I’ve used (and broken) many French presses since my first year of college, and I still use one almost every day. For guidance, I spoke with Scott Carey, owner and roaster at Sump Coffee, a coffee shop in St. Louis. At Sump, Carey experiments with a variety of brewing methods. He even has a series of instructional videos on YouTube where he explains how each process works, along with the occasional moustache twirl. I also spoke to Matt Banbury, a regional salesperson at Counter Culture, who has used a slew of French presses at his work.

The P3’s glass beaker is considerably thicker and more insulating than every other glass press in our test group, and it will keep your coffee warmer than either of the Bodum models. If your Espro beaker or any of its parts happen to break, you can buy replacements online—a new beaker costs around $25 at this writing. The circumference of the P3’s plunger is rimmed with two rubber rings, which cling to the inside of the beaker to ensure a tight, silent seal. This design helps Espro’s filter plunge as smoothly as Bodum’s while keeping even the finest grounds out of your coffee. The Frieling French Press we tested also boasted a tight seal, but the metal filter made a terrible scraping sound as it plunged inside the canister. The Espro P3 also has a flat-top plunger handle for a comfortable plunge that fits well against your palm.

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.

Sump Coffee’s Scott Carey told us it’s easy to figure out a decent ratio of grounds to water by eyeballing the amounts you use in one brew and then adjusting those levels if you find the coffee to be too weak or too astringent. Once you discover a ratio you like, take note of approximately how many scoops of grounds you used and how high you filled the press so you can replicate that combo in future brews.
This retained bit of liquid does make for a slightly gloppier clean-up, though, unless further effort is applied to strain the grounds before scooping them out into a kitchen compost bin.  Another very slight hitch comes upon rinsing the cup-shaped interlocking components comprising the double filter system. There are a lot of tiny corners in the eight rectangular windows of mesh that make up each of the two filters, and because the micromesh is so effective, a residue of fines may cling stubbornly to the corners of the inner filter. It takes a bit of focus with a sponge to get every nook fully clean, and the plastic-and-mesh filter components feel fragile enough to suggest that extra care should be taken in this process. Espro sells replacement filters for $18.95, should a corner spring a leak.
Even though, Espro ranked second, this is mainly because we still consider it a newcomer to the coffee world. Kona has been arond for several years, and it has proven to be very consistent with its brewing capabilities. Espro did perform excellent, but we only tested it for a week. Meaning, it is hard to determine how well the French press will perform after a year.
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.
Plunger and handle design: The plunger keeps the grounds out of your cup of Joe, and the handle helps you keep the carafe steady as you push the plunger down. It's also key for pouring coffee into your cup. Most plungers have multiple metal screens to keep the grounds out of your coffee, including a large steel screen and a finer mesh screen to catch tinier particles. Some use a basket design, but most don't. The handle should be sturdy, strong, heat resistant, and not prone to breakage.

For this survey of French presses, we selected a representative cross-section of widely available units from this popular brewer category. We tested one example for each of five key sub-categories: a classic model (Bodum Chambord), a budget-friendly option (Mr. Coffee Coffee Press), a high-tech addition to the market (KitchenAid Precision Press), a technically refined premium press (Espro Press), and a press for which aesthetics and brand identity are chief appeals (Le Creuset French Press).
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.

