After deciding that you want to upgrade the quality of your homemade cup, you’ll most likely realize that you need some additional equipment that will take your extraction process to the next level.
A while back when I was continuously trying and failing to get the desired results, I came to the conclusion that it’s best to invest in a proper pour-over grinder to finally improve my coffee.
I used a manual grinder back then. After my extensive research on what is the best solution to my issue, I opted for an electric burr that suited my pour-over device.
I learned a lot throughout the way and in this post, I will give you all the answers you need:
What are the best burr coffee grinders for pour-over?
Are there any hand grinders that will perform well for this brewing method?
What does “perform well” actually mean and is the burr grinder the only suitable option?
Are there any affordable products that will fit your budget?
Among my recommendations, you will also see a bit more expensive burr grinders for pour-over that are also suitable for commercial use.
Let’s dive in.
What are the Best Hand and Electric Pour-Over Grinders?
Before we start, if you’re a beginner and you don’t know how to choose the best coffee grinder for pour-over, I recommend checking out the buyer’s guide.
On the following overview table, you can see the products I’ve reviewed and some basic information on them:
|1. Baratza Encore||Conical||Electric||$$|
|2. Lido 3||Conical||Manual||$$$|
|3. Baratza Virtuoso+||Conical||Electric||$$$|
|4. Timemore Chestnut G1 Plus||Conical||Manual||$$|
|5. Timemore Chestnut C2||Conical||Manual||$|
|6. Fuji Royal R-220||Flat||Electric||$$$$$|
|7. Baratza Forte BG||Flat||Electric||$$$$$$|
The following list is based on extensive research, my personal experience with the reviewed products, or friends’ recommendations.
This is definitely one of the best beginners’ grinders suitable for the pour-over brewing method and will let you have a greatly satisfying cup of coffee.
Baratza Encore has alloy steel conical burrs and is an electric tool that is easy to use, convenient, and provides the grind consistency, needed for proper coffee extraction.
Considering its quality and longevity, it also comes at a perfect price and is a fantastic option for beginners.
Therefore Baratza Encore is the pour-over grinder that has one of the best quality-to-price ratios.
It also has a 1-year warranty.
This is the one I opted for after realizing that my Hario Skerton just wouldn’t work with this brewing method.
- If you’re planning on using it for both pour-over and espresso, it’s definitely not the right choice.
This is not the grinder that’s capable of producing proper espresso fine grind.
Nevertheless, if you use the more forgiving pressurized portafilter with your espresso machine, this product should be good enough.
- It’s an electric burr which means that it makes noise.
It’s not the loudest grinder I’ve encountered, but this is something that you need to take into consideration if you’ve never had one with a motor before.
It’s safe to say that it wouldn’t wake up the whole house, but if you live in a studio flat with your partner (which was my case when I was using it) – well it will most likely disrupt his/her sleep.
- When it comes to the Encore grinder design – I definitely wouldn’t call it sleek.
Many people actually prefer to pay more for a grinder that will look better on their kitchen countertop.
- You may also experience some difficulties to put the Baratza Encore grinder together after taking it out of its box (check out this Encore unboxing youtube video if you need help with that).
That being said, this grinder will last long.
Furthermore, if you have any issues with it, you won’t actually have to invest in a new one – the company takes care of all customers’ grinders upon request.
Just check out the Baratza repair program in the link here, and you can see how it works.
Mine is still in perfect shape after 8 years of use.
After the 5th year, I gave it to a friend that had just started her pour-over journey and she’s been happy with it to this day.
She just said she’s considering paying for the burr replacement.
Anyway, I think you got the point and understood why I’ve included this grinder on the list.
2. Lido 3
For those of you who are in search of a manual coffee grinder for pour-over without any doubts, I recommend this one.
Many coffee enthusiasts swear by it and the Lido brand has established itself years back when it was much harder to find high-quality hand grinders.
Improving your grind consistency will make the most difference in your pour-over coffee’s taste so by opting for this product you will be able to see a large improvement.
Its price is higher, especially if comparing it to the cheap manual alternatives, but the construction of the Lido 3 is sturdy.
Not only that – it’s really convenient as you can grind a larger amount of beans at once – around 70g.
If you occasionally make a cold brew coffee that’s a pretty cool advantage.
Related post: A Complete Guide on Cold Brew Coffee
You should consider that you will have to put in some of your strength as there is no electric motor that makes the Lido 3 work by itself.
Still, you’ll get to grind much faster compared to other hand grinders.
