11 Best Burr Coffee Grinders For The Money In 2023 

Post by: Tim Lee
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Welcome to my guide to the best coffee grinders that use a conical or flat burr. 

These are my favorite types of coffee grinders, so I have a lot of experience in using them. I’ve been keeping up to date with the latest and greatest examples of burr coffee grinders, and now I’m ready to show you my top recommendations.

At the top of my list overall is the almighty Fellow Opus conical burr grinder. It offers a fantastic, easy grind that’s super quiet, and it’s very affordable as well.

fellow opus coffee grinder

Fellow Opus: Best Overall

  • Price: $
  • Grind quality: Very adaptable but not super fine
  • Capacity: 110 g
  • Burr info: 40 mm conical, stainless steel
  • Best for: All levels, but maybe not super pros
  • Best for coffee type:
    • Espresso, pour-over, filter coffee, drip coffee, French press, moka pot, cold brew
  • Warranty: 1 year

But if you want to save money, go for a more premium option or you have other circumstances, you might prefer something else. Make sure to stay around to find out all of my top 11.

What are we waiting for!? Let’s go.

Top 11 Burr Coffee Grinders

Here’s an overview of my top picks before we find out more about them:

2023’s Best Burr Coffee Grinders 

Now, I’m going to show why I’ve given each of those grinders their respective titles. 

1. Best Overall – Fellow Opus

fellow opus coffee grinder
Price $
Grind qualityVery adaptable but not super fine
Capacity110 g
Burr info40 mm conical, stainless steel
Best forAll levels, but maybe not super pros
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, filter coffee, drip coffee, aeropress, French press, moka pot, cold brew
Warranty1 year 

Pros

  • Fantastic value grinder
  • Suitable for most types of coffee

Cons

  • Below average sized burrs
  • Not great for finest grinds (turkish coffee)

My favorite coffee grinder in the world right now in terms of value for money is the Fellow Opus conical burr grinder. It’s a fantastic price but you get a lot of high quality for your money in a number of ways.

This is a conical burr grinder, which is my favorite type of the two burrs (more on the differences later). It’s suitable for anything from French press to espresso drinks and it’s easy to make those drinks thanks to some 41 precision settings that you can easily control with the display.

It’s a particularly good coffee grinder for drip coffee as well, which is why it’s so popular in the US and Canada right now.

This means I’d recommend it to beginners as much as I would to more experienced coffee enthusiasts.

The size of the conical burrs are 40 mm which is a little on the small side for an electric coffee grinder. This means that you might not be able to grind your beans quite as quickly or smoothly as some more premium grinders, but things like this are to be expected for the low price. 

I’ll cover this in more detail in the buying guide, but for now, you should know that a smooth, quick grinder is better for consistency which makes a good cup of espresso, for example.

You’ll find a 110 g bean hopper on top which is enough for 10 or more cups of coffee. That means it’ll be suitable for home use and cafes alike.

And you get all that for a very good price! The Fellow Opus conical burr grinder has really impressed me and I’m sure it will impress you too unless you’re a particularly elite barista.


2. Best Premium Model – Monolith Titan 

monolith titan
Price $$$
Grind qualityExceptional at all levels 
Capacity40 g 
Burr info75 mm flat, Titanium-Nitride coated stainless steel
Best for Professionals 
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, filter coffee, drip coffee, French press, moka pot, cold brew, Turkish
Warranty5 years

Pros

  • Absolutely perfect grind 
  • Five years of warranty

Cons

  • Very expensive 
  • Small bean capacity

Anyone looking to spend the big bucks in order to get the most elite coffee grinder should look at the Monolith Titan Flat.

Monolith is an audacious brand name but this thing lives up to it, because it is a monster. This thing has 75 mm Titanium-Nitride coated steel flat burrs that will absolutely annihilate any coffee that comes into its path. 

This grinder is highly adaptable too thanks to some smart settings. So whether you want a perfect fine grind for your Turkish coffee or something coarse for French press, the Titan will be perfect.

Of course, you’re going to have to pay for all that, and this thing is not cheap at all. It’s one of the most expensive grinders on the market right now and for that reason, I only recommend it to the pros. The finesse of this thing would be wasted on the more casual coffee fan.

