The Best Salt and Pepper Mills: 7 Top Picks Reviewed

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As much as a gourmet chef might make use of exotic ingredients and unique spices, you still can’t get very far in any recipe without needing the basics: salt and pepper.

Peppercorns |
Grinding whole peppercorns provides the purest taste available for your cuisine.

Although these staples are found on kitchen tables across the world, they are far from boring when executed in the proper way. How’s that? By using salt and pepper that are freshly ground, of course!

Part of the reason that freshly ground spices are important is that, once spices are ground, they begin to oxidize and quickly start to lose their potency. This means you may need to use a larger amount of pre-ground spices, whereas you will need less freshly ground pepper, potentially saving you money and protecting your cooking from stale spices.

Using a salt or pepper mill might seem a little inconvenient at first, especially when most households and restaurants tend to opt for the standard shaker set, filled with pre-ground salt and pepper. Before spice mills became commonly available for household use, spices were freshly ground in a mortar and pestle, allowing the user to simply crush them by hand.

This is still an option today, of course. But unless you have your own prep cook or sous chef at home, you may want to consider a manually operated pepper or salt grinder instead, which can bring excellent results faster and with less mess.

Red Peppercorns |
Although sometimes rare, you can purchase different colors of peppercorns such as this red variety, in both the fresh and dried forms shown here.

Making regular use of a grinder for your coarse salt or peppercorns will provide an added touch of class and raise your standards for food preparation. Freshly grinding spices allows the aroma and flavors to be released immediately prior to use, creating a fresher and fuller flavor that can elevate average, ho-hum cooking to the realm of flavorful gourmet meals.

Foodal’s Top Picks

1. The Unicorn Magnum Plus. Although Cook’s Illustrated bumped the Unicorn Magnum Plus from first place in their last review (at the time of this writing), we found that it is still a great selection. It remains Foodal’s #1 choice in terms of performance, value, speed, and ease of use, and we love the fact that it is made on Nantucket Island of US and Italian sourced parts. Its synthetic casing also ensures that it’s impervious to moisture penetration and most falls.

Read our review below     OR     Read Customer Reviews on Amazon! 

2. The Peugeot Paris U’Select. By far the easiest unit to fill and also one of the better choices for an extra fine grind, this model is made in France by the same company that invented the modern peppermill over 160 years ago. We liked everything about this model: decent speed, not made in China, aesthetically pleasing (its wooden construction is available in many types and in different sizes), and it’s easy to adjust the coarseness mechanism.

Read our review below     OR     Read Customer Reviews on Amazon!

3. The Perfex. We love this grinder with its beefy aluminum construction and its lifetime warranty. It’s very easy to dial in the exact grind that you want. It’s also made by a small family-owned company in France, which brings us to the only real issue with this model – should it need to be repaired or serviced (which is rare), it must be sent to France, and can be somewhat difficult for North American English speakers to get in touch with the company.

Read our review below     OR     Read Customer Reviews on Amazon!

4. The Cole and Mason Derwent Precision. This model features carbon steel burrs and a stainless and glass construction that gives a more modern take on an old classic. Its carbon steel burrs allow for precision grinding and we loved the fact that its adjustment mechanism actually features a scale, for less trial and error when hunting for a particular coarseness setting. Unfortunately it is not without its flaws, which kept it out of the top three.

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5. OXO Good Grips. By far the best budget pick, OXOs are very high quality considering their low cost. Chinese manufacturing, but with excellent quality control. OXO is the go-to brand for various kitchen utensils that work well without spending a small fortune, and their salt and pepper mills are no exception. The OXOs feature one of the easiest to turn and operate mechanisms on the market, and approach that of our number 1 pick for ease of use.

Read our review below     OR    Read Customer Reviews on Amazon!

6. The Atlas. Similar in build to a Greek or Turkish coffee grinder and probably built in the same factory, the Atlas is a hefty chunk of metal that will keep you in fresh pepper for years to come. Available in solid brass, copper, or a chrome steel, adding one of these to your kitchen or dining room table will bring in a touch of the Mediterranean to your foodie endeavors. The only issue with this model is its lack of adjustability in the coarseness setting.

Read our review below     OR     Read Customer Reviews on Amazon!

