Best Cheap Coffee Grinders 2016: Top 5

The Saachi SA-1440 is one of the best cheap coffee grinders currently available.  Grinding your own beans straight before you brew them is generally agreed to be the best way to get a full flavor beverage.
The Saachi SA-1440 is one of the best cheap coffee grinders currently available. Grinding your own beans straight before you brew them is generally agreed to be the best way to get a full flavor beverage.

Why Grind?

Grinding your own coffee beans, rather than buying them ready ground, is widely agreed by connoisseurs to be the best way to get a fresh, fragrant, and tasty brew.

For sure, to some extent you get what you pay for when purchasing a grinder, but it doesn't necessarily need to bankrupt you.

The expensive models will tend to be a little quieter and more accurate, but you can buy an inexpensive machine and still get the job done effectively.

There are some very stylish, efficient, and affordable products on the market nowadays, both electrically powered and hand-cranked, which will meet most people's needs and offer excellent value for money.

The ideal size of the grounds for brewing depends upon the type of coffee maker that you are using.  A French press for instance requires relatively large grounds, for instance, whereas espresso machines generally require the grounds to be fine.
The ideal size of the grounds for brewing depends upon the type of coffee maker that you are using. A French press for instance requires relatively large grounds, for instance, whereas espresso machines generally require the grounds to be fine. | Source

Types of Grinder

The best cheap coffee grinders are generally blade grinders. Burr grinders are usually quieter, more accurate and less messy, but they are also often quite a bit more expensive. (See my article on Blade grinders vs Burr grinders for more information on the different types of grinder).

Grinding your own coffee is the best way to obtain a brew with a full flavor, you should never buy ready ground coffee unless you have to.  Grinding right before you brew is generally the best way to make a full flavor beverage.
Grinding your own coffee is the best way to obtain a brew with a full flavor, you should never buy ready ground coffee unless you have to. Grinding right before you brew is generally the best way to make a full flavor beverage. | Source

As well as electrically powered machines, there are also manually operated ones. Manual grinders are usually operated by a crank.

The main advantages of a manual machine are firstly that because you don't need a power supply, you can use them anywhere, and secondly, they are very quiet.

In putting together my top 5 list of the best cheap coffee grinders 2016, I have tried to give a range of products that will suit a variety of tastes and needs.

If you asked me to pick one product out of the list that I could recommend over the others, then I would say that for me personally, the Krups grinder (see below) is the best budget coffee grinder - that's because it is easy to use and clean, durable, sturdy, and offers maximum value for money.

View of the Krups from above.  The grinding works through the propeller-like blade rotating quickly and chopping up the beans into small pieces.  The longer that you run the grinder, the finer your grinds will be.
View of the Krups from above. The grinding works through the propeller-like blade rotating quickly and chopping up the beans into small pieces. The longer that you run the grinder, the finer your grinds will be.

#1 Best Cheap Grinder: Easy to Use, Affordable, and Efficient: The Krups 203!

I use one of these machines on a daily basis in my workplace and can highly recommend it.

The Krups F203 will meet most people's needs for freshly ground coffee, in my opinion, and comes out top in my list of the 5 best cheap coffee grinders because it is efficient, durable, versatile and easy to use, and offers exceptional value for money.

As well as coffee, it can also be used to grind spices, nuts and grains. It is available in four different colors: black, white, red, and cappuccino.

Perhaps the only thing that I don't like is the loudness of the Krups. That said, pretty much all electric blade grinders are relatively noisy. If you require something quieter, you almost certainly need to go for a manual grinder (more effort!) or a burr grinder (more expensive!).

Tip: You can muffle the sound that the grinder produces by placing it on top of a towel when you grind!

Tips for Storing Coffee

Buy beans instead of ready ground, and grind the beans right before you make your brew for maximum flavor.

Keep the coffee in an airtight container. (Ceramic, glass, or stainless steel containers are generally best).

Keep away from direct sunlight and big temperature changes, somewhere fairly dark and fairly cool is ideal

Avoid refrigerating or freezing the beans, if at all possible, as very cold storage will cause a loss of taste.

The Proctor Silex E160BY is a best-selling machine that is affordable and effective.  It is also easy to clean and compact with a retractable cord, so it won't take up lots of your kitchen space.
The Proctor Silex E160BY is a best-selling machine that is affordable and effective. It is also easy to clean and compact with a retractable cord, so it won't take up lots of your kitchen space.

Compact and Easy to Clean: The Proctor Silex!

As well as being easy to use and clean, the Proctor Silex is a very compact coffee grinder, featuring a retractable cord that can be wound up inside it, making it convenient to store when not in use.

The stylish European design makes it an attractive machine too. There is no need for a more expensive product when this affordable grinder’s stainless steel blades will do the job perfectly well for you!

The Proctor Silex is available in black, or white colors.

Krups vs Proctor Silex

Affordable and Practical: The Saachi SA-1440!

Affordable and convenient, the Saachi SA-1440 is an excellent buy and well worthy of consideration.

