Which Mill Brand Should I Buy?

We sell what we believe are the best mill brands on the market, PEUGEOT, CrushGrind® and William Bounds. We have now added the lovely Soho Spices Magnetic Spice Racksto our range. Here are the reasons why.

Why AdHoc?

AdHoc Mills in salt, pepper and chilli are designed in Germany. They are just reaching the UK shops, being popular in mainland Europe, particularly Germany and Austria. AdHoc products are sold in over 28 countries around the world, so the company has a good pedigree.

The Adhoc Pepper Mill and Salt Mill have the same ceramic mechanism as each other, and so each mill can be used with either condiment, or with dried leaf herbs and spices if you prefer. With a pair of mills, distinguish between salt mill and pepper mill either by the condiment in the clear acrylic window, or by the colour of the mill AdHoc have also addressed the issue of "bits" being left on the table after use, with a closing shutter mechanism at the bottom of the mills.

2 year warranty on the salt and pepper grinder

The Adhoc Chilli Mill has a 5 year warranty . It had a great review in Daily Mail Weekend Magazine (Sat 15th October) from Masterchef's John Torrode:

"This is a really brilliant gadget for someone like me who loves to add chilli to everything but knows the horror of getting chilli in the eyes and other unmentionable places. The AdHoc Pepe Chilli Mill is great for schredding dried chillies - and I do love a gadget"

The mills are made in the Far East, but we import from Germany, so the quality control and management is German. They are economically priced mills for domestic use.

Adhoc make a range of bright colours in the Tropica and Milano mill designs - orange, green and red. These are available on special order. Please call for details - 01363 881174

Why Cole & Mason PRECISION?

The Cole & Mason PRECISION mills are the top end of the Cole & Mason salt and pepper mills - not to be confused with the cheap Cole & Mason mills that can be found in supermarkets.

The new PRECISION mechanisms have won awards for innovation, and are a very welcome and impressive upgrade in the Cole & Mason mill mechanism in terms of design and quality. Here is the link to their website, showing details of their Excellence in Housewares 2011 Winner award. I have refused to stock Cole & Mason mills in the past because I thought that the range was synonymous with cheap mills that really don't work well enough. I still think that the bottom end mills aren't worth buying, but the PRECISION range marks a real change. The pepper mills have a carbon steel mechanism and the salt a ceramic mechanism. This is exactly the combination that most high end mill manufacturers are now opting for. Whilst in terms of the quality of the mill bodies as compared with Peugeot, Peugeot are still more impressive - the black gloss shines more, the acrylic sparkles like glass - nevertheless the Cole & Mason PRECISION represent a very good price for a good mill.

Other good features in the mills:

  • High volume through put, so more pepper or salt for less grind
  • Mechanisms cut rather than crush, so retaining more flavoursome oils in your pepper
  • High quality of the materials used - stainless steel bottom bar and spindle, for example rather than plastic
  • Lifetime (25 year) warranty on the mechanism

The Cole & Mason PRECISION GOURMET are the very best mills in the range, with a spring loaded selector for choosing the fineness or coarseness of the grind, in addition to the PRECISION mechanisms which actually grind the pepper and salt.

Made in China - explaining the price

Why CrushGrind?

CrushGrind® is a hi-tech ceramic grinding mechanism that some say will knock PEUGEOT off top spot. Award-winning and very competitively priced, CrushGrind® is the choice for those prepared to by-pass the PEUGEOT proven pedigree.

  • Lifetime mechanism guarantee
  • Voted top mill in 3 UK Industry Awards
  • Highly flexible - will grind salt, pepper, whole dried herbs or spices
  • Non-corrosive, non-porous ceramic mechanism
  • Recommended 'Best Buy' on BBC's day time TV
  • Easy to clean and fill - no spindle!
  • Tested equivalent to 400 years of normal domestic use
  • Recommended by Malden Sea Salt

CrushGrind® 's Danish inventors were inspired to create a mill that transformed the traditional salt and pepper mills - too many houses had a mill that didn't work properly. And the ceramic CrushGrind® mechanism they invented is indeed revolutionary. CrushGrind® uses no spindle, has hi-tech spiral blades and a ratchet system. Our supplier launched their CrushGrind® brand in 1998 and it has gone from strength to strength.

Why Kuchenprofi?

Kuchenprofi is German quality and engineering at its best. Their range is continually updated with exciting new products - so watch this space as we add in more and more!

