Investing in a grain mill for your kitchen is a wonderful way to nurture your family’s health through the ancient practice of milling grains.
But figuring out what grain mill to buy can be tricky. You may be wondering: Which grain mill is best? What should I look for in a grain mill? What are the main grain mills to choose from?
Friend, you’ve come to the right place! In today’s post, we are going over the best grain mills for home use and covering everything from price and quality, to size and design.
This curated list will help you make an informed decision by knowing exactly what’s available on the market, as well as which flour mill for home will best suit your needs.
We’ll look at:
- The best grain mills overall, including affordable options
- The best small grain mill (for personal use or smaller families)
- The best hand grain mill (for manually grinding grains)
Best Overall Grain Mills
Here are three of the best overall grain mills with my top choice first being listed first.
Note: You can see and hear me talk about the differences in these mills in the below video.You’ll also learn why the “most affordable” option, The Mockmill Grain Mill 100, is likely the best for most!
#1. Top Choice–The Mockmill Lino 200 Grain Mill
For home grain mills, very few can beat the Mockmill Lino 200.
The Mockmill Lino 200 has a sleek design and features a sturdy industrial motor in a beautiful wood casement. If you have a large family, this mill would be the best pick for you! It’s powerful enough for frequent use and milling large quantities of grain. And it looks beautiful on the counter!
Perfect for large families
Easy to use
Has a sleek design - looks do matter
Best variety of settings - 20 milling options
All Mockmill grinders mill all 7 types of grain (wheat, rye, oats, barley, corn, brown rice, millet) and the respective subtypes such as spelt, kamut, quinoa, amaranth, triticale, dry legumes and more.
Plus - and this is a fun foodie plus - it mills herbs and cinnamon!
And it’s easy to use and to clean!Buy it here: Mockmill Lino 200 Grain Mill
#2. The Runner-Up – Nutrimill Harvest Stone Grain Mill
My runner-up pick for the best overall grain mills is the Nutrimill Harvest Stone Grain Mill.
When I first started milling, I used the Nutrimill Classic. Nutrimill is a great manufacturer that consistently produces quality products. The Harvest Stone Grain Mill is no exception!
This aesthetic and effective mill is perfect for milling any non-oily beans, grains, and legumes. It’s sustainably made, looks gorgeous on your kitchen counter, and does a fantastic job of grinding even the hardest of grains. Plus, it’s almost half the price of the Mockmill Lino 200, so if you’re on a budget, this is a great option.
Good for grinding “hard” grains
Lots of color options to choose from
Sustainable and eco-friendly
#3. Most Affordable – The Mockmill Grain Mill 100
My third pick for best overall grain mills is the most affordable of the three… plus, it’s a favorite of mine!
In fact, I love this mill so much I’ve put together 7 reasons why it’s great. Check them out:
There are adjustable settings, allowing you to make cereal and cracked grain, besides ground flour. The Nutrimill/ Harvest mills are great for flour, but can’t mill cereal or cracked grain.
You can re-adjust the settings (1-10) giving you more expandability. This allows you to decide how fine or course you want your grain to be.
You can mill dried spices in the Mockmill 100.
Re-milling is possible–up to 3 times. Your flour and spices turn out finer.
There is zero flour dust, which means there's no mess! I have cleaned my pantry several times with the Nutrimill Classic.
No hot temperature. The Mockmill uses a cool grinding process, which preserves nutritional value.
This machine is super-portable because of its slim design. Thus, it’s perfect for traveling and RV lifestyle folks.
Most affordable option
No flour dust
Compact and portable
Can also mill cereal, cracked grain, and spices
Best Small Grain Mills
What if you have a small family or you’re just looking for a home grain mill for personal use? Here are three picks that will serve you well. These won’t take up much space on your counter either, so if space is a problem, these won’t make life harder!
#1. Top Choice – Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender
In the wee beginnings of my grain-milling journey, I used my Vitamix with a Dry Blade. If you’re just getting into making flour at home – or want a multipurpose option that can be used for more than just grains – the Vitamix is the perfect choice.
Keep in mind that to use a Vitamix for milling grains, you will need a Dry Grains container.
Here are some features to take note of:
- Five program settings ensure walk–away convenience and consistent results.
- Touchscreen controls give the machine a sleek silhouette and are easily wiped clean.
- Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine–tune the texture of any recipe.
- The motor base is able to read the container size you’ve chosen and automatically adjust program settings accordingly.
- A built–in timer helps avoid over or under processing your custom recipes. Set the timer to the length of your blend, and it will turn the machine off automatically.
- Multipurpose blender
- Easy to assemble/use
- Easy to clean
- Great for personal use and small families
#2. The Runner-Up – Nutrimill Plus
A fantastic runner-up option for small grain mills is the Nutrimill Plus.
This compact option is nice and quiet which is a huge plus. It’s super easy to take apart and store as well, so if you don’t like a cluttered counter, it won’t be a hassle to dismantle and store in your cabinets.
