KitchenAid Burr Coffee Grinder Review

It’s cute and retro and at the same time seems to do a great job grinding for most kinds of coffee. What’s not to like? Well, the KitchenAid Burr Coffee grinder is a little bit more pricey than some of its competitors but aside from that, it would most likely be a good bet for many burgeoning coffee geeks.
Total rating
  • Consistency
  • Price
  • Ease of Use
  • Design
  • Durability
4.3

KitchenAid is a household name that few associate exclusively with coffee.

But the company does know its way around grinders as well as they know mixers and other household appliances.

This new model is an ambitious take on the traditional coffee grinder. It looks simple, but has plenty of useful functions.

This Kitchen Aid Burr Coffee Grinder review will take a look at some of its more interesting features.

buying guide

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This grinder, like grinders recommended by most coffee experts, is a burr grinder, which grinds coffee beans much more consistently than the alternative: blade grinders.

Blade grinders work like blenders, which bash and chop coffee beans at random, targeting the beans at the bottom first. Sometimes, whole beans do not ever reach these blades due to the whirlpool effect that the spinning blades create, sucking the finer coffee grounds to the bottom.

The other advantage of some (but not all) conical burr grinders is that they generate less heat while operating. This ensures that the bean’s flavor isn’t compromised.

an all-round option

This grinder is placed within the medium-budget range, which means that you can expect a big step up from the blade grinders and entry-level grinders.

In this range, you should expect a wide range of setting: From coarse French press to a fine espresso setting.

This level of grinder is usually also fairly durable and will last quite a long time as their builds are generally of good quality.

a few things we like:

KitchenAid has withstood the test of time and survived, so you can bet on it being around to replace any parts in the future.
No static cling: The chamber your grounds bin is made of glass, which minimizes static cling.
This coffee grinder has an old-school look to it, which can fit in with many different kitchen aesthetics.

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the kitchenaid burr cofffee grinder review

Build Quality

This coffee grinder is a sturdy, good-looking steel cast coffee grinder with a number of color options including red, black, and silver. The burrs themselves are stainless steel, which is more durable than their ceramic counterparts. The individual parts fit well together and are easy to disassemble. The chambers for both whole beans and the grinds are made of high-quality glass which is fairly durable.

The heavy, sturdy build of the grinder ensures that it will not vibrate across a countertop when left to grind unattended, which is always a plus!

ease of use

This KitchenAid burr coffee grinder is easy to disassemble and use. The single glass chamber fills easily with coffee. Adjusting the grind with its single dial is also easy, though it may take a few cups of coffee to determine the best grind for your method of brewing. There are no confusing parts to the machine, just what is necessary for a good grind.

grind consistency

As with most electric burr grinders at this price range, this grinder offers a remarkable consistent grind suited for anything from a French press to an espresso machine to an Aeropress. This consistent grind seems to hold regardless of which of the 15 settings this grinder boasts you decide to use. This should ensure consistent extraction for the perfect cup of coffee every time.

An added bonus is that this grinder seems to be quieter than many of its counterparts.

special features

The glass hopper of this grinder minimizes static cling, making for easy transfer of the coffee grinds to your coffeemaker of choice. It also has a relatively slow grind speed of about 450 rpm. This should not significantly affect the amount of time it takes to grind coffee beans in the morning, but may be enough to reduce the amount of heat and friction generated by the rubbing of the burrs, which can further alter the taste of the beans.

It offers 15 levels of coarseness for your grind, which makes it quite versatile, especially if you like to experiment with a lot of different brewing methods.

drawbacks

The price of the grinder may turn some off, as it is a significant investment. However, it is not more or less expensive than most other electric burr grinders.

Are there any alternatives?

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The Baratza Encore

There’s a lot of good things to be said about KitchenAid’s new model. But maybe you’re not fully convinced that’s it’s the right grinder for you? To be completely honest, there are a lot of very interesting grinders at this price range. Here a few of our favorites. 

The Baratza Encore grinder is often lauded as the best entry-level burr grinder on the market.  

The Encore is well known for grinding uniformly and being quite sturdy. 

Unlike KitchenAid, Baratza is famous for its customer service. 

This grinder can be found at a similar price tag, which makes it an interesting option. 

If you are on a serious budget though, you could consider this cheaper (and less proficient) burr grinder from the respected Danish brand Bodum.  

The baratza virtuoso

The Baratza Virtuoso is another old-school favorite among coffee snobs. 

In many ways, it’s similar to the Encore, but the motor and burrs are slightly better, which means that it’s a legit beast. 

Professional tests have shown that the Virtuoso actually grinds identical to the industry standard, the extremely high-end Mahlkönig EK43, at the filter setting. This is an outstanding achievement for a home-level grinder, meaning it should be on your radar. 
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The final verdict

This KitchenAid burr grinder is comparable to its peers. It has few flaws or downsides and has few special features that distinguish it from other grinders.

This entry-level grinder seems to be a consistent grinder that will last a long time and perform its function well throughout that time.

It is easy to use and backed by a company with a long history of high-quality household appliances.

Although the glass parts of this grinder may break, calling Kitchen Aid to have them replaced should not be an issue. Replacement parts will most likely be available for the lifetime of the machine.

Further reading: Is the Breville Smart Grinder Pro capable of grinding for espresso?