Finding the best coffee grinder for french press – 6 of the best french press grinders

There are a lot and I mean a lot of grinders out on the market right now. 

Finding one that’ll give you consistent and large enough grounds can be tricky. I found out that most grinders are tailored towards grinding finer grounds. 

After days of research, I came up with this list of what I think are the best grinders to use for french press coffee. 

If you’re looking for the quick answer, the Eureka Mignon Filtro is my best overall choice. It does a great job at all sizes of grinds, but excels at coarser ones, which is what you’ll need.  

Not all grinders are designed the same, so I’ve also researched other grinders that will give you french press grinds and hopefully fulfill your needs.  

Let’s take a look at them!

Grinders For French Press Being Reviewed:

What You Are You Looking For?

When looking for a grinder, you want one that’ll give you consistent sized grounds and doesn’t produce too much heat while grinding. Consistent grounds give good extraction and low heat means the flavor of your coffee beans won’t be altered. 

Manual vs Electric Grinder 

The first thing I think you should consider before choosing a grinder is if you want a manual or electric grinder. Manual grinders are, well, manual. You’re going to turn a crank/handle for up to a few minutes sometimes to get all your coffee beans ground. These are a lot quieter than electric grinders. 

Electric grinders do a lot of the work for you. You’ll either have to hold down, press a button, or something similar and you’ll get ground coffee. These are a lot more convenient because they usually come with a storage hopper for your beans.  

Good electric grinders do tend to be more expensive compared to hand grinders, but that does not mean hand grinders can’t get expensive as well. 

It’s all up to you in which kind of grinder you want to use. Both manual and electric grinders can produce consistent sized beans and generate a low amount of heat.

Consider noise, convenience, and your budget while reading through the reviews. 

French Press Grinder Reviews 

The grinders being reviewed all feature burr grinders that are either flat or conical and are made of either steel or ceramic. Burr grinders will produce a more consistent grind than a blade grinder which is a huge reason they are standard in making good tasting coffee.

Eureka Mignon Filtro 

Grinder Type: ElectricTimer: No
Burr Type: Flat Steel Burrs Bean Hopper Capacity:
Grind Adjustment Type: Stepless Press/Turn or Hold To Grind: Hold

The Eureka Mignon Filtro has a stepless grind adjuster. Having this means that you can really dial in on what sized grinds you like, but that also means it does have a learning curve. It’ll let you make the smallest adjustments until you find one that you really like for french press, but this can be a problem for some. 

For example, if you were to use this for a much finer grind and then you wanted to go back to a french press grind, finding the exact spot where you had it could be difficult. 

This grinder is very sleek and has a simplistic design. The buttons on this grinder are well hidden on the side to add to this. You will need to hold down a button for this to continually grind. This is great if you want to eyeball how much coffee grounds you want, without having to weigh out your coffee beans. But not so great if you just want to hit a button and walk away. 

While the buttons on the side do make the machine look nice, it can make learning what each button does difficult. You’ll have to turn this machine to get a good look at them in the beginning while figuring out what each of them does. 

It does very well grinding consistently for larger grind sizes, which is what you want for your french press coffee. This grinder does exceptionally well at the other grinds, but could go a little finer if you wanted espresso. With that being said it still does a decent job at grinding at finer settings. 

The Eureka Mignon Filtro is a very great grinder that covers a variety of grind sizes. This will work great for french press and most any other sizes you want for coffee grounds. 

Sage Smart Grinder Pro 

Grinder Type: ElectricTimer: Yes
Burr Type: Conical Steel BurrsBean Hopper Capacity: 18 ounces
Grind Adjustment Type: StepsPress/Turn or Hold To Grind: Press

Here we have the Sage Smart Grinder with 70 grinding settings. This grinder has a digital screen that’ll display a few things, including: a timer for how long you want to grind for, number of cups/shots, and what grind size you want. 

The dial on the side of the grinder will let you adjust from 1-60, with 60 being the coarsest for your french press. If you still find that your coffee is not coarse enough, there are 10 more adjustments for the top burr. Just simply take out the burr and turn to adjust between 1-10 to change the burr height. 

