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Ground sesame seeds, toasted, raw, or black, are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. Sometimes you can find them pre-ground, but there's no substitute for the taste of freshly-ground sesame seeds! You could go old-school and use a mortar and pestle, but many sesame mills and grinders are available, including manual, battery-powered, and those with adjustable coarseness settings. Some are plastic, some wood, and others ceramic. Finding the right one will make your work easy, but choosing can be tough!


Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites such as Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best sesame mills available online. We then picked out the most popular products and tested them.
In our tests, we focused on two things:


  1. Is it easy to use?
  2. Does it grind well, and produce an even consistency?

We also considered the noise levels for battery-operated ones. We then ranked the products and put what we learned into a buying guide to help you choose the best Japanese sesame grinders available online.

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  • Last updated: 05-20-2022
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10 Best Japanese Sesame Grinders

We picked out some of the most popular products and tested them for how easy they were to use and how well the sesame turned out.

Then, based on our tests, we ranked the top 16 Japanese sesame grinders available online. Japanese prices for some of the products are given, but they've been converted into US dollars to make it easy for you.

1

HarioSpice Mill for Sesame Seeds

$15.23

TypeTwist
Adjustable coarseness?No
Body materialHeat-resistant glass
Blade materialPolypropelene, ceramic
Size in inches6 x 2 x 2
Weight6 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-
Ease of use4.3
Finish5.0
Overall score4.6
2

YamazenElectric Sesame Grinder

YMG-160

$23.77

TypeElectric
Adjustable coarseness?Yes
Body materialN/A
Blade materialN/A
Size in inches6.3 x 2 x 2
Weight6.3 oz.
Noise (for electric models)Moderately noisy
Ease of use3.1
Finish5.0
Overall score4.1
3
TypeTwist
Adjustable coarseness?No
Body materialSoda glass
Blade materialCeramic
Size in inches4 x 2
Weight4.5 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-
Ease of use3.3
Finish4.5
Overall score3.9
4
TypeElectric
Adjustable coarseness?Yes
Body materialN/A
Blade materialN/A
Size in inches6 x 3 x 2.5
Weight7.8 oz.
Noise (for electric models)Very noisy
Ease of use3.7
Finish4.0
Overall score3.8
5

YoshikawaMortar and Pestle Sesamin

$5.70

TypeRotating handle
Adjustable coarseness?Yes
Body materialAS resin
Blade materialNylon
Size in inches5 x 3.5 x 3
Weight3.6 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-
Ease of use2.2
Finish4.9
Overall score3.5
6

PanasonicElectric Sesame Grinder

BH-925P

$29.34

TypeElectric
Adjustable coarseness?Yes
Body materialN/A
Blade materialN/A
Size in inches4.7 x 2.6
Weight8 oz.
Noise (for electric models)Very noisy
Ease of use3.8
Finish3.3
Overall score3.5
7
TypeRotating handle
Adjustable coarseness?No
Body materialPolystyrene
Blade materialNylon
Size in inches4.8 x 2 x 2.8
Weight2.4 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-
Ease of use3.5
Finish3.5
Overall score3.5
8

Pearl MetalsCeramic Sesame Mill Vege Cra

$6.53

TypeTwist
Adjustable coarseness?Yes
Body materialABS resin
Blade materialCeramic
Size in inches5 x 2
Weight5.5 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-
Ease of use4.2
Finish2.8
Overall score3.5

Compare the Best Japanese Sesame Grinders

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1
Hario Spice Mill for Sesame Seeds 1

