Use One Of These Quiet Coffee Grinders So Others Can Sleep

Other than a blender, I think that a coffee grinder is probably one of the loudest kitchen gadgets that you can own. Even if you have never owned one yourself, you have probably been in a grocery store or coffee shop when one is in use. Yeah, you can’t miss that sound. When you think about what this coffee gadget does though, it is no surprise that is makes a heck of a lot of noise. That being said, there are some models that are quieter than others.

My Old Loud Coffee Grinder

My first coffee grinder was a cheap Mr. Coffee one that I got off Amazon for a steal. At the time, I was not aware that some of these things make deafening sounds when you’re grinding beans. And since you want to grind your coffee beans right before you make your coffee, that means lots of loud noise in the early morning hours when other family members or roommates are still trying to sleep. To give you an idea of what I’m talking about, I found a video on YouTube where someone runs one of the Mr Coffee grinders. Check it out below (first grinding is at about 1:28).

The Mr Coffee model that I owned was not either of the two in the video and it was MUCH louder! Needless to say, that model only lasted a few months in my house before I had to replace it with one that makes less noise.

Finding the quietest coffee grinder for the money is not as easy as you might think. A lot of manufacturers claim that their grinder is quiet or doesn’t make a lot of noise, but I found that to not be true in all cases.  As you may know, there are different types of grinders out there, but I prefer the burr grinders so that is what I shopped for when doing my comparisons. Here’s what I found.

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder

If you want a good, quiet burr grinder under $100 – $200, then I think that this Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder is your best bet right here. In fact, this is the model that I ended up keeping in my kitchen. That being said, it is not the best that money can buy (see next grinder below for the best one), but still a great value for the money and probably the cheapest quiet burr coffee grinder on the market (of those that I’ve tried).

What I like about this model:

  • looks great with my stainless steel & black appliances
  • can hold an entire bag of coffee beans in the top part
  • commercial grade coffee equipment at consumer prices
  • lots of settings for your bean grind
  • made in Europe, where they take coffee seriously
  • decent cleaning brush included

I like that this is considered a commercial grade coffee grinder at such a low price point. It is available in retail stores as well as online stores!


You get to choose from 16 different grind settings and they are all so much quieter than many of the other models out there. This nifty coffee gadget is actually hand assembled in Switzerland, which is really amazing when you consider low how the price is for it. The components are all very high quality, though I do wish it used ceramic instead of steel.

Grind settings range from Turkish coffee super fine grind to very coarse grind. The motor does the grinding slowly, which is why the noise from it is so much quieter than other models.

It’s also worth noting that it comes with a measuring cup and cleaning brush. So, if you order online, do not be fooled into thinking that you need a separate brush unless you just want one.

The grind is very consistent and you don’t have to worry about that coffee dust that some lower end models create when grinding beans.

Stores that sell the Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder online:

What I don’t like about this model:

  • the price tag
  • the size of it

While I do think that you get a good value for the price, there is no denying that this thing is not as cheap compared to a lot of other grinders on the market. However, when you compare the noise level to those cheaper options, I think it is easy to see why this is really as low as you want to go in terms of the cheap choice.

Another thing that I am not a fan of with this one is the size and amount of space that it takes up on my counter. Sure, it looks great on a granite countertop but it is about the same size as a coffee maker! This is probably due to the fact that the top can hold an entire bag of coffee beans.


Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder

If espresso is your java weakness of choice, then my absolute favorite option for a quiet espresso coffee grinder is the Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder. If you’ve have been looking for the best quiet burr grinder for espresso, then I urge you to consider this one.

This is like the Maserati of espresso bean grinders, which a matching price tag to boot. So yes, it is very expensive for an espresso grinder, but it is also very quiet and produces consistent grinds.

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What I like about this model:

  • smaller size is good for people who have small kitchens
  • feels like quality components were used and that it will last me quite a while
  • really great as that espresso grind!

