One of the top models, if not THE top model when it comes to insulated French presses is the Espro Press Stainless Steel vacuum insulated French press. As you can easily see from its name, this machine has a vacuum insulation. Double wall is good, but making a vacuum in the middle is great, because it’s hard for heat to travel through empty space! This gives it one of the best levels of insulation that you can achieve.
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.

Our tasting panelists all agreed that the stately but expensive Frieling French Press was the most beautiful press we evaluated, and many said they would consider buying it as a gift. But the Espro P7 had a finer filter. And the Frieling model lacked the rubber rings circling the Espro P7’s filter, resulting in a metal-on-metal plunging noise that sounded a little like nails on a chalkboard. This model is stunning to look at, but we don’t think we’d ever get used to that sound.
Espro’s marque innovation, the patent-pending micromesh double filter, works exceptionally well on its own, reducing the amount of silt in the cup to a wisp, unlikely to provoke a complaint even from a pour-over paper-filter devotee. Additionally, the Espro offers the option of sandwiching a custom paper filter between its dual layers of micro-mesh, thus combining the appeal of both pour-over and French press, and potentially netting a cup with the richly blended flavor and sweetness associated with full-immersion brewing, yet with the lighter mouthfeel and more delicate, articulated aromatics associated with filter-drip brewing.


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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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.
yes, its great for coffee and thats been reviewed by many. What isnt mentioned is how great it is at brewing other hot drinks: tea, citris rind beverage, hot ginger tea for a sore throat, even real hot cocoa nib hot chocolate. leaves no particles, perfect size for a couple cups. combine with a tea kettle, mortar & pestle, sharp knife, citrus rind plane maybe and you can make any natural hot home beverage
French presses made of stoneware or ceramic are often the most expensive, but they’re also, in many ways, the most showstopping, ideal centerpieces for weekend brunches when you’re trying to impress friends or family. That doesn’t mean the material’s not practical. Much like a cast-iron skillet or a Dutch oven, these stone and ceramic French presses retain heat very well, making them ideal for leisurely mornings, when you’re not in the mood to slurp up an entire French press’s worth of coffee in one go. Stoneware and ceramic, however, must be cleaned by hand.
If you always run out of time in the morning, you can make your coffee on the go with the Bodum Stainless-Steel Travel French Press Mug. Just spoon some coarsely ground coffee in the bottom, pour hot water on top, pop the lid on, and rush out the door. Plunge it down a few minutes later when you're in your car, on the subway, or at work, and voila! Fresh French Press coffee is yours.
The Bodum Chambord is our top pick for passionate coffee lovers. It looks superb, and it works even better. The materials are as good as they get in french presses. The many size options are particularly convenient for suiting your specific needs and wants. Be aware that even the best glass vessels are fragile, though. This one’s also a fair bit more expensive than the Brazil, and the difference is only aesthetic.
Construction - Stainless steel, glass, ceramic and plastic are the most common construction materials used in making a French Press. Stainless steel is non-reactive, offers excellent heat retention and does not confer a metallic taste to the coffee. Glass helps users in gauging brewing strength and is noted for its elegant design and ease of use. Ceramic French presses offer durability and can hold temperatures well, while plastic is favored for its affordability. However, many people tend to shy away from plastic products for fear of chemicals leaking into the brew.
Another classic from Bodum, you have a choice of configurations. Firstly, opt for double-walled stainless steel or BPA-free acrylic then decide whether you’d like the accompanying flashes of color to be black, white, red or green. These bright silicone grips are designed to have plenty of traction so you won’t end up with the carafe slipping from your hand while on the move.
The Bodum Chambord produced a clear-flavored and consistent cup of coffee that our tasters liked just as much as coffee brewed in most of the other presses we tested, most of which cost more. Its simple glass beaker, steel filtering screens, and elegant steel frame appear refined rather than cheap, and its filter pushes down with more ease than other presses’ halting, skittish plungers.
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.
We settled on 600 grams of water because that not only represented a weight/volume that all our test products could contain, but also because it represents just a bit more than one would need to brew two 10-ounce mugs of coffee, which is among the more common serving volumes needed in a household brewer. We wanted to test the same weight/volume in each device, given that different presses have varying maximum capacities and their rate of heat loss when filled to the maximum will differ.

