Seeing as the most of my day is spent in the roastery, I really have no need for a fancy coffee setup at home. Espresso is way too fussy for me to be dealing with first thing in the morning and I avoid coffee after work. So the cheapest and most effective solution for my very occasional brewing needs is a hand grinder. In this case, the Hario 'Ceramic Coffee Mill' Skerton. I've been using this for about a year now and here are my thoughts:

It's a well made, excellently packaged piece of kit. Very functional with a screw in/out container for collecting the grinds and a removable rubber cap to stop your beans flying across the room as you grind. The internal core of the grinder is a set of superb ceramic conical burrs which create an impressively consistent size of grind for a tool of this price.

The downsides of any hand grinder is the speed, it's very slow. It takes me 1-2 mins of grinding to get around 16g of coffee (depending how tired I am in the morning!). Compounding the time consumption issue is adjusting the grind size. It's a real faff and requires disassembling the grinder, turning a screw (there's no dial so you have to guess how much to turn) and then re-assembling. This gets really tedious if you're attempting to be precise with your brewing.

Despite the downsides, if like me you're just looking for a 'fresh ground coffee' solution for your household, then this is a fantastic bit of kit at the fraction of the price of a comparative electric grinder.

This grinder is perfect if you make 1-2 cups of brewed coffee/day at home. Any more than this would become a chore and I would advise that you look for an electric option. Having said that most electric versions of the same price won't produce anywhere near as good grind quality, so expect quite a price hike if you want to retain the same quality. Similarly, If you're looking for an espresso grinder, hand grinding is just a no no.