Outstanding Best Manual Coffee Grinders (Hand-Powered) 2021: There is one thing deliciously sacred regarding grinding low beans by hand. Indeed for some, it seems as if it has become something of a ritual, drawing them even closer to their very favorite beverage. The best manual coffee grinders can provide the same high-precision burr grinding of their electric counterparts, without all the noise and fuss of an electric powered motor. This makes them ideal for camping trips and extended road excursions when a well-made cup of coffee might be otherwise to track down.
Our team has marched through the data, examining dozens of the highest-reviewed and best-selling hand coffee grinders along the way. The results are in, and we’re about to treat you to a quick rundown of the top ten grinders of the year. Stick around after the review, where we will be hosting a digital discussion on what makes a great grinder and how you can learn to shop for one yourself.
We are talking about the burrs here as they go through the most stress. You have two options, steel or ceramic, both with their good and bad points.
Grinders can come in all kinds of materials, but consider stainless steel or ceramic as the best possible option as it is durable, easy to clean, and looks great on the countertop next to your coffee machine. Here are the Top Picks Reviewed with Pros & Cons to make it easy for your next purchase
Top 7 Best Manual Coffee Grinders 2021 with Pros & Cons
JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder with Adjustable Setting
The JavaPresse produces very similar results as our first two grinders – at a fraction of the cost. The manufacturer doesn’t boast that this grinder is indestructible, but maybe they should. On the other hand, they do boast that this grinder is so quiet that you can use it while standing next to a sleeping loved one. Aesthetically, it looks very similar to the Porlex. Another point worth noting is the customer service of JavaPresse, as it deserves a thumbs-up. They go above and beyond to ensure customer satisfaction, and dissatisfied customers are not left unheard. They even wanted my personal opinions of the machine to see whether there’s any room for improvement.
Very easy to use
Relatively easy to clean
Compact and portable
Materials of less quality and durability long term
Grind settings tricky to workout without the manual
Ticking all the boxes, the Hario Skerton pro is a lightweight grinder that has a slip-free rubber base, large storage capacity, ceramic burr for extra grind precision, and ergonomic design.
Super easy to disassemble and reassemble with a hopper that can attach to a mason jar or other storage containers. It’s another great manual coffee mill for those on the go who also like grinding in advance. You won’t be prepared for the build quality because it feels solid and robust enough to sustain many years of daily abuse. It took me back to the days where our grandparents used to own quality items bought out of pocket money.
Handground Precision Coffee Grinder is the best hand grinder on the market. Everything from its price to functionality and durability has a solid balance – ensuring the best bang for your buck. It may be a beauty to look at, but what caught my attention was what lies within – grind consistency.
The beans come out so evenly ground that it ultimately ends up making my coffee taste incredibly good. I honestly can’t remember the last time I made such a full-bodied cup at home.
Beautifully designed – superb quality
Large hopper – no annoying refilling mid grind
Easy to grind – grinds through beans like a hot knife through butter
Slightly larger than some grinders; therefore, it’s less portable
A little more expensive than some of the other options on this list
This is very similar to the model listed above but in a smaller body. It is stainless steel to avoid any static electricity and gives you unpredictable results. Aesthetically, it’s pleasing. If you are the type to call things “cute” often, you will probably have a positive reaction upon seeing this grinder. However, finer grounds require more manual labor, and if you ain’t young like me, you won’t be able to make it past one cup of coffee at a time. But I loved how easy it was to crank, which wasn’t the case in cheaper units.
Are you looking for a grinder for daily use? Norpro is not the one for you. This is because Norpro is made to sustain mild use, but when used occasionally, it’ll make your coffee taste as good as it can ever be. As for the old-timey part of it, here’s how that goes: you put your beans in the top, you crank it, and they fall into a little drawer. It’s cute.
Okay, it’s charming. How well do the grinds come out? Less than cute. Like most low-cost hand grinders, this one has a learning curve when it comes to the grind coarseness. The settings are not marked, nor are they illustrated. You’ll have to figure them out on your own, and for me, it took only two tries.
I always feel extra good when I do something in style. That was the main reason I gave Foruchoice the time of day, and I couldn’t be happier. It might look like it was pulled right out of a 20’s cabinet but competes for head to head with today’s hand grinders. It will grind regarding nearly something, with multiple grind settings from French Press to Turkish and espresso coffees.
Moreover, I enjoyed a great deal of emptying the grind collection chamber. It’s the cutest of all, as it’s designed to look like a tiny little cabinet drawer. But on the downside, it’s minimal and could barely hold one-cup of grounds.
Porlex is a Japanese brand known to produce nearly as good quality as the ones being passed to you by your grandparents. However, it is the brother version of the Porlex Mini. They both are the same, except that the former features slightly larger bean and ground holding chambers. As for aesthetics, this thing looks like a tall soda can or a futuristic pepper grinder.
That is assuming that the future is made of metal and there aren’t any windows anywhere. Porlex should be given credit; it looks indestructible. If you’re wondering about grind consistency, let me tell you that it’s the best in this category. Let it be fine or coarse; you should not worry the least. And all in all, I could hardly come up with any gripe related to the machine.
If it isn’t clear, hand grinders aren’t our favorite. They are great for camping or meditating over a cup of coffee, but they don’t have the consistency, speed, or durability that electric grinders do. Some of these could be bought purely for aesthetics. We’re not saying that you can’t produce a good cup of coffee with these hand grinders.
What we are saying is that you can produce a better cup more consistently with other products. Never one to tell you how to enjoy coffee, it should be pointed out that we understand the motivation to feel every aspect of making your coffee cup. While we don’t find any of these to be perfect, some are much better than others, and we hope that these reviews help guide you through the vast market of hand grinders.