Top 10: The Best Coffee Maker with Grinder

There's plenty of reasons that you might be considering purchasing a coffee maker with grinder. Perhaps you're a busy person who doesn't have time to sit down and make a proper cup of coffee or pull espresso shots each morning. Maybe you just don't have the money to invest in a high-quality grinder or brewer yet and want something to tide you over until then.

Whatever the reason, it's true that the coffee maker with grinder epitomizes the convenience of the modern day coffee industry. These machines go through the entire coffee-making process, from grinding to dosing to brewing, without any user input. These days, the technology is good enough that these machines can rival handmade coffee. If this sounds appealing to you, you're not alone.

Coffee makers with grinders are a fast growing segment in the coffee industry, and it's easy to see why. We decided to take a look at this competitive scene and see if we could determine the ten best coffee maker with grinders on the market.
The following list shows our findings, which are best on sales, functionality, and aesthetics.

This list of grind and brew coffee maker reviews has been compiled for those looking for the best coffee maker with grinder. Their ranking will be determined by the following factors: consistency, uniformity of grinds, convenience, performance, build quality, and aesthetics.
We believe the best coffee maker with grinder should strike a balance between all the aforementioned factors, ultimately providing a great value, dollar for dollar.

Update: We've got a new #1! The Breville Barista Express has taken the lead in this competition.

The Best Coffee Maker with Grinder of 2016

After going through many existing coffee grinder reviews, we have compiled a list that shows you the best coffee makers with grinder.
Based on features, convenience, performance, excellent build quality and great value for your money, we present you:
The Best Coffee Maker with Grinder of 2016
(Tip: Check the orange buttons for full detailed coffee grinder reviews and 1-on-1 comparisons)

WINNER

Breville Barista Express (BES870XL)

With the latest upgrade of the Barista Express (the BES870XL) Breville has made a real winner. Fixing all off the shortcomings from its predecessor, this is one of the best rated coffee makers with grinder. 

RUNNER-UP

Cuisinart Grind and Brew DGB-625BC

The Cuisinart Grind and Brew DGB-625BC has a number of smart programming features like a 24 hour timer, a pause button and recurring cycles. The fact that it's quite loud prevents it from becoming the #1.

NOTEWORTHY

Hamilton Beach Grind and Brew

The Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew has enough options to satisfy your needs for brewing individual cups of coffee. It comes with automated rinsing for convenient cleaning.

1. Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder

The latest edition of the Breville Barista Express (the BES870XL) is truly the best coffee machine with grinder. We must admit, it is quite different from any other coffee maker with grinder on this list, however, we feel it deserves the #1 spot. 

This is the machine that is the head supplier of delicous coffee for our chief editor, after wading through many (many!) reviews.
This machine is so good that there is hardly anything negative to say about it, except that it can be a bit messy. Breville really has listened to its customers to make this machine perfect, and you won't easily find anything like it. 

What makes it different from the rest is that it is actually an espresso machine with grinder, but you can make any type of coffee with it you want. From espresso to a full-blown latte macchiato, this is your friend. It even has a small but convenient pipe to make an Americano (a double espresso with added water). 

This BES870XL version is an upgrade from the previous Barista Express BES860XL, fixing all of it's shortcomings like inconsistent water temperature and beans getting stuck. It still has all the useful features this machine is known for, like a small footprint and pressure gauge.

This coffee machine is considered to be one of the most easy to use espresso makers, which our editor can confirm. After a bit of tinkering it makes a perfect espresso, which you can either drink straight away or use as a base for a cappuccino or latte macchiato. Even a good ol' cup of joe is easily achieved by making one espresso and adding a bit hot water, all with the same machine.

As any coffee maker with grinder, this product isn't fully perfect. Using the integrated grinder can make it a bit messy, as the portafilter typically overflows, spilling ground coffee. Also, the chrome needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent ugly coffee splatter. Just give it a good wipe every time you made your coffee and you're good to go. Cleaning the whole unit can be easily done, as it basically cleans itself internally every few months, where you just have to wait a few minutes. Also, because it is so compact, sometimes you can't fit a larger travel mug or coffee put underneath it's sprout, so some pouring over might be needed. 

If you're looking to make any type of coffee perfectly, the Breville Barista Express is your perfect companion. Its flaws are easily forgotten when you starting drinking your well brewed coffee. Even though its price is much higher than any other product in this list, believe us it is well worth its money. 

Editor's tip: This product is perfectly combined with the popular Smart Grinder Pro, as it has the right portafilter holder. Using both products allows you to run two different types of beans at a time, like for example decaf coffee in one grinder and espresso beans in the other. 

