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It's true that some grinders have up to 60 settings. They exist to create different-sized grounds tailored to the type of coffee you're making.

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In our labs, CR engineer Ginny Lui tests every grinder for three settings. Coarse (usually the higher settings) is best for a cold-brew machine and a French press because they have a longer steeping process that needs bigger grounds.

Medium-sized grounds are best for your everyday hot cup of drip coffee. The Breville Smart Grinder Pro BCG820 has a medium setting that's rated Excellent. Fine grounds (usually the lower settings) are best for espresso.

But extra settings don't automatically mean better results. Our top performer, the recommended Oxo Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder does a great job with just 15. 

For related information, check our reviews and ratings of coffee and coffee makers, including cold brew, espresso, specialty, and more.

More Coffee Grinders From Our Tests

The grinders below received various scores for grind performance when it came to course, medium, and fine (and some are noisier than others). Check each model's individual scores and CR's Take for what matters most to you—and see our full coffee grinder ratings for even more models.

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Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the January 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.