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The best Blade coffee-Grinders

August 1, 2015

Beep! Beep! Beep! It’s 6 a.m. in the morning. You wake up, get out of your sheets, complete your necessary morning duties and go straight into the kitchen. Time to have the most energizing product of your day, your elixir, the magic potion which helps you keep your calm even when the entire world is going against you: Coffee.

But when people want coffee, they want perfectly grinded beans with a rich aromatic blend. Manual Burr grinders may do the job. But they wear out and need to be replaced soon. Electric burr grinders cost you a mini fortune. The best alternative? Blade grinders. These products, original to the age of electricity, are not only efficient and simple to use, they also don’t make you shell out hundreds of bucks. Besides you can use them to grind almost anything (including nuts and seeds), unlike the traditional burr ones which flavor your coffee with the product you last grinded in them.

Most people are indifferent when buying Blade grinders. A few points that need to be considered when doing so are:

  • To check whether the blades are aligned perfectly and whether coffee beans will get stuck in the wedges.
  • To check the sturdiness of the machine and the reliability of its blades.
  • To see if safety switches are provided.

But differences exist even among Blade grinders. There are normal products, there are good products, and then there are these absolutely magnificent products:
 

Krups  F203  Electric  Coffee  Grinder:

Almost a brand name associated with coffee, the german company Krups has been making great coffee machines since 1961. Another one of their products, the F203, carries forward this legacy. Compact, comparatively cheap and easy-to-use, Krups Electric Coffee Grinder is unanimously regarded as the best blade grinder available. With a large grinding capacity of almost 3 ounces of beans, this device is capable of yielding up to 12 cups of the beverage at a time.

It has also been known to chop more consistently than other bean grinders, besides being a versatile unit which can grind your spices, nuts and grains.

With a 200 Watt motor and a lid activated safety switch, one needs to look no further for the best bang for your buck. All this along with a 2-year worldwide warranty is provided by Krups for a relatively inexpensive price of $19.99 (Amazon). It gets a variety of reviews on retail web pages, and a vast majority of them are positive, some dating back to almost a decade.

The only complaints about the Krups stated that removing the lid could be a messy affair, with the coffee and/or other ground items sometimes spilling out. A good way to counteract this would be to turn the device upside down and tap it against the counter to collect the loose grind together.

Proctor  Silex  E160BY

The product that comes next on this list is even more affordable than the Krups F203 and gets customer reviews that are almost as good as it gets. The Proctor Silex has been on the bestseller list of many merchants now and its rank keeps on increasing. Armed with a 75 W motor, this small genius is capable of producing 12 cups of joe at a time. Stainless steel blades ensure that you don’t need to replace parts every now and then.

The point where Proctor races ahead of its opponents is the possession of a retractable cord, which users love a lot. It makes it easier to store anywhere compared to other grinders. It is also long lasting, with some reviewers claiming it to last them a good 4 years, for just below $13.

The bottom line is: If you are not too picky about your coffee and are looking for a pint size device, that does the job just well enough and isn’t harsh on your pocket, you can pick the Proctor Silex E-160BY

KitchenAid  BCG111OB

Considered a strong competitor to the Krups grinder, the KitchenAid BCG111OB remarkably has similar features too. What sets it apart though is a 160 W motor that makes minimal noise and lets your mind be at peace. Also capable of making 12 cups, the KitchenAid has a sturdily built body which users like very much. A clean metallic profile with a robust heavy-duty motor housing, makes it the clear favorite of many. It is the only machine to be armed with a stainless steel bowl lift, again adding to its tough profile.

In the words of the company, “The heavy-duty motor housing helps keep the grinder stable during operation. and the grinder is remarkably easy to clean. The bowl, blade and top cover can go straight to the dishwasher for easy cleanup.” Users seem to echo a similar sentiment. Some even go as far as to peg it a notch above the Krups grinder.

However this product fails in two of the most crucial areas: Grinding and Quality of product.

Customers report that sometimes as much as one fourth of the beans were left as coarse and unusable during grinding. The beans got stuck in the bottom of the unit, with no option to get them back near the blades. Some also reported it being hard to assemble and that it breaks up very soon after it is put into operation. Everyone wants a grinder that can last them at least a year if they are paying as much as $29 for it.

 

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the Krups comes out at the top of this list, especially since it is backed by years and years of positive reviews. But if compactness and a place to retract the cord is your priority, and you are willing to compromise on the power of the motor, you can opt for the Proctor. The Kitchen Aid comes a distant third because the part of your coffee beans it grinds, it does so finely and so it can be used for when you want to make espressos.

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