Well, here we go.
I am a wannabe coffegeek. I've read a lot (wife says too much) on this website. Anyways, after reading so much about the evils of blade grinders, I found that I couldn't be happy without the burr. First, I realize my own limitations. Such as, I'm a pig. I'll eat (and drink) just about anything. So, I knew deep down that a fantastic new flavor in my mouth, most likely wouldn't appear. Second, I'm on a REAL tight budget. There is no way I could afford "the good stuff". Ebay supplied me with the opportunity to buy fairly inexpensive. I noticed a seller that was always selling a grinder. So, I just stuck to my low price and eventually I won an auction.
I knew going into this, that the Delonghi brand isn't well liked, and this I totally understand and even agree.
Since I have no need for the real fine grind, I don't care. If you have a nice big brand name espresso machine, then I doubt that you'd be happy with this grinder. This grinder is doing fine by me. Perhaps, when it dies (in three months according to some) I'll be able to justify a better grinder (read more $$$) but until then I'm happy. With a burr grinder I do really enjoy not having to guess if the beans are properly ground (they appear to be). When I used a blade grinder, I always guessed.
Yes, there does appear to be quite a bit of static, but my blade grinder did too (making it very difficult to see the grind). So I just put in a little extra, and take a little more time to clean. I haven't experienced any of the clogging problems that other have mentioned. It seems a bit on the noisy side, but there are easy fixes. I put the machine on a folded towel and place my hand on the top of the hopper (?) When the hopper is left un-muted, it kinda works as a amplifier.