Monolith is so convinced that the Titan flat burr grinder is robust that it offers an impressive five years of warranty. For this period, you’ll be covered by the manufacturer if anything goes wrong. 

Strangely, the bean hopper is a little on the low side at 40 g, which will be enough for 4 or 5 cups of coffee. But that’s the only downside to this thing. And the price, if you consider that an object. 

But all in all, this is an amazing piece of technology for the pros out there. And even then, the pros with a big budget. But if you can afford it and you feel like you’ll get the best use out of it, you will not be disappointed.

By the way, you can also opt for the Flat MAX offering if you want to go even more premium. It’s the big brother of the regular Titan Flat, but it will cost you around $800 more.


3. Best Under $100/Best Budget Option – Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic 

cuisinart supreme grind automic

Price $
Grind qualityFair for medium and coarse grind
Capacity225 g
Burr infoN/A conical, stainless steel
Best forBeginners
Best for coffee typeFilter coffee, French press, drip coffee, moka pot, cold brew
Warranty18 months 

Pros

  • Large bean hopper 
  • Good enough grind for a handful of coffee types

Cons

  • Very loud 
  • Not finesse enough for espresso

If you want to save money and you’re not too bothered about grinding espresso, the Cuisinart Supreme Grind might be your best option.

Plus, this grinder isn’t just under $100. It’s well below $100, so in that sense, the value for money is even better.

The Supreme comes with stainless steel, conical burrs although Cuisinart doesn’t specify the size. A quick glance reveals that they’re about an average size, though.

And the fact that they’re stainless steel means they should last very long. Even thought it will get worse at doing very fine grind over time.

This grinder is perfect for coffees like filter coffee and cold brew where you don’t have to have a particularly fine grind. It’s able to get a pretty even grind when still saying fairly coarse. 

You could use it to get a mediocre espresso but I’d recommend another option if this is your favorite coffee type as this grinder isn’t perfect for it. 

I’d avoid using it for Turkish coffee altogether. While this grinder does have 18 grind sizes to choose from, not all of them are perfect.

A key downside of this grinder is that it’s loud. Really loud. Part of the money-saving production process seems to be through the materials and build quality as it’s not silenced at all. I wouldn’t recommend this grinder to early risers who live in an apartment, for example.

A cool thing about the Supreme, however, is that it has a massive bean hopper of 225 g. With this, you could grind enough coffee to make around 30 cups of coffee in one go.

So if you’re a beginner coffee enthusiast on a budget and you don’t have thin walls in your home then you may well love the Cuisinart Supreme Grind.


4. Best Under $50/Strictest Budget Option – Hamilton Beach Grinder

hamilton beach blade grinder

Price $
Grind qualityPretty even, works for coarse grind
Capacity125 g
Burr InfoN/A conical, stainless steel
Best forBeginners
Best for coffee typeFilter coffee, French press, cold brew
Warranty1 year 

Pros

  • Fair work with coarse grind
  • Super cheap

Cons

  • Uneven grind on fine settings
  • Cheap overall build (loud)

It’s possible to go even cheaper still and pick up an electric coffee grinder that works for under $50. Although most grinders in this territory are blade coffee grinders. It was hard work to find a passable burr one at this price! 

This is only going to be a fair option for beginners on a strict budget. More experienced users will find the quality quite poor. 

Even though this grinder has stainless steel conical burrs, the overall build quality isn’t very good. It vibrates a lot and creates an uneven blend for any grind from pour over down.

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend spending this little on a grinder at all. Even though this is the best one I could find for under $50, it’s not going to be able to supply a particularly good blend.

Nonetheless, it will still do a reasonable job for coffee like French press and cold brew as these only require a coarse grind. It doesn’t matter so much if the grind is uneven with these coffees. 

While this grinder does technically have 18 settings, I’d only come close to trusting the more coarse ones.

Plus, you’ll still be able to grind up enough coffee for 14-15 cups of coffee by my measurements as the bean capacity is 125 g, although the grind settings only seem to offer up to 14). Either way, that’s not bad at all.

Still, if you don’t mind too much about the perfect quality and you’re not planning on making espresso, the Hamilton Beach offering will certainly save you a lot of money. 


