There have been a few hits on my review of the Lido 2 hand grinder from people who were after a comparison between the Lido 2 vs. Lido 3. Not a huge number, but enough that I thought I would give the topic its own post (and a nice big table). Orphan Espresso have a page to help you decide which Lido grinder is best for you as well, so take a look at that too if you still can’t decide.
Both grinders perform well and fit slightly different needs, Orphan Espresso “view the LIDO 2 as a home grinder that can travel, and the LIDO 3 as a travel grinder that can serve at home”. Many of the Lido 2 and 3 parts are interchangeable with each other and are available separately directly from Orphan Espresso, and I’ve indicated this on the table.
Lido 2 vs. Lido 3 comparison table
|Lido 2||Lido 3||Parts Availability|
|Weight||1.6 kg (3.5 lb)||1.052 kg (2.3 lb)||–|
|Burrs||Italian or Swiss, see ||Swiss||Neither available separately|
|Handle||Non-folding||Folding||Neither available separately|
|Knob||Nylon||Plastic w/ silicone cover, see ||Silicon knob available for $7.50|
|Popper stopper||Not included, see ||Included||Available for $9.50|
|Catch jar||Borosilicate glass||Anti-static plastic, see ||Glass available for $3.50
Anti-static for $12.50
|Carry case||Not included||Included||Lido 2 case available for $9.50|
|Stand / Base||Included||Not included||Available for $7.50|
 Depending on where you buy it from. In the future all Lido 2 grinders will have the Swiss burrs, but for now “non-USA sellers may have Lido 2 w Swiss burrs or may have italian, ONLY USA is only Lido 2 w Italian Burrs”. I talked about the differences in the burrs more in my Lido 2 review, and Orphan Espresso talk about them on their Lido 2 vs. Lido 3 comparison page too.
 The plastic and silicone knob is softer and more freely spinning. It’s also slightly larger. I can’t say I’ve had any problems with the knob my Lido 2 came with but I gather that this is a noticeable improvement.
 The Lido 2 has an open top by default. Apparently some people have problems with beans making a break for freedom, popping out of the top of the hopper. I’ve had this happen once or twice.
 There is some static with the glass jar, but it quickly dissipates. I use the little anti-static brush which both grinders come with to knock the grinds free from the side of the jar. Borosilicate glass is pretty hardy, but for travel plastic is probably better!