Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Review

Overall Rating
84
Coffee Quality (40%)
82
Design & Features (20%)
82
Durability (20%)
85
Ease of Use (10%)
90
Brand Reputation (10%)
85

The Bottom Line

An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-550 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee. Unfortunately, it's a blade grinder. For a better burr grinder, check out the DGB-900 instead.
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Key Features of the Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

Key Features of Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew

  • Built-in grinder for whole bean coffee
  • Grinder Off setting for pre-ground coffee
  • 60 oz water reservoir
  • Setting to brew 5-20 oz (1-4 cup) single brew
  • Removable charcoal filter
  • Gold Tone Filter, flat-bottomed filter bed (not cone-shaped like others here)
  • 12 cup carafe, sturdy glass with stainless steel plated handle
  • Control panel comes with “Tone” button to toggle finished brew beeping
  • Cleaning mode
  • Bold brew strength setting
  • Auto-off with 0-4 hour off time
  • Programmable 24 hour brew start
  • Brew Pause so you can pause the process and grab an early cup
  • 60-Second Reset will remember brew settings and how long into the brew process in case of power outage
  • Dimensions: 7.5″W x 11.2″L x 15.2″H
  • Weight: 10.8 lbs
  • 3 year warranty

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Overview

I almost exclusively drink whole bean coffee, and I love my Culinary Prestige Manual Grinder to get the perfect, customizable grind for my cup.

But if you’re looking to keep things simple with an all-in-one grind and brew coffee maker, then go with the Cuisinart DGB-550. Compatible with both whole bean and pre-ground coffee, this coffee maker keeps the brew process as simple as possible.

Like the DCC-3200, the DGB-550 features Cuisinart’s Brew Pause feature allow you to halt the brew process (advisable only up to 20 seconds) and siphon off a quick cup before the brew is complete. Also like the DCC-3200, you can use the 1-4 cup brew setting to optimize the brew for smaller portions.

Despite a smaller brew capacity than the DCC-3200, the DGB-550 is bigger and heavier due to the built-in grinder. The grinder is pre-set for a medium grind, which is the recommended grind size for this brewer’s speed and brew process.

Clean the grinder regularly. It’s advisable you do it after each use! It’s a simple process, though: rinse and use a bristle brush to lightly scrub. The grinder basket and grinder lid are both dishwasher safe.

However, while the cleaning process is simple, it’s not always easy.

Because the grinder is part of the coffee maker, it tends to get moist from the hot water and steam of the brewing process. This mixes with the finer, powdery parts of the medium grind to create a paste-like substance that adheres well to the grinder basket. To keep everything functioning properly, you’ll have to dedicate time to cleaning this paste. For that reason, I still prefer a separate grinder — either the Culinary Prestige manual grinder mentioned earlier or an electronic grinder.

Pros

  • Compatible with both whole bean and pre-ground coffee
  • Brew size setting optimizes brew process for smaller servings (1-4 cups)
  • Convenient Brew Pause feature
  • Programmable 24-hour start time and Auto-Off feature
  • Attractive stainless steel exterior

Cons

  • Grinder builds up coffee paste and requires frequent cleaning
  • Everything has to be dry before making a pot
  • Requires frequent cleaning to prevent clogging
  • Smaller brew sizes using 1-4 cup setting may not get hot enough
  • Grinder is very noisy

Is the Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew for you?

Is Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew for you?

Ultimately, this grind and brew coffee maker does what it says: it’ll grind and brew a great cup of coffee.

As a frequent coffee drinker, though, I find the built-in grinder to be more hassle than it’s worth — it’s loud and it’s time consuming to clean.

My preference is to have my manual grinder separate from my brewer, but if you’re OK with the frequent cleaning and the noise of the built-in electronic grinder, then the DGB-550 is a great coffee maker for the price.

Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew Review: An In-Depth Look

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Cuisinart DGB-550 Grind & Brew
An all-included Grind & Brew coffee maker, the Cuisinart DGB-550 brews up to 60 oz pots using your favorite whole bean coffee. Unfortunately, it's a blade grinder. For a better burr grinder, check out the DGB-900 instead.

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