Best Coffee Makers with Grinders
- 2020 Edition

If you are new to the coffee-making world, you might be slightly aghast at the number of gadgets required to brew a good cup of coffee. Between the hundreds of coffee machine options, coffee bean grinder options, varieties of coffee beans, conical burr vs blade, milk foamers, coffee bean containers…

There's so much to choose from! Thankfully, there’s a solution that’ll make your mornings a little bit easier by reducing the number of machines you need: buy a coffee maker with a built-in grinder.

If you’re like my mother, you might think purchasing pre-ground coffee will suffice (bless her heart), but nothing could be farther from the truth. You don’t just have to take our word for it. Ask any home barista that grinds their own beans, and they’ll tell you: It’s not even close.

Why Choose A Coffee Maker With Grinder Built Into It?

Well, it’s one less appliance to fit on your counter, which is always a bonus. Surprisingly, many of these combo machines aren’t much larger than a stand-alone coffeemaker. The bean reservoir can add a bit of height, but it’s far less than you’d anticipated.

If you already have a perfectly good conical burr grinder that’s still in great shape, it may not make a ton of sense to drop some extra dough on a combo machine, but if you don’t have a conical burr grinder or your grinder’s in need of replacement, hop on over to this article talking about why you should definitely opt for a conical burr grinder. 

The fact of the matter is, beans ground using a conical burr grinder are simply better — the conical burrs grind more evenly, create less heat, and ultimately provide a better tasting cup. So whether you buy a stand alone grinder or a combo grinder plus machine, make sure it uses conical burrs!

On to the second reason why having a coffee maker with a grinder built in is the total bee’s knees: it’s so streamlined and convenient.

The ultimate cup of coffee is a thing of timing and beauty. In a perfect world, the beans are ground a mere second before blooming in a splash of hot water between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit, before being totally doused in that same temperature water. In a perfect world, the burner never burns the coffee, a barista makes you your coffee in the comfort of your own home, and everyone and everything leaves you alone until you’re well into your second cup of caffeine.

Since we live in a non-perfect world, we can only strive to get as close to that dream as possible. Combo grinder and coffee machines really get you pretty close, though.

The moment beans are ground, they begin to oxidize — it’s why you’ll never hear coffee experts encourage you to buy pre-ground beans. Oxidation begins to stale coffee just about immediately, which can degrade the unique flavors to a bean.

These combo machines make it a single-button push to grind and brew, so you get the freshest ground coffee possible. 

Should I Buy a grind and Brew Coffee Maker?

​There are two key questions you should ask yourself before adding to cart and clicking purchase:

1. How much do I want to invest in my morning coffee experience?
2. How often will I use the machine and for what purpose?

When eyeballing these prices, keep in mind that you’re looking at a two-machines-in-one and the prices often reflect that. You can find machines for as little as $50 bucks and as high as… well, the $6,000 Jura Giga 6 which features two separate grind units, dual boilers, and a virtual reality so you can actually visualize it in your kitchen for reals.

While you definitely don’t need to buy a $6,000 machine to get a top quality morning experience, there’s definitely a correlation between price and quality when it comes to these combo machines.

To figure out what price range is suitable for you, analyze your daily habits and what you hope to use this new machine for. Are you a big entertainer? Do you want to program it to grind and brew for you in the morning? Are you going to take our advice and choose one with a conical burr grinder?

The more you want, the more dollar signs you may find attached to the price, unless you can find a top-notch deal. Today, we’ll focus on coffee makers that are on the more on the affordable side of things. 

Best Coffee Makers with Grinders in 2020 - Reviewed

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso-Coffee Machine

De’Longhi is a popular name is pro-sumer products. Hailing from the coffee lovers paradise, the ever-famous boot-shaped country Italy, there’s an inherent feeling of quality from their machines.

The De’Longhi Magnifica, in particular, is a super-automatic espresso and coffee machine made from high-quality materials featuring a low need for technical expertise. The professional aesthetic makes it look like it would be at home in a classic cafe, but this is designed for home use—for you.

Choose between 13 grind settings, which is on par with what you’d get in a stand-alone, and choose your type of drink, as well. There are multiple espresso strengths, cappuccino, latte, hot water, and Americano options at your fingertips. Top it off with a manual steam wand to foam your milk for delicious mixed drinks.

