This is our review of the high end Krups GVX242 grinder. This used to be one of the most expensive burr grinders on the UK market. However the price has fallen over time and now has an RRP of £44.99.
You can often find it even cheaper that that online. Those who have bought this Krups model, have given this an average 80% buyer satisfaction. With over 1000 online reviews it sells well and has maintained a steady buyer rating.
BY ENDA MCLARNON
Krups Expert Burr Grinder Summary
This Krups grinder is classed as a high end grinder. Those who know the important of getting the right grounds of coffee, for various brewing methods, will fully appreciate this combination grinder.
It is well made, from a good brand and has maintained a consistent buyer satisfaction rating.
This model has 17 positions of grinding so that will cover the range from French Press to espresso
With an average price point of £45, this is about the right price for this quality of burr grinder.
The Krups Brand
Krups is a German brand who have been making home products since 1846. They have partnered with Nespresso and also with Nestle and have launched products like the highly popular Nescafe Dolce Gusto machines.
Today they make a really good quality range of espresso machines, pod coffee machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee accessories.
Main Review of the Krups GVX242 Coffee Grinder
I think it is always worth having a look at the product on video. In this video I have fast forwarded the video to the actual review. That should save you a little time and let you see the actual grinder itself.
As you can see from the video review above, This is a step up from many of the basic coffee grinders on the market right now. Below we sill start to have a closer look at the important features of the GVX242.
Key Features of the GVX242 Grinder
The image to the right shows the actual burrs that are inside this machine. They are the most important part of any burr grinder.
These particular burrs are very well made. That means they will grind all sizes of grain, and they have been engineered to last.
These are professional grade milling burrs, that deliver great results.
Krups GVX242 Expert Pro Combi Main Review
This is an electric burr grinder which will plug into a normal UK socket. It measures 20 x 16 x 27 cm and weighs just under 2 Kg (Around 4 lbs) It is made from stainless steel, which sits inside a black frame holder.
This professional burr grinder has the capacity to grind 200 grams of coffee beans. What makes this model stand out from many others though, is its capability to actually grind beans fine enough, that are suitable for espresso.
Now although many manufacturers claim that their grinders will do this, most of the disappoint. This one doesn't and it can do really fine grinds. That is a very important consideration for some people. It is certainly vital for espresso lovers.
Settings and Basics
On the front of the grinder is the number of cups setting. This ranges from 1-12 so take your pick from that. As you look at the grinder, the knob to the is the grain setting button. You simply turn the knob to get your preferred coarse of finer grind.
What Buyers Liked
- Liked the way it could do different grinds, as some people wanted to use it for espresso and others for filtered coffee.
- Some buyers say they have been using this one for years, so it is clearly durable
- The hopper has a clear plastic top which makes things easy to see.
- It grinds quickly so not much waiting around
Didn't Like so Much
- It is on the expensive side
- A few buyers said the on/off button was problematic
- No power LED indication
- A little noisy but then again all grinders are
My Summary of the Krups GVX242 Expert
I don't question the quality of this model at all. The reviews show that this is a good grinder that does exactly what it is supposed to do. I think the big question for most people will be, do I really want to spend £75 to own this particular Krups model?
In my opinion, anyone who wants really find grains for an espresso machine, will probably be prepared to do that. The grinder looks well and is clearly built to last, with a set of highly engineered burrs.
The 100 watt motor is certainly powerful enough to drive the burrs. No buyer complained about that being a problem. The brand is also very good, so I would not hesitate to recommend it. One reviewer summed this up nicely when he said, "it is great to put a spoonful of beans in the top, and 30 seconds later, have the exact grind that I want."
If this is not the one for you, then you should check out our top 10 list of the best burr grinders in the UK.
For this one though, I guess you could say, it does exactly what it is supposed to do.