I also consider it quite affordable!
The takeaway for the Nutrimill Plus:
Small but powerful
Easy to take apart
#3. Most Affordable – Best Hand Grain Mills
For home grain mills in the $150 range or below, it’s best to look at hand mills (aka: wheat hand grinders) as these are both affordable and reliable.
If your on a budget or would like to be able to use your grinder without being dependent on electricity, these nifty picks are perfect for you. Here are the top three!
#1. Top Choice – Victoria Manual High Hopper Grain Grinder
This is an excellent mill. In fact, it might be a runner-up because of its more approachable price but quality wise, Victoria’s hand grain mill is the top choice!
Made from cast iron, the Victoria Manual High Hopper Grain Grinder is a quality hand mill that will last decades if taken care of properly. You can also process large quantities at one time, which is a plus for large families!
Here’s a full list of features:
Cast iron body and clamp.
Clamp comes with a protective non-slip rubber, protects your surfaces and prevents the grain grinder from slipping in heavy work
Sanitary tin double-coat, compliant with international regulations for food preparation. Highly resistant to wear.
Used for home brewing, corn barley, grains, coffee, cheese, vegetables, nuts, coconut, spices, cooked meats, etc.
Clamp is easily adjustable to most tables and boards.
Adjust for fine or coarse grain according to the milling you want.
High quality cast iron
Durable and long-lasting
Adjustable for fine or coarse flour
Easy to assemble and use
#2. The Runner-Up – Country Living Hand Grain Mill
The Country Living Hand Grain Mill is made with stainless steel, is hugely durable and will last for years to come if properly cared for.
However, it is not recommended for grinding oily grains, seeds or nuts. So keep this in mind if you plan on purchasing!
For most grains though, this hand grain mill is fantastic. You can get flour as fine as pastry flour and it’s super easy to use. It’s actually my favorite hand grain mill.
Here’s the takeaway:
Grinds most grains but not oily grains, seeds, or nuts
Durable, made to last a lifetime
Can get flour as fine as pastry flour
#3. Most Affordable – CGOLDENWALL Manual Grain Mill Stainless Steel Grinder
Finally, a cheap but perfectly decent manual grain mill is the CGOLDENWALL grinder.
I consider this one a matter of preference. If you like a silver metal finish, want a durable option, and like a quiet hand grinder, this one will check all the boxes. Quality-wise, I prefer one of the above options, but this one is certainly a contender.
Here’s what you need to know:
Made of stainless steel, sturdy and durable.
Easy to install and use.
Recommended to ground approximately 2 cups of dry white rice before using, it will work better.
With the table-clamp design, the hand-operated grinder machine can be easily adjusted to most tables and boards. An anti-slide rubber pad protects the surface and prevents the manual grinder from slipping in heavy work.
Easily adjust with the spring from coarse for cracked grains to fine for bread quality flour. Fineness of the powder can be adjusted by the tightness of the spring. The final grinding effect is not pure powder, it will have partial granules.
Excellent for grinding DRY grains, corn, spice, coffee beans, sesame, coarse salt, chickpeas rice, black rice, soy, mung bean, barley, buckwheat, oat, etc. Also could mill dry chili, pepper, and herbs.
It is not recommended to grind materials containing oil like peanuts.
Easy to install and use
Not recommended for oily products
Frequently Asked Questions
Types of Grain Mills
As we covered today, there are mainly two types of grain mills: electric grain mills and hand grinders.
If you want a convenient option that doesn’t require any elbow grease, you’ll probably want an electric mill. If you’re on a budget and you don’t mind the physical aspect of it, a hand mill won’t let you down!
What should I look for in a grain mill?
When picking out your home grain mill, it’s important to consider such things as: durability, price, and size. Reading reviews is super helpful, as is checking if the mill comes with a warranty.
You’ll also want to take into account what you plan on grinding (and how much). Do you want very fine flour? Are you satisfied with coarse flour? Will you be grinding large quantities? Do you plan to grind oily products like peanuts? Make a detailed list of your needs and carefully read through each mill’s features in order to find the perfect one for your home.
What are the main grain mills?
The main grain mills are electric mills from manufacturers like Nutrimill, Mockmill, and Country Living Mill. These mills are pricey but worth every penny. Comparable options include hand grinders as well as the popular and very versatile Vitamix.
Purchasing a home grain mill is an investment that will bless your family’s health, save you money, and improve the quality of your life – forever. Before purchasing a grain mill, consider what your needs are and take stock of your current kitchen space, how often you’ll be using it, and how big your family is.
For a complete breakdown on milling wheat, including types of grains and delicious recipes, check out my Satisfied: Baking With Whole Grain Goodness ebook. I wrote this book for those who are new to milling their own grains as well as those who simply want to learn more about this ancient practice.
And here are my recommendations for where to purchase quality wheat to mill at home. Because, after all, to get home-milled grains, you need grains to mill!