In the battle of Grind and Brew coffee makers, two exceptionally good coffee makers stand from the crowd: The Breville Grind Control and Cuisinart Grind and Brew.
How do you choose between different models of Grind and Brew coffee makers? Here are some pointers:
- Your budget will most likely be the first thing to dictate which coffee maker to choose. Although it sounds like these machines perform the same task, they actually vary in price (for different reasons we will be listing in our comparison).
- Know exactly what you need. Don’t go for the fancy features if you’re not going to use them.
- Newer isn’t necessarily better. Don’t be afraid to go for an old model if it has everything you need. Although we do not recommend you go for a discontinued model since it will make it difficult to find parts or support for it when needed.
In the beginning, let’s talk about the features of each of these coffee makers before we compare them to each other.
Breville Grind Control vs. Cuisinart Grind and Brew – What’s The Difference?
- Both coffee makers have built-in stainless steel burr grinders.
- Both can brew up to 12-cup carafe.
- Both include a thermal carafe and gold-tone reusable filters.
- Auto-start function.
- Breville’s Grind Control gives you the option to brew a single-cup, travel mug or different quantities up to 12-cup carafe. Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew can brew a minimum of 2 cups and up to 12-cups.
- The adjustments on the Breville Grind Control are more advanced. For example: you can choose from 8 strength settings, 6 grind settings and you can calibrate your grind to match the type of roast you’re brewing. On the Grind and Brew, you can choose from 3 strength options, and the grind setting is tied to the amount of cups you’re brewing.
- The Breville Grind Control has an LCD display that makes programming the coffee maker a breeze. It gives you instant feedback on the water level, grind and strength settings, grind time and more. The Grind and Brew by Cuisinart has a simple clock display, and everything else is programmed by buttons on the front panel of the machine.
Which Should You Buy? Breville Grind Control or Cuisinart Grind and Brew?
The best question to ask yourself here is, what is your brewing habit?
Do you brew full carafe daily? Do you prefer to brew a single cup instead?
If you brew different amount of coffee each time, you’ll appreciate Breville’s Grind Control ability to brew various cup sizes: single, travel mug, or up to 12 cups carafe, without compromise to the taste. And you’ll be happy to not waste any coffee because you’ll brew just what you need!
Another thing to consider the Breville for is if you enjoy different type of coffee roasts. No other coffee maker can calibrate its settings based on coffee bean type! This, in addition to 8 strength adjustable settings will ensure you have a cup of coffee that never fails you.
If you’re not interested in all the advanced features of the Breville, then you’ll find the Cuisinart Grind and Brew to be very functional, although it doesn’t make a cup as customized as the Breville.
Features of the Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker
- Coffee maker with built-in conical burr grinder.
- Brew into a single cup, a travel mug or up to 12-cup carafe.
- Choose from 8 strength settings.
- Adjustable grind size.
- You can choose to brew pre-ground coffee.
- Calibration function allows to adjust the grind to suit different type of beans.
- Steep and Release function ensures the best tasting cup.
- Pre-brew temperature control ensures your water is the at optimal temperature for brewing.
- Bean hopper capacity: 0.5 lbs.
- LCD display shows you water level, grind size, strength settings, grinding time, brew time and other selected settings.
- Auto-start program.
- Includes a thermal carafe and a gold-tone reusable filter.
Features of the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee Maker
- Coffee maker with built-in burr grinder.
- 8 oz bean hopper capacity.
- Choose from three coffee strength settings: Strong, Medium and Mild.
- Grind control program allows you to set the best setting for the amount of coffee you’re brewing.
- Choose from 2 cups and up to 12 cups.
- Brew-pause filter allows you to pause the brewing process to enjoy coffee before the full brewing process is finished.
- Grind-off option, you can use pre-ground coffee.
- 24hr programmability. Auto-start option.
- Includes a thermal carafe and gold-tone filter.
Breville Grind Control vs. Bonavita BV1900
The Bonavita is a a popular choice for a high-quality coffee maker, but it is not comparable to the Breville Grind Control in anyway.
The Bonavita is a coffee maker that brews coffee in a way similar to the pour-over coffee method, but in an automatic way. There are no settings or special programs on the Bonativa, and most importantly, it doesn’t have a built-in grinder like the Grind Control does. With the Bonavita, brewing is a simple as switching on the power button.
What makes the Bonavita special is:
- Its flat bottom filter and showerhead that saturates the coffee ground with water before brewing (pre-infusion) and while brewing. So even bit of coffee ground is evenly extracted.
- It brews coffee at optimal water temperature of 195F to 205F.
The Bonavita is a great coffee maker, but it’s entirely different than the Breville Grind Control. If you want to learn more about it, you can read our post on it here.
Cuisinart Grind and Brew vs. Capresso CoffeeTeam TS
Capresso CoffeeTeam coffee maker with Built-in grinder makes a valid competitor to the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. Here are its features:
- It makes up to 10 cups of coffee.
- Available with a thermal carafe or glass carafe.
- Built-in burr grinder.
- Fully programmable.
- Choose from 5 grind settings, 5 cup sizes, and 3 coffee strength.
- It has a 6 oz coffee bean hopper.
- Can be used with the grinder off.
So the Capresso is fairly neck to neck with the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. The differences are:
- It brews less coffee – 10 cups vs. 12-cups for the Cuisinart.
- It has a smaller bean hopper.
- On the other hand:
- It has 5 grind settings (fine to coarse)
- It is available with the option of a glass carafe and warming plate.
You can read our review of the Capresso CoffeeTeam here.
Do I Have to Use the Built-In Grinder?
No, with both models, there is a grinder-off option that allows you to brew pre-ground coffee. This comes in handy when you want to brew coffee that’s different than the one in the hopper.
Do I Have To Use the Included Gold-Tone Filter?
No, that’s not necessary. You can use any store-bought paper filter too.
Do These Coffee Makers Have Warming Plates?
No, because in this case, a warming plate isn’t required. They include a thermal carafe that will keep your coffee hot for a long time. Having no warming plate also saves on electric usage.
With the Breville Grind Control, Can I Brew Directly Into a Mug or Travel Mug?
Yes, if you’re brewing a single cup or travel mug, you don’t have to use the carafe. The machine can accommodate a tall travel mug or a cup in its tray.
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker
Cuisinart Grind and Brew