Burr vs Blade Coffee Grinders

If you’re currently wondering how to select coffee grinders to suit you and your kitchen then you probably already know that there are various options open to you. In simple terms most coffee grinders will be split into two camps – blade grinders and burr grinders.

So, let’s take a look the pros and cons of the two types of coffee grinders.

Experts say the burr grinders are the best because they are the most precise if you learn to use them properly. They are also (most often) the most expensive.

Blade grinders are like miniature food processors that chop the beans but cost much less. With practice you can make these work quite well.

So how do you choose between the two?

Electric vs Manual

First, it’s worth noting that you can buy both types of grinder as both electric and manual options if you wish.

Second, it’s becoming more popular for people to buy electric machines on the whole as there is a big added convenience. So most of the coffee grinders you will see on this site will be electric rather than manual ones.

How to Decide on a Coffee Grinder?

In simple terms the final decision you make when it comes to working out how to select a coffee bean grinder will, in most cases, come down to budget and to how seriously you think about coffee. This is worth bearing in mind as you read through the coffee grinder reviews.

You really need to think about what you’ll be grinding. Whole beans at $10 per bag don’t merit an expensive grinder but at $200 per bag you might want the high dollar grinder.
You’ll also need to consider how you will be making your coffee. The grind for a French Press will be different than how you would grind for a reusable K-cup or a filtered coffee pot.

It really depends on what you will be grinding!