French press coffee makers: 6 models compared

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Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker (1928-16US4)

Despite it being the most expensive French press appliance in this article, the Bodum Chambord French press coffee maker is still remarkably affordable relative to other types of coffee makers.

It’s elegant and sophisticated and is available in six striking colors. It's perfect for brewing delicious morning coffee, and once you've finished using it, you'll find this brewer is remarkably easy to clean.

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Secura Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

The Secura Stainless Steel French press coffee maker is the perfect blend of affordability and functionality. Though this coffee maker has a couple of minor design flaws, it still represents superb value for money if you can make your peace with a little sediment in your coffee.

There are plenty of options when you’re choosing the color of your full stainless steel coffee maker.

Making coffee with a French press coffee maker is to handcraft your morning brew with care and attention that’s not required with any other brewer genre, except for a pour over device.

French press appliances are sleek and sophisticated and make wonderfully flavorsome coffee. Today we’re going to tell you our six favorite French press coffee makers, basing our opinions on affordability, capacity, appearance, durability, how easy they are to clean, and their ability to make great coffee.

Let’s go.

1. Bodum Chambord French Press (1928-16US4)

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Bodum 1928-16US4 Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, 1 Liter, 34 Ounce, Chrome
  • French press: Chambord French press brews a premium cup of Coffee in just 4 minutes, simply add course ground Coffee, hot water and press
  • Stainless steel: 3-part stainless steel plunger has a mesh filter that helps extract your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors instead of being absorbed by a paper filter. Made of plastic
  • Durable design: Coffee press features Bodum Patented safety lid to keep contents from spilling and is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 5.3 x 7.7 x 11.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 1.46lbs
  • Capacity:  34oz
  • Material: Borosilicate Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black – Chrome – Copper – Cork – Matte Chrome – White
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts – Glass / Frame / Lid

Things To Love

  • Classic Appearance: The Bodum French press coffee maker is a style icon. Its classic appearance is sleek yet understated. A quintessential French press brewer.
  • Makes Excellent Coffee: You’re guaranteed a delicious full-flavored cup of coffee with this brewer. The fine mesh filter ensures no coffee grounds get into your cup, and the high-quality glass eliminates any foreign tastes or odors.
  • Easy to Clean: The carafe, frame, and lid are all dishwasher safe and exceptionally easy to clean. Even if you don’t have access to a dishwasher, washing this brewer by hand is still remarkably straightforward.
  • Six Striking Colors: The Bodum Chambord is available in various colors that enhance the elegant appearance of this coffee maker and lets you choose a brewer to match your kitchen’s décor.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Loose Carafe: Some consumers report their carafe fits somewhat loosely in the frame, leading to concerns about pouring the last portions of coffee. Though the number of complaints is relatively small. 
  • No Measurement Markings: A lack of fluid measurement markings on the carafe means you’ll need to pre-measure your water before filling this coffee maker.

Final Remarks

Though it’s more affordable than most drip appliances, the Bodum Chambord coffee maker is relatively expensive in the market’s French press corner. That’s not to say it isn’t worth the money, though. This brewer is elegant, well made, and produces stunning coffee.

Overall Score: 17.5/20

2. Secura Stainless Steel French Press

Best Value French Press coffee maker
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Secura French Press Coffee Maker, 304 Grade Stainless Steel Insulated Coffee Press with 2 Extra...
  • Secura stainless steel French Press coffee maker is made from top quality 18/10 stainless steel, both the interior and exterior. It is made to outlast other coffee maker.
  • 3-LAYERED STAINLESS STEEL FILTER STRUCTURE traps the smallest coffee grounds to produce an exceptional full-bodied flavor.
  • BONUS Stainless Steel Screen included with this French coffee press. Filter screen is easy to dissemble and clean. Stack one or more screens together gives your coffee espresso more refined taste.

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 6.7 x 6.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.4lbs
  • Capacity:  34oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Silver – Black – Blue – Coffee – Gray – Green – Magenta – Orange
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Things To Love

  • ‘Cool-Touch’: The handle and plunger knob comes with ‘Cool-Touch’ to ensure you don’t burn your hand.
  • Stainless Steel: This Secura coffee maker is made from top to bottom from 18/10 stainless steel.
  • Double-Walled Construction: A double-walled construction will keep your coffee hotter for longer.
  • Eight Colors to Choose From: While some of these colors are a little garish for our tastes, there is undoubtedly something for everyone with eight different colors to choose from.

What’s Not To Like?

