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This is our roundup of the ten best salt grinders of 2019. We finalized our list based on our extensive research, thorough tests, and careful analysis of the data that we collected as we went through our process for identifying the top products under this category today. A lot of our fellow kitchen lovers, pro chefs, beginner and novice home cooks, and culinary specialists helped us in curating this list. We thank them sincerely for their assistance and support.
And if you want to learn about our process for building our initial list and also for trimming it down to the top 10 salt grinders of the year, then move on to this section. Otherwise, skip to our roundup of the ten best products under this category this year, and also to the section below where we provide detailed information about the results of our tests and the features of these salt grinders. But keep in mind, learning about our process will also allow you to quickly and accurately pinpoint the most suitable product from our roundup. Plus, you’ll be able to apply the same procedures when you search for other products that you want.
So without any further ado — Here’s our up-to-date roundup of the top 10 salt grinders this year:
Salt Grinder Review Center 2019
|#1 - Merazi Living Wooden Salt Grinder||92%|
|#2 - Ebaco Original Salt & Pepper Grinder||92%|
|#3 - Stanley Fox Salt & Pepper Grinder||88%|
|#4 - COLE & MASON Capstan Salt Grinder||86%|
|#5 - Menu 4418599 Salt & Pepper Grinder||86%|
|#6 - Gravity Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder||82%|
|#7 - Urban Noon Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder||80%|
|#8 - BREVER Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder||80%|
|#9 - OXO Salt Grinder||72%|
|#10 - COLE & MASON Hampstead Electric Salt Grinder||60%|
#1 – Merazi Living Wooden Salt Grinder
The wooden salt and pepper grinder is ideal for those looking for a simple and easy to use the product. Its simple aesthetic makes it an ideal kitchen asset that goes well with any décor.
The grinder is made of 8.5 inches of Acacia wood. It has a round shape that will not only fit in any kitchen or dining space but also make it easy to use. Its capacity is enough for you not to have to worry about frequent refilling.
Another prominent feature of this product is its grinding mechanism. Made with heavy-duty ceramic as well as stainless steel, you can be rest assured to get the salt as fine or as coarse as you want.
What We Like About It:
We greatly appreciate the material of this salt grinder. Acacia wood not only offers durability but also adds a touch of style to your kitchen, tableware, or dinner. The material is also easy to maintain and water-resistant. Once you do a refill, you do not have to worry about the salt catching moisture, instances of rusting, or breakage. Being health-conscious, you will want to add salt to your food minus the impurities.
Of course, we also appreciate this salt grinder being easy to refill. It is done manually by unscrewing the silver top. Our testers were able to remove the lid in a blink of an eye. They were also able to fill salt without any hassle, not to mention they found it easy to clean as well.
#2 – Ebaco Original Salt & Pepper Grinder
Simply designed with a larger glass area than any other grinders we have reviewed, the Ebaco Original Stainless Steel Salt or Pepper Grinder will be a perfect addition to your kitchen. Even though it is designed primarily for functionality, it comes with a clear glass that will have its contents on display. That way, you will always know how much salt is left.
The product also features an airtight lid to keep the contents from absorbing moisture. It is also built to prevent spillage. It fits nicely in your hand, at 5 inches tall and 2.6 inches wide. You can easily hold that on your hands.
What We Like About It:
Our testers liked the fact that this salt grinder is made with functionality in mind. Not much is put on the aesthetics, with the premium brass stainless steel occupying only the top part. The remaining parts feature a thick glass body, as well as non-corrosive ceramic blades. Adding to that is the adjustable ceramic grinder, which will give you control over the desired salt coarseness. Our testers also found the design makes it easy to clean this salt grinder.
Another feature we like about the product is its airtight lid. We were looking for grinders that will not leave a mess on the table, and we found the tightness of the lid reassuring. Aside from that, it also ensures the spice inside maintains its original flavor and lasts longer.
We also like that the salt grinding mechanism is placed in a pole position, and all the salt will sprinkle directly into the food.
#3 – Stanley Fox Salt & Pepper Grinder
This grinder is made of high-quality stainless steel, making it a perfect fit you are your kitchen, dining room, or any other interior décor. The presence of the BPA-free acrylic glass complements its steel grinder.
It comes with an adjustable ceramic grinding mechanism, which enables you to select the preferred coarseness. The brushed stainless steel salt mill ensures that you will consume salt that is corrosion and rust-free.
