The stainless steel version of Peugeot’s Paris u’Select pepper grinder is a deviation from your standard wooden pepper grinder. It still holds the classic look of their pepper grinder but is now cladded in stainless steel.
The construction of this pepper grinder is mostly metal. There seems to be a lot of hollow area in this pepper mill which I assume is to save weight. If you have a completely solid construction, it would be much too heavy. Between the top portion and the part where it holds the mill, there is a plastic piece between it which I assume is used to prevent the two metal pieces from rubbing during usage. However, during usage I still noticed some metal grey flakes coming down the sides… The top part has a flat notch so that when you turn it, it spins the rod in the center, which turns the grinding mechanism at the bottom.
In the chamber where the pepper lies, there seems to be a plastic lining, which follows the same design as the wooden one where there is a straight cylinder downward. I wonder if they could have made a lining that fits the contour of the grinder. This way, more peppers can be held.
On the top of the knob where the screws sit, you will see that it has a black dot denoting that this is a pepper grinder, the salt version will have a white dot.
The actual pepper grinding mechanism is a u’select version where you can select the size of the pepper grind based on the numbers painted on it. How this works is that when you turn it, the pepper mechanism will move up and down. The larger the gap, the bigger the pepper grind. The problem with this is that the top screws still performs the same function. So now you have two area where you have to focus on when grinding peppers. Not only that, when you are grinding the screw on the top will become loose.
Another issue with this mechanism is that when you are going from a larger grind setting to a smaller setting, pieces of pepper will be stuck in between. Then you wont be able to adjust it to a finer setting. A work around to this is to flip the mill upside down and then start grinding until all the bigger pieces are gone. Also, for those who are do not like plastic pieces in their tools, the u’select seems to have more plastic pieces than your standard peugeot pepper grinder. This is probably due to having a secondary method of adjusting.
I have a few different size of the U’Select grinding mechanism. The size of the mechanism is the same throughout all of them. When you go bigger, the depth of the mechanism from the bottom also increase as you can see here. You can see a few different size of the u’select pepper mill below. So what you are really paying for when you go for the bigger size is an increase in pepper or salt capacity.
Fit and Finish
The fit and finish of the metal pepper grinder is fantastic. It has a consistent horizontal brush direction from the bottom of the mill all the way to the top. Since its all metal, there is no imperfection in the paint. There is no loose ends in the metal where it might possibly cut you. What is disappointing is that all the marking seems like its painted. Those will eventually run out with time and you will basically lose track of where the grind setting is at. Kinda defeats the purpose of it. It will be better if those setting were at least engraved.
To see how much output each revolution of the pepper gives out. I mark the top and the chamber line it up for each revolution. I will turn it a total of five revolution and then measure the output of pepper. I will also be tightening the top screw after each intervals.
I Setting: 0g
II Setting: 0g
III Setting: 0g
IIII Setting: 1g
IIIII Setting: 1g
IIIIII Setting: 0g
Total Measured Output: 2g
Length: Roughly: 7 Inch
Weight without pepper: 333 g
Weight with pepper: 360 g
The metal peugeot pepper grinder has a few difference between your typical Paris U select pepper grinder. Based on the test that I have done, it seems to yield less pepper than your standard wooden model. There also seems to a big jump in the size of the pepper when you come close to the largest setting. More test should be done on this though.
The effort that is needed to turn the pepper grinder also seems less, but I have a suspicion that this is due to the plastic ring between the top and the body. What is disappointing is that there is still metal shaving when you grind the pepper. I believe in order to use the pepper grinder properly, the knob on the top needs to be slightly loose. But it brings back to the issue of the screw always coming loose and affecting the grind setting.
Finally, the weight of the metal version is a little heavier than your standard wood version. I hope this review of Peugeot’s metal grinder was helpful, if you have any questions or want me to test something else, please leave a comment below.