I love that this thing is designed specifically for one type of grind. It’s like it knows what it is designed for and you don’t have to worry about it not working as advertised.

I also like that this one has a small size compared to the larger option up above.

I discovered that you can actually use it for more than just espresso as it has grinding settings that range from espresso fine to coarse ground. Ideally though, this is really only a good option for people who primarily drink espresso.

Stores that sell the Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder online:

What I don’t like about this model: 

  • works a bit on the slow side for an electric model
  • no canister for the grounds to fall into – not cool for people like me who often grind more than they need at one time

Since this electric burr grinder keeps the noise level down by offering a slow grind instead of a fast one, it seems like it is noticeably slower. This may be a problem for people who are always running late for work.

While it works fine for the other grinds, this really won’t be a practical choice for most people due to the fact that it is designed to put your coffee grinds into that little espresso spoon thingie.

Bottom line: I think that this is the best espresso grinder that money can buy, if you have the cash to spend on it.

OE Pharos Manual Coffee Grinder

best quiet manual hand coffee grinderAs you’ve probably already guessed, using a hand coffee grinder is the absolute quietest way to go here. While you are safe picking pretty much any of them when you compare their noise level to an electric coffee grinder, the truth is that some of the manual models are quieter than others. Of those, the OE Pharos Manual Coffee Grinder is the probably the best quiet manual hand coffee grinder that I’ve tried so far.

What I like about this model:

  • comes from Italy – and they take coffee VERY seriously!
  • hand made, so you know a lot of care and quality is put into it
  • practically no noise since it is hand-operated

Check it out – this is an Italian made hand coffee mill that is actually hand built and numbered – this is not something that is mass produced by a factory in China. You get seriously high quality with this thing. I seriously love that about this one.

And since you have to hand crank this baby, the noise level from it is very low. I was honestly surprised by how little sound came from it after testing it out.

Stores that carry the OE Pharos Manual Coffee Grinder online:

What I don’t like about this model:

  • hand cranking takes some work!
  • price is high (in my opinion)
  • limited stores carry it
  • kind of ugly

Though I really like this model a lot, it is not ideal for me. I am not a fan of all the effort that it takes to grind the beans by hand! Yeah, I might be a bit of a wimp, but I was not aware how much effort it was going to take before finding out first hand.

Another ding on this one for me is the price – this hand coffee grinder is not cheap. In fact, it has a retail price of $245 and you only seem to be able to purchase it direct from the manufacturer or the UK-based Coffee Hit online store. That’s probably due to the fact that the item is not made until you actually order it. But, if you want the quietest coffee grinder ever, and do not mind that it is a hand mill, then this is really the only choice for you.

Hario Coffee Mill Mini

If you don’t want to spend the hundreds of dollars on the OE Pharos hand coffee mill above, then there is another decent option that I think is more budget friendly. Check out the Hario Coffee Mill Mini for a pretty good option for a cheap, quiet manual coffee grinder. In fact, I think it is probably one of the cheapest quiet manual coffee grinder options on the market right now.

What I like about this model:

  • budget-friendly price
  • great looking design
  • ceramic instead of steel (means no rusting)

This one probably offers the best value for the money since it is very quiet and often has a cheap price that should fit any budget. It has a sleek design so it looks great on your kitchen counter, but is small enough to store in a cabinet if you do not want to leave it sitting out all day.

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This is a ceramic coffee mill, which is important to note because it means that you not have to worry about it rusting on down the line. All the best coffee grinders are ceramic instead of metal.

Stores that sell the Hario Coffee Mill Mini online:

What I don’t like about this model:

  • hard to read instructions
  • takes a lot of work to do the grinding

Probably the only bad thing about it is that the instructions only come in Japanese. But, you can usually find help online.

With this one, you get a consistent grind but know that for the finest espresso grind it does take a little while to get it all ground. So, be prepared to put in a little elbow grease on this one.

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