5. Best for Espresso and Aeropress – Rancilio Rocky

rancilio rocky coffee grinder 50mm
Price $$
Grind qualityVery even fine grind
Capacity300 g 
Burr Info50 mm flat, stainless steel
Best forBeginners and experienced amateurs
Best for coffee typeEspresso, filter coffee, aeropress, pour over 
Warranty2 years 

Pros

  • Very even fine grind
  • Great build quality implies durability

Cons

  • Not great for more coarse blends 
  • Limited controls 

The coffee pros out there (myself included) say that an espresso grind is one of the hardest for a grinder to get right, but the Rancilio Rocky makes light work of it. So if either of these two types of coffee drink are your favorite, this grinder is well worth considering.

Espresso and aeropress coffee require a very thin grind and that’s what the Rancilio Rocky is all about. This grinder has been built with the main purpose of getting your coffee to a fine grind that’s as even as possible, and it works.

I found that it wasn’t able to get a particularly even grind for medium and coarse settings. This would be fine for French press but it won’t be ideal for the likes of pour over and moka pot coffee. Plus, the settings themselves are fairly limited so keep it fine with this grinder.

The reason for all this is that the Rancilio Rocky has a flat burr instead of a conical burr. This is the perfect burr type for fine blends as I will explain in more detail in the buying guide. Plus, they’re fairly big at 50 mm so will make light work of your coffee at a good speed. 

Furthermore, this grinder has a large, 300 g hopper which will deliver over 30 cups of coffee in one go if you want it to. However, this means it’s going to be a little large so you might want to think about that if you don’t have a lot of kitchen space to work with.

You’ll also get an extra level of warranty with this grinder, bringing the total to two years. Rancilio believes in the durability of this grinder and that’s no wonder considering how good the build quality is.

Espresso and aeropress fans need look no further than the Rancilio Rocky. It’s the perfect option for beginners and more seasoned coffee enthusiasts. I just wouldn’t recommend it to professional baristas as the amount of coffee drinks it can make is a bit limited.


 

6. Best for French Press and Cold Brew – KitchenAid Artisan 5KCG100BPM

kitchenaid artisan 5kcg100bpm
Price $$
Grind QualityGreat for medium coarse but uneven when fine
Capacity198 g
Burr Info54 mm conical, stainless steel
Best forBeginners and experienced amateurs
Best for coffee typeFilter coffee, French press, moka pot, cold brew
Warranty2 years 

Pros

  • Great looking grinder
  • Solid medium and coarse grind

Cons

  • Uneven espresso grind 
  • A little noisy

Those who prefer a cup of French press or filter coffee (amongst other medium and coarse grind drinks) at home should take a good look at the KitchenAid Artisan 5KCG100BPM burr coffee grinder.

This grinder has a 54 mm conical burr which does a consistent and fast job on medium and coarse grinds.

I wouldn’t recommend this grinder if you’re going to blend any finer coffees, like espresso or Turkish, though. While it does have the grind settings to do this, I found that the espresso blend was just not fine enough for a good taste, and a little uneven. 

Some people will also love the aesthetics of this coffee grinder. KitchenAid has gone for a nostalgic look with it and it works. It’ll certainly look great in most home kitchens.

It still manages to look good even though it’s rather large with its 198 g bean capacity, serving up enough beans for 12-ish cups of coffee.

That being said, the build quality isn’t quite as good as some. I found it to be rather loud so make sure to consider that if you’re conscious of waking your family or housemates!

Other than that and the poor espresso blend, this grinder does a good job. Amateurs of all levels who want to make a great French press or cold brew blend could love what the Artisan has to offer. 


7. Best for Cafes and Offices – Weber EG-1 Flat

weber eg 1 flat 3
Price $$$
Grind QualityEffectively perfect at all levels
CapacityN/A
Burr Info 80 mm flat, very high quality stainless steel
Best forProfessionals
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour-over, filter coffee, Aeropress, French press, moka pot, drip coffee, cold brew, Turkish
Warranty1 year

Pros

  • Fantastic grinding at all levels
  • High quality materials for durability

Cons

  • Only one year of warranty
  • Very expensive

Professional baristas who are willing to spend serious cash to get the perfect grind may wish to turn their attention to the Weber EG-1. This is one of the best coffee grinders in the world right now, period.

Let’s start with the burrs. The EG-1 comes with massive 80 mm stainless steel flat burrs which are perfect for getting a very fine blend. That makes it suitable for Turkish coffee, espresso and more.

