Want extra elegance? Want to reduce waste? Consider a pepper mill.

Get more flavor from freshly ground black pepper.

ground peppercorns and grinder
Now you can buy your pepper in bulk.Hebi B. via Pixabay

If you’re still using pre-ground black pepper for dinner: the time to change is now. Peppercorns lose a lot of their flavor and aromatics when they’re pre-ground, and disposable plastic grinders you can buy at the grocery store aren’t nearly as sustainable (nor cheap in the long run) as a dedicated pepper grinder. A pepper mill can completely change the way you season your dishes, and come in an array of designs—from purely functional to highly elegant. Here, a few of our favorites.

Kitchen-GO Pepper Grinder or Salt Shaker

Kitchen-GO Pepper Grinder or Salt Shaker
The handheld size makes this a great tabletop salt/pepper shaker alternative.Amazon

The Kitchen-GO spice mill has a stainless steel grinder top and a glass-bottom that resembles traditional salt and pepper shaker. It’s just the right size for the table, too, at 5 inches tall with a 3/4-cup spice capacity. You can adjust the grind from fine to coarse; and the stainless steel cap stays closed while you do your grinding. It’s budget-friendly and a versatile, everyday option.

Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill

Unicorn Magnum Pepper Mill
Austere in looks, high on function, lots of peppercorns.Amazon

Do you love black pepper? Really really love black pepper? This all-black, intense-looking pepper mill is the tool for you: it’s six inches tall and uses a steel mechanism to grind lots and lots of peppercorns fast. Grind sizes are adjustable—from medium-fine to extra coarse chunks. The pepper mill body is made out of ABS plastic, and is easy to refill and clean. Get this if you’re serious about your seasoning—no tiny trickles of pepper here.

Cole & Mason Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder

Cole and Mason Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder
Elegant, traditional wood design with a lifetime guarantee.Amazon

There’s nothing like the elegance of a classic, wooden pepper mill. The Cole & Mason comes in a variety of heights—from a traditional 12.5-inch tall wood design to a more portable 5-inch version. The grinder is made out of machine-cut carbon steel that grinds smoothly and evenly—you can, of course, adjust grind sizes. This comes with a lifetime warranty.

KSL Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder

KSL Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
Try an electric pepper grinder.Amazon

If you’ve never experienced an electric salt or pepper grinder, you owe yourself this special pleasure: just press a button and watch ground pepper shower down. This one has adjustable grind sizes, a built-in LED light inside the mill (for dark kitchens and late-night seasonings) and comes with batteries ready to go.