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Perfex Pepper & Salt Mills

Bring classic diner style to your home countertop with these salt and pepper mills made in France. They’re made of heavy-duty aluminum with a carbon-steel grinding mechanisms for a lifetime of use. Salt mill boasts a corrosion-resistant grinding...Read More

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Bring classic diner style to your home countertop with these salt and pepper mills made in France. They’re made of heavy-duty aluminum with a carbon-steel grinding mechanisms for a lifetime of use. Salt mill boasts a corrosion-resistant grinding mechanism, while the pepper mill features a strong metal burr grinder and allows you to easily adjust your grind from fine to coarse with the simple twist of the nut underneath. Pull-out, front-loading chutes make for quick, easy refilling.

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: Perfex
  • Material: Aluminum and carbon steel
  • Dimensions: 4.5" H
  • Made in France

Care & Usage Show

  • Do not expose interior mechanism to moisture
  • Do not adjust the top nut too tightly, as this blocks the grinding mechanism
  • Wipe exterior with a damp cloth
  • Buff with a soft cloth to restore the sheen

What's In the box? Show

  • Salt or pepper mill
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Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
23 Reviews
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Glad I have this
Purchased this ""old fashioned"" pepper mill a few months ago. I liked the vintage appeal and mostly it was about the looks. Here's the wonderful news: It's easy load, easy to operate & I see this as lasting generations! Also, I like to SEE my pepper (not so finely ground) and this is wonderful for that. Honestly, it's the perfect way to dispense pepper. I was thinking about getting an electric one (for the table) but am still on the fence since I feel spoiled with this tried & true product. If you're picky about food (and pepper) and don't mind hand grinding (not difficult) then this is your ""go to"" grinder
October 29, 2011
Great Peppermill
My husband and I bought one of these wonderful peppermills in the early '60s. Still works beautifully. I bought another one in the late '80s, use it daily. It also still works beautifully with no problems with grind selection, loading is so easy and I love the way it looks which is why we bought it in the first place. The one I just purchased from SLT was for my daughter. She requested it as a birthday gift. Now she wants the salt mill as well. I highly recommend this charming and well designed peppermill - works forever
December 1, 2013
Not Even Close
These mills are not even close to the performance and quality of the original ones. Not nearly as heavy and flimsy mechanism...I guess in modern times it is important to stop making things the way our parents did and now peddle junk.
March 15, 2016
Same Quality
I just received (Super Fast) my Salt mill. I have owned the pepper mill for over 30 years and this is the same weight/ size- except for the mechanism at the base (smooth for salt), it is identical...
Here is a tip- use a hairdryer to warm up sticker on back before trying to peel it off :)
May 22, 2016
over 2 years ago
My go to wedding gift
My family has used Perfex pepper mills for at least the last 50-60 years. My mom's was handed down to my sister so I had to buy my own when I got married. I bought one for my daughter when she grew up and she still uses & loves it. Now I give them as wedding gifts to any serious cook or family member. I have never had a problem with my Perfex pepper mill. Love them!
April 21, 2015
Perfex Salt & Pepper Mills
I recently purchased the salt mill as I have had the pepper mill for many years. These mills are perfection. The grinding mechanisms are metal and will last a lifetime vs. others made of plastic. The grind size is easily adjusted to anyone's preference. You will not be disappointed with either of these grinders. I highly recommend them!
September 22, 2015
over 3 years ago
Sturdy, small size perfect for the table. Quality materials and craftsmanship.
January 19, 2017
1 year ago
Perfex is perfect
These grinders were gifts to my children. I have had one for 40 years and when I moved and took it they were both disappointed to not have one to use any longer. Now they will have their own for the rest of their lives.
January 2, 2017
1 year ago
Perfex Mills Are Perfect!
Well made, easy to fill, grind like a dream. Very satisfied with quality & worth every penny!
July 1, 2016
over 2 years ago
best grinders - great gifts
Hands down, best grinders. They also make great gifts for older people, who have just about anything.
June 25, 2016
over 2 years ago

