Cole & Mason Derwent Salt Grinder

Last updated date: October 21, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

Cole & Mason Derwent Salt Grinder

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 79 expert reviews, the Cole & Mason Cole & Mason Derwent Salt Grinder placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 25, 2019:
Checkout The Best Salt Grinder for a detailed review of all the top salt grinders.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
1,916 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Easy to adjust the size of the grind. Now to see how long they last without clogging or breaking.
- Sur La Table
Its carbon steel burrs allow for precision grinding and we loved the fact that its adjustment mechanism actually features a scale, for less trial and error when hunting for a particular coarseness setting.
- Foodal
February 6, 2019 | Full review
It features a precision mechanism for getting the best flavor out of your peppercorns. It does not just crush them, it has a machine-cut and hardened carbon steel mechanism which acts to strip them down and remove their individual layers as it grinds.
- Kitchenistic
Easy to use adjustment settings that allow 6 pre-set levels of precise, consistent output.
- Food Shark Marfa
Pre-set Adjustable Grind Levels – Each mill has a their own pre-set grind levels suitable for the seasoning used.
- Best Home Kitchen Stuff
Salt mill features a diamond-cut ceramic grinder with 3 settings, and effortlessly takes on large, hard sea salt chunks.
- BestReviews
Various grinding settings; one-step refill; classic look.
- A Food Lovers Kitchen
June 4, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
After about 9 mo. the salt shaker worked fine but the pepper grinder was less than dependable. Now, a year later the pepper grinder doesn't work at all but the salt shaker continues on.
- Sur La Table
There is some concern voiced by real world users in reviews about the markings for the grind settings rubbing off, so keep this in mind. Because the see-through design of this affordable model makes it possible for the peppercorns to be exposed to sunlight, you may want to store this one inside the cabinet to keep the spices from losing their flavor too quickly.
- Foodal
February 6, 2019 | Full review
Expensive. Leaves stray salt as the dispensers are placed at the bottom. Only the grinding mechanism comes with a lifetime warranty (Not the entire product)
- Food Shark Marfa
They do not come cheap.
- Best Home Kitchen Stuff
Pricey, but the quality and performance is unrivaled.
- BestReviews
Mechanism could use some fine-tuning, more expensive than other models
- A Food Lovers Kitchen
June 4, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Cole & Mason 7.5 inch Derwent Gourmet Precision Salt and Pepper Mills in stainless steel bring a modern style to your table with a sleek acrylic hourglass display. The salt mill uses premium diamond-cut ceramic millworks to bring user-friendly spice control to your table with three distinct settings, from fine grains to coarsely ground gourmet chunks with even hard large-grained artisan sea salts. The Derwent salt grinder is easy to refill by just lifting the top straight up and the grinding mechanism is also guaranteed for life. Style, durability and dependability have been built into every Cole & Mason product since 1919 using the best materials and mechanisms; our products have been well-regarded by professional cooks and homemakers ever since. Count on Cole & Mason to give your table salt grinder a touch of class!

Overall Product Rankings

Cole & Mason Medium Forest Wood Salt Mill
2. Cole & Mason Medium Forest Wood Salt Mill
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Latent Epicure Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
3. Latent Epicure Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 15
Home Ec Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder
4. Home Ec Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
Gold Armour Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
5. Gold Armour Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 2
Cole & Mason Derwent Salt Grinder
6. Cole & Mason Derwent Salt Grinder
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
OXO Good Grips Accent Mess Free Salt Grinder
7. OXO Good Grips Accent Mess Free Salt Grinder
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
OXO Clear Salt Grinder
8. OXO Clear Salt Grinder
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 11
Eparé Salt or Pepper Grinder
9. Eparé Salt or Pepper Grinder
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 11
JCP Kitchen Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
10. JCP Kitchen Salt and Pepper Grinder Set
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On Salt Grinders

No dining table is complete without a salt and pepper grinder. These two spices add a burst of flavor to a host of foods, and having a set readily available where you eat allows all guests seated at the table to season their meal to taste. There are a few things you’ll want to consider as you begin your hunt for the perfect grinder.

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Check the construction. Some models are made using acrylic bodies, while others are created from glass. You’ll also find models that are completely constructed from wood. While these are attractive, they don’t allow you to view the amount of spice left in the grinder.

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Examine the grinding mechanism and take note of the materials used to make it. The OXO Clear Salt Grinder uses a ceramic grinder that won’t absorb any of the spice’s flavors or odors, while the Willow & Everett Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set is made of stainless steel that won’t rust or stain.

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Review how many coarseness settings the grinder has to see if it meets your needs. The Cole & Mason Medium Forest Wood Salt Mill features three coarse settings; however, other models offer as many as five. You’ll also want to make sure you can switch from fine to coarse with ease, especially if you’re working on multiple dishes at the same time.

Inspect the grinder to see how easy or tough it is to refill. Models with screw top lids are ideal, as are tops that release when you simply pull upward. Keep in mind that some models are refilled from the top, while others are refilled from the bottom. You may actually need to flip the grinder over to unscrew the cap.

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Look for any extras that may set one grinder apart from another. The Latent Epicure Salt and Pepper Grinder Set, for example, is battery operated and able to grind your spices with the touch of a button. It also comes with an LED light that lets you know when you’ve added just the right amount of spice and a plastic stand that collects any extra salt and pepper remnants.

DWYM Fun Fact

Did you know that the USDA daily recommended dose of salt is just one teaspoon? If you enjoy this flavorful spice, you may be interested in learning a few more fun facts about salt.

  • Salt was actually used as a form of currency in Ethiopia up until the 20th century.
  • Salt is needed for everything from balancing sugar levels within the body to clearing the lungs of mucus and phlegm.
  • If your pet has fleas, you can actually use salt to get rid of fleas naturally.
  • The world’s largest salt flat is located in Bolivia and spans 4,000 square miles.
  • Sea salt extracted from the ocean has 84 minerals that are good for the body.

The Salt Grinder Buying Guide

  • If the salt grinder you’re interested in comes with a warranty or guarantee, make sure you know what it covers. Some warranties and guarantees only cover the grinding mechanism. That won’t help if you have a problem with the lid or the actual container.
  • It’s good practice to clean out your salt and pepper grinders from time to time. To do this, you’ll need to unscrew the lids and shake out any old spices that still remain in the grinders. If you have any trouble getting them out, use a can of air to force it out. Now you can scrub the inside of the grinders with a bottle brush and a little dish soap. Feel free to use a regular washcloth or sponge to clean the outside. Allow the grinders to air dry. If the outside glass has any streaks, you can wipe them away with a little white distilled vinegar.
  • Your pepper grinder can be used to grind other foods as well. You can use them to grind mushrooms for a soup, coffee beans for a hot cup of java and coriander seeds for a homemade salad dressing.
  • Prices for salt grinders vary by the materials used to construct them, as well as any special features they may have. You’ll find the Willow & Everett Stainless Steel Salt and Pepper Grinder Set and the OXO Clear Salt Grinder are more affordable options, as they are more standard. Shoppers will find the Latent Epicure Salt and Pepper Grinder Set commands a higher price thanks to its battery-powered and one-button operation. The Cole & Mason Medium Forest Wood Salt Mill is also more expensive because it’s made using a rich attractive wood that’s more upscale.