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Trudeau Graviti Battery-Operated Electric Pepper Mill, Chrome

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  • Battery-powered pepper grinder that turns on when tipped upside down
  • Fun and practical design with grind-level adjuster knob and ceramic grinder
  • Works well for either peppercorns or sea salt; comes filled with peppercorns
  • Runs on 6 AAA batteries, not included; stands 7-3/4 inches high
  • Washing by hand recommended; available in several colors; 1-year warranty
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The Graviti Pepper Mill features a grinding mechanism located at the top of the mill that automatically begins to grind as it is flipped upside down. Gravity sensors initiate and terminate grinding based on the movement and position of the mill. Isaac Newton would have definitely approved of the new Graviti Mill! The Graviti Mill has an easy-to-use tilt motion. No buttons are required to activate this battery-operated mill. Newton wannabes simply have to insert the batteries, flip the mill and let gravity do the rest! Ideal for everyone, the Graviti Mill is effortless and can be used with just one hand. Equipped with a ceramic grinder, the strongest and most durable grinding mechanism on the market, the Graviti Mill will maintain its sharpness and never rust – even when used over a steaming pot. Our ceramic mills first cut then grind to maximize flavour. Trudeau Graviti Mill: no button, no effort, no mess!

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As its name implies, the Graviti battery-operated pepper mill from Trudeau leans heavily on the laws of physics for its function and appeal. A sleek and amusing gadget that also makes great ground pepper, the piece turns on automatically when flipped upside down. This saves grinding effort, of course, but it is also useful for the stirring cook who only has one free hand to add spice, not to mention that it serves as a fun conversation starter. To ensure that the Graviti is not mere gimmickry, Trudeau equips it with a durable and efficient ceramic grinder, and a finely tunable knob for adjusting coarseness. The grinder works well for both pepper and sea salt and arrives filled with gourmet peppercorns. It washes up by hand, runs on 6 AAA batteries, and stands 7-3/4 inches high. Trudeau makes the mill in several attractive colors and backs it with a one-year warranty. --Emily Bedard

Product Information

Product Dimensions 14.8 x 10 x 10.8 inches
Item Weight 4 ounces
Shipping Weight 4 ounces
Manufacturer Trudeau
ASIN B000EGSFRK
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number 0716907
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3.1 out of 5 stars 433 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #137,619 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#564 in Kitchen & Dining > Kitchen Utensils & Gadgets > Seasoning & Spice Tools > Herb & Spice Mills
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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Color: Chrome Verified Purchase
I searched for 30 years for the perfect affordable pepper grinder. I've bought literally DOZENS of different salt and/or pepper mills: Manual, hand-squeeze, and electric. Up until I found this one three years ago, the best I'd found was a squeeze-handle model I received as a gift, lost in a fire, and never found one like it again. Almost all of the others were trash from the start--no volume and no durability. Even if they worked at all at first, they wore out in just a couple of refills. Twist-twist-twist and you got a couple of shakes worth of pepper. If you found one that gave you the coarseness you liked, it would change in a few uses.

Then I found this one.

Three Christmases ago, I was looking for a gift for a friend who loves to cook when I found this grinder at Smart and Final. I bought one for her and--ever the optimist--one for me to try. I filled it up and--like many others who commented here, did so without reading the directions. I had problems opening and filling it. I was getting pretty frustrated until I noticed the warning on the red spindle inside. It says "Max Fill Line" and it MEANS it!

Every problem I've read here can be attributed to over-filling. DON'T DO IT! Once you've filled it a couple of times, you get the hang of it and zip-zip you're done. I now use a free coffee measure to get exactly the right amount of peppercorns in one try. Without it, you may pour a little back and forth a couple of times to get it exactly full. As mentioned elsewhere, you should tilt it a little when you unscrew the base (It's a backwards twist when bottoms-up--CW is off), and once the battery pack is seated again, tilt it back up a little before seating the cap. This minimizes any pepper ground out while filling.
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Color: Chrome
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Reading about the design of this pepper mill had me very intrigued. Some of the features that caught my attention, the pepper comes out the top of the unit, no more pepper all over the counter due to pepper grounds falling out the bottom where most units discharge the grindings. Being battery powered, you only need to tip the bottom up to have a nice flow of pepper dispense out the top. A very simple design that really is useful.