Hario

2
Yamazen Electric Sesame Grinder 1

Yamazen

3
Japan Porlex Sesame Mill II 1

Japan Porlex

4
Zojirushi Sesame Grinder 1

Zojirushi

5
Yoshikawa Mortar and Pestle Sesamin 1

Yoshikawa

6
Panasonic Electric Sesame Grinder 1

Panasonic

7
Asvel Bell One Sesame Grinder 1

Asvel

8
Pearl Metals Ceramic Sesame Mill Vege Cra 1

Pearl Metals

Name

Spice Mill for Sesame Seeds

Electric Sesame Grinder

Sesame Mill II

Sesame Grinder

Mortar and Pestle Sesamin

Electric Sesame Grinder

Bell One Sesame Grinder

Ceramic Sesame Mill Vege Cra

Features

mybest's Top Choice! A Fun Way to Get Perfect, Delicious Sesame

The Best Electric Sesame Grinder Provides a Great Finish

Compact, Powerful and Easy to Use

A Fully Adjustable Kitchen Multi-Tasker

You'll Get a Great Finish, but it's a Bit Hard to Use

It's Good to Grind a Lot of Sesame Seeds Very Fast

A Simple Sesame Grinder That Does the Trick

It Works Great for a Finely-Ground Finish

Price$15.23$23.77$10.15$31.91$5.70$29.34$3.96$6.53
TypeTwistElectricTwistElectricRotating handleElectricRotating handleTwist
Adjustable coarseness?NoYesNoYesYesYesNoYes
Body materialHeat-resistant glassN/ASoda glassN/AAS resinN/APolystyreneABS resin
Blade materialPolypropelene, ceramicN/ACeramicN/ANylonN/ANylonCeramic
Size in inches6 x 2 x 26.3 x 2 x 24 x 26 x 3 x 2.55 x 3.5 x 34.7 x 2.64.8 x 2 x 2.85 x 2
Weight6 oz.6.3 oz.4.5 oz.7.8 oz.3.6 oz.8 oz.2.4 oz.5.5 oz.
Noise (for electric models)-Moderately noisy-Very noisy-Very noisy--
Ease of use4.33.13.33.72.23.83.54.2
Finish5.05.04.54.04.93.33.52.8
Overall score4.64.13.93.83.53.53.53.5
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn't.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Iwaki Sesame Mill from AGC Technologies is very easy to adjust- in fact, it's so easy that you might accidentally do it while grinding, so be careful. It has a large opening and grinds a lot of sesame seeds fast without much force. Although the adjustable grind function works, it's not capable of producing a really fine powder.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Kyocera's Ceramic Mill for Sesame Seeds is incredibly easy to use, with a wavy groove that fits to hold your finger, providing a stable twisting motion. It's large, and grinds many seeds at once. You can get a lot done with minimal effort. 


However, while the adjustment function did change the resulting powder size, there was some inconsistency to it. So you might get larger pieces in your fine grind and vice versa.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

This Sesame Mill from IP Systems is available at Can-Do 100 Yen shops, so it does have cheapness going for it. The resulting powder was fine, but with some variation in the particle size. It's nice that you can put it down in either direction and it won't tip over. It could be better, but it's a good budget option.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Slicky-N Sesame Grinder from Kakudai Industries is well-known and easy to purchase at stores and online. Unfortunately we found it didn't live up to its reputation. It was hard to turn the knob, and sesame seeds get stuck in the mechanism. It's even hard to get them out, and the finish was too rough on top of all that.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Kai House Select Ceramic Sesame Mill from Kaijirushi is compact and easy to hold, with a glass body. You have to push the grinding mechanism against the body to get any effect, though. It really only produces a very coarse grain at best, and it's just not versatile enough for us to recommend.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Risu's Stavia Luxe Sesame Grinder is stylish and stable with a slender shape. We found the adjustment dial to be hard to use because it's so small, and the finish is rather uneven. We'd rather have a consistent grain size with no ability to change it than this one with such variability.

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

This Sesame Grinder available at Daiso 100-yen shops isn't even worth 100 yen, to be honest. Although its oval shape makes it easy to grip, and the spherical knob turns well, it hardly grinds the seeds at all! So really, what's the point?

Products That Didn't Make the Cut

Yamada Chemicals' Sesame Grinder doesn't grind particularly well, leaving coarse grains. The small knob is hard to turn smoothly. Sesame seeds accumulate and clog the mouth of the container. 


The only plus may be that it's made 100% of plastic, including the blade, so maybe it's the best choice for passing through a metal detector at the airport.

How We Tested the Sesame Grinders

How We Tested the Sesame Grinders

We put each product through a series of tests to check for the following:

  1. How easy is it to use?
  2. How well does it grind sesame seeds?
  3. How noisy is it? (for electric models only)

Test ① Ease of Use

Test ① Ease of Use

For the ease of use test, we actually were looking for several things:


  • Is it easy to hold?
  • Does it work quickly?
  • Is it easy to adjust if it has that function?
  • Is there anything that makes it hard to use?
  • Can it be cleaned easily?

