Choosing a coffee brewer is a big decision. So is choosing a coffee grinder. Finding just one machine that can handle both tasks is even a bigger challenge.
But it’s actually a developed niche of the coffee market with well-known manufacturers and quirky start-ups offering a variety of efficient, high-quality and often convenient grind and brew coffee makers. Whether you’re looking to improve the taste of your coffee or save space, time or money, a combined grinder and brewer could be ideal.
Of the many coffee grinders and brewers that we’ve tested over the recent years, only 9 have made out the top list of grind and brew coffee makers to try. Some are loved by us all, others have split the Coffee Dorks team in half. Read our reviews below to decide which is the best grind and brew coffee machine for you.
Brew & Grind Coffee Makers Comparison
Why Choose a Grind and Brew Coffee Maker?
Although they’re not perfect, there are many advantages when it comes to purchasing a grind and brew combo machine:
Space – The combo coffee machines tend to be smaller. You’ll even find espresso and drip coffee machines on our list that will fit comfortably on your kitchen worktop.
Price – two machines for the price of one? It is certainly possible, especially when looking at the low to mid-range coffee grinders and brewers on our list. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t forget to consider the cost of maintenance for your new machine, rather than just the upfront cost. Some brands will offer great warranty products, while others have notoriously bad customer service when it comes to getting parts fixed!
Convenience – automatic grinders will start whenever you set the timer for, allowing you to have fresh ground coffee brewed without lifting a finger. Many will also allow you to use ground coffee as well, for those days when you want to save even more time.
Fresh Coffee – the biggest advantage in our opinion is the taste of fresh coffee. With an all-in-one coffee machine, there’s no time gap between grinding the beans and brewing the coffee. In fact, with a sealed unit, there’s literally nowhere for the precious oils and aromas to escape to.
Breville BDC650BSS Grind Control
- Stainless steel burr grinder
- 12 cups
- Double walled stainless steel thermal carafe
- Immediate auto off function
- LCD display
- Gold-tone filter
- 16 pounds
- 9 x 14 x 17 inches
This is our best grind n’ brew coffee maker! Yes, it does have a few reliability issues and the price has recently increased a bit. But in our opinion? Still completely worth it thanks to the great tasting coffee and sturdy, stainless steel design.
It looks quite fantastic, with a solid stainless-steel design on all sides, including the carafe. No cheap looking plastic here! The LCD screen and push buttons too are light and silvery. It just feels like a high-quality brewer.
The standard features, including brew pause, programmable autostart for your early mornings and the ability to use ground as well as whole coffee beans, are all there. The auto-off feature will turn the brewer off completely once it’s finished dispensing. You’ve also got the benefit of being able to brew directly into a travel mug or cup – simply remove the drip tray and you can fit mugs up to 7.5 inches tall in the gap. For multi-cup servings, you can brew straight into the double walled, thermal carafe. Honestly, the carafe is a bit of an eyesore, but it’s extremely effective at keeping your coffee hot, so we won’t complain too much.
Bonus features include water temperature control and real-time feedback from the brewer as it works away. Monitor the LCD screen to view your selected water level, ground size estimated brew time and more.
The manual too is quite extensive – it even includes tips on how to make the perfect iced coffee using their brewer. And of course, it includes details on cleaning the machine… this is a chore. Using the brush provided you can clean the grinder out, hand wash the carafe and clean the filter (much easier when using paper filters). You need to do this every day to maintain a clean, reliable machine – if you don’t, you will find the grinder breaks down first, followed by the electric board and finally the brewer goes a bit askew.
There’s also the descaling program which takes around 40 minutes – a seriously long time compared to many other brewers that don’t even have grinders attached.
All in all, if you want a high-quality machine to maintain that high quality, you’ve got to put in the effort to keep it that way. If you buy the Breville Grind Control model, you’ll be extremely satisfied with its performance.
Cuisinart DGB 900BC
- Automatic burr grinder
- 12 cups
- Double-wall insulated stainless steel thermal carafe
- Immediate auto off function
- Charcoal water filter, gold tone coffee filter
- 9 pounds
- 9 x 12.7 x 15.9 inches
This is the people’s choice grind and brew coffee machine – primarily because it’s reliable. There’s not a single coffee grinder and brewer on this list that doesn’t have at least a handful of angry customers who found their machine leaked broke down, malfunctioned or even caught on fire in the first few weeks.
This Cuisinart model is by far the most reliable with the least breakdowns. People, and Coffee Dorks, can rely on this sturdy coffee maker for years.
It comes with a thermal, double-walled carafe that (despite having no hot plate) stays very hot for hours. It also has all the essential features you need on an everyday coffee maker. There’s the pause button for grabbing a quick cup before it’s finished, the option to use ground coffee and disable the grinder, auto-off function as soon as it’s finished brewing and a programmable timer for early morning auto-starts.
