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.


When I lined the Chambord up with the rest of the contenders and put them all through the same tests, I was struck (and, I admit, pleasantly surprised) by how impressively it still held its own. The Chambord looks great right out of the box and its matte black polypropylene handle (which has a subtly retro look, like Bakelite) feels comfy and secure in the hand. The double-filtering combo of the fine mesh filter and perforated steel plate plunges smoothly and effortlessly into the carafe while still remaining tight enough to keep the coffee clean and grit-free. And that brew tastes really, really great: bright, clean, and balanced, but with enough body to remind you that you're drinking press coffee, not drip or pour-over. The press comes apart seamlessly after brewing and the pieces are easy to rinse and clean.
 Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press (Best French Press for Travel)– Stainless Steel construction ensures that it is able to handle the occasional drop and keeps your coffee warm even after two hours. Prevents the grounds from mixing with the brewed coffee post plunging. (Hence the coffee tastes the same from the first sip to the last)
The P3’s main drawback is its price. It costs about three times as much as the Brazil currently, and it makes coffee that tastes good—but not three times as good. We recommend it only if you have a particularly sensitive palate, care about preserving as many tasting notes as possible, and enjoy the texture of French press coffee. But if you just want a quick and easy cup of coffee in the morning, we recommend the Chambord.

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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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.
One researcher we spoke to found those results alarming. According to Rob Martinus van Dam, an epidemiologist at the National University of Singapore, this rise in serum cholesterol is equivalent to a 6 percent increase in risk of coronary heart disease. “Given that heart disease is a complex disease with many contributing factors in the development of heart disease, this is a substantial impact for a single dietary habit,” van Dam said, adding that he would recommend regular French press drinkers who have high cholesterol or are at risk for heart disease switch to another, filtered method of coffee preparation that they enjoy.
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.
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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

With those criteria in mind, we sorted through dozens of presses—from simple glass beakers to elegant and fragile Japanese designs—on the websites for Sur La Table and Williams Sonoma. We also looked through best-selling presses on Amazon, got recommendations from Scott Carey of Sump Coffee and Matt Banbury of Counter Culture, and took into consideration research from our guide to the best coffee maker for camping before settling on six finalists to test.

The Chambord is enjoyable not only for its visually impressive juxtaposition of transparent glass and gleaming chromed steel, but also for its combination of performance and affordability. In nearly all respects, it represents a happy medium: Its sturdy glass carafe, while not as durable, insulated or expensive as dual-walled stainless steel, retains heat reasonably well and provides a lovely view of the brewing process. The components of its filter assembly are manufactured solidly enough to allow easy disassembly and reassembly while cleaning.
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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If you’re willing to pay more for a press that preserves as much of your beans’ brightness and flavor as possible, we recommend the Espro Press P3. The clear front-runner among our tasting panel, this Espro model offers an unusual bucket-shaped double filter that’s much finer than most and will keep your coffee almost as grit-free as pour-over. But at around twice the price of the Chambord at this writing, the Espro P3 is a definite splurge, so we recommend it only for people who are very particular about grit in their coffee. 


