Top Rated Electric Coffee Burr Grinders - Sometimes Less Is More
Less is more! Are you wondering what the heck I’m talking about?
Let me explain.
Cheaper burr grinders often struggle with grinding fine coffee grounds. But most of them still do a good job with coarse and medium grind sizes.
So what does that mean for you?
Simply said, you don’t need a super expensive espresso coffee grinder like Baratza Forte, Rancilio MD40 or Mazzer Mini, just to mention a few.
I would suggest, that everything above $250 for a french press coffee grinder is too much.
Related: Best Coffee Grinders Under $200
An automatic/electric coffee grinder is best for you when you...?
- want results within seconds
- prefer push-button convenience
- don't mind cleaning the burrs every other month
- have access to a power outlet
Cuisinart DBM-8 - Best Burr Grinder On A Shoestring Budget
The Cuisinart DBM-8 Burr Grinder is one of the best budget friendly coffee grinder for the French Press with very good reviews.
But there’s a catch!
Don’t expect it to be the perfect fit for all your needs – the need for an espresso, to be more precise.
As a reminder, this post is about grinders for the French Press. And for this brewing method, I can recommend the Cuisinart Burr Grinder!
The burrs are not conical and look more like disk burrs. And they’re made of plastic.
In fact, everything is made of plastic: the hopper, the receiving box, and even the stainless steel looking housing.
But according to Cuisinart, all parts are BPA-Free.
So if you are about to make the switch from ground coffee from the store to grinding at home, get the Cuisinart DBM-8 at a price you can afford.
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder - No Plastic, No Static, No Jumping Coffee Grinds
The Bodum Bistro coffee grinder is actually the one I personally use at home.
Since I’m a dad on a budget I chose this one because of the great price plus the glass catcher for the beans.
Why does glass matter?
Because it reduces the static that causes coffee grinds to jump out of the container.
I haven’t tried the very fine settings yet because there was no need.
Most of the times I brew coffee with my French Press or the Bunn MCU and for these brewing methods the grind size is consistent and even.
The grinding process is either controlled by a timer (5-20 seconds) or on demand by pushing a button.
One thing that bothers me a little bit is, that after the grinder has finished, there’s still about a teaspoon of ground coffee left inside.
So just give it a little shake or knock to make sure it’s all out!
Did you know that you can choose between different colors? Not everybody likes the standard black.
Pep up your kitchen with an eye-catching white, red or even green Bodum grinder.
Baratza Encore - Lasts A Lifetime
Just to make one thing clear: With saying it lasts a lifetime, I’m not saying that this grinder cannot break. What I mean is, that Baratza offers every single part of the grinder for you to fix it yourself.
How often have you experienced a small appliance to break right after the warranty is over?
Fixing it yourself? You may be talented enough to do so. But where do you get spare parts? Ordering from China?
Not with Baratza!
On their website, you find everything: burrs, grounds bin, on/off switch, practically everything. You can even order the whole conical chassis.
Now let’s have a look at the grinder itself.
The entry-level coffee grinder of Baratza is an affordable solution with high-quality hardened steel conical burrs.
In particular, I recommend the Baratza Encore, if you primarily brew with the French Press or Drip Brewers, the Aeropress or other manual brewers that require coarse or medium grinds.
The Encore is good for a few espressos but only with pressurized portafilters.
You have 40 different grinding levels which you can easily change by turning the hopper left or right.
And the best, it’s easy to operate. At the front, you have an on-demand pushbutton for a short grinding duration. And on the side is an on/off switch.
The only electric grinder with built-in scale in this post comes from OXO. All other automatic coffee grinders have an integrated timer.
Why is this a big deal?
At first, you normally find a built-in scale only in high-end grinders which are way more expensive than the OXO coffee bean grinder.
And secondly, coffee beans can vary in size, density, dryness, which means 15 seconds of grinding won’t guarantee you the desired grams of coffee.
With the OXO On coffee grinder, you select how much grams of coffee you want and the grinder does the rest.
As with most others, you can expect stainless steel conical burrs in this price range.
The hopper is made of plastic and can hold up to 12 oz of coffee – which is the size of a specialty coffee bag.
But that’s not all!
The bean hopper also blocks UV-light, which is one of the enemies of coffee to loose freshness.
For the French Press, it does a good job with respect to the grind size consistency.
The scale is definitely a unique feature of the OXO On Coffee Bean Grinder, but you have to decide yourself if it’s worth the still high price.
At the expense of convenience, you could also get a cheap kitchen scale and a regular grinder without s scale. Just saying…
But if you already have an OXO On Coffee Maker, the both would make a great team in terms of design and quality!
The Breville BCG820BSSXL Pro is the most expensive coffee grinder in this selection.
Breville calls it the Smart Grinder because you can actually program the grinder after selecting grind time and grind size.
What makes this stainless steel conical burr grinder unique is the adjustable upper burr.
Why does this matter?
Because when you are not happy with the maximum coarseness of the grinds you can extend the range to an even coarser grind. Of course, this also applies to the opposite, the fine grind size.
Speaking of fine grinds. The Breville Smart Grinder Pro seems to do a great job with a very fine grind size for espresso machines.
I know, we’re talking about brewing with the French Press, but if you also have an espresso machine, this is a great coffee grinder for both grind sizes!
There’s also an electronic timer that can be adjusted in 0.2-second increments for you to set the perfect grinding duration.
The plastic hopper can hold up to one pound of coffee and comes with an airtight lid to keep the beans fresh for a longer time.
Can I recommend the Breville BCG820BSSXL Bean Grinder for brewing with the French Press? Oh yes, of course!
The Breville Smart Grinder Pro is an excellent coffee grinder for an even better price for what it offers.
But if you only brew coffee with the French Press, you won’t really exploit the full potential of this grinder.