A lot of the kitchen tools I have in my kitchen are things that I wanted after seeing it utilized on an episode of Alton Brown's Good Eats. One of those tools is a spice grinder, also used for grinding coffee. These are handy because you can then buy whole spices and grind them when you need them. Pre-ground spices lose flavor over time, they are best if you can grind them right before use. I know that Alton Brown is a fan of the Krups Electric Grinder. And good news it's on sale today for Cyber Monday.
For Cyber Monday this grinder is 29% off. It received 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. I do not own a Krups one myself, I have a Cuisinart Grinder. A couple difference is that the Krups tells you to go right ahead and grind those spices, while my Cuisinart doesn't recommend it (although I do it anyway!). One downside I see to the Krups is that there is no removable pieces like with the Cuisinart. I like that I can take my grinder cup out and clean it thoroughly. The Krups you cannot do that with, but it might be more geared to grinding spices. I saw one reviewer on Amazon recommend cleaning the grinder by putting rice in it to pick the residue. The Krups has a 200-watt motor, while I do not even know what wattage mine is. Mine also only got 2.3 stars on Amazon and it does have trouble grinding things like cinnamon sticks to a fine enough powder (I usually have to run my cinnamon through a sieve to get out the larger chunks). If I had to do over again, I might try the Krups.
Here are some recipes on my blog that I utilized my electric grinder: