As easy as it is to simply order a cappuccino at your local coffee shop, there are downsides to this. You have to get up and dressed for a start, the price of coffee can add up quickly if you enjoy it every day, and let’s face it, no one wants to be queuing their life away every day.
If you’re keen for a creamy latte or frothy cappuccino, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home, then you need a coffee maker that’s up to scratch. A coffee maker that can brew delicious coffee as well as create, rich, foamy milk.
For the very best flavors and aromas, grinding whole coffee beans at home is absolutely the way forward. A good-quality coffee grinder can be costly to buy but you’ll be pleased to discover that some coffee makers have this built-in!
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To help you out, here are some amazing coffee machines that have milk frothers and coffee grinders built-in or included in the deal. I’ve included a wide range of price options as well as many different kinds of machines so there’s one for any skill set.
We start with the top five best options then we move on to a handy buyer’s guide to help answer any questions you may have about the different kinds of machines. Next up, we have another couple of espresso machines and finally, I’ve included some drip machines with built-in grinders. These last three options don’t include a milk frother so you would need to purchase one separately if that’s what you’re after.
- 1. Top Choice – Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
- 2. Runner Up – De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica
- 3. Easiest To Use – Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
- 4. Budget Option – Cuisinart EM-100 Stainless Steel Espresso Maker with Conical Burr Coffee Grinder Bundle
- 5. Best Super Automatic Espresso Maker – KRUPS EA8250 Fully Auto Espresso Machine
1. Top Choice – Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
- Conical Burr Grinder
- Steam Wand
- Hands-On Barista Experience
- Does Take Practice
The Breville Barista Express is one of the best coffee makers for brewing all kinds of specialty coffees. The integrated conical burr grinder expertly grinds your coffee beans without burning them or affecting the flavor at all. It has a dose-control dial so you’re in control.
You can brew single or double shots of espresso by simply pressing a button. The machine comes with automatic or manual coffee dispensing and there’s a tamper fixed right next to the coffee dispenser.
The steam wand is absolutely the best way to make high-quality lattes with a thick microfoam texture that creates rich and satisfying cups of coffee.
Because this is a hands-on espresso maker it does take practice to get coffee just right for your taste. Breville grind control coffee machines allow you to adjust the grind setting to suit whichever beans you’re using as well as control the dose delivered for single-serve or double espresso.
Steaming milk with a steam wand is absolutely the superior way to make foamy milk for cappuccino or lattes but it does take practice to get the technique. This machine works extremely well but only if you know how to use it. Be patient, play around with the settings, and in no time at all you’ll be rivaling any barista.
2. Runner Up – De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica
- Steel Burr Grinder
- Milk Frothing System
- Fully Automatic
- Ground Coffee By-Pass System
- Can’t Handle Very Dark Roast Coffee
If you prefer a less hands-on coffee brewing experience then a fully automatic coffee maker is ideal for you. The Magnifica by De’Longhi goes from bean to cup by simply pressing a button. It has a removable water tank which makes for easy filling and cleaning, a removable drip tray allows it to accommodate taller cups. There’s a waste bin at the back to catch the coffee grounds so you don’t need to manually empty the portafilter each time you brew.
There’s a fully integrated milk-frothing system that removes all the guesswork and the ‘cappuccino system’ delivers foamed milk directly to your cup. It’s not too demanding to clean and maintain and has a built-in water filter to improve the taste of your coffee. Another great feature is the by-pass system that allows you to use pre-ground coffee if you prefer or save this option for de-caff.
The main downside with this machine is that the grinder is prone to blockages especially if oily, dark roast coffee beans are used. Although these beans make great espresso they do tend to clump in the grinder. De’Longhi recommends you choose a medium roast bean to avoid this issue.
3. Easiest To Use – Philips 3200 Series Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
- 12-Step Adjustable Grinder
- Strength Control and Temperature Control
- Touch Screen Display
- Milk Frothing System
Philips wins out where it comes to ease of use with this fully automatic espresso machine. The user-friendly touch-screen interface allows you to brew coffee quickly and easily. Choose between espresso, regular coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, or just hot water to make tea.
It has adjustable brew strength settings, grinder settings, and temperature settings, and even coffee and milk length so you can customize everything about your drink. The Latte-go system froths the milk automatically and dispenses it into your mug without the need for excessive tubing. A lot of the machine parts are also dishwasher safe and this makes it easy to use and even easier to keep clean.
It is pretty pricey but you get a whole lot for your money. This machine is one of the easiest to use espresso machines out there but also gives you loads of control over the coffee you make. It’s a perfect balance of easy-to-use and customizable coffee.
4. Budget Option – Cuisinart EM-100 Stainless Steel Espresso Maker with Conical Burr Coffee Grinder Bundle
- Conical Burr Grinder Included
- Stainless Steel Steam Nozzle
- Cup Warming Plate
- 15 Bar Pump
- Low-Quality Build
If cost is the main concern then here’s a low-budget option that performs fairly well for the price asked. Cuisinart has developed this little espresso machine complete with a milk frothing wand and this option on Amazon includes a conical burr grinder. These grinders are the best for your coffee beans as they create an even grind size and don’t heat up so don’t damage the ground beans.
