Chef'n Pepper Ball Pepper Mill Review

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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.

If you're looking for a pepper mill that's truly unique, you can hardly do better than the Chef'n Pepper Ball (starting at $14, Amazon). It has cute bunny ears that you squeeze to grind the pepper, and its one-handed action is regarded as a big plus. But according to Chef'n Pepper Ball reviews, that's about all the positive things you can say about it. Although a few people swear by this low-cost pepper grinder, most reviews on Amazon complain about its cheap construction, with the ears breaking off, the grind being inconsistent, the mechanism getting jammed, and the inability of the peppercorns to hit the grinder at just the right angle. One unhappy user who posted a review on Epinions says it's a very good item for people who don't like pepper very much because it takes so long to produce an adequate amount of ground pepper.

On the face of it, the Chef'n Pepper Ball seems like a good idea. Its round shape allows it to hold a good bit of pepper without being extremely tall. Refill is easy thanks to a small door on the side, and a dial on the bottom adjusts for different grind settings. It comes with a little stand that keeps pepper from falling on the counter or table when not in use. And then there's the ease of use factor of being able to squeeze those little ears with one hand.

All of these features would be compelling if the thing worked. On the whole, the Chef'n Pepper Ball is not a kitchen tool for those who take their cooking seriously. It seems more like a toy that has a function; as a kitchen tool it just doesn't to dispense pepper with efficiency, consistency, or minimum effort.

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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