to hold down on the power button to make it run, and it will automatically stop once the quantity has been achieved.
A great safety feature is that it will not work unless the lid of the hopper and coffee container are in place.
Maintenance is easy since the burr mechanism is made of stainless steel and it comes apart for easy cleaning. A black brush is included with the unit to reach and clean out each crevice.
Now that you know what kind of coffee grinders are on the market, how about getting some good gourmet coffee along with your purchase? Check out our shop or Amazon—you may discover a brand new flavor of coffee to enjoy and savor over and over!
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