The coffee produced is a good quality, the burrs are noisy but that’s the price you pay for consistent coffee grinds – the flavor is worth it. The charcoal filter and gold tone coffee filter are perfect. If you’ve not had a coffee machine with these features before, don’t expect them to drastically change the taste of your coffee. They are additional features that really bring through the flavor notes of your beans – it takes a true Coffee Dork to really taste the difference!
You’ll also be blessed with a removable bean hopper which makes keeping it clean from stale bean oils very easy compared to the built-in hoppers. For a coffee connoisseur, this is essential for maintaining that fresh coffee taste.
However, cleaning, on the whole, is not so simple. According to the manual, you MUST clean and dry ALL coffee parts after every single use. This is just not practical for an everyday coffee machine, especially when it’s recommended to handwash the filter, basket and basket cover. If you were looking for a combined grinder and coffee brewer machine for the convenience aspects, you can cross this model off your list.
Other bugbears of ours include the 20-second pause for grabbing a cup before it’s finished brewing. It’s all too easy to forget you’ve only got a 20-second window to grab a cup and replace the carafe. It’s also very annoying to use your 20-second gap to pour a cup, only to realize the carafe doesn’t have enough coffee in for a whole mug. That’s where glass carafes have the advantage.
Finally, you also must use paper filters with this machine for good quality coffee, even though it has a permanent filter that comes with it.
But it seems the people don’t really mind the hassle for a good cuppa!
Black & Decker Mill and Brew
- Blade grinder
- 12 cups
- Duralife glass carafe
- Auto-off function programmable up to 2 hours
- LCD display
- Bronze-tone permanent filter
- 5 pounds
- 10 x 13.5 x 15.5 inches
This innovative little grind and brew coffee maker is our “best under $100” for the range of features and quality of coffee produced. Despite it using a blade grinder, the materials used to make this grind and brew machine are sturdy, practical yet cheap. The carafe, for example, is made from Duralife glass – it stays toasty warm with the hot plate (yes, a hot plate on a machine that costs less than $100!) and can handle the dishwasher too.
The controls are a bit early 2000s with big push buttons and LCD clock display, but they allow you to switch from manual to automatic. On manual you can use pre-ground beans for brewing, on auto you use whole beans for the grinder before brewing. There’s also a brew strength selector (regular, bold and strong), programmable timer and “sneak-a-cup” feature to pause mid-brew.
Considering that there are some mid-range coffee brewers that don’t even have the option to use pre-ground beans, we were thoroughly impressed with this brewer’s capabilities.
The brew basket and carafe are dishwasher-safe, however, the all-in-one blade grinder and permanent filter need to be washed in the sink.
Of course, there are still a few little issues. The coffee is good, but it’s not super amazing, to start with. You also can’t use paper filters alongside the permanent filter and the carafe is tricky to fit in the dishwasher as the lid doesn’t come off, it just flops open. It’s also prone to leaking, probably due to the plastic reservoir. We recommend making sure it’s empty when not in use, just to prolong the life of this budget coffee maker further.
Jura 13626 Ena Micro
- Conical burr grinder
- 1 cup
- Auto-off function after 2 hours
- Touch panel display
- CLEARYL Blue water filters
- 4 pounds
- 1 x 12.7 x 17.5 inches
If money comes easy to you, this is a coffee grinder and maker to consider. In fact, if Iron Man needed a coffee maker, this is definitely the model he’d pick. The Jura Ena Micro can make both espresso and regular coffee in 3 different cup sizes (cups not included) that can be adjusted by you. This is a single-serve machine.
Although the top looks remarkably like a photocopier, it is, in fact, a highly technical control panel. It’s touchscreen tech, which just feels like it’s a level above all other high tech coffee machines. The aesthetics too are remarkable. In short, this is one sexy coffee grinder and brewer.
The coffee ground container holds about 9 servings, so once you’ve ground away your hopper of beans (holds 4.4oz) you can make 9 espressos one after the other. There are all kinds of impressive tech features going on under that sleek black cover, from the thermoblock heating system to aroma preservation cover to energy saving off-switch. You’ve got 15 bars of pressure needed for espresso rammed into a small box of a machine that will sit proudly on your kitchen countertop. The lead is 3 and a half feet long, so no worries if you’re short on electrical sockets…. But if you have the money to buy this machine you can probably afford to remodel your entire kitchen around the coffee maker anyway.
It’s by the far the most expensive coffee maker on our list, currently for sale for over $1,000… and it’s not even the most expensive Jura coffee machine model. And yes, it is worth the price. The coffee made is exceptional, we are struggling to find a coffee dork or reviewer who wasn’t left speechless after using it.
