Just like the name suggests, this French press from Frieling features a double wall intended to keep the contents warm at a steady temperature for long periods of time. It also features a spacious carafe that doubles as an insulated serving pitcher, a feature that helps it retain heat four times longer than glass carafes. Furthermore, this press features a two-stage filter system with a pre-filter & super-fine mesh to minimize the risk of sediments.
The Bodum Chambord was the first French press I ever owned, fresh out of college, and over the years it's one I've returned to again and again. Chances are, if you've ever ordered press coffee at a cafe, it was made in a version of the Chambord. Designed in the 1950s, the chrome frame and glass carafe are what most people envision when they picture a French press. But when I embarked on these tests I had to wonder: did the Chambord become ubiquitous because it really outperforms the pack? Or just because it has been around so long?

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.


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.
The Kona French press has a borosilicate glass carafe with a plastic outer shell. The outer shell offers some mechanical protection to the glass, and it also boosts the unit’s aesthetic appeal. But, we think Kona added the outer shell to compensate for the shatter-prone glass carafe. Overall, the quality of the parts leans towards the cheaper side.
For each brewer, we took into consideration its quality of material and build and its look and feel. We paid particularly close attention to the propensity of the filter to allow potentially flavor-dampening silt to pass into the cup. We concentrated on how easy or difficult the unit was to clean, including the disassembly and reassembly of its filter system.
Coffee presses, also commonly called “French presses” are one of the oldest and simplest forms of coffee-making equipment. Portable, virtually waste free, and easy to use, it’s clear why many prefer press brewing. Here at Seattle Coffee Gear, we proudly carry a wide selection of coffee presses in varying sizes and design styles to suit living spaces of all kinds. Read on to learn more about the joyous simplicity of French press coffee brewing, and order your high-quality coffee press today!
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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.
Equipped with a reliable coffee carafe made of durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a BPA-free handle, this French Press can be considered one of the strongest in this price range. We can also add to this that it has a 3-part stainless steel plunger with a mesh filter that helps extract the coffee’s aromatic oils and flavors instead of them being absorbed by a paper filter, a feature you will find quite useful in the long run.
The most obvious downside is that the glass can break easily, but bigger brands like Bodum also sell replacement carafes for their French presses in case of such an accident. But glass is easy to clean, and some of these carafes are even dishwasher-safe. Plus, the actual French presses come in a variety of colorful, or not-so-colorful, designs, depending on your preference.
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.
Yes, depending on your specific needs, it might be that important. While some people don’t really seem to mind it much and it’s really one of the most underrated factors, as I said, it’s actually something that a lot of things depend on. The main thing, obviously, being how long your coffee will remain warm. Most coffee drinkers hate it when their good coffee gets cold and dull.
Deciding whether or not this French press truly earns its place in a kitchen equipped with the company’s skillets or Dutch ovens depends, to some extent, on what one’s goals are in owning such a piece. If beauty is the most important thing, either independently or to reinforce a look, then there may be no substitute for a genuine Le Creuset French press. Yet if a dedicated home chef invests in quality Le Creuset cookware less for the look and more for the pleasure of using well-made tools, then this French press may not live up to expectation.

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.

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