Established in 1923, the company draws on many years of engineering, production and design expertise which is why the products consistently well made, with a real eye for detail

Only recently imported into the UK, we think that the Kuchenprofi kitchenware and household range has a real future here. Its the kind of product we like to stock:

  • consistently well manufactured
  • quality products, designed to last and still look good
  • carefully designed to be both visually attractive and highly functionality

Highly recommended and comes with a 1 year warranty on cookware.

The mills we feature have a 20 years warranty for domestic use.

Why Peugeot?

We chose PEUGEOT professional mills and grinders because of their unrivalled world renown and quality.

We are frequently asked which are our best salt and pepper mills, and we answer PEUGEOT! This is not just because of their market reputation but because we get so much good feedback from customers and almost no returned or faulty mills.

  • Perfect grinding consistency every time
  • The choice of leading chefs and restaurants worldwide - I have only ever had one restaurant customer chose a different brand!
  • Each mechanism is designed for its specific task - so as to do each job better
  • A genuine unlimited lifetime guarantee on all mechanisms
  • Over 160 years of mill manufacturing experience - and it shows with the quality of the product
  • Made from the highest quality materials - its the kind of product you open and feel really pleased with
  • Stainless steel mechanisms with patented treatment to protect from corrosion whilst maintaining the sharpness
  • Huge range of different designs and styles from the traditional to the ultra modern

"Ever since I started my career as a chef I have used PEUGEOT mills. New technologies have come and gone but after 160 years of expertise, original PEUGEOT mechanisms are still the best"

Novelli Academy, jeanchristophenovelli .com

In 1810 the PEUGEOT brothers began producing rolled steel in their mill. They started making kitchen mills in 1840 but have produced a whole array of famous specially designed goods including the cars and bicycles we know well. They continue to innovate without losing their traditional quality and proven technologies.

The PEUGEOT pepper mill stainless steel mechanism is specifically designed to mill whole peppercorns. All the mills are adjustable, with the U select mechanism ( see below ) offering pre-set grind settings. The unique PEUGEOT grinding mechanism has a helix-shaped double row of teeth that cracks the corns in half before then grinding them finely. The mechanism has a patented treatment to protect it from corrosion whilst retaining its milling sharpness

The standard PEUGEOT salt mill mechanism is designed to grind dry rock salt crystals. A recommended brand is Tidman's rock salt which you can buy from Sainsbury, Tesco or Waitrose. Again, the salt mechanism is stainless steel and treated to protect against corrosion.

A "wet" sea salt grinder is also available for grey sea salt or sel de guerande (Malden sea salt would fall under this category ). For more details see our Vendôme Wet Sea Salt Grinder

The U select mechanism is PEUGEOT's latest innovation and allows you to choose from 6 pre-set levels on the pepper mills and 3 on the salt mills. It means that finding your preferred fineness or coarseness of grind is not left to guesswork as you adjust

Why PO:?

PO:, the Danish designers, take their name from a word coined by Edward de Bono meaning an alternative way of thinking. Rather than locking themselves into existing patterns and traditions, PO: are always designing new and innovative forms.

Quadrat is a collection of more than 20 products in anodized aluminium, conceived by award-winning Designer Frank Kerdil, to reflect the way in which modern homes are decorated. This collection has many forms - from fruit bowls, to shelves, to key holders - and can be combined and used almost everywhere in the home.

Frank's bold re-imagining of the fruit bowl as a collection of 'posts' typifies their design style and innovative approach.

The best-selling Quadrat series has been expanded to include a range in beech wood, under the title of Square.

Square as a range has a warmer, softer appeal than the aluminium range and is ideal for those looking to create a feeling of warmth in their home.

Why Soho Spices?

Soho Spices Magnetic Spice Racks and Spice Jar Shakers are a great storage idea, and are well-engineered with a quality finish. They have proved to be one of our best selling items and we heartily recommend them. Forget the cheap imitations that you find in some shops - they just don't last like the originals!

The main features of the design are:

  • Clean, linear design
  • Highly efficient use of space
  • Very attractive, contemporary decor affect
  • Patented twist and shake design to give good quantity control
  • Lid seal that keeps herbs and spices fresh
  • Made from high quality materials
  • 1 year guarantee

First created in New York in 2001, the Spice Racks and Spice Jars have proved so popular that they are now available all over North America and in Europe, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. New inventions coming soon!

As the designer behind their worldwide success, Laura Martin (with an Italian mother, Ukrainian father, Indian husband and growing up in French Canada) admits her designs are very much shaped by a fascination of different cultures.

