Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Blade Grinder UK Review

This is our review of the popular Bodum Bistro coffee grinder. The brand is a well known coffee brand, and this is a blade style grinder. Bodum also do a Bistro burr grinder, which you can read about here.

This review however is about the Bistro blade grinder. It can hold up to 60 grams of your favourite coffee beans.

This particular model is available in a few interesting colours which are black, red, silver, copper, lime green, off white, shiny black and shiny white. With that wide selection of colours, you should be able to find at least one style, that will perfectly match your kitchen.

Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Blade Grinder

The Bodum Brand

For coffee lovers the Bodum brand is instantly recognisable. They are a company from Denmark and it was founded by Peter Bodum back in 1944.

It is now managed by his son Jorgen Bodum and they primarily specialise in coffee and tea solutions. They produced the Mocca Bodum, one of the first vacuum coffee style makers.

SANTOS was the product that placed BODUM® firmly on the international stage, where it was acclaimed for its unique design and went on to become one of the most important coffee makers worldwide throughout the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

They continue to develop and introduce many innovative products to the UK market.

Key Features of the Bodum Bistro

There are plenty of choices on the UK market for coffee grinders, especially those that use a blade to do the grinding. So what makes this “Bistro” model the choice for many buyers.

It is worth pointing out to you, that this is considered a fairly basic blade grinder. There are no outstanding features, but it does do the basic task of grinding coffee, very well indeed.

Below we have identified what we believe to be the most important features, and the ones that will help you decide, if this is the one for you. We have listed these below with an explanation of why they may be important to you.

Amount of Beans it Can Grind

This refers to the amount of beans that you can put into the hopper. The average cup of coffee uses around 10 grams of coffee. This grinder can grind up to 60 grams, so that should be enough for up to 6 cups of coffee at any one time.

The secret to great tasting coffee is always to grind the beans just before use. Always only grind enough to make the desired amount of coffee.

The other good news about this grinder is that you can use it to grind other spices.

Transparent Lid

Do not overlook this as a feature. It is important to be able to see into the grinder, so as you can judge when you have the right thickness of grind. For filter style coffees you will want a coarser grind, whereas for espresso you will want it very fine.

There is no setting on this Bodum blade grinder for the fineness of the grind. Because of that you need to be able to see in, and stop grinding when it has reached the desired thickness.

The grinder will not work until the lid has been attached. That acts as a very good safety feature.


Do not run this grinder continuously for any longer than 60 seconds. If you do it can over heat, and that will damage the 150 watt motor. Over time that can cause enough damage to stop it from working.

Good Colour Choice

I have already mentioned the colour choices. With this Bistro model, there is a good choice so you should be able to find the right one for your kitchen

Bistro Electric Coffee Blade Grinder Red

Easy to Use and Easy to Clean

This one is very straightforward and easy to use. There is a single button that you push. You can then push it to pulse the grind, or hold it in for a more continuous grind. That is pretty much all there is to it.

There are no other settings to worry about.

To clean this grinder, all you need to do is just simply brush it out. Never wash this grinder out as it is not waterproof. It is OK to wipe the inside of it with a damp cloth. If you do this, then allow it to fully dry, otherwise the beans and grains will stick to the side and cause clogging.

Cord Storage in the Base

When not in use, the cord can be stored in the base and out of the way. That stops it from cluttering up your worktop.

Good Cutting Blades

The blades are made of stainless steel, but the body of the grinder is made from a hard durable plastic. However this plastic has a rubberised feel to it. That is actually pretty useful as it allows you to easily grip the grinder.

Video Review of the Bodum Bistro (Blade Style)

We found this useful video on YouTube, which shows you this grinder in action. This is certainly worth a look, as it takes you through the key features of this popular grinder.

What Buyers Say About the Bodum Bistro Blade Grinder

So now you can see that this one is a basic grinder, and it has enough useful features. We now want to look at how buyers rated their purchase and what they had to say about it.

To do that our team read many reviews, and we have then summarised those below, to save you the trouble. Overall this Bodum grinder achieved an 88% customer satisfaction and value for money rating.

That is a nice solid and consistent rating. The good news is that there are only a very small number of complaints from buyers. That is always a good thing to see.

Customer Satisfaction

My Thoughts on the Bodum Bistro Blade Grinder

This works well as a basic style of grinder. There are some down sides though and they may irritate you. It is slow to grind, so this is not a great choice if you want a fast cup of coffee in the morning.

For something that is fast, you should go for a burr grinder.

There are no settings on this to set the fineness of the grain. You just have to learn by trial and error how long this needs to reach the grind that you want. You also have to hold it to make it work. All those things take up time.

All that said, if you are happy to wait it does deliver a good grind. It does come in a nice range of colours and it looks really well in your kitchen. You will not find an easier grinder to use or an easier grinder to clean.

It is good that the cord tucks away when not in use. We also like the fact that you can use this to grind other spices. That certainly increases the amount of use. For me though, any grinder is all about what it can do with coffee beans.

If this is not the blade grinder for you, then why not check out our top 10 list of blade grinders, by clicking here.

This Bistro blade grinder one works really well, and buyers also rate it very highly. It is a good buy, affordable and does a good job on grinding coffee beans.

Enda McLarnon

Enda McLarnon has a Business Management Honour's Degree and applies his professional insight, to analyse and write helpful product reviews with tips and useful advice. I am also a coffee lover and enjoy tasting all of the coffee types the world has to offer.

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