OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (8717000)
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||7.4 x 12 x 16 inches|
|Item Weight||4.5 Pounds|
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- Durable 40 millimeter stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for optimal flavor extraction
- 15 settings (plus Micro settings) let you adjust your grind to suit your taste
- One touch start timer keeps your last setting, just push to grind
- Hopper holds up to 0. 75 pounds of Coffee beans. Product Dimension - 12x7.4x16 inch
- Grounds container accommodates up to 110 grams (enough for 12 cups). never use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder/burrs
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|Item Dimensions||7.40 x 12.00 x 16.00 inches||12.30 x 9.50 x 7.60 inches||4.70 x 6.30 x 13.80 inches||8.50 x 6.00 x 15.50 inches||6.69 x 6.69 x 12.60 inches|
|Item Weight||4.50 lbs||—||6.83 lbs||6.40 lbs||7.05 lbs|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Black Plastic||Stainless Steel||—|
At OXO, we believe crafting Coffee is a ritual worth savoring and that making things easier doesn't have to mean sacrificing quality. That's why we’re excited to bring you our new conical burr Coffee grinder, with a simple, intuitive design delivering consistent grinds no matter how you choose to brew. Voltage is 120V/60Hz.
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-The grounds container doesn't lock into place and will sometimes vibrate out during grinding. This is the only serious flaw with the product, and I feel it's a minor one. I've gone through many of the reviews and it seems that it's simply a matter of construction inconsistency. Most people's containers "click" into place; a minority do not. I was just unlucky enough to get one of the ones that don't.
-You can't remove the bottom burr to clean it. They really did do their best to make this easy to clean and I appreciate that you don't have to undo a bunch of microscopic screws just to clean your burrs, but I really wish I could remove BOTH burrs to give them a thorough wipe-down. It's difficult to clean the one that's stuck inside the grinder. The other lifts out easily by a cute little handle.
-High quality, consistent grind. The brewing methods I use most all hover around the medium grind range, so I haven't really tested the extremes of coarse and fine. Can't speak to those. But as far as the medium ranges, it grinds beautifully and consistently. That's what matters in the end, right?
-The beans feed very well, even for single dosing. Never an issue.
-As mentioned above, the ability to clean the grinder is taken into account in the construction. No need to delicately deconstruct the whole thing and keep track of a bunch of itty bitty screws and springs. The top part of the grinder and the top burr simply turn-and-lift out, and then turn-and-lock back into place. So nice.
-It's aesthetically pleasing and takes up little room on the counter. All the materials have a quality feel.
-It isn't super noisy. All grinders are gonna make noise, to be sure, but as far as grinders go, this one has a pretty gentle sound. I've definitely used my fair share of grinders that made me feel like my brain was going to vibrate out of my skull, and this one has a polite hum by comparison.
-The price for this level of quality is unbeatable. I can't even believe I paid less than one hundred dollars for this. Real talk, folks: these are steel conical burrs. Solid construction. 40+ grind settings. Did I mention steel conical burrs? I never thought I would own something like this for less than $250. You cannot beat this price point/quality intersection. You just can't. This grinder is price-meets-quality king.
You're working with three variables: time, grind, and amount. There are two popular approaches to working out your dose.
Method 1: You leave 'amount' as the open variable. With this method, you dump all your beans in the hopper and store them there. You then adjust grind and time until you're getting the right dose at the right grind level.
Method 2: You leave 'time' as the open variable. With this method, you only deposit the amount of beans you plan to use for each dose, adjust the grind as needed, and let it take whatever amount of time it takes. You're adjusting the amount and the grind, rather than adjusting the grind and the time. (This is called "single dosing.")
Go to any coffee forum, and you'll be pages of debate about which of these methods is superior. Honestly, you should use the method that feels best for YOU.
The reason I bring it up here is because people seem anxious that Method #2 will damage the burrs over time, since you run them all the way to empty every time you grind.
Here's my take: I use Method #2, because I feel that the beans start to taste stale if left in the hopper. (Everyone's tastebuds are different; there's no right or wrong.) This means that I let the burrs run until I hear the sound change from a low growl to a high pitched growl, which indicates that the burrs are grinding empty, and then I manually stop the grind.
I honestly don't see any issue with this, and I don't feel any anxiety about it. Think about it: if you're cleaning the burrs between bean swaps, you're letting them run for several seconds on empty anyway. Even the manufacturer instructions tell you to do this when cleaning the burrs! The only difference here is that instead of intentionally running them on empty for several seconds to clean them, you're running them on empty for one single second every day/dose. I'd never recommend doing that on a fine espresso setting, but as long as you're in the medium-to-coarse range, I don't see any possible ways the burrs could damage each other. There's no way the burrs are touching at that distance, regardless of variables like heat expanding the metal and other things coffee nerds like to debate about.
I hope this review was helpful. I'll update in a year to let you know if this grinder held up through daily use.
I've now owned this grinder for a little less than a year, and I'm sad to say that it has not lived up to my initial impressions. The quality that I initially perceived is just not there with this product. There are three reasons that I'd like to go over to justify why I am adjusting my original 5 star review down to a 2 star review.
Reason 1: After just a month or two the grinder started making a buzzing noise when plugged in to the wall outlet, but powered off. The buzzing is not obnoxiously loud, but was loud enough to make me wander around my around my apartment searching for where the strange noise was coming from. I contacted OXO about the problem and they acknowledged that there are issues with this model starting to buzz over time. I was assured it would not impact the performance (which is hasn't) and that they would contact me when a replacement was available with the issue resolved. It has been several months and I still have not heard anything from them sadly. For now I just keep it unplugged on my counter and plug it in every time I go to use it.