There’s a hot plate on top of the machine which warms up your cup as the machine is heating up so perfect for those who enjoy their coffee piping hot. The steam wand helps create lovely thick, steamed milk, perfect for lattes.
There is an issue with this machine, however. It’s the budget choice for a reason. The build quality isn’t up to par with the more expensive machines and a lot of people experience issues with the steam wand. Regardless of this, many other customers find that it works really well and the 15 bar pump means this machine can brew an incredible espresso with a little practice.
5. Best Super Automatic Espresso Maker – KRUPS EA8250 Fully Auto Espresso Machine
- Separate or Integrated Milk Froth System
- Conical Burr Grinder
- Thermoblock Heating Technology
Krups have thought of everything when it comes to super-automatic coffee makers. This espresso machine has a built-in, steel, conical burr grinder with adjustable grind settings and a sealed bean hopper. It’s easy to use thanks to the simple buttons and dials on the front of the machine and the LCD display screen.
Thermoblock heating technology is fast and efficient and the 15 bar, high-pressure pump ensures a rich and intense espresso shot. There’s hydraulic, automated tamping to give an even pressure every time. The water tank and drip tray are removable for easy cleaning.
You can opt for the separate milk steam wand or an all-in-one integrated milk froth system that delivers thick, foamy milk right into your mug.
It is fairly expensive but this machine does all the hard work for you. There’s a setting to clean the internal parts of the machine and the milk frothing jug is dishwasher safe so clean-up is a breeze.
Coffee Machine Buyer’s Guide
Espresso Machine Vs Drip Machine
The first thing to consider when choosing your ideal coffee machine is how much coffee do you need to brew at a time as well as the size of cup you enjoy. Espresso is a dark, concentrated shot of coffee that’s extremely rich in flavor but typically can only be brewed in 1-2 ounce shots. If you prefer 8-ounce servings of coffee or need enough to go around a group then a drip machine can be a better option.
Type Of Coffee
Drip machines make black, filtered coffee in larger volumes. This can be enjoyed black or with a splash of milk or creamer. Espresso machines make a thick, syrup-like, shot of coffee with a characteristic foamy crema on top. This can be enjoyed as it, topped up with hot water to give americano or steamed/frothed milk added to give all manner of specialty coffees.
Ease Of Use
Generally speaking, drip coffee makers are very easy to use. Add coffee, add water and turn on the brew cycle.
Espresso machines can vary a lot in how user-friendly they are and some models require a fair bit of experience to make a really great-tasting cup of coffee. If you’re looking for a model that’s easy to use and makes delicious espresso then you want a fully/super-automatic espresso machine.
Espresso machines generally have higher maintenance requirements compared to drip coffee makers. They have a lot more moving parts so need extra care and attention, especially the fully automated ones. If you’re looking for a low maintenance option then check the user manual before you buy or make sure you get a machine with a built-in cleaning cycle.
The top consideration when buying any new appliance is usually the cost. Coffee machines come in all shapes and sizes and the price tag can vary widely from 10s to 1000s of dollars. We have a few budget options here as well as some higher-end choices so there’s bound to be one that fits your needs.
Blade Vs Burr Grinder
Blade grinders work similarly to a food processor where they spin and roughly chop everything they contact. This gives an uneven coffee grind size so can lead to over or under-extracted coffee. The blades are also prone to heating up whilst they spin so this can actually burn the coffee beans before you even start brewing.
For best results, opt for a conical burr grinder. These use a system of cog-like burrs to evenly chop the coffee beans in a cool environment to give fresh, uniformly ground coffee, perfect for any brew method.
The design of the grinder, especially when they’re integrated with the coffee maker, matters a lot. If the beans are dispensed over the hot water part of the machine then steam can get into the grinder and cause clumping of beans leading to clogging. It may also facilitate mold growing over a long period of time. Opt for a machine with a sealed bean hopper to lock in freshness and check the reviews to make sure clogging isn’t listed as a concern with your chosen coffee machine.
Milk Frother Jug vs Steam Wand
The choice of milk frother jug vs steam wand really comes down to personal preference. The frothing jugs do all the work for you so require little skill. They tend to aerate the milk more so give a looser froth texture and they can be prone to mechanical issues.
Steam wands give the best, thickest texture to the milk but do require some technique to perfect that microfoam for latte art. These are a better option if you want real coffee-shop-type drinks at home but can be a bit more pricey, especially the well-made ones.
