Mazzer Major vs Mythos: Which Grinder Should You Pick?
Are you trying to decide whether you should pick the Mazzer Major or the Nuova Simonelli Mythos grinder? Both these grinders are excellent in different situations.
In order to help you decide between them, we’ll be taking a closer look at ways in which they excel. Here are the specific topics we’ll address:
- The features that both the Major and Mythos have.
- Which features set these grinders apart from each other.
- Information on how much either one costs.
- Our advice on how to choose between the Major and Mythos.
Let’s get started.
If you’re worried that a grinder will be too expensive for your home or business, the Mazzer Major is likely a perfect fit for you. At an economical price point, it still brings a wide array of advanced features to its user, such as stepless grind adjustment. The Mazzer Major is an excellent choice for small businesses and homes on a budget.
The Nuova Simonelli Mythos is the ultimate advanced grinder. Regardless of which configuration you choose, you’ll have the power of large flat burrs and clump crusher technology at your disposal. We’d recommend this grinder for large businesses that want a high-tech and user-friendly grinder.
Burrs are the heart of every grinder. In most grinders, burrs are available in one of two shapes: conical or flat. The Major and Mythos both have flat grinding burrs.
So, what’s the difference between conical and flat? There are various benefits and drawbacks to either shape, as well as ardent supporters for both.
Flat burrs like the ones used by the Major and Mythos produce uniform coffee grounds and a sweeter flavor. One of their biggest drawbacks is their potential to produce more heat, which risks burning your coffee beans.
Conical burrs produce coffee particles of two different sizes, which are called bimodal particles. The resulting flavor is light and fruity. However, some feel that these bimodal particles lead to a less balanced flavor.
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No one wants to be glued to their grinder, holding a portafilter up to it, while it’s in use. This is particularly true in a coffee shop setting, where baristas need to juggle several tasks at once at any given time.
That’s exactly why the Major and Mythos have portafilter holders located on their front panels. When you need to grind a shot of espresso, simply slip the portafilter onto the fork. Either grinder will hold it in place while espresso grounds are dispensed, freeing employees’ hands up to attend to other jobs.
Stepless Grind Adjustment System
Both the Major and the Mythos strive to give baristas complete control over the grind with their stepless grind adjustment systems. On a stepless grind adjustment system, users choose from a sliding scale of fineness settings by twisting a knob or a collar as opposed to having to choose from a limited number of pre-set notches.
With this much control over the grind, baristas will have the ability to grind to any texture for just about any type of coffee. It gives you more flexibility to ensure that each espresso shot or coffee is the best it can be.
Does your home or business have a specific aesthetic? Do you want appliances that promote that aesthetic rather than stand out?
Fortunately, you have some control over the way the Major and Mythos look. Either one is available in multiple colors, so you can pick the one that would look best in your establishment.
It’s important to note that the specific colors the Major and Mythos are sold in vary. We have the Major in black or silver. The Mythos, on the other hand, is sold in black or a custom color of your choosing.
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Size is one of the first differences you would notice between these grinders if you were to set them next to each other. Of these two grinders, the Major is smaller.
Let’s pull out their exact measurements. The Mythos has a couple different configurations you can buy, but the basic one is 25 inches tall, 20 inches deep, and 8 inches wide. The Mazzer Major is 24.50 inches tall, 12.25 inches deep, and 8 inches wide.
As you can see, the main difference here is the depth. If your counters don’t stick out very far, the Major will be a better fit on them as a result of its much shallower depth.
The power of a grinder’s motor can be important, too. Higher wattage means more power which leads to faster grinding.
In this aspect, the Mythos is the better of the two. Its motor is an impressive 800 watts no matter which configuration you choose, making it more than strong enough to keep up with commercial-level demand.
However, the Major’s 650-watt motor is no slouch, either, and is powerful enough to allow it to easily pulverize coffee beans. It could still work in a coffee shop setting, but if power is the greatest consideration for you, you’d probably want the Mythos in this comparison.
Although the Major and Mythos have burrs that are the same shape, the size differs between them. Within the Mazzer Major, you’ll find 83 mm burrs and within the Mythos you’d find 75 mm burrs.
Burr size is incredibly important in the world of espresso grinders. Larger burrs can grind greater amounts of espresso more quickly than small ones can.
Additionally, their larger size makes it possible for them to grind without turning as often, which means they generate less heat from friction. In other words, there’s a reduced risk of your coffee beans getting burnt.
Both these grinders have fairly large burrs. It just so happens that the Major’s are a little bigger, giving it a slight advantage.
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Nuova Simonelli Mythos Clump Crusher Technology
One great flaw with many espresso grinders is that they leave clumps from static in the portafilter. You should have perfectly fluffy grounds in order to guarantee a balanced extraction, so clumps are a problem.
It’s a problem that the Mythos is prepared to resolve, though. With its clump crusher technology, clumps are prevented before they can occur. The result is a balanced extraction and well-rounded flavor time and time again.
Nuova Simonelli Mythos Configurations
We feel that it’s important to mention there are a couple different configurations of the Mythos. For the most part, we addressed features that all configurations have in this guide, but there are additional features offered by the luxury Clima Pro or Plus versions.
If you decide to opt for the Mythos Clima Pro, you’ll get a number of improvements. For starters, it has titanium rather than steel burrs, which means the burrs will last up to two times longer. Additionally, the Clima Pro has an illuminated workspace, which makes working in all light conditions simple.
There is also the Mythos Plus. It has a built-in tamper, which can save you money and space spent purchasing and storing one separately.
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Now let’s look at another important consideration: how much either one of these grinders costs. At Majesty Coffee, we have some of the most competitive prices online for the best coffee and espresso equipment.
With that said, we offer our Mazzer Major for $1,195. Our Nuova Simonelli Mythos is available in three prices depending on which configuration you choose: $2,475 for the basic, $2,925 for the Plus, and $3,240 for the Clima Pro.
Which Grinder Should You Pick?
Now that we’ve looked at the similarities, differences, and prices of the Mazzer Major and the Nuova Simonelli Mythos, it’s time to discuss how you can choose one or the other. Since there are quite a few differences between them, it’s not difficult to form a picture of the settings in which either one is the best.
Because of its significantly smaller price tag, the Mazzer Major is the best pick for anyone on a more restrictive budget. As an added benefit, it’s a little bit smaller, so may be the better choice for those who are short on counter space, as well.
If you’re looking for something more powerful that can grind quickly and effortlessly, we’d have to say the Mythos is the obvious choice. It has a more robust 800-watt motor that can easily grind your beans without breaking a sweat – even in rigorous business settings.
The Mythos’s clump crushing technology is also great for medium to large commercial environments. It will ensure consistently balanced shots, so returning customers can expect consistent quality.
Additionally, since there are multiple configurations of the Mythos, you can choose one that specifically fits your needs. You may want the Mythos Plus, for instance, if you want a user-friendly grinder that even beginners can use due to its built-in tamper.
On the other hand, you may want the Clima Pro if you want the most luxurious grinder possible for large businesses. Its long-lasting titanium burrs and LED illumination are perfect for ensuring unwavering quality.
Here’s the bottom line:
Get the Mazzer Major if you’re a small business or home looking for an affordable espresso grinder. It’s available for a much smaller cost than the Mythos but will still give you control over the grind with its stepless system.
Pick the Nuova Simonelli Mythos, though, if you want a truly high-end grinder suitable for medium to large businesses. Its high-power motor and clump-crushing technology are perfect for making constantly tasty espresso.