But because this grinder has so many settings, you could easily change it for a more coarse grind and still get a great output. This would be good for those who like to make French press coffee, for example.

The burrs aren’t made out of just any old steel either. This grinders burrs (and most of the grinder itself) is made out of very high quality metal. This has two benefits: a high quality grind and great durability. It should last many years in a cafe and a lifetime at home.

You’d think that for an elite grinder with this much of a price tag, you’d get an extended warranty, but that’s not the case. Weber only offer one year here, but I’d imagine you wouldn’t need an extended one anyway such is the quality of it. 

But that’s the only real problem I have with the Weber EG-1. The fact that James Hoffman took the time to make a whole YouTube series about this grinder tells you everything you need to know about how good it is. 

However, I’d only recommend this for cafes and large offices, where you need to make a lot of high quality coffee frequently. It’s going to be overkill for most home environments, unless you have a particularly large budget. Because this thing sure is expensive.


8. Best Manual Grinder – 1Zpresso JX-Pro-S Manual

1zpresso jx pro s manual
Price $
Grind QualityAdaptable, very high 
Capacity30 g
Burr info48 mm conical, stainless steel
Best forAnyone
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, drip coffee, filter coffee, aeropress, French press, moka pot, cold brew
Warranty1 year

Pros

  • Great value grinder 
  • Ultra portable 

Cons

  • Not as good a grind as most electric grinders
  • Only enough capacity for 3 or 4 coffees

If you want to take your coffee on the go or save some money, you could opt for a manual grinder. I think the best one, in terms of value for money, is the 1Zpresso JX-Pro-S. It’s very affordable but it’s of a high quality.

The JX-Pro-S will be suited to a wide range of coffee as far as manual grinders go. Realistically, you’re not going to get quite as good a grind as you will with an electric grinder as it’s not possible to control the grind speed and the burrs are smaller. 

That being said, 48 mm burrs are quite large by manual grinder standards. They’ll still do a good job if you’re trying to grind up coffee for French press, filter coffee etc.

I’ve ranked this grinder in the affordable category because it’s cheap compared to many of my top picks in this article. But if you compare it to other manual grinders, it’s about an average price. The JX-Pro-S still represents good value either way.

This grinder has a 30 g bean hopper which will be enough for 3 or 4 cups of coffee. That’s about average for a manual grinder.

I’d recommend this for people of all skill levels who want to have the freshest coffee while they’re out camping or away from power in any other way.

By the way, I’ve picked mainly electric grinders in this article but if you do want a look at more manual grinder options, you can check out my top picks here.


9. Best for Travel – 1Zpresso Q2 S Manual

1zpresso q2 s manual
Price $
Grind qualityFine but adaptable 
Capacity15 g
Burr info38 mm conical, stainless steel
Best forEveryone who loves to travel
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, filter coffee, aeropress, French press, moka pot, drip coffe, cold brew
Warranty1 year 

Pros

  • Ultra portable for travel
  • Pretty good grind for such a small device

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • A little tricky to use when full

You can go even more portable with the Q2 S manual coffee grinder from 1Zpresso again. This manual grinder is quite a bit smaller than our other top manual grinder pick. This makes it perfect for those who want to pack light on their next trip into the great outdoors.

As a result of the overall grinder size, the bean capacity here is half as much as the JX-Pro-S at 15 g. This means it’s only going to be enough for a couple of cups of coffee at most. Still, it’ll do the trick for your morning camping brew!

That being said, you might find that the grinder is a bit tough to turn when it’s full such is the size of it.

The burrs are a little smaller too at 38 mm, but they’re too small that they’re going to ruin your coffee. I still found that I was able to get a fair espresso grind out of this grinder. But it’s probably better suited to French press and such.

Even though this grinder is quite a bit smaller, it’s not any cheaper than our other top manual pick, which is odd. I’ve still given it a $ rating as it’s cheap in comparison to my list today but I would’ve liked to have seen a lower price here.

So I’d only recommend this one over my number 8 pick if you’re planning on packing thin while you go camping.


