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Best Pepper Grinder
Pepper Grinders Performance (continued)
Best Pepper Grinder Ease of Use.Using a best pepper grinder should be a no-hassle process -- just grind the pepper and move on.
The pump and electric pepper mills skip the whole twisting/turning thing. All three of the models we looked at in this niche are easy to use -- so long as they work. Most consumers admire the Vic Firth Pump & Grind's one-handed thumb-pump action, but some pepper mills reviews on Cooking.com. grouse that the pump part tends to stick. A few users report that you have to work pretty hard to get a good quantity of ground pepper, but one posting on Amazon considers this a plus, because the process serves as her arm workout for the day.
The Chef'n Pepper Ball is easy enough for a child to use, and fun as well, according to a review of the best pepper grinders posted on Epinions. The rabbit ear-like handles may look cute, but at least one user complains that they aren't ergonomic; the handles aren't designed to fit your hands comfortably, he writes on Epinions, and they're too long for the best leverage.
No worries about leverage with the Trudeau Graviti, which takes all the effort out of your hands through the pull of gravity and the power of batteries. Cooks extol this feature in pepper mill reviews, but some grouse about the awkward refilling process. Few balk at having to remove the battery pack, but once you fill the reservoir and re-insert the battery -- all while holding the unit upside down -- the force of gravity can activate the motor before you've screwed the bottom in place, and pepper grinds fall to the surface below.
Best Pepper Grinder Durability.There are some people who go through life expecting to buy a new pepper mill every year or so, but many of us want to keep them around for a while. This is entirely possible with cheap pepper mills, even if they don't come with lifetime warranties. The stainless steel construction of the Vic Firth Pump & Grind makes it nearly indestructible (when used normally, of course), and many consumers laud the build quality and ruggedness of this tube-like pump pepper grinder. The other two best pepper grinders at the top of our list -- the OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder and the William Bounds Key Mill -- are made with comparatively more acrylic, which makes them easy to clean but could decrease their useful life if placed too close to the heat of a stove. Still, pepper mill reviews attest to their sturdy solidity.
On the other hand, we have concerns about the durability of two models we researched. Use the Chef'n Pepper Ball with any regularity and its squeezeable "ears" are likely to break, complain pepper mill reviews on sites like Amazon: each of three units within a year, says one user; after fewer than a dozen uses, says another; within two months, adds a third; and so on. Still, we read pepper mill reviews indicating some people like the design and functionality of the Chef'n Pepper well enough to keep buying replacements. As for the Trudeau Graviti, some consumers expect the plastic gears in the motor to give out quickly, according to pepper mill reviews on Kitchen Dining Ideas, and others report the pepper seeds jam up the grinding mechanism. But the biggest gripe we found in Trudeau Graviti reviews on sites like ChefsCatalogue concerns the batteries -- six AAA batteries that the manufacturer claims should last a good year but consumers assert are eaten up at a much faster rate.
Good Cheap Pepper Mills
Don't Bother Cheap Pepper Mills
Chef'n Pepper Ball Pepper Mill
With its rabbit ear pump handles that require one hand to operate and a round acrylic body, the Chef'N Pepper Ball's unique look appeals to consumers. But many gripe about durability and say the grind, while adjustable, is completely uneven. A mini version, sold as a set with a salt grinder, starts at $10. Read more »
Trudeau Graviti Pepper Mill
The intriguing and user-friendly design might make this cheap pepper mill a compelling buy -- just turn it upside down and gravity activates the battery-powered grinding motor -- but consumers complain that the ceramic grinding mechanism jams and breaks, and the six AAA batteries add continuing cost to the upfront investment. Read more »
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Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Grinder Review
Chef'n Pepper Ball Pepper Mill Review
Trudeau Graviti Pepper Mill Review
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Vic Firth Stainless Steel Pump & Grind Pepper Mill Review
OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder Review
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