7. Sage Kitchenware. Many salt mills cannot handle moisture-dense salt like pink Himalayan and other similar varieties. In fact, many mills specifically warn against using this type of salt, as it will gum up the grinding mechanism. However, we’ve found that the Sage can grind these types of salt with ease. With a ceramic burr set and a no-hassle full lifetime replacement warranty, this one should make any discerning consumer happy.

Read our review below     OR     Read Customer Reviews on Amazon!

Choosing a Salt or Pepper Mill

While choosing a specific model may not sound like something that needs deep thought or consideration, it’s best not to simply grab the first one you see on the supermarket or department store shelf. This is particularly true for the pre-filled devices because, not only might the unit be inferior, you also have no idea how old and stale the peppercorns inside are. As a kitchen tool that you will use daily, it is important to purchase a product that is ideal for your intended use and preferences.

Top Rated Salt and Pepper Grinders |
Choosing specific models of salt and pepper mills isn’t as easy as it seems, since some models are much better at grinding than others.

There are many more options available than you might think. And all models are certainly not the same. Equipping your kitchen with a good set of salt and pepper mills will be a long-term investment for the future, and you can enjoy them every day for years to come.

Grinders are fairly simple machines with just a few moving parts. The main part is the vessel that holds the whole peppercorns or coarse salt. On the outside, the top of the unit will contain a hand crank that attaches to a spindle, which turns the grinding mechanism inside the device.

When the crank is turned, the peppercorns are pulled onto a burr with teeth that rub together to force the spice to grind into small pieces. This may also be arranged as a head that rotates and grinds the peppercorns or salt granules against a fixed ring. The space between the burrs or the head and ring determines the fineness or coarseness that the spice will have after it is ground.

Considering Salt Grinders

Grinding salt is a slightly different situation than pepper, as salt is not as compatible with metal. If you are planning to grind salt, a ceramic mechanism is likely to work out better than metal will. However, a ceramic mechanism is not nearly as durable as stainless steel varieties, and therefore the grinder may not last as long due to potential shattering or breakage.

You may find that some companies offer a corrosion-resistant metal mechanism that may be effective for a short time, but it still will not be as long-lasting for the purpose of grinding salt as a ceramic mill would be. Himalayan, pink, Celtic, or grey salts may contain more moisture and can cause the grinding burrs to get sticky, so it is helpful to store your salt grinder in a place that has the lowest humidity possible.

What to Look For in Mills

Having fun with pepper grinders and salt mills |

When deciding on a particular model, there are a few points to consider to be sure that you are getting the finest product to suit your cooking needs and desires. Ask yourself some questions in order to help you prioritize which features are more important to you when determining which grinder you should buy:

  • Will this be used at home for the family? Will it be stored in the kitchen or on the dining room table? How much capacity do you need for your family?
  • Are you using this for a catering company or restaurant? Is efficiency important over style? Do you need a large range of grind consistency options?
  • Do you plan to use your grinder for salt or pepper? What kind of mechanism will you need for each?
  • Are you looking for a model that matches your other kitchenware or cooking tools?
  • How much use will the mill get and how durable do you need it to be?

Examining the quality of the grind mechanism, ability to set coarseness, capacity, ease of use, vessel material, and preferred stylistic details will get you far in deciding which mill is best for you.

Grind Mechanism

A high quality burr mechanism is essential for ensuring that the device provides a consistent grind for many years. Some of the lower quality grinders use acrylic mechanisms, which are significantly inferior to a stainless steel gear system. Honestly, the cheap acrylic mechanisms are not really worth bothering with. Acrylic simply fails to provide the durability and consistency of grind that is offered by the better high-carbon steel or ceramic varieties, leaving you with a lesser product that is much more likely to break (as well as mess with the rate of salt you add to a dish).

If you are going to invest your money in a salt or pepper mill, why get a sub-par model? It is certainly better to invest a few more dollars up front to get a quality unit that is likely to become a long-time friend. While many superior models are made with stainless steel mechanisms, ceramic also has a good history as a product that is often very easy to clean, despite the fact that it is admittedly more delicate.

Coarseness Settings

A truly superior quality salt or pepper mill allows the user to change the fineness or coarseness of the grind, based upon the recipe requirements and the cook’s needs. For instance, the Peugeot Paris U’Select offers six settings of coarseness from very fine to roughly cracked. Mills with clear markings are the easiest to use.

The Pegeout Paris U'Select in white laquer|

The Peugeot Paris U’Select Pepper Mill in White Lacquer

Other devices also allow for altering the grind size, but they may not offer as much consistency without marked settings. This is particularly useful for a pepper mill, but can be handy for grinding salt as well.

