The Best Coffee Grinder

The Best Coffee Grinder

Our pick

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

The best coffee grinder

This all-around workhorse grinder produces the consistent grind required to brew delicious coffee but doesn’t cost a fortune.

Buying Options

$140 from Amazon

The Baratza Encore grinds coffee more evenly than almost any other machine we tested on a wide range of settings. It’s a reliable, straightforward tool—there’s almost no learning curve—that takes up only a modest square of counter space. It’s also super easy to clean and maintain, meaning it’ll be an investment you can rely on morning after morning. While it can’t produce a fine enough grind for serious espresso enthusiasts, its output is consistent enough for a serviceable shot and should satisfy anyone’s filter coffee needs.

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Upgrade pick

Baratza Virtuoso+

Baratza Virtuoso+

Same quality grind, more features

The Virtuoso+ has everything we like about the Encore in terms of reliability and consistent grind size (plus a few improved features) for a steeper price.

Buying Options

$250 from Williams-Sonoma
Buy from Amazon

The Baratza Virtuoso+ is a great grinder with a speedy, durable burr set and consistent grinding performance. It looks and feels solid, and unlike the Encore, it has a digital timer that makes it easy to grind the exact same amount of coffee each time you brew. It also has a sturdier base than the Encore, which helps keep burrs from vibrating out of calibration, making it more convenient for those who drink a lot of coffee and still demand consistent results. But even though the Virtuoso+ grinds a little faster, its grind is not significantly better than the Encore’s—you’re paying for incremental improvements.

Budget pick

OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder

OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder

A good-enough grinder

This compact grinder is easy to use and has a wider range than most budget grinders, though it’s a bit less consistent than pricier machines.

Buying Options

$100 from Home Depot
$100 from OXO

May be out of stock

Though it isn’t cheap, the OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder is the best grinder we’ve found in its price range. So long as you mainly drink drip or French press coffee, the OXO’s relatively even grind, wide range of settings, and ease of use make it a good alternative if you can’t afford the Baratza Encore, which still offers a more consistent, versatile grind. It’s also got some nice features, like a mechanism to reduce static when grinding and a hopper you can remove to change out beans easily—something we still wish Baratza offered.

Also great

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Portable and consistent, but labor-intensive

For those insistent on a hand grinder, the Porlex Mini was best in its class for speed, portability, and ease of grinding.

Buying Options

$64 from Amazon

While we stress that hand grinders should be recognized for what they are—good machines to use when electricity is not available rather than cheaper alternatives to electric burr grinders—the Porlex was easily our favorite. Its grinding action is smooth and easy on the hand and wrist, and the grinder itself is durable and compact—it even stows away in the cylinder of an AeroPress if you are traveling. But remember, hand grinders can only make enough grounds for a cup or two of coffee at a time, and that can take 5-10 minutes of manual labor.

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Our pick

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

The best coffee grinder

This all-around workhorse grinder produces the consistent grind required to brew delicious coffee but doesn’t cost a fortune.

Buying Options

$140 from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Baratza Virtuoso+

Baratza Virtuoso+

Same quality grind, more features

The Virtuoso+ has everything we like about the Encore in terms of reliability and consistent grind size (plus a few improved features) for a steeper price.

Buying Options

$250 from Williams-Sonoma
Buy from Amazon

Budget pick

OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder

OXO Brew Conical Burr Grinder

A good-enough grinder

This compact grinder is easy to use and has a wider range than most budget grinders, though it’s a bit less consistent than pricier machines.

Buying Options

$100 from Home Depot
$100 from OXO

May be out of stock

Also great

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

Portable and consistent, but labor-intensive

For those insistent on a hand grinder, the Porlex Mini was best in its class for speed, portability, and ease of grinding.

Buying Options

$64 from Amazon

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