Make sure to also check out our full review of the DeLonghi Magnifica. You'll see why it also made our list of the best espresso machines, which you can find here

PROS

  • Ability to store up to 8.8 oz of beans
  • Uses a conical burr grinder for a consistent grind
  • Grind size is adjustable to account for personal taste preferences
  • Includes a milk frother to make cappuccinos and lattes
  • Machine is fairly easy to clean, as the entire brewing apparatus is removable

CONS

  • On the expensive side
  • Storing beans in the grinding chamber may heat them while brewing
Cuisinart DGB-900BC 12-Cup Grind & Brew Thermal Automatic Coffeemaker

The Cuisinart is a solid drip coffee machine that offers an intuitive and user-friendly interface. We like this machine for its large output, thermal carafe, and built-in automatic features. It’s not the highest quality machine on this list, but it does its job very well.

PROS

  • Coffee bean hopper stores up to 8 oz of beans
  • Uses a conical burr grinder
  • Comes with a reusable gold tone mesh filter to save on paper filters
  • “Grind off” feature lets you use pre-ground coffee if you run out of beans
  • Lid to the bean hopper has a rubber seal to ensure beans stay fresh
  • Includes space for charcoal water filters to purify the brewing water

CONS

  • A bit difficult to clean
  • Leaks occasionally between plastic lid and carafe
  • Water reservoir is narrow and difficult to fill
Capresso 464.05 CoffeeTeam GS 10-Cup Digital Coffeemaker with Conical Burr Grinder

The Capresso offers you quite a bit of control over the fineness of your grinds which is not always the case with grind and brew machines. While it is limited in design, we like this machine for its simple display and programmability.

PROS

  • Conical burr grinder
  • Bean hopper stores up to 6 oz of coffee beans (about 2-3 pots of coffee)
  • Has five different settings for grind size
  • LED display is easy to read
  • Option for turning off the grinder and using pre-ground coffee beans
  • Gold-tone reusable filter is included, but you have the option of using paper filters
  • Design makes it easy to clean

CONS

  • Grinder is on the louder side
  • May not brew quite as hot as stated on packaging
Cuisinart DGB-650BC Grind-and-Brew Thermal 10-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker

The 650BC is a budget-friendly alternative to the Cuisinart 900BC reviewed above. The main difference between these two machines is the type of grinder used: this machine uses a blade grinder, which accounts for its lower price point compared to the 900BC. This makes it a durable choice for anyone with a more limited budget.

PROS

  • Ability to turn the grinder off for pre-ground coffee
  • Has a setting for smaller pots of coffee from 1-4 cups
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty
  • Durable for a machine at this price point

CONS

  • Grinds all of the coffee beans at once, so no option for storage
  • Blade grinder instead of a conical burr grinder
Black and Decker CM5000B Mill and Brew

This machine offers a surprising number of solid design features for a coffee maker that is more budget-friendly. While it may not be the most durable machine on our list, it is a great choice for anyone wanting something simple and affordable.

PROS

  • Entire grinding/brewing apparatus is removable for easy cleaning
  • Clear panels on the water reservoir let you know how much water is left
  • Options for three different brew strengths
  • Brew basket and carafe are both dishwasher safe

CONS

  • Uses a blade grinder
  • Grinds beans fine enough that some make their way through the filter and into the coffee
  • No settings for size of the grind
Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Silver Coffee Maker

For a combination coffee maker and grinder, the Breville has the capacity to deliver high-quality coffee. Though there have been some reported design flaws with the coffee bean hopper, the Breville offers quite a few programmable features to deliver the exact cup of coffee users want.

PROS

  • Has 8 different strength settings, including an option to use pre-ground coffee
  • Uses conical burr grinder for consistent grounds
  • Single brew option allows for several different container sizes
  • Coffee bean hopper stores up to 8 oz of beans
  • Removable drip tray accommodates for tall travel mugs
  • 6 different grind settings
  • Grinder is much quieter than most burr grinders

CONS

  • Design issues with the hopper sometimes make it difficult for beans to travel into the grinder
  • Hopper has no seal, so stored coffee beans can get stale if left in hopper for too long
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

The Barista Express is not only one of our favorite brew and grind machines, but it’s also one of our favorite espresso machines in general (see here). It is user-friendly for a variety of consumers with different levels of expertise and experience. Read our full review here.