Ease of Use

Cooks who spend any amount of time with a sticky grinder in hand could easily find themselves with a nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome. Making sure your pepper and salt grinders are easy to crank or twist will be a great favor to your wrists, as well as providing convenience and speed in the kitchen. A comfortable grip and smoothly twisting top or crank is an important factor in choosing a new grinder.


Although needing to refill your grinder often may not be a problem for the home cook, if purchasing for a restaurant or catering company, you will certainly want a larger capacity vessel. Smaller devices usually range from 1/8 cup and up, and the largest model could potentially hold up to 1 ½ cups of peppercorns. A small to medium sized mill is probably best for a home kitchen because the spices tend to lose their flavor as they age, and you do not want to leave them sitting around for too long. For those working in bulk, a large capacity unit can be a great benefit.


While performance is critical in ranking these grinding devices, style is also very important for many people. Ranging from traditional wood to sleek and modern versions made from a variety of materials, style is very much based on personal preference.

Peugeot Paris U'select in red wood laquer |

The Peugeot Paris u’Select in Red Lacquer

Peugeot offers the largest variety of color options to match almost any kitchen as well as the traditional wooden pillars, while many other designs by various manufacturers are also pleasing to the eye. Because salt or pepper mills often last a lifetime, the best practice is to choose a timeless classic model that  you are not likely to tire of quickly.


Grinders come in a variety of materials, from light to heavy and from fancy to simple. Some traditional models are carved from wood and have a hand-crafted, simple look.

How to select the best salt and pepper mills |
A glass and wood combination can feature the best of two different materials and styles.

Wood: This is a fairly durable choice, as wood does not break easily when dropped accidentally or banged around in the kitchen. However, wood may be a bit more difficult to ensure that it is clean and disinfected. Steel, copper, or other types of metal grinders bring some shine to the kitchen, but mills made of metal may be heavier and could potentially rust, unless they are aluminum.

Metal: This material is great for durability, but not so great if the chef has hand or wrist troubles and struggles to lift and twist a heavy unit. This type sometimes weighs up to three times what other similarly sized models weigh.

Plastic and Acrylic: The advantage of these materials is that they are quite durable and easy to clean, but they can get brittle over time and crack. These materials do, however, provide a lightweight option, they often come in a variety of bright colors, and they may be trimmed with stainless steel for a sleek, designer look.

Manual or Electric

A manually activated hand mill, whether operated by a crank or simply by turning the top, is typically the better choice for the kitchen. However, there are some folks who struggle with grip or hand strength, and they can benefit from a battery powered version. This may be particularly useful for bulk grinding in restaurants, for extensive prep work, or in some other sort of commercial venue.

In this case, look for a well-balanced battery powered or re-chargeable pepper mill that will provide ease of use by grinding quickly and steadily, but also allowing for coarseness adjustment.

Top Rated Pepper Mills

Considerations for these “best of breed” pepper mills are made based upon durability, ease of use, speed, style, and compactness. As with any kitchen tool or appliance, finding the model that fits your priorities is very much a personal choice. Hopefully some of our top picks will give you guidance as you consider which model will suit your needs.

Best for Durability – The Atlas

Available in copper, chrome or brass, the Atlas Pepper Mill from Pepper Mill Imports is hand built in Greece, using classic methods and durable materials. Sizes range from smaller 7” mills to the larger 9” option. The model stands easily with its flanged base and the handmade all-metal body promises that this design will hold up for many years. In fact, the 300 year history of the company backs the product with a trustworthy reputation.

8″ Pepper Mill Imports Atlas Pepper Mill in Brass

This model offers inner workings made of durable stainless steel for a fine performance. The main drawback of this unit is that there is no option for a coarse grind. It is, however, excellent for the medium and finer grinds.

Also, the metal is heavier than the wooden or plastic models might be, so going smaller might help to keep the weight down. Since you can expect this product to last for years, the price is quite reasonable when spread out over time. The Atlas is available in brass, copper and chrome and in various different sizes. Click here to read Amazon’s customer reviews and to peruse the color and size selections.

Best Compact Mill – Perfex

The Perfex Crank Pepper Mill is a little powerhouse for those wanting a compact model. Sometimes smaller examples can be a hassle because they need to be refilled so often, but this one is so simple to refill that its miniature size of 4 1/2″ is not a problem. The durable aluminum case provides a sleek metal look without any risk of rust, and it is exceptionally lightweight.

