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Krups Fast Touch Grinder Review
Price: $20 List
Pros: Cheap, compact
Cons: Time consuming, messy, makes an okay cup
Bottom line: Most affordable grinder that we tested. Compact but produces a low quality cup. We recommend the Epica instead because this grinder is quite difficult to use efficiently or keep clean
The Krups Fast Touch keeps it super simple and offers the lowest list price of every grinder we tested. But while this grinder is simple and cheap, its scores suffered from it being too simple. We found it difficult to operate, trying to manage its short cord and having to flip it upside down to brush out the ground coffee. The other blade grinder we tested, the Epica Electric, had some features that worked around these inconveniences and ultimately scored better in ease of use and mess-free operation. The Epica lists only $2 more than the Krups—a negligible price difference considering the added convenience if you're shopping for a blade grinder.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Krups Fast Touch offers you the lowest price of all the coffee grinders we tested, which might be why it's one of the most popular buys in the market. It's simple. It's affordable. It gets the job done. It scores rather low in each of our criteria–noisy, messy, difficult to use, and makes okay coffee. But it's by no means the worst grinder we tested. It's a functional unit at a dirt-cheap price
Quality of Taste
The Krups makes an "okay" cup, scoring a 5 for quality of taste. In comparison to the Epica Electric, the Krups had a somewhat fuller flavor in its drip brew but it was difficult to make a decent French press coffee with it. With lots of sediment in the cup the brew tasted dirty. Both blade grinders tied for their overall quality of taste.
Ease of Use
The Krups Fast Touch lives up to its name in its simple design, but errs on the side of being too simple. The Krups earns a score of 5 for ease of use. The unit has a short cord that we had to fight with to find a place to plug it in, and is difficult to empty coffee from. The unit needs to be turned upside down (careful not to tug that cord!) and usually needs to be brushed out because coffee tends to stick inside. If anything, the Krups made us more appreciative of the features on the Epica, which has a longer cord, cord storage, and a removable and hand-washable grinding compartment.
Blade grinders aren't quiet. You hear the motor whirring, beans breaking, and the additional rattling of coffee particles in the grinding compartment. The Epica and Krups tie with a ranking of 4 for quietness. That's not as bad as the Cuisinart Supreme or the KitchenAid Burr, which create obvious noise pollution and scores of 2.
Transferring coffee from the grinder to the brewer can be difficult. The Krups is just short of being the messiest grinder we tested, scoring a 2 for mess-free operation. After grinding, coffee is difficult and time consuming to brush out from the unit. You can save time and have a dingy smelling grinder with coffee residue inside of it, or try to be more thorough and end up getting coffee dust on the counter and on your hands—either way you lose. The other tested blade grinder, the Epica (pictured below and right), scored an 8 with its removable and hand-washable grinding compartment.
The Krups Fast Touch is cheap. Really cheap. It also offers the benefits of a blade grinder to the user who only has "part time" counter space for another kitchen appliance or wants something they can take traveling. But it doesn't make good coffee. This unit could work for someone looking for the lowest price and is willing to put more elbow grease into his or her morning routine.
You totally get your money's worth when you buy this thing… because it's really cheap. For $20 you can't expect much from a grinder. It will grind coffee, but you'll need to do the rest. The Krups is worth its price, but the buyer should consider whether they are willing to fork out a few more pennies for something with greater value like the Epica, which could pay dividends in morning convenience for a list price only $2 more. As you can see below, the Epica (right) pops apart easily and makes transferring coffee to your brewer much easier than the Krups (left).
The Krups offers you a coffee grinder at a super low price. It's noisy, it makes mediocre coffee, and it's messy—but it's better than nothing. It's super simple to use and can get the job done. However, after working around its short cord and brushing out the grinding compartment so many times, we can't help but recommend paying a few bucks more for the Epica Electric.
— Jared Marquez
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