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The Best Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

March 24, 2016
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Based on 11,518 analyzed reviews

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NerdWallet’s scoring of the best grind and brew coffee makers is based on our analysis of the opinions of experts and shoppers like you.

There are many things to consider when choosing a coffee maker. Do you need a single-serve brewer or one that makes 12 cups at a time? Do you like your coffee strong, weak or in between?

Helping you make a decision is where we come in. We analyzed the most popular coffee makers on the market to help you purchase the right one for you.

To narrow down the field, we looked at expert opinions from review sites such as The Sweethome, CNET and Good Housekeeping. We then analyzed user reviews to get their opinions on each coffee maker’s high and low points.

We recognize that consumers look for different qualities in coffee makers, so we created scores based on user observations of a handful of different features, including ease of use, coffee quality and cleaning.

Our analysis

Our final coffee maker scores run from a low of 1 to a high of 10. Here’s how we came up with the numbers:

Overall score: This score shows reviewers’ overall satisfaction with the coffee maker as a whole across 11 criteria, including ease of use, coffee quality, coffee maker design, size and durability, among others.

Coffee quality: This score, which factors into the overall score, reflects reviewers’ satisfaction with the quality of coffee the maker produces. This includes coffee taste, temperature and brewing.

Ease of use: This score, which also factors into the overall score, indicates reviewers’ satisfaction with how easy the maker is to use. This includes aspects such as cleaning, setup, design and features.

These coffee makers are our top picks, ranked in order of overall score.

The coffee makers

1. Krups KM7000 10-cup Coffee Maker

With five different levels of grind to choose from, three brew strengths, and the option of making anywhere from two to 10 cups, the programmable Krups KM7000 10-Cup coffee maker makes delicious coffee, though users were unhappy with the machine’s durability.

Overall score Coffee quality Ease of use
8.14 8.9 8.0

Buyers Like

  • Produces excellent flavor, adjusts to the strength chosen
  • Easy to set up, use and clean
  • Brews quickly

Buyers Dislike

  • Machine drips, splatters and leaks
  • Poor carafe design
  • Tends to break down

2. Cuisinart DGB 700BC

The programmable Cuisinart DGB 700BC’s built-in burr grinder automatically grinds beans to your specifications and allows you to select the intensity of the brew. The machine includes a charcoal water filter and permanent gold-tone coffee filter.

Overall score Coffee quality Ease of use
7.59 9.1 7.4

Buyers Like

  • Brews rich, delicious coffee
  • Easy to use, program, clean and set up

Buyers Dislike

  • Carafe sometimes drips
  • Chute between the grinder and filter tends to clog
  • Grind basket easily falls off
  • Bulky

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