With an adjustable burr grinder and a heat-retaining thermal carafe, the Breville Grind Control is our top pick. It's a little pricey, but it can be counted on to brew delicious coffee for years to come. Another reliable option is the budget-friendly Cuisinart DGB-850 10-Cup Thermal Coffeemaker, which has multiple strength settings and a consistent, adjustable grinder.
If asked the best tip for brewing a delicious cup of coffee, many experts would offer the same advice: Use freshly ground beans. Coffee is richest, and truest to its natural flavor, when beans are brewed within minutes of grinding—that's why coffee makers with built-in grinders are such a luxury. While they are more expensive than standard coffee makers, purchasing one is often more cost-effective than buying a separate grinder. Plus, these two-in-one items save space in the kitchen.
After testing two dozen top-rated coffee makers in our Lab, we rounded up our favorite top-performing options below. Picks are sorted into different categories, including best for beginners and best design, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
For the coffee lover who wants a fresher cup of joe, here are the best coffee makers with grinders, according to our Lab tests.
Breville The Grind Control
Includes a number of customizable settings
Fresh, high-quality coffee
Feels a little bulky
Out of the 20-plus coffee makers with grinders that we tested, the Breville Grind Control stood out as the best all-around device. Right away, you notice the small LCD screen on top, which is unique for a drip coffee maker and makes it easy to manage the item's many settings. The LCD screen also provides real-time feedback throughout the coffee-making process. Another unique and likable feature, especially for fans of Keurigs and Nespresso machines, is that the Breville Grind Control can brew one cup at a time.
In addition to its single-serve capabilities, this machine can make up to 12 cups of coffee in roughly six minutes, grinding included. It offers an impressive eight strength settings and is fully programmable, so you can select a time in advance for the machine to grind the beans and brew a fresh pot. Our tester was impressed by how fast the grinder works, as well as the fact that no grounds ended up in the pot. The bean hopper holds a half-pound of coffee beans, and it's easy to add or remove beans when you want to brew a different type. The machine also comes with a removable gold filter, eliminating the need to buy countless paper ones.
Our testing team noted that the item is easy to clean and take apart—an area that can occasionally be an issue for coffee makers with grinders. Two of the only downsides are the high price tag and that the machine feels a little bulky; otherwise, the Grind Control is a convenient machine that makes strong and consistent coffee.
Price at time of publication: $330
Grinder: Burr | Bean Hopper: 8 ounces | Capacity: 12 cups (60 ounces) | Dimensions: 8.5 x 12.5 x 16.3 inches | Warranty: 1-year limited
"The coffee I brewed with The Grind Control coffee maker tasted fresh every time. Its ability to grind fresh beans right before brewing is a key component of its excellent brews." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Black+Decker CM5000B 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffee Maker
Grinder and filter combined for easy cleaning
Prone to leaking
The Black + Decker Mill and Brew delivers freshly ground coffee at an affordable price. One major reason it's cheaper than most coffee makers with grinders is because it has a blade grinder instead of a burr grinder. Experts widely prefer burr grinders because they are more consistent and produce less heat when grinding. But even though this Black + Decker model doesn't have the best grinder out there, our experts still found it suitable. Their main criticism is that it's fairly loud, rather than any larger issues like that the grounds come out uneven. Expect to lose a little flavor in comparison to higher-end models.
Our team found several other benefits that make this machine worth purchasing, one of which is its ease of use. Large, well-labeled buttons make it intuitive, while the removable filter and grinder are simple to clean in the sink, with no need to brush out grounds from difficult-to-reach places. The brew basket is top-rack dishwasher safe. A clear window lets you see how much water is in the machine, so you’ll always be sure you have enough for the next brew. The grinder can be turned off easily if you want to use pre-ground beans, while the strength selector lets you choose from three different coffee strengths.
Price at time of publication: $100
Grinder: Blade | Bean Hopper: Designed for one full carafe | Capacity: 12 cups (60 ounces) | Dimensions: 13 x 11 x 16 inches | Warranty: 2-year limited
"The grinder is loud but worked quickly. The grinding/brewing works in tandem, so once you start grinding the beans, the machine automatically starts brewing the coffee."
