Hario Skerton Pro

The Hario Skerton Pro is an iconic hand grinder that has been around for a few years now. We wanted to review it to see if this is still a good option to buy, considering the large influx of quality hand grinders on the market now. 

Hario Skerton Pro

The Hario Skerton Pro is an entry-level manual hand grinder. It is a good option if you are looking for reasonable grind quality at an affordable price. The Hario Skerton Pro features a high-quality build and a large number of grind settings. It also has a very large capacity compared to other similar hand grinders. However, it does struggle with grind consistency, particularly at coarser grind settings.

Specs:

  • 60g Hopper Capacity
  • 100g Grinds Bin Capacity
  • Burrs: Conical Ceramic
  • Dimensions: W167 x D95 x H195mm
  • Weight: 420g

Why Consider a Hand Grinder?

There are a few benefits to investing in a hand grinder over an automatic grinder. The first of these is price. Hand grinders offer far more bang for your buck- because there are so few parts to a hand grinder, most of your money is going towards the quality and make of the burrs. Secondly, hand grinders offer portability. They tend to be far smaller and more durable than electric grinders, which makes them great for travel. Finally, the process of using a hand grinder allows you to make a hobby, a passion, art out of brewing. You get great satisfaction in grinding your own beans by hand.

Hario Skerton Pro Review


About Hario

Hario is a Japan-based company that is known in the coffee world for creating quality manual brewing gear. Perhaps their most popular product is the Hario V60 pour-over which has become a staple in third-wave coffee shops around the world. They also produce kettles, servers, and of course, grinders. So how does their Hario Skerton Pro grinder fare in the world of coffee grinders? The Hario Skerton Pro is Hario’s renovation of the classic Skerton with a bunch of improvements. These have elevated it from a sub-par grinder to a quality grinder that is easy to use, produces a uniform grind, and is now well thought of.

Design

The Hario Skerton Pro has an excellent design with a solid build. The grinder consists of a grinds bin made of heat-proof glass, protected by a non-slip rubber base. The grinder body is made from durable plastic with a large hopper and conical ceramic burrs. It also has a detachable metal crank handle. All the parts fit together well. Hario has included some thoughtful design aspects, including an airtight lid for the grinds container if you wanted to store ground coffee. Also, the grinds container can be swapped out for a mason jar. Overall the grinder has a sleek and modern look. 

Hario Skerton Pro

Usability

Like most hand grinders, the Hario Skerton Pro is straightforward to use. You simply choose your grind size, pour your beans into the hopper, whack on the lid and start cranking. A bit of muscle power, and voila! Freshly ground coffee. With a large hopper, the grinder is easy to fill. However, you will find that it does require a decent level of exertion to grind your coffee, and this can take a long time, depending on what grind size you are trying to achieve.

Grind Adjustment

Adjusting the grind setting is fast and easy with the Hario Skerton Pro. There is a small stepped knob under the burrs, which you can turn. It gives a small click for each increment. To start, you should turn the grind adjustment knob clockwise (to the right) until it is tight. This is the starting point. From there, you adjust the grind setting by turning the knob counterclockwise and counting the number of clicks as a reference. From there you adjust the grind setting by turning the knob counterclockwise and counting the number of clicks as a reference.

Hario Skerton Pro

We recommend the following are a good place to start with your Hario Skerton Pro:

  • Turkish/ Espresso: 4 Clicks
  • Aeropress: 4-9 Clicks
  • Moka Pot: 4-6 Clicks
  • V60: 4-6 Clicks
  • Pour Over: 4-12 Clicks
  • French Press: 12-14 Clicks
  • Cold Brew: 12-16 Clicks

Grind Consistency

The grind consistency of the Hario Skerton Pro is passable but not on a par with other comparable hand grinders. It does achieve a consistent grind at the fine to medium level. However, the consistency is not as uniform at the coarser grind settings. If you are looking for a grinder for French Press or Cold Brew, we would suggest the Hario Skerton Pro is not the way to go. 

Portability

The Hario Skerton Pro is probably not going to be your go-to grinder if you are looking for a grinder for travel. While it is doable, it is a rather large grinder, so it is not the most portable (although a handy hack is that you can attach a mason jar instead of the grind catcher if you do choose to travel with it). While this can be a negative, it is also a positive, as with its large size, it has a large capacity. The hopper can hold 60g of beans, and the grinds bin can hold 100g of ground coffee. This is almost twice the capacity of most other hand grinders, which makes it a good grinder if you want to grind a large quantity of coffee at a time.

Hario Skerton Pro

Alternatives to the Hario Skerton Pro

Porlex Mini 

The Porlex Mini is another option if you are looking for a hand grinder for the road. The mix of compact size and quality construction makes it a great way to take your coffee obsession with you wherever you go. It has 12 settings that deal with most manual brewing methods and produces a consistent grind size. The only downside is its small bean capacity. See our in-depth review here. 

1Zpresso JX Hand Grinder

This elegant-looking hand grinder is another excellent alternative. It offers superb grind consistency, impressive grinding speed, and large 48mm steel burrs. We can’t recommend it highly enough! The 1Zpresso JX has 24 possible grind sizes and is capable of grinding for both espresso and manual brewing methods. This grinder is making waves in the coffee world for a good reason, that the quality to price ratio cannot be equaled See our in-depth review here.

Who is the Hario Skerton Pro For?

With the explosion of high-quality and affordable hand grinders hitting the market, the Hario Skerton Pro is not our first pick for an entry-level grinder. However, it does still have a place in today’s market. If you are after an affordable hand grinder with a large capacity, this may be the grinder for you. However, if you are looking for better grind consistency or portability, there are other options that might be a better fit. See our guide to the best manual coffee grinders here.

Pros:

  • Grinds double the capacity of most other hand grinders
  • Affordable
  • Durable
  • Quality design
  • A large number of grind settings

Cons:

  • Not very portable
  • Grind consistency is not as good as other hand grinders

The Final Verdict

The Hario Skerton Pro has been a popular grinder, offering good grind consistency, quality build, and an affordable price. However, there are a lot of new and improved hand grinders available now in terms of built and grind quality. The Hario Skerton Pro does still have a place if you are looking for a grinder for manual brewing methods that has a large capacity. 

Hario Skerton Pro

Happy Buying!

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