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Capresso Infinity Review

Offers burr technology on the cheap, but falls short of being a good value overall
Capresso Infinity
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Price:   $100 List | $99.93 at Amazon
Pros:  Relatively inexpensive, relatively quiet
Cons:  Poor grind consistency for a burr model, chute hangs onto a lot of grinds
Manufacturer:   Capresso
By Max Mutter and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Oct 9, 2019
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  • Grind Consistency - 35% 5
  • Cleanliness - 25% 6
  • User Friendliness - 25% 5
  • Noise - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Capresso Infinity is enticingly cheap for a burr grinder, but unfortunately it failed to present any of the benefits of a burr model in our testing. In fact, it only fared slightly better in our all important grind consistency test than some of the much less expensive blade grinders. It also tends to spill a lot of grinds onto the counter, and isn't the easiest machine to use. We will say that it is a bit quieter than most of the other models in its price range, but we don't think that alone makes it a compelling option for those shopping on a budget.

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Pros Relatively inexpensive, relatively quietGood grind consistency, relatively inexpensiveRelatively clean and easy to use, quieter than most blade modelsCheaper than a burr model, very little spillageInexpensive, relatively quiet for a blade model
Cons Poor grind consistency for a burr model, chute hangs onto a lot of grindsSomewhat loud, can make a messProduces inconsistent grindsMore expensive than many other blade models, inconsistent grindsInconsistent grinds, messy, hard to clean
Bottom Line Offers burr technology on the cheap, but falls short of being a good value overallExcellent 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 hopingAll the disadvantages of a blade model without many redeeming qualities
Rating Categories Capresso Infinity Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade Mueller HyperGrind...
Grind Consistency (35%)
5.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
4.0
Cleanliness (25%)
6.0
5.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
User Friendliness (25%)
5.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Noise (15%)
7.0
4.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Specs Capresso Infinity Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade Mueller HyperGrind...
Grinding Mechanism conical burr conical burr blade blade blade
Burr/Blade Material stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel
Dosing Mechanism timer timer timer manual manual
Dimensions 14.6" x 9.6" x 7.8" 7.6" x 7.1" x 12.5" 5" x 5" x 9" 7.1" x 4.1" x 3.7" 7.8" x 4.5" x 4.3"
Weight 4 lbs 3.22 lbs 1.7 lbs 2.6 lbs 1.45 lbs
Cup Material plastic glass plastic, metal metal plastic
Warranty One Year Limited Two Year Limited One Year Limited One Year Full Two Year Limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Capresso Infinity isn't a bad grinder, but in our opinion it fails to find a meaningful niche for itself in the current market. There are other inexpensive burr models that do a significantly better job, and there are much less expensive blade models that aren't too far off from the Infinity's performance.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Likes


The only thing we would say we really like about the Infinity is the fact that the noise it makes is a bit less offensive than the squeals of most of the other lower-priced burr grinders on the market. It registered just 83 decibels on our noise meter, making it one of the quieter models of the bunch. The pitch it emits is a bit lower than that of most comparable models as well, making the overall sound a bit less grating. The pitch does undulate a bit, which makes the noise a bit more noticeable, but it never verges into full-on annoying territory.

The Infinity is one of the more innocuous-sounding models we've...
The Infinity is one of the more innocuous-sounding models we've tested.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Apart from a relatively innocuous noise, we didn't encounter anything in our testing that really got us excited about the Infinity.

Unfrotunately, we found the Infinity's grind consistency to be a bit...
Unfrotunately, we found the Infinity's grind consistency to be a bit lacking when compared to most other burr models on the market.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Dislikes


Our biggest qualm with the Infinity is its grind consistency. You would both hope and expect that a burr grinder would be a step up in terms of grind consistency when compared to any blade grinder. The Infinity is a step up from all the blade models we tested, but only by a small degree.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The biggest problem we found with this model's grind consistency is its propensity to create fine coffee dust (often referred to as fines). These fines expose more surface area to water and cause the water to move through the grinds more slowly, leading to over extraction. When we ran the Infinity's grinds through a series of sieve shakers we found a whopping 30% of those grinds to be fines, something we saw in no other burr grinder.

Apart from creating a lot of fines, the Infinity also tends to hang onto a lot of grinds in its chute. This often leads to multiple grams of coffee spilling out of said chute, creating a mess on your counter. After every use we ended up tapping the machine to release all of those pent up grinds so they wouldn't affect the tests we ran next.

The Infinity tends to spill a lot of grinds...
The Infinity tends to spill a lot of grinds...
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Our final complaint is the lower burr of this machine is quite difficult to remove and clean. That problem is especially frustrating since so many grinds tend to get stuck in the machine.

...and static electricity causes some of those grinds to stick to...
...and static electricity causes some of those grinds to stick to the grind cup.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


While the Capresso Infinity is inexpensive, we don't think it presents a very good value within its price range. There are other, similarly priced burr grinders that outdid it in almost all of our tests, and you could spend much less on a blade grinder without sacrificing too much performance.

Conclusion


While there's nothing we absolutely hate about the Capresso Infinity, there's nothing we absolutely love either. No matter your needs or budget, we think you'll be able to find a grinder that better suits your situation.

Max Mutter and Michelle Powell