Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill Review

Good news, everyone! If you’re seeking an efficient and affordable salt and pepper grinder, the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill is truly great. While it certainly isn’t flawless, our reviewer quite enjoyed using it – let’s see what she had to say, yeah?

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Overall Score

Ease of Use (60%)

8.0

Technical (40%)

9.0

Specifications:

  • Price: £19.72
    • Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, this device was on a 10% sale – it’s normally £21.99.
  • Brand: Tower
  • Pros: Easy to use (with one or two hands), grinds consistently, batteries last for a long time, affordable, spices don’t get stuck in the grinding mechanism
  • Cons: Hard to clean, difficult to fill
  • Amazon Listing: Tower Electric Salt & Pepper Mill

Now there’s no sense in wasting time, so let’s just get right into it, shall we?

Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill: The Ruling

Our reviewer quite liked the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill. It grinds quite well, runs for ages on a single set of batteries, and is generally easy to use. However, it runs into issues when cleaning, and is a struggle to fill. Nonetheless, for the asking price, this is a solid grinder.

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Product Testing & Review

Our reviewer followed an extremely strict set of guidelines to ensure this product was tested for the most vital factors and uses. Her specific focuses are listed below:

  • Use
    • Ease of Use & Cleaning
    • Grind, Battery & Ergonomics
  • Technical
    • Dimensions, Weight, Sound & Miscellaneous

Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill: Use

Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill
Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill

This is by far the most important section of any kitchen gadget review. If it’s hard to use, difficult to clean, or has other issues that make it difficult to use, you’re going to have more issues than we want in the kitchen – that is to say, no problems.

So let’s see if Tower actually made a good salt & pepper mill, shall we?

Ease of Use & Cleaning

First up is ease of use and cleaning. In terms of general use, our reviewer found that it’s incredibly easy to use, as it literally has one button. You press and hold for as long as you need salt or pepper, and then you stop – easy as that! And its ergonomic design makes it easy for lefties or righties to use this thing one-handed, which can be a lifesaver in a busy kitchen.

Our reviewer’s big gripe with this thing was that it’s incredibly difficult to clean. While it generally shouldn’t get dirty, per se, it’s important to clean anything that comes into contact with your food – especially if you’re cooking for those with allergies. If dust or other allergens get into your spices, you’ll be seasoning the food with danger, which is no good.

She found that because it’s electric, it’s quite hard to wash out as you need to carefully skirt around the motor. This meant that when cleaning it, she had to carefully twist the nozzle on the bottom and separate the cover from the housing. Once done, she could gently swirl water around the bottom section – though she felt that it wasn’t quite fully clean, as she couldn’t scrub.

One final note – these things are a bit difficult to fill. While you can finagle your way into filling it with some careful handwork, the top is pretty small. This means that, while not impossible, fitting whole peppercorns and coarse salt is a struggle.

Executive Summary: While it grinds salt and pepper very well (and one-handed, at that!), the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill has its issues. It’s difficult to clean and a pain to fill, though both of these are relatively simple to find workarounds.

Grind, Battery & Ergonomics

As we mentioned above, the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill is great for one-handed use. This is due entirely to its incredibly ergonomic and simple design. You can easily operate it with either hand, and won’t have issues with dropping it, hand cramps, or any other issues that occur with poor design.

As for batteries, this mill takes 4 AA batteries, which are easily inserted into a covered section. Our reviewer has consistently used this for just about every meal (everything is better with some salt and pepper) for weeks now and hasn’t needed to replace the batteries.

And finally, we’re going to talk about the actual grind consistency itself. Our reviewer tested this using coarse sea salt and whole peppercorns. The salt turned to a fine powder, while the peppercorns were ground to small bits – though not into a powder. If you’re looking for a grinder that makes coarse, larger bits, this isn’t for you. However, if you need your spices ground to a fine consistency, this is the perfect choice.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill is extremely ergonomic, grinds consistently (making a powder or fine grind), and lasts quite a long time on four simple AA batteries.

Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill: Technical

And now we get to the part that is everyone’s favourite – you know, numbers. Okay, the nitty-gritty details and features of this grinder may not be the most interesting, but they’ll severely impact how your experience with this thing goes. Let’s get right into things and we can wrap for the day. First up is the super interesting stuff – dimensions, weight, and sound.

Dimensions, Weight, Sound, & Miscellaneous

Sound Testing

Okay – let’s talk about how big this thing is. Our reviewer measured it out to ensure it meets the manufacturer specifications:

  • Height: 9.2 inches (23.4 cm)
  • Depth: 2.5 inches (6.4 cm)
  • Volume: 30 mL (each)
  • Weight (Empty): 281 grams
  • Weight (Salt): 451 grams
  • Weight (Pepper): 415 grams

As for the sound that this bad boy makes, it’s surprisingly loud, but luckily you’ll only run it for ~3 seconds at a time, so it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. When tested with a decibel meter, the Tower Electic Salt and Pepper Mill was 76.5 decibels when grinding salt, and 80.8 decibels when grinding pepper. This is (for those unaware) roughly the same noise level as a hairdryer or vacuum – so it’s certainly not quiet.

And finally, our reviewer wanted to make one minor note – most spice grinders struggle with peppercorns getting stuck in the grinding mechanism. This particular spice mill didn’t have that issue – it remained unjammed throughout testing.

Executive Summary: Our reviewer found that the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill was large enough to hold a reasonable amount of both salt and pepper (60 mL total) and lightweight enough to not tire you out during use. It is, however, pretty loud – measuring closely on the decibel scale to a standard vacuum.

Conclusion

While not without its flaws, the Tower Electric Salt and Pepper Mill is quite well made. It’s extremely easy to use thanks to a highly ergonomic design, grinds consistently, and works for ages on a single set of batteries. However, it’s quite difficult to clean and runs very loudly. Nonetheless, if you’re in the market for an affordable salt and pepper mill, this is a fantastic choice.

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