Delivery was as promised and even with the delivery person dropping the box in the driveway the product was received unscathed. It was exactly as described. This is a small French Press. The directions specify not to fill beyond one inch from the top which is where the top part of the upper metal band is, a good visual reference. I measured out 12 ounces to see how much this version of French Press really holds. Twelve ounces comes right to the top of the metal band, about one inch from the top. Ahh, but there is a rub here as Archimedes discovered during his bath. If you put 3 scoops of coffee into the device you can't possibly fit twelve ounces of water due to that whole displacement thing. Three scoops was too strong for me so I used two. I boiled a pot of water in the Ovente electric kettle. Letting it sit until it came off the boil I measured out 12 ounces and poured it into the Bodum. Mixing the grounds gently with a plastic spoon I then put the top on and let it sit for 4 minutes. Then I began the final step of the extraction process. Slowly and gently I pressed my palm into the firm roundness of the plunger. The slightest resistance noted, I pushed on, gently. Finally I reached the limit when I could push no more. I noted the creamy liquid forming on the top of the coffee. I rotated the lid and poured the hot, steaming beverage into the measuring cup. Ten ounces. I'm ok with that. No grounds or sediment was noted. I used Cape May Roasters coarse ground Lighthouse blend. Delicious.
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 proved to be true. Yet, while the Espro and the KitchenAid carafes are both constructed of insulated steel, it was surprising that the Espro performed better than the KitchenAid in our heat-retention test, probably owing to the Espro’s taller, narrower carafe design. Nevertheless, we were impressed not only by the KitchenAid’s digital add-ons that facilitate precise, weight-based brewing, but also by its robust and meticulous construction. However, the Espro’s double-filter design and optional paper filter, coupled with its elegant profile and similarly robust construction, pushed it to the highest rating among the five French press models we tested.
Pressed coffee is more full-bodied and textured than other brews, but also more muddy, because the French press’s mesh screen is more porous than a paper filter. Some people love the robust, oily flavor of French press coffee, while others dislike how the brew loses the highlights and delicacies of fancy coffee beans. It’s really a matter of taste.
No Filters - Drip-style coffee makers use paper filters that tend to remove the essential oils in the coffee and reduce the richness of its flavor. A French Press does not use such filter and ensures all of the coffee’s essential oils are completely extracted and contained in the finished product. Drip machines also result to more acidity since the essence of the coffee has been reduced.
This model has a 34-ounce carafe made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass. So, Bodum didn’t shortchange the product in terms of capacity. The filter system uses a single screen, which means you can expect some grinds in your coffee. But, for the price, we can let this slide because French presses more expensive than the Bodum Brazil come with single-screen filters.
The first thing that jumped out at me was the volume. They claim it either holds 36oz or 1 liter. Which is odd, seeing as 1 liter is approximately 34oz. After testing we can confirm that it does, in fact, hold 36oz when filled to the top. Regardless of their poor maths skills, the guys at Ritual clearly know what they are doing when it comes to designing a French coffee press!

2nd order came with broken glass .. probably due to the fact there is ZERO package protection so...luckily the metal was straight on the second order so I just returned the old crooked metal press with the thousand broken glass shards that arrived. All in all I got my French press but still what a hassle! This review only has 4 stars because the French press it's self it great. But I give 1 star for whom ever is sending these out in the mail.

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If not elegant, the Brazil’s simple design is inoffensive, belying the fact that its shell is plastic. Some testers even preferred the look of the no-frills Brazil to the fussier-looking Chambord. The Brazil’s triangular handle puts a welcome amount of space between your fingers and the hot glass of the beaker. And if you dislike the handle’s modern look, an older version of the Brazil comes in a more traditional design with a symmetrical handle, though this shape will bring your knuckles closer to the hot glass.

