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Kuhn Rikon High-Output Ratchet Mills


The high-performance Kuhn Rikon high-output ratchet mill features a ceramic stone grinder that won’t corrode and can be used with salt, pepper or other spices. Read More

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EXCLUSIVE The high-performance Kuhn Rikon high-output ratchet mill features a ceramic stone grinder that won’t corrode and can be used with salt, pepper or other spices.

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  • Reliable ratchet mechanism delivers consistent grind
  • Use with salt, pepper and other spices
  • Easy to refill
  • Door on front to add your spices
  • Adjusts from fine to coarse grinds
  • BPA-free

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  • Manufacturer: Kuhn Rikon
  • Care: Wipe clean. Clean occasionally by grinding coarse salt to remove residue and spice aftertaste
  • Dimensions: 2" x 8 ¾"
  • Material: Polypropylene and acrylic
  • Designed in Switzerland; made in China
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Customer Reviews

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Best Grinders
This is the best grinder I've owned. I bought one for pepper last year and used it lot. I was a little weary because it is in plastic but it is amazingly durable and works really easily. I now have several (salt, pepper, spices). I also bought a pair for a friend with a medical condition that weakens her hands so that she cannot grasp and turn the usual grinder. She has no problem with these
July 22, 2013
Kuhn Rikon Rachet Mill
Kuhn Rikon is a wonderful company. I have never bought anything made by them that was not of the highest quality.
This little rachet mill is amazing. I have purchased other mills, higher priced than this one, and this one is by far the best and most durable mill around.
I have used it for salt and pepper of course and have used one for cloves, pepperocini and other spices. You will not regret this purchase
July 14, 2013
I LOVE LOVE LOVE my ratchet!
This has got to be the finest mill made!! When I found this I was looking for a high output pepper mill because my hands got sore grinding a large amount of pepper when I make biscuits and gravy as the gravy requires a large amount of pepper and fresh ground is SOOOOOOO much better than pre-ground! I now have three! One for salt, one for rainbow pepper pods, and one for black pepper. I only wish Sur La Table carried all the colors it comes in so I could get the purple one for my Himalayan salt
September 4, 2013
Ratchet Mill is Great
We have had LOTS of pepper grinders over the years and this is by far the best (and especially for the price). As we are getting older, the way this works is much better than the twisting action needed to operate a normal pepper grinder
December 19, 2013
Kitchen workhorse!
Needed a mill for white pepper, and didn't want to spend a lot. This mill works great. You can see long before you need to refill, and this is the easiest mill to refill, bar none, thanks to the tilting door. Works very quickly, and is a fun way to include kids (or novice friends) in the cooking process. Great value, too
December 8, 2013
Wonderful Mill for cooking
I used this mill at the Sur La Table Cooking school and was impressed by the adjustablilty of the grind and the ease of use, particularly for cooking. Bought one for salt and one for pepper. Love Kuhn Rikon stuff, my kitchen is full of it. Love the way it is made and how it works
September 28, 2013
Easy to use!!
These ratchet mills ROCK!
They are so easy to use!
I find myself trying to find things I can put fresh salt and pepper on!
Thank you for making such a QUALITY product!!
January 16, 2014
Best mills I've used
They are fantastic -- easy to load the spices in, the ratchet is fantastic and I've never had a problem with salt or pepper getting stuck in the grinder. Can put out a lot of salt, pepper or whatever spice you want very quickly and easily. I've had them 5 months and I still absolutely love them and would highly recommend to anyone. Just a great product, which is appreciated after breaking 3 salt/pepper grinders within the 5 months prior. Very well made.
August 13, 2014
Pepper mill
I love it so much. I bought it for my daughter.easy to fill, grinds perfectly. Looks good
October 1, 2013
Been Looking For These All My Life
I have spent big bucks on high end peppermills and have never been truly satisfied. They were either too difficult to load the pepper corns into or hard to use. The Kuhn Rikon solves both of my complaints. Easy to load and easy to use. What more can you ask for?
April 30, 2015
1 year ago

