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IT'S a kitchen staple that most people use every day, so get the best pepper mill you can and your taste buds will thank you for it.

Peugeot – they of car-making fame – made the first pepper mill with a built-in metal grinder way back in 1842, but since metal can corrode and wear, many of today’s pepper mills have ceramic mechanisms because they’re more durable.

Manual crush designs are the most common and work by holding the body of the mill and twisting the top section and only have one coarseness setting.

Battery-operated ones are essentially the same as manual crush models but grind pepper at the touch of a button, while precision grinders allow you to adjust how coarsely you want to grind the pepper.

As a general rule, finely ground pepper gives a more even flavour and is best used in things such as sauces where a smooth texture is important; a coarse grind is best for steaks, marinades and general seasoning.

After you’ve decided which type you’d like, the other thing to consider is whether you mind a little pepper residue left on your worktops or on the shelves in your cupboards when you put the mill down.

Now check out our selection of stylish and functional pepper mills and give your cooking the burst of flavour it deserves.

We like this acacia wood pepper mill because it looks like a skittle and is smart enough to be left out on a worktop or dining table.

This top-grind mill has a clear-glass body so you can see when it needs refilling and one coarseness setting.

Another good-looking pepper mill that wouldn’t look out of place next to your wooden chopping boards.

We thought this pepper mill was a bottle or maybe a trendy wine carafe at first glance, such is its stunning design.

It's a striking 31cm high with a stainless-steel top and comes gift-boxed and with a lifetime guarantee.

This funky pepper mill is fast becoming a design icon – but it’s not just nice to look at, it’s extremely practical too.

Ideal for those who have limited movement in their hands, simply squeeze the handles with one hand and ta da! Fresh pepper.

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