At the same time, you’ll be avoiding the noise coming from an electric motor.
The Lido 3 grinder has a steel conical burr set, which performs amazingly well.
When I say that this is a high-quality grinder, I mean that it provides results just as good as a $450+ electric one.
That’s why the investment in such a product is more than reasonable.
It’s easy to use and to dial in the grind setting.
Lido grinders are originally marketed as espresso hand burr grinders, though Lido 3 model performs best at coarser settings.
If you’re planning on using this one for both espresso and pour-over, it’s best to opt for the Lido E-T model.
It actually comes at the same price but has twice as many settings which provide a more precise espresso result.
You can check out the price of the Lido E-T on Amazon by clicking here.
Anyway, I expect that the brand will soon consolidate its Lido 3, E, and E-T models so that it’s easier for us to pick.
At the moment of writing, they come at the same price which makes it a bit confusing.
I have a co-worker that has the Lido 3 for quite some time and is perfectly happy with this manual pour-over grinder he uses at home.
He doesn’t use it for espresso though, so stick to my previous E-T recommendation if you’re about to grind for both.
If you’ve set a higher budget for your pour-over grinder this one is a perfect pick.
There are quite a few reasons why the Baratza Virtuoso+ deserves your attention.
Its burr set grinds even better than the Encore’s and it produces fewer coffee fines.
It’s heavier and, to be honest, looks better than the Baratza Encore.
It is sturdy and will last you for years to come.
On top of that, the grinder repair program I mentioned in the Encore review applies to this grinder as well, so the customer service will have your back if a need emerges.
You can set it from 0.1 to 40 seconds, which is really convenient as it allows repeatable dosing.
It makes less noise than the Encore, which is the advantage that may seal the deal for some of you.
So in case you are wondering what to get – you won’t make a mistake with this coffee grinder for pour-over, as the Baratza Virtuoso+ is truly one of the best products that you can get your hands on.
Especially considering its price.
If you’re thinking about using it for espresso as well – I would only recommend it to those of you who use a pressurized portafilter.
By the way, it could be used with a non-pressurized filter basket too, but first, it needs to be calibrated finer.
With that being said, it will do a perfect job for your pour-over.
The Timemore Chestnut G1 Plus is another hand grinder that is perfect if you’re into the pour-over brewing method.
Its steel conical burrs do an excellent job of providing the needed grind consistency.
On top of that, the design of this product is simply amazing.
It makes a perfect present for pretentious coffee geeks that don’t compromise on both the quality and the looks of their gear.
The Timemore Chestnut G1 Plus manual coffee grinder has a step adjustment metal wheel.
You will quickly get used to adjusting the grind settings according to the pour-over device you use.
Before you could either get a Timemore Chestnut G1 grinder with titanium-coated burrs, or get one with stainless steel burrs.
The former was for those who were to use the grinder for espresso, while the latter – for those who wanted to grind on coarser settings (pour-over).
Nevertheless, Timemore released the Chestnut G1 Plus model which is a dual purpose grinder with an upgraded burr set.
It has titanium-coated burrs that have additional teeth on their top.
This new E & B (espresso and brewing) burr set design improves grind efficiency and consistency significantly.
The upgrade makes the Timemore Chestnut G1 Plus one of the best grinders suitable for both pour-over coffee making and espresso.
Furthermore, the grinder is of premium quality and it has an outstanding appearance, so if it fits your budget, I’d definitely recommend investing in this product.
The Timemore Chestnut G1 Plus is also compact and you can easily take it with you when you travel.
Just like the Lido 3, since it’s a hand grinder, you have to put in some effort to grind your beans.
But it’s surprisingly easy and fast to do it, especially compared to those cheap grinders that aren’t included in my list.
To be honest, I’ve always found the ritual of preparing my coffee to be more like a therapeutic session.
Even more so with the pour-over brewing method.
The Timemore Chestnut C2 is the best entry-level manual pour-over grinder at its price point.
It’s the least expensive product on this list, but its performance is excellent.
It comes with a stainless steel conical burr set, which provides consistent grind on coarse settings.
The C2 grinder has the same capacity as the G1.
Nevertheless, the former is more budget-friendly than the G1 because it has a few plastic components.
For example, its lid and grind adjustment knob are made of plastic.
This has some people concerned that the Timemore Chestnut C2 isn’t as sturdy.
Yes, theoretically, the plastic parts of this pour-over grinder aren’t unbreakable.