- Steel conical burr grinder
- 10 cups
- Glass carafe
- Auto-off function after 2 hours
- LCD display
- Charcoal water filter, gold tone reusable coffee filter
- 10 pounds
- 2 x 9.2 x 15.2
Even though it’s one of the smallest coffee grinders and brewers, this is a very impressive machine. It’s capable of brewing cups from 2 to 10 (but you must remember to fill the reservoir to the right level for the number of cups you desire) into a glass carafe, with a hot plate!
This is a big deal seeing as it’s currently just marginally more expensive in comparison to other machines on this list that are without a hot plate entirely.
The grinder can hold enough beans for 2 or 3 whole carafes, yet the machine cleverly knows never to grind more coffee than is needed for the volume of water in the reservoir. For freshness, you can also choose to fill the hopper up to marked levels for different numbers of cups, so as not to have old coffee sitting there for days. The gold tone coffee filter is effective but it’s good to know you can use paper filters too.
Then we come to the technical features. The manual is pretty thorough on teaching you how to use the LCD display and buttons, but it’s still not as straightforward as other models. You have just 5 different grind settings to adjust the fineness/coarseness. This is more than most grinders on this list, yet falls way behind the number of settings you’d have on a separate grinder without the brewer attached.
Other features include mild, regular and strong strength settings, a programmable timer, charcoal water filter and the hot plate that keeps the carafe toasty between 200°F and 180°F. You’ve also got the standard drip-stop feature for grabbing a cup before the brew has finished, plus a brew-only setting, so you can use pre-ground coffee without the grinder whirring away.
All in all, not bad for a mid-range coffee machine!
- Blade grinder
- 10 cups
- Glass carafe
- Auto-off function after 1 hour
- Stainless steel filter basket
- 6 pounds
- 7 x 11.5 x 13.5 inches
Although there are a few teething problems, the Melitta MEMB1B is a sturdy and reliable machine. Don’t be fooled by the cheap plastic exterior, this is a good coffee brewer, especially for the price!
There’s no LCD screen, but the programmable timer and 7 different coffee strength settings are very easy to set up. To turn the machine on, you just press the on the button and immediately the grinder will kick on and you’re off! The auto switch off function is set to 1 hour of inactivity, whether you’ve brewed a full carafe or used the pause button to take a cup before it’s finished.
This brewer makes a good cup of coffee in the glass carafe, once you’ve found the right strength setting for your grind consistency and particular coffee beans. The blade grinder will never be as consistent as the burr blades, but with the right strength setting and beans for drip coffee, you’ll never notice.
Cleaning is a breeze, with the blade and permanent mesh filter being removable. The carafe, on the other hand, needs to be washed in the sink – this glass is not borosilicate glass – and is prone to cracking.
Other weak areas include the hopper lid and plastic outer shell of the machine itself. Fortunately, Melitta have great customer service who will arrange a replacement part to be sent to you, or send you a packaging box so you can send your coffee grinder and brewer off for repairs. This is above and beyond what some of the other big coffee brands will offer *cough* Krup *cough* and Melitta’s electronics and grinder motor seem to stand the test of time too.
Cuisinart Grind & Brew DGB-700BC
- Fully-automatic burr grinder
- 12 cups
- Glass carafe
- Auto-off function after 2 hours (programmable)
- LCD display
- Charcoal water filter, choice of paper or reusable coffee filters
- 8 pounds
- 8 x 12.9 x 17.9 inches
Despite its tendency to burst into flames (an issue with the electrical board and grinder motor), this is a very good grind and brew coffee maker that’s earnt its place on our list. It features all the usual gizmos that you’d expect on a low-mid range coffee maker, including auto-shut off features (that you can program) auto-on timer for morning coffees and brew-pause capabilities.
However, this coffee machine also features a strength selector feature, allowing you to fine-tune the intensity and volume of your morning coffee. This is something rarely seen on machines that don’t cost you an arm and a leg.
You’ve also got nifty charcoal filters for the water, a choice of paper or reusable filter for the coffee and a glass carafe – higher quality materials compared to your usual run-of-the-mill coffee maker with mesh filters and plastic carafe.
In short, it brews a darn good cup of coffee. Simply adjust the burr settings for a finer or coarser grind, let it automatically grind your beans and brew the desired amount.
Cleaning, although marketed as “simple” by Cuisinart, actually isn’t. If you’re serious about your coffee, you’ll know that it’s essential to get rid of any loose grinds that are sitting between the burr blades overnight, or you’ll ruin the taste of your coffee. This just isn’t possible with the DGB-700BC as the burr grinders are fully automatic (no manual grinding allowed) and sealed inside the unit away from your cleaning tools.
As for the bursting into flames, it’s uncommon but not unheard of and earning this model quite the reputation. Fire hazard or not, Cuisinart offer 3 years warranty regardless and it’s managed to hold onto 4 stars on Amazon reviews due to the high-quality coffee produced.
