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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Byron Ala's Review
Posted: November 13, 2007, 8:20am
review rating: 7.3
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Bill Miano 9.17
Robert Uy. 8.94
Gino Magnotta 8.67
Donny Raus 8.63
Randall Nortman 8.57

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 7.4
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 7
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $250.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Home Outfitters Aesthetics 9
Owned for: 3 months Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Braun KMM-30
Bottom Line: If you like to mod products and can get this for cheap, it may be for you, otherwise, buy something better.
Positive Product Points

Small compared to many grinders, but solid enough, looks well made, no static generated, minimal mess. Price has gone down.

Negative Product Points

Steps are too large. Would be better if the steps were much finer for espresso. Cheap dull factory burrs. Hard to adjust to a proper zero for really fine grind.

Detailed Commentary

KitchenAid Proline is becoming a sour word in my mouth. First, let me explain. I was a huge fan of KitchenAid products after buying a used KA dishwasher that was over 25 years old and still no damage to the rack liner, no rust, and fully functional. I got years of use out of it before I sold it. Then, three years later, I bought it back from the buyer. 2 years later, I finally sold it for good at a garage sale only to have the buyer never return to pick it up. He even paid in full for it!  I ended up donating it to the Salvation Army.

That is the background. Since then, I have purchased their kitchen utensils, and stand blender, and a hand blender that I love. Then the espresso machine. I had been flirting with it for over a year, when I saw the price drop by $300. I jumped at it. Little did I know what was ahead. For more details on that, visit my KA Proline Espresso review.

Over all, I have no major complaints about the grinder. It is quiet, looks good, isnít too messy, and doesnít generate static. I do love that! However, I wish I had done my research on grinders before I bought it. I wouldnít have in that case. However, I was having problems with the espresso machine, so I figured I would buy a matched grinder. It didnít help at all. It is a huge improvement over the Braun KMM-30 standalone grinder I was using until I got my Saeco Via Veneto with a built in grinder. And it is better than the Saeco built in. But, once you have tasted the elusive ĎGodí shot, there is no going back. I needed better.

The first problem I noticed was difficulty in getting a really fine grind. My second issue, is the huge change in grind from one step to another. The final problem I found when I was cleaning it. It is very easy to adjust and clean, however the burrs are garbage. They really arenít sharp at all! This is astounding to me. How can you design something that has so much potential only to cheap out on the most important component!

Anyway, the burrs will be replaced with used Mazzer Mini burrs that Erik gave me. Even used, they are much sharper than the factory burrs provided by KitchenAid. I will solve the stepping issue by modifying it so that it is stepless. Hopefully, between those two mods, I will resolve the first problem. In the meantime, I will now use my Compak K5. Most likely, I wonít keep the KA grinder, but you never know. It might be good to have a backup. Depends on the results of the mods.

Buying Experience

No complaints, just regret not returning the grinder when I returned the espresso machine.

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