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
Great tabletop option.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.

Cole and Mason Capstan Wood Pepper Grinder
Elegant and traditional design. 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
Does the work for you. 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.