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Krups GX500050 Review

A basic burr grinder one-step above a blade grinder, providing mediocre grind consistency
Krups GX500050
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Price:   $50 List | $68.37 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive, small footprint
Cons:  Inconsistant grind-sizes, heavy static
Manufacturer:   Krups
By Liz Nelson and Michelle Powell  ⋅  Aug 9, 2021
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  • Grind Consistency - 35% 6
  • Cleanliness - 25% 4
  • User Friendliness - 25% 6
  • Noise - 15% 4

Our Verdict

The Krups GX500050 is the most basic burr grinder we evaluated in our review. Overall this grinder had better grind consistency than all the blade grinders we evaluated and even some of the fancier models (though not most). It is better suited for grinding in the finer pour-over ranges than coarser French press settings, so keep in mind what you usually drink. Even though the Krups is a step above a blade grinder and available for a much lower price than most burr grinders, we still wouldn't recommend this machine to a friend. The biggest downfall is the amount of static it produces.

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Pros Inexpensive, small footprintGood 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 Inconsistant grind-sizes, heavy staticSomewhat loud, can make a messProduces inconsistent grindsMore expensive than many other blade models, inconsistent grindsInconsistent grinds, messy, hard to clean
Bottom Line A basic burr grinder one-step above a blade grinder, providing mediocre grind consistencyExcellent performance and one of the best values on the market make this a great choiceOne 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 hopingThis grinder has all the disadvantages of a blade model without many redeeming qualities
Rating Categories Krups GX500050 Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade Mueller HyperGrind...
Grind Consistency (35%)
6.0
7.0
4.0
3.0
4.0
Cleanliness (25%)
4.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
User Friendliness (25%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Noise (15%)
4.0
3.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Krups GX500050 Bodum Bistro Mr. Coffee 12 Cup E... KitchenAid Blade Mueller HyperGrind...
Grinding Mechanism Flat burr Conical burr Blade Blade Blade
Burr/Blade Material Metallic Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel
Dosing Mechanism Timer Timer Timer Manual Manual
Best Brew Application Pour over, french press Pour over, french press Pour over, french press Pour over, french press Pour over, french press
Dimensions 4.29" x 7.24" x 10.4" 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 3.2 lbs 3.2 lbs 1.7 lbs 2.6 lbs 1.45 lbs
Cup Material Plastic Plastic Plastic, metal Metal Plastic

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Krups GX500050 is the least expensive and most basic burr grinder in our lineup. This model offers a small footprint; however, it produces an incredible amount of static. Grounds and chaff stick to the grounds bin and inevitably create spills on your countertop.

Performance Comparison


This affordable burr grinder also offers a small footprint.
This affordable burr grinder also offers a small footprint.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


We ran the grounds from the GX500050 through a series of sieves and discovered 51% of the coffee fell into the perfect pour-over range, impressively higher than any blade grinder in our review. Additionally, we found this grinder has no trouble grinding for stovetop espresso makers. However, it struggles with grinding fine enough for an espresso machine. The espresso shots we pulled with Krups' grounds poured too quickly, tasting under-extracted.

The Krups performed best in manual brewing ranges.
The Krups performed best in manual brewing ranges.
Credit: Laura Casner

The GX500050 also comes with a dose timer. This feature allows you to set your desired daily dosage by turning a dial to select the number of cups you wish to brew. While this is a nice feature, we noted 52 grams worth of inconsistencies over three doses of grinding.

Dial adjustment allow users to choose how many cups to grind for.
Dial adjustment allow users to choose how many cups to grind for.
Credit: Laura Casner

Another fun feature of this grinder is a self-containing brush. Unfortunately, the brush proves to be more stealthy than functional. It does not work well for wiping up loose grounds or cleaning the burrs.

Clean up brush stores neatly inside the hopper chamber, though we...
Clean up brush stores neatly inside the hopper chamber, though we didn't find it particularly useful.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dislikes


Our biggest complaint with the GX500050 is the static it produces. The grinder stays relatively clean during operation, but when you remove the grounds bin or accidentally bump the machine, grounds fall from the chute making a mess. The corners of the grounds bin help funnel coffee in the right direction, but you need to drum on the bin to fully release your coffee.

Static produced by the Krups creates a mess when removing the catch...
Static produced by the Krups creates a mess when removing the catch bin.
Credit: Laura Casner

Another drawback is the burrs themselves. Our team couldn't find what the burrs are made from anywhere, although the manufacturer refers to them as "metallic." As a result of static combined with the material of the burrs, coffee sticks heavily to them. For proper cleaning, you have to turn the grind setting to fine (the opposite of most grinders), turn further, and then the upper burr releases. Unfortunately, the lower burr is not removable.

Coffee sticks to the walls of the grounds bin as well.
Coffee sticks to the walls of the grounds bin as well.
Credit: Laura Casner

The audible sound of the GX500050 is very annoying and has an uneven pitch. It sounds like it's struggling, especially if it runs out of beans.

Value


This grinder is the least expensive burr grinder we tested. With just above average grind consistency, we might suggest this model if you do not often make coffee or are on a strict budget. For just a little more investment, the Baratza Encore offers superior grind quality.

Conclusion


Although we likely would not recommend the Krups GX500050 to friends or family, it does produce better tasting coffees than a blade grinder. If you're looking for a cheap burr grinder as you enter the world of pour-over coffee brewing, this one performed better in finer ranges than the coarser ranges ideal for a French press.

Liz Nelson and Michelle Powell