Cuisinart Spice and Nut Grinder in-home review


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Cuisinart spice nut grinder

If you like to cook, you know fresh spices are the best spices. And using whole spices and grinding them to order is best of all. But having to hack together a way to grind spices is annoying. And you could use your coffee grinder, but the coffee oils and spice oils leave residue that’s hard to clean and can cross contaminate. Nobody likes coriander coffee.

That’s where the Cuisinart Spice and Nut grinder comes in.

The Cuisinart Spice Grinder is a versatile kitchen appliance designed to unleash the powerful flavors of freshly ground spices with ease. It features blades uniquely designed for grinding spices and nuts, offering the capability to produce coarse or fine grounds with a simple press on the lid. In this review I’ll take a look at what it can do by grinding both spices and nuts. I’ll go over the pros and the cons and let you know if I think I can recommend this kitchen gadget for you.

Design and Build Quality

Cuisinart spice nut grinder

Right out of the box, the Cuisinart Spice Grinder looks like it’s ready to tackle your spice battles alongside you. It’s got that sleek, professional vibe that looks just as at home in an industrial kitchen as it does in your home.

Picking it up, the grinder feels solid in your hands. The body is primarily brushed stainless steel, giving it a nice, premium feel. The lid is clear, letting you peek into the magic happening inside without having to stop the grind.

Features and Versatility

One of the standout features of the Cuisinart Spice Grinder is its uniquely designed blades that are tailored for spice and nut grinding. It is engineered to handle a range of textures and materials, ensuring efficient grinding for all your seasoning needs.

Powering these blades is a powerful 200-watt motor that’s capable of achieving a uniform grind of the toughest spices and nuts. So, whether you’re battling the brawn of a cinnamon stick or trying to get a fine powder out of cardamom and anise, this grinder isn’t going to flinch.


Cuisinart is known for their operational simplicity and user-centric design and that design language is obvious in their Spice Grinder. Push down the lid to grind, release to stop.

I tested this grinder out with a spice mixture we made for a marinade, which included a lot of seeds including coriander  and I also used it to grind peppercorns.

There are no settings for course or finer grind here, so it’s a good thing the lid is clear. You do need to watch the grinding process in order to stop when you have the texture you’re looking for. I can say that this is a bit of a fine art, and the grinder is so effective that it is quite easy to end up with a finer grind then you meant to.

Grinding nuts

Cuisinart spice nut grinder

I also used it on cashews and pistachios.

I was impressed with how well it handled nuts too. I was able to get a rough chop that would be great as a topping, or by holding the grinder on longer I was able to very finely ground meal, ideal for a smoothie or as nut flour.


If you’ve ever used a coffee grinder for spices you know what a nightmare it is to clean. So I love the fact that with this spice and nut grinder, the bowl comes out with a twist, which means you can easily empty all the spice you just ground.  If you do want to store the extra, there’s a plastic lid that fits over the bowl. Plus the bowl, cover, and the lid are dishwasher safe which is absolute magic. The base can be wiped with a damp cloth.

The Verdict

Cuisinart spice nut grinder

Overall I’m surprised by how much I like this gadget and how handy it was. I also think that it’s way, way better than trying to use a coffee grinder or any of those other hacks.

Let’s go over the pros and cons. On the pro side, for those of you who can spot the difference between cumin and caraway at twenty feet, you’ll find that it’s a powerhouse. It’s going to save your wrists from the workout of a manual grind and give you that satisfying uniformity in your spice blends. It works on everything I tried. I love that the parts can all go in the dishwasher ensuring my cashews aren’t going to smell like celery seed.

On the downside, it takes some finesse to get the grind texture just right. Because it’s so powerful it’s easy to overdo it, so you will want to practice a bit.

It’s also probably a bit larger than it needs to be, which is only a problem if you have limited storage space.

In short I’m really happy with my purchase of the Cuisinart spice and nut grinder and I won’t hesitate to recommend it for you. It sells for about $39USD and you can get it from an array of home and kitchen shops including Amazon.

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