The Best Cheap Coffee Grinders of 2020
The difference between buying pre-ground coffee and grinding your own beans can’t be exaggerated.
It’s a little bit like cooking; think of the difference between fresh, delicate herbs on one hand and then the dried, stale ones you find on the shelves in supermarkets.
In cooking freshness is essential, and the same goes for coffee.
Grinders can be overwhelmingly expensive, but there are actually a few cheap coffee grinders out there that are capable of producing a consistent grind.
Here are some of the best options for budget conscious home-barista.
My top pick:
It has sharp conical burrs that are able to grind consistently. I like the fact that it grinds at a lower speed to reduce heat, which keeps the aroma in the coffee grounds.
The Capresso 560.04 Infinity is great for those wanting a quality conical grinder without breaking the bank.
why should i grind my coffee at home?
If you are an avid coffee drinker like me, then you go through a lot of coffee. So, you may be wondering why you should have the added expense of whole beans and a coffee grinder. The answer is quite simple and scientific: oxidation.
As oxygen meets your ground coffee, it starts to break down the oils and aroma compounds. This causes your ground coffee to go stale, giving your coffee a more generic flavor. Simply put, the fresher your ground coffee is, the more flavorful it is.
How to choose the right coffee grinder
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right coffee grinder. Some models are merely glorified salt and pepper mills, while pro-level grinders can cost as much as a second-hand car.
It’s all based on your coffee needs and personal preference but if you’re reading this you probably want the option that gives you the most ‘bang for your buck’. If that’s the case a manual grinder should be on your radar. Sure, it takes a bit of effort but you generally get a lot of money with this kind of contraption.
Blade vs. Burr Coffee Grinders
When it comes to the inner workings of coffee grinders, there are two main choices: blades or burrs. They both grind your coffee, so how do you know how to choose?
- Blade grinders work like a blender or a food processor with blades set to chop up the coffee beans. The problem with a blade grinder? Consistency. The blades chop the coffee beans, rather than consistently grinding them, making some pieces smaller than others. Since different sizes extract the coffee flavor at different rates, you may over extract the ground coffee. This over-extraction is what can cause a bitter flavor to your coffee.
- The burr grinder is superior. These coffee grinders feature two pieces of either metal or ceramic with sharp surfaces. This allows the coffee bean to fall between the burrs and be cut from both sides, usually resulting in a more consistent grind.
The shape of the burrs can be either conical or flat.
Both are good in their own way, but usually, the entry-level models will feature conical burrs and more expensive espresso-oriented grinders that are used in coffee shops will have flat steel burrs.
The Best Budget Coffee Grinder of 2020
|Top Rated Bellemain Burr…||1,309 Reviews|
|Secura SCG-903B Electric…||1,264 Reviews|
|Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind…||12,279 Reviews|
|Capresso 560.01 Infinity…||4,619 Reviews|
|Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder,…||2,862 Reviews|
1: Bellemain Burr Coffee Grinder Review
This electric grinder is very cheap, but at the same time, it’s a burr grinder. It is lightweight, weighing only 3.2 pounds.
The Bellemain Burr Coffee Grinder features a total of 17 grind settings. Whether you need a fine grind for espresso or a coarse grind for a French Press, you can play around and get a good grind setting. This grinder has the feature of being adjustable for anywhere from two to fourteen cups of coffee, with the bean hopper holding 7oz of whole beans. The auto shutoff feature is great because once you make your selections, you just hit the button and walk away. The grinder will shut itself off once the desired amount has been reached.
This electric grinder disassembles for easy cleaning. The bean hopper and grinding disc both come out to be cleaned. The Bellemain Burr Coffee Grinder also comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty for peace of mind.
While most users seem to be quite happy with this grinder, it does have some issues when it comes to consistency. But of course, that is to be expected, when we are dealing with a grinder this cheap.
If you’re on a really, really tight budget, but still want freshly ground coffee, this grinder could be the one for you.See more reviews
2: Secura Automatic Electric Burr Coffee Grinder
This electric coffee grinder features a ceramic burr grinder. It is extremely lightweight at only 2.5 pounds.
The Secura SCG-903B Automatic Electric Burr Coffee Grinder features 17 grind selections from fine to coarse, so you should be good to go whether you are using a pour over filter cone or a French Press.
With the ability to place up to 7oz of whole coffee beans in the bean hopper, you can choose a cup selection anywhere from two to twelve cups. The electric grinder features an on/off switch, as well as being capable of automatic shutoff once it reaches the quantity you put in.
