Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder UK Review 

 August 1, 2017

By  Enda McLarnon

In this review we have checked out buyer ratings and reviews, on the popular Bodum Bistro electric coffee grinder. This model is a burr grinder, which are of course a better choice, than a normal blade grinder.

By opting for the burr style, that will of course be more expensive, but the benefits do justify the higher price tag. This Bodum model retails at an RRP of £85.00. You can however find this cheaper online, as you will see down below.

Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder Review

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.

You can see from the image above, that this grinder certainly looks the part. Now let's have a closer look, and get into the details.

Bodum Bistro Grinder At a Glance

This model holds 220 grams of beans, and by pushing a button, you can quickly and easily get a range of grounds. There are variable options on the thickness of the grind, and that is essential to have. That is because you can pick the right thickness depending on which method of brewing, you are going to use.

The hopper is made from what is called "Borosilicate glass." That simply means that the glass has been treated, in such a way that it greatly reduces, the static cling of the coffee grounds.

This grinder is available in the following colours:

  • Black
  • Red
  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Off White

Video Review of the Bodum Bistro Grinder

We searched around online to try and get a really good video on this burr grinder. We found this one which we believe to be the most helpful and informative. It lasts about 11 minutes, but even a short watch, will give you a very good indicator, of what you may need to see.

How Buyers Rate the Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder

Now that we know some information about this grinder, and its capability, we think it is important to understand how buyers rate this product. We looked at all the various buyer ratings. These have been scored out of 5 stars, with 1 being the lowest, and 5 being the highest.

Overall this grinder has achieved a 4.2 out of 5 star rating (84% buyer satisfaction) Overall that is considered very good, when compared to other similar priced grinders.

You can now see, at a glance, that just over 6 out of 10 buyers give this grinder the full 5 star treatment. 81% rate it 4 stars or higher. Around 5 out of every 100 buyers decided this one only merited a 1 star review. We will now look at these in more detail.

What Buyers Say About the Bodum Coffee Grinder

This grinder can be found online for around £75, around £10 cheaper than the RRP. We also know that as an average it has received and maintained a very good consistent rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.

What we like to do next, is understand what the buyers are saying. A good way of doing this is to read all of the reviews, and then summarise those. We have placed that summary in a Pros & Cons table just below.

That makes it easy to see at a glance, what buyers are actually saying about this Bodum grinder, when they have bought it, used it and taken the time to write a review.

  • Most buyers said that this was easy to assemble, to use and to clean
  • Many buyers said this made the ideal home coffee grinder
  • Many buyers said that it looked smart and blended into their kitchen well - the choice of colours was also good for that decor purpose
  • The glass does a really good job of avoiding grains that will stick to the sides on other grinders
  • A few buyers did receive a faulty product which had to be returned
  • A few buyers said that this did not grind fine enough to be used for an espresso machine
Bodum Bistro burr grinder

The majority of buyers said this one did grind fine enough for espresso. There were others who said it did not do that. This is always an area of disagreement, when it comes to buying a coffee grinder.

We have used a number of grinders, and this one does grind fine enough. It takes a little patience to get there, but it does. Many people believe that an espresso grind needs to be like powder. That is not correct. The powder type of grind is used for Turkish coffee.

Espresso does need to be fine, (almost like powder) but still look like the grains you would buy, if they were pre-ground in a store. This one can do that. If you watched the video, you will see that being done.

Summary & Verdict on the Bodum Bistro Electric Coffee Grinder

90 %

Bodum is a good solid and reliable brand. Overall, in terms of value for money we have rated this at 90% Please note that is based on the lower £75 price point.

At the full RRP of £85.00, we think that is a tad expensive, but if you can find it under that, then we think this one is good value for money.

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

The automatic timer is handy for setting and forgetting, when doing your grinding. You can also grind as little or as much as you want. Finally it is easy to clean and look after. It also has a cable tidy away underneath the body of the grinder.

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.

Enda McLarnon

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  1. One very important criteria for me is noise. My burr grinder which I own is too noisy to use in the morning as it wakes people up in the downstairs apartment! How does this compare please

    1. Hi Tim, still noisy as all burr or blade grinders are. The only way around that is a manual one but that then takes a lot more time to grind.

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