All About Wheat Grinders (Grain Mills)

We have had a few readers ask us why we chose to recommend the WonderMill Grain Mills and even become an authorized dealer for them. We decided to give you a break down of the research we did on wheat grinders/grain mills to show you how we determined that they are our favorites.

Types of Wheat Grinders (Grain Mills)

Manual Wheat Grinders (Grain Mills)

Pros

  • Basic models are inexpensive (good ones are similar in cost to electric mills)
  • Can be used with no power source so they are great for emergency situations
  • Many models are very small thus requiring little storage space
  • Able to grind items such as oily seeds, nuts, herbs, and coffee that would normally ruin an electric mill

Cons

  • SLOW to grind (can take 5-6 minutes to grind one cup of flour)
  • Except for the very high-end models, you cannot grind grain into a fine flour
  • Some models are inconvenient (messy and hard to fit a large bowl underneath)

KitchenAid Attachments

Pros

  • Less expensive than an electric grinder
  • Small to store
  • Convenient to use the grinder attachment and then mix bread dough in the same machine

Cons

  • We have heard from multiple sources that these units will BREAK your KitchenAid mixer
  • Must have a generator or battery pack to use with no electricity
  • Not as fast at grinding as electric grinders

Electric Wheat Grinders (Grain Mills)

Pros

  • Grinds VERY quickly thus making it easy to use in your everyday cooking
  • Easy to select how coarse or fine to grind your grains
  • Large capacity for grinding a lot of grains/legumes at a time

Cons

  • Fairly expensive, even for the lower-end models
  • Must have a generator or battery pack to use with no electricity (unless you buy a high end model that comes with a manual crank)
  • Large appliance to store in your kitchen

Prices of Wheat Grinders (Grain Mills)

Manual Wheat Grinders

  • Low: $20-30 models will not grind flour, only coarse corn meal, etc. Not very useful.
  • Medium: $75-$225 is a good price range. Back to Basics Grain Mill can be found for around $70. It can grind fine enough for bread flour but not for very fine cake flour. The Wonder Junior is higher-priced at $169 but it can grind into cake flour and is higher quality. The Wonder Junior Deluxe is slightly more expensive but includes a counter clamp and burr heads for use in your kitchen.
  • High: Up to $400 for the Country Living Grain Mill. It is quicker than other manual grinders and is able to grind a fine cake flour (can also add a small motor to it to make it electric). The Family Grain Mill is $119 for a manual mill, but $259 to include a motorized base. You can also attach it to a Bosch if you don’t want to purchase the base.

KitchenAid Attachments

Electric Wheat Grinders

  • Low: Under $200 for grinders such as the Blendtec Grain Mill. This model is very noisy and cannot grind at a very coarse setting.
  • Medium: $200-$300 can get you a great grinder. The two most popular electric grinders are the WonderMill and the NutriMill. In our tests we found the WonderMill to be faster, quieter, cleaner, and easier to store. And priced at $259 it is slightly cheaper than the NutriMill which is $269.
  • High: You can purchase the Country Living Grain Mill for $400 and add a small motor to it to function as an electric mill.

Our Wheat Grinder Recommendations

Emergency-Only Usage

  • If you are planning to use your food storage and wheat grinder only if an emergency situation arises, it is not worth the expense and hassle of buying and storing an electric grinder. At a minimum you should get the Back to Basics Grain Mill which will enable you to at least bake bread. However, we would highly recommend purchasing the Wonder Junior Deluxe as it will do everything an electric grinder does and grind quicker and better than the Back to Basics Grain Mill. The Family Grain Mill might be a good option as well since you could have both the manual AND electric functions, but we haven’t personally tried that one yet.

Everyday Usage

  • If you plan to “store what you eat and eat what you store” we recommend the WonderMill Electric Grain Mill. It is the one that both of us use and we absolutely love it. If you are worried about what to do without power, you can pick up an additional hand grinder at a later time, or work on alternate power sources. We feel that the functionality and ease of use of the WonderMill is the best option for frequent usage.


