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Baratza Encore Review

Unlikely to win any popularity awards, but just as unlikely to displease
Baratza Encore
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Price:   $145 List | $139.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Above average grind consistency, clean operation
Cons:  Slightly pricier than some comparable models
Manufacturer:   Baratza
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Oct 9, 2019
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#4 of 12
  • Grind Consistency - 35% 6
  • Cleanliness - 25% 8
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6
  • Noise - 15% 6

Our Verdict

The Baratza Encore is a capable and reliable burr grinder that offers well balanced all-around performance. It performed above average in every one of our tests, and was one of the top models when it came to cleanliness. Though we didn't find any specific faults with this product, we also didn't find any salient strengths in particular. It's a grinder we think most people will be happy with, but also not the first one we would recommend to most people. If you find this model on sale or happen to inherit it from someone, we think it will serve you well. However, if you're buying a new grinder and paying full price, we think there are some slightly better options out there.

Aesthetics Update
The current version of the Encore has a snazzy new exterior and is now available in both black and white, but the grinder itself remains the same as the version we tested.
- June 2021

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Pros Above average grind consistency, clean operationQuiet operation, good grind consistency, great for pour overGood grind consistency, relatively inexpensiveRelatively clean and easy to use, quieter than most blade modelsCheaper than a burr model, very little spillage
Cons Slightly pricier than some comparable modelsCan produce enough static to hang onto grinds, not great at the extreme ends of the grind spectrum (coarse and fine)Somewhat loud, can make a messProduces inconsistent grindsMore expensive than many other blade models, inconsistent grinds
Bottom Line Unlikely to win any popularity awards, but just as unlikely to displeaseGood grind consistency from a machine that won't wake your housematesExcellent performance and one of the best values on the marketOne of the better blade models on the market, but definitely don't expect it to produce consistent grindsA standard blade model that may be a bit more expensive than many are hoping
Rating Categories Baratza Encore Krups GX420851 Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade
Grind Consistency (35%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
Cleanliness (25%)
8.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
User Friendliness (25%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
Noise (15%)
6.0
9.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Baratza Encore Krups GX420851 Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade
Grinding Mechanism conical burr conical burr conical burr blade blade
Burr/Blade Material stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel
Dosing Mechanism manual scale timer timer manual
Dimensions 4.7" x 6.3" x 13.8" 10.2" x 6.5" X 18.5" 7.6" x 7.1" x 12.5" 5" x 5" x 9" 7.1" x 4.1" x 3.7"
Weight 6.83 lbs 6.2 lbs 3.22 lbs 1.7 lbs 2.6 lbs
Cup Material plastic plastic glass plastic, metal metal
Warranty One Year Limited Two Year Limited Two Year Limited One Year Limited One Year Full

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Baratza Encore is a well-designed machine that delivered all we needed in our testing process, but it didn't particularly endear itself to us either. If you just want a simple, reliable burr grinder, this model won't disappoint, but if you're looking for exceptional performance in any particular category (grind consistency, user friendliness, et cetera) you will probably be happier with a different machine.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


In order to be worth its salt, a burr grinder has to grind significantly more consistently than a blade grinder. While it wasn't one of the top performing burr models in our grind consistency testing, the Encore still cleared this bar with room to spare. It did create more fine coffee dust than most of the other burr models we tested, but it still managed to get an impressive 69% of its grinds into the ideal size range when grinding at a pourover grind size. It took us some experimenting to find the right settings to mitigate those extra fine grinds, but once we did (#10 setting seemed to do the trick) the Encore created fairly consistent pourover extraction times. This means pourover aficionados will likely be able to get repeatable, predictable results with this machine.

The Encore grinds quite well in the pourover size range.
The Encore grinds quite well in the pourover size range.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We were also able to get decent results at the fine (espresso) and coarse (French press) ends of the spectrum, but again this took quite a bit of experimenting and dialing things in. Overall we think this machine is better suited to mid-range, pourover type grind sizes, but with some finicking you can get good French press results as well.

Credit: Michelle Powell

Possibly our favorite thing about the Encore is that it generally keeps things nice and tidy. It doesn't shoot grinds around when grinding like some other models, it doesn't create much static that would cause grinds to cling to things, the grind cups pour neatly, and the grind chute doesn't tend to spill many grinds. All in all we ended up with less required cleanup when using the Encore compared to most other models.

The encore is generally simple to operate and keeps things...
The encore is generally simple to operate and keeps things relatively tidy.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Dislikes


Though the Encore isn't really a standout performer in most categories, it also doesn't perform poorly in any category either. Sure, we wish that it ground a bit more consistently or cost a bit less, as we have found some models that grind slightly better while costing slightly less. However, neither of those faults are so egregious as to make us dislike the Encore. Possibly our biggest qualm with the Encore is that it doesn't quite live up to its name. It is more of a dependable opening act that will reliably get the crowd warmed up than it is a headliner worthy of an encore.

The Encore sometimes spills some grind,s but is better than most...
The Encore sometimes spills some grind,s but is better than most models in this capacity.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Baratza Encore isn't a bad value — it offers decent overall performance at a reasonable price — but it isn't a particularly great value either. You can certainly get better or slightly better performance for less, but we don't think the Encore asks you to overpay too much either.

Conclusion


The Baratza Encore probably isn't going to earn any emphatic accolades, but it likely won't draw any passionate ire either. If you're looking for a no frills, no fuss type of burr grinder, it's not a bad choice.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell