The very first coffee grinder I ever owned was a super cheap electric blade grinder that cost me somewhere around $15 or so. I bought the thing about 13 years ago when I moved into my first apartment I knew nothing about grinders at the time but I was buying whole bean coffee every now and then and this was all I could afford.
Since then I’ve grown up a lot. I know a lot more about coffee and I know a lot more about grinders. And even though that first grinder still works I’ll never be using it on coffee beans again – it shreds them and does very little good to fresh whole coffee beans.
Since I started drinking good coffee at home this year I’ve come to realize just how expensive coffee grinders can get. I don’t have that kind of money and even though I love coffee I’m still not a nut enough to buy one of those machines. Maybe I’ll do so if I get my hands on a proper dual boiler espresso machine but I don’t see that happening any time soon.
In the mean time I’ve found that there are plenty of really good grinders that are still affordable. Most of the “good enough” grinders priced less that $50 tend to be manual but there are some decent electric grinders in this price range too.
Below you’ll see my picks for best sub $50 coffee grinders. Other people’s opinions may differ but these are the one’s I’d tell my mother about.
You may also want to see the following post if you are unsure whether to get a manual or electric grinder.