Quick Grinder Comparison Chart

I hope this quick comparison chart is useful. If you are selecting a grinder for the first time, read all the additional information on each of the appliance's dedicated pages (follow the link). We list all the grinders we sell here - there are lots more to choose from, but we carry just the mills listed below because we think they work well and we have tested each of them extensively. There is no one best grinder! No matter what anyone says! You need to match the grinder to how you brew your coffee and how much you want to spend. Espresso preparation is very exact and requires a more exacting mill. Filter drip brewing is pretty forgiving so you can use a less precise (read: cheaper) mill.
Name
Price
Burr Type
Doser Yes/No
Size H x W x D Waranty/Life Expectancy Control/Grind Settings
Grind Range/Brewing Type
Major Positive Features
Major Negative Features
Name

Mazzer Mini

$599

58 mm flat burrs

yes 19"x 7" x 11"
(h x w x d)
1 year manufacturer's warranty/20+ years with regular maintenance Very good, stepless adjustment Best for fine tuning espresso grind. Commercial build quality, high quality grinds Expensive
Mazzer Mini


Compak K3 Touch

$529.50 polished aluminum/
$498.75 black
58 mm flat burrs no 19.5"x6.5"x12"
(h x w x d)
1 year manufacturer's warranty/20+ years with regular maintenance Very good, stepless adjustment; small adjustments correspond to larger grind size variations than on the Mazzer Best for fine tuning espresso grind. Commercial build quality, high quality grinds More clumpy when grinding for espresso than machines with dosers
Compak K3 Touch


Rancilio Rocky

$355 with doser/$345 without doser

50 mm flat burrs yes/no 14" x 10" x 5" (h x w x d) 1 year manufacturer's warranty/10 plus years with regular maintenance* Good, 55 steps All grinds but best for espresso. Good quality, durable. Doserless model is a good all purpose mill Over time mechanism that holds grind adjustment can fail. Stepped adjustment can be a bit limiting if you really want to nail an espresso grind


Rancilio Rocky


Virtuoso

$229 40mm conical burrs no

14" x 5" x 7"
(h x w x d)

1 year manufacturer's warranty/5 to 10 years* 40 steps All grinds - coarse grind can be uneven Versatile, good quality, less expensive than some espresso mills Not a lot of room for fine tuning finer grinds. Stepped adjustment can be a bit limiting if you really want to nail an espresso grind


Virtuoso


Encore

$129 40mm conical burrs no 14" x 5" x 7"
(h x w x d)
1 year manufacturer's warranty/ /5 to 10 years* 40 steps All grinds except espresso and turkish - coarse grind can be uneven Great inespensive mill for drip daily drip grinding Does not grind for espresso


Encore


Bodum Bistro

$35 flat blade no 7" x 4" dia 1 year manufacturer's warranty/5 years no control other than time, Best for filter drip since paper filter will catch fine particles Inexpensive, generally will last a long time No real control over grind setting; noisy


Bodum Bistro


Zassenhaus hand crank mills
range from $72.50- $105.50 Tool grade hardened steel, conical burrs, size varies no varies, check page for options 1 Year Warranty stepless adjustment Filter, vacuum brewing, not ideal for french press. Can be used for espresso if you are extremely patient! (takes a lot of cranking at the finest settings) Quiet Can be hard to come back to a setting since knob has no indicators for grind setting; completely manual so finer grinds take longer to crank out
Zassenhaus hand crank mills

Ceramic burr hand crank mill
$35- $75 ceramic conical burrs size varies no varies check page for options 1 Year Warranty

stepped & stepless adjustment

Filter, vacuum brewing, the finer side of french press (like any conical burr grinder, not ideal for extremely coarse grinds). Can be used for espresso if you are extremely patient! (takes a lot of cranking at the finest settings) Inexpensive, good for traveling Slow, especially at finer grind settings; grinding requires physical effort, unlike with electric mills
Ceramic burr hand crank mill
* Assumes average household usage and very regular mainteance. The more expensive the mill, the more likely that parts will be available in the long-term