10. Best for UK and Europe – Fellow Ode Gen 2

fellow ode gen 2
Price $$
Grind qualityGreat for coarse through to fairly fine
Capacity100 g
Burr info64 mm flat, stainless steel
Best forAll home users
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, drip coffee, filter coffee, aeropress, French press, moka pot, cold brew
Warranty2 years

Pros

  • Extremely high quality for the money
  • Very quiet 

Cons

  • A little too fast for finest coffee
  • Bulky

In the UK, one of the most popular coffee grinders is the Fellow Ode Brew Grinder 2 and I can see why they love it so much over there. It’s super high quality, very quiet and not that expensive, all things considered. 

The Ode comes with very good 64 mm flat burrs which annihilate coffee at high speed for coarse grinds through to espresso. The only downside to that is that it’s actually a little too quick for the finest coffee grinds, such as Turkish.

This grinder is personally endorsed by James Hoffman as well. He claims that it’s one of his favorite grinders under $1000. Big words, and it might just be one of the main reasons that the Fellow Ode 2 is so popular in the UK.

When he says under $1000, he isn’t joking. It’s actually not even half of that right now, and I think that means it offers excellent value for money. 

Another key benefit of this grinder is that it’s quiet. The Ode is built well and as a result, the silencing is good, so you won’t have to worry about waking up your partner or your roommates. It feels sturdy too.

I also really like the sleek, minimal design. It’ll look great in your UK kitchen (or your kitchen in the US or Canada thanks to its ability to make a great cup of drip coffee). That being said, it is rather bulky so it’s not going to be easy to move around your kitchen.

So overall, I’d recommend this to all home users, and even maybe some cafes. But if you serve Turkish coffee in your cafe, stay away!

By the way, even though this grinder is primarily made in the US, you can get it with a UK plug with ease. Just make sure that you order it from a UK supplier. 


11. Best for Australia – Option-O Lagom P64

option o lagom p64
Price $$$
Grind qualityVariable and consistent 
capacitySingle dosing
Burr info 64 mm flat, stainless steel
Best forProfessionals or experienced home users
Best for coffee typeEspresso, pour over, filter coffee, drip coffee,  aeropress, French press, moka pot, cold brew, Turkish
Warranty1 year 

Pros

  • One of the best single dose grinders in the world
  • Great for any kind of coffee

Cons

  • Pretty expensive
  • Only one year warranty

If you’re based in Australia, why not go with arguably the best coffee grind manufacturer in the country? Melbourne-based Option-O makes some immense grinders, and one of their best outputs is the Lagom P64.

This single dose grinder has 64 mm flat burrs which can grind down to a very fine level with a fair degree of consistency. 

In Australia and all around the world, single dose coffee grinding has become very popular in recent years. The only downside to it is that… well, you only get one dose per grind. 

The variable RPM motor means that you can grind at whatever speed you want. This makes it suitable for any kind of coffee.

Sure, the Lagom P64 might not make the best espresso in the world but as an all-rounder, it does a stellar job.

As you’ve probably been able to guess by now, the Lagom P64 is pretty expensive. But compared to some other high end grinders, it’s not that bad. Still, it’s probably better suited to the professionals in this price bracket. 

For the price, I’d have expected a few years of warranty but unfortunately you only get one year here. That’s the small risk you’ll have to take if you want to buy this grinder. Although it’d be very unlikely that you’ll need it considering how well built this thing is. 

So if you’re a pro or a relatively experienced home user in Australia looking for an all-rounder, single dose grinder (and you’re willing to pay good money for it), the Option-O Lagom P64 might be your best.


Burr Coffee Grinder Buying Guide 

It’s all well and good reading my recommendations but if you really want to make sure you get the decision right, it’s good to know how I came to these decisions. I’ll be showing you my criteria in this burr coffee grinder buying guide. 

If you want to know more, having reached the end of this mini buying guide, you can get everything you need in my ultimate coffee grinder buying guide.

ChecklistWhy it’s Important
Manual vs. ElectricOne’s more convenient, one’s more portable
MaterialsWhich is more durable and better performing?
Burr Type & SizeDifferent burrs are better for different coffee grinds
Grind LevelsEach grind finesse will be better for different coffees
PriceAre you willing to spend a little more to guarantee quality?
Bean Hopper SizeLarger hoppers equal more coffee but less convenience
Grinder BrandBetter brands means better quality, warranty and support

#1 Manual or electric coffee grinders

Electric grinders will be a lot more convenient and easy to use but manual grinders can save you money and are more portable.