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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.
The three buttons at the top of the handle, which control power on/off, timer start/stop/clear, and taring the scale to zero, are also somewhat sensitive and positioned close together. It requires care to avoid accidentally turning something on while handling the press, particularly during cleaning. This is about as minor as nuisances come, though it can cause undue battery drain.
However, the glass carafe walls are thinner compared to the walls of carafes that come with more expensive models. Although the borosilicate wall tolerates heat stress well, it can chip or crack under mechanical stress. So, you should be careful when handling the carafe. You should also be careful when pouring coffee because the plastic lid loosely fits the mouth of the carafe.

This kind of experience can lead a user to avoid thoroughly cleaning the filter on a regular basis, which is particularly bad news given the mysterious grooves in the base plate. Furthermore, the glass is slightly hazy even at its cleanest, is not dishwasher safe, and there are so many warnings about its breakability (on the box, on the glass itself and in the instruction pamphlet) that one has to wonder just how many uses or cleanings it can withstand, even with the gentlest of handling.


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.
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.
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.

One of the top models, if not THE top model when it comes to insulated French presses is the Espro Press Stainless Steel vacuum insulated French press. As you can easily see from its name, this machine has a vacuum insulation. Double wall is good, but making a vacuum in the middle is great, because it’s hard for heat to travel through empty space! This gives it one of the best levels of insulation that you can achieve.

The Chosen Bean

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!
We spent two weeks brewing and plunging and sipping our way through a slew of well-regarded presses in an array of materials, shapes, and sizes. The goal: to find the best French press—one that produces a superior brew and can withstand intensive everyday use. Keep reading to see how the results shook out; for the specifics of how we tested and other models we considered, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Most glass French presses are made of borosilicate, a type of glass made more resistant to thermal shock by the addition of boric oxide. Thermal shock is what causes glass to break when it undergoes sharp changes in temperature. So a borosilicate beaker is important if you want your French press to remain in one piece even when you fill it with boiling water.
The Freiling Insulated Double-Wall Stainless Steel French Press is another favorite among critics and has hundreds of glowing Amazon reviews praising its luxe, insulated stainless body and the nuanced, light coffee it produced. We were impressed by the tightness of the seal around the filter—nary a particle of grit found its way into our cup—but that same tightness also made it a little awkward to use as we wrestled to get the plunger smoothly into the carafe. We also wondered if the Freiling's filter might be a little too effective: of all the models we tried, it produced coffee so clean that it tasted like pour-over. Which begs the question: if you're choosing a French press over a filter brewer, don't you want your coffee to have a little bit of body? The Frieling also costs about $100. During our tests, its inexpensive clone, the SterlingPro, performed nearly as well at brewing (and better at heat retention) at about a quarter of the price.
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!

The Planetary Design Table Top French Press remains our favorite coffee maker for camping. It brews cleanly and offers better insulation than any other press we tested. But while it travels well to a campsite, it looks unwieldy on a kitchen counter. If you plunge too fast, you’ll end up with splattered droplets of hot coffee on your breakfast. It’s also harder to clean, with a small metal cap that detaches from the end of the filtering pole and can slide into the drain if you’re not careful.
Put simply, coffee maintains its heat better throughout the brewing process in a glass carafe. Also, you can keep your eye on proceedings rendering your coffee making a highly visual experience. Crafted from heat-resistant borosilicate glass offset with rugged stainless steel, you don’t need to worry about a tiny impact shattering the carafe either. Plastic only makes an appearance on the upper lip so you won’t get any taint in your drink.

We tested six glass French presses and two stainless steel French presses. All of the glass carafes are constructed with borosilicate. The addition of boric acid to the glass mixture increases its resilience to heat and sudden temperature change. It is the standard not just for coffee presses but for all glass cookware and scientific laboratory equipment as well.

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.


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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