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6. Capresso EC100 Pump Espresso Machine
- Dual Frother
- Conical Burr Grinder Included
- 15 Bar Pump
- Only Single Shot Espresso
Here’s another compact coffee maker for a low cost. Capresso has simplified the espresso machine right back to the essentials. There’s a 15-bar, high-pressure pump to ensure optimal coffee extraction. This option comes with a separate conical burr grinder which is handy if you like to brew coffee using other methods like a French press.
All you need to do is grind your coffee beans, add them to the portafilter, tamp down and fix it to the group head. As your coffee brews, there’s an auto-rinse cycle going through the internal components of the machine to help keep it clean and in good working order.
There is a steam wand attachment for silky-smooth textured milk and this comes with a detachable sleeve so you can choose if you want to use the steel wand for lattes or the plastic tube sleeve for more aerated textured milk for cappuccino.
This bundle comes with a tamper and steel milk frothing jug so everything you need to get started. The downside is that the portafilter basket is only sized for a single shot so you can’t up the amount of coffee.
7. Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker
Brand: Mr. Coffee
- Milk Frothing System
- 19 Bar Italian Pump
- Thermocouple Heating System
- Very Loud
Simple and effective are the two words that sum up the Mr. Coffee One-Touch Coffeehouse. This machine does all the work for you, all you need to do is add coffee, milk and press a button. You can choose between espresso shot sizes, drink options and it even has a cleaning cycle built-in.
It has an impressive 19-bar Italian pump so can deliver coffee shop quality espresso. A thermocouple heating system efficiently and evenly heats up the water to the perfect temperature and the automatic milk frother delivers foamy milk straight into your cup of joe. You can remove the milk reservoir to clean it and it can even go in the fridge to store milk for later use.
The burr mill coffee grinder can hold half a pound of coffee beans and it has a removable bean hopper and grinding chamber.
This machine does all the hard work for you but it does make a fair amount of noise whilst it’s working. It’s not a great option if the kitchen in your house backs onto a bedroom unless a wake-up call is needed!
Drip Coffee Makers With Grinders Reviewed
8. Best Drip Coffee Maker – Breville bdc650bss Grind Control Coffee Maker
- Burr Grinder
- Steep and Release Technology
- Programmable Auto-Start
- Slow Brewing
If you need a large pot of coffee to get you going in the morning then this is the perfect machine for you. It’s a programmable coffee maker so you can set it to brew coffee ready for when you wake up in the morning. You can choose to brew into the thermal carafe, a travel mug, or a single cup without any compromise to the brew strength.
The built-in grinder is adjustable so you can choose the best grind to suit whichever beans you’re using. It has steep and release technology to ensure coffee strength is optimal, similar to pour-over coffee makers.
The easy-to-use LCD display makes it really easy to use and there’s a gold-tone, permanent filter included so you can brew coffee with next to no waste.
The downside with this machine is it can be quite slow to brew coffee so isn’t a rapid brew coffee machine and the thermal carafe does need pre-heating to really keep your coffee boiling hot.
9. Runner Up – Cuisinart DGB-900BC Grind & Brew
- Charcoal Water Filter
- Gold-Tone Permanent Filter
- Automatic Burr Grinder
- The Grinder is Very Loud
Next up we have the Cuisinart Grind & Brew. This is a 12 cup coffee maker that is 24 hour fully programmable and has auto-shutoff to save power. You can choose between a thermal or glass carafe option, depending on your needs.
The built-in grinder has the option of strength selector and grind control so you can set it to make delicious tasting coffee with any kind of beans. It has a brew-pause feature so you can sneak a cup before the brew cycle is finished.
It has a charcoal water filter to help improve the coffee taste and a permanent filter is included to help minimize waste.
The coffee grinder is very very loud so this is defiantly something to consider if you like the looks of this machine.
10. Budget Drip Coffee Maker – BLACK+DECKER 12-Cup Mill and Brew Coffeemaker, CM5000B
- Use Whole Beans or Coffee Grounds
- Built-In Grinder
- Blade Grinder
Last up we have a great budget option for those coffee lovers that want maximum taste for a low cost. This drip coffee maker has all the usual features; 24-hour programmable timer, auto-shutoff, brew strength selector, brew pause, reusable filter, and the carafe is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
You can use whole beans or pre-ground if you prefer and this is useful if you like decaf. You can customize your brew by selecting the strength you prefer.
The built-in coffee grinder works well for the price but it is a blade grinder so doesn’t guarantee an even grind as a burr grinder would. Despite this, the machine has received really good reviews and makes a great tasting cup of joe with little effort on your part. What could be better?!
A good quality coffee machine doesn’t have to cost the earth and if you’re keen on a fancy coffee, this doesn’t mean you need barista skills to achieve this. Coffee makers with bean grinders and milk frothers included come in all shapes and sizes and there’s one to suit every budget!
I hope this review has helped you narrow down your options when it comes to your next coffee maker and has given you some inspiration for which one should suit you best. Remember, great-tasting coffee doesn’t have to be purchased ready-made, if you have the correct equipment, anyone can be a coffee-making expert!