      BREWINGCOFFEE BEANSRegion GuidesCoffee ReviewsGEAREspresso machinesCoffee MakersAccessoriesGrindersRECIPES    Home →Gear →The 9 Best French Press Coffee Makers of 2019     0    Best French Press Coffee Makers of 2019ContentsWhat To Look For In Your French PressMaterial - Stainless Steel vs GlassDesign & ComfortSize - Is Bigger Really Better?FilterThe Best French Presses of 20191.  The Francois et Mimi Double Walled French Press2. The Bodum Chambord French Press3. The KONA French Press4. The Frieling Stainless Steel French Press5. The Bodum Brazil French Press6. The Kuissential 8-Cup Stainless Steel French Press7. The Bodum Columbia French Press8. The Sterling Pro French Press9. The Coffee Gator French PressTHE VERDICTWalking up to just about any coffee shop, and ogling all the impressive and (sometimes) bizarre coffee gear (I'm talking about Mr. Syphon!), you could get the impression that brewing coffee is quite complicated.And you'd be wrong. Because nowhere in the Coffee Bible does it say that brewing can't also be simple. And perhaps the easiest of manual brewers is the French Press - a.k.a. the plunger, a.k.a. the 'press pot'. It's way, way easier than some drip coffee makers.Using the French Press is easy, and delicious: Grind freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans in the right coarseness, put the ground coffee in the French press, pour hot water over it, and simply press down when your timer says 'Ding!' Done. So easy, even the French can do it. No precision pouring, stirring, or gooseneck kettles required. No paper filters needed. Many aficionados of coffee say the French press produces the best coffee. It certainly captures the full essence of the bean.Which is why, today - for all you devout caffeinistas - we’ll be taking a look at the most efficient, highest quality, and all-around best French press currently on the market.TOP PICK: Frieling Double Wall French PressThis press pot is beautiful and distinctive, but there's actually more to that! Its stainless-steel construction makes it long lasting and lets it keep your coffee hot 4 times as long as glass. Plus it has a double-screen filter of fine Italian mesh to reduce the grainy texture of some French press coffee. This is why it's our top pick.  CLICK TO CHECK PRICE What To Look For In Your French PressDespite how simple the mechanism is, French Press coffee makers come in all sorts of variations, and it can be difficult to separate the functional from the flashy.To help you navigate the flurry of dinky knock-offs and overpriced frustration traps, here is a list of what to look for the perfect press:Material - Stainless Steel vs GlassThese coffee makers are almost exclusively made from one of two materials: borosilicate glass or stainless steel. Although some may think the choice between one or the other comes down to visual appeal, it’s really more of a practical matter.A glass carafe is pretty, but it won’t keep your coffee warm as well as a double-wall stainless steel French press.However, if you feel particularly driven towards glass, breathe easy, because unless you plan to let your coffee sit for more than ten minutes, the amount of heat lost in a glass coffee press isn’t too significant. If you pour it into an insulated travel mug the moment you push down the plunger, choosing a glass or stainless steel press makes no difference.Between these two choices, stainless steel offers you more control over temperature for a longer period of time, and this may be good for someone brewing for more than themselves.If you’re the one responsible for the morning coffee for you and your special someone, ensuring that their coffee will stay hot - no matter how long they take doing God knows what in the bathroom - can be the key to a happy morning.Also, stainless steel is orders of magnitude more accident-proof than a glass carafe (...yes, we're speaking from personal experience here).Although the glass often used in French presses - borosilicate glass - isn’t as fragile as momma’s fancy wine glasses, it’s still glass, which, as science still maintains, is more prone to breaking than steel.Design & ComfortDesign may seem superficial - and it often is - but it can also be practical. Comfort, for example, is one of those unappreciated-until-you-try-it advantages.Considering the times we crave coffee the most are also the times when our fine motor skills are at their lowest (AKA mornings), a comfortable handle may reduce the rate of morning rage-attacks.Whether you’re pouring for just yourself, or for a plus-one, a good handle keeps that delicate coffee maker from careening off the counter to an untimely, messy death.While on the topic of design, it’d be evasive to not at least mention aesthetics, so I’ll say this: a handsome French press isn’t always a well functioning one. Showing off your pretty new coffee brewer is fun and all, but delicious coffee doesn’t always come from the prettiest instruments (e.g. the AeroPress).Size - Is Bigger Really Better?When you make a cup of coffee, are you really just making a cup, or is it more like two cups? If your morning “cup” consists of one to wake and one to go, then you probably need something that can keep up.There are a few standard sizes to choose from, but 12 oz. and 34 oz. are the most popular. If you're alone or with someone else, I'd recommend going with the 12 oz. To give you some perspective, 12 oz. gives you one large cup of coffee, or two small cups. Needless to say, the 12 oz. model is also by far the more travel-friendly coffee press, for all you road brewers out there. If you often find yourself brewing for your family, colleagues or groups of friends, opt