PROS

  • Stainless steel conical burr grinder for consistent ground size
  • Bean hopper stores 8 oz of beans
  • Option for customized settings or pre-set options
  • Grind size is fully adjustable to your taste preference
  • Machine comes in three different colors

CONS

  • Settings for grounds volume does not go low enough, so grounds often overflow the filter basket
  • Hopper sits directly above heating element and may scorch the stored beans
Melitta MEMB1B Mill & Brew 10-Cup Coffee Maker

This Melitta coffee machine is sold at a lower price-point for anyone wanting to reap the benefits of freshly ground coffee without investing in some of the other machines on the market. However, be aware that the lower price means you will be sacrificing grinder quality and general machine durability. We’d only recommend this unit for the occasional coffee drinker.

PROS

  • Grinder comes with seven different settings for size
  • Includes reusable stainless steel filter basket
  • Small, compact machine won’t take up much counter space

CONS

  • Not designed for long-lasting durability
  • Issues with the latch and lid not functioning correctly
Cuisinart DGB-550BKFR 12-Cup Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Maker

This Cuisinart machine is another great starter option for anyone wanting to experiment with freshly ground coffee. It lacks settings for grind size, but we’ve found that sticking with a medium roast is going to be the best option for brewing.

PROS

  • Contains function for low output brews (1-4 cups)
  • Simple design and operation
  • Brews a consistent cup for a machine at this price point
  • Like all Cuisinart machines, it comes with charcoal water filters and reusable gold-tone mesh basket filter

CONS

  • Design flaw may cause lid to unlatch during brewing
  • Important to clean and dry all grinder parts before brewing again, which may be an inconvenience
  • Uses a blade grinder rather than a burr grinder

How Grinds Affect Coffee Taste

The freshness of ground coffee beans has an enormous impact on the taste of brewed coffee.

The size of the coffee grinds you use impacts extraction, which in turn impacts flavor. Extraction happens when water runs through the ground coffee, and it is measured by the number of solubles that are removed from the coffee and enter the water. The Specialty Coffee Association of America says that the best extraction lies somewhere between 18% and 22%.

You can see pictures of different grind sizes and a basic overview of which sizes match which brewing methods here.

Additionally, when you purchase a coffee machine with a built-in grinder, you can rest assured knowing that the grinder you’re using is designed specifically to compliment the actual coffee maker. This leaves out much of the guesswork that home baristas encounter when they're looking to purchase a coffee grinder that's independent of their coffee machine.

Types of Grinders

While reviewing the coffee makers on our list, we came across coffee machines with the two main types of grinders, so we thought it was important to point out the differences to you.

The two main types are blade grinders and burr grinders.

Most baristas will recommend using a burr grinder. There are several reasons for this, which we’ll get into below, but the main reason is consistency.

Most coffee machines with burr grinders give you a variety of grind sizes to choose from, so you can adjust to the appropriate grind size based on the type of coffee you’re making. For example, French Press coffee requires coarse grinds, while Turkish coffee requires ultra fine grinds.

On the other end of the ‘grinder spectrum’, a blade grinder works much like a blender. It uses fast-spinning blades to cut up the coffee beans. However, because of the way the blades chop up the beans, there’s no way to guarantee a consistent particle size distribution, so you’re likely to end up with grinds that are all slightly different sizes.

This may not be a terribly noticeable for beginners, but blade grinders can't hold a candle to the overall quality and consistency of a burr grinders. When you have an inconsistent particle size, the flavor is going to be all over the place.

The most important takeaway of the blade vs. burr grinder debate is that the burr is considered a higher quality piece of equipment that produces higher quality coffee. As with all purchases that promise higher quality, machines that use burr grinders will be slightly pricier, so keep that in mind.

Winner of the Roundup

Our pick for the best coffee maker with a grinder is the Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control.

The Breville Grind Control offers excellent value that rivals more expensive options like the Barista Express or DeLonghi Magnifica. The Grind Control’s price tag and customizable features sealed the deal for us.

For drip coffee options, we think the Cuisinart 900BC and the Capresso 464.05 are the best choices. We found the conical burr grinders on these two units to have excellent consistency.


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