Perfex Crank Pepper Mill, 4.5-Inch

Expertly built with a metal burr grinder and front-loading chute, this model offers classic styling. A “P” or an “S” is stamped on the loading chute, to indicate whether it contains pepper or salt.

Perfex Salt and Pepper Mill Set

For a smaller device, the Perfex does come in on the pricey end, but the durability offered by the French family-owned company promises many years of use for this little tool.

Best for Ease of Use – The Unicorn Magnum

The sleek, black design of the Unicorn Magnum Plus Pepper Mill is simple, but its performance for comfort and ease of use redeems its plain appearance. Made from ABS plastic for the 9” tall body and oversized steel for the grinding mechanism, the Unicorn Magnum with extra length allows the user to have better leverage with an easy grinding action. In addition, this model is rather easy to refill with a sliding side-mounted ring for loading.

Unicorn Magnum Plus Pepper Mill 9″ Black

However, with its 1 ¼ cup capacity, you may not need to refill as often as you would with smaller examples. The Unicorn Magnum Plus is also fairly lightweight, considering its large size and capacity. The bottom thumbscrew allows for grind adjustment but there are no set markings, so consistency can be a bit challenging.

Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill 6" Black Unicorn Magnum Salt Mill 6" White

This model offers a coarser grind, but other (smaller) units from Unicorn use a standard sized mechanism that grinds a bit more finely. Fairly affordable, Unicorn makes their mills in the USA (with US and Italian-sourced parts). The Unicorn Magnum is also available on Amazon in a smaller 6″ size as shown above.

Best Pepper Mill for Speed – Peugeot

Would you like to find a more traditional looking peppermill that has been updated to perform better than the original? Peugeot is one of the originators of the now classic wooden pepper mill shape, but that doesn’t mean that they have simply rested on their laurels in the innovation department. The Peugeot Paris U’Select allows for five different grind settings that are adjusted right at the base of the shaft.

Peugeot Paris U’Select 9-Inch Pepper Mill in Red Lacquer

Moreover, these grind settings actually make a difference, unlike those in many other grinders. The extra fine creates a powder while the most coarse setting lands in about the mid-coarse level (you can’t have everything…).

The milling system within the Peugeot Paris U’Select is made up of two burrs crafted from carbon or stainless steel (dependent on whether it’s a salt or pepper model) that have a pair of differently sized grooves. The bigger groove initially splits the peppercorn, and the smaller sized one handles the fine milling. The Paris U’Select incorporates a twisting knob at the base, which can be preset to six specific grind levels. The Peugeot Paris U’Select is offered in a variety of stained wood colors, or with a solid lacquered finish.

See all of the available sizes and colors on Amazon or read Foodal’s in depth review now.

Best See-Through – Cole and Mason Derwent

Clear mills are a style that’s preferred by many people as they may complement their kitchen décor, but the clear grinder also comes in handy for knowing when it is time to refill your spices. The Cole and Mason Derwent Precision Gourmet Pepper Mill is not only made from attractive clear acrylic with stainless steel accents, but this one also offers six pre-set grinding levels for consistency of fineness or coarseness.

Cole and Mason Derwent Precision Gourmet Pepper Mill

Coming in at 7 1/2” tall, the grinder fits easily into the palm and the spring loaded, hardened carbon steel mechanism provides smooth handling. Because the see-through design of this affordable model makes it possible for the peppercorns to be exposed to sunlight, you may want to store this one inside the cabinet to keep the spices from losing their flavor too quickly.

There is some concern voiced by real world users in reviews about the markings for the grind settings rubbing off, so keep this in mind.

Best Mill for Salt – Sage

The ceramic grinding mechanism on this Sage Kitchenware Stainless Steel Salt Mill makes this a trustworthy product that allows you to avoid potentially sticky situations with salt. Created specifically to cut down on problems with moisture, this ceramic model is strong and flexible. Changing coarseness is easy with variable settings, and the secure lock at the bottom means no mess to clean up when the unit is not in use.

