If there’s one thing that most of us are unwilling to sacrifice when it comes to our morning routine, it’s coffee. In fact, more than half of the entire American population start their day with a jolt of java, per the National Coffee Association, and it doesn’t look like those statistics are changing any time soon. What’s more, with few of us actually going into an office during the work week, we’re more dependent on home-brewed coffee than ever before. This emphasizes the need for quality and reliable coffee makers that can churn out a cup of Joe that resembles the fancy and expensive ones we used to pick up on our way to work.
One thing that makes café-bought coffee so good is the fact that it’s almost always freshly ground, which is something you can easily do at home—just as long as you have a coffee grinder handy. Problem solved when you purchase a coffee maker that comes with a grinder attachment, streamlining the whole bean-to-brew process, so you can get that sweet, steaming bean water into your cup faster.
Now, deciding what coffee maker/grinder combo to buy can be tough—especially if you haven’t had your cup morning cup of caffeine yet. Luckily, we did the hard work for you. Below are eight coffee makers with grinders that will get you a deliciously fresh cup of java every time, for every budget and preference.
Best coffee makers with grinders, at a glance:
Breville, Grind Control Coffee Maker — $314.00
Though this coffee maker is on the expensive side, reviewers say it’s worth every penny. It has a built-in grinder that allows you to select the coarseness of the grind as well as the strength of the coffee itself. You can set the time you’d like it to start grinding and brewing in the morning (or afternoon) and set it to brew into either the carafe or cup using the “Steep and Release” technology. Reviewers also appreciate the easy-to-read LCD display that shows grind setting, grind time, as well as how many cups of coffee you’ve selected to brew.
Pros: Brews right into cup, lets you choose coffee strength, features “Steep and Release” technology.
Cons: Requires frequent cleaning, overflows and spills often, expensive.
GE, Classic Drip 12-Cup Coffee Maker — $59.00
It’s not easy finding a quality coffee maker clad with a built-in grinder for such an affordable price, but this one has rave reviews and a sleek, modern look that will serve as a welcomed addition on your countertop. You can choose between regular or bold brew options to customize the taste of your coffee and program the machine 24 hours in advance. Thanks to the non-stick carafe, the coffee stays warm while it’s sitting in the machine. And if you have to stop the pour for whatever reason, a “Pause Brew” function lets you stop a cycle mid-way.
Pros: Reliable and trusted brand, made from durable stainless steel, allows you to choose brew strength.
Cons: Gets dirty easily, overdrips often.
Best on Amazon
Cuisinart, DGB-400 Automatic Grind and Brew 12-Cup Coffee Maker — $96.00
This sleek and versatile coffee maker comes with a built-in automatic grinder that turns whole coffee beans into freshly ground coffee that’s ready to brew. You can program it to run 24 hours in advance and the automatic shutoff turns the machine off when not in use within 0-4 hours, depending on your choosing. The carafe can hold up to 12 cups of coffee and is made of stainless steel with a dripless spout. The machine comes with a reusable coffee filter as well as a built-in charcoal water filter to keep the brew nice and fresh.
Pros:24-hour programmability, automatic grinder, built-in charcoal water filter.
Cons: Cannot choose coffee strength, can overflow easily, requires frequent cleaning.
De’Longhi, ECAM35075SI Dinamica with LatteCrema Fully Automatic Espresso Machine — $1,300.00
If sky’s the limit when it comes to budget, check out this impressive piece of equipment. With the simple touch of a button, this machine can whip up just about any coffee drink, freshly brewed right then and there—we’re talking lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, iced coffees, macchiato, flat whites and more. It has a built-in conical burr grinder complete with 13 settings so you can grind and brew coffee exactly to your liking.
Pros: Fully customizable, easy to clean, dual heating system, intuitive LCD display.
Cons: Expensive, stops mid-brew if water levels not high enough.
Cuisinart, Grind & Brew Plus — $230.00
For maximum versatility, you can’t go wrong with this coffee grinder and brewer complete with a K-cup machine attached right to it. Sometimes you want a freshly-brewed cup of coffee, but other times you want the convenience and quickness of a K-cup coffee maker—and this machine gives you the opportunity to use either, depending on your preference. With a K-cup, you can get three single-serve sizes (8 oz., 10 oz., or 12 oz.), or brew a 12-cup carafe with the grinder. It’s fully programmable with 24-hour advance brewing and 1-4 cup settings.
Pros: Fully programmable, lets you use K-cups, you can choose your serving size.
Cons: Overflows easily, no display water level for pod side.
Best for Small Spaces
PowerXL, Grind & Go Coffee Maker — $47.00
If you are looking for a coffee maker with a grinder that won’t take up too much counter space—and don’t mind the fact that this only churns out one single cup of coffee at a time—this could be a great option for you. It’s small and compact, but features 2-in-1 auto brew programming that lets you schedule the machine to grind up whole beans for that fresh-coffee flavor. It works fast, efficiently and is affordable.
Pros: Compact, easy to use, affordable, automatic shut-off features.
Cons: Can only brew single cups, not as durable as competitors.
Best Coffee and Espresso Combo
De’Longhi, ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine — $750.00
Featuring a professional burr grinder with 13 adjustable settings, you can expect to get the freshest-tasting cup of coffee each time you whip one up with this professional-grade machine. It includes a manual frother for steaming and mixing milk and an adjustable cappuccino system for creating lattes or flat whites. Cleaning is easy—just extract the brew unit and drip tray.
Pros: Easy to use, features frothing system, easy to clean.
Cons: Noisy, takes up a lot of space, expensive.
Easiest to Use
Black+Decker, 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffeemaker — $70.00
This coffee machine might not be the most high-tech model, but it’s simple and easy to use, which is a plus on an early morning when you’re still half asleep. It includes most of the features that its competitors do, including auto brew and auto shutoff, a built-in grinder, the ability to brew 12 cups at once and strength customization so you can make your coffee exactly how you like it.
Pros: Easy to use, affordable, 24-hour programmability.
Cons: No single-serve option, not as durable as other brands.
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