  • No Water Level Markings: If this issue is inconvenient on the transparent Bodum Chambord carafe, it’s almost annoying on the Secura French press coffee maker as you can’t see inside the stainless steel container.
  • Confusing Spout: Secura has also neglected markings for the pour spout on this appliance. You need to rotate the lid to the “open” position to pour coffee, but there’s no mark on the lid to inform you where the opening is.
  • Sediment in Your Coffee: Even a coarse grind will still see a small amount of sediment find its way into your brew.

Final Remarks

If you’re after for value for money, look no further than the Secura Stainless Steel French press coffee maker. While it’s not the cheapest brewer on the market, it’s still super affordable, made from high-quality materials, and would suit a contemporary kitchen.

Overall Score: 17/20

3. Coffee Gator Insulated French Press Coffee Maker

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Coffee Gator French Press Coffee Maker- Insulated, Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Makers For Home,...
  • Flavor - Hate boring, cold coffee? We do too! Our huge capacity coffee press is vacuum-layered and double-filtered to bring you a flavor more full than your email inbox. Oh yeah, you even get a mini canister for storing your next caffeine hit
  • Keep it steamy - the stainless steel french press keeps coffee (or tea) warm 60 minutes longer than glass coffee presses! It also has a cool-touch handle and a spring-loaded, double-screen filter that will deliver one mean and clean cup of joe
  • Professional grade in every way - This insulated french press brewer is tough, durable and rust proof. Unlike glass, it won’t break when you drop it (but your floor might need some attention). Your search for coffee that makes you smile ends here

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 4.06 x 4.06 x 8.46 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.2lbs
  • Capacity:  34oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Grey – Silver – Orange
  • Dishwasher Safe: No

Things To Love

  • Insulated for Hot Coffee: Insulated carafe walls will keep your coffee hot for up to 60 minutes longer than standard coffee makers.
  • Contemporary Appearance: While the other appliances steer towards a more traditional look, the Coffee Gator goes its own way with a funky design, from the main body to the handle, finishing with their alligator logo.
  • Dual Filtered: Not one but two filters make sure your coffee is smooth and sediment-free.
  • Free Mini Canister: Take your brewer and coffee grounds with you wherever you go, thanks to the mini canister that comes with the Coffee Gator French press appliance.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Filter Edges Can Be Sharp: The filter edges can become rough over time and be a bit stabby while you clean it.
  • No Measurement Markings: It appears to be common among French press coffee makers that they lack measurement markings. Similar to the Secura brewer, it’s more noticeable with this non-transparent container.
  • Color Coating Known to Peel Off: The Coffee Gator is a superb looking appliance, don’t clean it too vigorously, though, or you could cause the paint to peel away.

Final Remarks

Coffee Gator appliances are aimed at a younger audience, though they would look great in any modern kitchen or office space. Their fun brand voice is reflected perfectly in their French press coffee maker. While it is a little rough around the edges, it still makes excellent coffee.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

4. Kona French Press Coffee Maker

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KONA French Press Coffee Maker With Reusable Stainless Steel Filter, Large Comfortable Handle &...
  • SIMPLY THE PUREST WAY ~ extract & brew any tea leaf or coffee bean's essential oils into a single glass carafe. Will turn any ordinary coffee into a gourmet coffee treat guaranteed or your money back
  • PROTECTIVE DESIGN ~ unique & attractive insulated outer shell not only easy to admire on the kitchen counter but also protects from chips & cracks to the extra thick 34 oz borosilicate glass coffee pitcher. Unlike other thin metal frenchpress frames that rust and do little in protecting the glass carafe
  • COMFORTABLE HANDLE ~ is durable & sturdy, clever design for free flowing & effortless pouring to your mug which also features a BPS / BPA FREE lid were no plastic comes in contact with your hot or iced cold brewed tea while steeping

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 5.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 14oz
  • Capacity:  34oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel, Borosilicate Glass
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Things To Love

  • Unique Design: Kona’s unique take on the French press design sets it apart from other brewers. Not only is the framework interesting, but it also protects the fragile carafe from damage, if you’re careful.
  • Ergonomic Handle: The handle has been specifically designed for comfort and ease of use.
  • Microwave-Safe: Reheat your coffee in the microwave, so it doesn’t go to waste. Remember to remove the stainless steel filter and plunger before you do.
  • Easy to Clean: Every component of the Kona French Press coffee maker is dishwasher safe, so it’s super easy to clean. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Fragile Glass: The glass used to produce the carafe is very thin; even with the protective framework, you’ll need to be careful not to break it.
  • Loose Lid: The brewer’s lid doesn’t quite fit and has been known to rattle around ever so slightly.
  • No Measurement Markings: Yet another brand that lacked the foresight to include this simple feature that would appease many coffee enthusiasts.

