Since not everyone can use a traditional hand-crank pepper mill, we also looked at electric models. But the experts we spoke with were lukewarm about them. The chief complaints: They have slow output, are more prone to breaking, require batteries (up to six), and make considerably more noise during use. That said, some people with hand-strength issues or chronic hand pain may find an electric push-button pepper mill easier to operate. Electric mills can also be used with one hand, which can be beneficial for those with certain injuries or disabilities.