Kenmore Elite 12-Cup Coffee Grinder/Brewer
- Conical burr grinder
- 12 to 14 cups
- Stainless steel/glass carafe
- 2-hour auto-shut off
- Clock display, push-button controls
- Permanent, washable coffee filter
- 26 pounds
- 23 x 13 x 18 inches
This is your standard grind and brew drip coffee machine. It’s quite a large and hefty stainless steel box of a machine, especially when you compare it to the KRUPS machine which somehow packs in 15 bars of pressure yet is 10 pounds lighter.
Nonetheless, this coffee machine brews a good cup of coffee. You can use both whole beans and pre-ground coffee in this machine, plus it comes with a reusable filter that will still work with a paper filter added on top. The biggest benefit of having a cheaper, drip coffee maker is that it allows you a bit more space to adjust the machine. Sure, with this machine you can’t make a high-quality latte or froth milk for you, but you can use the beans you like, in the grind size you like, with the paper filters you trust.
Your carafe and water reservoir (not detachable) can hold 12 to 14 standard coffee cups, which is nearer 8 to 10 home-sized coffee mugs. As with most drip coffee machines, you’ve got a pause button, auto-shut off feature and programmable timer.
You can time this grinder and brewer to start at 7 am, or whenever you need to wake… not only will it start making your coffee but it also doubles up as an alarm clock. The grinder in this coffee maker is almost guaranteed to wake you up from the deepest of sleep with the sound of whirring blades and the aroma of fresh coffee.
If you have thin walls, your neighbors will certainly benefit from the coffee-alarm-clock too.
For nearly a decade now, the Kenmore Elite 12-cup model has been trusted by coffee lovers. It’s not the most technical and it can be a bit temperamental (the electrics can blow with heavy use) but for a good drip coffee made from freshly ground beans, it’s a winner.
- Metal conical burr grinder
- 9 cups
- No carafe
- Auto-off function programmable
- LCD screen, rotary knobs, and buttons
- No coffee filter (espresso-based coffees only)
- 16 pounds
- 15 x 11.3 x 19.4 inches
There’s no avoiding the coffee colored elephant in the room. This grind n’ brew coffee maker (with milk frother) is currently the second most expensive on our list… and is sitting at the lowest point. Here’s why.
The water reservoir holds 1.8l of water, yet you can realistically only make 9 cups at once due to the used coffee ground collector only being able to hold 9 servings of used grounds before you need to empty it. If you take that out of consideration, you could make up to 30 espressos one after the other from that reservoir before it needs refilling.
You can only make espresso-based beverages with this machine. It packs 15 bars of pressure, which explains why it costs a fair bit. It also means that for non-espresso-based coffees you’ll need to buy a whole separate machine. Only serving espresso limits you to select beans that work well with espresso beverages. We do love an espresso, but wouldn’t want to be stuck with a machine that can only make espresso drinks.
The grinder is effective, however, the motor is the weak link in this grinder design… and Krup’s are not the most responsive when it comes to sorting customer problems.
In fact, the only reason this grinder and brewing coffee machine has made it onto our list is that it makes a FANTASTIC coffee! It takes quite a while to set up via the LCD screen, you’ll need to input all sorts of data from whether you’re using a water filter (sold separately by Krups) to the hardness of the mains water and how long you want the machine to wait before auto-shutting off. Once everything is programmed in and you’ve given it a clean, you’re set to make barista-quality espresso drinks from home.
What Makes the Best Coffee Makers with Grinders?
Let’s start with the grinder. Stainless steel conical burr blades are the best, in my opinion. However, flat burr blades are also extremely effective. It all comes down to what size grinds you need for your coffee. Make sure you read our flat vs conical burr grinders article to get in on the debate.
The one thing we can agree on is that burr grinders are far superior to blade grinders for consistency, heat, noise and resulting flavor.
There are many little things that can make the difference between a poor and well-made coffee maker and grinder. Steam, for example, will rise from the carafe and brewing coffee. If the grinder or grinder motor is located directly above the brew chamber, you’re going to cause serious damage over time.
Cleaning is also a big concern when it comes to coffee makers with grinders attached. Although you’ve saved space and money by combining 2 machines into 1, you’ll still end up taking the time to clean it as if it’s 2 separate machines. Having a compact unit makes it tricky to get out all those grinds. You can’t tip it upside down like you could with a manual grinder. If your hopper and water reservoir are not detachable, that’s a whole cleaning nightmare alone.
The best coffee grinders and brewers are those that haven’t been rushed through the design process. Really think about how you will make your coffee and clean the machine before purchasing to understand if it really will be the pinnacle of efficiency or just another chore.
Finally, you might find that if you’re a true coffee connoisseur at heart, nothing beats grinding your coffee the old-fashioned way! It might take longer, but often the best coffee makers and grinders are your own pair of skilled barista hands.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.