The perfect way to jump start your day is with a cup of fresh coffee. Buying yourself coffee beans as opposed to pre-ground coffee and grinding in your own house is the perfect way to ensure fresh flavor. This means having a grinder is essential. If you haven’t yet decided which type of coffee grinder to choose, check out this Comparison between Blade Grinders and Burr Grinders.
In this post I will talking about choosing a blade grinder, using the following three grinders as examples.
- Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinders
- Proctor Silex E160B Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder
- Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder with Chamber Maid Cleaning System
What to look for when buying a blade grinder
How easy is it to clean ?
There are several types of blade grinders. Some grinders, such as the third option above, have a cleaning system and some don’t. Here are some tips for how to clean those grinders that don’t have cleaning systems.
- The first tip is to use a piece of bread. Check out this video to find out how.
- . The second method is to use a brush, as demonstrated in the following picture.
When you clean your grinder, be careful not to use salt or liquids. Salt can produce dust as well as a salty aftertaste – not a desirable quality in coffee! Water is not recommended as most grinders are not designed to withstand water.
Does it have grind settings?
For example, the Mr. coffee grinder has 3 grind settings, whereas the other two grinders don’t have any settings; the Proctor Silex has a Safety on/off button instead. Make your choice depending on your budget and whether or not this feature is important to you.
How much power do you want?
The higher the power in your grinder, the faster it will grind. Blade grinders are not that powerful, so as much power as possible is good for this type of grinder. For example, the Krups grinder has a 200-watt motor, which is good for a blade grinder. Make your choice depending on your need and budget.
The last factor to consider is the warranty
Both the Mr. Coffee and Krups grinders provide a one year warranty, whereas the Proctor Silex does not.