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Great Mills, Some Annoyances
on December 9, 2006
For their primary function, grinding pepper and salt, they're great! Super fast, quiet, very nice, even grind. I'm no expert, but it's hard to imagine how any grinder could be any better.
Still, there are a few annoyances:
1) They take 6 AAA batteries each! That's 12 batteries total. So add another $8-10 to the cost, and an additional $4-5 each every time the batteries run down. Hopefully that won't be too often, but still....
2) They're very large and heavy for the volume of salt/pepper they hold. What you see in the window is it. I guess that's not a big deal, but it just seems slightly deceptive.
3) The light is simply annoying. These things grind very quickly. If I hold the button down long enough for my eyes to become accustomed to the light, I end up with 4 times as much pepper as I can stand. These are so quick I prefer to hit 'em in short bursts, which means I end up with short flashes that actually make it harder to see what I'm getting. I wish the light had a switch I could flip to disable it. I may end up just snipping the wires.
All that notwithstanding, at the Amazon price I got the pair of them for, I'd definitely buy them again. They do grind great!