Reason 2: The grinder now suddenly stops on it's own before the timer is done. In order to resume grinding I need to push down on the bean hopper. When the hopper is locked in place it presses down on a switch (a safety thing I presume) which allows it to start grinding, but even when locked in place the hopper does not sit flush in place and one edge of the hopper is raised up. Now whenever I use this grinder I have to stand over it and push down on the hopper until it is done.
Reason 3: This one is by far my biggest annoyance. The grinder no longer ejects all the ground coffee! If I put in 20g of beans, I will get about 16g ejected into the container. In order to get the remaining 4g of coffee out I have to give the grinder a good shake and run it again. I thought this might be happening due to it being clogged internally, so I pulled things out and cleaned everything very well, but it still happens.
=== ORIGINAL REVIEW ===
First I must say that I am thrilled to be the first reviewer of this product that didn't receive it for free. Well, I'm not thrilled that apparently everyone except me is getting free stuff, but I digress. Anyways due to the overwhelming amount of "received this product for free" reviews I will say that I was very hesitant to purchase this grinder since I was skeptical of fake reviews.
In my case it was finally time to upgrade from my Hario Skerton hand crank grinder (which is awful and never produced a consistent grind. A medium setting would produce fine dust and huge 1/4 pieces of beans. I don't know why people give it so much praise to be honest). I took a look all the big name grinders and a ton of the knockoffs that are available here on Amazon as well. I settled on this one because I have owned a few OXO products in the past and despite them being a little on the pricier side I'm always very happy with their build quality and design.
I'm happy to say that this OXO Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is no exception to that! The quality is fantastic and I knew it was well built the moment I took it out of the box. Setting it up was a breeze and I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet this grinder is. It has a small footprint and fits well on my kitchen counter. The grind it produces is consistent whether you select fine, coarse, or anywhere in between. So far I have made coffee using a French Press, an Aeropress, and my new V60. All three turned out significantly better than the cups I was getting from my old hand grinder. If you're looking for a quality burr grinder that doesn't sound like a shop-vac I would definitely recommend this one.
There is a little metal tab at the top of the bay that the grounds bin slides into which connects the metal bin to the ground prong on the 3-prong power plug. This grounds the metal bin giving the static electricity a path to dissipate to.
I know the motor speed is slower than my previous grinders because it takes almost 30 seconds to grind the 60 grams of coffee I need to brew a pot. Not only does the lower RPM help to minimize static, but improves the quality of the grind. There are far fewer fines in the medium and coarse grind settings I use. The slower RPM also keeps the metal burrs from heating up as much and it lowers the noise level.
This grinder gets a solid five stars.
UPDATE 9/3/18: I'm still very happy the grind quality. In doing a little more research, I've found that this grinder has 40mm burrs and runs at 400rpm which matches the specs of the highly rated $230 Baratza Virtuoso .
Top reviews from other countries
This is a great unit — relatively quiet (for something that’s smooshing little coffee beans into powder) and very consistent so far.
I’ve used three different beans in it — one oily, one decaf, one drier — and all have had great results.
I use my beans in a Breville Barista Express machine (using the non-pressurized portafilter )and I have had great results once I’ve dialed it in. You have to grind properly and tamp properly but you can easily get excellent thick espresso shots with this combination.
I often tell people that the grinder is the most important part of the equation for home baristas. Yes, you do need a sufficiently powerful machine. Regardless, though, a crappy grinder will make your results frustratingly bad.
A good grinder is worth its weight in gold, imho.
Good grinder, wished I bought it earlier.
I did prepare for the worst by figuring out ahead of time how to disassemble the burr mechanism. It is a piece of cake - no need to remove the hopper, no tools required, and the fine/coarse setting isn't affected. Once the inner cone is removed, you can see that there is a straight, voluminous path to the output bin, which was a relief after my previous grinder.
I brew with an Aeropress, so I use a pretty fine grind. It was easy to find a suitable setting (about 2/3 along the coarse/fine scale, so lots of range left if you need a really powdery grind.)
Next: noise. Again, I recall seeing this mentioned in some reviews. I honestly don't know what these people were expecting. In my workplace we have two burr grinders (a Rancilio Rocky and a Mazzer Mini Electronic.) Compared to the Rocky, the Oxo is way quieter and takes much less time. Compared to the Mazzer I would say that the Oxo is perhaps a bit quieter and takes about the same amount of time to grind a double-shot's worth of beans.
I generally keep my beans in the bag and only put into the grinder as many beans as I need right away, so the big hopper isn't useful to me.
The switch/timer works well: there's a central button and a dial around the outside that lets you configure how long you want the grinder to run. Once you've figured out how long it takes to grind a couple of shots' worth of beans, you can leave the timer in that position forever. If you want the grinder to stop before the timer expires, just press the central button again. (I saw one review in which the reviewer complained that there is no way stop the grinder without unplugging it - not so!)
One other thing that I appreciate: the ground beans drop into a metal bin, which eliminates the static electricity that causes grounds to fly everywhere with my old Delonghi.
So, to summarize: it's reasonably fast, unexpectedly quiet, seems well designed, and is easy to use. Considering that the Rocky and the Mazzer in my office each retail for ten times the price of this Oxo, I feel that the Oxo is great value.
Things that I'd change:
* There's nowhere to store the cord. The (commendably sturdy) cord doesn't play well with the other things in the cupboard when I take the grinder out.
* The output bin sits on a little shelf on the front of the grinder, but there is no keeper to stop it from sliding off of the shelf. So when you pick up the grinder, you have to remember to hold onto the output bin with your spare hand.
I just bought this attempting to replace my Breville BCG450XL, which finally died after years of amazing use. The Oxo had great reviews online, so I thought I’d give it a try. Clogging within days of receiving it. When it works, it’s fine. But only being able to use certain beans well is a deal breaker. Going to look into returning it.