Ones with a Good Heft and Easy-to-See Settings were Best

Ones with a Good Heft and Easy-to-See Settings were Best

If we only focused on the grinding, basically all the products passed. But those which had a bit of weight to them were easier to use. We also liked being able to see the setting for the coarseness of the grind.


While lightweight ones were easy to use, heavier ones were more stable, and therefore could more accurately deliver the ground sesame to its intended destination. So, we recommend glass ones.


And while many manual grinders allowed you to change the coarseness, they didn't show you where it was set. It was hard to figure out if we were on fine, coarse, or somewhere in the middle. In this sense, the electric ones were better, because they usually let you see which setting you were on.

Test ② Finish

Test ② Finish

There's little point in an easy-to-use product that doesn't make delicious ground sesame. First, we looked for how well the ground sesame turned out and was distributed by grinding it on the middle setting over a piece of black paper.


For the adjustable products, we then tested the finest and coarsest settings and compared them to see if there was a difference, and how much.

The Electric Ones Produce Consistent, Fully-Adjustable Results

The Electric Ones Produce Consistent, Fully-Adjustable Results

Perhaps not surprisingly, because electric types use a uniform force, they also produce uniform results. They are also capable of grinding very fine all the way to very coarse, with clearly visible differences. We noticed a better aroma of sesame using the electric ones, too.


The manual types are more susceptible to user error, and sometimes the seeds will be unevenly ground because of uneven force applied by the person using it. Their coarseness functions also aren't as effective.


If you really care about the quality of your ground sesame, we recommend an electric one, even though the initial investment will be higher (and you'll need batteries!)

Test ③ Noise Level (Electric Types Only)

Test ③ Noise Level (Electric Types Only)

We didn't include this as part of our scoring, but we wanted to consider how noisy the electric types were. As anyone who's used a coffee grinder or other similar item knows, they can be really annoying! We used a decibel meter and also our own ears to judge the sound.

Guess What? All Electric Types are Noisy! But They Do Differ

Guess What? All Electric Types are Noisy! But They Do Differ

All of the electric ones we tested came in at over 70 decibels or more! That's about as loud or louder than a vacuum cleaner.


However, the most annoying ones were Zojirushi's and Panasonic's. They had a high-pitched whine that really rang in our ears. It reminded us of a dental drill (shudder.)


If you, or your pets, or your sleeping baby in the next room, are sensitive to noise, please check our rankings and choose accordingly.

How to Choose a Sesame Grinder - Buying Guide

We recommend considering the following points when choosing a sesame grinder.

Choose from 3 Types: Twist, Rotate, or Electric

There are two manual types of sesame grinders: ones that you twist and ones that you turn a handle on. And of course, there are battery-operated ones where you just push a button. Let's compare them all!

Control the Amount Easily with a Twist Type

Control the Amount Easily with a Twist Type

This common kind of sesame grinder is versatile and simple to use. You can easily adjust the coarseness and amount of sesame. This mechanism is common for pepper mills too, so you may have used something similar. 


However, when you put these on the finer settings, it's more difficult to grind with, because the blades get closer and more force may be required.

The Type with Rotating Handles Require Little Power

The Type with Rotating Handles Require Little Power

These are often found at ramen shops in Japan, so you may think they must be the most traditional and best. But they are not all equal. 


As you rotate the handle, the centrifugal force will cause it to shake, so it can be tough to control, even though it doesn't take much force to grind. If you like this kind, get one with a protruding handle and container that's easy to grasp.

Electric Ones are Fast and Simple

Electric Ones are Fast and Simple

If you use a lot of ground sesame in recipes or you have a big family, these will be the best for you. At the mere push of a button, you'll have consistent, large quantities of pulverized sesame seeds. Of course, they need batteries, and they cost more than manual ones. And as we mentioned, they are noisy.

Get an Adjustable-Grind Type for More Versatility

Get an Adjustable-Grind Type for More Versatility

Store-bought sesame will be uniform, and you'll have little choice as to the fineness. If you want variety, choose a grinder that allows you to adjust the grind to your taste and dishes.


