GREAT machine, for making dust out of good beans!! Also if you like "drip sludge" coffee!
Positive Product Points
Nice enough looking for a coffee grinder. Fairly stout- for an all plastic appliance. Fairly easy to clean, if right tools are used to clean it.
Negative Product Points
Baby powder grounds...........................baby powder grounds........................baby powder grounds and with every grind, you get lots of BABY POWDER GROUNDS! Too much static electricity, even for a plastic bodied machine. Takes some practice to match the bean quantity to how long you set the timed "on" switch"
As stated above in pricing, this machine was a gift so I cannot truly say anything about "cost per value" on this grinder. However, since it was a "GIFT", I of course, felt it only right to try it out for a while. Well, if "NOISE" isn't a problem for you, then this grinder's fine in that respect. I would NOT recommend it, though, for anyone that does early AM grinding!! (unless you live alone, or everyone rises at the same time!?!). I much prefer a simple "on/off" switch on a grinder I own, as compared to the one on this machine, which is a sort of "amount of beans to grind/ set switch knob to that amount"- type turn knob. Along with this turn knob switch, once you've set it to run a certain amount of time/certain amount of beans in hopper".........and IF you misjudged it, then this grinder goes into a high pitched "squeal".......running its burrs no longer under load, until the timer runs its course! There's no other way to shut it off once started. Well, that's not entirely true actually....you CAN, manually turn the knob switch counter clockwise to end its cycle and shut it off, but it's VERY hard on this type of switch to do so and in short order, you're going to wear out the gearing on the switch and have a useless grinder on your hands! The worst part of this grinder and the reason for me to: "Simply try it for a while, because it was a gift" (then immediately return to the best burr grinder, EVER, my 8 year old, ever faithful, can't be matched...."Jericho"), was the vast amount of wasted, expensive, self roasted beans, that are turned into "instant baby powder" by this particular grinder! In fact, the "baby powder" created by this grinder, prompted me to start cleaning it after every use with a small shop vac............ the easiest and fastest way, I soon found, to get all the super fine "coffee beans turned to dust" out of the chute and burrs! Perhaps for drip coffee makers, and/or, if you're not too particular about your French press, then this grinder would be suitable.
Being a gift, there was no experience in buying this unit.
Three Month Followup
At the "3 month mark" all I can justify to say about this model grinder is....................................... since it was a "gift", I made pure profit, on it, selling it in my garage sale! Sorry, but even after fiddling with it, TRYING my best, to salvage it as a "backup burr grinder" it wasn't worth the effort and there wasn't much that could be done to improve it. I guess, I'm just "too fussy" about the beans I take the time to roast, only to have a good fourth of a load, turned into "baby powder" every time I ground up a pot's worth!