What We Like About It:
Our testers found the salt grinder being a perfect fit for different varieties of salts. Whether you are a pink Himalayan salt person, or any other type, its grinding mechanism will allow you to get the degree of coarseness you need. We also found out that this salt grinder is easy to refill and keeps the salt fresh for longer.
The grinder is also very solid. It is made from premium stainless steel that is indestructible. Aside from its sturdiness, it is also visually appealing to have on the table. You can wipe and refill it easily.
#4 – COLE & MASON Capstan Salt Grinder
The COLE & MASON Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder is one of the best wood salt grinders that have the bonus of giving your home the aesthetic of an Italian restaurant. This salt grinder is ideal for those people in search of a traditional look. Made of solid stained beech wood, the 6.5-inch salt grinder is built to last for a long time.
The product has a knob on top of it. This knob will enable you to adjust the grind of your salt from coarse to fine. You can do that by either tightening or loosening it. You can also easily unscrew the knob and popped it open to refill it.
Another feature of the COLE & MASON Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder is it machine precision-cut design. It has its stylish look with a smooth and even turns, and the metallic color knob on top of it makes it look unique.
The product is easy to hold on your hands. It is 6.5 inches in height and comes up to a perfectly balanced weight when it’s filled up.
What We Like About It:
We like the fact that the COLE & MASON Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder is made of strong beech wood. Commodities made of woods are usually much more durable. They can be relied upon to last for a long time, as it will take a lot of force to break something made of machine-cut wood.
Another feature we like about this product is its traditional theme. It is made of dark beech wood that looks good in your kitchen.
Our testers also found it easy to open and clean. We were able to loosen the grind on top and pull it out, then refill and close it with ease. Besides, there were no cases of rust or moisture formation due to it being made of wood.
#5 – Menu 4418599 Salt & Pepper Grinder
Sometimes an appliance does not need to have so many features besides the basic ones that enable it to do what it is meant for. Menu 4418599 Bottle-Shaped Salt and Pepper Mills Bottle Grinder is such a product that comes with minimalist features.
It has a ceramic grinder that is adjustable for different degrees of salt coarseness. Its outside is made of plastic but comes with a soft rubber surface as well as a stainless lid. With its perfect height of 8 inches, you will not need to refill it frequently.
What We Like About It:
This is a unique salt grinder. Its inverted design is probably what people pay top dollar for. It ensures that excess salt does not sprinkle out. You will not leave a mess on your table, kitchen, or cupboard.
We are also fond of the product’s rounded base that is made of rubber. Not only does this fit firmly of your hands, but it also will not easily be slid or toppled over on a countertop or any other place you put it. You can also clean this salt grinder with ease. Adding to the fact that you will have an array of colors to choose from, you can go with one that suits you.
#6 – Gravity Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder
The Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder offer value for money. It is made of high-quality material to ensure durability and safety of use. It comes with an interior ceramic cylinder, a wide acrylic glass container, as well as brushed stainless steel.
The adjustable knob is another great feature of this salt grinder. You can adjust it to preferred coarseness. Adding to the fact that the knob can adjust to many grinding levels, you can rest assured to get your salt as coarse or as fine as you wish.
The size of this salt grinder is all big enough to hold salt for a long duration. It is 8 x 3 inches wide. Aside from that, it also has a unique design. It comes with a wide mouth spice container, adding to its stainless steel body, and adjustable ceramic blades. The latter’s form factor makes it easy to use without necessarily having to press the button.
What We Like About It:
We find this product so much easier to use. Our testers were able to select the desired coarseness levels they needed. They went for fine-sized, even though we could have also chosen to go with coarse or something in between. You will thus be able to get the desired levels of coarseness with one press of a button.
Another feature we like about this product is it he blue LED light that comes on once we put in the batteries, and we applied a simple wrist twist. We were able to see the quantity of salt placed in food. Adding the latter feature to its automatic automation, we highly recommend the Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set grinder.
We like the fact that CHEW FUN manufacturers care about the safety of their products. We are assured that each of their items has undergone vigorous quality control and inspection before being made available to the public. Our testers found the product made with BPA as well as a toxic-free material, which is another bonus.
The one-year product warranty, as well as lifetime support, is a feature we like too. With it, we are 100% assured to get a refund within 30 days if the product does not live to its expectations. Adding this to the lifetime support CHEW FUN offers, we could ask questions about the product anytime.
#7 – Urban Noon Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder
With technology almost shaping all aspects of our lives, electric salt grinders at home may just be the new norm soon. This product will be a perfect addition to go along your other high-end gadgets at home. Moreover, with a press of a button, you can sprinkle freshly grounded salt onto food, as fine or as coarse as you like.