Francois et Mimi

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.
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Even though, Espro ranked second, this is mainly because we still consider it a newcomer to the coffee world. Kona has been arond for several years, and it has proven to be very consistent with its brewing capabilities. Espro did perform excellent, but we only tested it for a week. Meaning, it is hard to determine how well the French press will perform after a year.
I have the larger version of this French Press and have used it for many years without issue. Using a French Press is one part science, one part cooking and three parts magic/luck. Once you figure out your settings you are in coffee nirvana land. Since I rarely have the need for 33 ounces of the nectar of the gods I decided to get the three person version.
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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Le Creuset has made a name for itself over decades of producing high-quality kitchenware for cooking, baking and serving. This reputation for quality stems particularly from Le Creuset’s long lasting, brightly colored, enameled cast-iron and ceramic pots and pans. Le Creuset product lines are extensive, providing brand loyalists the opportunity to outfit entire kitchens with matching Le Creuset wares, down to mugs, trivets, food thermometers and over a dozen different Le Creuset-branded wine-openers. Le Creuset’s Stoneware French Press fits right into this line-up.
Though virtually all of the French presses and pour-over coffee makers that Consumer Reports tested make a good cup of coffee, they varied in their ease of use, with the best of the bunch keeping hands safely away from hot surfaces and proving easy to clean. Top-performing French presses varied in the quality of their permanent mesh filters, which is the only line of defense against grounds that can otherwise end up in your cup. Below, a selection of top manual coffee makers from our most recent tests.
This French Press comes in two capacities, one liter or 1.5 liters, and it's made out of 18/10 stainless steel. The double-wall design keeps your coffee warm and protects your hands from burning when you touch the sides or handle. Just like on the glass SterlingPro French Press, this stainless steel one has a plunger with two screens to filter out most coffee particles. You also get two free replacement screens.
Unfortunately after several months use I have discovered it has a major design flaw that has really bummed me out on this purchase. Namely the handle. The handle is designed to not need screws or rivets as it pops together and is held together by tension of the metal cage that holds the glass chamber. Over time it seems something has warped and it keep swinging loose at the bottom which can be a bit scary as it ONLY does it when its full of boiling hot water!! Had this problem surfaced earlier I would have returned it and looked at a different model or brand. It is sad as it really fits my needs and works in all other ways exactly as I want it and it makes great coffee but this makes it feel like kind of a chintzy item. It's a real shame.

Mulvadi Corporation

The Travel Press works like any regular press. You pop in your coffee grounds, add hot water, wait for 3-4 minutes and press down the plunger. With the travel press, the plunger is also attached to the lid and you can seal the lid once you are done. The screen (or filter) takes all the coffee grounds to the bottom of the mug, and you can enjoy your freshly brewed coffee.
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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.

Okay, so there's not a lot to a French Press: stainless steel for the frame and plunger, a little polypropylene for the handle, and heat-resistant borosilicate for the carafe. If you want to jazz up your pot a little, consider the cork-topped plunger. Bodum, though a Danish company, makes its French Presses in Portugal, which is, after all, the cork capital of the world.

While a “cheaper” material like plastic may sound less elegant than glass or stainless steel, polycarbonate offers many of the same positive qualities as glass — but without the fragility or heat retention issues. Polycarbonate carafes are shatter-resistant and allow you to observe the brewing process. Many entry-level and mid-range French presses include polycarbonate carafes.
Enticingly cheap stainless steel presses that resembled the Frieling dominated Amazon’s best-seller list at the time of our research. Of that lot, we chose to test the 1-liter Secura Stainless Steel French Press (SFP-34DS), which often takes the number one spot. Our tasting panel said this Secura model’s brew tasted fine, but the seal on the filter did not feel that tight against the inner walls of the press. Overall, this press looked like a less beautiful and less functional Frieling.
Inside, there's a two-stage filter system with both a big metal filter and a fine mesh one, and a metal wire inside the coil presses the plunger tight against the stainless steel wall. Together, these features ensure that you don't get many coffee grounds in your cup. Frieling's French Press is also dishwasher safe, so it's very easy to clean when you're done.
A French Press is a classic coffee maker, and many manufacturers stick with a traditional design. Others add design flair that may or may not work in your kitchen. So think about whether you want to look at a particular model day in and day out. While most can be stowed away easily, you'll likely want to keep it handy once you've mastered the technique.

In addition to this, customers have complained about corrosion issues in the filter assembly. Yes, this model needs a few durability upgrades. But, such upgrades will increase the cost of the unit. So, all things considered, what you get right now is good for the money. However, if you’re looking for a French press that would last for years, this is not the product for you.

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