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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Recommended by a friend
NANCY B on Sep 16, 2018
This for my wife's birthday. She is an excellent cook and this is the best pepper mill on the market according to her.
James M on Aug 18, 2018
Recommended by a friend
NANCY B on Sep 16, 2018
I already have a set and love it. Wanted another set for my 2nd home.
PATTI R on Sep 13, 2018
This for my wife's birthday. She is an excellent cook and this is the best pepper mill on the market according to her.
James M on Aug 18, 2018
Rod R on Aug 10, 2018
I ordered them for a wedding gift because they are of the very best quality. I have had a set for over 40 years!
Maria B on Aug 5, 2018
I bought a few for wedding presents because mine is used several times a week and has lasted 35 years.
David M on Jul 10, 2018
Made in France, very high quality with a classic look
Suzanne G on Apr 27, 2018
They make a terrific present for my clients.
Dave D on Apr 16, 2018
I have had one set of these for years; this set is for a vacation home.
Ann H on Feb 23, 2018
top reviews
robert e on Feb 22, 2018
I already own the lager set and absolutely love them, the quality is exceptional. Well worth the price.
Shandra B on Feb 19, 2018
Had one for years, and loved it, but needed to replace it after my home burned.
Linda H on Feb 12, 2018
Used current set for 20 years. Bought as a gift
Carl L on Feb 4, 2018
I have owned a Perfex pepper grinder for over 40 years. I cannot recommend it enough.
NEWTON D on Jan 24, 2018
Classic design
Anne Marie S on Jan 21, 2018
My wife and I received the Perfex pepper mill as a wedding present and we absolutely love it! We use it everyday. It's so practical and functional and from everyone we've heard who owns it, these things really last a lifetime.
Sina A on Jan 17, 2018
Because I love the one that I have for over 30 years. Just hope the quality is as good as it was.
Mary M on Dec 20, 2017
Heard good things about the product, liked the way to load the salt and/or pepper and liked the look.
Diane B on Dec 19, 2017
They are the best. Had my pepper mill 40 years, the salt mill 30.
FRANCIS H on Dec 16, 2017
they are durable, high quality. Easy to adjust grind
james s on Dec 16, 2017
Best pepper mills around! Everyone in our family has them. Beautiful and functional. Love the 7” for cooking.
Sarah P on Dec 15, 2017
I've had mine for 30+ years, I wanted my sons to have theirs for just as long.
Phil C on Dec 15, 2017
Great customer reviews confirming this is quality product that will work and look great for years to come.
Erika S on Dec 12, 2017
I've had a Perfex Pepper mill for 40 years. I've tried others, keep coming back to my Perfex. I have yet to find one that grinds as efficiently, is as easy to load, or has the variety of grind adjustments.
Susan B on Dec 10, 2017
These are the most awesome pepper and salt mills made anywhere! They will last a lifetime! Very easy to adjust the grind size from fine to coarse.
Robert R on Dec 5, 2017
We have had the pepper mill for years (decades) and it is still wonderful. Very durable. Giving it to one of our children for Xmas
John H on Dec 3, 2017
Sur La Table has excellent customer service. Good Sales and free shipping.
JIM B on Nov 26, 2017
I have one and I am buying them as gifts for Christmas presents. This is a wonderful grinder.
Mary S on Nov 20, 2017
Tired of my pepper mills wearing out. Hopefully these will last a good long time.
Janet B on Nov 16, 2017
Saw these gems in a bakery on vacation this summer and fell in love with them. Make a great gift.
E Carol D on Nov 15, 2017
Wedding registry gift
Gia V on Nov 6, 2017
Edward S on Oct 25, 2017
It is a gift for our son. We have had this pepper mill for over 30 years and love it.
Jaylin R on Sep 22, 2017
I've had the pepper mill for 40 or 50 years and a friend liked it and wanted one.
Ardythe E on Sep 6, 2017
Birthday gift for my husband! According to reviews and salespeople, this is a very durable product and I also like that it's easy to add more peppercorns
Jennifer G on Sep 4, 2017
Reputed quality
Matthew C on Aug 14, 2017
Fabulous style, solid construction
Jenny H on Jul 16, 2017
I have one but needed another. Excellent product.
Kenneth W on Jul 13, 2017
I have been searching for a salt & pepper mill with the grinder arms to aid anyone with limited hand strength or flexibility who may use them. Your product was the only one I could find that offered a matched set. I hope I enjoy them for many years.
Audrey B on Jun 24, 2017
On registry
Judith schwam Y on May 8, 2017
I have an old one, at least forty years old, and I wanted a salt mill so I bought a set. Expensive but I am trusting the quality has stayed the same.
Barbara H on Apr 30, 2017
to replace an old one
Lisa R on Apr 25, 2017
I love this mill. I already have one and am buying for a 2nd home.
Tim G on Apr 16, 2017
Grace C on Apr 9, 2017
i have the Perfex Pepper Mill and I love it, very solidly made., I decided to get their Salt Mill.
George F on Apr 9, 2017
On the wedding gift registry
Louis S on Mar 16, 2017
Have loved these special mills for many yea s and wanted another set for our vacation home.
Gayle M on Mar 4, 2017
Was highly rated and seems durable
Margaret H on Feb 26, 2017
I lost our old pepper mill when we moved and have wanted to replace it. I bought the original salt & pepper set at Sur La Table
Mark Y on Feb 19, 2017
Best customer reviews
Jason T on Feb 17, 2017
I already have a set and love it. Wanted another set for my 2nd home.
PATTI R on Sep 13, 2018
Rod R on Aug 10, 2018
I have owned a set Perfex salt and pepper mills for about 16 years. Never any problem until recently. The rivet that attaches the small barrel-like handle to the handle arm on the pepper mill degraded over the years and broke, leaving just the handle arm.
Do you sell replacement handles?
Michael R on Jan 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, we don't sell replacement parts for these mills.
I purchased this mill 15 years ago, and the small rotating knob on the handle just broke off. How best to contact the manufacturer for repair? Thanks!
Marta L on Jan 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This is a fine product with a long life. However, after 15 years I suggest you consider buying a new one.
are these $90.00 each?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, these are priced individually.
I just received this earlier this week. I'm using it for the first time tonight, and metal shavings are coming out with my pepper, is this normal? Does it eventually go away?
Lisa K on Oct 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I returned the pepper mill and exchanged it for another. Unfortunately, the same thing occurred. I advise all who use this mill (manufactured NOV 2014) to look closely. Just to be sure I took a magnet over top of what I thought to be metal shavings and sure enough they came right up with the magnet. Sadly, I will be returning this mill and trying another option.
Where were these salt and pepper shakers made?
A shopper on Apr 4, 2012
BEST ANSWER: Heavy aluminum, with a carbon-steel grinding mechanism and a classic, simple design. Adjustable grind mechanism. Pull-out chute for easy loading. 4" tall. Made in France
I love my peppermill and salt grinder, but would love to know how to clean them? I have had them for approximately 5 years and need to keep their appearance as good as their terrific ability
A shopper on May 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine are aluminum so I just wipe them with a damp cloth. The ouside acquires a fine patina with age and I haven't needed to clean the inside.
Does the salt mill corrode?
c b on Jun 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: To be honest, I only have the pepper, my salty mill, which I seldom use (because I use kosher salt and sel Gris for seasoning, and MALDON and flour de sel for finishing) has a ceramic burr, rather than steel. I will volunteer that I've had my PERFEX since 1975: it was the first kitchen tool I ever bought. It was even more expensive THEN than it is now, and $90 was a big deal when I was earning $50 A week in Summer stock; but I've never regretted it. I've dropped it in soup and stock pots several times, and it still works like a dream.
Does this salt grinder have any plastic parts?
A shopper on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No, no plastic parts. It's a very good grinder, but I discovered it does not grind the big chunk salts, like Himilayan Pink. I was disappointed, but the smaller chunk salts are fine.
How do you clean this?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I simply wipe the exterior with a damp cloth or a little warm soapy water.

