The Bottom Line: Quality comes at a price, and we would argue that a mild splurge on an Espro Press is well worth it. A niggling issue or two around cleaning the brewer keeps it from scoring even higher, though its heat-retention, its subtly elegant design and its nearly silt-free cup bring the Espro Press closer to perfection than any other press pot we tested.

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The Precision Press not only provides functional built-in extras, but also aims at improving the basic mechanics of the format. The lid, rod, and filter assembly, for example — key features not just in the brewing process but also during cleanup, when lackluster construction can make the experience more of chore than it needs to be — are all of exceptional quality and perform very well. Compared to similar components of competing French presses, the KitchenAid parts are a pleasure to handle for their solid materials and accurate construction. Each component fits securely in its place and disassembles swiftly, including the rubber gasket, which comes off and on with ease, yet still provides a tight seal around the edges of the filter, keeping larger grind particles below, where they belong.
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Some French presses employ a structure disk that attaches to the bottom of the plunger in order to depress the coffee grounds. Most of the time, they are paired with a metal wire shaped like a spiral that has the purpose to filter the large grounds out of the liquid being brewed. Needless to say, you want to get a French press with a durable structure disk, regardless of whether you can detach it or not.
One researcher we spoke to found those results alarming. According to Rob Martinus van Dam, an epidemiologist at the National University of Singapore, this rise in serum cholesterol is equivalent to a 6 percent increase in risk of coronary heart disease. “Given that heart disease is a complex disease with many contributing factors in the development of heart disease, this is a substantial impact for a single dietary habit,” van Dam said, adding that he would recommend regular French press drinkers who have high cholesterol or are at risk for heart disease switch to another, filtered method of coffee preparation that they enjoy.
Equipped with a 4-level filtration system, the Cafe Du Chateau French Press Coffee Maker is seen as one of the very best in regards to flavor and filtration. This is due to double stainless steel screen filters on a durable plunger supported by a spring-loaded base plate to seal off the edges. It is also 100% BPA-free, most of its essential components being made of good grade rated stainless steel and a thermal resistant borosilicate glass pot.

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Ease of cleaning Making the coffee is only half of the process. When you’re done, you need to remove the plunger, dispose of the used coffee grounds, and clean the carafe for the next use. Dishwasher-safe components will be easier to clean, although some people prefer to wash their press by hand right after use so it’s ready to make more coffee whenever it’s needed.
Mr. Coffee, of course, is better known for its automatic drip coffee machines than for its manual brewing devices. Were it not for the fact that a branded French press is practically a compulsory addition to the catalog of any housewares brand that dabbles in gear for warm drinks, it would be a surprise that Mr. Coffee, the company that revolutionized the coffee industry with the original auto-drip home coffee machine in 1972, would issue a French press at all. It’s less surprising to note that Mr. Coffee also, for a time, sold an electric French press. What’s not surprising is that, as the company today seems to hang its hat on inexpensive appliances for the budget-minded shopper, the construction of its low-cost press pot is not the best.

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Here’s a little secret about French-press coffee makers: They all basically work the same. You add the coffee grounds, you pour in hot water from your kettle, you stir, you cover and wait about four minutes, you plunge, and then you pour into a mug and enjoy. And unlike drip coffee makers, which will only make coffee as good as the machine, the quality of coffee you get from a French press relies pretty heavily on your skill and process, as well as the quality of beans that you’re using. That’s why it can be hard to tell if coffee was made in a French press that costs $10 or $100, just by sipping it.
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.
Like the name suggests, this is a vacuum insulated steel press with insulated double walls designed to maintain a stable temperature during the brewing process. It also features two patent-pending filters that get underneath the grinds and filter twice in order to leave all the flavor without any of the grit that usually accompanies it. At the same time, it benefits from a double lip seal that prevents grinds from passing the micro-filters.
Most French presses come in multiple sizes, but we recommend buying a 32-ounce press, especially if you want to make coffee for multiple people. If you choose to go smaller, pay attention to how many ounces, not “cups,” the press can hold. For example, the Bodum Chambord three-cup model handles just 12 ounces, because the company defines a cup of coffee as 4 ounces. For reference, a tall cup of coffee at Starbucks is 8 ounces.
The Rite Press, currently being funded on Kickstarter, claims to make coffee cleanup easier with a twist-off bottom that allows you to dump the grounds directly into the trash. Some of its features, such as an attached hourglass set for a brewing time of 3 minutes, 30 seconds, seem somewhat helpful. Others, such as a removable thermometer that you can use to measure the temperature of your hot water before adding it to the pot, seem less helpful (it’s easier to just use a variable temperature electric kettle). Still, we look forward to testing it soon.

