The Smallest Coffee Grinders (that are still great)

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A grinder is a key element if you want to make a good cup of coffee. A good coffee grinder will have quality burrs, grind adjustments and a decent-sized hopper.

However, most grinders are too big, too noisy, and take up too much space for making coffee at home.

A small grinder can be perfectly adequate for making great coffee at home, especially if you generally only brew for one or two people at a time.

To help you in your search for the perfect small coffee grinder, we have rounded up our top picks (both manual and electric) and listed each of them below.

We then discuss what to look for when choosing a coffee grinder to ensure you select the best one for your home coffee set-up.

Best Small Electric Grinder: Eureka Mignon Manual Classico

The Eureka Mignon manual coffee grinder uses flat burrs and has a 250g hopper. It has a micrometric grind adjustment which allows you to make small changes to your grinding.

This electric grinder has a hands-free mechanism that makes it easy to use, needing just a press of the handle against the start button.

The “Manual” in the name refers o the fact that there is no timed dosing. Dosing is conducted manually by the user using the handle on the front.

The compact design of the Eureka Mignon allows it to fit in many places that regular electric grinders can’t.

Eureka is a well-respected name in the world of coffee grinders and this is one of their most popular products – if the budget allows, it’s a great option.

Best Small Hand Grinder: Porlex Mini II

The Porlex Mini II is a portable coffee grinder with ceramic burrs which allows you to grind finely enough for espresso or coarse enough for french press. However, it delivers its most consistent grind for pour-over coffee.

It is made out of stainless steel and BPA free plastic. This manual grinder has 16 grind settings and it is both light and durable.

One small disadvantage is that the hopper capacity is only 20 grams. If you are someone that brews a lot of coffee at once, this might not be the best hand grinder for you.

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Hario Smart G Electric Hand Grinder Bundle

The Hario Smart G Electric coffee grinder uses a handheld motor that you can charge with a USB port. The electric attachment connects to the coffee grinder and can grind up to 25 doses when the battery is full.

The grinder is made out of BPA free plastic and the hopper holds up to 24 grams of coffee.

This grinder is compact, travel-ready and delivers the best consistency with medium grind settings for filter coffee.

A clear advantage is the included motor which removes all the hassle and effort of manual grinding.

Breville Smart Grinder Pro

The Breville Smart Grinder Pro has a hopper capacity 450 grams, making it one of the largest on this list.

Based on our analysis and testing, we consider this grinder to be the best home coffee grinder for most people. For more info, check out our Breville Smart Grinder Pro Review.

It is made from stainless steel and the conical burrs use a dosing IQ technology that adjusts the dose whenever you change the grind.

You can choose between grind sizes that go from “cup” for french press, cold brew and filter or “shot” for espresso.

The Breville Smart also comes with two grinding cradles for either a 50-54mm or a 58mm espresso basket.

1Zpresso Q2 Hand Grinder

The 1Zpresso Q2 is a small burr grinder that can fit in the plunger of an Aeropress. The stainless steel and aluminium material makes it extremely durable and portable.

With over 60 clicks/grind sizes to choose from, you are bound to find the one that fits your needs.

Due to its compact size, this grinder can only fit between 15 to 20 grams in its hopper, making it the smallest capacity coffee grinder on this list.

An advantage is that it works great for all types of grind and performs extremely well as a travel coffee grinder.

Eureka Mignon Specialita

The Mignon Specialita from Eureka has an increased burr size compared to the classic product.

This grinder comes with an auto-start button to grind manually or users can also select one of the two pre-set doses available. This is a key advantage of this grinder over the Eureka Mignon Manual Classico featured earlier on our list.

This electric coffee grinder has anti clump and electrostatic technology as well as a millimetric grind adjustment.

The hopper cand hold 300 grams of coffee, slightly more than the classic version, and it also has a programmable touch screen.

Lido 3 Hand Grinder

The Lido 3 burr grinder comes with a carrying case, a brush and an anti-static glass jar. It is made out of stainless and alloy steel and can hold up to 70 grams of coffee in its hopper, which is impressive considering its compact size.

The Lido 3 comes with a wide range of options when it comes to selecting a grind size for making coffee at home.

Some users do report issues with the rubber lid that covers the beans when grinding falling off, which can make a mess if not careful.

Comandante C40 MK3

Comandante has long been famous in the specialty coffee world for its very impressive high-end manual burr grinders.

