I am getting much less retention out of my EK 43. I definitely like the gated option. You lift the hopper slightly and the beans fall through. I brew espresso and pour over and the hopper fills up around 50g of beans. The company was responsive on shipping questions. Like the product so much I’m gonna order another for a friend. A little messy see the puffed grounds on the base of my grinder but definitely can highly recommend.