The Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000 lets coffee lovers grind fresh coffee beans for immediate brewing -- which coffee enthusiasts say produces the most flavorful coffee -- without the inconvenience and clutter of a separate grinder. While the Krups KM7000 stands out among other grinder-brewer combos in professional tests, owners still say the grinder portion is noisy and messy.
Great brewer but a noisy grinder. Professional and user reviewers praise the Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000 for its five grind consistencies and three coffee strength settings, which provide owners with different options for customizing the flavor of their coffee. It also earns kudos for its brewing performance thanks to its ability to reach and maintain the necessary temperatures for creating the best-tasting coffee. Owners like the ability to make smaller batches (in intervals of two cups from two through 10) and the inclusion of a water filter -- a big plus for those with less-than-tasty tap water.
There are some negatives -- most notably owner complaints that the grinder is noisy. On the other hand, the reviewer at Real Simple magazine says that the sound is "just a little louder than the hum of a refrigerator."
Things can get messy if you are not careful. The biggest complaint surrounding the Krups KM7000 is the mess created by the grinder. There are a few owners who say the grinder funnels the grains directly into the basket instead of scattering them, but the majority say that they end up with coffee grounds all over their countertops. According to feedback we saw on Amazon.com, this problem appears to be caused by a cover that must be latched securely before grinding. There are also some complaints about the carafe, primarily that its design lends to dripping and spills when you're pouring from it.
On the plus side, feedback indicates this coffee maker is easy to program and use. The filter basket is removable for easy cleaning; it can simply be rinsed between uses and the disposable filter replaced.
Good looks but durability could be a concern. Owners like the high-tech look of the Krups Grinder and Brewer, and many praise its sturdy-looking construction. However, there are some complaints about durability despite its seemingly solid build. Numerous owners posting reviews to sites like Amazon.com and Viewpoints.com cite problems with the grinder malfunctioning over time or complain that they have to unplug the unit after grinding before coffee can be brewed.
Great in concept, but owner complaints raise cautions. While professional reviewers seem pretty pleased with the Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000, owners offer a more mixed assessment. Most of the complaints surrounding the Krups Grinder and Brewer relate to the messy grinder, but some owners suggest simply making sure the lid is latched securely will prevent grinds from escaping into the water reservoir or out of the unit. However, some issues with durability over time are also raised. Several owners report that Krups's customer service has been pleasant to deal with, but that sentiment is not universal. On the plus side, both professionals and users agree that this coffee maker produces great-tasting coffee, and the grinder is an additional bonus.
Excellent Editors of ConsumerReports.org rate 66 coffee makers on brew performance, convenience and carafe handling. Coffee makers in a few different categories are included; the Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000 is one of five grinder-brewer combos evaluated.
Review: Drip Coffeemaker Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
Excellent Nearly 400 owners have reviewed the Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000, contributing to an average lackluster rating of 2.8 stars out of 5. Most complaints center around the grinder, rather than the brewer, with users saying it's noisy and has a small capacity. A number of reviewers also cite grinders or brewers that failed prematurely.
Review: Krups KM7000 10-Cup Grind and Brew Coffee Maker with conical burr grinder, Black and Stainless Steel accents, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2012
3. Real Simple
Very Good This roundup identifies eight of the best coffee makers in four categories, including automatic drip coffee makers, grinder-brewer combos, percolators and French presses. The Krups KM7000 is named the best grinder-brewer combo based on feedback from a panel of testers. However, few details are offered on testing criteria or methodology.
Review: The Best Coffeemakers, Mieke Ten Have, Not Dated
Fair Less than 10 owners have evaluated the Krups Grinder and Brewer KM7000 on Viewpoints.com, where it earns a rating of 71 out of a possible 100. Opinions are mixed across the board, with some users praising the performance of this coffee maker, while others complain of durability issues and say the grinder is noisy and messy.
Review: Krups 10-Cup Grind-and-Brew Coffee Maker KM7000 Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of September 2012