No regrets. Buy this and dont ever worry that your grinder might be the weakest link.
Positive Product Points
Excellent grind No retention Built to last forever No more upgraditis thoughts
Negative Product Points
Initially price seems high
I'll keep my review short as Merle Richard wrote an excellent and accurate review.
When the HG One debuted i was in sticker shock at the price. Considering the Pharos was only $245 (but I paid close to $500 after the Voodoodaddy mods). However, after seeing and using the grinder it is certainly worth the price. In fact if I had no grinder now and must buy only 1 grinder i would still choose the HG if I was given up to $1500 budget.
I like many others have always considered the grinder the most important aspect and that my grinders were the weakest link. I have searched high and low for great grinders and even though I have owned and used some of the best they all still had their pros and cons. The cons were mainly always retention and clumping.
The HG provides an excellent grind and a noticeable difference right away. My other grinders were able to make good shots once in awhile as well but it was never consistent shot after shot. With the HG and its near zero retention one of the main variables is eliminated. It is also clump free every time. Luckily I also have no static issues as of yet. I was fortunate enough to buy mine off another member (lasted a few minutes in the buy/sell) and only because he had static issues whereas he didnt with his K10. If I ever do encounter static ill use RDT to resolve it as well.
My routine is simple. I grind right into the beautiful blind tumbler provided. I use a small bar whisk to give it a quick stir. Then I place the tumbler over the portafilter, dump the grinds in, shake lightly, tap once and tamp. No more spritzes and great extraction every time.
I have the 83 burr set and for me its fairly easy to use. No issues with starting the grind with a light roast etc. even my 4 year old daughter can grind my beans for fun. I haven't felt the need to time or count revolutions as it just isn't that long or hard. I had my first dinner party and even though my Mazzer Major was right there just in case I still made back to back shots with the HG. In fact I think it is slightly faster as I never had to bump , grind and brush to ensure my grinds were consistent.
There is also no clean up with the machine. It's literally grind and go. Maybe a quick wipe and its as good as new.
This is an amazing grinder. Don't be put off with the price. If you wanted this performance you can only get it in a more expensive Robur or K10 anyway and I'm confident most would prefer the HG over the monster electric titans. NO retention, small and beautiful (In comparison to the other titans).