Pros

  • Makes delicious coffee, from espresso to Latte Macchiato.
  • Easy to use and to clean.
  • Convenient pressure gauge.
  • Small pipe to add hot water for Americano or drip coffee.

Cons

  • Grinding coffee can be a bit messy.
  • A regular wipe is advised.
  • Little room for large travel mug or coffee pot.

2. Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

Though this product isn't cheap, there's no denying that the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffeemaker is one of the best grind and brew coffee makers on the market.

It boasts a plethora of features, such as a 24 hour programmable brew timer, a brew pause button for temporarily stopping the brew cycle, and the ability to program a cycle based on either time or quantity. The unit also features a charcoal water filter and gold tone filter to remove contaminants and purify the coffee.

One major flaw the Cuisinart coffee maker with grinder faces is the noise it produces while grinding, which is quite substantial. Some users have also faced problems with the filter basket popping out without pressing the button, which could even occur during the brew cycle.

Pros

  • The timer settings are very helpful and easy to program.
  • Charcoal water filters and gold tone filter baskets do actually help with the taste of the coffee.
  • Programming the cycle based on either time or quantity makes the unit quite flexible.

Cons

  • The unit could defect by popping open the filter basket cabinet, which is very inconvenient and could cause a mess if it happened during the brew cycle.
  • The grinder is quite loud.

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3. Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Single Serve (49989)

Enthusiasts of high-end coffee gear typically cringe at the name Hamilton Beach, but if you're looking for an entry level coffee machine with grinder, few options are better than the Hamilton Beach Single Serve coffee maker.

The Hamilton Beach Grind and Brew is targeted towards producing individual cups of coffee or filling a travel mug. It accepts both ground and whole bean coffee. It also features a handy automatic rinse to keep the machine working well.

The biggest downside of this unit is the high number of plastic pieces it uses, which will almost certainly wear out if the unit is used heavily over a long period of time.

Pros

  • The grinder does a decent job of providing consistently ground beans.
  • Both whole bean and preground coffee can be used.
  • It produces enough coffee for a travel mug or 1-2 ceramic mugs.
  • The automatic rinse feature is convenient.

Cons

  • Most of this unit is plastic, which will wear with heavy use and be difficult to replace.

4. Cuisinart DGB-700BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

Save for the color, this Cuisinart coffee maker grind and brew is essentially the same as the DGB-650BC. It features all the same bells and whistles, including the brew pause function, 24-hour programmability, and the ability to grind by quantity or time.

They both have 8-ounce bean hoppers and come equipped with sleek carafes. They also features all of the same problems, including the faulty latch on the filter basket compartment and the extremely noisy grinder.

Ultimately, the choice between this Cuisinart fully automatic coffee grinder and the other is a matter of personal preference.

Pros

  • The 24 hour timer is easy to use and makes it possible to have a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you in the morning.
  • The unit’s charcoal water filter helps to purify the water, so that the only thing you're tasting is that delicious coffee.
  • It’s very helpful to be able to program a brew cycle based on either quantity or time.

Cons

  • The grinder is very noisy.
  • The filter basket door is liable to randomly swing open, even during brew cycles.

5. Conair Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker

If you've read the previous two reviews of the Cuisinart Burr Grind and Brew, you already know all about this Cuisinart fully automatic Grind and Brew.

It's essentially the exact same unit, but this time, it's housed in an attractive black and brushed stainless steel housing.

In our opinion, this is the most attractive of the three Cuisinart Grind and Brew coffeemakers. In case you skipped over the other reviews, this unit is one of the best grind and brew units on the market, due to its easy to program brew cycles and ability to brew to either a set time or quantity.

It also features a charcoal water filtration system that cleans and purifies the water in the reservoir.

6. Black & Decker CM5000B 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffeemaker

While Black and Decker is mostly known for producing quality power tools, they’ll produce almost anything with a small motor, including grind and brew coffee systems.

The Black and Decker Mill and Brew features an easily programmable computer for custom grind settings, as well as a setting for selecting the strength of your coffee.

There are three different colors to choose from: black, white and red. Another positive feature of the Black and Decker CM-5000B is its reusable brew filter. This is a simple plastic piece that eliminates the need for using a paper filter every time you prepare coffee, which saves money and is good for the planet.

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7. Cuisinart CC-10FR Cuisinart CC-10FR Grind & Brew 10-Cup Coffeemaker

If your main consideration when purchasing a grind and brew coffeemaker is how sleek and sophisticated it looks, chances are this entry to the esteemed Conair Cuisine is for you.