In Mumbai to have a Hindu wedding ceremony Laura had the chance to visit many relatives and was fascinated to see their kitchens and cooking tools. Inspired by 'vatis', the stainless steel pot of choice to store Indian spices, grains and lentils, Laura bought every conceivable size of vatis at the local markets to bring back to New York. The design challenge was to make a suitably stylish way to store all of them in her tiny NY kitchen. Needless to say the only space available was wall space. After several magnetic prototypes and finalising high grade stainless steel manufacturers, the first Soho Spices product was born.

The result has been a design that is practical, easy to use and also enhances the decor of any space. Made of high grade 18/8 stainless steel, the original magnetic spice storage solution with airtight seals are the only choice for discerning chefs wanting to protect the potency and flavour of quality spices. A functional design that shows off the array of colours and textures - adding to kitchen design, rather than adding to worktop clutter.

Why Wesco?

The Free Standing Wesco Bins are in our view, the best waste bins on the market today.

When researching for this site, we asked other bin suppliers whether their products matched the Wesco quality and no one felt able to say that their waste bins were as good.

We got tired of bins that broke - even those with a hefty price tag. So, whilst we agree that these bins are expensive, we think they are well worth the investment.

Made in Germany, with all that excellent engineering and design tradition behind it, the very first traditional Wesco bins were in classic vintage or retro style which are still very popular today. Very recently Wesco have designed a brand new "Metal Space" range - we call it the "Space Age" range - which is futuristic in design. It is proving very popular!

Westemann & Co, who manufacture the Wesco range, first started trading in 1867 and have well over 100 years of experience in metal manufacturing.

All time best selling ranges such as the Wesco Pushboy, Kickmaster and the Kickboy have been extended to include popular lines such as the Baseboy and more recently the TowerKick ranges. In the last 2 years, Wesco extended their ranges specifically for the smaller kitchen and spaces, and so have brought out smaller versions of the Wesco Kickmaster and Pushboy, in 13L (the Single boy), 20L (The Superboy) , 9L (The Single Master) and 15L (The Kickmaster Junior).

Another new development is the Wesco Kickmaster Classic SOFT waste bin, which features an improved quiet closing lid

We offer you the full Wesco bin range, and at what we believe is the best online retail price

Why William Bounds?

A highly reputed brand, we stock the Pep Art range for their quality, lifetime guarantee and fun designs. The William Bounds "Hi Vol" mills have an extra large ceramic mill stone (1 inch) which pumps out the condiment 8 times faster than the usual mill stone. They are the A* Wm Bounds mills.

  • Lifetime guarantee on the mechanism
  • Manufacturer's warranty on all materials and workmanship
  • Manufacturer has never had to replace a single mill in over 3.5 decades
  • Unique mechanism releases maximum flavour by crushing, not grinding
  • Ceramic millstone - use any mill for dry salt crystals or pepper corns.
  • Stainless steel housing to the mill stone
  • Ideal for the left-handed or right handed - mill works both clockwise and anti-clockwise
  • Pep Art mills are handpainted, solid wood - another mark of quality

William Bounds have been making fine quality salt and pepper mills since 1964. They have a patented 3 step process adjusting ring with coarse, medium and fine settings - coarse for cooking, medium for salads and fine for table top use. Or use however you want it!

The Pep Art range are inspired by Native American Indian totems and fetishes. They are designed and created by artist Robert Wilhelm.

Why Zassenhaus?

Zassenhaus of Germany have been manufacturing high quality mills for over 100 years. They began in 1867, and first produced their famous coffee grinders 20 years later. The first pepper mills were produced in 1904. In 2000 they invented the first continuously adjustable grinding mechanism made with high quality ceramic.

Each mill has a patented mechanism, harder than steel, completely wear-proof and corrosion free. The mills are adjustable with 6 different settings from rough to fine grind to suit the user's requirements.

Unusually for a ceramic grinder, the mechanisms are each uniquely suited to the type of condiment - pepper, salt spices and dry herbs. So no jack of all trades here!

Zassenhaus pepper mills and salt mills have just recently been made available in the UK. Although I cannot at this stage say what is the experience of my customers with them, as they are so new, Zassenhaus has an excellent reputation. Having a ceramic grinder that is suited to the condiment also bodes well for the effectiveness of the millls.

25 year guarantee - we normally only stock mills with a lifetime guaranteed. It is, however, Zassenhaus' policy to offer a 25 year guarantee. I do not think that this reflects a lower quality product, just a company policy. I have said that they should make it a lifetime one if they want to be known amongst the best grinders on the market, which I believe they do! So, fingers crossed they will listen!!

Please email us if you need to know more.

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