A grind and brew coffee maker combines the convenience of a drip coffee maker with the deliciousness of freshly ground coffee. It is the best of both worlds, offering some of the best-tasting coffee you can get. You get a coffee maker with a grinder built in that freshly grinds whole beans and brews them for you, resulting in exceptional taste. Our team conducted over 20 grind and brew coffee maker reviews to find the best coffee maker with a grinder for your kitchen. We have brewed, sipped, and endured caffeine jitters to find a perfect, money-saving alternative to the bestselling but pricey Breville Grind Control, from a “stud” coffee appliance company.
Our winning alternative is the Cuisinart Grind and Brew--we know it is still a “brand,” but it is also the best affordable alternative to the Breville Grind Control you can currently buy. It is cheap and works great! Both options use high-end burr grinders and come with optional permanent filters, programmable brew times, stainless steel carafes, similar capacities, and the option of using pre-ground coffee. Get excited about incredibly fresh and delicious coffee!
The Breville Grind Control coffee maker with built in grinder has a few differences from the Cuisinart Grind and Brew: grind texture adjustment options, more brew strength settings, and the option to brew right into cups and travel mugs with or without the removable drip tray. It also has a detailed, informative LCD and comes with a handy brush for cleaning out the hopper and grinder. It has a shorter warranty though and is also bigger and heavier than the Cuisinart machine. Plus, the price tag requires a strong cup of Joe to handle. If you like having a variety of options for grinding and brewing and don’t mind reading the manual a few times, the Breville coffee maker is one of the best grind and brew coffee makers out there. We recommend it to pro-level home baristas who do not mind paying a little extra.
The Cuisinart Grind and Brew is smaller and lighter despite having the same reservoir and hopper capacities as the Breville coffee maker. It also comes with a longer warranty and an included charcoal water filter for better-tasting coffee. Plus, the affordable price of this product will put a big smile on coffee lovers’ faces. It takes a similar time to brew as the Breville coffee maker and has a simpler but useful LCD screen. Because the brew pause feature is automatically induced when you remove the stainless steel carafe, you cannot brew into cups or travel mugs like you can with the Breville machine, which requires you to push a button to pause the brew. The solution? Just brew into the carafe and pour. All in all, the Cuisinart Grind and Brew is a simpler machine but is very close to the Breville machine’s specs.
The Breville coffee maker has a 12 cup reservoir for brewing smaller amounts of coffee at a time. Standard cups are eight to 12 ounces, so this works well.
The Cuisinart coffee maker also has a 12 cup reservoir for brewing 1 or 2 cups if you do not want a full carafe. Regular coffee cups hold eight to 12 ounces.
The Breville coffee maker can hold about half a pound (or eight ounces) of whole beans in its hopper, which locks closed to maintain freshness.
The Cuisinart has the same eight ounces/half pound capacity and has a sealed lid to keep out moisture, so the beans stay fresh. This comparison is a tie.
The Breville coffee maker has an option for using pre-ground coffee (gasp!), which just makes the machine skip the grinding process and go right to brewing from the basket.
You can also use the Cuisinart coffee maker with pre-ground coffee for those days when you do not have time to grind whole beans, though it only takes a few seconds.
The Breville coffee maker has eight strength settings which adjust the amount of coffee that’s ground and the overall brew strength. If you like to be able to finetune the strength of your coffee in detail, you may prefer the Breville machine.
The Cuisinart coffee maker has three strength settings. You guessed it - they are mild, medium, and strong. They work on the same concept as the Breville coffee maker, and many people prefer the simpler selection process.
The Breville coffee maker takes a little over three minutes for cups eight to 20 ounces and about eight minutes for a full 12 cup carafe.
The Cuisinart coffee maker has a very similar but slightly faster range of three to seven minutes for cups and a whole carafe, respectively.
The Breville coffee maker has an adjustable stainless steel burr grinder with six settings to adjust the coarseness or fineness of the grind - the manufacturer recommends starting on setting three and then adjusting for beans of different origins and sizes.
The Cuisinart coffee maker also has an adjustable stainless steel burr, but the settings adjust the amount of grinds produced (based on how much you are brewing) rather than changing the ground texture. It is a unique approach but works very well.
You can program the Breville coffee maker to start grinding and brewing at a certain time automatically. This is perfect for early mornings, coffee in bed on Sundays, and everything in between.
