The Ten Best: Salt and pepper mills

 (Le Creuset)
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1 Cole & Mason, £9.99 each

This Inverta Mill dispenses from the top rather than the base, so no spillages. This Flip design in tough acrylic comes in a variety of shades.; 08701 601 319

2 Aga, £40 for salt and pepper set

Like the Aga cooker, the look here is fairly traditional. The logo on top doubles as a handy way to distinguish the pepper from the salt.; 08457 125 207

3 Cream Tap, £7.45 each

Style-wise, this chrome and acrylic mill may look chunky, but the easy-to-grip tap handle is actually very user-friendly. It is easy to refill, too.; 08700 707172

4 Marks & Spencer, £15 each

This steel and acrylic combo has two grind settings, the mill is easy to operate and comes ready-filled.; 08453 021 234

5 T & G Beechwood, £12 each

This sturdy Capstan wooden mill comes in three sizes and uses wood from forests approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.; 08456 049 049

6 Orbit, £17 each

This brushed-aluminium number is a bestseller at It is stylish and has a CrushGrind mechanism that works like a dream.

7 Peugeot, £39.95 each or £77.90 a set

Peugeot have updated their classic Chateauneuf model with a stainless-steel trim and this matte red finish.; 01363 881 174

8 Maldon Sea Salt, £15 each

This CrushGrind mill has been designed for Maldon salt's soft, flaky texture. It twists at the base and there's a matching mill for pepper.; 01275 841 841

9 William Bounds, Five-Step £12.95 each

This works on a crush-style mechanism with five settings from coarse to fine. Guaranteed for 25 years.; 01539 488 100

10 Salter, £17 each

This battery-powered mill grinds salt and pepper smoothly and effortlessly at the touch of a button.; 01732 354 828