Grind and brew coffee makers make one thing extremely obvious: there’s nothing as good as a freshly ground and brewed coffee to get you started in the morning.
Whole coffee beans form a kind of protective layer that keep the flavor of the coffee itself intact, but once you grind it, there is very small window of opportunity to get the best out of the coffee you bought. Ideally, ground coffee should be brewed within one minute of grinding, as subtle aromatics and flavorful oils begin to evaporate almost immediately when exposed to air. A coffee machine with a built-in grinder minimizes the time between grinding and brewing, maximizing the flavor and coffee goodness in your mug, and helping you avoid stale coffee.
Types of coffee grinders
For something as seemingly simple as “break the bean down into small pieces,” there is a stunning array of options in coffee grinder technology. But since the grinders built into these coffee machines tend not to be as diverse or fancy as stand-alone coffee grinders, we’ll simplify here:
- A blade grinder is a blade in the center of the grinder that spins like a propeller, similar to a blender blade.
- A burr grinder is made up of two revolving abrasive surfaces (called burrs), in between which the coffee is ground, a few beans at a time. The distance between the burrs can be changed, which changes the size of the grind.
Coffee lovers prefer burr grinders over blade grinders because burrs:
- grind the beans into a uniform, controllable size, and
- don’t “scorch” the beans like blades can.
For far more detail, see our guide to coffee grinder technologies and grind levels.
While the grain and consistency of the grind is an important factor in the quality of the brewed coffee, several other factors need to be considered as well. That’s why we’ve prepared a list and short summaries of 5 top grind and brew coffee makers to consider. (Our detailed reviews of each of these machines are coming soon.)
Best Grind and Brew Coffee Makers under $300
Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control Coffee Machine
The Breville BDC650BSS is a high-end grind and brew machine. Its machined stainless steel burrs deliver one of the most consistent grinds you’ll find. Its auto start function allows you to wake up to a 12-cup pot of ready-to-drink freshly ground coffee. Its burr grinders are excellent in giving you the best possible results, regardless of what type of coffee your prefer.
- Auto start function
- Easy to use
- Burr grinder with 6 different grind settings
- Pre-ground coffee can be used by disabling the grinder
- 12-cup durable thermal carafe
- Pricy – the most expensive model in our list
- Brews even if it runs out of beans
The Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control will give you great results every day. But you have to keep in mind how much coffee you have left, so it doesn’t grind and brew an empty can.
Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker
The Cuisinart DGB-900BC is packed with features, but is still easy to use, and comes in a sleek housing. It has a burr grinder and is fully programmable, so you have more time to enjoy your coffee instead of making it. It brewed some of the best coffee we’ve ever tasted.
- Fully programmable, including 3 strength settings
- Great design (fits in with every décor)
- Durable, including thermal coffee pot
- Burr grinders, with grinding controls
- Pre-ground coffee can be used by disabling the grinder
- Basket parts need to be dry for optimal performance
- Grinder has to be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent malfunction
The Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind-and-Brew 12-cup Programmable makes great coffee once you dial in your perfect settings, and the programmable feature is a big plus for busy people who still want their freshly ground coffee. The requisite routine cleaning of the grinder creates a small dent in this product’s time efficiency.
Best Grind and Brew Coffee Makers Under $100
Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffee Maker
Another great Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker, this full-featured machine is a gem at this price level. The simple design makes it fit in everywhere, and the nice price tag will be very appealing if you’re looking for a straightforward product.
- Programmable for maximum efficiency
- Great features and quality for the price
- Cleanup is time-consuming
- Makes weak coffee unless you tune the settings
Although the Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew 12-Cup Automatic Coffeemaker has a great track record, the required cleaning process takes up much of the time you’re supposed to save, and be sure to select a finer grind to avoid weak coffee.
Black & Decker CM5000B 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffee Maker
While we generally prefer burr grinders over blade grinders, this professional-looking coffee machine from Black & Decker does an admirable job. The clear-cut design and arrangement of its function buttons makes it easy to use, and it produces a tasty brew. It’s a great value choice.
- Easy-to-use interface and design
- Good price-to-value ratio
- Available in black, red and white
- Blade grinder may not be to everyone’s taste
The Black & Decker CM5000B Coffeemaker makes coffee grinding and brewing at home very easy and affordable. However, if you want the consistency and quality of a burr grinder, then this model will not be what you’re searching for.
Best Small Coffee Maker with Grinder
Hamilton Beach Grind & Brew Single Serve Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach Grind & Brew Single Serve is a great solution for small households where only one or two people drink coffee. Also great for small kitchens. This compact machine brews freshly ground coffee and therefore maintains its full aroma. It can brew up to 16 oz of coffee in one mug or you can use two mugs because it has a dual spout that gives two coffee streams.
- Great for grinding and brewing a quick 1-2 cups or mugs of coffee.
- Can brew into one or two cups or into a travel cup, thanks to the machine’s dual spout.
- Automatic grinding chamber rinse feature ensures that the machine does not clog.
- No need to use disposable filters because it has a permanent one.
- Only brews up to 16 ounces and therefore may not be suitable for a large family.
- Some users find it loud, which may be said to be a common thing with most machines that have blade grinders.
- Limited features–not programmable and does not have different grinding settings.
Our top picks for coffee makers with grinders above should serve most households well.