  • schatzi

    Hi all…I was recently given a Mill & Mix in beautiful condition. I’ve never used a grinder before – does anyone have a manual for one? Or can you walk me through this?

    • I’m not familiar with that exact model but usually you turn it on and then just pour the grains in the top funnel and flour comes out the side or bottom. Maybe do a google search for a manual on your exact machine. Good luck and have fun!

  • hwnhaole

    As to the Mill & Mix stones- Are your stones broken, worn out? I have been using my Mill&Mix since the mid 1980’s on a regular basis. I have never needed to replace the stones. After a while of use-about every 6 months or after a very large grinding they will build up a type of film(I will call it that). From the oils of the berry. What I do is grinder dry corn on a very course setting. This will scrub off the oil film and the stones are then ready to go again. With a family of 14 I grind quite a bit of wheat making 8-10 loaves a couple times a week. I love my Mill & Mix it is a power house and if you can find one it is more than worth its weight in gold!

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  • Carol Crisp

    Anyone know where I can get new mill stones for my old Mill N Mix wheat grinder?

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  • Babycatcher55

    Are the grinders made in China any good? There’s one on eBay, and looks like a good deal ,but I am concerned with the quality…

    • What is the brand name? We can only give our experience with the brands we’ve tried.

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  • Sandlapper8

    I have a question.  Reviews that I read about the Wonder Elec Mill said that the coarse selection did not really grind it coarse. They said not much difference between the coarse and regular grinding. Is this true?  I am about to purchase a grinder but want to make sure I can get coarse chunky grains for my bread making..   12 grains in bread that have the coarse seeds in the dough.  Let me know.  Thanks.  Kay

    • I can grind as coarse as cornmeal in the electric mill. If you are looking for more of a cracked grain consistency you would need to use a manual grinder for that. I think most electric mills just do not have the ability to do it without making it too fine. Sorry!

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  • Someone You Know

    Julie and Jodi,
    Awesome article. Y’all are doing a great job on helping folks getting prepared, with food storage, for the rough times ahead.

    So,

    I would like to suggest an extremely inexpensive addition to your list that I found reading “Nuclear War Survival Skills” many years ago.

    It involves three pieces of pipe, wired together, and a metal can resting on a piece of concrete.

    Link:
    Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine – Nuclear War Survival Skills, Chapter 9: Food
    Expedient Processing of Grains and Soybeans
    http://www.oism.org/nwss/s73p920.htm

    PS. I believe, this would make a great handout for any family planning to help the neighbors during a food crisis.

    • Andrea

      fantastic link! wow! thank you.

  • anon

    I have a magic bullet blender. I have made oat flour in it and use the flour for pancakes and things. Works great. And I can make smoothies too. Less expensive then the other electric grinders you have listed.

  • Just came and read, this is wow! I was seek from many blogs, but here is the best, I love it.

  • kristinh333

    I'm sorry if you already posted this somewhere, but how many minutes does it take the Wondermill Junior (hand-crank) to grind one cup of whole wheat flour?

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry if you already posted this somewhere, but how many minutes does it take the Wondermill Junior (hand-crank) to grind one cup of whole wheat flour?

  • kristinh333

    I'm sorry if you already posted this somewhere, but how many minutes does it take the Wondermill Junior (hand-crank) to grind one cup of whole wheat flour?

  • good reviews.

  • good reviews.

  • raquel

    The family grain mill: you can buy a $30 adapter and use it with your kitchen aid machine or bosch machine. That way you can have the hand crank and also an electric option for everyday use. So you would spend $119 + $30 for a grinder that does both! Pretty good deal and it works great!

  • raquel

    The family grain mill: you can buy a $30 adapter and use it with your kitchen aid machine or bosch machine. That way you can have the hand crank and also an electric option for everyday use. So you would spend $119 + $30 for a grinder that does both! Pretty good deal and it works great!

  • Denise

    I am allergic to wheat and am interested in making almond flour. Do you have a suggestion on the best ginder for this task?