The Conair Cuisine Grind & Brew housed in a chic, steel exterior, which hides the equally impressive mechanisms inside. This grinder features a sediment extraction scheme to keep ultra fine grounds from tainting the coffee, which is a good compromise since it uses blade grinders.

The Conair Cuisine Grind and Brew also has a very easy to understand timer, which can be set ahead of time. One thing the unit is missing, however, is a hot plate, which means the carafe grows quite cold after about 30 minutes.

8. Breville BDC600XL YouBrew Drip Coffee Maker

If you've read some of the other content on Let’s Grind Some Coffee, and we certainly hope you have, then you're probably aware of our affinity for Breville’s higher end models.

However, it turns out they extend the same level of care and detail to their lower end models like this Breville YouBrew coffee maker. Probably the most pertinent thing to mention in a Breville YouBrew review is the unit's unique brewing style. Rather than simply pumping hot water over a pile of grinds like other coffee makers, this unit lets the grinds really steep in the water, to more fully extract their flavors.

Unfortunately, the Breville YouBrew has a reputation for not being extremely sturdy or long-lasting. With proper care, however, this unit should fit the needs of most home brewers.

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9. Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder

In contrast to many of the other grinders this Capresso Grind and Brew competes with, this grinder offers a substantially different set of features.

First and foremost, the Capresso CoffeeTeam GS utilizes conical burrs, a welcome relief from the blade grinders found on other comparable models. It also allows for more precise control over the grind settings, with five options ranging from coarse to very fine.

Probably the biggest downside of the CoffeeTeam is its carafe. Though the carafe is thermally insulated, it holds only 10 cups of coffee, which is less than the average coffee carafe.

This may not be the best grind and brew coffee grinder on the market, but there's no denying that it's significantly different from its competition.

10. Cuisinart DGB500BK Grind & Brew

Buyers looking for an extremely cheap Cuisinart coffee machine that grinds and brews can stop their search, as the Cuisinart DGB500BK is the ultimate low-end unit.
Despite its low costs, it manages to do a decent job of grinding consistently and offers a few different brew settings. It also features a charcoal water filtration system to remove chlorine and contaminants from the water.

Of course, the low cost of this unit means Cuisinart had to cut every corner possible. The unit is also entirely made of plastic, and some of its plastic pieces are prone to breaking. Worse still, the coffee maker with grinder has no kind of ventilation system whatsoever, meaning all of the internal pieces are soaked in steam after each use.

So what is the best coffee maker with grinder?

To the coffee connoisseur, the coffee grinder and brewer might seem a bit of mystery. They might scoff at its existence, pointing at the lack of features offered get the grinder or its inability to grind beans for any method other than drip coffee. However, it bears repeating, this isn't the type of buyer a coffee machine with grinder is targeting.

They're targeting the busy workers and students who don't have the time or money to invest in a complex coffee ritual. They're targeting the people who care more about a coffee’s caffeine content than its flavor. They're catering to the kind of people who have no idea what the word “macchiato” means outside of the context of the Starbuck’s Caramel Macchiato.

These types of people have a different set of needs than coffee aficionados, and they value different attributes about a product. First and foremost, they value getting a good deal. The best coffee grind and brew coffee makers are inexpensive but rugged enough to get the job done. This type of buyer might also value convenience. You'll notice many of the grind and brew coffee makers on this list offer features that automatically grind and brew cups of coffee in the morning. These machines also should offer the ability to brew a specific quantity of coffee.
Finally, these types of consumers do like to have some control over the brew process. A decent grind and brew coffee maker should offer some controls over how strong the coffee is or what the grind size will be.

Clearly, the coffee machine with grinder panders to entirely different market than high-end grinders. Thus, you'll notice a conspicuous absence of popular high-end grinder manufacturers such as Mazzer or Rancilio in this list. Instead, the preferred brands for coffee makers with grinders are companies like Hamilton Beach or Cuisinart. These brands have built reputations for themselves for selling low cost yet decent machines that get the job done.

We're not saying coffee maker with grinders are for everyone, but if you want a cheap introduction into the world of grinding your own beans, there's really no better first step going through our list of grinder and brew coffee maker reviews. Each of these units has proven itself worthy of a place on your kitchen counter thanks to its fortitude, brewing, and grinding abilities, and its aesthetic qualities. Some of the products are better than others, but based on sales statistics and customer reviews, we'd like to think the list is an accurate representation of the best coffee maker with grinders on the market.

Our Best Pick: Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
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