Best Cheap Coffee Grinders 2016: Top 5
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.
Types of Grinder
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.
#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.
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
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
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.
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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