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OXO BREW Conical Burr with Integrated Scale Review

Delivers where it counts, but misses some of the finer details that could make it a great machine
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Price:   $225 List | $160 at Amazon
Pros:  Good grind consistency, intuitive interface
Cons:  Expensive, can be messy, creates a grating noise
Manufacturer:   OXO
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Oct 9, 2019
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  • Grind Consistency - 35% 7
  • Cleanliness - 25% 4
  • User Friendliness - 25% 8
  • Noise - 15% 4

Our Verdict

Testing the OXO BREW Conical Burr with Integrated Scale was a rollercoaster of high highs and low lows for us. It produced great grind consistency, but in doing so shot coffee grinds all over the counter. It offers a very sleek and minimalistic yet intuitive interface, but makes such a grating noise that we considered grabbing some earplugs for testing. When it comes to price, the Conical Burr with Integrated Scale asks top dollar, and while we think it is a good grinder, we don't think it's somewhat uneven performance is worth the high price.


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Pros Good grind consistency, intuitive interfaceGreat grind consistency, intuitive interface, relatively clean and quietGood grind consistency, burly componentsQuiet operation, good grind consistency, great for pouroverAbove average grind consistency, clean operation
Cons Expensive, can be messy, creates a grating noiseNot ideal for French press, expensiveExpensiveCan produce enough static to hang onto grinds, not great at the extreme ends of the grind spectrum (coarse and fine)Slightly pricier than some comparable models
Bottom Line Delivers where it counts, but misses some of the finer details that could make it a great machineTop-notch performance in every category except for French pressA consumer-level model that is built more like a durable, commercial-level machineGood grind consistency from a relatively quiet machineUnlikely to win any popularity awards, but just as unlikely to displease
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Rating Categories BREW Conical Burr... Breville Smart Pro Baratza Virtuoso+ Krups GX420851 Baratza Encore
Grind Consistency (35%)
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Cleanliness (25%)
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Specs BREW Conical Burr... Breville Smart Pro Baratza Virtuoso+ Krups GX420851 Baratza Encore
Grinding Mechanism conical burr conical burr conical burr conical burr conical burr
Burr/Blade Material stainless steel stainless steel high-carbon steel stainless steel stainless steel
Dosing Mechanism scale timer timer scale manual
Dimensions 11.1" x 7.3" x 16.4" 12.5" x 8.5" x 16.3" 6.69" x 6.69" x 12.6" 10.2" x 6.5" X 18.5" 4.7" x 6.3" x 13.8"
Weight 5 lbs 6.4 lbs 7.05 lbs 6.2 lbs 6.83 lbs
Cup Material plastic plastic plastic plastic plastic
Warranty Two Year Limited One Year Limited One Year Limited Two Year Limited One Year Limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

The OXO BREW Conical Burr with Integrated Scale offers good performance where it counts (grind consistency and user-friendliness), but kind of drops the ball in other areas (cleanliness and noise). If you're willing to pay top dollar for a grinder, there are better models available.

Performance Comparison



Likes


The most important aspect of any grinder is its grind consistency, and the Conical Burr with Integrated Scale sat near the front of the pack in our grind consistency testing. When we ran its pourover-sized grinds through a set of sieves it got a whopping 68% of those grinds into the ideal size range, more than the majority of other models we tested. It also produced very similar extraction times when we made multiple cups of pourover coffee, maintained its grind consistency when producing coarse french press grinds, and was able to get a shot of espresso to pull just one second faster than the ideal time (that last feat is particularly impressive for a countertop grinder). All this is to say that the Conical Burr with Integrated Scale is capable of producing reliable, repeatable results, no matter your preferred brew method.


We've long been impressed with OXO's ability to create small, simple controls that somehow offer very clear functionality. The Conical Burr with Integrated Scale is no different. It has one large dial to adjust grind size, and one small dial for selecting the amount of grinds you want. You can choose your desired dose by cups or, thanks to the built-in scale, by grams. You can even program how much coffee is ground when you select 1-cup, so if you think the default 8 grams per cup is weak, you can adjust it to 10.

The controls are simple and intuitive.
The controls are simple and intuitive.

Dislikes


Our biggest complaint with the Conical Burr with Integrated Scale is its propensity to dump coffee grinds all over the counter. These grinds start flying about during the actual grinding process, where a surprising amount of coffee manages to miss the grinding cup and get strewn about. This problem gets even worse when grinding at coarser sizes (think French press). That problem continues as you pour the grinds from the grind cup into your brewing vessel, as the cup builds up a good amount of static during the grinding process, resulting in a lot of grinds clinging to it. Even if you employ plenty of patience and skill, it's really hard to get all of those charged grinds out of the cup without spilling at least some.

Grinds often make their way out of the cup while grinding...
Grinds often make their way out of the cup while grinding...

The other thing we don't like about the Conical Burr with Integrated Scale is the noise it produces. While it isn't actually that loud (it registered a slightly below average 88 decibels in our test), the pitch is much higher than most other models. That higher squeal got under our skin noticeably more than louder yet lower-pitched models.

...and can make a substantial mess.
...and can make a substantial mess.

Value


The OXO BREW Conical Burr with Integrated Scale asks top dollar, and it does offer correspondingly good grind consistency. However, it makes more of a mess and sounds a bit more grating than most of the other high-end models. Thus, if you're willing to pay a premium price, we think you can get a bit more for your money elsewhere.

It's quite easy to access the burrs for periodic cleaning.
It's quite easy to access the burrs for periodic cleaning.

Conclusion


The OXO BREW Conical Burr with Integrated Scale produces good, consistent coffee grinds, but drops the ball a bit when it comes to it cleanliness and noise attributes.


Max Mutter and Michelle Powell