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    Best grinder for under $200

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    Hey guys,

    Im going grinder shopping and want to know what the best grinder for under $200 is...

    Thanks

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Best value for money under $200 would have to be the sunbeam 0480! (rrp $199 but I got mine brought down to $179 from a non sponsor)

    You will find this machine at most department or electrical appliance stores ;D

    While the 0450 is also good, the manual on/off switch is really handy on the 0480 allowing a more even filling of the basket.

    However I believe the internal burrs are the same, just the outer of the cheaper one is plastic not stainless :)

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Though, a word of warning... Both these machines are doserless and make a fair amount of mess :)

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    The best grinder under $200 is actually a good hand grinder for under $100, either the Hario or Kyocera versions grind better than the Sunbeam. That said most will prefer the electric convenience and in that case the 480 is a no brainer.

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Hmm.. I just found out theres vendors out there selling the Ascaso i-Mini non-metal versions for $229 brand new. I wont say who because its not a sponsor but yeh... get me thinking, whats the difference between metal cosmetic and non metal (in terms of grinder quality)?

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Hey,

    I have got the Sunbeam 450 and the 480...both are a good starting point, but I would like something better already after 6 months (mess, consistency?, retain quite a bit of coffee, steps are not small).
    I have been eyeing the Lelit 53, just under 300 delivered, it seems to outclass some more expensive grinders.
    All this according to reviews on the net, have a look.
    A mate bought one, I am waiting for his assessment.
    I would skip the Sunbeam and go right there.
    Only if you are after one type of coffee, being stepless makes switching between brewing methods a no go.


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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Quote Originally Posted by 0007030C040E1B0B0C05620 link=1284408804/3#3 date=1284432854
    The best grinder under $200 is actually a good hand grinder for under $100, either the Hario or Kyocera versions grind better than the Sunbeam. *
    Is this the general consensus? *I see this opinion given regularly, and had almost decided this would be the way to go, but a quick search of this forum also finds plenty of people willing to gripe about the grind consistency of the hand grinders (the Kyocera in particular being the one I was considering). *Is it more likely to be a case of those being the unlucky few to get the dud of the batch, and having it taint their experience?

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    The consistency of the modern ones is better generally than the older Zass De Pines etc when it comes to Espresso grind. I actually prefer the Zass for Syphon or Plunger type grinds over the Kyocera as it does a better job at that size as it has upper and lower burr supports..

    Side issue who would want to live in the coldest wettest place in the state too (Warragul) ;) At least the coffee is better than when I used to live there.

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Im looking pretty much solely for use with a Breville Ikon with unpressurised basket... although the ability to take the Kyocera away on holidays and use it with the moka appeals!

    And while Im sure it must be *substantially* warmer over your way, if I wanted to escape the cold, Id be heading back to my state of birth, QLD, not to the other side of this state * ;)

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    Re: Best grinder for under $200

    Depending on the size of the Moka also lok at the Hario skeleton or the smaller one as they both hold more beans than the Kyocara (neat double shot).



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