While there’s some debate over the various merits of glass and stainless steel, respectively, the truth is that the best French press is the one that suits your needs and lifestyle. But how do you find the right model in the teeming sea of options that is the Internet? Do you favor borosilicate glass with a protective metal or plastic guard, or are you more inclined to purchase a stainless steel model? Are 12 ounces of coffee enough for you, or would you die of deprivation while preparing a second pot? We’ve drawn together the very best options the online marketplace has to offer and provide a range of options that are sure to satisfy everyone.
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1. Mira 12-Ounce Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker
While traditionally the French press is crafted of glass, innovation has improved the design. This model is made of stainless steel, with insulated double walls to keep your coffee (or tea) at just the right temperature for optimum brewing. A patented handle remains cool to the touch, even after you fill the vessel with hot water. It’s also the perfect size to take along, whether you’re off to the office or hitting the trail. This coffee pot won’t shatter or crack once you’ve stowed it in your gear.
2. 34-Ounce French press with 4-Level Filtration System from Café Du Chateau
For many, French Press coffee may be delicious, but there just isn’t enough to go around. Café Du Chateau has eliminated this excuse for not enjoying a superior brew by creating a large press carafe with a stainless steel guard. They’ve also perfected the filtration system, so every cup is as delicious as the first. With two stainless steel screen filters fitted on a base plate and topped with an extra top filter, you can be assured there won’t be grounds in your cup.
3. Mueller Stainless Steel French Press
The Austrians do not mess around when it comes to brewing the perfect cup of coffee—or tea or hot chocolate or herbal infusion. This extra-large French press is crafted of 18/10 Stainless steel, with not two but three walls for superior insulation. A four-stage filter keeps sediment out of your cup and in the bottom of the press where it belongs. This model even comes with two replacement filters for continued quality during the entire lifespan of the French press—which is considerably longer than many less well-made options.
4. French Press with Ergonomic Handle and Protective Shell by KONA
Glass, while fragile, is often still a preferred material from which to craft French press coffee makers. Because it does not react to heat, cold, or the volatile oils and amino acids in coffee or tea, when handled with care, the borosilicate material will produce delicious, fragrant beverages for years. The makers of this glass French press have a solution. While the shell and attached handle are removable for easy cleaning, they fit and protect the more delicate glass carafe. The stainless steel filtration system and plunger lid are completely dishwasher safe and can be disassembled for thorough cleansing.
5. 34-Ounce 304 Stainless Steel Coffee Press from Adamita
Sometimes, the beauty of an object is as important as its functionality. This glass carafe coffee press is an example in which form and function meet harmoniously, and produce plenty of delicious coffee, too. The extra-large press is ideal for a coffee lovers’ breakfast or for after-dinner coffee and pastries. The four-stage stainless steel filtration system is mounted on a sturdy, smoothly operating plunger system, and a tastefully copper-tinted stainless steel guard protects the glass from inadvertent damage.
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6. Insulated 34-Ounce Thermal Press from Coffee Gator
For anyone who’s tailgated or camped in more northern latitudes during the late fall months, the value of hot, delicious coffee cannot be overstated. This double-walled insulated press brews 34-ounces of coffee or tea and keeps it hot for an hour longer than double-walled glass. Plus, it comes with a durable bean canister to carry your favorite roast anywhere you want to go.
7. Cafetiere French Press in Stainless Steel from VeoHome
The cafetiere press has a softer line than a traditional French press. Plus, those curves have a secret—a double wall that keeps coffee and tea hot for far longer than the original single-wall design. A filter and plunger system slides seamlessly along the inner wall, which is not bell-shaped. Each pot holds 34 ounces of coffee for a relaxed weekend breakfast, a serious meeting, or dessert and coffee following a sumptuous feast.
8. Vacuum Insulated 34-Ounce Stainless Steel French Press by Sower and Seed
The double-wall of the vacuum insulated carafe keeps coffee hot for up to four hours and holds a liter of your favorite brewed beverage. The filter and press plate mount to an ergonomic plunger system, which is removable and dishwasher safe and puts coffee grounds in their place. That’s at the bottom of the press and not in your cup. While many stainless steel presses opt for a brushed metal or severe black color scheme, the cheerful aqua blue renders this press an attractive addition to any kitchen setting.
9. Powerlix French Press Coffee Maker
With a 32-ounce capacity, you can easily brew delicious coffee or steep your favorite tea for everyone at the table. Using a tough borosilicate mix, the glass carafe is both slightly tougher and more resistant to chips and cracks. Stainless steel mesh and an easy-to-use plunger system help you make the perfect brew with no grounds at the bottom of your cup. Plus, with its sleek, minimalist lines and matte black appointments, it fits perfectly with any number of kitchen décor styles.
10. Vintage Chic French Press Coffee Maker from Plakar
What draws your eye to this particular press is, at first, the beautiful matte powder blue exterior. But once you lean in for a better look, you can see it has a few tricks up its proverbial sleeve. A built-in thermometer helps you ensure that your coffee is at the optimum temperature. The double-walled stainless steel design will keep coffee piping hot for an appreciable duration. Since those walls are 30 percent thicker than the competition, it’s also more durable. Never settle for a thimble-full of coffee again on a camping trip or outdoor celebration. This carafe brews 34 ounces of coffee every time, which means there’s plenty to share with your friends and neighbors.
If you’re in the market for a more classic brewing method that can be used without electricity if need be, you might be surprised at how far the humble coffee press has come. Today, the best French press might be a liter-brewing, triple-walled solid stainless steel creation, but just as easily, it might also be a classic glass and stainless steel model that brews a perfect 12 ounces.
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By BCR Staff