Vic Firth Pump & Grind Review

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Vic Firth, a maker of quality drumsticks and mallets, offers a line of gourmet products that includes this slim pump-style pepper mill, which dispenses the ground spice with one-handed action. The grind is not adjustable and users note the mill doesn't hold much pepper.

Consumers are initially attracted to the Vic Firth Pump & Grind (starting at $13, Amazon) because of its sleek design, which one Vic Firth Pump & Grind review on Crate & Barrel describes as looking like a blend of flashlight with rocket ship. But reviews go beyond praise for the looks of the thing by noting that the design solves the problem of trying to stir with one hand and grind pepper with the other; this is a one-handed job that simply calls for a good push of the thumb, according to a review at the FoodNetwork Store.The stainless steel construction and lifetime warranty scream attractive aesthetics and durability. One user posting a Vic Firth Pump & Grind review on the Target site reports that she's had Vic Firth Pump & Grind for a year and it still works as well as it did the day she bought it.

Although the Vic Firth Pump & Grind is not adjustable, the grind that comes out is consistent and relatively fine. This model has a small acrylic window at the bottom so it's possible to see how much pepper is left. The refill process is easy, but the opening is quite small, so this is best done with a funnel.

The cool styling and the one-handed operation are real plusses, but a few features of the Vic Firth Pump & Grind keep it from being stellar performer in the kitchen. For one thing, it's pretty small, so the amount of pepper dispensed with each thumb push is kind of meager; real pepper hounds will be doing a lot of pumping and refilling. The design isn't especially practical as a kitchen tool because it can topple over easily. It's best use would be on the dining room table, at the grill, or for traveling; in fact, you can buy a holster to hold it when you're on the move.

Elizabeth Sheer

Elizabeth Sheer is a Brooklyn-based writer and researcher. In addition to researching and writing about household appliances and other consumer items, Elizabeth draws on her history of preparing cooking-related articles to conduct taste tests on all things delicious.

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