A No-Frills Review Of The KRUPS GX5000 Coffee Burr Electric Grinder

by | Aug 6, 2019

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite sounds is coffee beans being freshly ground…I also just love the aroma of newly ground coffee beans, there’s really nothing like it. So, if you’re in the market for a very reasonably priced and durable coffee grinder, you could do worse than look at the KRUPS GX5000.

KRUPS GX5000 Review

The no-nonsense description reflects the machine itself; it’s down-to-earth and straightforward. This machine will grind beans to a consistency fine enough for boiler or steam espresso machines, but you will come across a KRUPS GX5000 review or two suggesting it’s not really recommended for pump espresso machines. The burr grinder is partially removable; the machine is pretty much no-frills, but it does typically ship with a cleaning brush.

You can also use the KRUPS GX5000 to grind dried spices and some users have reported using it to grind other substances like flaxseed with some success. Things like cacao nibs and other dried items should grind well, in general. If you do use it for this purpose, though, make sure you clean it well before you use it for coffee again.

 

Krups GX-5000 Burr Coffee Grinder 

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KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
2,090 Reviews
KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
  • Metallic flat burr coffee grinder for coffee lovers Power 110 W
  • Burr mill system avoids overheating, preserves aroma and has grind fineness selector for a precise grinding
  • The electric coffee grinder has 9 grind levels for a range of drip, cold brew, and pour over coffee grind
  • 8 oz Clear bean container; quantity selector from 2 to 12 cups to grind the exact quantity you need
  • For safety, if the bean container and/or the lid is not properly in place to active the micro switches, the espresso grinder will not operate

The GX 5000 is a no-frills machine, but it does typically ship with a cleaning brush. If, however, you are grinding substances other than coffee, you might want to make sure you have a dedicated soft paintbrush, pastry brush or even a soft toothbrush to make sure you get rid of any residue in between grinds.

The KRUPS company has been in the business of making coffee since around 1846, so you can be pretty certain that you’re getting decades of expertise with your KRUPS GX5000. This is a very practical, kitchen essentials kind of coffee grinder. It’s a very simple and straightforward machine, and extremely popular – there are thousands of (mainly happy) owners out there.

 

Blades And Grinding Capacity Of The KRUPS GX5000

The blades are flat disc burrs; the bowl has an 8 oz capacity and the grinder comes with a 2-year guarantee. The burr mill system avoids overheating and preserves that glorious coffee aroma. There are 9 grind levels in total, meaning you’re pretty much covered, whether you’re going to use the coffee in a drip, cold brew or pour-over coffee making options.

You could also buy already ground coffee and grind it even finer; you are likely to find there will be a thin coating of coffee dust on the lid so you will need to wipe this regularly. You have a choice of several different fine or coarse grinds; one of the really fun aspects is that you can see the beans being ground. There are 4 5 speed settings and you can choose from 2 to 12 cups.

There is an auto-stop function, and overall you’re likely to find the safety settings are pretty reassuring. If the lid is not properly in place, for instance, the grinder won’t operate. It’s also relatively quiet when you consider just what those super sharp blades are doing inside the mechanism.

 

Pros & Cons

What we really like

It’s incredibly easy to operate

It has a really powerful motor

You get a good choice of grind settings

It’s truly tiny and incredibly light

It has a great “retro” feel to it

What we don't like

✗ The cord doesn’t retract and there’s no storage area in the base

✗ It’s not the easiest machine in the world to clean

Overall, though, this machine is incredibly popular with its owners. There are literally thousands of positive reviews out there, with very occasional dissenting voices. Owners praise the ease of use in particular, as well as the fact that it’s so small you can practically put it in your pocket if you’re so inclined.

Well, after all that, what if you decide the Krups Burr Grinder GX5000 isn’t the machine for you? Or you’d just like a couple more choices before you decide for sure? Well, let’s take a look at a few alternative options.

 

The Technical And Aesthetic Aspects

This machine comes in black and has a very slight retro look to it – which paradoxically is actually pretty much on-trend. You know that saying about great things coming in tiny packages and the description of something being small but perfectly formed? Well, the footprint of this machine is truly tiny; it will fit in the smallest kitchen or counter area, at just 4.29” wide, 10.5” high and 7.25” deep.

It weighs just 3.2lb (5lb with shipping). This aspect of the device also means it’s not all that easy to change beans in between cups of coffee, you know, to say decaffeinated, or a different blend – so if that’s likely an issue, just grind a small amount to start with. You also need to be very careful with oily beans as they can lead to clogging.

 

KRUPS GX5000 Burr Coffee Grinder 

Sale
KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
2,090 Reviews
KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
  • Metallic flat burr coffee grinder for coffee lovers Power 110 W
  • Burr mill system avoids overheating, preserves aroma and has grind fineness selector for a precise grinding
  • The electric coffee grinder has 9 grind levels for a range of drip, cold brew, and pour over coffee grind
  • 8 oz Clear bean container; quantity selector from 2 to 12 cups to grind the exact quantity you need
  • For safety, if the bean container and/or the lid is not properly in place to active the micro switches, the espresso grinder will not operate

 

A Few Other Notable Features

The oval shape of the relatively compact grinding chamber can sometimes mean the resulting grounds are very slightly uneven – just bear that in mind when you’re choosing how finely to grind your beans. The non-retractable cord is a pretty decent 27.5 inches long; however, there is no storage option in the base so this may be a consideration when you’re deciding on the best location for the KRUPS GX5000 on your kitchen counters.