Quality: Well, this is where this unit falls a little short. It really is a shame. If this design were made more durable it would be a have to have product. The area of most concern is the drive motor module to pepper mill body interface. The instructions warn not to over fill the mill with unground pepper. If you do you stand a chance of causing the motor module not to seat properly into the mill body allowing it to spin in the housing. Doing this just once, will cause the little plastic nobbies to wear off that secure the drive motor. This in turn will render the unit useless. The body of this unit is plastic. Not that there is anything wrong with plastic, I just don't think it was originally designed for plastic and the loads on the drive system seem way to high for the plastic interface. If it were made of just about any metal I don't think there would be an issue.

Filling Unit: This can be a little tricky. You fill the unit with peppercorns from the bottom. Take care to rotate the base a few degrees in the direction indicated to remove the base. Tip it upside down with the bottom facing up. Pull out the motor module using the pull ring. Add peppercorns to just below the full mark. Reinstall motor module making sure that it fully engages the grinder and that it seats all the way down.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This is a real wrist saver because you no longer have to twist or shake to get your finely ground pepper. Turn it upside down and watch the pepper sift onto your food. But make sure you use only high quality peppercorns (the ones with rough surfaces), because the cheap stuff can get stuck in the mechanism and cause it to slip. If this happens, use the point of a knife to dig out the casings from the shaft attachment on the battery pack. Get good stuff and it will work again just fine.
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Color: Black Verified Purchase
This is a handy product, but it has a few problems:
Pros.
1. Works well and is highly adjustable.
2. I like a lot of pepper. It would sometimes take me a couple of minutes to grind with a manual grinder what I can now grind in seconds.
Cons.
1. Grinder stem contains a spring that is easily dislodged. It ends up in the peppercorns if you aren't very careful when refilling. Also, if you accidentally overfill it, the spring will fall out when you empty the excess peppercorns and you will have to get a tool to reinstall it. It's not a huge problem but is mildly annoying.
2. Sounds like an electric pencil sharpener. The motor is a bit loud.

A rechargable model might be better. I used Duracell batteries and the required 6 AAA batteries lasted three months. I use it rather intensely 5 days a week, so your mileage may vary.
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Color: Red
Reading about the design of this pepper mill had me very intrigued. Some of the features that caught my attention, the pepper comes out the top of the unit, no more pepper all over the counter due to pepper grounds falling out the bottom where most units discharge the grindings. Being battery powered, you only need to tip the bottom up to have a nice flow of pepper dispense out the top. A very simple design that really is useful.

Quality: Well, this is where this unit falls a little short. It really is a shame. If this design were made more durable it would be a have to have product. The area of most concern is the drive motor module to pepper mill body interface. The instructions warn not to over fill the mill with unground pepper. If you do you stand a chance of causing the motor module not to seat properly into the mill body allowing it to spin in the housing. Doing this just once, will cause the little plastic nobbies to wear off that secure the drive motor. This in turn will render the unit useless. The body of this unit is plastic. Not that there is anything wrong with plastic, I just don't think it was originally designed for plastic and the loads on the drive system seem way to high for the plastic interface. If it were made of just about any metal I don't think there would be an issue.

Filling Unit: This can be a little tricky. You fill the unit with peppercorns from the bottom. Take care to rotate the base a few degrees in the direction indicated to remove the base. Tip it upside down with the bottom facing up. Pull out the motor module using the pull ring. Add peppercorns to just below the full mark. Reinstall motor module making sure that it fully engages the grinder and that it seats all the way down.
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