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I used this in my cooking class at the store. Works great!
darlene b b on Aug 23, 2016
I love these salt & pepper grinders. They are easy to use and clean. Love all of the colors.
Rita D on Aug 15, 2016
I used this in my cooking class at the store. Works great!
darlene b b on Aug 23, 2016
friend loved mine !
Barbara E on Aug 21, 2016
I love these salt & pepper grinders. They are easy to use and clean. Love all of the colors.
Rita D on Aug 15, 2016
Used it in a cooking class and liked it.
Cynthia G on Aug 14, 2016
I needed an herb mill. However, this one did not work for my purpose
Dona B on Aug 12, 2016
My old ratchet mill for pepper came apart!! I had purchased three when I purchased the first set and was surprised when the pepper one was the first to bite the dust. True to Murphy's Law, the salt one came apart about a week following the pepper grinder...So now I have a complete working set again when this one arrives. It appears they have improved the design with the smaller handles. The old set was top heavy when in some positions. Good move!
LEAH W on Aug 7, 2016
Love these mills!!!
Linda K on Aug 6, 2016
I loved it
maria x on Jul 30, 2016
We have one and love it, now my son has had his eye on this one also.
So thought I'd send him a little gift.
Betty D on Jul 22, 2016
I have one for pepper and love it so wanted one for salt.
Kathy S on Jul 21, 2016
I have a white one that hold kosher salt that never clogs. I want a matching one for pepper
David G on Jul 19, 2016
my daughter-in-love has them and i loved them
Jan B on Jul 17, 2016
I have this item and love it so much I am ordering it as a gift. Simple, efficient, consistent measurement, not to mention adorable with a touch of elegance.
Joseph D on Jul 4, 2016
Love these--easy on the wrist and grind stuff perfectly.
Marianne J on Jun 29, 2016
Looks easy (and fun) to use,
Adrienne C on Jun 25, 2016
Best pepper mill we have ever used.
Sharon S on Jun 23, 2016
this is the 3rd one I have purchased as a gift.. they are highly appreciated.. esp by my husband who is difficult to purchase for!
Lynda N on Jun 20, 2016
KR reputation, price, variety of style
Philip L on Jun 19, 2016
went to cooking class and tried it....worked great and liked design
Karen T on Jun 17, 2016
I used this at a Sur la Table cooking class. I've been looking for a pepper grinder for a long time. This one is the holy grail.
Lisa S on Jun 17, 2016
The one I had failed after 10 years of wonderful work. Wanted another one but disappointed it didn't come in blue.
Marilyn D on Jun 12, 2016
Why not.
BERNADETTE B on May 16, 2016
Great pepper mill--whole family loves this one. Gives a medium grind and great for salads.
Barbara C on May 14, 2016
best salt and pepper mills available have bought 20 as presents and love the one I use!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SONIA H on May 14, 2016
I have one of these and am systematically buying for all my favorite home chefs! Easiest pepper mill to use for lots of pepper. Bought for a friend with arthritis and she loves it!
Christena R on May 13, 2016
We used one at our cooking class and loved it! We have had the pepper mill and now I just ordered one for salt and for my mother in law. It's easy to refill and works great! Even better than some of the expensive ones.
Leticia H on Apr 27, 2016
I've had one in the past but it broke and I want to replace it.
Gilbert M on Apr 27, 2016
such a great gift and easy on my arthor-ritusssss
margaret m on Apr 22, 2016
I have two of my own and think this is a great gift. This grinder is easier to use for some one who has arthritis like me.
Mary H on Apr 22, 2016
I use one myself and wanted my brother to have one
Clarence F on Apr 20, 2016
Very handy in the kitchen, works perfectly
D D on Apr 20, 2016
I've only recently started using a pepper grinder because my friend was askance that I was not. I found it difficult to grind pepper by turning the pepper mill especially if my hands were a little greasy from cooking. This design was so simple. I bought one for my friend too as a "thanks for letting us stay with you" gift.
Laura J. S on Apr 18, 2016
Replacement item.
jan M on Apr 16, 2016
Buy these for birthdays and hostess gifts. Best pepper mill out there
mary b on Apr 13, 2016
I love these salt/pepper mills. First used them in a Sur la table cooking class. I bought a set for myself and this will complete the third gift set that I purchased for my children who also love them.
Deborah D on Apr 3, 2016
I went to a SLT cooking class and used it, and I liked it so much I bought one. Nothing like freshly ground pepper to finish a dish!
Judi L on Mar 27, 2016
We have several grinds but this will not make my over worked hands tired.....hope it does just perfect!!!!
JUDY S on Mar 17, 2016
Friend recommended it.
Lisa J on Mar 15, 2016
bought one for pepper a year or so ago and wanted to add one for Salt and also two for a gift
Kathleen J on Mar 11, 2016
from all reviews it sounds like what I would like to try, have arthritis in fingers and is hard to twist others
martha k on Mar 4, 2016
well made and easy to use and fill.
Stephane P on Mar 2, 2016
read the reviews and they were very good.
d j l on Feb 29, 2016
I have more than a few mills at home... adding different ones thru out the years. Wooden ones, metals, plastics - this kind of grinding mechanism or that - all with either the conventional round top or a lever. Some definitely worked better than others - but still wore out my wrists on larger cuts and recipes. The innovation of this ratcheting handle is GLORIOUS!!! I can grind quite a bit of fresh cracked pepper and not have "weary wrists"!!
Robert H on Feb 24, 2016
After several years of using this pepper grinder it needed to be replaced. It lasted longer than any other grinders we've ever had, including very expensive ones from William Sonoma. Love these grinders!
Susan K on Feb 21, 2016
Requested by spouse
Maurice J on Feb 18, 2016
Because of the Kuhn Rikon reputation for quality
Marion B on Feb 18, 2016
Saw it in VOWS, New York Times, and I wanted to replace an old grinder in my kitchen.
Stephen A on Feb 16, 2016
william g on Feb 15, 2016
to grind spices
Anne H on Feb 14, 2016
Very durable and easy to use
Jack C on Feb 14, 2016
friend loved mine !
Barbara E on Aug 21, 2016
Used it in a cooking class and liked it.
Cynthia G on Aug 14, 2016
my grinder fell apart can it be put back together?
Rayma S on Jul 27, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Don't believe this is a good answer! I love this mill, but having the bottom fall out and peppercorns go all over the kitchen isn't acceptable. Mine was the older model with a larger handle. Any evidence this newer version is a redesign of the mechanism that holds the grinder in?
Can it grind flax seeds?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2014

