Summary: I just got this coffee grinder today. It works well so far and the design of it is nice. I used it to grind up spices today. The stupid thing wouldn't open easily. I was struggling to open the thing and kept turning the darn thing off. I am taking it back.
Summary: Hamilton Beach coffee grinder model 80344. If you buy this because you like the cord storage feature, you will love it. If you buy it to grind coffee, you likely will not love it. To grind the beans you fill the top and lock it onto the grinding unit with a twist. After grinding the beans you have to unlock to top with a twist, turn the grinder upside down, remove the top and pour from the top into your coffee maker. That is where the trouble is.
Summary: This grinder is just what I needed: a fast, easy way to grind beans fresh for every pot. I had one for about 6 months, dropped it on the floor of the kitchen and broke it, and was disconsolate until my husband was able to find another one. I like a very very fine grind - no problem, I like easy clean-up - no problem - just wipe out with a paper towel, I dislike cords - no problem, this one just winds right into the base.
Summary: It's not at all the intended use, but I use this grinder to make nasal snuff tobacco from loose-leaf pipe tobacco, and my review is of that usage. I'm very fond of the auto-pulse feature. The programs, while useful, can be overridden. The blade does not hold onto the ground product, as is frequently the case with other grinders. The lid is nice and transparent, and I can clearly see the coarseness of the grind without removing the lid. The retractable cord is great.
Summary: I bought this for my wife. She has Rheumatoid arthritis and cannot hold down a grinder. We bought this one because it grinds hands free. Problem is, she cannot turn the top to unlock it. If you have problems opening a jar lid or have problems with your hands this is not your grinder. Other than that it is five stars.
Summary: My old, trusted coffee grinder finally died and I picked this up as a replacement. At first I was really impressed at how it grinds automatically, and I still think it's a very cool function, but the lid is sometimes hard to lock and the button to start won't always work. This machine is a little tempermental. I have arthritis in my thumbs and sometimes locking the lid is difficult - I have to get it just right or the grinder won't auto-grind.
Summary: Coffee/spice grinders certainly have evolved over the years and this Hamilton Beach model is no exception. The 80344 has a solid, quality feel and grips surfaces nicely with rubber feet. I particularly like the cord storage feature, where you turn the base and the cord winds up into it. The grinder setting switch is convenient and allows for fine, medium or coarse grind.
Summary: Hamilton Beach 80344 Custom Grind 15 Cup Coffee Grinder I purchase this coffee grinder to replace a Capresso grinder I had been using for years and which was no longer completly grinding the beans. I use the grinder daily, even taking it with me on vacation. I wanted a quieter unit with cord storage. The Hamilton Beach 80344 looked good. I was attracted to it's design, it's auto stop function, cord storage and stainless steel bean cup. At 1st I thought it was a good buy!
Summary: Found the Hamilton Beach Custom Grind #80344 locally for under $15. Like the hands-free feature for convenience and consistency. Looks nice on the counter. Really like the retractable cord feature [wish the cord was slightly longer; minor detail]. The arrow and lock/unlock features are marked clearly. The lock/unlock feature was a little awkward at first probably due to being accustomed to a different grinder, now deceased [R.I.P.].
Summary: I purchased one of these locally, not on Amazon. Model No.80344. It's actually a tough little coffee grinder. Not sure about the complaints in the other review, it has printed on the back an arrow. As long as you align that arrow to the one on the cup it locks fine. It also is more than sufficiently sized to accommodate enough beans to make a full pot of coffee. I drink mine strong too. For the price you can't beat it.