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Pepper Cannon review: Inflation hits pepper mills

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Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon
4 out of 5 stars
Mesh size
Carbon stainless steel burrs
Anula Wiwatowska
Apr 24, 2024
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Quick verdict: Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon

The Mannkitchen Pepper Cannon was the best pepper mill on the market when it was around $200 AUD ($169 USD), and it probably still is. However the latest iteration does very little to a account for $150 price increase. If you can put price aside (or just want to add more pep to your step) then it is still a cracker device.

pro Sleek design
pro Even grinding
pro Thoughtful new inclusions
con Very expensive
con Doesn't have great grind control
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“$350 for a pepper mill!?” I can practically hear you spluttering your coffee from the other side of the screen. Your mouth is agape, you’re frantically skimming through questions like, “how could something that cracks pepper possibly cost that much?” and “Can’t I just get one from Woolies for like $5?” I know what is in your head because I was you.

Around two years ago my partner showed me the Pepper Cannon (then $200) just as we were moving in together, and I frankly told him this was ridiculous. We were already spending $300 on a bin, we can’t spend another $200 on a pepper mill. He did though, and very quickly the Pepper Cannon became one of my most beloved kitchen gadgets. Now there is a newer, more expensive version (partly due to inflation and partly due to the Australian dollar), and I’m not ashamed to admit that I was excited to have a crack at it. While Mannkitchen hasn’t added $150 worth of extra value to the Pepper Cannon, it still stands up as the best pepper mill (a lot of) money can buy.

If you don’t enjoy freshly cracked pepper then you should just click off this page now. If you only enjoy it a little bit then you should also click off this page. The Pepper Cannon is made for peppercorn enthusiasts. Pep heads. Crack h… moving on. In order to really love (and get the value out of) this device you need to be someone who wants a good amount of pepper on everything. One crack of the Pepper Cannon is the equivalent to about 20 cracks of a supermarket pepper mill, and rather than spitting out these half chewed chunks of pepper it all comes out in a fine mist. For someone who loves pepper it is not only a revelation, but a precaution against getting a repetitive strain injury in your wrist. 

RSI prevention aside, the Pepper Cannon is a legitimate joy to use. It uses high quality carbon stainless steel burrs that are significantly stronger than the plastic in the supermarket grinders. Not only does this result in a more even grind but it also means you need to use less effort to actually crack through the strong peppercorns. It does take some fiddling to actually get the right grind setting however. According to Mannkitchen the Pepper Cannon can grind from a 6-60+ mesh size as opposed to a 12-28 with other pepper mills, but the grind settings aren’t exactly detailed. While you spin the dial there aren’t any markings to let you know where you’re actually landing. You just need to spin, and crack, and spin, and crack until you’ve figured it out. For the price I’d love to see more granular control.

Back on the build, carbon steel isn’t unique technology in higher end pepper mills, it is actually quite common and available at a much lower price point. The Cole and Mason Electric Pepper Mill has the same technology for example, but for around $100. Plus it is electric. 

Still, if you’re not keen on using six AAA batteries for a pepper mill, or you just enjoy the process of cracking pepper, the Pepper Cannon makes it easy. The matte coating makes it easy to grip, even when you’re elbow deep in a messy cook-up, and the ridged crank continues to help with that grip. While some have said they're not fond of the ergonomics of the crank, I personally like it from a design perspective. The long lines on the device give it a modern and sleek look, rather than the bulbous pepper mills you tend to see. I can understand why the baubly design took precedence when you had to crank that mill 20-30 times per steak- you need a more wrist and hand friendly grip- but when you only need to do one or two twists I'm happy to be done with it. 

This latest iteration is just about the same as the original Pepper Cannon that I already had at home. Over time the matte black has worn somewhat, but if it weren't for that the two would be near indistinguishable from one another. The newer version comes with an extra and seemingly stronger rubber o-ring for the lid of the device. The seal on the original cannon broke within just a month, and I ended up abandoning it entirely- it is good to see the Mannkitchen has taken steps to give it more longevity. It also comes with an interchangeable red cap for the top of the mill, which is actually incredibly helpful if you have a multi-cannon household. Are these two small inclusions worth an additional $150? Absolutely not, but they are thoughtful additions to an already great product.

How much does the Pepper Cannon cost in Australia?

The Pepper Cannon retails for $320 AUD direct from Mannkitchen, but you'll need to pay at least $37 AUD in shipping. The cheaper option is getting the Pepper Cannon direct from Amazon.


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Is the Pepper Cannon worth buying?

Overall the Pepper Cannon is an impressive pepper mill, but admittedly it is harder to justify at its new eye-watering price. It hasn’t changed much since its first iteration which makes the $150 price jump a bit baffling, even including inflation. While I adore the original Pepper Cannon, and still find it to be the best pepper mill on the market at this point it really is resting on its design. It’s sleek, modern build will easily last for years both aesthetically and practically, and I can vouch for its cracking longevity too. But it all comes down to that question, “$350 for a pepper mill!?” Are you enough of a pep head for that?

Anula Wiwatowska
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Anula Wiwatowska
Anula is the Content and Social Media Editor within the extended universe. Working in the tech space since 2020, she covers phone and internet plans, gadgets, smart devices, and the intersection of technology and culture. Anula was a finalist for Best Feature Writer at the 2022 Consensus Awards, and an eight time finalist across categories at the IT Journalism Awards. Her work contributed to WhistleOut's Best Consumer Coverage win in 2023.

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