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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
If you are grinding spices regularly this is not the grinder for you. I have used it about 5 times to grind spices for indian cooking. Initially it seemed quite good but I noticed that it was getting difficult to attach the grinding compartment and the plastic cracked when trying to fit, with no actual force.

It still worked, or so I thought, but when I tried to grind a teaspoon of spice tonight, I soon realised that not much was happening in the grinding department and when I investigated the blade was about a half inch from the base of the compartment so it doesn't grind, I have no idea where the missing part is, but the unit is now in the bin.

Shabby product James Martin and Wahl
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2013
This item is simply the best spice grinder I have ever used! Not only is it easy to clean, but it is so far the only one I have found that does such a good job of grinding Flax Seed! (Something that literally all of my previous spice grinders struggled to do!) but this one grinds it flawlessly, and beautifully fine-ground too, in literally a matter of seconds! I liked this machine so much, that when the motor on this one eventually wore out from the amount of abuse I have given it (I literally used it several times a day every single day, so it really did well to take all I threw at it! lol.), but I simply had to buy another one of this exact same model just to replace it, as it was really that good!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 December 2012
Bought this to go with a new curry recipe book.
Was a bit hesitant with the mixed reviews but figured it must be ok if 'James Martin' puts his name to it and it comes with a 2 year warranty!
It arrived and all seemed fine - chucked a couple of peppercorns in to test it (just to calm my mind, after reading reviews of motors burning out and parts coming off which then get blended in with the spices!), just pulsed the machine a couple of times and they were perfect - buzzing!
Came the big day (day off work, new recipe book, 20 different spices), first stage - prepapare the 'garam masala'. Filled the grinder three quarters full to the 'max level', with the hard spices already broken down to small pieces (bad reviews still in back of mind) and just pulsed it for no longer than a second at a time - checking consistency after about every five pulses. On fourth check I found the plastic cap/nut on top of the blade in with the spices with the edges of the nut nicely ground down!
Item lasted less than a minute!
Needless to say I have now sent the item back.
Have now bought a 'Moulinex AR1044', It's a couple of quid more and only got 4 reviews (I'll post my review when I get it) but 2 of them are from asian guys (going by their names) - hopefully they've got better knowledge about these things than a spice heathen from Manchester like myself!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
During my first ever use grinding coffee, this product stopped working completely. Similiar to other customers experiences, smoke then started coming out of the area near the cord. Definitely avoid this product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2013
I stupidly ignored the reviews that said this product was rubbish. It is. It worked once and broke. What a waste of my time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
I was pleased with the efficient service provided, the grinder arrived well within the time set by the seller. It does work efficiently, and is easy to clean. My only concern is that I do not think the grinder is as described by Amazon as a "wet" spice grinder. The Grinding bowl leaks oil into the motor unit when using olive oil and herbs to grind into a paste. For dry goods it is excellent. As I make a number of spice pastes, and this was to replace an elderly unit that had burnt out, this leakage is disappointing. Not what it said on the website, a wet and dry grinder.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2011
My first thoughts were what's this attachment for? And the capacity doesn't look very large.
But once I worked it out and realised that I could grind a single dried chilli using the attachment (something my last grinder couldn't do) then remove the bowl wash it and then grind other spices or coffee I was converted.
I must say the bowl capacity is not massive but if you use it without the attachment there is plenty of space for grinding spice mixes, seeds or coffee etc for my families needs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2013
First couple of times I used it it worked ok. Plastic top now cracked. The plastic dome nut on the top of the blade has also broken off and the insert for grinding smaller quantities spins as it grinds. It also occasionally stalls. I do not use it very often but if you use grinder a lot I would skip past this one. It still grinds spice really fine but for how much longer I am not sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
I bought the spice grinder to grind spices, you can also grind coffee with it. It was the only model in this price range that had a removable washable grinding bowl and that is why I bought it.

This is the most brillant grinder, I was grinding spices using an attachment to my food processor, which took forever to grind, and the attachment became chipped so that spices got trapped (it ground it's rubber seal too which made things worse) and some never got ground.

This grinder grinds in a few short pulses, you can grind as fine as you like. I have added the small quantities part, you need to start grinding without it then add it in to finish off, and it did a wonderful job.

I ground cinnamon sticks with it, it coped well but the cinnamon discoloured the plastic lid which is now smoked in appearance sadly but it still works fine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 August 2014
I've had this for two years now and it is one of the best bits of kit I own. I like making Indian and other Asian foods from scratch and use my grinder both for grinding whole spices and for making spice pastes with a little liquid. It excels at both (unless you put in too much liquid, but you only do that once!). The only thing it has ever balked at was a really big bit of cassia bark. It does cinnamon just fine.

I also use it for chopping herbs. It does a grand job there too, but they need to be more or less dry to prevent sticking. You quickly get the hang of how much to put in at a time - it's so quick (seconds) that it's no hassle to do two or three batches to get an even size of bits if that bothers you.

The whole thing is well designed for use and to come apart for cleaning and the cord stores neatly inside the bottom.
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