Final Remarks

This interesting appliance tries very hard to ensure the user experience is second to none. While it does make a decent cup of coffee, it’s been let down slightly by the thin glass and a couple of design flaws.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

5. Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee Maker

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Bodum Brazil French Press Coffee and Tea Maker, 34 Ounce, Black
  • Add coarsely grounded Coffee. Add hot water. Wait 4 minutes. Plunge.
  • No paper filters or plastic capsules required.
  • Base and handle made of BPA-free polypropylene. Carafe made of German heat-resistant borosilicate glass. Plunger made of stainless steel

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 5.62 x 7.12 x 9.5 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 1.65lbs
  • Capacity:  51oz
  • Material: Polypropylene
  • Available Colors: Black – Red
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Things To Love

  • Large Capacity: Easily the largest capacity coffee maker we’ve looked at today with a substantial 51oz carafe. It’ll give you five good-sized mugs with relative ease.
  • German Borosilicate Heat-Resistant Glass: This glass isn’t just lightweight and robust; it’s also heat-resistant to help keep your coffee hotter for longer.
  • Robust Base: The base for this appliance is made from BPA-Free polypropylene, ensuring it’s robust and durable.
  • Dishwasher Safe: The entire product is dishwasher safe, so it’s straightforward to clean.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Base & Carafe Fixed Together: While the Bodum Brazil is dishwasher safe and easy to clean, it’s been made unnecessarily tricky to wash for people without a dishwasher as the carafe and base are fixed together and don’t come apart.
  • Spills While Pouring: You’ll need to pour your coffee slowly out of this brewer, or it’ll end up all over your work surfaces.
  • Sediment in Your Coffee: There’s a mild case of sediment build-up in your cup, even when using a more coarse coffee grind.

Final Remarks

If you’re looking for a French press coffee maker with a more substantial capacity, then the Bodum Brazil is worth your consideration. It’s not overly pretty and has no other features that set it apart from other coffee makers, but there is only one clear winner if coffee volume is essential. 

Overall Score: 16/20

6. Veken French Press Coffee Maker

Veken French Press Coffee Maker (12oz), 304 Stainless Steel Coffee Press with 4 Filter Screens,...
  • Mulitiple Uses: Coffee is the primary purpose, but you can also use it for juice, tea, frothed milk, hot chocolate and more. There are plenty of choices for you to renew and re-energize yourself.
  • Precise Scale Line: Our French press coffee maker features an exact scale line, so you can accurately prepare the amount of coffee or tea according to your needs. You can prepare your own fresh coffee just as perfect as coffee made by professionals.
  • Portable Design: The small size is perfect for making single serve coffee , you can taste the freshest coffee every time. The individual sized is easy to carry which will be perfect for trips, camping adventures or at work.

Specifications

  • Genre: French Press
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 5.2 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 1.05lbs
  • Capacity:  12oz
  • Material: Borosilicate Glass, 304 Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Black – Red
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Things To Love

  • Super Affordable: This coffee maker is easily the most affordable appliance we’ve looked at today.
  • Measurement Markings: The lack of this simple feature in so many French press brewers has us leaping for joy when we finally find an appliance with measurement markings.
  • ‘4 Level Filtration’: With four levels of filtration, you’re almost guaranteed a smooth, sediment-free cup of coffee.
  • It’s Steampunk-Esque:  The Veken French press coffee maker’s design comes straight from science fiction’s Steampunk genre. The distinct copper framework and bulky screws will look great in any rustic kitchen.
  • Single-Serve: This compact unit is perfect for single-serve portions, single folks, or people with limited kitchen space.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Uneven Feet: The Venken French press brewer can be a little wonky as not all three feet are always the same length. It’s unsteady when operating the press or stirring your coffee.
  • It Gets Hot: The heat transfer is off the scale with this appliance, so the handle will get super hot, and your coffee will cool down faster if you don’t drink it immediately.
  • Pour Spout Drips: Be prepared to have a cloth handy when pouring your coffee as you’re likely to get a little spillage.

Final Remarks

The build quality isn’t impressive on the Veken French press coffee maker, but that’s to be expected when the appliance’s price point is this low. But what you get is a decent cup of coffee for a relatively small outlay. It’s a great entry-level device for people who fancy trying out French press coffee makers.

Overall Score: 14.5/20

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