Best Blade Coffee Grinders | Reviews and Ratings

Anyone buying a grinder to make freshly ground coffee is in my opinion making a very good decision. The difference in the freshness of taste is worth the effort and time taken to get a better tasting cup of coffee. This particular page is all about offering you some advice on the best blade grinders in the UK market right now.

There are basically three different types of grinders on the UK market that will do this job for you. They are:

Hand grinders do remain popular but they do take some physical effort and they do take time to create a good grind. Most people just don't have the time to do this, and although they do appreciate the benefits of freshly ground coffee, they just want a machine that will do the work quickly.

That means using something with a bit of electrical power, and that can either be the blade style that we will discuss here, or the burr grinder which you can read about by clicking here.

Blade vs Burr Grinders

​There is a long debate out there about from coffee purists that you should only ever use a burr grinder. This is because the blade style using a chopping action to makes the beans turn into grains, whereas the burr uses a set of burrs that squeeze and grind the beans and as such retain more of the flavour. The video below does a good job of explaining the difference.

Well I have conducted a few experiments on this and found out that it is impossible for me to tell the difference, between a cup of coffee that has been made with beans ground using a blade style, and the same beans being ground using a burr style. Some people say they can tell the difference but I have to be honest and say I can not. ​It is supposed to be smoother and richer in taste if you use a burr grinder.

Now this may well be true and perhaps my palette is not just sensitive enough to pick this up.​

The big difference for me is that without doubt the uniformity of the grain size is much better with a burr grinder. Still this article is not about having that debate. Below I have given you as much information as I know about some of the beast blade grinders in the UK market today.​

Picking the Best Blade Grinder

​There are plenty of good choices to be had and your choice will come down to 2 main factors:

  • How much do you want to pay?
  • Will you use it just to grind coffee beans?

Many people today buy a grinder not just to grind coffee but also to grind nuts and spices. Not all coffee grinders are good at doing all of these tasks. Generally speaking blade grinders cost between £10 at the lower end and up to about £40 at the higher end of the price point range. There are about 150-200 of these in the market place so I have narrowed these down by those that get the best buyer reviews.

It is also worth adding that I also look at the number of reviews. Newer products can rate very highly with just a few good reviews and that can be misleading. I like to see consistent ratings from a large number of buyers as that gives me a lot more confidence. So a product with a rating score of at least 4 out of 5 stars, and confirmation of that by over 100 buyer reviews is a solid method of doing this. 

Based on those criteria I have created a list below.​

5 TOP RATED COFFEE BLADE GRINDERS ​

I have reviewed, in a lot more detail, the top 5 rated coffee grinders that are currently available at Amazon UK.

  1. Jacobson Electric Grinder
  2. James Martin Spice Grinder ZX595
  3. Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill
  4. Savisto Electric Coffee Grinder
  5. Andrew James Coffee Grinder

Below, you will find more details on each of the above blade grinders.

No 1 Choice - Jacobson Electric Grinder

Jacobson Electric Grinder

Average Price = £10

Weight = 699 grams

(Currently Unavailable at Amazon)

This electric blade grinder has a powerful 150 watt motor and has a stainless steel blade. At £10 I think this is very good value for money and probably the best right now in the UK market place.

It can grind enough coffee (up to 50 grams) which is about enough for 8 cups of coffee.

It can also handle nuts and spices. Many buyers also liked the fact that it has a transparent lid, and that allows you to look inside and see the grain size. Many other models do not have this important feature.

Buyers clearly liked the price on this one, but the fact that it has got such very high ratings also tells me that this is a good quality product. Buyers have used this for grinding coffee and most of them say that the best way of using this model is to start with short bursts that will crack open the beans. The continue on using short bursts and checking through the lid until you get the desired grain.

One buyer ​said this:-

Impressed by reviews of this little machine I bought one last week. Was I disappointed with it? Absolutely not! All the good things people say about it are true. I've had fancy grinders with fancy prices in the past but I don't recall any of them making better coffee than this one.

H.W.E

No 2 Choice - James Martin Spice Grinder ZX595

James Martin Mini Grinder ZX595

Average Price = £15

Weight = 757 grams

This popular electric blade grinder has a powerful 150 watt motor and has a stainless steel blade. At £15 this mini grinder from the popular chef James Martin is by quite a way the best seller over at Amazon UK.

It can grind enough coffee (up to 70 grams) which is about enough for 8-10 cups of coffee.

The reason for its popularity is that it can also handle nuts and spices and that makes it a very useful small kitchen appliance.Like the first one mentioned above this one also has a transparent lid, and that allows you to look inside and see the grain size. Many other models do not have this important feature.

People do clearly like the fact that this is a brand name and the James Martin is of course a very good brand. It can grind beans, herbs, nuts and spices so that makes this a very good all round grinder. It is also small and compact and that makes for easy storage. This has been designed in conjunction with the German "Wahl" company, and excellent high quality brand.

