Hand Wheat Grinders vs. Electric Grain Mills

By: Travis Lincoln


You might be questioning why anyone would buy a non-electric grain mill instead of a high-powered electric grain mill. There are however many reasons people love their hand wheat grinders. When thinking about buying a grain mill, make sure you ask yourself certain questions first:

What will I grind with it?
Will it be for emergency or everyday use?
Is noise and flour dust an issue?
Do I really want to mount it on the counter?

What will I grind with it?

Hand wheat grinders are notorious for grinding ALL types of grains and nuts. For example, flax seed is a popular grain to grind because of its nutrition rich properties. Hand wheat grinders are some of the few grain mills that have the capability of grinding these "oily" grains.

Hand wheat grinders are also great because they not only grind many types of grains, but they grind these grains from very coarse to very fine. The ability to "crack" the grains and make cracked cereals is very popular. Electric grain mills cannot "crack" grains. Most electric mills have 3-4 settings to define the coarseness.

Will it be for emergency or everyday use?

The average electric grain mill grinds at a grinding speed of about 85 lbs of grain per hour. This is a pretty fast speed. On the other hand, hand wheat grinders can grind 10 CUPS of grain anywhere from 25-75 minutes, depending on the quality of the wheat grinder. This, comparatively, is very slow. It is obvious that people are not buying hand wheat grinders for speed and efficiency. They are buying them for: emergency preparedness, the option of milling "oily" grains and nuts, and the option of making cracked grains

Is noise or flour dust an issue?

Obviously a high powered electric grain mill is going to be significantly louder than any hand wheat grinders. Most electric mills are considered impact mills, meaning they explode the grain instead of grinding it between stones. This creates the noise ranging from 50 to 80 decibels. To compare, a normal conversation ranges from 50-60 decibels, and a telephone dial tone, when put to the ear, is about 80 decibels. Hand wheat grinders, comparatively, make little or no noise whatsoever.

Similarly, the flour dust is an issue with electric mills. Most electric grain mills release at least a bit of flour dust into the air, except for the WonderMill grain mill. Hand wheat grinders, on the other hand, release no dust into the air at all.

Do I really want to mount it on the counter?

All hand mill require you to mount the mill on your counter or table. Most hand wheat grinders even require you to drill holes and bolt it on, with exceptions like the Wonder Junior Deluxe grain mill.

Electric grain mills, on the other hand, do not need to be mounted in any way. This makes getting the mill out and putting it away quick and easy, plus you have no ugly holes in you counter or table top.

Now you can decide what kind of grain mill is right for you.

Go to the "grain mills" page on KodiakHealth.com and check out the comparison tables to compare the electric and hand grain mills that are offered there.

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