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KitchenAid Retro Burr - Rick Strong's Review
Posted: October 5, 2005, 10:00am
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Arrow The KitchenAid Retro Burr has 34 Reviews
Arrow The KitchenAid Retro Burr has been rated 6.12 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since November 8, 2003.
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Quality Reviews
These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
Name Ranking
Lance Goffinet 8.07
Eric Nager 7.66
C. A. Brooks 7.60
Jason Ashbaugh 7.40
Marietta VB 7.17

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.2
Manufacturer: KitchenAid Quality: 8
Average Price: $130.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $109.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: ABT Electronics Aesthetics 10
Owned for: 2 years Overall 8
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Many Braun, Krups, etc. whirly grinders
Bottom Line: Solid, reliable, looks cool, stores a pound of coffee, grind is right for drip after performing the mod. At five+ years still works well.
Positive Product Points

Solid, heavy, relatively quiet, consistent, no mechanical problems in ~2 years. After performing minor modification the grind is just right for my drip purposes (I don't use it for espresso) Stores a pound of coffee.

Negative Product Points

Chute needs regular (every time) cleaning with included brush.  Beware of raising the chute cover during grinding!

Detailed Commentary

I am a veteran of innumerable whirly grinders, and this was my introduction to burr machines. I bought it based on the looks (I love retro kitchen stuff) and KitchenAid's reputation. When the machine arrived I was pleased with the apparent build quality. I had to adjust my preparation routine to accommodate this machine's apparent inability to grind fine enough; in order to make coffee as strong as I like I found myself using a LOT of beans ground coarser than usual. The results varied from so-so to great, but consistently tastier than my previous work with any whirly.


I recently became dissatisfied with having to put up with the coarse grind and was just beginning the R&D cycle leading to another grinder when I came across Erik Francey's review in this section detailing the mod that allows a finer grind. After trying this I'm quite happy with this machine.

Buying Experience

I bought this grinder from ABT Electronics, and the buying experience was just fine; reasonable price, item was in stock as advertised, shipping was prompt, and the item arrived unharmed.

Three Month Followup

Please see 1 Year Followup - which is, as I explain there, actually a 5 Year followup...

One Year Followup

Actually, this is a 5 year followup :-) This beast is STILL cranking out very decent ground coffee with no complaints, defects, or explosions after doing so almost every day for over five years. Maybe not quite fine/even enough for great espresso but excellent for drip, which is what I drink for the most part.  


Sadly, this machine appears to be out of production now.

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