Stories Grinder Recommendations

Our Coffee Grinder Recommendations

Choosing a home coffee grinder doesn’t require expensive high-end models. There are quite a few coffee grinders out there for home use in the the $20-$50 range that take up very little counter space, and are incredibly simple to use.


Why Grind

If you haven’t read Why Whole Beans? take a minute and read it now. It will help you better understand why we recommend purchasing our whole beans, and grinding them when you’re ready to brew.

Coffee enthusiasts who’ve switched from ground to whole bean coffee and are consistently awed by the significant flavor improvement. This simple change unlocks a realm of rich, multifaceted flavors that ground coffee simply cannot match.

Our Tests

No need to overcomplicate choosing a grinder! For our purpose, we focused on two important aspects: noise and accuracy.

How noisy is the grinder?

Since most people grind first thing in the morning, the sound matters to our ears and to those who may still be asleep.

How accurate were the grind settings?

Of the two, this one is at the top of our list. How easy is it to adjust, so we could “dial in” the right grind that ensures our 100% OWL Goodness® coffee tastes the way we like it.

Dial-in the 100% OWL Goodness flavor!

The Grinders

If this seems like something that could transform your coffee experience, dive into our expert grinder suggestions to find the perfect match for your taste and budget.

Under $100
Hario Skerton Pro Hand Grinder

The Japanese manufacturer Hario, has been producing top-notch coffee gear at reasonable prices for a long time. Hario’s Skerton Pro guarantees great grinds at an attractive price. This model improves consistency with a stable upper burr and a spring-loaded lower burr, while moving the grind adjuster to the lower burr assembly makes it easier to adjust. The ergonomics of the silicone grip makes grinding easier.

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OXO Brew Coffee Grinder

While this grinder slides in at just under $100 — it’s a great one! Not everyone wants to spend over $300 on a precision grinder, but many low-cost burr grinders aren’t up to the task. The OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder fills the gap perfectly!

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Breville Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder

For a grinder that retails just under $200, it’s amazing! It’s packed with features of high-end grinders that cost much more — including dosing forks, programmable timers, the grind on demand system, and more. This multipurpose grinder can handle all your espresso needs as well as AeroPress, V60, press pot coffee, and auto drip.

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Baratza Sette 30 AP Espresso Grinder

The Sette 30 is an innovative coffee grinder at an entry-level price. It has 30 grind settings with user friendly grind adjustments and high speed grinding.

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Baratza Sette 270 Grinder

The Sette 270 is a high performance, high-speed, at-home espresso grinder with 270 grind settings and macro/micro adjustment for the most precise dial-in capabilities.

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Baratza Sette 270Wi Espresso Grinder

And finally, the Sette 270Wi adds the intelligent (it’s what the ‘i’ stands for) “grind-by-weight” scale system. It also has 270 grind settings.

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You’ve probably noticed a pattern here! Yes, there’s no doubt you’d go wrong with any of these Baratza Sette grinders. All three bring close the precision, power, and durability of an industrial cafe grinder to your own home.

You can’t go wrong with any of them, so choose the one that meets your needs and your budget!

Our Pick?

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Grinder. Why? For several reasons.

Over the years we’ve become fans of many of Breville products. The Breville Oracle Touch has been our go-to machine for the past 4 years. Having used several of their espresso machines, and their smart ovens, they’ve all been remarkably durable.

Secondly, it’s amazing! It’s packed with features of high-end grinders that cost much more.

For these reasons, priced at $199.95, the Breville Smart Grinder Pro will meet the needs of most coffee enthusiasts.

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In the world of coffee, whole beans reign supreme, offering an unparalleled symphony of flavors that leaves pre-ground coffee in its dust. Yes, grinding your own beans takes a bit more time and requires the initial investment in a grinder, but the rewards far outweigh the effort.

When you grind your coffee moments before brewing, you unleash a magical explosion of flavors that pre-ground coffee can only dream of.