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French Press

The French Press is one of the world’s favorite ways to make coffee. It’s easy to use, doesn’t require electricity and can produce fantastic flavor. If you enjoy the ritual of coffee, like being hands-on, and don’t mind waiting a few minutes for your brew, a french press is a great option. As you use it, your skills will increase and you’ll fine-tune the flavor. Whether you’re new to this type of brewing or are looking for a replacement, read on for information and recommendations.

Pick the Best French Press for Your Home:
Highly Rated Models for 2019

Model
Quick Description
Culinary PrestigeContemporary Form + Function
SterlingPro Double Wall100% Guaranteed No Grounds Coffee
GROSCHE MadridModern Design + Sturdy Construction
FORLIFE Cafe Style PressRainbow of Colors in Lead-Free Ceramic
Frieling USA Double Wall Patented Dual Screen Design
KONAPopular Model with Contemporary Design
Le Creuset Stoneware Durable Stoneware in Multiple Colors
Bodum Insulated TravelPersonal-Sized Brew and Carry

French Press Basics

Even though the French Press has been around for almost 100 years, it’s surging back in popularity. The strength and denseness of the coffee it creates is somewhere between a drip coffee machine and an espresso. And the simplicity of the press and the brewing method are very attractive if you’re looking for an uncomplicated way to make great coffee.

The process is actually very simple. (1) Grind and measure the coffee beans then pour them into the press. (2) Heat the water and pour over the coffee grounds. (3) Let the coffee and water sit and brew. (4) When done brewing, gently push down the plunger which traps the grounds at the bottom. (5) Serve the coffee.

There is a bit of a learning curve involved, but the results are well worth it. The size of the coffee grind, ratio of water to coffee, temperature of the water, and length of brew time all play important roles in the final result. But it’s easy to get started and then tweak the process to find exactly the taste you’re looking for.

Tips for Best Results

  • Start with the best quality water possible. If you don’t have filtered water, consider a
    built-in filter or something like a Brita water pitcher or ZeroWater pitcher.
  • Use a scale to measure water and coffee, and a timer when brewing, so you can get consistent results.
  • The grind is an important, some would say the most important, factor. Start with a coarse grind then adjust to suit your taste.
  • Grind whole beans right before brewing for maximum freshness and flavor.
  • Aim for a brewing water temperature between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use boiling water.
  • Plunge gently to avoid stirring up the grounds.
  • Pour off immediately so the coffee does not continue to brew.

Buyer's Checklist

  • CARAFE
    Glass, plastic or steel? Glass presses allow you to see the entire coffee making process. But they are fragile, and broken carafes are a common complaint. Plastic carafes are not breakable. However, many people prefer to avoid plastics altogether. Stainless steel models are shatterproof and hold heat longer.
  • FILTER
    Plastic or metal? Its very important that the filter fits snugly against the carafe to prevent grounds from escaping into the finished brew. If the edge of the filter is plastic, wear and tear can cause a breakdown of this seal over time. A metal edge will not break down over time, although it could be bent, which would affect the seal.
  • CLEANING
    There are not many parts to clean, but be sure to check what the manufacturer recommends. Are they dishwasher safe?
  • CAPACITY
    From single serve to 10 or more cups, what size will fit your drinking habits and lifestyle best? Remember that 1 “cup” probably doesn’t mean 8 ounces, so check total ounces for accurate volume.

Culinary Prestige French Press

Form + Function

The combination of borosilicate glass and chrome-finished stainless steel provides durability as well as a contemporary look and feel. If you don’t enjoy grounds in your cup, you’ll appreciate the double screen filter system that reduces sediment. Users consistently comment on the great coffee flavor and how easy it is for them to use.

  • No plastic parts
  • ‘No Questions Asked’ Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Holds 1 liter (34 ounces)
  • Dishwasher safe

SterlingPro Double Wall Stainless Steel
French Coffee Press

100% Guaranteed No Grounds Coffee

This company puts its money where its mouth is with a guarantee that you will not have any sediment in your coffee. They claim to have been the first to implement a double screen system for optimal filtering in a french press. The double wall construction improves insulation. And if you want to make a lot of coffee, the largest capacity holds a whopping 59 ounces.

  • All stainless steel parts
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Dishwasher safe

GROSCHE Madrid French Press Coffee Maker

Modern Design + Sturdy Construction

This french press is not just a pretty face. The eye-catching design is built with premium chrome housing, sturdy borosilicate glass, and metal plunger/filter. The only plastic piece is the underside of the lid. If this is a concern, you can brew and serve without having the liquid come in contact with it. Users consistently comment on the coffee flavor and ease of cleaning they enjoy with this brewer.

  • Available in multiple sizes to suit your lifestyle
  • Dual filter system for a ground-free cup
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 1 year warranty

FORLIFE Cafe Style Coffee Press

Beautiful Selection of Colors in Lead-Free Ceramic

If you’d like to add a splash of color to your kitchen, FORLIFE offers you over 10 vibrant choices. These cheerful coffee pots will make you smile, along with the aroma of a fresh brew. The pot is lead-free high-fired ceramic, and the plunger/filter uses both stainless steel and silicone rubber. Customers comment that they enjoy the look and the extra warmth the ceramic retains, but it is breakable so care must be taken.
  • Holds 32 ounces (1 quart)
  • Available in over 10 colors
  • Made from lead-free and BPA-free materials
  • Dishwasher safe

Frieling USA Double Wall French Press

Patented Dual Screen Design

This Frieling model has all the things you would look for in a french press: durable stainless steel construction, double-wall design for better insulation, dishwasher safe parts for convenient cleaning and a range of sizes to meet your needs. Plus a 2-stage filter system works toward zero sediment left in your coffee. Customers comment on the flavor, durability and design.

  • All stainless steel parts
  • Available in multiple sizes
  • Dishwasher safe

KONA French Press

Popular Model with Sturdy, Contemporary Design

A user favorite, with over 10,000 reviews, the KONA has certainly gained a reputation as a great french press. The 3-piece stainless steel infuser filter system sits inside a borosilicate glass carafe, surrounded by a durable plastic handle, lid and outer shell. This leaves the carafe protected and easy to grip. Also noted to be good for camping.

  • Holds 1 liter (34 ounces)
  • No water comes in contact with plastic while brewing.
  • Dishwasher safe

Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

Durable Stoneware in Multiple Colors

The earthy and beautiful look of stoneware gives this french press an inviting look. It is fired then coated with a non-pourous enamel glaze that resists the hazards of daily use (odors, staining, chipping, and cracking). There are no plastic parts, as the plunger and mesh filter are stainless steel. Customers consistently report that they love the look of it, but some report disappointment in the quality of the stoneware.

  • No plastic parts
  • Dishwasher safe

Bodum Insulated Stainless-Steel Travel French Press

Personal-Sized Brew and Drink From the Same Container

Most coffee drinkers would like a way to have hot, delicious coffee on hand wherever they are. This personal travel french press, with a spill resistant cap and built-in plunger, is a great solution for just that. Its convenient, sturdy and easy to clean. The cup, plunger rod and filter are stainless, while the lid (including drink spout) and filter rim are plastic.

  • Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
  • Available in multiple colors
  • Holds 15 ounces
  • 1 year warranty against manufacturer defects
  • Dishwasher safe