The SterlingPro Coffee and Espresso Maker uses a heat-resistant borosilicate glass in its carafe, making it less likely to crack due to thermal shock. The lid does contain some plastic, but this material does not make direct contact with the brew. The carafe features a stylish chrome framework. The transparent glass body results in a considerable trade-off in heat retention and durability.

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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.
The real, noticeable difference with this Secura model is the flavor of the coffee. Rather than having 2 filters as many top-of-the-range presses have, this unit has 3. There was no bitter aftertaste or coffee grounds in our cups! It’s completely dishwasher safe too, so cleaning those filters is as simple as tapping out the remaining grounds and putting them in the wash.

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This coffee maker was a very pleasant surprise for our testers in more ways than one. One reviewer, who’d never tried a French press before, didn’t expect this one to be so easy to use and produce such a “solid” cup of coffee consistently. In terms of negatives, our testers wished the plunger and filter were a bit more sturdy to ensure that you’re plunging directly downward every single time so no grounds escape into the coffee. One tester also wished he had requested a larger model. (We got him a 12-ounce press, but this coffee maker can be as big as 51 ounces.) His small French press couldn’t make multiple cups with each use, but he did note that its small size made cleanup especially seamless.

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Last but not least, one must also pay attention to the overall design of a French press, mostly for aesthetic reasons. Usually, French presses tend to be built in a traditional fashion, even though some can also boast certain patterns or physical additions that may or may not affect the general performance of the press itself. Keep in mind that this may also affect the unit’s price, a price that can range anywhere from $20 to $150 or more depending on its capabilities.
Coffee brewed in a French Press has a distinct flavor and if you are a fan of stronger coffee, then getting a stainless steel variant makes complete sense. You then need to look into three factors – Brew Quality, Heat-Retention and Durability. Well, Frieling French Press ranks high in all of these metrics and here is why it is our top recommendation –
This model has a 34-ounce carafe made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass. So, Bodum didn’t shortchange the product in terms of capacity. The filter system uses a single screen, which means you can expect some grinds in your coffee. But, for the price, we can let this slide because French presses more expensive than the Bodum Brazil come with single-screen filters.
But, while this press may be sort of fragile, and the warranty may not be terribly encouraging, it's fairly inexpensive and does its job well. Just treat it carefully, and be sure to let it cool down before cleaning. Although it is heat-resistant, borosilicate becomes much less stable when heated up. Otherwise, consider investing a little more in a stainless steel model. Glass is still glass, for now. — Owen Burke
Glass French Presses: Glass carafes are gorgeous because you can watch the coffee brew and see the grounds go down as you plunge. They are more fragile, of course, so you should get one that's made out of borosilicate glass to avoid thermal shock and breakage. Most glass French Presses also have plastic or metal braces for added protection. Having a sturdy base is important, too.

The Precision Press not only provides functional built-in extras, but also aims at improving the basic mechanics of the format. The lid, rod, and filter assembly, for example — key features not just in the brewing process but also during cleanup, when lackluster construction can make the experience more of chore than it needs to be — are all of exceptional quality and perform very well. Compared to similar components of competing French presses, the KitchenAid parts are a pleasure to handle for their solid materials and accurate construction. Each component fits securely in its place and disassembles swiftly, including the rubber gasket, which comes off and on with ease, yet still provides a tight seal around the edges of the filter, keeping larger grind particles below, where they belong.


A more nontraditional category of French presses is the travel French press. The idea is that you can brew your coffee and drink it with the same vessel. This is great if you’re just making coffee for yourself, or you want to be able to make coffee at work, or you’re often on the road. But if you’re looking for something more versatile that can make more than one serving of coffee at a time or will look handsome on your counter, go with any of the other options.

And, given the critical importance of maintaining proper water temperature for brewing coffee, we conducted a series of tests on each brewer to measure heat-retention capabilities. These tests focused on measuring the rate at which hot water cooled over time inside the carafe, both with and without pre-heating, and at various volumes. We put particular weight on one test that we thought best exemplified a real-life situation, which involved pre-heating the pitcher by filling it to its maximum fill line with freshly boiled water and letting it stand for one minute, then dumping and refilling with 600 grams of water at a typical starting brewing temperature of 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

This step gives the French press its name and reputation. Attach the plunger/filter assembly to the top of the carafe with the plunger fully extended. Using steady pressure (approximately 15 to 20 pounds of force), push the filter slowly to the bottom of the carafe. The spent coffee grounds should remain trapped behind the mesh filter, and the finished beverage should be dark and hot.


Buy the color that fits your kitchen. This copper one is lovely and a joy to see in the mornings. I wish it was more of a joy to use. The plunging mechanism tends to be wobbly, sometimes going down unevenly unless I steady the metallic base with my other hand. After four different types of coarsely ground beans, it rarely seems to plunge as smoothly as in the video.

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