Nevertheless, the overall build quality of the Timemore C2 is great and most people don’t experience any issues with its plastic components.
I have this grinder myself and I love its design and the fact that it feels heavy and sturdy.
It’s also quite easy to grind with it and the grind consistency is more than satisfying.
Just like the G1, the Timemore C2 is a stepped grinder.
It’s ideal for those of you who are to use it for pour-over, French press, Aeropress, cold brew, and other brewing methods that require a coarser grind.
When it comes to espresso – I don’t recommend getting the Timemore C2 if you’re planning on using it with a non-pressurized portafilter.
With that being said, if you’re looking for an affordable pour-over grinder, but you don’t want to compromise on grind quality, get the Timemore C2. You won’t regret it.
This is definitely one of the best brew grinders that would’ve been much more widely spread across the US if it wasn’t as hard to find.
It’s made in Japan, where pour-over is the most common coffee brewing method.
This is probably why the Fuji folks did such an amazing job at engineering this grinder to be so well fitted for this technique.
I’m sure that many coffee enthusiasts who enjoy pour-over will love it not only because of its looks and its convenience.
They deliver perfect results when it comes to consistency and fines control.
You will get to enjoy your pour-over coffee cup after cup as you never did before.
That in combination with its compact design makes it a perfect pick for home use.
It’s also suitable for commercial use which is why you may come across a number of coffee shops in Japan that use this model.
Have in mind, though, that you’ll need to also buy a voltage converter (voltage in Japan is 100V, while in the US 120V).
If you’re somewhere in Europe, I’ve come across information that there are 220V Fuji R-220 grinders available, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find a trustworthy link at the moment of writing.
I will update the article as soon as I find more information on that.
That being said in case you can get your hands on this product – go for it!
It’s truly a high-quality pour-over grinder that you’ll be more than happy with.
And even if you don’t like it for some reason – well, I can assure you you’ll be able to resell this Royalty to a fellow coffee enthusiast as soon as you list it for sale.
In the process of making your pour-over cup, you need to follow the coffee to water ratio strictly to achieve ideal extraction.
This is why a scale is the second most valuable asset that will take your overall experience to the next level.
The Baratza Forte BG is not only one of the best pour-over coffee grinders, but also comes with a built-in scale, which will simplify the process of making your morning cup.
It also has a digital timer that you can use instead, if it’s more convenient for you.
Speaking of dosing – you can actually program and save 3 presets, which will ease things up even more.
You won’t have to manually dial in the same grinding duration or weight every single time.
It has a set of 54mm flat burrs made of steel.
This material is often considered to be better at providing more uniform results and fewer fines at coarser grind settings compared to the ceramic burrs.
On this grinder, you get 26 micro and 10 macro settings respectively on the right- and left-hand side, resulting in 260 grind settings in total.
The jumps between the previous and the next one aren’t big at all.
This makes the process of adjustment of the grind size easier, and you will be able to dial in the desired setting with precision.
On top of that the machine is quite sturdy, with many more metal parts – simply made to last.
It’s also perfect for commercial use as a dedicated brew grinder in, say, a coffee shop.
Have in mind though, that it does make noise.
For many of you, the Baratza Forte BG may seem a lot more expensive than you’ve ever imagined a grinder could cost.
Nevertheless, I’m sure that there are people that will be happy to invest in this one for home use straight away.
Even if it’s their first home grinder and they’ve just started making pour-over.
The AP model is better suited for espresso, but this doesn’t mean that the BG doesn’t do well at finer grind settings.
You will just need to calibrate it if you decide to use it for such purposes, which isn’t hard at all with this model.
Beginner’s Buyer Guide
It’s good to start with some basic information that will give you a better understanding of the characteristics of the reviewed products.
If you make a conscious choice rather than just going for the first thing someone has recommended, you’ll end up with a long-term solution that will provide the results you want to achieve.
1. Blade vs Burr
Here is why burr grinders are better:
Because of its design and the way it functions, a blade grinder fails at achieving an even coffee grind.
Burr grinders are capable of grinding the beans to a rather uniform size and such consistency improves the extraction process significantly.
Therefore burr grinders are better and by using them instead of the blade ones you will improve the overall taste and flavor of your coffee.
Blade grinders are similar to the standard food processor you might have in your kitchen.
You place the beans, click a button and the blades will cut them.
The longer you press the button – the finer the grind.
Even though it may seem easy to use, the nature of this device makes it incapable of producing the desired results for coffee, especially if you’re using the pour-over brewing method.