This machine also packs a pretty powerful punch with its motor, so allow a decent amount of clearance between the grinder and the edge of your kitchen worktops. We want to make sure the coffee stays safe, not spilled on the floor – though should the worst happen, we have heard a rumor that used coffee grounds can be pretty effective as a cleaner on some surfaces.

When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, the lid and part of the burr mechanism are both removable. To clean the hopper itself you will need a dry, soft cloth or some other method of removing any residue. So, while this would be an excellent addition to just about any kitchen or galley, it’s not perfect.

 

KRUPS GX5000 Burr Coffee Grinder Alternatives

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder 

The OXO Brew Grinder usually runs a little pricier than the KRUPS GX5000 but is pretty comparable in most other ways. The 40mm conical burrs are made out of stainless steel, so you still get the maximum flavor but the grounds tend to be a little more uniform. You get a choice of 15 main settings, as well as several what they call “micro” settings, for grinding, so you’re pretty much guaranteed to get the consistency you want.

OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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OXO BREW Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Durable 40 millimeter stainless steel conical burrs create uniform grounds for optimal flavor extraction
  • 15 settings (plus Micro settings) let you adjust your grind to suit your taste
  • One touch start timer keeps your last setting, just push to grind
  • Hopper holds up to 0. 75 pounds of Coffee beans
  • Grounds container accommodates up to 110 grams (enough for 12 cups). never use water or other liquids to clean the inside of the grinder/burrs

One of the nice features is that the start timer keeps your most recent setting – just one-touch, and the grinding begins. You can add up to 0.75 lbs of coffee beans to the hopper, and the grounds container will store up to 4oz (110 g), enough for around 12 cups of coffee. The manufacturers do suggest you don’t use water to clean the inside of the machine. The machine as a whole weighs 4.5 lb; and in terms of physical footprint, you’ll need to find a space of 7.4” by 5.2” by 11.8” tall.

 

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder 

Should you feel like spending just a little more, the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is another solid alternative to the KRUPS GX5000.  With the Baratza Encore, you get an astonishing 40 choices of grind settings. It’s marketed as commercial quality.

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
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Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
  • SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING GRINDERS - Baratza grinders are preferred by coffee professionals and backed by Baratza’s world class support.
  • GO-TO ENTRY LEVEL GRINDER - Baratza’s best-selling grinder, with its small footprint is THE choice for brewing coffee at home.
  • USER FRIENDLY - A convenient, front-mounted pulse button, plus a simple ON/OFF switch makes it easy to grind fresh coffee.
  • 40 GRIND SETTINGS - With commercial-grade conical burrs to help you explore the extensive range of brew methods (espresso, Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, French Press, and automatic brewers.).
  • WARRANTY/QUALITY PARTS - Engineered with 40mm hardened alloy steel burrs manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe, plus a powerful DC motor. This combination creates a consistent grind and durability to...

The 40mm burrs on this machine are made from hardened alloy steel, and they’re manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe. You get a 1-year warranty, the on/off switch could not be simpler, and there’s an ultra-convenient “pulse” button on the front. This black plastic machine has a truly tiny footprint: the hopper is on the top of the machine, so height wise you need to allow 13.8”, but you only need 4.7” for the depth and 6.3” for the depth.

It weighs 6.83lb without shipping. Another plus for this machine is that you can remove the hopper, although this process can still be a little messy, so have a cleaning cloth to hand.

 

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill 

Our final suggested alternative to the KRUPS etc is the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill which usually retails for slightly less than the KRUPS. The capacity of this machine is considerably larger, holding enough coffee for around 32 cups, and you can set the machine for anywhere between 4 to 18 cups at a time. 6.00 L x 7.13 W x 10.75 H.

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
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Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
  • Removable grind chamber holds enough ground coffee for 32 cups. Dimensions : 6.00 L x 7.13 W x 10.75 H inches. Cord length : 34 Inches

The bean hopper is removable, and it also ships with a scoop and a cleaning brush. As soon as the grind cycle is done, the auto shut-off means you don’t need to worry; you get a choice of 18 grind settings with this one. It weighs a sweet and simple 4.5lb. When it comes to the looks department, it’s mainly silver-colored plastic, although the burr mill is made out of brushed stainless steel. You get 18 levels of grind selection with this model.

 

Conclusion: Why Buy The KRUPS GX5000 Grinder?

CoffeeGearSpy.com Rating: (4.3/5)

It might sound a bit fanciful to think coffee gadgets have personalities, but if the KRUPS GX5000 were a person, it would be a straight-talking, no-nonsense, down-to-earth guy or gal who got the job done. It’s excellent value for money; it looks great, and it would fit in the tiniest of corners in your kitchen.

 

Krups GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder 

Sale
KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
2,090 Reviews
KRUPS 8000035978 GX5000 Professional Electric Coffee Burr Grinder with Grind Size and Cup Selection, 7-Ounce, Black
  • Metallic flat burr coffee grinder for coffee lovers Power 110 W
  • Burr mill system avoids overheating, preserves aroma and has grind fineness selector for a precise grinding
  • The electric coffee grinder has 9 grind levels for a range of drip, cold brew, and pour over coffee grind
  • 8 oz Clear bean container; quantity selector from 2 to 12 cups to grind the exact quantity you need
  • For safety, if the bean container and/or the lid is not properly in place to active the micro switches, the espresso grinder will not operate

  Last update on 2019-12-10 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.

  Last update on 2019-12-10 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API.

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