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Best salt and pepper grinders: our favourite mills and sets for stylish seasoning

From easy-fill grinders to electric mills, we've rounded up the very best salt and pepper grinders and sets to add to your kitchen worktop or dining table. 

By Kelly Rose Bradford | Last updated Nov 26, 2021

Best salt and pepper grinders

Whether you're a kitchen goddess or a microwave maestro, a good set of salt and pepper grinders make it easy to add a savoury oomph to your meals. But they can be surprisingly hard to get right (too flimsy, too heavy, not pretty enough for the table). Fear not, we've tracked down the best salt and pepper grinders to make seasoning your scran a cinch. 

From electric mills to manual grinders and everything in between to suit all budgets, here are the best salt and pepper grinders to buy in 2021. 

1. Best overall salt and pepper grinder: OXO Good Grips Pepper Grinder Black/Silver

Oxo Good Grips salt and pepper grinder

Price: £18 | Buy now from Amazon

"I’ve got the Oxo Good Grips which is really good so far" - petalpower

Stylish to look at and easy to use, the Oxo Good Grips grinder features rotating tabs that allow you to adjust the settings from fine to coarse. It's little wonder this handy gadget has picked up lots of five-star reviews and ratings. It has a satisfying weight to it so it feels as though it’s up to the job, and the different levels of grinding are very apparent in the output. Its clear body also gets a thumbs up for practicality because you know exactly when it’s time to refill.

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 5.6 x 14cm
  • Weight: 60g

2. Best budget salt and pepper grinder: Masterclass Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder

Masterclass salt and pepper grinder

Price: £7 | Buy now from Amazon

This is an absolute bargain buy for an electric mill. In addition to salt and pepper grinding, you can use it to blitz coarse sugar, whole spices and herbs too. It has some nice touches like an integral light to show how much seasoning you’re dispensing and it comes boxed, so it could make a good little kitchen gift for someone. It has a five-year manufacturer's guarantee, and requires four AA batteries, which you’ll have to add yourself.  

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel and ceramic
  • Dimensions: 22 x 5 x 5cm
  • Weight: 25g
  • Operation: Automatic/requires batteries

3. Best electric salt and pepper grinder: Cuisinart Rechargeable Seasoning Mill

Cuisinart salt and pepper grinder

Price: £50 | Buy now from Amazon

Looking like a space rocket, this futuristic mill dispenses either salt or pepper at the touch of a button. On full charge you can grind away for an incredible 20 minutes and when not in use, it can stay in its charging stand so it's always ready to go. Lightweight, adjustable, and very stylish to look at (did we mention it looks like a spaceship?), it's not too insanely priced for a rechargeable model, either.

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 25.5cm
  • Weight: 998g
  • Operation: Automatic 

4. Most stylish salt and pepper grinders: Le Creuset Classic Salt and Pepper Mill Set

Le Creuset salt and pepper grinder

Price: £33 | Buy now from Amazon

"The Le Crueset ones are lovely and grind the salt and pepper super fine. They are pricey but not ridiculously so" - Ladyratterley

Le Creuset is a name we have come to trust, and these gorgeous salt and pepper mills do not disappoint. Beautifully styled, but also entirely functional and practical to use, they will be an aesthetically pleasing (and functional) addition to your kitchen or dining room. 

Key specs

  • Material: Chip-resistant ABS plastic
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 5.1 x 12.7cm
  • Operation: Manual

5. Best compact salt and pepper grinder: T&G CrushGrind Pepper Mill

CrushGrinder salt and pepper grinder

Price: £15 | Buy now from Dunelm

This is a diddy little grinder and with its nice chunky shape, it's great for little hands to grab at the family dinner table, or indeed, older, less grippy hands to hang onto. It has a fully adjustable ‘CrushGrind’ mechanism that’s harder and sharper than steel so it can deliver perfectly ground particles, and it's been tested to the equivalent of 400 years of normal domestic use! You can use it for whole dried herbs and spices as well as salt and pepper, and given it's such good value, it could be worth getting a couple for your various seasonings. It comes with a lifetime guarantee and it's easy to clean and refill too.

Key specs

  • Material: Polypropylene/glass
  • Dimensions: H 12.5cm
  • Operation: Manual 

6. Best classic salt and pepper grinders: Cole & Mason Clear Salt and Pepper Grinders

Cole & Mason salt and pepper grinder

Price: £16 | Buy now from Amazon

"I have an older version of this Cole & Mason one. It predates kids - the oldest is 18 in a few weeks. Still works a treat - needs the occasional dismantle to clean and pack in rice for a day or so" - unescorted

This Cole & Mason set is an absolute design classic and its simple good looks have certainly stood the test of time. As has the fuss-free, simple operation and re-filling mechanism. Buyers love this brand's longevity and quality as well as the second-to-none grinding design which is easy to operate. It produces consistently satisfactory results to boot. 

