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Coffee is one of the most popular drinks that people use to socialize or simply start their day with. For coffee lovers, using quality beans is essential. A daily coffee drinker knows what kind of coffee he or she wants.
Grinding beans fresh is key to the perfect cup of joe. In days past, manual coffee grinders were used to process whole coffee beans. Although there are still manual grinders on the market, electric models have made life easier for coffee lovers.
In a coffee grinder, the important part is the blade. And in choosing one, one must decide if he or she wants a blade or burr coffee grinder.
Experts favor the burr grinder because this cuts the beans into evenly shaped particles. Blade grinders on the other hand, usually produce less even particles resulting into an unpredictable brew. I find it easier to get an even fine grind with a blade than the coarse grind desirable in cold brew.
Yet, burr grinders are out of reach for some. Blade grinders are nothing to feel guilty about. You will get a fresher cup of coffee using whole beans in a blade grinder than pre-ground coffee from the bag. This article rounds up some of the top choices for blade grinders.
KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades
This product attempts to prove the blade grinder naysayers wrong.
The KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder (Amazon) can grind coffee beans to your preference in mere seconds.
It can produce anywhere from a coarse Turkish coffee grind to a fine espresso consistency.
Aside from grinding coffee, this model can also grind nuts, seeds, and spices. It has a large capacity for grinding, holding up to 3 ounces of beans for approximately 12 cups of that delicious drink. The blades used for grinding are sharp with an oval design making evenly grounded beans.
- Large grinding capacity–approximately 12 cups of coffee produced
- Grinds coffee and spices
- Easy to clean and maintain
- 200 watt motor for optimum performance
- Sturdy stainless steel blades that can also cut nuts and grains
- Produces fine coffee beans in less than a minute
- Uniform grinding because of oval shaped blades
- Safety switch for convenience
- Blade grinder with only one setting
Mr. Coffee 12 cup Electric Coffee Grinder with Multi Settings, IDS77
The Mr. Coffee grinder has three settings: fine, medium and coarse. For the convenience of the user, this product has a press and pour lid making it easier to transfer the ground beans to the coffee maker.
The chamber inside is also removable, so cleaning making cleanup a snap. There is also a cup size selection button.
The sturdy blades also grind nuts, grains, spices and herbs in addition to coffee beans. The downside of this product is that during grinding, it creates a lot of coffee dust.
And during the grinding process, it creates a loud sound which can be very noisy. Also, when used many times or prolonged in a day, the machine has been known to heat up.
- It has three settings: fine, medium, coarse
- Press and pour lid for convenience
- The chamber can be removed for easy cleaning
- It has a cup size auto selection option
- Produces beans that could brew from 4 to 12 cups of coffee
- The blades are versatile and can also grind herbs, nuts, and spices
- Creates coffee dust
- Noisy when grinding
- Heats up fast when grinding
KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder
The Kitchenaid Blade Grinder (Amazon) has a sleek design which operates with the touch of a push button to start grinding those fresh coffee beans. To stop grinding, the user simply releases the button. A definite pro of this grinder is the clear window to see the beans during grinding, which helps control the consistency of your final grind. Another bonus is it comes in your choice of three colors.
It has versatile and sharp stainless steel blades. Because of the stainless steel bowl, there is no crossover of smell or taste and it cleans easily with a soft towel.
The steel bowl makes it easy to transfer the grounded beans to the coffee maker. This coffee grinder produces enough beans that make up to 12 cups of coffee.
The downsides of this product are that it has a weak motor and not advisable for extended use. The push button is hard to press and requires some pressure. During the grinding process, the machine is very noisy. The motor can heat up during grinding and the beans produced are not always evenly ground.
- Has a clear top cover to see consistency of grounded beans
- Easy push-button start and release to stop
- Sharp stainless steel blades
- Makes up to 4, 8, 10 or 12 cups of coffee
- 4-ounce stainless steel bowl that is removable
- Grinds are easily transferred to coffee maker through bowl
- Available in espresso, onyx black or empire red color
- Weak motor
- Hard to push start button
- Noisy during the process
- Coffee beans are not evenly grounded
- Creates coffee dust
All three products have positive features that make them our top choices for the year. If the user wants to make just a few cups of coffee a day, any of these blade grinders will do the job.
But overall, the best and most popular electric blade grinder is the KRUPS Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder. It yields quality results. This grinder has been a workhorse in my household and has been going strong for several years.