Last Updated: May 1, 2023 @ 1:48 pm.

After we tested burr coffee grinders, we realized we needed to find the best burr grinder cleaner. We asked the coffee enthusiasts among our readers for their suggestions.

The 411 on Cleaning a Burr Grinder: Our Tips & Tests

Let’s talk about how to clean your burr grinder.

With all the oils and debris from grinding coffee beans, your grinder can get dirty in a hurry. After testing burr grinders, we realized keeping these things clean is a challenge!

Most grinder cleaners are simple to use—you pour some food safe tablets into the hopper and then grind them as you would coffee.

Our readers had lots of great advice about using these cleaners. Here are some key tips:

• You may want to throw out the first few grinds after using these cleaners. 

• These cleaning agents are for free-standing grinders only.

• You may need a brush as well—surprisingly, many grinders do not come with a cleaning brush. We’ll pick a brush later in this article that works well.

Here are the burr grinder cleaners we think worked best:

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Best For Coffee Bean Oils

Easy to use
These tablets do the trick on soaking up oils from your burr grinder. Great for use after grinding flavored coffee.
$13.98 ($4.66 / Count)

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Best Cleaning Brush

Better than thick brushes
We love these affordable brushes, which are long enough to get under the drive shaft.

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Best for Offices

Worked well at cleaning oils
The larger quantity of cleaning tables from this brand is perfect—each bottle provides about 20 cleanings.
$22.96 ($1.51 / Ounce)

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Best Quick Cleaner

Works well
If you have a burr grinder that is stuck with oils and residue, these tablets will bring it back to life—it worked on a grinder we thought was a goner!
$22.84 ($6.17 / Ounce)

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

The Fields have been featured and quoted in the New York TimesWall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

As consumer products experts, the Fields have been guests on the NBC Today Show, Good Morning America and ABC’s 20/20.

How We Pick Products To Recommend

We often turn to our readers (3 million strong!) to find products to recommend. We ask our parent readers for their favorites and consider their real-world experiences in our recommendations.

When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

To get hands-on time with products, we regularly meet one-on-one with gear companies and even tour manufacturing facilities. (When we do this, we pay our own travel expenses).

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do extensive research, evaluating products with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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