So which of these pairs of benefits is more important to you? If you’re planning on going traveling, a manual grinder is a no brainer. But if you’re looking for a grinder to use at home, I’d recommend electric all day. 

Another main benefit of a lot of electric grinders is that you can control the speed of your grind. We’ll find out later in this buying guide why that’s important. 

You can get manual and electric coffee grinders with both flat and conical burrs. Although flat burrs are a lot more common with electric grinders. 

Electric coffee grinder benefits

  • More convenient: Electric grinders are quicker and easier to use, often powered at the touch of a button
  • Better control: Most electric grinders will let you control the settings in terms of grind speed and time to make a better grind for the type of coffee you’re looking to make. More on that in section eight.

Manual coffee grinder benefits

  • Take it on the go: Manual grinders are smaller and don’t require electrical power
  • Cheaper: You’ll likely save money with a manual grind

To learn more, read our article on manual or electric coffee grinders.

#2 Burr material 

Most coffee grinders burrs are made out of stainless steel but the quality of this can vary. It’s worth going for good quality steel as this will be better at grinding your beans and will last longer. 

Another material used for burrs is ceramic. This will also last a very long time but it can be expensive. I’ve known ceramic burrs to last well over a decade when used every day but they can crack, so might not be as consistent as steel in general.

I generally recommend a high quality stainless steel burr but a ceramic burr is a good option too. 

#3 Flat or conical burr?

There are two main types of burr: flat and conical. Flat is better suited for finer blends but conical is more versatile.

Flat burrs tend to produce more consistent blends but are generally more expensive and well suited to experienced coffee makers.

The downside to a flat burr is that it grinds coffee at a higher heat. If you combine this with a faster grind speed then you may notice a negative impact on the taste of your coffee.

Conical burrs can be good for those of any level of experience. They are a little more affordable but probably not finesse enough for the finest of blends (e.g. for Turkish coffee or espresso). 

There is also the matter of the blade coffee grinder which, of course, is not in burr territory. If you’re interested in learning about these as well, however, you can check out my guide to burr vs blade grinders here.

Flat burr benefits

  • Even, fine grind: Consistent and fine enough for espresso or even Turkish blends
  • Clarity of taste: Delivers clear flavor and highlights taste notes for the best quality coffee
  • More economic: Retains fewer coffee particles between blends, reducing waste and improving strength

Conical burr benefits

  • Less heat: Generates less heat during grinding, preserving delicate flavor compounds.
  • Greater complexity: Produces a mix of particle sizes, enhancing flavor depth & complexity.

#4 Grind levels

Here’s a look at what types of coffee each type of burr is good for:

Coffee grinderGrind finesseBest for
Flat burrExtra fineEspresso, Turkish, pour over
Conical burrFine but versatileDrip coffee, pour over, moka pot, some espresso, French press

A lot of electric grinders will allow you to set the blend to an exact amount, but different coffee grinders are generally better at different grinds.

Conical burrs are more popular in the US and Canada for example, as they’re great for drip coffee, the most popular type for home brewing in the US.

#5 Price/Budget 

Coffee grinders can go from around $10 to $10,000. It really is that drastic!

I’ve rated the cost of all of my top 11 with dollar signs ($ = affordable, $$ = average and $$$ = premium). This should help you work out which ones to go for based on your own budget.

I recommend starting at around $80 for a manual grinder or $150-$200 for an electric one if you’re a beginner.

These figures are based on the average for coffee grinders in general, but of course the average would come down with manual grinders, for example. It would also go up if we were looking specifically at industrial grinders.

Here’s a look at the sort of prices you should be spending depending on your experience level:

Experience LevelAvg Price Recommended (Electric)Avg Price Recommended (Manual)
Beginner$100$50
Experienced home user$200$80
Pro barista$1000$80

#6 Bean hopper capacity

The bigger the bean hopper, the more coffee you can grind in one go. The average for an electric grinder is about 150 g and for manual, around 30 g.

150 g would be enough for 15 or so cups of coffee and 30, around 3 or 4.

The capacity and the burr have nothing to do with each other. You can get large or small capacities with either type.

The main downside to having a large bean hopper is that it’s likely to take up more space. This is worth thinning about if you have a small kitchen.

#7 Grinder Brand 

It’s worth going for a well known brand with both flat and conical burr grinders. This will improve the likelihood of a good quality product. You’ll also probably get better customer support, including with any warranty claims you might have to make.