Key specs

  • Material: Acrylic
  • Dimensions: 14.5 x 11.8 x 5.9cm
  • Weight: 88g
  • Operation: Manual

7. Best luxury salt and pepper grinder: Nordic Nest Menu Bottle Grinders

Menu salt and pepper grinder

Price: £60 | Buy now from Amara

"Lovely feel, they dispense out of the top and have ceramic grinders, with adjustable grinds. I haven't had them for long, but lurve them. Look good too. Oh, and they have a MASSIVE reservoir" - Baaaahhhhh

These grinders may cost a bit more than your average salt or pepper pot, but they are real statement pieces, and beautifully designed and made. The mills grind smoothly and easily, and can be used for other spices in addition to salt and pepper. An investment buy, but one you won’t regret. Mess free, too.

Key specs

  • Material: Steel, plastic and walnut
  • Dimensions: 20.5 x 8cm

8. Best salt and pepper grinders for quality and price: IKEA Ihardig Spice Mill

Ikea salt and pepper grinder

Price: £5 | Buy now from Ikea

You won’t get cheaper or more basic than good old Ikea. If you're looking for functionality with a clean, modern design, then you won’t go wrong. Perhaps not ideal around little hands because of the glass, but a robust design with good grinding capabilities otherwise. 

Key specs

  • Material: Plastic, aluminium, glass
  • Dimensions: 12.5  x 6cm

9. Best luxury salt and pepper grinder: Joseph & Joseph Milltop Salt and Pepper Set

Joseph Joseph salt and pepper grinder

Price: £49 | Buy now from Amazon

"Highly recommend my Joseph Joseph. Grinds out the top so no flakes etc on the table. Large easy fill hole" - Nearlyadoctor

Joseph Joseph doesn't disappoint on the design front and these stainless steel mills are both practical and stylish to look at. They feature grinding mills at the top so excess granules fall back into the unit and they're very simple to fill. They also offer adjustable grinding via a twist top mechanism. The grinding part itself is ceramic, and the mills are made from plastic that's BPA-free. 

Key specs

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 16.8 x 6.9 x 6.9cm
  • Weight: 24g
  • Operation: Manual

10. Best wooden salt and pepper grinders: Haomacro Salt and Pepper Mill Set

Haomacro salt and pepper grinder

Price: £17 | Buy now from Amazon

Practical to clean and look after (a damp cloth will see them right) and great for busy households with kids at the dinner table - the robust wooden construction means they won’t suffer much more than a light ding if dropped or knocked over. The chunky design makes them easy to hold and operate, too. Straightforward to use and refill, the traditional design will hold its own in country-style and rustic kitchens as well as more modern ones.

Key specs

  • Material: Wood and ceramic
  • Dimensions:‎ 24.2 x 12.2 x 6cm 
  • Weight: 540g

How to choose the best salt and pepper grinders

Think about how often you cook, whether you eat at home every day, and where you eat (dining room, kitchen, lap tray?) when choosing your salt and pepper grinders. Some are very obviously practical and functional so are best suited to your kitchen worktop while others make a style statement and are perfect to add to your dinner table. Think too about how easy they will be to clean if constantly grabbed by ketchuppy fingers, or dropped into a bowl of pasta sauce!  

What's the best material for a salt and pepper grinder?

Very few grinders are dishwasher safe but most can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Do bear this in mind when making your selection. Tough plastics and acrylics can be hardwearing, glass is easy to clean but can be delicate, something for busy families to bear in mind. Traditional wooden sets are typically lightweight.

How often should you clean your salt and pepper grinder?

A wipe over with a damp cloth or a kitchen towel with a spritz of anti-bac spray at the end of every meal is the ideal scenario - but of course this will depend on the amount of fingerprints they encounter! Keep the grinding mechanism clear of particles to keep everything moving smoothly and effectively.  

What's the best salt and pepper grinder to buy?

We plumped for the Oxo Good Grips salt and pepper grinder based on its price, looks, and positive reviews across different platforms.

How we chose our recommendations

Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation from a real parent, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out which salt and pepper grinders discerning Mumsnet users had bought. We compiled a list of grinders they recommended for being practical, stylish, and easy and effective to use. We then did some research across the wider web, looking at which make up bags had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites and print media, and what customer reviews said about them.

Having collated all that information, we picked the salt and pepper grinders we thought would make the best buys.

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