Cuisinart DGB-850WS Grind & Brew 10-Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe
Adjustable grind size and coffee strength
Carafe doesn't pour out all the coffee
Not the most attractive design
The best place to start a review of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Thermal Coffeemaker is with a feature that helps users start their mornings: the 24-programmable function. You can program the machine in the evening and be greeted by a fresh cup of coffee in the morning, right when you wake up. The 10-cup carafe is thermal, so it can keep coffee at the ideal temperature even if you sleep in late.
The brewing device is equipped with a burr grinder, which is superior to the cheaper alternative of blade grinders. The grind size is adjustable, letting users tinker with flavor preferences from bolder to milder pots of joe. For those always in a hurry, there's a pause feature so you can pour your first cup before brewing is complete. The hopper holds a half-pound of beans, and it has a lid to keep the beans fresh before grinding. The machine comes with a permanent gold filter for the grounds and includes a water filter to remove impurities before brewing.
As far as taste goes, our tester called it a strong, classic cup of coffee—exactly what you picture when thinking of drip coffee. It took 7 minutes, 13 seconds for the pot to finish brewing, which leans slightly toward the slower side but isn't too bad.
Price at time of publication: $230
Grinder: Burr | Bean Hopper: 8 ounces | Capacity: 10 cups (50 ounces) | Dimensions: 8.27 x 11.61 x 16.34 inches | Warranty: 3-year limited
"This performed well, though it brewed a little slowly. It's a pretty quiet machine, and the beep to end brew was very quiet."
Best for Espresso
Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Reliable steam wand
Potential learning curve
Requires regular cleaning
The Breville Barista Express is versatile, long-lasting, and stylish. While there might be a small learning curve involved, it's easy to brew rich espresso shots with the café-worthy group head. A built-in steam wand allows for delicious lattes and cappuccinos. In fact, the wand is so advanced that you can even make microfoam designs on top of your drink like a real barista. "Microfoam is basically thousands or millions of very small bubbles that form through the steaming process," says Paulo Asi. "If you're trying to make microfoam at home, be sure to heat up the milk first, then run the milk frother. It won’t work if it’s not heated up."
The bean grinder uses conical burrs, so it's stronger and more consistent than a steel blade grinder. There's also an easy-to-use dial that lets you choose the coarseness of your grind, which you typically want on the finer side for espresso.
The Barista Express is fairly expensive, but the quality justifies the price. The item has received glowing comments from thousands of happy customers, as well as among our testing crew. One of our testers said the machine made excellent espresso drinks with a rich crema every single time.
Price at time of publication: $750
Grinder: Burr | Bean Hopper: 8 ounces | Capacity: Single serve | Dimensions: 12.8 x 12.2 x 13.1 inches | Warranty: 1-year limited
"After we figured out our settings, each drink we made was effortlessly delicious." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
De'Longhi Dinamica with LatteCrema
Multiple drink options
Takes up counter space
When your coffee of choice is espresso or espresso-based drinks, this machine lets you grind, brew, and make creamy lattes or cappuccinos with ease. As the name suggests, the De'Longhi Dinamica with LatteCrema is of café quality. Its conical burr grinder is perfect for espresso grinds and doesn’t overheat the beans or leave behind any unsavory flavors. The grinder is also one of the quietest that we tested, which is an added bonus. If you have pre-ground beans, you can bypass the grinder and just brew.
While the price is certainly expensive, this coffee maker is super-automatic, so it handles so much of the brewing process for you. It can whip up 18 different drinks, including iced coffee, at the touch of a button. The milk frother is strong enough to handle all kinds of milk, including oat and almond milk, and it's dishwasher-safe when you're finished.
The main issue we came across is that the Dinamica may take some time to understand. Our testers said that it wasn't intuitive and that initial setup was fairly rigorous, partially due to the machine's sophistication and number of features that are offered, and once you get through any initial hiccups it's no longer difficult. All in all, this is a top-of-the-line product from a trusted brand.
Price at time of publication: $1,400
Grinder: Burr | Bean Hopper: 10.5 ounces | Capacity: Single serve | Dimensions: 16.9 x 9.3 x 13.7 inches | Warranty: 2 years (3 years if product is registered)
"While this isn't the easiest or most intuitive to use, the grinder is quiet, and it has a rinse cycle setting to clean on its own. There are lots of steps and buttons to press, so prior knowledge on espresso-making is required. Initial setup was difficult, but once completed, you don't have to tamp down the grind; it automatically does that for you."
