This is a great grinder for anyone who's waited, like me, to get into the grinder market. The grinds are consistent even after 8 months. It's relatively inexpensive for what you get.
Positive Product Points
I like the fact that the grinds are consistent. Even after using it for more than 6 months, the fineness of the grinds are the same. (I use it mainly to get grinds fit for an espresso - very fine) Secondly, the different settings (there are 40) gives a good range. It takes a bit of trial and error to find the right grind setting for your coffee taste together with your preferred brewing method; but when you do, it's great.
There is a user article I came across that helped as a starting point for finding out the right grind setting for espresso vs drip vs French press in squidoo (Check out: www.squidoo.com/baratza-encore-grinder-review-let-s-spill-the-beans). It basically outlines how to get the best out of this grinder.
Negative Product Points
It is not as quiet as the promotional material I had come across said it was; but all grinders are somewhat noisy, I think.
I was willing to spend up to $100 for a good grinder. I went a little higher after reading reviews on this grinder. But I'm glad I did. I hate to have had to change again in a year's time, etc.
I love to have a latte in the mornings, and this gives me a good grind for an espresso.
I have a basic espresso maker that I got as a Christmas gift from 2 years ago. I thought it wasn't great. But many reviewers had mentioned that it is the grinder that we should first be checking out first. So after reading reviews here and elsewhere, I changed my grinder instead. (My previous was a blade grinder). It does indeed make a big difference.
Go with a company that provides reliable service, and offers a return service, in the event there are issues. There are many places that do this, but I went with recommendations from: http://www.squidoo.com/baratza-encore-grinder-review-let-s-spill-the-beans