This salt grinder is made of the highest quality stainless steel material, which will add a stylish and techie look to your kitchen. Adding the premium stainless steel material to its acrylic glass, you can rest assured the salt grinder will last for a long time. Our testers found the rustproof ceramic core vital for a smooth and easy grind.
The salt grinder is also battery-operated; with a touch of a button, you can adjust the coarseness of the salt as desired.
What We Like About It:
The Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder Set is battery operated, which means no more twisting your wrists for a finer salt grade. With the touch of a button, you can synchronize the grinder. It will give you a convenient hand operation.
We also find the caps at the bottom of this grinder to be a value addition when it comes to creating a humid environment needed to keep your salt fresh. Our testers were fond of the product’s convenient lights. The light will illuminate your food while using the grinder. You do not have to worry about getting too much salt into the food!
We like the no-risk feature that comes with this electric salt grinder. We were initially skeptical about the price, which is lower than non-electric salt grinders. However, the no-risk feature assured us that in case we were unhappy with this product, we could contact the manufacturer for help.
#8 – BREVER Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder
BREVER Premium Electric Salt & Pepper Grinder Set is made of stainless steel on the top and bottom part of the product, with acrylic material covering in between. This gives it a stylish, high-tech look.
Another feature of this product is its stainless steel grinding mechanism that is non-corrosive and smell resistant. Your spices will have that fresh taste. There will also be no cases of rust and moist in your salt.
You can also control the coarseness you want for your salt with the product’s adjustable setting. You can choose from fine to coarse with a simple adjustment on the knob. Adding the latter feature to its LED light that is automatic, you will be able to see the salt coarseness and the amount that’s going into the food.
What We Like About It:
Its premium safe design makes this grinder is easy to use, clean, and safe. We found the SAE 304 stainless steel that the produced is made of offers durability. Besides, it is BPA-free acrylic section ensures no oxidation and corrosion, rendering the salt uncontaminated for usage.
The product also looks great on the table, with its metallic color and the acrylic glass. Aside from that, we found it easy to fill, and the inclusion of one bag of Himalayan salt with purchase was a nice treat!
#9 – OXO Salt Grinder
The OXO Salt Grinder, Clear is another stylish item that makes a nice addition to your kitchen. The grinder comes with five settings to choose the coarseness you want. Aside from the settings, the non-corrosive ceramic cylinder is a great feature. It ensures that your salt will not absorb any moisture or rust that would contaminate your food.
With the OXO Salt Grinder having a grinding mechanism at the top, you can sprinkle salt without worrying about spillage. You can just as easily adjust the settings for the desired coarseness.
The product is also very easy to use. It fits comfortably in your hand, and with a simple slide, you can adjust the grinder setting from fine to coarse, using just one hand.
What We Like About It:
We find the five settings perfect for adjusting the salt coarseness. Our testers liked the fact that you can do so comfortably with one hand and a simple slide of a button. From the salt grinders we reviewed, the 8 OXO Salt Grinder is the only one that had five settings.
We found the design of this grinder perfect. It has a metallic color top and a black color running from the bottom and top part. In between, it features a clear acrylic body. This unique design will go well with other items in your kitchen or house décor. Our testers found the large acrylic glass to be useful too. It lets you see when you are running low on salt.
We also like the fact that this salt grinder is easy to refill. You need just to turn it down and unscrew the cap. Once open, you can refill or clean it with much ease.
Another feature we like about this product is that it comes with a satisfaction guarantee. If you purchase it and experience some issues, you can return it for repair, get a replacement, or a refund. Moreover, we loved the fact that the salt grinder comes with filled salt. You can use it right away!
#10 – COLE & MASON Hampstead Electric Salt Grinder
A combination of premium stainless steel, a battery-operated grinder, and its machine cut carbon precision, and the result is a product that makes for a stylish modern addition to your kitchen! With a grinding button at the top of this salt grinder, where one push will give you the salt coarseness you want.
The product comes with an easily removable top for easy filling. You just need to twist its body, and the top comes off.
Another redeeming feature of this salt grinder is its height. It’s 8 inches tall – a standard one for all the grinders we have reviewed so far. The height will give you the much-capacity to fill in your Himalayan salt. Our testers found out that salt grinders of this height tend to last for a long time compared to those of 6, 5, or 4 inches. It is also the largest one that you will purchase in the market. Adding to the fact that the salt mill is made of COLE & MASON’s precision steel mill works, you can rest assured the salt will not catch moisture or rust.
