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KitchenAid ProLine Grinder - Patti Ratts's Review
Posted: March 5, 2004, 3:22pm
review rating: 5.9
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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: 7.0
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 6
Average Price: $200.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $200.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: Williams-Sonoma Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 6
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Rocky Doserless
Bottom Line: Lovely machine, good value.
Positive Product Points

Glass parts to hold the coffee.  
Solid construction.
Quieter than my previous machine.

Negative Product Points

Glass to break.
Ledge in the hopper.
(2nd week update) - it jammed up!

Detailed Commentary

I've been wanting a good grinder for quite a while now.  I'd been using a Mr. Coffee burr grinder (wincing as I admit it) and was beginning to think it might just give up any time.  The grinds stuck to the container; the last beans to be ground would jump around in the hopper and never get ground; and it is really noisy.  So I went ahead and bought this one - retail!!!  

I use both espresso and drip coffee, so I needed a doserless machine.  I like to grind a couple day's ahead, and the container for the ground coffee is a good size for that.  

I've read the reviews - after I already got my machine - and agree that the ledge at the bottom of the hopper hangs up some beans.  I just stir them in when it gets to that point in the process.  It's still new to me, so we'll have to see if that becomes a problem.  On my old machine, I had to occasionally stir the beans just to keep it going.  

I may go ahead and order some replacements for the glass pieces.  If one breaks, I won't want to wait for the replacements to get here before I can use it again.

(2nd week update):  I had run some medium grind thru it for my drip coffee, and then wanted do a finer grind for espresso and the thing jammed up.  I called KA and they said it had to be cleaned of the beans in the burrs.  I tried to follow the instructions to take it apart, and it just didn't work until I took some pliers to it.  I got it apart and cleaned, and examined it closely.  The berring around the shaft was gulled (had a burr) and was wearing on the shaft that drives the grinding burrs.  I don't know if that's why it had trouble or not, but I'm going to send it back to Wms-Sonoma.

Buying Experience

Wms-Sonoma was great.  I ordered over the net and it arrived a day before predicted!

Three Month Followup

I returned this machine soon after I bought it, so I have no 3-mo.  comments to add.

One Year Followup

I returned this machine soon after I bought it, so I have no 1-year comments to add.

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