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Cuisinart DBM-8 Review

Last Updated: August 2017

If you are looking for a coffee grinder that is simple to operate, yet versatile enough to use for a number of applications, you’ll want to check out the Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill. The perfect combination of simplicity and performance, the DBM-8 is also one of the most affordable grinders in its class.

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Features and Specifications

  • 18-position grind selector allows you to easily adjust the grind for ultra-fine to coarseCuisinart DBM-8 Grinder
  • Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Slide dial adjusts from four to eighteen cups
  • Burr plates provide a highly-consistent, uniform grind
  • Grind chamber slides out easily to make transferring grounds a breeze
  • Built-in power cord storage
  • Coffee scoop and cleaning brush included
  • May also be used as a grain mill or spice grinder

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Design

The Cuisinart DBM-8’s stainless steel finish is one feature that charms nearly everyone, as its matches any style of kitchen cabinet or appliance. It also has very straight, even lines that provide a simple yet elegant appearance. Part of the eye-catching appeal of this grinder is its wide, v-shaped hopper with solid black lid, a feature that commands attention while also showing off coffee beans in a stylish, unique way. At just 6 x 7.13 x 10.75 inches, it fits nicely into small areas, making it perfect for coffee stations that are tucked into the corner of a kitchen or employee break room.

Performance

A number of DBM reviews report that this machine grinds up to twelve cups of beans in as little as 40 seconds, and can grind up to 18 cups in under a minute. Although it is very fast, it provides very consistent results on each one of its 18 different grind settings. Its blades are also designed to quickly split beans, preserving their color and flavor. You can be sure maximum flavor is preserved if your finished ground is roughly the same color as your beans, something that a number of users report is the norm with this machine.

Durability

The Cuisinart DMB-8 is a fairly durable model for the money, with the average lifespan being around five years. The biggest problem people have is that the yield doesn’t seem to match the setting as time goes on. This problem is typically noticed whenever burr heads need cleaning. Unscrewing the bean hopper to access these burr heads normally resolves this issue, allowing consumers to continue enjoying a consistent grind for as long as they own their machine.

Price

Priced at between $38 and $50, the Cuisinart DBM-8 is a burr mill grinder that is comparably priced with a number of blade grinders, which tend to be of inferior quality. The fact that it is covered by an 18-month limited warranty from the manufacturer makes it an especially good value.

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Consumer Thoughts

Those who are used to high-end grinders for espresso or Turkish coffee may not be satisfied with the results they achieve. Keep in mind that this is not a luxury grinder, so if you are very particular about your espresso, the Cuisinart DBM-8 may not be for you. On the other hand, if you primarily plan to use it for drip coffee, you will likely be very pleased with your results, even if you are somewhat of a “coffee snob.”

Regular users tend to be very impressed with how simple this grinder is to disassemble and clean. The grind release area can easily be cleaned using the brush that comes with the grinder. All other removable parts may be placed in the top rack of your dishwasher or washed by hand in hot, soapy water. Take care not to submerse the base in water, as doing so could cause damage to internal parts.

Our Verdict

Design9.5
Performance9.5
Durability9.5
Price9.5

If you are a beginning grinder, you will greatly appreciate this easy-to-use burr mill from Cuisinart. Even those who take their coffee a bit more seriously sometimes purchase it to use as a back-up because of its affordable price. Either way, we think you can’t go wrong by investing in this grinder.

There are plenty of good reasons to consider the Cuisinart DBM-8 as your next coffee grinder. The fact that this machine is both reliable and affordable is testament to the fact that you don’t necessarily have to spend a great deal of money in order to enjoy delicious, freshly-ground coffee.

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Sam Fox

With 9 years experience in making coffee, now owner of a London based Café, founder & writer of House of Baristas website. I have a passion for coffee, photography & travelling.

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