Sage Kitchenware Stainless Steel Salt Mill or Pepper Grinder Strong Ceramic Grinder

Lightweight and sleek in style, the see-through acrylic panel shows the user when the mill needs to be refilled without exposing the entire stock of salt or pepper to sunlight, so there is no risk of losing flavor. Also, because the ceramic grinder mechanism is non-absorbent, you can feel free to change up its use to grind a different spice or dried herb without affecting the flavor, as long as you get it completely emptied and washed between spices.

Affordably priced, this 8 ½” easy-to-fill grinder offers a wide opening at the top, and a wide base to keep it from tipping. A lifetime replacement guarantee from the company makes this a low-risk investment. Read real customer reviews on Amazon now.

Best Affordable Mill – OXO Good Grips

These chunky grinders from OXO are at the top of the budget selections. We like that they are easy to turn, so much that so that even a small child is capable of using one. We also love the fact that they are designed to sit on the table or counter with the dispenser facing up, easily avoiding the whole issue of constantly needing to clean up stray spice particles. This is one of the smarter design choices that OXO is famous for (“making the mundane better”). They refill from the bottom, with a cap that is easy to unscrew, and flush with the base.

Coated plastic on the base really does offer a good grip (hence the name) and we love the modern look with a clear canister that lets you know at a glance when you’re approaching time for a refill (rather than running out mid-grind).

OXO Good Grips Salt and Pepper Grinder Set available from Amazon

The OXOs are shorter in stature than many other brands; however, many customers reported that they were surprised by how big they actually are in terms of capacity. Standing at over 5 ½” tall, they boast a large hopper that keeps refills to a minimum.

They aren’t without their flaws. Both the salt and pepper mill are fairly aggressive in their grinds and there is no real fine setting, though they do offer five increments of coarseness. Some might argue that these options are merely coarse and less coarse. This tendency towards the coarse end of the spectrum is likely how they were able to make these mills fast to grind and easy to turn – by making the gear teeth more aggressive. If you like your spices a bit more on the coarse side, this is a set to keep in mind when it’s time to purchase. In addition to the set shown above, these are sold separately as well.

All Set?

Now, since you have come to the conclusion that it is finally time to ditch those kitschy decorative salt and pepper shakers that your grandma bought you back in the 1970s, you know where to turn. Embrace the heightened flavors that are brought to meals simply by making the switch to a proper high-quality salt and pepper mill in the dining room, the kitchen, or at your restaurant if you are a professional cook or chef.

Jump into the world of freshly ground spices |

Once you have gotten accustomed to freshly ground salt and pepper in your kitchen, you will likely never be able to go back to those diner shakers. And, while pepper and salt mills cannot promise to completely change your life, they will certainly add a new element of taste to your cooking – impressing your friends, family, or customers all along the way!

Read more of Foodal’s spice grinder guides and reviews now!

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About Julie Workman

As a freelance writer for over 15 years, Julie Workman has been published in various magazines, books, and online media. She holds a college degree in Home Economics which she uses every day in overseeing her household and making her home a happy place for her family.

38 thoughts on “The Best Salt and Pepper Mills: 7 Top Picks Reviewed”

  1. I have a grinder for both my peppercorns AND my salts. I’m glad you mentioned that about the metal in relation to the salt. So many people buy salt & pepper shakers that match & fail to see the potential problem there.

    I think a great accompaniment to this article would be the whys of different peppercorns for different recipes & which is the most versatile. I imagine you can explore salt as well. Though both are commonly used in almost every recipe we make they’re seldom explored.

  2. I have a salt shaker and pepper grinder set that looks like the wooden one shown here, only smaller. I will admit that I originally bought it simply because I liked the way it looked. The wood was a perfect match to the kitchen table and chairs I had just bought at the time.

    Since then, I realized what a huge difference fresh ground pepper can make. It’s lovely. I don’t currently have a salt grinder, but it makes perfect sense. I never thought about it before, so thanks this. Hopefully I can find one to match my pepper grinder, although matching is clearly not the most important thing to consider.

  3. In these parts of the world (Mediterranean) almost every house has a grinder. Although I have to admit not a lot of young folks use them, it’s mostly the elderly who still enjoy doing it themselves. I guess those made from metal and ceramic are more durable but nothing beats the feel of wood in your hands.

  4. My salt and pepper mills are clear perspex and stainless steel from Brabantia. I have had them for over a decade and they still look great. It is definitly worth paying a little extra for these. The best thing about a clear mill is that it’s easy to see when a refill is needed.

