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Peppper Grinders Features
Pepper Grinders Design.Pepper mills may be simple tools but there are still four types to choose among.
Next come cheap pepper grinders boasting a kind of upside-down design; the OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder 1140700 (starting at $15, Amazon) is a prime example. These upside down pepper mills stand upright with the grinding mechanism at the top, and you flip it around to grind and discharge the pepper. The big advantage of this arrangement is the absence of any pepper residue on tables and counters, the presence of which often sparks complaints associated with traditional pepper grinders.
Cheap pump pepper mills make up the third category. With a pump pepper mill, you use one or two levers or a push-button to grind out the pepper. Some models can bill themselves as a one hand pepper mill, like the Vic Firth Pump & Grind Stainless Steel Pepper Mill STS06PM01 (starting at $13, Amazon), another one of our top picks. The Chef'n Pepper Ball Pepper Mill (starting at $14, Amazon) has two levers that you squeeze together to grind and release the pepper.
Finally, we come to cheap electric pepper mills, like the Trudeau Graviti 0716907 (starting at $17, Amazon) and the Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Grinder (starting at $16, Amazon). These units are battery-operated and demand minimal manual intervention; the Trudeau Graviti, in fact, relies on gravity to activate the grinding mechanism (just tilt downwards and off it goes).
Pepper Mill Refill.One of the most annoying aspects of traditional pepper mills is the challenge of refilling them. As with the William Bounds Key Pepper Mill, for example, you have to unscrew the top and pour the peppercorns in through a maddeningly small opening that's obstructed by the grind shaft. Unless you use a tiny funnel or make one with a towel or napkin, you'll probably end up with little pepper seeds all over your kitchen. The Vic Firth Pump & Grind is filled from the bottom, but like the William Bounds, the opening is small and partially blocked by a shaft.
Other cheap pepper mills that we researched offer more user-friendly alternatives. The OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder has a plastic stopper at the top that comes out at refill time, and there's no shaft to get in your way. The Chef'n Pepper Ball features a hatch on the side, and the specs say it comes with a funnel for easier refilling. The process is a bit more complicated with the Trudeau Graviti: remove the motor, fill to the fill line, and then reseat the motor just so or else the unit won't work, as one user reports in a pepper mills review on KitchenDiningIdeas.com.
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 »
Olde Thompson Aspen Pepper Mill Review
Artesio Soft Touch Electric Pepper Grinder Review
Chef'n Pepper Ball Pepper Mill Review
Trudeau Graviti Pepper Mill Review
William Bounds WB-1 Key Pepper Mill Review
Vic Firth Stainless Steel Pump & Grind Pepper Mill Review
OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder Review
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