The Cuisinart coffee maker also has a programmable auto start feature, so you can have fresh coffee ready in the morning whenever you want to. It is a great feature to have and extremely convenient on a daily basis.
You can pause the Breville coffee maker by pushing a button on the control panel to pour yourself a cup from the carafe before the brewing process is finished. It is a handy feature to have, though most people will likely not use it frequently.
The Cuisinart coffee maker automatically pauses brewing when you remove the carafe during a brew cycle and starts again when the carafe is put back. So it is easy to drink some freshly made coffee right away while waiting for the rest to brew.
The Breville coffee maker’s grinder and hopper need to be brushed out periodically, and the carafe should be hand washed. The Breville machine is easy to clean overall and scores a bonus point for coming with its own brush.
The Cuisinart coffee maker requires similar maintenance and is very simple to clean. The carafe should be hand washed, and the grinder and hopper should be brushed out. The Cuisinart coffee maker does not include a brush, but you can find cheap ones here.
The Breville coffee maker can be used with paper filters, but it also comes with its own permanent gold tone basket filter. You cannot integrate a water filter with the machine, so you will need to filter your water separately. This is a definite downside compared to the Cusinieart, which includes a high-end charcoal water filter.
The Cuisinart coffee maker also comes with a permanent gold tone basket filter and an excellent, replaceable charcoal water filter. Replacement filters are inexpensive (you can find them here) and having a dedicated water filter makes much better tasting coffee.
The Breville coffee maker comes with a thermal stainless steel carafe. You can use a glass carafe, but the drip tray lacks a heating element, so the stainless steel carafe keeps your coffee nice and warm for longer without burning it.
The Cuisinart coffee maker also has a thermal stainless steel carafe - again, with no heating element in the drip tray. Your coffee comes out at the perfect temperature but needs a little help to stay that way, so a thermal carafe is a perfect choice.
You can brew right into a cup, or remove the drip tray to provide a 7.5-inch height clearance to brew into a travel mug. As long as you have your settings right, this is a handy advantage when you are in a hurry. The lack of a heating element in the tray is a plus since you do not have to worry about your cup or mug melting.
With the Cuisinart coffee maker, you have to use the carafe regardless of how much coffee you are making. This is a tradeoff for the automatic brew pause feature. To be honest, it is only a small downside, however. Just brew and pour. Still, if you want the highest level of convenience, the Breville machine comes out slightly ahead of the Cuisinart machine.
The Breville coffee maker has an LCD screen that gives you quite a bit of information: time of day, water level, grind size, brew strength, grinding and brewing time estimates, and other selected settings. If you like having a complex, thorough display, the Breville coffee maker is an excellent option that gives you extra control.
The Cuisinart coffee maker has a simpler LCD that shows the time of day and strength setting by default, but also shows all program settings at the touch of a button. If you prefer a simple and easy to read display, you will like the Cuisinart coffee maker. It is not as impressive as the Breville’s display, but it gets the job done quicker.
At 9 x 14 x 17 inches, the Breville coffee maker takes up more space than the Cuisinart coffee maker, and has a width that’s 5.6 inches longer. If you want to conserve countertop space, the Cuisinart coffee maker is a better option.
The Cuisinart coffee maker measures 10.7 x 8.4 x 16.2 inches. Being more petite than the Breville coffee maker, it is a better choice for cramped kitchens, busy offices, and apartment spaces where space is limited.
The Breville coffee maker weighs 16 pounds. Combined with its size, this makes the Breville coffee maker less portable than the Cuisinart coffee maker. You will likely not carry your beloved coffee maker too much, but lighter is still better.
The Cuisinart coffee maker weighs 10 pounds, so it is easier to pack or move around than the Breville coffee maker when you need to. A lighter coffee machine is more convenient, though you will likely not take it for a daily walk, no matter how much you like it.
The Breville coffee maker comes with a one-year limited warranty. If you are confident about your purchase, this shorter warranty period might not be an issue. Personally, we prefer the excellent three-year warranty that Cusineart offers.
The Cuisinart coffee maker has a three-year limited warranty, which is an excellent safeguard if you are worried about possible defects in the future. We appreciate the peace of mind that comes with that warranty length, plus it shows the product’s quality.