  5. For my salt and pepper mills, i prefer function and easiness to clean over beauty. I’ve rejected so many due to the fact that they’re cumbersome and take up too much space. For me, the biggest factor is that I like them clear so I can see inside. I really love the stainless steel ones. The OXO good grips that you reviewed are really cute and tiny! I might get those.

  6. I am really glad that you posted this article! I bought my husband a pepper grinder for Christmas and it has really not worked at all like we expected it to so we are in the market for a new one. I have had such good luck with the OXO products that I think I am just going to go ahead and order that one today!

  7. I’ve…never seen such a comprehensive review list of pepper mills before. In my house, we always grind our pepper and our salt comes already grinded. This is pretty mind boggling for me

  8. That’s what’s missing in my kitchen! I don’t own even one. As much as I see them in restaurants, others’ homes, on television and even in stores I don’t have a clue why to this day I don’t have one. Hopefully I can find a couple of good ones next time I’m out shopping.

  9. This is an arena I have never explored and you have made it so enlightening. I understand the concept of using fresh herbs and whole seasons, but I never applied it to salt and pepper. I have the grandma shakers. These grinders are good looking and your reviews really helped me to understand their value. I like the fact that these mills last for years and they come in nice fashions too.

  10. I love the Atlas! A friend of mine has one in her kitchen and it works like a dream… Not to mention it looks like a piece of art sitting on the counter!

    It’s about time for me to invest in a real pepper grinder; my plastic version broke the other day, spilling a quarter cup of whole peppercorns into my grilled veggies. I learned my lesson about skimping on this particular piece of cooking equipment!

  11. I buy pepper contained in pepper mills, and it works fine for me. One pepper mill lasts me about a year, and it’s only ~$15-20 per mill. I’m happy with this arrangement, but maybe I’ll switch it out for one of these.

  12. We have a grinder for salt and pepper that’s very similar to the grinder found in number 4, and it works extremely well. You don’t get large chunks of sea salt or pepper in your food, so you don’t get that annoying crunch that comes with poorly ground seasonings. If you don’t have any seasoning grinders in your house, I definitely recommend getting one off of this list.

  13. I’m using disposable ones for my sea salt right now, and I can’t believe I never looked closely enough to notice that there’s actually an adjustment on there for coarse or fine. I do need to purchase new grinders for both salt and pepper, especially for cooking, so this article will come in handy for when I ultimately make the decision. For now, I’ve added my favorites to my wish list, as always.

    • We use disposables in our household as well. Until this article and your comment, I was oblivious to the different settings.

      I’m looking into purchasing some new grinders, too. I figure that the cost will be cheaper on the whole and it adds a nice aesthetic to the kitchen or dining room. Also, living in such a high humidity environment, finding a way to safely store my spices is essential.

  14. Hi Julie,

    In your article, you picture a wood glass combination mill that I am very interested in. Can you please tell me what kind of mill (brand/model) it is? Thank you!

  15. I have a selection for combinations of peppers and salts and mixtures (with herbs). My favourite is a ceramic mill for grinding into very fine powder or very small grains – I bought it for linseeds which I grind on just about anything.

  16. That White Lacquer one looks amazing. I am usually not too picky when it comes to the appearance of my stuff, but I want those. They would really class up the place, and I think that I could use all the help in that department. Having them is pretty much a necessity, though, and I just cannot do the shakers anymore. I have a good pair, but now I really have my eyes on something like those white one. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I have a Perfex pepper mill that has served me well for 30 years. Last week the handle broke and I wish to replace that part. I am amazed that I have invested at least 2 hours of my time trying to locate the website or an email address where I can contact the manufacturer. For such a reputable product, I’m baffled that nobody seems to have any contact information for this company in France. Please help, anybody!!!!

  18. Wouldn’t recommend the Sage. As far as I can tell the company no longer exists. A simple plastic part on the bottom of the grinding mechanism broke after 2 years and now there’s no way to get a replacement part or unit.

  19. Unfortunately, the Cole and Mason mill is NOT made of glass. It says acrylic in the description from the seller on Amazon 🙁

  20. My father has those electric pepper and salt things. He got the idea from a guy in Bath, England we once stayed with. Anyway, I live in Nova Scotia and I see no point in the damn thing. It breaks down, consumes batteries and is harder to fill than a standard pepper or salt shaker. Moreover, the thing broke down on me in the middle of the night and got stuck and I cannot fix it. I think ground black peppercorn is preferable although to grind it on your food you need a manual pepper mill, they are far superior to those electronic things. Why bother with that? Honestly!

