The 171 is wonderful, reasonably priced and does everthing grinders costing up to $300 dollars do. Easy to use!!
Positive Product Points
Variable grind from drip to espresso to Turkish Handsome Quality conical burr grinder Easy to use and adjust
Negative Product Points
The plastic gounds "catcher" takes away from the overall quality. Should be made of glass.
I thought that I loved my 169DG, but the Wall Mounted 171 has all the guality and features of the 169 and is easier to grind with.
I tried it for drip and it takes 5 minutes and a half to two minutes to grind enough beans to fill a Glad Sandwich bag. For espresso it take about 2 minutes to make enough for four shots. I usually start my machine make the lunches for the family while the X-5 warms up. I grind the coffee when the machine is warm. Wow, what great start to the morning!! The great smell of fresh ground coffee (check out Moon's Coffee at http://www.thuntek.net/coffeemoons/moonsite.html) followed by the aroma of espresso.
Know that this grinder will grind fine enough for Turkish coffee. My first attempt created such a fine grind that my X-5 wouldn't pump through the portafilter. The various grinds are all consistent and the grind selection doesn't "float", it holds its setting well.