What is the best coffee maker with built-in grinder? I’ve already revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular models on the market. Then I throw away the bad and compiled a short list of reviews for the best of them.
First, I threw out the coffee makers with blade grinders because the burr grinders provide better ground consistency which has an enormous impact on the final cup. Then I grouped the coffee makers into two categories with respect to espresso-based drink and regular drip coffee lovers.
Every model has a mini-review with a brief description of all the main features. This will save you time and get you right to your coffee cup. Unlike most online shops you will be provided with actual dimensions rather than the inbox ones. Now let’s see what we’ve got
DeLonghi Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine, ESAM3300
Super-automatic espresso machine on the lower price range with great customization of the final cup. ESAM3300 has the best options for the money among the super-automatic models and is very handy to operate because everything is accessible from the front of the machine, including the water tank.
It is not designed for programming a delayed brew at mornings, but it automates a lot of extra operations comparing to manual or semi-automatic coffee makers. Once configured, it will grind and brew for you again and again with just a key press.
ESAM3300 is compact and very easy to manage in limited space. It has a huge 60 oz water tank that you can fill from the front. Measured as: 14″ high, 16″ depth and 11″ width – it can be used under a cabinet that sits at least 18″ above the counter.
The double boiler system heats fast and evenly, which reduces your wait time between cups and guarantees the ideal temperature while brewing. Coupled with water tank size and it’s handy design, the ESAM3300 is often used in small offices and known as capable of serving 20 cups per day easily.
You can adjust the fineness of the ground coffee with the built-in burr grinder. But as any super-automatic, it is not friendly to the oily beans. The manufacturer recommends a medium roast. You also can temporarily turn the grinder off and put ground coffee in a separate channel. It may be useful if you need a different sort or you’ve asked for a cup of decaf coffee.
Inside the box, you will find an instruction manual, an instructional DVD, warranty information, one water quality testing strip, and a bottle of descaler along with the machine. Coffee beans and water is all you need for a start.
Breville Grind Control Drip Coffee Maker, BDC650BSS
The only drip coffee maker with built-in grinder that utilizes the current progress in electronic and usability while competitors look outdated. It has a relatively silent burr grinder, is fully automatic and programmable, preheats the water and is equipped with a water level sensor, so you don’t have to worry about spilled coffee.
Well, finally! This coffee maker senses the water level electronically and displays it on its LCD. Selecting cups greater than the level in the water tank will make the LCD display “fill tank” message and flas the water tank symbol. You will also hear a beep when the water level is lower than the current brew size setting.
You can also calibrate the grind amount if you have scales with 1 g measurement increment or better. All you need is to report measured weight back to the coffee maker after it makes a test grind.
You can switch from ounces to milliliters by pressing and holding two middle knobs, “cup” and “strength”. I found this very useful when switching from the “carafe” to “single cup” mode because this allows adjustment to any mag size. But this feature is not listed in the user manual.
The grinding fineness has 6 level settings. And you also may choose from 8 strength levels, controlling the coffee amount used while brewing. Including the grinder calibration feature listed above – this brings a great control over the final cup. If you want you can disable the buil-in grinder and put pre-ground coffee in the basket.
12-Cup (60oz) water tank has a flip-top lid and is accessible from the front of the coffee maker. BDC650BSS has no charcoal filter. The thermal carafe means no heating plate but its decent quality and keeps the coffee hot for a long time.
This coffee maker comes with reusable gold-tone filter, cleaning brush, carafe, and an instruction pamphlet. It is conveniently compatible with 8-12 Cup Flat Bottom paper filters. Measured as: 9 inches wide, 12 inches deep and 17¼ inches tall.
Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL
Semi-automatic espresso machine with better overall build quality than anything else at the price. It is equipped with15 bar pump, conical burr grinder, precise PID temperature controller, and adjustment of temperature up or down 4°F in 2-degree increments. BES870XL shows greater results than most of the more expensive espresso machines.
BES870XL brings excellent control over the final result and may be considered as the best affordable machine, but to operate it, you need to know about espresso extraction first. This means some learning curve for beginners. If you just need an easy espresso drink without heading to the nearest coffee shop, I would recommend a super-automatic model like DeLonghi ESAM3300.
BES870XL model comes with pressurized and non-pressurized versions of a single and double cup filters, so you will be able to make a good shot even if you are a beginner.
The version with a pressurized filter allows a higher error rate when customizing grind amount and grind settings. Whereas non-pressurized filters present more chellenge for people who already mastered the fine art of espresso.
BES870XL has been improved over its predecessor, the 860 model. The redesigned sealed bean hopper is easy to remove and has a capacity of ½ lb. Now you have more control over the temperature, and more precise PID temperature regulator manages the constancy. Breville added a hot water dispenser, an auto shut-off function and gave more watts power to the heating element of this model.
The built-in conical stainless steel grinder grinds well enough for espresso, has 16 grind settings that allow you to fine-tune your grind size and dial in that perfect shot.
The BES870XL Barista Express dimensions are 13¼ inches wide, 12½ inches deep and 15¾ inches tall.
Capresso CoffeeTeam 10-Cup Digital Drip Coffee Maker, 465 TS & 464 GS Models
The drip coffee maker with a built-in grinder that offers to choose from glass or stainless-steel carafe. TS model has a thermal carafe and no heating plate. GS model comes with a glass carafe and will heat your coffee almost for 2 hours after the brewing.
The burr grinder is relatively loud and has five grind settings. You can select from fine to coarse, just rotate it’s 6-ounce bean hopper. If you wish you can turn off the grinder and put pre-ground coffee in the basket.
The strength can be adjusted with the “Aroma” button by selecting one of three possible values. As a result, the grinder will grind less of more coffee, depending on the cups amount you have chosen.
Unlike the more pricey Breville BDC650BSS, this model will brew coffee until the water container is empty. That is because previous generation coffee machines do not have a water level sensor inside their tanks. Sure, this is another way to tune the strength of your coffee, but it’s 2020, for god’s sake! Still, it’s a decent model for the money.
Capresso CoffeeTeam comes with a reusable gold-tone filter, is programmable for a delayed brew and has a charcoal filter for tap water. Measured as: 9½ inches wide, 10 inches deep and 15½ inches tall.
Cuisinart Grind & Brew Thermal 12-Cup Automatic Drip Coffee Maker, DGB-900BC
This automatic drip coffee maker with a built-in burr grinder has been on the market for more than ten years. You can program it for a delayed brew. It also comes with a thermal carafe, reusable coffee filter and has a water filter inside the tank, but its grinder is pretty loud.
The Cuisinart went with this model for a long time. Meanwhile, other models were discontinued and “new and improved” replacement models were released, others were redesigned. Finally, they put DGB-900BC in the discontinued section on their website, but you can still find it in stocks and available for purchase.
Well, in 2020, DGB-900BC is not looking so impressive anymore. But it’s still worth a try mainly because it costs about twice less than a modern Breville BDC650BSS and does the job pretty well.
The burr grinder is relatively loud and comes with 8 oz (ca. 302 g) bean hopper. There is no knob to adjust the grind fineness. You can choose from three coffee strength settings and ask the machine to brew more or fewer caps than you have water in the tank. It’s only a matter of changing coffee to water proportions. Turn the grinder off if you want to put pre-ground coffee in the basket.
DGB-900BC has a reusable gold-tone basket-style filter which can save you some money on disposable paper filters. This coffee maker brews from 2 to 12 cups and alerts you with a “beep” sound when finished. Measured as: 8¼ inches wide, 10 inches deep and 15½ inches tall.