Our Valued Sponsor
OpinionsConsumer ReviewsGuides and How TosCoffeeGeek ReviewsResourcesForums
consumer product reviews
coffee & espresso grinder reviews
Hario Ceramic Slim - Larry Mendoza's Review
Posted: April 15, 2013, 5:50pm
review rating: 9.0
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Hario Ceramic Slim Mill
Where to Buy
Arrow 1st-line Equipment
Arrow Prima Coffee Equipment
Arrow Seattle Coffee Gear
 List your business site here.
About "Where to Buy"

More About This Product
Arrow The Hario Ceramic Slim has 9 Reviews
Arrow The Hario Ceramic Slim has been rated 8.24 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since February 7, 2009.
Arrow Hario Ceramic Slim reviews have been viewed 70,772 times (updated hourly).

Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Steve P 9.00
Larry Mendoza 9.00
Chris Cambell 8.00
Brett Holland 7.25
Dan Gray 6.67

Previous Review Next Review
Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Hario Japan Quality: 8
Average Price: $35.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $40.00 Cost vs. Value 10
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 1 year Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: none
Bottom Line: Excellent first/ cheap/ travel/ secondary burr grinder. Works great, looks great, has panache.
Positive Product Points

+ ceramic grinders are efficient, consistent
+ slim neck makes for firm grasp while grinding
+ bean cover "keeps 'em in", reduces grind noise
+ infinitely adjustable for grind
+ very easy to clean

Negative Product Points

- hex head handle slips off occasionally, will eventually strip
- grind basket verry small, only enough for 4 cup pots (else do it again!)
- adjustment nut has no retainer marks; almost impossible to "reset" a grind once changed
- instructions in japanese only; just gotta "figure it out"
- no "On" switch; just your forearms and a sweep second hand (about 2 minutes of grinding to full)

Detailed Commentary

I've owned the Hario Ceramic Slim grinder for a year now, so I figured I'd weigh in on it's strengths and weaknesses as I see 'em.  I use the Slim exclusively with my "boutique" coffee makers, a Chemex and, my current favorite, a Planetary Designs 6 cup press pot.  

The Slim looks great on the table, and feels very high quality in the hand. The slim body and textured upper make for an easy hold.  The infinitely adjustable nut at the bottom of the grind mechanism is good/bad - with a simple turn or three, you can find just the grind you're looking for.  But because there's no detente, or mark to set a specific grind, good luck getting back to exactly the same place once you've changed it substantially.  However, since living with it, that turns out to be not a big deal, as I usually just leave it at a single setting for most of my purposes.

Breakdown is simple - undo the nut at the bottom, slide the central shaft out, and separate the ceramic burrs - don't drop 'em! (they'll chip on a hard surface like granite counter tops). 10 minute job, every other week.

The burrs tend to "float" inside the body, but it doesn't appear to affect the consistency much - in comparisons with other grinders (below) I've found the consistency is remarkably good - if you're new to burr grinders, coming from say a Krups blade, it's an order of magnitude better.

In over a year of hard usage, the Slim has worn very well - looks practically new.  Only wear spot is on the hex-head handle connection, which has "jumped track" a half dozen times and popped off the head while grinding.  It has ever-so-slightly begun to strip at the nut edges - it's still a snug fit for now, but after perhaps another few years, it'll be the first thing to give.  I would have recommended a square-head connection.

I have access to an interesting competitor, at the same price point - the larger, Hario Skerton, which my brother-in-law owns. We regularly compare & contrast:

vs. Hario Skerton: the Slim has a plastic grind cup, the Skerton a larger glass cup - if you tend towards more than 4 cups at a time, you'll quickly tire of the Slim, as it will require two grind cycles.  Plastic contributes to the Slim's extremely low weight in the hand, and slimmer design; it's simply easier to hold.  The black plastic of the grinder body is also lightly textured, so it has a natural non-stick in the hand; the Skerton has a more rubber-like feel.
KEY: the Slim's plastic grind lid cover is a high value addition - no dust, "jumping beans" and if it's accidentally dropped or knocked over, simply no mess - not true of the Skerton. The adjustment design of the Slim is also superior - easy and quick to alter the grind.

Both are excellent, but if slim lightweight and adjustable are important, the Slim wins out.  If you make more than 4 cups, the Skerton is the way to go.  Both are high quality, and excellent grinders.

The Slim is a winner, especially factoring in the price - for the money, it's tough to get a higher quality, more consistent grinder (except for the Skerton). Any other burr grinder at this price point - and substantially above - uses steel burrs, not ceramic. And it's just fairly sexy - it gets as much notice as any of my other coffee items, so if good-looking design and wow-factor have any importance to you, this one has it - much better looking (more "fit") than the Skerton.

Just accept that it doesn't have a power cord, and you supply the energy - hey, that's a winner when you bring the beans on the camp-out!

Buying Experience

Amazon - no-op.

Previous Review Next Review
Write a Review for this Product
review rating: 9.0
Posted: April 15, 2013, 5:50pm
feedback: (0) comments | read | write
Login Password
forgot pw | signup
Rocket R58 Double Boiler
Rocket Espresso R58 Double Boiler -  Everything you need for the perfect shot!
Cafe Espresso Machines
Video reviews, nationwide installation, leasing options... Nuova Simonelli, Rancilio, La Marzocco.
Home | Opinions | Consumer Reviews | Guides & How Tos | CoffeeGeek Reviews | Resources | Forums | Contact Us
CoffeeGeek.com, CoffeeGeek, and Coffee Geek, along with all associated content & images are copyright ©2000-2015 by Mark Prince, all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Content, code, and images may not be reused without permission. Usage of this website signifies agreement with our Terms and Conditions. (0.205716133118)
Privacy Policy | Copyright Info | Terms and Conditions | CoffeeGeek Advertisers | RSS | Find us on Google+