The C40 MK3 grinder has a nitro blade that delivers consistent freshly ground coffee in minutes and it is made from metal and wood, making it extremely durable and hard to break.

The Comandante can grind coffee fine enough for Turkish coffee and espresso and well as extremely coarse for cold brew.

The hopper has a capacity of 40 grams of coffee, while the grind setting dial on the bottom allows for an easy adjustment depending on your brew.

This is one of the most expensive options on our list. It’s also one of the less portable hand grinders, so is better suited to grinding at home.

What to look for when choosing a coffee grinder

Type of Coffee

In order to choose a suitable coffee grinder, you’ll first need to answer this question: what kind of coffee do you want to brew?

Some grinders perform well when it comes to espresso but others deliver better consistency on coarser grinds such as those used for pour-overs or a french press.

There are others, like the Comandante or most electric ones, that work well with all types of grind sizes.

Hopper Size

The ratio of coffee beans that you normally use to make your coffee, as well as the frequency and number of people you make coffee for, will all have an impact on the hopper size that will work best for you.

Manual and electric grinders generally have very different hoppers sizes. You can go as small as 20 grams and as large as 450 grams.

Manual vs Electric

Manual grinders have a smaller hopper, are more compact and often designed for travelling or camping.

Electric grinders, on the other hand, take up more space, can hold larger quantities of coffee and save you the time of manually grinding the beans.

An electric grinder is more expensive but can definitely be a good investment if you consume a lot of coffee and like to experiment with grind sizes.

A manual one has the advantage of being easy to use, easy to clean, takes up very little space and can be used without electricity.

Budget

As mentioned earlier, an electric grinder will generally be more expensive than a manual grinder (although there are many exceptions to this rule).

If you are tight on budget or want a user-friendly option that will allow you to invest in a better grinder later on (if you choose to do so), go with an entry-level manual grinder.

Usually, the cost of a grinder tends to relate directly to its quality. Take into account that there are four factors that are involved in the price: performance, quality/materials, design/aesthetics, and brand name.

If you are still unsure on whether to start with a cheap or an expensive grinder, we suggest choosing something that is priced in the middle.

Small Coffee Grinder FAQ

Are cheap coffee grinders worth it?

Thinking long term, cheap coffee grinders are not worth it. Cheap grinders are usually made out of plastic and contain poor quality burrs or blades. A cheap manual grinder will have fewer grind settings and will probably chop the coffee beans instead of delivering a uniform grind. All these factors make a huge difference when it comes to making high-quality coffee. Making the investment in a better grinder is always worth it.

What is the difference between burr and blade coffee grinders?

Burr grinders use two surfaces to grind the coffee almost like they are squeezing and rubbing the beans. There are conical burr grinders and flat burr grinders but most baristas prefer conical grinders. Both are efficient, heat resistant and produce consistent quality. A blade grinder, on the other hand, has a single blade in the middle that resembles the one in a blender. A blade grinder is more affordable and easier to use but the grind quality is generally not as good as a burr grinder.

Are blade coffee grinders really that bad?

Blade grinders are not always as bad as people make out, but if you can afford a burr grinder this is almost always going to be a better option. Blade grinders can be a good, easy and affordable option if you are starting out. They chop the coffee beans while mixing them and they offer more power than a burr coffee grinder when you need to grind fast. The disadvantage is that coffee grounds can be uneven in size, a key factor for producing great coffee. Also, blade grinders tend to heat during the process, affecting the flavour of the coffee. Blade grinders get the job done but we recommend using burr grinders to have consistency in your ground coffee.

What can you use instead of a coffee grinder?

There are a couple of things that you can use if you do not have a grinder such as a mortar and pestle, a spice grinder, a blender (for larger quantities), a hammer if you are feeling adventurous (covering the beans with a cloth) or even a knife. Of all of the above, we suggest using a spice grinder or a blender. The rest of the options will not deliver a consistent grind which will result in a poor cup of coffee. We also suggest going to your local coffee shop and asking them to grind your coffee at the time of purchase.

Why are manual coffee grinders so expensive?

Manual coffee grinders can be expensive because a lot of work goes into their design and construction. You are paying for the design, burrs, click adjustments and packaging. A manual coffee grinder is built with a lot of science and engineering behind it in order to deliver the correct grind consistency down to the microns (the coffee grind measurement). A good grinder will deliver excellent cups of coffee every time while lasting for years.