Last Updated on February 19, 2023 by Marie Cooper
There are several outstanding electric burr coffee grinders on the market, like the Oxo brew, Baratza Encore, Virtuoso+, and Smeg 50, and the Eureka Mignon is one of them. It’s a premium grinder like the Smeg 50, so if you’re on a tight budget, this isn’t the grinder for you because it will cost you more than $200 to purchase it.
However, if you have a larger budget and you’re willing to pay for the extra quality and features that you get with more expensive grinders, then the Eureka Mignon is a superb product to consider when deciding on what burr grinder to buy.
There are many versions of the Eureka Mignon grinder on the market, but the 3 models you’ll encounter frequently are the Crono, the Filtro, and the Brew Pro. I’m going to start by reviewing the Crono, then I’ll show you how each model differs from the other and tell you which one is right for you based on your budget and requirements.
Eureka Mignon Crono Review
- Easy to use. To start the grinder, you need to install the hopper by pushing it into the port at the top and screwing in the nut that secures the hopper. This is a one-off setup task. Then whenever you need ground coffee, you flick the switch, adjust the timer, pour the beans into the hopper, install the grounds container, and select your grind size.
- Two modes – manual and automatic. In manual mode, grinding stops when you release the grind button while in automatic mode, it stops when the set time elapses.
- Large 300g hopper means you can grind a good amount of beans at once without having to refill.
- Side-mounted grind timer that can be adjusted to 5 seconds, and all the way to 60 seconds to get the exact amount of grounds you need.
- Stepless adjustment knob makes it easy to select your grind size, from fine to coarse, depending on your brewing method.
- Compact and fast with a small footprint so less space is needed on your countertop compared to larger machines.
- Great build quality with a sturdy metal casing and 50mm flat, hardened steel burrs for improved grind consistency and evenness.
- Built-in ACE system that prevents clumps and gets rid of static.
- Grounds container catches all of your grounds. It’s designed to be so close to the dispenser that nothing will ever fall out or escape.
- Sturdy and well-built Italian-made grinder with a metal casing and high-quality burrs.
- Consistent grind sizes and excellent grinding results.
- Low noise
- Zero clumping
- Grind directly into a porta filter by taking advantage of the filter holder.
- In manual mode, you have to hold down the grind button until you’ve gotten the amount of grounds you want, which can be annoying.
- Timer can be difficult to get right for some.
Mignon Crono vs Filtro vs Brew Pro
All 3 Models Compared
The Crono is a premium mid-range grinder and so is the cheaper Filtro with little differences between both, and the Brew Pro a high-end one and the most expensive of the bunch, costing more than twice as much as the Crono at almost $700.
All 3 models have the same hopper capacity and design, but the Filtro and Crono are more similar to each other seeing as they are within the same price range. The main difference between both models is a timer. The Filtro lacks a timer while the Crono has one. The Brew Pro however is a higher quality grinder with an all-metal casing and comes with advanced features not found in the other two.
The Brew Pro has sound insulation that reduces noise, a touchscreen with which you can set the timer, custom-cut 55mm burrs (the others have 50mm burrs), a programming lock function, programmable dosing, and other premium features.
Setting up and using all 3 is done in almost the same way. In the Crono, Filtro, and Brew Pro, the hopper is installed the same way, the on/off switch is in the same position, and the grind size adjustment knob is in the same position. The grounds bin is shaped the same way, and so is the hopper. Aside from the differences in features and build quality, they are almost the same machine.
Which Model Should You Buy?
First off, you’ll need to have a budget of at least $200 to even buy the Filtro, so none of Eureka’s electric burr grinders are cheap. They’re all premium products with varying levels of build quality and features. The Filtro is the cheapest and is the right option for you if you don’t need a timer or programming and just want an electric grinder that grinds with manual operation.
If a timer is important to you, then the Crono is the right machine for you. It offers you a timer knob for 5 to 60 seconds of timed grinding. If you want an advanced grinder with all the bells and whistles and don’t mind shelling out about $400 more to get it, then get the Brew Pro. It offers you advanced programming using its intuitive touchscreen, bigger and more powerful burrs, noise reduction, and more.
As far as grind consistency, precision, and reliability are concerned, these are all excellent grinders and they can produce fine and coarse grounds for espresso, drip coffee, pour-over, French Press, Aeropress, and any other brew method you can think of. So, whichever of these you buy, you won’t be making a mistake.
Would you like to check out the full range of features that these burr grinders have, read about the experiences of customers like you, and view their best prices? If yes, then
- Click here to check out the Filtro
- Click here to check out the Crono
- Click here to check out the Brew Pro
If you have any questions regarding any of these products or need any help with choosing which of these to spend your money on, feel free to send me a message and I’ll help you out.
Eureka Mignon Buyer Reviews
This is a collection of reviews from different buyers who have bought and used at least one of the Eureka Mignon models reviewed here.
Buyer 1 — “Needs Tweaks But Amazing”
This buyer, Alex, focused mainly on cons while writing their review, so this review doesn’t do justice to the quality of this product. The first con they mention is that you have to hold the grind button down to keep the machine grinding until you’re done, but this is only true for the model that doesn’t have a timer, which is the Filtro, so this buyer probably bought the Filtro. They also say you lose about 0.5g of the beans you pour into the hopper after grinding.
Despite the little issues they’ve experienced or don’t like about this product, they call it an amazing machine for the price. Alex mentions that this product has amazing grind quality and produces better grounds than other machines in its price range.
Buyer 2 — “Brilliant Starter Grinder for Espresso”
Nick loves this machine for espresso and talks about how quiet it is in their review, noting that it is as quiet as advertised, but when it’s running, the rattling noise of the hopper and its lid can raise noise levels, but you can get rid of the extra noise by placing your hand on the hopper. Another feature Nick mentions is its ease of use. The portafilter or funnel pushes the button that activates the machine when it’s attached to it (remember, Nick grinds for espresso).
They say its adjustment could be better as they’d love more precise adjustment, since adjusting the grind size a little causes bigger changes than they expected, but I don’t think that’s a valid complaint – they probably just need to get used to it more.
Nick also complains about coffee grounds retention in the hopper which can make cleaning a bit difficult (not so difficult as to annoy you). They also went ahead to say this hasn’t affected the taste of their coffee and that it’s easy to resolve using a special kind of hopper. Nick rated this product 5/5 stars because even though it’s not perfect for them, it produces perfect grounds and they’ve been making excellent espresso ever since they bought it.
Buyer 3 — “Perfect, Zero Retention”
Consistent grind size and extremely low noise levels are the first positive points mentioned in this review. This reviewer even modded their machine for zero retention using the special hopper mentioned in the second review above. This special hopper is the Bellows Plus hopper, which is a hopper that helps reduce retention in your grinder to pretty much zero.
This buyer also mentioned not liking the press and hold operation of this grinder, so it looks like they also got the Filtro. It’s the cheapest, so it attracts more buyers.
Buyer 4 — “Insert Funny Title”
Yes, this review is so funny that I can’t even mention its title here. This buyer rated this product 4 stars out of 5 just because they accidentally locked it, which was 100% their fault. They don’t even mention anything else in their review aside from the accidental lock.
They say the plus and minus buttons on their machine’s touchscreen disappeared while making coffee, so they got worried and found out through a Google search that you can lock the grinder by touching both buttons at the same time and unlock it the same way. Really funny! Since they have the touchscreen model, they probably have the Brew Pro!