Lastly, this product comes with an automatic LED light. You will be able to see the amount of salt you sprinkle on your food! You can also see the coarseness of the salt and adjust the setting on the grinder to give you the coarseness you desire. It has settings ranging from fine to very coarse.
What We Like About It:
We like that the COLE & MASON Hampstead Electric Salt Grinder has a button on the top. Even though this is a common feature with other salt grinders on the list, the product’s top part has a smooth and even turn. You can press the button comfortably whilst it is held in your hands. Besides, its machine cut and the ability to select between fine and coarse granules by a turn of a knob is something we really appreciate.
Another feature we like about the product is its lifetime guarantee. This is something that is of great interest, especially in this world of an electric salt grinder. We are assured that if the product does not work as claimed, we could ask for help or get a replacement.
Our testers fell in love with the metallic color, which predominantly covers the salt grinder. It will easily fit in your kitchen, dinner, or countertop. It’s also a color that will go well with other electronic gadgets and appliances.
The above is our round-up for the top ten salt grinders of 2019. Some people will go for style, while others may prefer something high-tech. Even if the functionality is all that matters to you when it comes to this product — This list of the 10 best salt grinders of 2019 has you covered.
Our Process for Identifying the Top 10 Salt Grinders
First, we needed to make sure that all of us agreed on a standard definition of a salt grinder. So at this point in our process, we wanted to know what a salt grinder is, how it works, and what it’s mainly used for. Also, we wanted to identify the primary benefits that this product can provide end users like us. More so, we realized the importance of identifying features that can translate to advantages to differentiate one product from the next. And here’s what we found out:
What’s a Salt Grinder?
As its name implies, a salt grinder is a small tool that’s designed to be used for grinding salt. It’s also known and popularly called as a salt mill.
But why would you want to grind salt instead of buying it in fine powder form? The answer is quite simple. Have you noticed that finely ground salt you can buy from the store often tends to clump together and form in clusters, even in normal weather conditions? That’s exactly the primary motivation behind the invention of these salt grinders — They’re designed to help you avoid this problem as you can freshly grind rock salt each time you need it to prepare and cook food, and also to add some taste to your newly served dishes.
And why would you want to grind your salt anyway? Well, the answer to this question is another simple one. Ever noticed that rock salt doesn’t taste salty enough even if you put a lot of it in your food? So chances are, you’re putting more salt than what’s healthy for your body to consume regularly. Meanwhile, ground salt often tastes salty enough even if you use just a little of it for your recipes and meals. And that’s the main reason why a lot of pro chefs, home cooks, foodies, culinary experts, and kitchen lovers grind their salt — They want to use as less of it as possible, all while getting the saltiness that they want for their food.
Moving on, salt grinders come in different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a stylish tool, a product with lots of bells and whistles or a cheap salt mill, there’s one for every home out there. Some are solely designed to grind salt and can’t be used as a salt shaker for your newly served food, while others function for both purposes.
How We Choose the Best Salt Grinders
Second, we needed to build an initial list of the most popular salt grinders in the market today. We searched for some of the most popular eCommerce platforms and shops where a wide variety of these salt grinders are sold. But we decided to focus on Amazon as it has a lot of products under this category. Plus, many buyers from around the world leave ratings and reviews for the products that they regularly buy from this shopping website.
So we built an initial list of the most popular salt grinders this year. We did this by going to Amazon and browsing through their best-seller list of the top options today. We carefully sifted through their selection, focusing primarily on top rated products with many positive reviews from Amazon buyers all around the world. Of course, we also carefully studied their remarks, comments, and reviews and included their negative insights and experience as part of our analysis.
We also contacted our family and friends to help us build our initial list of salt grinders. Included in our network are our fellow members at the social groups and online communities where we hang out to discuss relevant food and cooking topics. Collectively, our network is a large group of beginner to novice home cooks, pro chefs and catering business operators, foodies, culinary experts, and students. Many of us regularly share our experience, insights, comments, and feedback about a variety of kitchen tools, appliances, recipes, restaurants, and the like.
A lot of our peers contributed their experience and comments about the salt grinders that they’ve used and continue to use up to this day. Some aren’t in our initial list, which at this point was populated by the top-selling salt grinders with top ratings and lots of positive reviews from Amazon buyers. So we added, analyzed, and pruned our shortlist based on their recommendations and experience.
