When it comes to high-end French presses, Secura’s Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker stands out as one of the absolute best. We say this because it features a 3-layered stainless steel filter structure that traps even the smallest coffee grounds to produce an exceptional full-bodied flavor. Not only that but it also comes with a stainless steel screen that is extremely easy to disassemble and clean when needed. When stacking one or more screens together, you get the capacity to refine your espresso even further, thus giving it that extra bit of flavor many people look for.
When we refer to the ‘durability’ of a French press, we mostly talk about its capacity to withstand long-term usage without showcasing signs of mechanical damage. For this reason alone, you should perhaps stay clear of glass carafes because they tend to break during the cleaning process. You also have to look for a press that doesn’t allow fine grinds to clog the filter, which may be a bit harder to do unless you educate yourself on the matter. To be on the safe side, you should look for a press with a stainless steel carafe, preferably one that is double-insulated.

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Capacity - A full-size French Press can typically produce a full cup of coffee. If you wish to make multiple cups at one brewing, choose a press with a more generous capacity and allows you to brew enough coffee for several drinkers. Since most French Press carafes don’t employ warming methods, it is important to consider the natural heat retention of the product you’re buying. A French Press with a large capacity won’t be of much value if it cannot keep the beverage hot for a reasonable amount of time.

If not elegant, the Brazil’s simple design is inoffensive, belying the fact that its shell is plastic. Some testers even preferred the look of the no-frills Brazil to the fussier-looking Chambord. The Brazil’s triangular handle puts a welcome amount of space between your fingers and the hot glass of the beaker. And if you dislike the handle’s modern look, an older version of the Brazil comes in a more traditional design with a symmetrical handle, though this shape will bring your knuckles closer to the hot glass.

The Chambord's Achilles' heel is its glass body, which comes with two downsides. One: if you're even a teeny bit klutzy you will eventually break it. That said, it's easy to replace: a spare beaker can be ordered online for just $20. The second drawback: glass has very little insulating power, so if you want to drink your coffee hot, you better start sipping as soon as it's been plunged. Or, just do what I do and transfer the fresh brew to a thermos to keep it warm. (Doing so also reduces the chance that the coffee will get bitter from sitting too long on the grounds.) Ultimately, given how reliable and attractive the Bodum Chambord is, and how high-quality the coffee is that it produces, neither of these things feel like deal breakers.
Capacity - A full-size French Press can typically produce a full cup of coffee. If you wish to make multiple cups at one brewing, choose a press with a more generous capacity and allows you to brew enough coffee for several drinkers. Since most French Press carafes don’t employ warming methods, it is important to consider the natural heat retention of the product you’re buying. A French Press with a large capacity won’t be of much value if it cannot keep the beverage hot for a reasonable amount of time.
Like the glass model, the stainless steel model from SterlingPro comes with a double-screen system. However, this model has a double-wall construction that provides better thermal insulation than the glass walls do. This means the coffee inside stays warm longer and the outside remains cool. The design and build quality of this model are also superior to those of the glass variant.
In our day-to-day use of the contenders, the SterlingPro quickly rose to the top of the pack thanks to its durability and simple good looks, and the clean, consistent coffee it produced. The double-walled insulated 100 percent 18/10 stainless steel carafe felt good in the hand and cleaned up easily after brewing. (I hand washed it, but it is dishwasher-safe.) We also appreciated its extras, like clearly-marked measurements inside the carafe that make it easy to see how much liquid is inside, and an extra double-screen filter, should you want a replacement after years of use. Which is a good thing, because this is a press that's built to last.
Scott Carey of Sump Coffee told us he recommended a French press for anyone who loved dark-roast coffee. While lighter roasts shine in their clarified fruity tasting notes, dark roasts have less palate complexity and are perfect candidates for a French press, according to Carey. “When you muddle the cup and add body, you get that great mouthfeel and you can get a little more sweetness,” he said, adding that it produced a brew that had “more bass than treble.” 

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This proved to be true. Yet, while the Espro and the KitchenAid carafes are both constructed of insulated steel, it was surprising that the Espro performed better than the KitchenAid in our heat-retention test, probably owing to the Espro’s taller, narrower carafe design. Nevertheless, we were impressed not only by the KitchenAid’s digital add-ons that facilitate precise, weight-based brewing, but also by its robust and meticulous construction. However, the Espro’s double-filter design and optional paper filter, coupled with its elegant profile and similarly robust construction, pushed it to the highest rating among the five French press models we tested.
The plunger and filter assemblies are made of stainless steel, but the actual grade of that steel may be variable. We do like the fact that the Primula's fragile carafe is protected by a plastic framework with a full-sized handle for easy pouring. Our conclusion is that the Primula Tempo is ideal for the casual coffee drinker who may only require one or two full cups at one sitting. The Primula Tempo's advertised capacity is six cups, but that is closer to three American-sized mugs.