Smart Grinder Pro comes with an airtight lid for the hopper. If you plan on storing your coffee beans, this’ll help ensure that they stay fresh in the hopper longer. 

This grinder comes with two portafilter holders as well. They snap in easily with a little magnet on the back to keep them in place. The catch tray also snaps in magnetically, letting you easily remove it to toss out any loose grounds that may have fallen onto it. 

The Sage Smart Grinder is a great grinder that can be used to grind for many types of coffee makers. This model does tend to do finer settings better than it does coarser ones, but does pretty good at french press.

Baratza Encore 

Grinder Type: ElectricTimer: No
Burr Type: Conical Steel BurrsBean Hopper Capacity: 8 ounces
Grind Adjustment Type: StepsPress/Turn or Hold To Grind: Both
  1. Grinder Type: Electric
  2. Burr Type: Steel Conical Burrs
  3. Grind Adjustment Type: Steps
  4. Timer: No
  5. Bean Hopper Capacity: 8 ounces 
  6. Press/Turn or Hold to Start Grinding: Both

The Baratza Encore is known to be one of the best grinders out there for those who are getting into coffee. It’s relatively affordable price and how it grinds consistent sizes makes it very beginner friendly. 

It has 40 grind settings that will grind anything from espresso to french press sizes. Your grind settings are adjusted by twisting the hopper. The hopper is kind of stiff when you are turning it, so that it won’t accidentally slip into another setting while it’s grinding. 

Some coffee grinds do get caught in the chute where it’s dispensed after it’s been ground. Giving it a couple taps on the machine should dislodge any grounds that get stuck up there. 

This is a really well made grinder that’ll meet almost all your grinding needs. It does have a problem with grinding for espresso and finer grinds, but you’re here for a french press grinder so it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. If you wanted one that is well rounded for all grind sizes, I would recommend choosing one of the above grinders. 

Capresso 560 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder 

Grinder Type: ElectricTimer: No
Burr Type: Conical Steel BurrsBean Hopper Capacity: 4 ounces
Grind Adjustment Type: StepsPress/Turn or Hold To Grind: Turn
  1. Grinder Type: Electric
  2. Burr Type: Steel Conical Burrs
  3. Grind Adjustment Type: Steps
  4. Timer: No
  5. Bean Hopper Capacity: 4 ounces 
  6. Press/Turn or Hold to Start Grinding: Turn

This grinder is cheaper than most grinders on this list and is a good entry level one. The Capresso 560.01 Infinity Grinder does a decent job at giving you consistent grounds. 

It’s best points are that it is a burr grinder and it’s pretty cheap compared to most grinders on the market. You’ll have 16 grind settings on this machine. You won’t be able to fine tune your grind, but it’ll get the job done for french press. 

The Capresso runs on a timer to start it. You can grind coffee from 5 – 60 seconds, which is nice. Once you find out the amount of time needed to grind the right amount, it’ll be easy to remember what to set the dial to. 

There’s not too much more to this grinder. This is an entry level coffee grinder that will do an ok job at all grinds. Precision and consistency goes up with price. But if you’re just starting out and not too worried about these things, then this is a great starting grinder. 

1Zpresso JX Manual Coffee Grinder

Grinder Type: ManualGrind Adjustment Type: Steps
Burr Type: Conical Steel BurrsBean Hopper Capacity: 28 grams or about 1 ounce
  1. Grinder Type: Manual
  2. Burr Type: Steel Conical Burr
  3. Grind Adjustment Type: Steps
  4. Bean Hopper Capacity: 28 grams or about 1 ounce 

Our first hand grinder on this list is the 1zpresso. For a hand grinder it is pretty versatile in what size grinds it can go to. With 40 settings, you can get a pretty good fine grind and coarse grind with this hand grinder. 

This hand grinder is very easy to assemble and disassemble for cleaning. The main body has 3 compartments. One where you fill coffee beans, another where the burrs go, and the last catches your grounds. 

Being a hand grinder this is going to be a lot quieter than an electric grinder. The handle has a nice wooden handle that fits easily into the palms of hands. The acrylic lid could have been made out of a more durable material, but i’m sure you’ll handle it with care. 