Factors to Consider When Looking for the Best Salt Grinders
Third, we realized that a list of the most crucial aspects to consider when searching for the best salt grinders today needed to be built. That’s because we noticed that our peers and lots of Amazon buyers prioritized certain factors over others when they shared their experience, comments, and opinions about the top salt grinders of the year.
So we carefully logged and analyzed their feedback regarding this. We also consulted our other fellow foodies, pro chefs, home cooks, and culinary experts about these things. And here’s the list that we finalized when it comes to the most crucial factors that you’re advised to consider when looking for the best salt grinders this year:
- Size & Shape — Not that you need a large salt grinder as among the top benefits of this product is to help you avoid putting too much salt in your food, but you still need to consider its size and shape. Especially if you serve a fairly large number of persons on a regular basis, or if you operate a catering business. With that said, you’re advised to factor in the number of persons that you need to frequently prepare and serve food. That’s because you’ll find it quicker, easier, and more convenient to have a salt grinder handy with a capacity that can accommodate the servings that you need to prepare in one batch. Also, the shape of your salt grinder is something that you should think about, more so if you intend to get the type that serves both as a grinder and a shaker. That’s because you’ll be putting it on the tables where your family, friends, and guests will be eating the food that you’ll serve to them;
- Food-Grade Design & Materials — Remember, a salt grinder is designed to help you grind salt that’ll be mixed in with your food. So this means it shouldn’t have any harmful chemicals or components that can endanger the health of your loved ones. With this, you’re recommended to choose a salt grinder that’s made solely out of food-grade materials. Many of the products in our list of the top 10 salt grinders of 2019 are approved by the FDA and the FTC. You’re also advised to check if your preferred options are approved by the government office that’s responsible for checking and confirming the safety designs of similar products;
- Features & Guarantees — As mentioned earlier, some salt grinders are designed to serve both as a grinder and a shaker. These are often integrated with visually appealing designs and small form factors. That’s because your guests will see it as you’ll be placing it on their tables where you serve their food. Plus, some of the products in our roundup of the 10 best salt grinders this year are equipped with adjustment knobs. You can use this to set the ground texture that you want for your salt. Also, keep in mind the guarantees of the manufacturers of your chosen options, such as their claims of their products being made out of food-grade materials of the highest quality. But don’t forget to check and confirm this at all times;
- Sturdiness & Durability — Imagine spilling too much salt on your food because you used a flimsy salt grinder whose cap tends to easily lose its thread. Now think about the reactions of your friends, colleagues, and guests when this happens to them during dinners and parties that you host at your place. Yeah, this is the main reason why you need to go with a salt grinder with a sturdy heft and a durable form factor design. Also, it should be made out of high-quality materials, aside from being food-grade. Otherwise, you’ll be spending time and money replacing your broken salt grinders with new ones every so often; and
- Price & Value-Added Benefits — Now that you’re at this point, it’s likely in your best interest to compare the prices of your preferred options from our list of the top 10 salt grinders of 2019. But remember, you need to do this after carefully going through and considering all the other factors described above. That’s because this can help you pinpoint the most suitable product from our roundup with the most reasonable price for the value that you can expect to get as you use it. But don’t forget to also look closer at the warranty that its manufacturer is offering for their product. After all, the warranty that’s bundled with a product is often indicative of its durability based on actual tests performed by its manufacturer.
Plus, you’re recommended to ask for promotional deals and incentives that the manufacturers, distributors, retailers, or vendors of your chosen options are currently giving away. They often do this to entice more buyers to purchase their products. These are sometimes free recipe books in digital and hard copy formats, discount deals for their other products, and so on.
How We Tested Best Salt Grinders
Fourth, we commenced the final step in our process at this point. This was to form a test group from our network of fellow foodies, home cooks, pro chefs, and culinary experts. We contacted them and asked for their support, and a lot of them happily obliged.
We made sure that as many skill and experience levels as possible can be covered by our test group. We did this by including a combination of beginner and novice home cooks, pro chefs and seasoned catering business operators, foodies, culinary experts and students in our team.
Plus, we integrated the most important factors mentioned above along with all the relevant data that we’ve gathered at this point to devise our testing procedures and evaluation processes. Our primary objective is to ensure that the results of our tests and the details that we share here can be as helpful as possible for allowing you to make a more informed decision.
And these are the steps that we normally go through as we follow our standard process for finalizing our list of the top 10 kitchen products of the year. We were able to finalize our list because of these things.