Most of the ones on the market, electric or manual, can be adjusted. Some only have fine and coarse settings, but others have a sliding scale. Obviously the most versatile is one with many choices, but make sure it's easy to set and that there is actually a difference in the results.

Choose Quality Materials for the Best Flavor and Usage

Choose Quality Materials for the Best Flavor and Usage

The best kitchen gadgets are usually made of the best materials. In the case of a sesame grinder, it's better to avoid metal blades. They can impart a metallic odor that overpowers the delicate nuttiness of the sesame.


It's better to choose a grinder with a ceramic grinding mechanism. If you want something lightweight, look for a product with a body made of resin plastic.

Look for a Grinder That's Easy to Keep Clean

Look for a Grinder That's Easy to Keep Clean

Not only for reasons of kitchen hygiene, but also to ensure the life of the product, it's important to keep your sesame mill clean and free of sesame gunk. We recommend those that come with a brush, can be fully disassembled, and have parts that can all be washed.


This is one category where manual ones are better, since electric types can't be thrown in the dishwasher or soaked in the sink. Check the instructions before you buy one (manual or electric) so you don't regret your choice!

Interested in Asian Cuisine?

In addition to ingredients, sometimes you need special tools to really create the dishes you want! We can help you find just the right things to make your next Asian-inspired meal your best.

Author: Rio Sasaki/Translator: Susan Lucier-Ogawa/Photos: Kazuya Ota


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    Have you ever struggled with frying pans that are supposed to be non-stick, but you keep burning your food, no matter what you do? Having a reliable frying pan can help make cooking much easier. With a multitude of uses, everything from making stir-fries and pasta to pancakes and omelets, the humble frying pan can be used to make just about anything. Japanese frying pans are incredibly reliable, versatile, and easy to maintain. Yet there are so many different brands and materials to choose from, it becomes difficult to know what the best Japanese frying pan is!Our editors searched Japanese e-commerce sites like Amazon, Rakuten, and Yahoo! Shopping for the best Japanese frying pans and put them all to the test! We tested each frying pan for the following:How little food sticks to the frying panHow well the frying pan conducts heatHow evenly the frying pan distributes heatHow light the frying pan isHow easy it is to hold the handleSo just which Japanese frying pans will stand out above the rest? Use this guide as a reference to help you make your decision before purchasing. 
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  • 10 Best Tea Bottle Infusers in 2022 (Tea Sommelier-Reviewed)
    10 Best Tea Bottle Infusers in 2022 (Tea Sommelier-Reviewed)
    If you're a tea drinker, you know that there are many ways to enjoy your brew, whether it's hot, iced, herbal, sweetened, or with a twist of lemon. You might enjoy it first thing in the morning or right before bedtime--or all day every day! If you agree that there's never a bad time to drink tea, then a tea infuser bottle might be your new favorite thing. We're spilling the tea on the best tea infuser bottles out there. Our number one pick? The Double-Walled Mountain Tea Tumbler from The Tea Spot. Not only does it keep your drink at the right temperature, but it's also easy to carry and comes in multiple sizes and colors. Read on for the rest of our favorites, along with a buying guide reviewed by a certified tea sommelier to help you choose one on your own!
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  • 10 Best Charms for Wine Glasses in 2022 (Trudeau, Twine, and More)
    10 Best Charms for Wine Glasses in 2022 (Trudeau, Twine, and More)
    We've all been there. You're at a gathering, maybe you've already had a bit to drink, and you pick up the wine glass in front of you and take a sip - only to be told that it's not your glass. When everyone's drinking the same thing, it can be hard to remember which one is yours. Whether you host regular wine and cheese nights or are in charge of throwing your best friend's bachelorette, picking up a set of wine charms can help avoid drink (and germ) mix-ups. That's why we searched for 10 of the best wine charm options out there. Our favorites are the Swarovski Crystal Magnetic Wine Charms from Simply Charmed for their classy style and versatility. They'll add a touch of glam to any occasion and their magnetic attachments can be used on nearly any kind of glass. See the rest of our picks below and check out our buying guide for more information on the different types of charms.
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