For your needs, this does an excellent job at making french press sized grounds. If you were looking for something that does espresso well also, 1Zpresso JX Pro comes with twice as many adjustments than this model for fine tuning espresso grinds. 

Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill (Mini Slim)

Grinder Type: ManualGrind Adjustment Type: Steps
Burr Type: Conical Ceramic BurrBean Hopper Capacity: 40 grams or 1.41 ounces

The last grinder I’m going to review is the Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Mini Slim. This grinder is extremely affordable compared to all of the other grinders on this list. 

You are getting what you pay for with this grinder. This will do an ok job at every grind. You’ll be getting large enough grind sizes for french press. Some of the grinds will be a little uneven when grinding, but not so uneven that you’ll be getting a lot of fines and coarse grounds at the same time. 

The biggest upside to this is that it’s extremely lightweight, but it still built pretty well. It’s perfect for taking with you camping or to the office. 

If you’re on a really tight budget or just want to start experimenting to see if you like grinding your own coffee, then this would be a really good choice. 

Other Considerations For Grinders

Coarse Grounds For French Press 

For those of you who are newer to french presses, coarse grounds give you the best extraction out of your coffee. The larger surface area of the coffee particles help prevent over extraction when your grounds get immersed in water. If they were finer, the hot water would draw out flavors you probably wouldn’t want in your coffee. 

Here I have a chart showing grind settings for each of the grinders on this list to start at: 

GrindersBurr Setting(s)
Eureka Mignon FiltroBecause it’s stepless you’ll have to experiment on number of rotations
Breville Sage Smart Pro50 – 60 & Inner Burr set to 10
Baratza Encore24 – 30
Capresso Infinity4th from the right (1st coarse setting)
1Zpresso JX Manual Grinder66 clicks or 2 3/4 full turns from 0
Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill 12 – 14 clicks from 0

Flat or Conical Burrs? 

The shape of burrs are either flat or in a cone shape. There is a lot of debate on which one is better at producing more consistent and less heat when grinding. In my opinion and others, it’s really all preference when it comes down to what kind of burr you want in your grinder. 

Flat BurrsConical Burrs
Produce More HeatCost More
More Uniform Sized Grinds Lower Heat
Cheaper (usually)Quieter
More grounds get stuck to grinder (high retention)Grounds fall through the chute easily (low retention)

Steel vs Ceramic Burrs

Burrs usually come in 1 of 2 materials, steel or ceramic. They both do a very good job of cutting/grinding your beans into consistent chunks. 

Steel burrs are a highly durable material and are cheaper than ceramic ones. They do produce slightly more heat than ceramic one which could alter the flavor of your beans. Even with that being said, the heat produced by steel burrs is very minimal. 

Ceramic ones are more expensive than steel burrs and are more fragile. They can be chipped if mishandled when taken out for cleanings. Having chips in your burrs can result in inconsistent sized grinds, which can lead to bad tasting coffee. These do produce less heat than steel ones, which means it won’t draw out as many oils from your bean while grinding. 

Each has their pros and cons and it’s really up to you on which material you’d like. 

How much coffee grounds should you be using in your French Press?

After all that work grinding, it would really suck if your coffee didn’t turn out tasting good. There are a number of factors that affect the taste of your coffee, but a simple fix could be that you’re adding too little or too much grounds while brewing. 

A good starting place for how much grounds is: 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6 ounces of water. After that if you find the coffee too weak, add another tablespoon to adjust. Or if it’s too bitter and overpowering, just take a tablespoon off. 

Coffee is all about experimenting and finding something that you love! 

The Verdict

I recommend the Eureka Mignon Filtro for those who are looking for a very versatile grinder that excels at coarser grinds and is reasonably priced. 

Having a stepless burr adjuster lets you really dial in and find a grind that will work for you and just about any coffee brewing device. This grinder does have a learning curve, but once you get it down, I’m sure you’ll be making great coffee. Definitely what I think is the best coffee grinder for French Press brewing and other methods as well.

If you wanted something more quiet and subtle, the 1Zpresso JX hand grinder would be my choice. The range of grinds it can do covers all basic coffee needs. You’ll be able to get french press coarse and espresso fine grounds with this hand grinder.

I hope you found a grinder that has features that’ll fit your needs!

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