As a result, the handle tends to slip out of the frame once it's been bent, and that's how catastrophe takes place. I've noticed this myself and had one or two close calls over the years, but I was able to bend it back into place which, touch wood, has held. Still, it's certainly an inconvenience. What's more inconvenient is a limited one year warranty that doesn't cover the glass.
This proved to be true. Yet, while the Espro and the KitchenAid carafes are both constructed of insulated steel, it was surprising that the Espro performed better than the KitchenAid in our heat-retention test, probably owing to the Espro’s taller, narrower carafe design. Nevertheless, we were impressed not only by the KitchenAid’s digital add-ons that facilitate precise, weight-based brewing, but also by its robust and meticulous construction. However, the Espro’s double-filter design and optional paper filter, coupled with its elegant profile and similarly robust construction, pushed it to the highest rating among the five French press models we tested.
Scott Carey of Sump Coffee told us he recommended a French press for anyone who loved dark-roast coffee. While lighter roasts shine in their clarified fruity tasting notes, dark roasts have less palate complexity and are perfect candidates for a French press, according to Carey. “When you muddle the cup and add body, you get that great mouthfeel and you can get a little more sweetness,” he said, adding that it produced a brew that had “more bass than treble.”

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Many stainless steel French presses advertise a heat-retaining double-wall construction, but we think this feature isn’t too important because you should pour pressed coffee out of the beaker as soon as you’ve plunged it. Still, the handle of a glass press and the body of any steel press should feel cool to the touch so you don’t burn yourself while pouring a cup. And glass presses should have a handle that’s far enough from the glass beaker to keep you from burning your knuckles.
All of this would be more forgivable if the unique stoneware carafe exhibited better-than-average heat retention. Alas, it does not. In fact, it was the poorest performer of the five French-press brewers in our heat-retention tests. The contents of the carafe dropped well below the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) recommended brewing temperature range within 30 seconds of receiving 600 grams of water at 205 degrees Fahrenheit, then dropped another 14 or 15 degrees over the following five minutes.

Many stainless steel French presses advertise a heat-retaining double-wall construction, but we think this feature isn’t too important because you should pour pressed coffee out of the beaker as soon as you’ve plunged it. Still, the handle of a glass press and the body of any steel press should feel cool to the touch so you don’t burn yourself while pouring a cup. And glass presses should have a handle that’s far enough from the glass beaker to keep you from burning your knuckles.


Whichever size you choose, the Brazil is very well-made for the price! Bodum manufactures all their models in Portugal, including this one. It’s built around a heat-resistant, borosilicate glass carafe. That’s the same material you’ll get on the best french presses. The plunger is a 3-part stainless steel assembly, with a permanent mesh filter. The Bodum’s base, handle, and lid are high-density plastic.
The Bellemain is our suggestion to those coffee drinkers who are infuriated by breakable glass vessels. It’s close to indestructible, and it’s also a very good coffee press. We especially like the dual mesh filters. They do an excellent job keeping grounds out of your cup. You may or may not find that the stainless steel vessel affects your taste results, though. This one’s also as expensive as the Chambord, for a smaller size brewer.
Yet, all this tidiness comes at a rather high price. Shoppers could easily find another insulated steel press pot complete with a rubber filter gasket, then buy a decent (if not higher-precision) scale and a timer separately, and still come away with enough leftover cash for a couple of bags of fresh, locally roasted beans. Furthermore, users predisposed to this level of precision will probably already have a scale and timer on hand. But as an icebreaker for the clutter-averse newcomer to coffee geekery who’s more inclined to make the most of onboard features than to fiddle with multiple different devices in concert, the Precision Press is an excellent way to go.
It may not have the set-it-and-forget-it convenience of a drip coffee maker or the cachet of a pour-over kit, but if you're looking for a quick and uncomplicated way to make a great cup of coffee, the French press (also known as a press pot) is hard to beat. The best French presses have a simple design, but the marketplace is littered with all sorts of subtle variations on the form, each one claiming innovation and vying for supremacy: glass versions, plastic versions, stainless steel versions; press pots that are insulated or double-filtered or oversized.

It has plastic components. While they’re completely food-safe and tested to European standards, some people want to avoid plastic altogether. If that’s your view, go for the stainless steel Bellemain. Any glass model you buy will at least have a plastic lid, if nothing else. In any case, we don’t think there’s any good reason to be wary of the plastic on the Bodum.