Our original pepper mill is now 30 years old - and it still works great. This set from Sur la Table was a gift for my son. We bought our salt mill about 15 years ago.

This may sound odd but we don't clean the inside of the pepper mill. It sits on our table and gets used multiple times a day.
We have cleaned the inside of the salt mill, not because it was dirty but because the mechanism had become stiff due to the corrosive nature of salt. I emptied the mill and used a small, thin bristle brush to clean the screw. I dumped out the the debris that was left behind and the salt mill was good to go.
I need a new handle, crank, for my perfect pepper mill. Can you help me ? Mark Blackwell
A shopper on Jan 30, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Because they’re imported from France, I don’t believe parts for the Perfex pepper mill are available. And in order for you to take advantage of the lifetime warranty you would need to ship it to the small company that manufactures it in Etienne, France. Unfortunately, your only option is to purchase a new grinder.
My perplex grinder suddenly stopped grinding - I adjusted the nut on the bottom - both tighter and looser to no avail. Any suggestions?
A shopper on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Contact Sur la Table customer service and ask for contact info for the distributor. My Perfex has stood me in good stead for 40 years, yours should, too! Or if it's less than 30 days old, go in and get a new one from Sur la Table.
What is the best salt to use to grind in the Perfex S grinder? I have been using kosher or sea salt.
Helen M on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Preferably sea salt, which gives you a little coarser result. Kosher will work, but why grind kosher? Try a Hymalian pink salt for table use, really good. Kosher good for cooking.
What’s the diameter?
A shopper on Jul 8, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The diameter of the salt and pepper grinders are 2.25 inches at the base.
Is there any health reasons to be concerned about this mill being made of aluminum? I thought we were supposed to get rid of our kitchen ware made of aluminum?
Nancy S on Jan 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Not to my knowledge, but if you have concerns, just don't buy. I have no issues with mine.
What size salt do I use ?
A shopper on Sep 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Almost any fluer de sel
I use kosher salt in my Perfex S mill. Is this ok? What would be the most recommended salt to grind in them? Also cleaning off with damp cloth the best way to clean. I notice mine has a little corrosion on the S one.
Helen M on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think you should get an imported sea salt. Kosher isn't best taste-wise according to experts. I use it for cooking only and ONLY if specified. For table salt I use French Sea Salt or Maldon Sea Salt, which you crumble with your fingers. As far as corrosion, I have a glass salt shaker with a pewter lid. The salt etches a bit, but it's not a problem.


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