I have had a fair few salt and pepper grinders in my time most of which are large and bulky and therefore take up a lot of space and also make the dificult to handle on occassion, when this came up I was sceptical at first but decided to give them a go. Then it arrived and first thoughts were hmmm ??? I proceeded to fill my item with coarse Hymalayan salt and all I can say is WOW this is perfect and exactly what I've been looking for for years, its small and compact yet extremely solid and this can be felt in the sheer weight of the grinder it also has not got the general plastic grinding mechanisms which ussually wear down over time and your grinder stops grinding, these seem to be ceramic and of superior quality plus the one handed operation is great just clasp it in your hand with your thumb on the push button at the top and Taraaaaaa you have instant finely ground salt or pepper my wife is in her element with this item. I would definately recommend it to anyone and am currently looking to buy a few more so I can have a couple of sets on the table when we have family/dinner get togethers.