One buyer ​said this:-

I love coffee and have always wanted to perfect my own, so I decided to buy the coffee grinder. All I can say is, its brilliant, it grinds the beans just how I want, it is also extremely easy to clean. If your considering buying one its well worth the money.

Chezza

No 3 Choice - Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill (Best Seller on Amazon)

Krups Twin Blade Coffee Mill

Average Price = £20

Weight = 454 grams

This is the best seller at Amazon and really does have a lot of reviews. It is more expensive than the one above but has been selling for a lot longer, so a more established product.

It can grind enough coffee (up to 75 grams) which is about enough for 12-15 cups of coffee.

It can also handle nuts and spices. Many buyers liked the fact that it has a stainless steel bowl, a powerful motor and is oval shaped to assist with uniform grinding.

This twin blade coffee mill has just sold a lot and has still managed to maintain a very high rating. That proves to me that the quality is very good and it also lasts, which for me is a very important thing. Is it worth paying twice as much as I would for the Jacobson? The only thing that might sway me on that is that this one can grind more coffee at one time.

One buyer ​said this:-

Gosh! How quickly do you want to grind coffee beans? This little gizzmo whizzes up coarse in 8 seconds, medium in 12 & fine in 16 seconds.

R.Wilcox

No 4 Choice - Savisto Electric Coffee Grinder

Savisto blade coffee grinder

Average Price = £14

Weight = 798 grams

Due to quite a competitive price point, this blade grinder from the brand Savisto, has started to make a large number of sales. The price, along with the fact, that it can also be used for grinding nuts and spices, makes it a popular choice for many kitchens.

It has a 150 watt motor, so larger than most of the best blade grinders, and that ensures a faster chopping action. It has a 70 gram capacity.

Four rubber feet keep it firmly in place, and provide a nice solid grip. Have a look at the video review below.

This grinder operate by simply pushing one button, once the lid is on. It also has a see through lid so as you can see what is happening, without having to remove the lid.

One buyer ​said this:-

We decided to go with this one from Savisto as it is considerably cheaper then some of the options from better known brands. So far all our experiences with it have been positive

Jay & Mel

No 5 Choice - Andrew James Coffee Grinder

Andrew James Coffee, Nut and Spice Grinder

Average Price = £15

Weight = 630 grams

Another attractive price for this Andrew James model. People seem to buy this one as it can also be used for grinding nuts and spices, and that makes it a popular choice for many kitchens.

It has a 150 watt motor, so larger than most of the best blade grinders, and that ensures a faster chopping action. It has a 70 gram capacity.

Four rubber feet keep it firmly in place, and provide a nice solid grip. Have a look at the video review below.

One buyer ​said this:-

Got this for my mother, who always roasts & grinds fresh herbs & spices. Simply perfect does an excellent job, coarse or fine just push the top. A perfect purchase no issues

A Khan

For me, the beauty of blade grinders is that they are inexpensive, and in my opinion do a good enough job. At the end of the day the reason people want to grind their own is to have truly fresh coffee. It is fair to say the burr does a better job all round but they are more expensive. So for me the blade does a good job and will deliver fresh coffee which is of course the desired outcome.

I could have listed 10-15 of these on this page but those shown above are the best blade grinders in the UK market now at affordable prices. For anyone who wants a handy and fast method of grinding beans, then these will deliver on that.​

Most Affordable Blade Coffee Grinder

Andrew James Coffee Grinder Review

When you have a look around at the many grinders on the market there are a lot of choices. I wanted to pick one out that would be affordable for most people and also provide a range of grinding tasks. Now although this website is dedicated to coffee, some people also want their grinder to be able to handle, spices, nuts and seeds.

I found this one from the brand Andrew James and it costs on average around £15 which is very good value for money.

It can handle a range of grinding options and uses a powerful 150 watt motor to drive stainless steel blades for some impressive results.

You can read my full review on this one by clicking here.​

​Hopefully I have given you enough information that you can now purchase the blade grinder that suits you best. The Krups model above seems to be the most popular choice if you want to grind coffee beans, nuts and spices.

Blade Grinder Buyer Information

If you are still uncertain as to which coffee grinder to buy, then below I discuss what to look out for. Blade grinders are a very popular choice for many buyers.

The main reason for this is the lower price point. Burr grinders are better, but they are also a lot more expensive. So the real choice will really come down to three things.

  • How much you can afford to spend
  • How often you will use it
  • How fussy you are about your coffee

So if you don't want to, or can't afford to spend a lot of money on a grinder, then a blade grinder will do your job nicely.

A blade grinder is also an ideal choice if you don't have the need to grind a lot of coffee. Blade grinders are slower at grinding than a burr grinder. For small amounts though, that will not matter a great deal.

There is evidence that as blade grinders chop beans you lose some of the flavour of the coffee. Burr grinders squeeze the beans and as such keep a little more flavour in.

This is a small point though, and many people would not know the difference between coffee beans, that are ground with a blade compared to those that have been put through a burr grinder.