Cuisinart SS-GB1 Coffee Center Grind & Brew Plus
Compatible with pods and whole bean coffee
Easy to use and clean
Great for beginners and longtime coffee drinkers
The Cuisinart Coffee Center Grind and Brew Plus is the best of both worlds. It has a 12-cup pot for when you want coffee around all day or for the whole family, and it takes coffee pods, including K-Cups, when you're in the mood for a single cup. That's not even mentioning the built-in grinder, which leads to a fresher taste and more flavor.
We naturally encountered some drawbacks when testing the coffee maker but still recommend it overall. First, it uses a blade grinder instead of a burr grinder, which is less consistent and much louder than many alternatives we tested. The whole device feels a little bulky too, largely as a result of having the pod-compatible brewer on one side. It took about nine minutes to brew a full pot of coffee, which was one of the longest times out of more than 20 different coffee makers.
The pros outweigh the cons, though. The coffee is bold on both sides of the machine, and the full pot measured 188 degrees when we poured the first cup, which was the hottest that we tested. It's also reasonably priced for a coffee maker with a grinder, let alone one that works with pods, too.
Price at time of publish: $230
Grinder: Blade | Bean Hopper: 7 ounces | Capacity: 12 cups | Dimensions: 10.75 x 11.73 x 15.93 inches | Warranty: 3-year limited
"I loved that this was so easy to use—it's a great starter pot for those looking for carafe and pod capabilities. It brews and grinds automatically. The grinder is very loud, but overall, it makes a nice cup of coffee and is very easy to clean,"
Miele CM 5310 Silence Automatic Coffee Maker & Espresso Machine
Tasty, customizable drinks
Quiet burr grinder
Easy to use and clean
Powerful milk frothing
The Miele CM5310 Silence is an upgraded version of the Miele CM5300 Series, which we also recommended after testing. This time, our testing team gave the Miele CM5310 Silence an even higher rating than the previous model, commending its design, performance, and ease of cleaning, all of which makes it our top super-automatic coffee maker. What does super-automatic mean? Well, it denotes a device that handles every step of the coffee-making process for you, from grinding beans to brewing. They are generally expensive but have a variety of customizable features and can brew both coffee and espresso drinks. The Miele CM5310 Silence fits this description.
The high-end coffee maker offers more than 10 drink options and has the ability to brew 40 ounces of drip-style coffee. We found that the machine works fairly quick, too, taking 22 seconds to brew an espresso shot, which is on the faster side of all espresso makers that we tested. Miele also accomplished its goal of making the CM5310 Silence quiet when grinding by adding excellent soundproofing around the burrs.
Even though the sleek, minimalist machine may look confusing, it's surprisingly straightforward and can save the coffee preferences of multiple users for quicker, easier selections. It's certainly a splurge pick but one that we recommend and that users can trust for years and years.
Price at time of publish: $1,700
Grinder: Burr | Bean Hopper: 7 ounces | Capacity: Up to 40 ounces | Dimensions: 9.5 x 14.25 x 18.125 inches | Warranty: 2-year limited
The Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker has everything you could want in a drip machine with a built-in grinder. It's programmable and compact and has a burr grinder instead of a cheaper blade grinder. Those who are interested in a slightly more affordable option may prefer the Cuisinart DGB-850 Grind & Brew Coffeemaker
How We Tested
We purchased 24 popular and top-rated coffee makers with built-in grinders and tested them side by side in our Lab. Some tests were quantifiable—we measured coffee temperature and the time it took to brew a full pot. In other tests our team of experts rated key areas on a five-point scale. Key areas that we assessed include: performance, design, and ease of cleaning. From there, we whittled down the best options to present the list above, full of products that we recommend and that you can trust to brew fresh, consistent coffee.
Other Options We Tested
- Gevi 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker with Grinder: This coffee maker is a solid, well-rounded option, but it doesn't stand out enough to include on the list. Our product tester says it's easy to use and enjoyed the coffee it brews; however, there are alternatives at a similar or even cheaper price that offer the same performance.