Here are a few to look out for:

  • Krups
  • Smeg
  • KitchenAid
  • Sage
  • Barista & Co.

For manual grinders, you could look at 1Zpresso or Comandante.

#8 Grinder speeds

Fast grind speeds are more convenient and they produce a consistent blend. However, they won’t be able to grind down to a very fine degree like for Turkish coffee. 

Fast speed also means less heat generated which is better for most coffee. Some people say that warming through the coffee while it grinds can make the brew taste stale.

It’s not an exact science, but here’s a look at the grind speeds I recommend for each type of coffee in general:

RPM RangeSuitable coffee types
Up to 200 RPMFrench press, filter coffee, cold brew
200 – 1000 RPMPour over, moka pot, drip coffee, cold brew
1000 – 3000 RPMAeropress, espresso, pour over
3000 RPM +Espresso

Most grinders will have different settings for grind speed though as we’re about to find out.

To learn more, read our article on grinder speeds.

#9 Quality of life features

Good electric coffee grinders will likely come with some or all of these digital features:

  • Timer: Measures how long you’ve been grinding each time. 
  • Auto stop: It can be possible to set the grind to stop at a particular time.
  • Digital interfaces: View the timer, speed and more on a display.

These features can really help to make your life easier as you can make your grind at the touch of a button. Plus, they can help you control the grind which will have a positive effect on the taste of the coffee as noted in the previous section.

#10 Noise levels 

We’ve looked at a couple of noisy coffee grinders in the article today. Is that going to be a problem for you?

The range of noise between coffee grinders is quite substantial. It tends to be the case that cheaper grinds are louder as they are not as well built.

Smaller, well-built grinders will generally be quieter, on the other hand. A good example of this is the Fellow Opus, my overall number one pick today.

So if you’re the first one up in your house in the morning and you’re worried about waking others up, it’ll probably be worth picking one of the quieter grinds out there.

To learn more, read our article on coffee grinder’s noise levels.

FAQ: The Best Burr Coffee Grinders

There’s always more to learn about buying a burr coffee grinder. Here’s a look at some more popular information.

How often do I need to clean my coffee grinder?

I generally recommend cleaning burr grinders properly every couple of weeks. But if you want to take extra care, it’s a good idea to wipe down your grinder every time you use it.

For more information on taking care of your coffee grinder, check out this guide

When do I need to replace my coffee grinder?

Generally, coffee grinders will last up to 10 years if you use them every day. But this all depends on how high quality the materials are, whether the grinder is manual electric and a couple of other factors. 

You should be able to tell when your coffee grinder needs replacing. The quality of the coffee will deteriorate and the burrs will become blunt. At this point, you’ll need to replace the burrs or the grinder altogether if this is not possible. 

My Verdict

Check out a quick look at my top three grinders one more time:

1. Best Overall – Fellow Opus Conical Burr Grinder: My overall top pick is a fantastic option for coffee lovers of all experience levels and it’s very affordable as well. 

2. Best Premium Option – Monolith Titan Flat Burr Grinder: If you’re ready to spend big money to get one of the most perfect grinding experiences on the planet, then take a good look at the Monolith Titan Flat. Or, go even more fancy with the Monolith Titan Flat MAX.

3. Best Budget Option – Cuisinart Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill: On the flip side, Cuisinart has proved with the Supreme Grind Automatic that you can get great quality for well within $100.

At the top of my list overall is the Fellow Opus Conical Burr Grinder. It proves that you don’t need to break the bank to get a very high quality coffee grind. Whether you’re a beginner or a professional barista, you could do a lot worse than this grinder.

fellow opus coffee grinder

Fellow Opus: Best Overall

  • Price: $
  • Grind quality: Very adaptable but not super fine
  • Capacity: 110 g
  • Burr info: 40 mm conical, stainless steel
  • Best for: All levels, but maybe not super pros
  • Best for coffee type:
    • Espresso, pour-over, filter coffee, drip coffee, French press, moka pot, cold brew
  • Warranty: 1 year
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Tim Lee is, as you might have guessed the founder of TimsCoffee.com. He is a former barista and a professional web publisher. He has now combined his knowledge and expertise in both subjects to create TimsCoffee.com.
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