  21. Fabulous article! This was perfect for those looking to buy a set as gifts, especially with the holidays coming up. A pity I can’t use pepper, I’d have loved one of these wonderful models. Sadly, I have a gastrointestinal sensitivity to pepper (and a couple other spices) which results in a rather severe reaction. In early grade-school, after a half dozen very embarrassing and messy accidents, it was finally understood that pepper was the culprit. After that, it was easy to avoid.

    However, the damage was done. I became known as Dianna Diarrhea. Kids are cruel, and a large percentage of my classmates refused to use any other name for me. It was horrible. I very much looked forward to High School, with a new set of classmates. No such luck. The name somehow managed to follow me into my new school, and stayed. Truly, a horrible experience I don’t reminisce about.

    Years later, while in line at the bank, an obnoxious boy I barely knew in school recognized me and yelled loudly, “DIANNA DIARRHEA….is that you?!” Humiliating! I instantly became that little girl again, embarrassed and insecure. Why are people so insensitive???


    • Sounds like quite a struggle, Dianna. You’re certainly not the only one who has been through this! Congrats to you for isolating the problem and working on your own diet to meet your needs. We think you’ll also enjoy some of our articles on coping with food allergies and intolerances. Thanks for reading!

  22. Your article seems quite pepper mill focused. What do you think of the Peugeot salt mills given that they have a treated metal mechanism and not ceramic? What would your top recommendation be for a salt mill that is adjustable and can produce a fine result?

    • The Peugeot freres models, s&p set, are the worst junk going. I guess they must make something decent being around since 1840, but you wouldn’t know it by my 2 examples.

  23. The problem I find with all of these grinders is that they dispense from the bottom and therefore you get salt/pepper on the counter or shelf. We had an inexpensive set that dispensed from the top and refilled from the bottom. Anybody aware of a manufacturer of that design?

    • The OXO Good Grips grinders are an excellent set that dispenses from the top, and refills from the bottom. I actually have these myself!

      I just made some updates to our review, to note these features in more detail. Thanks for reading, and good luck in your search!

  24. Nice article!

    I have been noodling with wanting to use a mill/grinder to grind other spices – cumin, coriander, fenugreek seeds, and cardamom.

    These spices are common in Indian cooking. Sometimes a recipe calls for dry-roasted, and then ground spices. I was thinking I could dry roast them, let them cool, and then load them up in a grinder to use as required.

    A few related questions:

    1. Which would be a better fit – pepper grinder or salt grinder (for the spices above)?
    2. I use cardamom sparingly. I tend to store it in the refrigerator when not in use. How would it be if I store the grinder itself in the fridge (with cardamom in it)?
    3. I would like to have these spices as a fine powder when I use the mill/grinder. Any suggestions?

  25. I’ve been using a Peugeot Wooden pepper mill for years, and it has served the family well. I finally went for an upgrade & bought a Davis & Waddell matching set with the ceramic grinding mechanism to compliment the kitchen. The Salt mill lasted only a year and a half before the ceramic bit cracked.. I’m trying to see if I can repair or replace the ceramic bits and that’s how I found this site & forum.
    Anyone know, or does the bin win ?

    • You might like to look into the MillStone brand, Vishy. Cole & Mason is another brand that was originally founded in the UK, but I don’t believe their products are manufactured there today.

  26. Grinding peppercorns creates flavor, but grinding salt is useless because it doesn’t add flavor! So why do people want to grind salt?

    • When used as a finishing salt, large flakes do add a bit of crunchy texture. And using a grinder can give the use control over how fine or coarse they want the salt to be.

    • I’m sorry but I haven’t been able to track down this exact product for you, Kristie! However, there are two sets with a similar look that I can recommend. Cole and Mason have a set available via Wayfair that resembles the style you’re referencing very closely, and there’s another set available via Amazon with a “viewing window” that is a bit smaller. The clear portions of both of these are acrylic rather than glass. Hope this helps you to find what you’re looking for!

  27. The wood/glass pepper mill looks like my Ikeda mill which used to be sold by Fox’s Spices but sadly not for some years due to the exchange rate making them prohibitively expensive. Mine is the 9” version but I broke the glass and can’t find anyone who sells them. Would like to be able to repair this as it’s among the very best mills I’ve ever had.


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