The classic Bodum Chambord makes a balanced cup of coffee, retaining most of the tasting notes of the coffee and little of the grit of the grounds. Designed in the 1950s, the Chambord looks like the quintessential French press, and its steel frame is more durable than the Bodum Brazil’s plastic body. The Chambord didn’t make the brightest coffee of the bunch, but the flavors of its brew held their own against those of presses three times its price.
The Espro Press entered the market about five years ago with the distinction of having been the focus of one of the earliest successful coffee-related Kickstarter campaigns. When the crowd-funding platform itself was less than three years old, the Espro project raised over 550 percent of its $15,000 goal, then actually shipped its promised product to backers only three months later. So, not only did the company pitch, design and manufacture a superlative product, but its fundraising efforts and follow-through were also exemplary.

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CONSThe mesh filter is not always effective at removing sediment from the coffee.The handle is not very well designed, which makes pouring a little awkward.Sediment is left floating near the bottom because the filter does not press all the way to the bottom. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 3. The KONA French PressLike the Colorful Brew, the KONA’s frame is made from BPA-free plastic. It features a stainless steel filter which does a better job at straining out the coffee grit than some of the more expensive presses, like the Bodum Chambord. Additionally, this bad boy is able to be completely disassembled and machine washed. The KONA French press comes in two sizes, a travel-friendly 12oz and a bigger 34oz version.However, what sets this French press coffee maker apart from the Colorful Brew is its unique design.The KONA is not only fun to look at, but also safer to use. The large handle is ergonomically designed so that the handle fits comfortably and more securely in your hand as you pour. Ergonomic handle design is often overlooked in a press pot, and shouldn't be glossed over ...we've burned our hands multiple times while pouring, so we know what we're talking about here!Apart from that, the KONA is the least expensive item on this list, and it still functions just as well as all the others, although it may not last quite as long.PROSLeast expensive coffee press on this list.A finer filter screen is better at straining out the sediment than the Bodum Chambord.Ergonomic design is easy and comfortable to handle.Plunger and mesh filter are both made out of stainless steel.Available in red or black.CONSCertain pieces, like the filter and filter attachments, have a comparatively short lifespan.The thin plastic lid on the KONA may begin to stretch and crack over time. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 4. The Frieling Stainless Steel French PressThe Frieling Stainless Steel French Press is one of the most stylish (and most expensive) press pots we've selected.Just like the Francois et Mimi, the Frieling is 100% stainless steel, but, unlike the Mimi, the Frieling holds 36 oz. instead of only 12 oz.It also features a double-walled interior, which makes it very effective at retaining heat.In addition to that, the Frieling’s two-stage filter fits more snugly into the chamber. With two extra-fine Italian mesh screens, it's excellent at keeping out sediment.All components of this French press coffee maker are machine washable, and the filter components don't even need to be disassembled for cleaning.PROSThe minimalistic design is both utilitarian and eye-catching.The two-stage metal filter is better at screening out sediment than other models.The stainless steel is more durable than glass.CONSThe most expensive on this list.It is not easy to clean. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 5. The Bodum Brazil French PressThe Bodum Brazil is rated as Amazon's #1 best seller, and the attractive price isn't the only reason. The carafe is borosilicate glass, but it's carried in a handle, base, and lid of BPA-free plastic, which serves as a combination shock absorber and design element. In addition to basic black, the plastic components are available in a brilliant apple-green and a cheerful red. Bodum's standard three-part filtration system is present here, with a stainless steel mesh held in place by a spiral plate on top and a cross plate below. These disassemble easily for cleaning and are dishwasher-safe, as is the borosilicate carafe.PROSSimple design plus eye-catching colors make this a standout on your kitchen counter.The metal filter comes apart for easy cleaning.Low price CONSPlastic isn't everybody's idea of elegance.Glass is inferior to stainless steel in heat retention (and more fragile). CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 6. The Kuissential 8-Cup Stainless Steel French PressThe Kuissential looks an awful lot like the Sterling Pro French Press a few reviews below. It's made of stainless steel, it has double-wall construction for good insulation, and it has a similarly clean, cylindrical shape.The difference? The Kuissential has a single screen in the filter. Yes, just like every other French press we talk about (except the Sterling Pro).It's also noticeably less expensive than the Sterling. So if you like the look (and the double walls) and don't mind a little texture in your coffee, here's a way to get the look for a lower price. PROSCrisp, clean lines look great in any kitchen decor.Double-wall construction provides the best heat retention.Reasonably priced.CONSThe single screen allows a little grit to pass through. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 7. The Bodum Columbia French PressDistinct from the two Bodum coffee makers we've already reviewed, the Columbia has a charming rounded shape. The ergonomic handle reminds us of the handles on gooseneck kettles for pour over, which gives you more control when pouring the last of the coffee (important if you want to keep the worst of the sediment in the pot).Available in 17 oz., 34 oz., and 51 oz. sizes, the Columbia uses double-wall insulation to keep your coffee hot for a claimed two hours. PROSDesign echoes the classic teapot shape but with a modern twist.All components are dishwasher safe.Thermal insulation helps keep coffee hot.CONSMore expensive than many on this list.Some plastic components in construction. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 8. The Sterling Pro French PressThe stainless steel Sterling Pro will have you seeing double. First, its simple, clean design - a number of cylinders of different sizes assembled into a pitcher, a handle, and a knob for the plunger - has a huge number of imitators. Second, one of its key features, the SterlingPro Double Wall Construction, uses a double wall of stainless steel to provide maximum heat retention.But the last double is a fairly exclusive feature: its double screen filter. On the face of it, this simple, second mesh screen traps more sediment than a single. It's still not going to give you a completely grit-free cup like a pour over or drip coffee machine will, but the coffee is less chewy than what you get from the usual French press, yet still retains all the oils and solids that make French press coffee so flavorful.PROSDouble-wall construction provides the longest heat retention.The double screen filter makes a cleaner cup of coffee.Stainless steel is more durable than glass.CONSTwo filter screens mean more cleanup. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 9. The Coffee Gator French PressLike the idea of double-wall stainless construction but don't want a silver cylinder like everyone else? The Coffee Gator has the construction you need with the range of visual appeal you want. Choose from gray, green, pink, or brushed stainless to bring a pop of color to your morning cuppa. It's only available in 34 oz. capacity, but that's a good all-around size, especially if you share your morning coffee - for example, it's just shy of three 12-oz. cups or two 18-oz. travel mugs.And like the Sterling Pro, the Gator has a double filter to remove more sediment, without removing the oils that make the French press provide such delicious coffee.It even comes with an airtight mini container that holds enough coffee for two pots, if you plan on traveling. PROSStainless steel construction plus eye-catching color make this unique.Double screen filter produces a cleaner cup.Double wall construction provides superior heat retention.CONSCanister not recommended for dishwasher. Double screen filter requires a little more effort to clean. CLICK TO CHECK PRICE THE VERDICTFor today’s review roundup, I have chosen the Frieling Stainless Steel French Press as the winner.Although it was a close race, the Frieling offered the highest quality (though admittedly at a price to match).The mirror-finished stainless steel construction makes the Frieling a thing of beauty, and the double-wall carafe keeps your coffee hot four times as long as a glass carafe. Dishwasher safe, 5-year warranty, and a two-stage filter round out the winning characteristics.If the price is a little steep, consider our runner-up: the Kona French Press. Good ergonomics and an effective and dishwasher-safe filter make this attractive pot a popular seller.Now that you know all about the best french press coffee makers on the market, it's time for you to learn how to expertly brew French Press coffee.If you still aren't sure whether you'd like French Press coffee - maybe you'd like a brewer with a bit less grit? We've compared all the different brewing methods for you here.TweetPin100Share+1100 Shares Updated March 29, 2019 Categories ↓ Coffee Makers Gear Related Posts AeroPress vs French Press [The Difference is Clear] The 5 Best Milk Frothers For Coffee of 2019 Best Coffee Maker With Grinder 2019 (Grind and Brew) 2019 Breville Espresso Machine Reviews: The Top 7 The 5 Best Coffee Thermos’s of 2019 The 7 Best Coffee Storage Containers of 2019 ←Previous post Next post→ Popular Posts The Last Coffee Grind Size Chart You’ll Ever Need How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker [5 Hacks] How To Make Cold Brew Coffee In A Mason Jar 5 Best Siphon Coffee Makers (AKA Vacuum Coffee Brewers) 16 Bulletproof Coffee Recipes [Gets Your Mind + Body FIRING] What Type of Coffee Has the Most Caffeine? 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Clean up is a breeze. I add just a bit of water to the carafe after I remove it from the frame and pour into a strainer over the sink. Rinse with water and then dispose of the grounds in the garbage. Then wash by hand, remove and wash plunger ( screen, coil press, etc), dry all pieces except screen and put back together. Takes about 3 minutes or so. Ready for next use. And looks so pretty on the counter and while brewing.

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As you may know, the plunger of a coffee press is attached to the lid, a lid that has to be tight fitting and well constructed. As long as the plunger is securely attached to the lid, it should depress smoothly without any stiffness or looseness. For this reason, both the plunger and the lid can be made from metal, plastic or a combination of plastic and stainless steel as some of the high-end models tend to do.
As you may know, the plunger of a coffee press is attached to the lid, a lid that has to be tight fitting and well constructed. As long as the plunger is securely attached to the lid, it should depress smoothly without any stiffness or looseness. For this reason, both the plunger and the lid can be made from metal, plastic or a combination of plastic and stainless steel as some of the high-end models tend to do.
Stainless Steel French Presses: A double-walled design is key for stainless steel French Presses. Two walls will help keep the heat in and make for a better brew. You should also check for the quality of the stainless steel — 18/8 and 18/10 ratios of chromium to nickel are best. Stainless steel carafes are more durable, but you miss out on the fun visual element of glass French Presses.

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