The narrow neck on the Bodum lends itself to the handsome, hourglass-inspired design. Unfortunately, that same narrow neck makes this model difficult to clean. A rubber sleeve wraps the carafe to protect fingers while pouring, but it’s not large enough to protect an entire hand. The neck has a permanent filter, which eliminates the need for disposable paper filters, though some fine grounds can sneak through.
Metal French-press coffee makers are, in many ways, the most versatile. Like ceramic or stoneware coffee makers, metal French presses are also ideal for entertaining, handsome enough to put out as part of a fancy brunch spread. Though metal isn’t known for retaining heat, these are often well-insulated with double walls, meaning your fresh coffee will stay hot for a while. A lot of metal French presses are also dishwasher-safe, and the chances of breaking one are slim to none. The trade-off is that metal French presses are often quite expensive, so you’ll be paying if you want this kind of versatility.
The Chambord’s polished, symmetrical steel design looks more upscale than most other presses we tested. The press has tiny feet that lift the hot glass beaker a half-inch off your counter and keep it from breaking if you put the press down too hard. Plus, the gleaming steel frame looks nice in any kitchen. The Chambord’s metal body also felt sturdier than the Brazil’s plastic frame and will scratch less easily over time.
If you want to take your French press coffee on the go without taking the extra time to pour it into a travel mug, this 15-ounce press is just right for you. The press is incorporated into a travel mug that has double-walled vacuum-sealed stainless steel construction that keeps the coffee warm while you go. Bring coffee grounds with you, and you can have fresh French Press coffee anywhere you can find hot water.
The press is made from 18/10 stainless steel with double-wall construction that retains heat better than single-wall metal or glass carafes, so it’s great as a serving carafe at the table, while the interior is brushed stainless steel. The press disassembles easily and is dishwasher safe, but you don’t need to disassemble the plunger before washing.

However, in terms of functionality and taste results, there’s no substantial difference between an inexpensive press and a more expensive one–as long as you’re buying from a good manufacturer. The price difference is mainly for improved looks. On the whole, stainless steel french options are more expensive than glass models. Bear that in mind as you decide which type to buy!


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.

My husband and I have been brewing our morning coffee with a French press for close to two decades, so the process is already one of my everyday rituals. To get a feel for the contenders, I took a three-part approach: first I unboxed and cleaned each press and made some general notes about its design, size, and other physical features. Then, over the course of two weeks, my husband and I rotated each one into our morning coffee routine at least twice. We brewed a full pot our usual way, getting a feel for its strengths and weaknesses as a daily-use object and gauging how much we enjoyed our cups while we packed school lunches and ran for the bus.

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 is by far the most reasonably priced French press on the market that consistently delivers great coffee. It is easy to maintain, it is made of much thicker borolisicate glass when compared to other brands, and it has a good filtration system. This is Coffee Dork’s recommended top choice, but you are welcome to keep reading and see all other presses that we have reviewed below!
But if you want to be a little more precise, here’s the ideal brewing method and amount of ingredients, according to Carey. First, consider your ratio of coffee to water. If you’re brewing a lighter roast, a ratio of 1-to-14 or 1-to-15 is ideal. In practical terms, this ratio would require 63 grams of grounds to make a full 32-ounce pot. With fuller-bodied darker roasts, you’ll get more flavor extraction, so a ratio of 1-to-16 or 1-to-17, or 58 grams for a 32-ounce pot, would suffice. French presses also require a much coarser grind than most brewing methods, so use the appropriate setting on your grinder or look for bags of preground coffee that advertise a less fine blend.

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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 Espro P3’s two bucket-shaped micro-filters make every other plunger’s fine mesh look like Swiss cheese. According to Espro, the shimmery, gauze-like mesh on its filters is nine to 12 times finer than typical French press filters. The two filters lock into each other so they stay together while plunging, but you can easily detach them when you clean the press. The lock imposes an extra step that takes a few tries to get comfortable with, but it’s easy to master. In our testing, the filters kept out even the most slippery of runaway grounds.

However, this is a case where material matters, and French presses made of certain materials are better for different types of coffee drinkers, even if all of these coffee machines function in basically the same way. So to help you figure out which French press is best for you and your caffeine habit, we took a deep dive into the most common types of French presses available and broke down the pros and cons of each material, along with some archetypal examples that you can buy.
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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The Brazil’s lid has a less-than-snug fit on the top of the beaker and can wiggle if you jostle it, but it still traps heat in the pot long enough for you to brew and pour. Freeing the beaker from its snug-fitting plastic shell to clean in between the two is also more difficult, requiring more wiggling than the Chambord’s shell. But you won’t need to clean the inside of the plastic too often.

We selected the top nine products and, over a highly caffeinated five-day stretch, performed four in-depth tests on taste, usability, heat retention, and amount of coffee grounds remaining after a pour. We also compared their key metrics: cost, capacity, cleaning ease, material, accessories, and portability. Our finalists are all made of high-quality material, like borosilicate glass and stainless steel.


On a related note, you also want to consider whether you want a portable coffee press or not. Now, there are many advantages to using a portable French press, even though they usually come at the expense of a large capacity and strong construction. Furthermore, you might want to invest in a compact press if you do not have a fully equipped kitchen or if you plan on using the press at work where you might have issues accommodating a coffee maker if it’s too large.
Considering the appearance of the other budget range French presses on this list, we were quite disappointed with the Bodum Brazil Coffee Maker. It’s a simple, heat-resistant carafe with a plastic base and lid – BPA-free, thankfully. It stands at just 7 inches tall and holds 2 or 3 small cups of coffee (12oz) so this is a compact, single serving type of coffee press for the individual.

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.

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.

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.
Which raises the question: For a method as straightforward as French-press brewing, how fancy does the equipment really need to be? A French press only needs to accomplish two things, after all: hold hot water and filter out the grounds. The Mr. Coffee Coffee Press proves that, to some degree, a workable French press can be had for a very modest investment.

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After putting in over 16 hours of research and testing, speaking with several baristas, testing six top contenders in a blind-tasting panel, and making more than 40 cups of coffee, we think the Bodum Chambord is the best French press for most casual coffee drinkers. In our tests, the elegant-looking press brewed coffee that was as grit-free as brews from models that cost up to three times as much. The Chambord is easy to clean and use, and we found that it made balanced, rich coffee with little muddiness.
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.
We selected the top nine products and, over a highly caffeinated five-day stretch, performed four in-depth tests on taste, usability, heat retention, and amount of coffee grounds remaining after a pour. We also compared their key metrics: cost, capacity, cleaning ease, material, accessories, and portability. Our finalists are all made of high-quality material, like borosilicate glass and stainless steel.


The Stelton EM French Press has a cool, Scandi-modern look for a semi-moderate price. We were intrigued by the possibility of combining the functionality of a press pot with the heat-retaining capabilities of a vacuum thermos, but the Stelton didn't live up to its promise and lost the most heat of all the insulated presses we tested. Though the Stelton is made from BPA-free plastic, if you're concerned about drinking hot liquids from plastic, or are just interested in reducing your use of plastics in general, our top-pick stainless steel press, the SterlingPro, brewed coffee that stayed warmer longer, at a lesser price.
By allowing coffee grounds to steep before pushing them through a steel filter, the French press releases natural oils that create a robust, clean taste that’s simply not possible with drip coffee makers. We spent over 30 hours of research and testing to determine that the SterlingPro –  Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press is the best French press coffee maker. It keeps coffee hotter for longer than any other French press we tested, and its sleek and durable construction contributes to a delicious cup every time. Our runner-up is the Bodum – Chambord.

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