Is this grinder suitable for flax seeds?
A shopper on Jul 16, 2013
BEST ANSWER: Yes. This mill is suitable for salt, pepper, spices and seeds
is this for 1 grinder or the set?
A shopper on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is one grinder. It worked great for about 4 months. It broke and I was a little bummed. I bought one that uses batteries and it works great and has a bigger reservoir to hold product as well!
Is this grinder suitable for grinding cinnamon sticks to fine powder?
A shopper on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I don't think this product would work for cinnamon sticks, unless you would break them in to very small pieces to begin with. We have only used the mill for peppercorns and it does not grind them in to a fine powder. BUT, maybe we haven't set it fine enough...
I had to return my first grinder as it was not outputting any pepper. Company sent me a second one and now won't output any pepper. With all the great reviews,what can I be doing wrong? I've been using pepper grinders for years,why is this one giving me so much trouble?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Washing these grinders and filling with pepper or spice mixes is a great way to make a very sticky slurry of pepper which can only be removed with carefull dissassembly and throrough cleaning. Households with outside kitchens or humid settings can experience this humidity caking more prominently. Unfortunately, if this has happened, the grinder must be reset with a complete cleaning.

Common ways moisture gets into your mills: dispensing ingredient into boiling water, soup or sauce at the stove. The vapor coming of the meal is extensive and condenses readily on the cooler mill surfaces.

Setting these mills on a wet surface (water rings, messy meal preparation, cutting board runoff, etc. can also provide a significant source of water into your mill.

As mentioned before, outdoor use in wet or humid environments should also be avoided.
How do you get water out of it when you try to wash it?
A shopper on Aug 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is not recommended to wash these grinders. If you must, there are a couple of options:

1. Air dry. This will take a while and requires the hopper to be open and the unit to be rotated several times to truly dry it out. placing a dry paper towel into the hopper will speed the process.

2. Place in your oven at 150 Degrees F. This dry heat will accelerate the drying process. Alternately, place on a shoe rack in your clothes dryer on Air dry setting if you have this feature.

3. Filling with salt, pepper and dry spices will also absorb water, but will likely clog the unit unless completely dry. As an alternate, white rice can be used. Fill with white rice, shake to bring rice into contact with remaining moisture and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Drain rice. Any remaining rice that cannot be easily removed will be ground up and eliminated by abrasive action of salt/pepper/spices.
how do you clean them before their first use?
A shopper on May 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Wipe off the external surfaces. Fill with cheap pepper or salt. Grind salt and pepper into trashcan for 20 seconds, drain hopper. Refill with good quality ingredient. Enjoy!
When grinding different strong spices can item be washed and no odor transferred to next spice from previously ground spice?
A shopper on Nov 1, 2013
BEST ANSWER: It can't be washed, but you can clean it occasionally by grinding coarse salt to remove any residue and spice aftertaste

Are these suitable for grinding nuts like almonds?
A shopper on Jul 25, 2013
BEST ANSWER: This grinder is for salt, pepper, seeds and spices. Nuts are not recommended
Dimensions: 2" d x 8 ¾" h , is the height with the handle extended? I have the older model that just fit my spice rack with the handle in the down position. Unfortunately I dropped it and it broke. I would like to replace it.
Tom on Oct 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 8 3/4" is when the handle is extended. When it's not extended, it's 5 1/2".


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