Last Updated: February 2017
The right grinder can make all the difference in the world when it comes to preparing delicious coffee, espresso, cappuccino or other hot beverages. Two high-quality machines to consider are the Capresso Infinity and Baratza Encore, both of which will provide you with amazing results.
Table of contents
- Capresso Infinity Features
- Baratza Encore Features
- Design Comparison
- Performance Comparison
- Durability Comparison
- Price Comparison
- Which is the best?
Capresso Infinity Features
- 100-watt conical burr grinder that contains 16 individual grind settings
- 4-ounce grounds container
- 5-ounce bean container
- Built-in timer, which allows you to set it and go
- Gear-reduction motor that eliminates noise and static build-up
- Safety lock system that prevents the machine from operating whenever the hopper is not in place
Baratza Encore Features
- 40 individual grind settings for more precise, even grinding
- Efficient DC motor that keeps beans cool, while also reducing noise and static build-up
- Front-mounted pulse button for added convenience, allowing you to grind directly into your brew basket
- Electric burrs that operate at 450 RPM
- Automatically resetting thermal cutoff switch
- Eight ounce bean hopper; extenders are available for even greater capacity
Consumers naturally have more confidence in an appliance that appears sturdy, something you will find are characteristics of both these models. Even so, there are a few differences in design worth noting:
- The slightly rounded front of the Capresso Infinity provides it with a very soft appearance, despite its otherwise rugged design. It is topped by a clear round hopper and flanked by buttons resembling the keys on a piano. This is a very attractive appliance in all three of its basic colors: brushed silver, black, and stainless.
- The Baratza Encore appears very tall and slender, containing mostly flat sides and back and a slightly-protruding front panel. The hopper is gently rounded on top with slanted sides, and is lightly tinted a smoky color that offsets the solid black base rather nicely.
The design may be the first thing you notice; however, what you are probably most concerned with is performance. Fortunately, both of these models have lots to offer in this category.
- Users of the Capresso Infinity report that this grinder operates very efficiently, but does tend to accumulate grinds. As such, you will need to use the included brush on a regular basis to keep your grinder clean, particularly if you regularly grind oily or dark roasts.
- The Baratza Encore produces very even, consistent grinds on nearly all settings, and also operates very quietly. There seems to be very few problems with grinds accumulating, even when oily beans are used. Even so, you should count on disassembling and cleaning your machine from time to time to keep it operating smoothly.
The best way to determine the best deal for your money is to look at durability. Here’s how these two models compare when stacked up against one another.
- Many users of the Capresso Infinity report they have had no problems with their machine, even after four or five years of regular use. Even so, you could experience problems with the timer switch breaking, particularly if you routinely use it to turn your machine on and off.
- The Baratza Encore is built to last, and this is evidenced by reviews that claim it continues to perform well after several years of use. The only problem you are likely to experience involves the ring assembly, which is an easy and inexpensive DIY fix. Aside from this minor issue, you will likely have no mechanical issues for ten or more years.
You’ll find the Capresso Infinity available for between $70 and $90. The Baratza Encore on the other hand will cost you considerably more money, as its price ranges from between $129 and $229.
With each one having its own advantages and disadvantages, it is important to compare the two in each category to come up with an overall winner.
- Design: Both have a very stylish appearance; however, you may prefer the Baratza Encore if you have a limited amount of space on your countertop, due to its very sleek design.
- Performance: The Baratza Encore has a slight advantage when grinding oily beans, as it produces very little build-up.
- Durability: The Baratza Encore will likely last longer than the Capresso Infinity. However, when you consider that it can cost up to twice the price, you may not be getting the best bang for your buck, since the Encore is unlikely to last twice as long as the Infinity.
- Price: The Capresso Infinity is the clear winner here, as it is by far the lowest price of the two.
Which is Best?
It is difficult to say which is best-after all, these two grinders are actually in totally different classes. If performance is a priority and you can afford to spend the extra money, you would probably be better off going with the Baratza Encore. On the other hand, if you are not so picky about your grind and are concerned about spending too much cash, the Capresso Infinity would be the better option.