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.

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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. 

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If you want to make the best French press coffee at a reasonable price, get the Bodum Chambord. The kit is classic for a reason: it's simple, has timeless good looks, feels nice in the hand, and makes a terrific, clean- and complex-tasting brew at a fraction of the cost of many of its competitors. The only downsides are its fragility (the carafe is made of glass) and lack of insulation (though that can be addressed by pouring your coffee into a thermos once brewed). If you prefer the durability or look of stainless steel over glass, we recommend the SterlingPro, which outperformed similar models that were three times the price.
Similarly, you want to have confidence that the glass, plastic, and metal components in your new french press all meet appropriate food safety standards. Generic offerings from China often have plastic parts with all sorts of toxic chemicals (including BPA’s). They’ll leach into your coffee, throwing off the flavor and making your brews pretty unhealthy. Likewise, generic glass from anonymous Chinese factories isn’t always tested to be completely free of lead.
But now to heat retention. In our tests, when 600 grams of water at 205 degrees Fahrenheit were poured into the carafe following a one-minute preheat with freshly boiled water, the temperature dropped to 197 degrees within 30 seconds, which is comparable to the initial drop of an insulated steel carafe and keeps the contents within the SCA-recommended brewing range of 195-205 degrees. However, the contents then tended to lose another 17 degrees over the following five minutes of brew-time, which is a rather steep decline. Therein resides the inherent tradeoff with glass. Glass is beautiful and inexpensive, but it’s simply not as effective as double-walled steel when it comes to maintaining a hot, steady brewing temperature, a critical concern when seeking excellence in French-press brewing.

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.
Material When you think of French press coffee makers, you might think of a glass carafe with a metal plunger — but as French-pressed coffee has become more popular, presses are being made from a wider variety of materials. Glass has the advantage of being clear so you can see the coffee, but it’s breakable. Metal is more durable but might not be as pleasing to the eye. Materials also affect the insulating ability of the carafe, and thus the length of time the coffee will stay hot.

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For those who prefer darker roasts or who are switching to a French press directly from a low-performance automatic drip coffee machine, a low brewing temperature may not produce noticeably disappointing results. However, sub-optimum brew temperatures definitely will not bring out the best in dense-bean, high-grown, freshly light- or medium-roasted coffees. And some lower-priced French presses offer better insulation and heat retention, as well as a better-performing filter and a less wobbly lid.
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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The base-plate of the filter system is also of noticeably low quality, constructed of thin, slightly warped metal with channels pressed into it. The threading at the bottom of the rod is imprecise, causing an occasional challenge in getting it started back into the filter base. And the cylindrical nut at the bottom of the rod that keeps the three plates of the filter assembly sandwiched tightly together and attached to the rod is especially poorly designed and constructed. Higher-quality press pots have this nut either permanently installed at end of the rod or otherwise prevented from sliding upward on the rod, yet on the Mr. Coffee assembly, the nut winds freely up or down. A user must thread the rod into the filter base, and then thread the loose nut down just so, finding exactly the right combination of tightening to secure the filter, a fussy, annoying procedure. In the course of one busy morning cleanup, I had to abandon a partially assembled filter system in frustration in order to get on with my day.

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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.
On the other hand, an argument could be made that, because the French press method is classic, and because glass is the classic material for the carafe, then a traditional cup prepared by this method ought to be brewed with a steeply declining temperature profile. Staunch traditionalists may therefore prefer the Chambord cup as it is, while contemporary perfectionists can always choose to spend more on a brewer with a better-insulated carafe to meet today’s more exacting standards for brewing consistency and control.
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As a result of its near-perfect, shatter-resistant, BPA-free glass carafe construction, this coffee maker stands out as one of the sturdiest out there. Versatile and easy to use, this reliable coffee press can extract the perfect amount of essential oils and acids from virtually any type of coffee you might enjoy. It also benefits from a 3-part stainless steel mesh filter and 100% dishwasher-safe components.

Because I got the 17 oz, I will say that the wideness of the press is unusual and I was a bit taken aback by how this particular wide design made the filter feel as it plunges. At first, I honestly thought there was a design flaw since the plunger didn't depress as easily as other presses I have had in the past. However, after using it to make coffee a few times now, it works flawlessly and I appreciate the extra resistance while plunging.
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.
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.
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.

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Many stainless steel French presses advertise a heat-retaining double-wall construction, but we think this feature isn’t too important because you should pour pressed coffee out of the beaker as soon as you’ve plunged it. Still, the handle of a glass press and the body of any steel press should feel cool to the touch so you don’t burn yourself while pouring a cup. And glass presses should have a handle that’s far enough from the glass beaker to keep you from burning your knuckles.
To make it easy for you to soak all the information here, we’ve divided the guide into two parts. In the first part, we will introduce you to the leading products in this category through our reviews of French press coffee makers. And in the section that follows, we will discuss in detail all the factors you should consider when buying a French press coffee maker. By applying what you learn from these two sections, you will find the best product for your needs quickly and easily.
Coffee brewing methods are many and varied — You have pourover, cold brew, classic espresso, and more. One of the most popular methods is the French Press, which lets your coffee grounds swirl around in boiling water to brew before you push the plunger down and pour the coffee right into your mug. There are dozens of great French Press coffee makers out there, but they're not all created equal.
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.
The plunger has a layered construction. On the bottom is a spiral plate with a coil around the sides-it keeps the filter mesh firmly in place, and helps account for slight differences in glass manufacturing. In between is the mesh filter, to keep the grounds at the bottom of the beaker. On top is a simple cross plate which holds the mesh onto the spiral plate.

For those who prefer darker roasts or who are switching to a French press directly from a low-performance automatic drip coffee machine, a low brewing temperature may not produce noticeably disappointing results. However, sub-optimum brew temperatures definitely will not bring out the best in dense-bean, high-grown, freshly light- or medium-roasted coffees. And some lower-priced French presses offer better insulation and heat retention, as well as a better-performing filter and a less wobbly lid.


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.

You can get a good French press for less than $30. This is not a large sum of money. But, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the most out of every dollar you spend. So, based on our reviews of French press coffee makers, the best way to spend your money is to go for the glass or steel French press from SterlingPro. But, if you’re looking for something under $20, the Bodum Brazil is a good pick.

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