If you are low on counter space, the Secura SCG-903B Automatic Electric Burr Coffee Grinder takes up very little. Its dimensions are 6” x 4” x 8.75”, so it is pretty compact. It also features a one-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
There’s a lot of good things to say about this cheap, little grinder. A ceramic burr is always capable to punch well above its weight, so this grinder will definitely be a worthy upgrade over a pre-ground or a blade grinder.See more reviews
3: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind
This electric grinder features a disc burr grinder. It is fairly lightweight at 4.5 pounds. Its dimensions are 7.13” x 10.75” x 6”. It features a 140-watt motor and is BPA free.
While the grind chamber is removable and holds up to 32 cups worth of ground coffee, you can only ground between four and eighteen cups at a time.
If you want to grind less than four cups worth of grounds, you can add fewer beans and the automatic shut off will turn off the machine once it is out of beans.
The Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind features a grind selector with 18 positions, allowing you to choose anywhere from a fine grind for an espresso machine to a coarser grind for a French Press.
The removable bean hopper holds 8oz of coffee beans and comes with a scoop and cleaning brush. The stainless steel Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind comes with an eighteen-month limited manufacturer’s warranty.
This grinder has a better build quality than most of the other budget grinders, but unfortunately, the burrs are not the best. That means that the grinder is quite noisy and also produces a lot of dust, also known as fines.
Still, it should be a good grinder for most people just getting into coffee. Read our full review here.See more reviews
4: Capresso Infinity
This electric burr grinder features legit conical burrs – not the fake kind. It weighs in at 3 pounds and has dimensions of 7.75” x 5” x 10.5”. The motor is 100 watts and the grinder is made of ABS and stainless steel. The grinder has a one-year limited warranty
The bean hopper holds up to 8.5 ounces of whole coffee beans and the removable coffee ground container holds up to 4 ounces of coffee grounds. The Capresso 560.04 Infinity features 16 grind settings from extra-fine to coarse, with four settings for each: extra-fine, fine, regular, and coarse. The grinding timer can be set for anywhere from five to 60 seconds.
The Capresso 560 Infinity has a slower grinding speed to reduce friction and heat. It also features a safety lock system. For easy cleaning, the bean hopper, upper conical burr, and coffee ground container are all removable. The grinder also comes with a scoop and cleaning brush.
This grinder is more expensive than the other ones we have been looking at in this roundup review. So it should come as no surprise that it also offers a more consistent grind than the other models we have been looking at.
If you can afford the Capresso Infinity it’s a very solid option that should be able to serve you for years.See more reviews
5: Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder Review
This grinder from Danish company Bodum just has a striking look. It looks more like a high-end product compared to most of the other cheap grinders. It still lands firmly in the budget range though, which means it should be on your radar.
The Bodum Bistro has a clever design and it’s solidly built. The ground container is made out of borosilicate glass, which is quite nice because it means less static and fewer fines and chaff clinging to the container.
As with many of the better grinder in this price range, there’s a set of true steel conical burrs inside the device, meaning that you should be able to get uniformly ground coffee for many years, depending on usage.
The Bodum has a built-in timer, which can both be a blessing and a curse. A few users on Amazon complain that the maximum time setting of 20 seconds isn’t enough time to grind larger quantities. So keep that in mind if you’re often brewing big batches.
The Bodum Burr Grinder has got 14 settings and is capable of producing grinds for anything from moka pot to French Press. I personally wouldn’t use it for espresso.
Can’t choose between an electric or manual grinder?
Comparing a manual grinder to an electric one is a bit like comparing apples to oranges; they are quite different and there are use cases to both. There are a variety of choices to choose from either way you go.
With a manual grinder, you basically put the beans in, turn the crank, and out comes your freshly ground coffee. Sizes can vary from incredibly small grinders suitable for travel, and go up to larger models meant for daily use at home.
Manual grinders tend to grind more uniform for the money, and they also last longer since only few parts can break.
The caveat is that they do require a fair amount of biceps exercise for every cuppa joe you want.
An electric grinder is way more convenient for most people. Especially, if you’re often brewing bigger batches of coffee. Realistically, manual grinding becomes cumbersome if you have to grind for more than two people (around 30 grams).
There are three main benefits to choosing an electric grinder over a manual one.
- The first benefit is speed. With a manual grinder, you can typically grind out two or three cups worth of beans before you run out of stamina. However, with an electric burr grinder, it takes a fraction of the time to do even larger amounts of coffee beans. Need 14 cups worth? Just hit a button.
- The second benefit is the fact that it is often easier to adjust an electric version. With a lot of manual grinders, you will have to experiment a bit before you find the preferred size. With an electric grinder, you just have to memorize the right number or step and it should be a breeze to readjust to, say, your preferred setting for pour over coffee.
- The final benefit to an electric burr coffee grinder is that you can find some special ‘extra’ features that a manual grinder won’t have. These include the ability to choose how many cups you want to grind, and the grinder will do it automatically, timers and digital scales.