- Chefman Grind and Brew Coffee Maker: While the affordable price tag and compact design are appealing, this little brewer didn't perform well enough in our testing process to recommend it. It's hard to clean, and the blade grinder doesn't noticeably improve the flavor of the coffee.
- Krups Grind and Brew KM785: Testers in our Lab were disappointed by the taste of the coffee from this machine. On top of weak and watery coffee, it took almost 10 minutes to brew a full pot, which was one of the longest intervals we came across in the testing process.
What to Look for in a Coffee Maker with Grinder
Burr vs. Blade
Coffee grinders will use either burrs or blades. Burrs are the far-superior option, as they offer a more even and consistent grind; they also don't produce as much heat, so the coffee's taste isn't altered when grinding. However, burr grinders are significantly more expensive. The decision may come down to your budget. Luckily, both burrs and blades make each pot of coffee a little fresher.
Coffee makers with grinders can also come equipped with a variety of other features. Some have all kinds of bells and whistles, from automatic shut-offs to flavor strength and even temperature control. Other machines are simpler but still make delicious coffee. If you’re looking for convenience, be prepared to pay the price for advanced models.
While larger-capacity coffee makers generally sound more appealing, a 14-cup carafe might not always be best for your coffee needs, especially if you only drink one or two cups a day. Consider the number of coffee drinkers in your home, as well as your own coffee intake. If you're primarily purchasing a drip machine for personal use, keep an eye out for items with 1- to 4-cup setting.
What is the difference between a blade grinder and a burr grinder?
Coffee grinders fall into one of two categories: blade or burr. Blade grinders rely on a spinning metal blade to chop up coffee beans, almost like a blender. They are less consistent than burr grinders and are subsequently much cheaper. Blades can also create a lot of heat when in use, which may alter the flavor of your coffee beans. Burr grinders, on the other hand, are known as the more reliable and higher-quality option. In turn, they are significantly more expensive. There are two kinds of burr grinders, wheel and conical, both of which essentially crush coffee beans to your desired grind size. Conical burrs are considered superior, because they are a little smoother, slower, and quieter than wheel burrs. There are great options for both blade and burr grinders, but try going with the latter if your budget permits.
What grind size should I use for my coffee maker?
Every coffee maker has its own ideal grind size, ranging from fine to coarse. Machines that work best with fine-ground coffee include Turkish coffee makers, espresso machines, and moka pots. Moving to a medium grind, we have drip coffee makers, pour overs, and the AeroPress. Chemex owners will want to use a medium-coarse grind. Finally, popular devices that use coarse coffee include French presses, percolators, and cold brew makers. Grind size is not always so straightforward, however. Some brewers produce better coffee with slightly finer or coarser grounds than what is listed. It’s worth experimenting on your own to find the perfect grind.
How do I clean a coffee grinder?
The process for cleaning a grinder that's built into a coffee maker is different from cleaning a separate grinder. Sometimes you can't access a grinder that's built into a machine. In those instances, consult the item's instruction manual beforehand. At the very least, you should be able to brush away loose grounds and coffee chaff from the top of the grinder.
If you are able to access or completely remove the grinder, the cleaning process will be more thorough. Blade grinders can be wiped with a damp towel, while burr grinders should be cleaned with a dry cloth. Make sure to remove as many loose grounds as possible to ensure better performance and flavor with your next brew.
For those who own a separate coffee grinder, the cleaning process once again depends on blade versus burr. One popular way to clean a blade grinder is to fill the device with one-fourth cup of rice and grind until the rice becomes a fine powder. Afterward, empty the rice, and wipe inside the grinder with a wet cloth. This is a handy trick, because rice soaks up leftover coffee oils and residue from previous brews. Burr grinders should be disassembled and scrubbed with a toothbrush or bottle brush. Avoid cleaning burrs with water unless otherwise specified.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He typically uses non-electric coffee makers at home, alternating between the Bialetti Moka Express and the Bodum Brazil French Press. For this piece, he researched the differences between blade and burr grinders. He also tested the Gevi 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, which did not make the list.
Paulo Asi is the Director of Training at the Seattle Barista Academy. He has worked in the coffee industry for more than 12 years. Founded in 2013, the Seattle Barista Academy is a multi-dimensional program that trains baristas who are committed to the professional preparation of espresso drinks.