The best pepper mill will make it easy to enjoy freshly ground peppercorns. Available in a range of styles, colors, and sizes, there's a perfect mill for every kitchen.
Also known as pepper grinders, pepper mills grind large peppercorns into a finer powder. Like coffee grinders, they use burrs to release the aromatic oils from the peppercorn, adding flavor to your food. There are electronic models, as well as traditional, petite, and oversized ones too. Plenty have designs worthy of spicing up your dining table décor too.
I worked my way through hundreds of pepper mill reviews and tested some myself, so I can personally vouch for their quality. A good pepper mill is faultless with its grind consistency, spans a range of textures, and is built to last.
If you're an aspiring home cook and looking for kitchen essentials, these pepper mills are must-haves.
Best pepper mills 2023
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Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 inches
Capacity: 1 lbs
With sixty different coarseness levels and a powerful grind, this sleek mill has 75 grind settings. It's slick and easy to hold, so cook and grind at the same time. The grind sizes are incredibly consistent too.
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Dimensions: 5.31 x 7.48
Capacity: 1.4 oz
Materials: Stainless steel
Peugeot is an iconic pepper mill maker. Coveted by chefs and home cooks alive, this sleek, precise pepper grinder can do it all. With six, consistent settings and a lifetime warranty, this is a pepper mill to rival all pepper mills.
Dimensions: 2.2 x 5.5 inches
Capacity: 1.94 oz
Materials: Ceramic, stainless steel
Known for their brilliant basics, OXO's pepper mill is perfect for those on a budget. The reasonable price doesn't mitigate any quality features, as this has five coarseness settings. It's not too hot on the finest grinds, but is excellent overall.
Dimensions: 9.88 x 6.73
Capacity: 2 oz
Materials: Plastic and ceramic
At the touch of a button, this mill effortlessly grinds up spice. It comes with easily interchanagble spice pods, so you can use it for salt, cardamom and much more without flavor blends. Using the integrated LED light, you can keep an eye on how much you've ground too.
Dimensions: 2.36 x 6.46 inches
Capacity: 0.99 lbs
Materials: Stainless steel
Cole & Mason makes timeless pepper mills. If you're looking for a classic style, these are hard to beat. They feel premium, but not too heavy and refill with minimal mess. They grind consistently across a range of textures. These are my everyday set.
Dimensions: 2 x 8 inches
Capacity: 1 oz
Nothing says luxury quite like Le Creuset. Finished with high-gloss ceramic, available in a range of bright and traditional colors, these add finesse to any table. The metal dial makes it easy to adjust grind settings and it's consistent on texture too.
Dimensions:5 x 5.25
Capacity: 1 lbs
Materials: Stainless steel and beech
Designed with the iconic chef Olivier Roellinger, this vintage mill is a must have. It's easy to fill and the tray is really useful for collecting and measuring your grounds. This comes with the biggest range of grind settings, so it's perfect for pepper pedants.
Dimensions:15 x 2.7 inches
Materials: Ceramic and wood
Dramatically oversized, this long, elegant grinder is stylish take on Italian grinders. You'll need both hands to hold it and you'll want them too; the walnut wood feels beautiful. This is best used for coarse grind sizes.
Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.7 inches
Capacity: 0.5 lbs
Pepper mills are beautiful, especially when paired with a matching salt one too. This mini, luxurious duo aren't classic Le Creuset stoneware, but the acrylic feels durable and is easy to clean. They're available in a range of colors too.
What material should my pepper mill be made from?
Whether it's ceramic, wood, or stainless steel, as long as your pepper mill is durable and food safe, it is perfect. I look for wood or stainless steel, because they're easier to maintain and less likely to chip.
What pepper mills do chefs use?
Pepper grinders are some of the culinary industry's worst-kept-secrets. Most professional chefs like Peugeot grinders and Olivier Roellinger even collaborated with them. They're top quality and incredibly consistent too.
What's the difference between a pepper grinder and a pepper mill?
For the average foodie, there's no notable difference between a grinder and a mill. Pepper grinders are made with ceramic mechanisms, whilst pepper mills have hardened steel. The results are incredibly similar, so don't worry about the differences.
Pepper mills are a brilliant opportunity to make a subtle style statement. You'd be surprised how many people ask me about mine (the Cole & Mason set). Classic pepper mills don't change in style, so if you're looking for timelessness, they're an excellent option.
The modern, electric grinders are an excellent gadget. They're not gimmicks; they're a luxury. When I cook with an electric grinder, it feels like I have superpowers. One hand can grind, the other can stir, chop, wave, and dance. For me, the most important next step is finding a matching salt mill.
How we test
At Homes & Gardens we try to test everything we recommend. I have used both the large and small Le Creusets, the Peugeot, and the Cole Mason set, so know what it feels like to use these on the regular. However, for many of the others, I had to employ my expert research skills. I read through a range of customer and expert reviews to find the strengths and weaknesses of each pepper mill. With either my personal review or my throrough research, you can rest assured: there will only be pleasant surprises with these pepper mills. If you're interested in finding out more, we have a dedicated page discussing how we test our products.
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Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.
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