To the casual coffee drinker, a coffee grinder may seem like an unnecessary gadget that just takes up precious counter space. Why add an extra step between getting out of bed and having a giant mug of hot coffee in your hands when you can just get it pre-ground? While that’s pretty sound logic, if you want to make a cafe-worthy cup of coffee at home, you need to start grinding it fresh every morning.
A good cup of coffee starts with the coffee beans, and coffee beans that aren’t freshly ground simply aren’t going to taste as good as ones that are. It’s science. Freshly grinding your beans won’t turn making coffee into this whole big production—it’s only going to add seconds to your morning routine. So caffeine-dependent people who need coffee pretty much immediately upon waking need not worry. Ready to start brewing smooth, delicious cups of coffee instead of kind-of-bitter-just-okay cups? These are the best coffee grinders to get you started.
The best coffee grinders use a burr, not a blade, to grind coffee beans. (The blade doesn’t grind your beans uniformly, and having uniform grounds is important when making a great cup of coffee.) This one has 40 different grind settings, which seems excessive until you realize that different coffee-making methods require different grinds.
Shop now: Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, $139
There’s nothing worse than smelling the sweet, sweet aroma of coffee in the morning, only to go pour yourself a cup and just a tiny trickle comes out. Solve that problem with a larger coffee maker and this grinder. Its chamber can hold enough grounds for 32 cups of coffee, making it a great addition to homes with multiple coffee drinkers.
Shop now: Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill, $60
3. Smeg Coffee Grinder, $300
This very aesthetically pleasing grinder belongs in the home of someone who has lemon trees growing in their backyard… or for someone who cosplays being that type of person. (It’s me, I’m that person.) It’s available in black, cream, red, pastel blue, and mint (pictured), and it even comes with a little brush to sweep out the machine.
Shop now: Smeg Coffee Grinder, $300
4. OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, $100
This is one of the best coffee grinders for people with a lot of Virgo placements, as it has 15 settings and then addition micro-settings. Meaning, you can get really precise. In addition, the hopper (aka the thing-y at the top that you put the whole beans into) blocks UV light, so you can leave beans in there without worrying about them going stale.
Shop now: OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, $100
This burr grinder is adjustable like the others but, unlike the others, it isn’t electric. And while it will add a bit of time and effort to your morning routine (sorry!), it makes up for it by being affordable, plus easy to use and to clean. As the name suggests, it is small; it holds enough grounds for two cups of coffee.
Shop now: Hario Ceramic Mini Slim Coffee Mill, $34
Oh hi! You look like someone who loves free workouts, discounts for cult-fave wellness brands, and exclusive Well+Good content. Sign up for Well+, our online community of wellness insiders, and unlock your rewards instantly.