for the 34 oz. version. This would also be our recommendation if you're dealing with two coffee guzzlers, as you won't get two cups of coffee out of the 12oz. But bigger isn't always better. A French Press coffee maker is all about proportions. If you're going to use the 34oz., you'll need to put more coffee grounds and water in the carafe to make the ratio work with the depth of the plunger.FilterThe final consideration before purchasing your press is its filter. The filter in a typical French press, composed of a sandwich of steel mesh held in place by stamped steel, is not nearly as fine as those in a drip or pour over coffee maker, and therefore not as good at keeping out bits of sediment.However, a French press filter will not filter out the tasty and aromatic coffee oils as other filters will.Although some people like, or don’t mind, some extra grit floating around in their coffee, it’s not for everybody. That said, there are some unique ways to get around brew debris. One of these, the “pull” method of brewing, has you place coffee grounds on top of the filter, and pull them out after steeping.The Best French Presses of 2019Now that you know how to spot a good French press coffee maker, let’s take a look at the finalists:IMAGEPRODUCTFEATURESFrancois et Mimi Double Walled French PressGood for packing and travelingEffective at keeping your coffee hotter for longerCHECK PRICE →Bodum Chambord French PressMore reliable than other modelsGlass carafe in a stainless steel frameCHECK PRICE →KONA French PressLeast expensive on this listBetter at straining out the sedimentEasy and comfortable to handleDishwasher safeCHECK PRICE →Frieling Stainless Steel French PressUtilitarian and eye-catchingBetter at screening out sedimentMore durable than glassCHECK PRICE →Bodum Brazil French PressEye-catching colors make this a standout on your kitchen counterMetal filter comes apart for easy cleaningLow priceCHECK PRICE →Kuissential 8-Cup Stainless Steel French PressDouble-wall construction gives maximum heat retentionAll parts dishwasher-safe100% stainless steelCHECK PRICE →Bodum Columbia Stainless Steel French PressDesign echoes the classic teapot shape but with a modern twistAll compoments are dishwasher-safeThermal insulation helps keep coffee hot up to 2 hoursCHECK PRICE →Sterling Pro French PressSterlingPro double wall construction keeps coffee hotAvailable in 1.75L size (59 oz.), about six full-size cups100% stainless steel - no plastic partsCHECK PRICE →Coffee Gator French PressStainless steel construction plus eye-catching color makes this uniqueDouble screen filter produces a cleaner cupDouble wall construction provides superior heat retentionCHECK PRICE →1.  The Francois et Mimi Double Walled French PressAt only 12 oz., the Francois et Mimi French press is the smallest on the list, making it a smart choice for the solo brewer.Additionally, the interior of this coffee press has double walls and is made entirely from stainless steel, which makes it much better at retaining heat than the single-walled glass carafe that most other French presses have.Where this coffee maker loses some points is its relatively high price, and its comparatively less-effective mesh filter.For the small size (12 oz., 375 ml), you may not be willing to pay $40 for this French press, considering you can easily make the same amount of coffee in a lower priced, 34 oz. French press.In regards to the filter, although it is by no means bad, it is not as good as some of the others on this list.PROSThe small and compact design is good for packing and traveling.It is more effective at keeping your coffee hotter for longer.CONSThe small size can only accommodate 12 oz. at a time.It's the second most expensive on the list.The filter is not as effective at keeping sediment out of your coffee.  CLICK TO CHECK PRICE 2. The Bodum Chambord French PressSomewhere amongst all the confusing press pot origin stories, the Dutch company, Bodum has also staked a claim. Although Bodum does not pretend to have invented the coffee press, they certainly contend to have perfected it.I won’t support or refute this claim, but I will say that it’s no mystery why Starbucks continues to stock their shelves with these very well designed coffee makers.Bodum has a number of different glass-walled French press coffee makers available (which you can see here), but this model is the classic. I have owned and used this press, and can attest to its reliability and ease of using and cleaning. The borosilicate glass used by Bodum has proven to be very durable and heat resistant. However, like the Francois et Mimi, the Bodum Chambord will leave a little fine sediment in your coffee, because the plunger doesn't press all the way to the bottom.

But, while this press may be sort of fragile, and the warranty may not be terribly encouraging, it's fairly inexpensive and does its job well. Just treat it carefully, and be sure to let it cool down before cleaning. Although it is heat-resistant, borosilicate becomes much less stable when heated up. Otherwise, consider investing a little more in a stainless steel model. Glass is still glass, for now. — Owen Burke
Whichever size you choose, the Brazil is very well-made for the price! Bodum manufactures all their models in Portugal, including this one. It’s built around a heat-resistant, borosilicate glass carafe. That’s the same material you’ll get on the best french presses. The plunger is a 3-part stainless steel assembly, with a permanent mesh filter. The Bodum’s base, handle, and lid are high-density plastic.
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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