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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Jack Otter's Review
Posted: March 9, 2008, 12:44pm
review rating: 7.0
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Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine Grinder has 74 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid ProLine Grinder has been rated 8.01 overall by our member reviewers
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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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: 9.0
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 9
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 8
Price Paid: $139.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: KitchenAid Online Outlet Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 1 month Overall 9
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Cuisinart Burr Grinder, Krups Burr Grinder, several whirly blades
Bottom Line: Versitile, consistant, and built to last- this little beauty is a beast of a grinder.
Positive Product Points

Broad range of settings
Very uniform grind
Glass container- no static cling
Simple to use
Built like a tank
Looks wonderful next to the KA stand mixer

Negative Product Points

Beans often get stuck in the hopper
Must adjust w/ allen wrench to get the finest possible grind- instructions are in the manual
Each click of the dial makes a fairly significant change in grind size- tough to "fine tune"

Detailed Commentary

After owning two used cheap burr mills and a slew of blade machines, I'm blown away by this grinder. It is built like a tank, looks like a sculpture, runs quiet, and has very simple and sturdy controls- a 16-stop adjustment knob and an on-off switch. The top and bottom bins are glass, so you can forget about static. And the mouths of both bins are very wide, making loading up and scooping out simple operations.

Stock from the factory, this machine can easily choke my espresso machine when set at 8 and makes wonderful French Press when set at 1. The settings in between cover all my needs for drip, homemade pods, and Aeropress.  At all settings, the grinds are very uniform and dust free. Though it would be nice if the knob had more settings in between the current ones, this has not posed any problems for me thus far.

I do have one gripe. Beans can get stuck in the top chamber and in the area just above the grinding mechanism- and I do mean stuck. I keep an old kitchen thermometer near by to knock any refugees down to their doom. This is a minor annoyance which only adds a few seconds to a grinding session.

Buying Experience

I got mine as a refurb directly from the company's on-line outlet store. The transaction went without a hitch and they shipped lightning quick.

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