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Denise, The Wonder Junior can grind nuts and seeds. It is a manual grinder but one of the better ones. Any electric grinders will have problems with grinding nuts. If you want to learn about the Wonder Juniors you can look under our products tab for more info on the WonderMill products.

  • Denise

    I am allergic to wheat and am interested in making almond flour. Do you have a suggestion on the best ginder for this task?

    • Jodi — Food Storage Made Easy

      Denise, The Wonder Junior can grind nuts and seeds. It is a manual grinder but one of the better ones. Any electric grinders will have problems with grinding nuts. If you want to learn about the Wonder Juniors you can look under our products tab for more info on the WonderMill products.

  • I’m interested in the Family Grain Mill Manual Hand Base model- does anyone else use this mill- does it have low flour dust, space for a bowl underneath, pros/cons? Thanks for the additional information on the grain mills- I appreciate all the research.

  • Flybaby107

    I’m interested in the Family Grain Mill Manual Hand Base model- does anyone else use this mill- does it have low flour dust, space for a bowl underneath, pros/cons? Thanks for the additional information on the grain mills- I appreciate all the research.

  • I have a wheat grinder 🙂

    I even used it once… LOL

  • I have a wheat grinder 🙂

    I even used it once… LOL

  • Tammy

    I love my WonderMill! My parents gave it to me for my birthday about a year and a half ago and it’s been great.

  • Tammy

    I love my WonderMill! My parents gave it to me for my birthday about a year and a half ago and it’s been great.

  • Jodi

    Angela, Thanks for the link! Hope our info helped you out 🙂

    Cutie Pie, Thanks for the heads up on the family grain mill. I had never heard of them before. I’m going to add in a little more info in the post now.

    Kylene, I’m modifying the post to give more details on some manual/electric combo options.

  • Jodi

    Angela, Thanks for the link! Hope our info helped you out 🙂

    Cutie Pie, Thanks for the heads up on the family grain mill. I had never heard of them before. I’m going to add in a little more info in the post now.

    Kylene, I’m modifying the post to give more details on some manual/electric combo options.

  • Wow, I posted a question on my blog about wheat grinders the same day that you posted this. I will link you up! 🙂

  • Wow, I posted a question on my blog about wheat grinders the same day that you posted this. I will link you up! 🙂

  • cutie pie

    You didn’t mention this one but I like that it has a manual option and an electric option. I have the “family grain mill” and I really like it. It’s good for those of us who want it all. 🙂 Instead of buying a separate motor I just got an adapter and can use it with my Bosch machine. Got mine at pleasanthillgrain.com Does a good job and I’ve been making fluffy delicious 100% whole wheat bread with it.

  • cutie pie

    You didn’t mention this one but I like that it has a manual option and an electric option. I have the “family grain mill” and I really like it. It’s good for those of us who want it all. 🙂 Instead of buying a separate motor I just got an adapter and can use it with my Bosch machine. Got mine at pleasanthillgrain.com Does a good job and I’ve been making fluffy delicious 100% whole wheat bread with it.

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  • Kylene

    Can you tell me the names of the electric wheat mills that come with a manual crank? I did a google search and can’t find anything like that.

  • Kylene

    Can you tell me the names of the electric wheat mills that come with a manual crank? I did a google search and can’t find anything like that.

    • Your best bet would be to get a manual grinder and find a way to power it. The Wonder Junior has a great drill bit adapter, or you can also get a motorized pulley for it.

  • Cara

    Where was this article a couple weeks ago?? I just burned out my kitchen Aid trying to grind wheat with my attatchment!! Thanks for all the helpful advice on getting a new wheat grinder.

  • Cara

    Where was this article a couple weeks ago?? I just burned out my kitchen Aid trying to grind wheat with my attatchment!! Thanks for all the helpful advice on getting a new wheat grinder.

  • Thanks for your research. I have had a lot of people ask me what grinder to get and I concur with your findings. Great job!

  • Thanks for your research. I have had a lot of people ask me what grinder to get and I concur with your findings. Great job!

  • A good review of the product I was thinking of buying this too.

  • A good review of the product I was thinking of buying this too.

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