As well as having an attractive and practical stainless steel housing, rust free bowl and cutting blades, this machine manages to be very quiet for a blade grinder.

The Saachi SA-1440 will grind herbs, spices and curry powders, as well as coffee beans.

I can't imagine a day without coffee. I can't imagine!

— Howard Schultz
To get the most out of your coffee beans, you need to store them correctly.  This means keeping them away from sources of light and heat. Ideally you should keep them in an airtight container in a cool dark place.
To get the most out of your coffee beans, you need to store them correctly. This means keeping them away from sources of light and heat. Ideally you should keep them in an airtight container in a cool dark place. | Source
The Kyocera Ceramic is a top-rated inexpensive manual grinder that works well with coffee beans, as well as salt, pepper, green tea, and sesame seeds.  The Kyocera is easy to use and clean too, and needless to say, quiet.
The Kyocera Ceramic is a top-rated inexpensive manual grinder that works well with coffee beans, as well as salt, pepper, green tea, and sesame seeds. The Kyocera is easy to use and clean too, and needless to say, quiet.

Beautifully Designed and Easy to Clean: The Kyocera Ceramic!

The best budget coffee grinders don't have to be electrically powered!

The Kyocera Ceramic grinder is well designed on every level, from its attractiveness through to its functionality. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and compact.

As it's a manually cranked machine, you don’t need an electric supply, so you can use it anywhere, including outdoors when you go camping.

Manual grinders are also very quiet, so you don't wake up other members of the household, when you are using them in the early morning.

Another great advantage of a manual grinder is that it is easy to determine the exact size of the grinds.

Less Noise and More Accuracy: Mr. Coffee BVMC-BMH23 Automatic Burr Mill!

This automatic burr grinder from Mr. Coffee is fantastic value and it is rare to find a burr grinder that is so inexpensive.

There are 18 different custom grind settings, meaning that you can get the ground size that suits your maker.

The removable bean hopper holds up to ½ pound of coffee beans.

All in all, this is a great, affordable grinder, which is reliable, easy to use and easy to clean.

We want to do a lot of stuff; we're not in great shape. We didn't get a good night's sleep. We're a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.

— Jerry Seinfeld
Palestinian women grinding coffee in 1905.  It was the Arabs who first cultivated coffee and made it into the product we recognize today.  The Arabs controlled the world coffee market, until European colonialists got hold of the plant.
Palestinian women grinding coffee in 1905. It was the Arabs who first cultivated coffee and made it into the product we recognize today. The Arabs controlled the world coffee market, until European colonialists got hold of the plant. | Source

A Brief History of Coffee

According to legend, coffee was first discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder, who noticed that his animals became more lively after eating berries from a certain plant. At first the berries were chewed, but then people realized that they could be used to make a drink. In the 15th century Arabs in Yemen began cultivating the plant. By the 16th century coffee was being drunk in Iran and Turkey before spreading to Western Europe via Italy. The first American coffee house began business in 1689.

The Hamilton Beach 80365 is a hands free budget coffee grinder for a very affordable price.  It is also very versatile, you have a range of settings options to choose regarding choosing the fineness of the grind.
The Hamilton Beach 80365 is a hands free budget coffee grinder for a very affordable price. It is also very versatile, you have a range of settings options to choose regarding choosing the fineness of the grind.

Another Top Rated and Affordable Coffee Grinder to Consider!

Yes, I know this was supposed to be a top 5, but I couldn't resist adding one more product to my list!

The Hamilton Beach 80365 is another cheap grinder that is definitely worth considering, especially if you are seeking a machine that is one touch and hands free.

The Hamilton Beach also allows you to set the fineness level of the grind, enabling you to make the appropriate size grounds for the maker, for example, coarser grounds French press, or finer for espresso.

Hidden cord storage and compact design means this device doesn't take up much counter space, and is easy to store away when not in use.

© 2011 Paul Goodman

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femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Paul - very good information here for coffee lovers and wanna-be-bean-grinders. :)

I'm preferring the Kyocera Ceramic. It's more pricey but less messy. The grinders that don't dump the processed coffee to the bottom leave me with a mess that I have to clean up.


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PaulGoodman67 5 years ago from Florida USA Author

@femmeflashpoint - the Kyocera is a very nice grinder if you like manuals. The design is great and cleaning it is easy!


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

My family had an old one, wooden with an iron grinder on the top and a little drawer to catch the grounds towards the bottom. No idea where it is now. I saw one a few years ago in a shop, a new one made to look old, lol. Wish I'd picked it up because I haven't seen any like it since.


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FloridaFacts 4 years ago from Florida USA

After reading this, I've decided to go for the Krups. I need a basic grinder for my work office.


Ramen Boy 2 years ago

@PaulGoodman67 - Kyocera vs Mr. Coffee BVMC-BMH23???


Ramen Boy 2 years ago

Also, what about the Hario burr grinders like the Hario Slim Mill?

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