In the end, if you take a look at the ground beans up close you will find a mixture of fine, extra-fine, medium, and coarse grounds.
This means that you’ll get uneven extraction, as some of the grounds will be over-extracted, while others – under-extracted.
Therefore the coffee you’ll end up with will have an unpleasant taste.
Not to say that a large number of fines may clog your pour-over filter and will make the process too long and rather frustrating.
Burr grinders, on the other hand, are much better at achieving the needed grind consistency.
The beans get pushed through their burrs.
These are basically two grinding surfaces between which the magic happens.
You can adjust the space between said surfaces to adjust the grind setting – the smaller the space between them, the finer the grind.
There are flat and conical burrs. But which type is better?
I wouldn’t say there is a straightforward answer to that question, as it depends on the material, the way they’ve been built, and the overall manufacturing quality.
You can find conical burr grinders that perform better than flat burrs and the opposite.
This is why I haven’t included products with ceramic burrs on the list.
With that being said, if you overlook my recommendations and you go for a blade grinder driven by its cost, I have a friendly tip for you:
Don’t push the button continuously until you grind your coffee beans to the desired size.
This would produce more heat which may compromise the beans’ flavor characteristics and may have a negative effect on your coffee’s flavor.
This, in combination with the grind inconsistency, may result in a brew that’s pretty disappointing.
2. Manual vs Electric
At first, after my fail at achieving proper pour-over extraction with my hand grinder, I thought manual grinders just aren’t good enough.
In time I realized that some higher quality hand products perform much better and can even provide more consistent results than more expensive electric ones.
With that being said, electric burr grinders are more convenient than manual grinders as they do the job faster and don’t require your physical strength to do what they’re supposed to.
In the early mornings when you need your coffee to wake you up as fast as possible, grinding your beans manually may be a bit challenging.
On the other hand, hand grinders don’t make a loud noise and are also the ones that are better for you if you travel often.
On top of that, there are also great manual burr products that are very efficient at providing the needed grind consistency and suit the pour-over brewing method perfectly well.
3. Grind Consistency & Fines
When covering the subject of burr grinders and why they’re better, I mentioned the importance of grind consistency and how this type of grinders is much better at achieving it.
While doing your research you might’ve also come across discussions about the number of fines each grinder produces.
If you’re new to this matter, here you can find what coffee fines actually are:
Fines are really tiny broken fragments of the coffee beans that extract extremely fast through the process of brewing.
The greater the number of fines, the bigger their negative impact on your coffee’s taste.
Still, it’s impossible to find a burr grinder that doesn’t produce any fines whatsoever, because of the beans’ nature and the way they tend to break.
What you should be aiming for is reducing the amount of those tiny fragments by opting for a high-quality grinder.
In my reviews, I made sure to only include such products that perform well in that aspect.
Of course, we’d all prefer to go for a cheaper product, hoping that it’s going to be at least as good as described in its advertisement.
There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’ve decided that you want to make improvements in your pour-over coffee, the grinder is kind of important.
This additional equipment is actually essential to achieve proper extraction.
Through its use, it will be much easier for you to experience a satisfying coffee flavor and the unique flavor profile of the beans at home.
The initial investment for the pour-over brewing device isn’t big, compared to the money you’d pay for a full-blown coffee machine.
This is why many people who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a coffee maker opt for a pour-over dripper.
Nevertheless, to make really good coffee in a, say, Hario V60 you’re also going to need a proper grinder, which may exceed the budget you’ve initially set.
But I would wholeheartedly recommend spending a bit more on a quality grinder than making the mistake I made when I started preparing pour-over at home.
Even though I knew the importance of grind consistency, I thought that I could get away with a $30 budget-friendly manual grinder.
After 2 weeks and quite a bit of frustration, I ended up buying a much better product that finally met the pour-over requirements.
It’s just not worth it buying single-origin specialty coffee beans and wasting them because you just haven’t ground them properly.
So I wasted $30, not to mention the time I’ve wasted trying to justify my initial purchase by acting like I can make it work.
In my reviews, I made sure to include affordable products that will serve you well, so I’m sure that you will find the one for you.
I always hope that you find my posts helpful.
I made sure to also include some information for beginners such as the nature of burr coffee grinders and why I’ve only included such in the list of products.
That being said I’m certain that among my picks here you can find the pour-over grinder that suits you best.
Drop me a comment below to share your thoughts and whether you’ve picked one of the items I’ve shown you.
Or if you have other manual or electric recommendations – I’d love to find out what they are.