HB wrote:Here you go:
Clearly the Sette is way louder when grinding empty. With beans in the hopper though, it sounds close enough that the Sette might win, because the faster grinding means less duration.
jbviau wrote:Not trying to be a devil's advocate or anything, but out of curiosity: why does noise matter to you all?
When I switched from the B. Vario to the very fast and quiet K30, I was surprised that it made such a difference to me. When I'm alone, it hardly matters, but when grinding while chatting with people in the kitchen and in the next room, the grinder noise interfered with conversation. The K30 is brief and quiet enough that people don't have to pause their conversation or raise their voices when I grind.
FWIW, I ran Dan's video with my iPhone fixed nearby, running the Decibel 10th app to get some relative dB numbers off the video recording.
For the empty grind:
Sette: 90.6 (0.71 stddev)
Vario: 81.2 (0.83 stddev)
For the beans in the hopper grind:
Sette: 89.5 (0.97 stddev)
Vario: 87.7 (0.84 stddev)
Interesting that adding beans to the Sette appeared to muffle the motor noise enough to reduce the overall noise level.Edit addition - When I posted the above, I had failed to notice Dan's movie editor clip image showing the actual sound levels of his video recording. Those sound levels clearly indicate that the Sette is a tad louder when you grind it with beans as opposed to empty. My result, showing that the Sette was slightly (and admittedly insignificantly) louder when grinding empty was likely an artifact of replaying the video on my computer speaker then measuring with an iPhone,