Best Leveler & Distributer Tools

By: Alicia Walters  Revised by: Mark Cambell         Last updated: Jan 14, 2024

When it comes to achieving the perfect espresso shot, using a high-quality distribution tool or leveler is crucial. A distribution tool helps to evenly distribute coffee grounds in the portafilter, which is essential for achieving a consistent and flavorful espresso shot. However, not all distribution tools are created equal, and choosing a high-quality tool can make a significant difference in the quality of your espresso shots. A well-designed distribution tool ensures an even distribution of coffee grounds, preventing over-extraction or under-extraction of the coffee, which can affect the taste and quality of the final product. Additionally, choosing a tool made from durable materials like stainless steel or aluminum can provide long-lasting performance and withstand frequent use. Ultimately, investing in a high-quality distribution tool or leveler can help you achieve the perfect espresso shot every time, making it an essential tool for any coffee enthusiast who values quality and consistency. Here are our top picks.

IKAPE Coffee Products, 58MM Coffee Distributor,

IKAPE 58MM Coffee Distributor, Gravity Adaptive Espresso Distributor Fits All 58.35MM Espresso Portafilter, Compatible with 58.35MM Rancilio Bottomless Portafilter (Silver)

IKAPE Coffee Products, 53mm Coffee Distributor & Hand Tamper

IKAPE 53mm Coffee Distributor & Hand Tamper, Adjustable Depth Espresso Distributor Fits All 53mm Espresso Portafilter, Compatible with 54MM Breville Bottomless Portafilter (Black)

Crema 53.3mm Coffee Leveler & Hand Tamper

Crema 53.3mm Coffee Leveler & Hand Tamper Fits 54mm Breville Portafilters Double Sided, Adjustable Depth  

Apexstone 58mm Coffee Distributor

Apexstone 58mm Adjustable Distributor-58mm base designed to work with most portafilters and espresso machine models including: Breville, Rancilio, Gaggia, La Pavoni, Hamilton Beach, ECM, La Marzocco, Rocket, Alex Duetto, Astoria and all E61 group machines.

Low profile makes it easier for barista to tamp with straight arm at 90 degrees to the counter. Evenly redistributes coffee grounds and provide a larger flat surface area for the barista to apply an even tamping pressure using the palm of the hand which helps with control and consistency

Height is adjustable by it's screw mechanism (no grub screws ,shims, or allen keys required) to suit different doses or baskets

SEEBLU 58mm Espresso Tamper

SEEBLU 58mm Coffee Distributor for 58mm Portafilter, Dual 2 in 1 Espresso Leveler Distributor, Adjustable Depth Coffee Hand Tamper Tool, Black

The depths of the tamper and distributor can be adjusted to accommodate different depths and doses. This tool has a conspicuous depth marking scale and is easy to operate.

XDENGP 58mm Espresso Coffee Distributor and Hand Tamper

XDENGP 58mm Espresso Coffee Distributor and Hand Tampers 2 in 1 Fits for 58mm Portafilter, Espresso Coffee Leveler and OCD Distribution Tool, Force Calibrated Pressure Tamper for Espresso Machine

Can work with all 58mm bottomless portafilter, including the Barista Express, Pro, Touch, Bambino, Bambino Plus, Infuser and Duo-Temp Pro.

It combines distributor/leveler and hand Tamper functions. Both sides can be used simultaneously, ensuring consistent tamping pressure and a consistent, even plane every time.