Buy it if you can‘t spend more for something better
Positive Product Points
Consistent grind, small, compact design
Negative Product Points
No timer, messy due to poor sealing between unit and grind cup, noisy, grind cup breaks easily.
It‘s a love/hate relationship with this grinder. It does it‘s job very well, but leaves a mess and makes a fair amount of noise in the process. If you want quick and quiet, choose another grinder.
The grind cup is designed poorly. There is a thin strip of plastic that fatigues every time you open the cup. Mine broke after 8 months.
The only other types of grinders I have owned are blade grinders and a Salton burr grinder. The blade grinders are in another class and don‘t compare to the uniformity of grind from either of the burr grinders I have owned. The Salton burr grinder was a complete piece of junk at $60. It had electronic controls inside that were sensitive to line voltage noise. When I turned on any other motorized appliance in the kitchen, the Salton would turn on by itself! It vibrated so much that the timer knob would set itself to the maximum setting while the grinder was running, rendering it worthless. So...the Saeco is light years better for another $20.
I had a chance to use the Starbucks Barista grinder and it is much quieter and less messy. However, it is also much larger and more expensive than the Saeco.