If there’s any country that knows how to make a good cup of coffee, it’s France.
Ok, and maybe Italy too – but the French press method of brewing coffee has been around since the 1800s and is still popular today in homes and cafés around the world.
French press coffee makers are known for producing a very strong and bold batch of coffee. It certainly makes a much more potent cup of coffee than a traditional drip machine.
The French press coffee maker is an excellent tool to have in your home.
It’s perhaps not the best route to make coffee for a weekday morning when you want a quick cup of coffee on your way to work. But for those days off, when you can sit back and enjoy a few cups of coffee while you read the newspaper, a French press coffee maker is a dream.
It’s also an excellent tool for brunches and other gatherings where you want to offer guests coffee but want to brew something a little more special than a pot of drip coffee.
While almost every French press coffee maker functions in more or less the same way, there are some that we consider to be better than others.
Here, you will find a list of our favorite French press coffee makers, and some of them you will perhaps recognize because they’re so popular.
What is a French Press Coffee Maker?
French press coffee makers have a bunch of different names – cafetière, cafetière à piston, coffee press, press pot, etc. No matter how you’ve heard it referenced, they’re all the same.
All French press coffee makers use a plunger or a piston to filter the grounds out of the coffee. Over the course of history, many materials have been used to facilitate this type of coffee brewing. For a bit of history on the French press coffee maker, you can check out this New York Times piece (it’s short, we promise).
Typically, the body will be a sort of cylindrical pot with a handle, into which you put the coffee grounds and hot water. This immersive brewing is what gives French press-made coffee such a strong flavor. The downside is that sometimes the coffee can end up a bit muddy.
The lid has a flat metal filter of some sort attached to a plunger. Once you’ve let your coffee brew for an adequate amount of time (usually around 10 minutes), you slowly push the plunger down and separate the liquid from the solid.
And voilà – you have coffee.
How We Picked the Best French Press Coffee Makers
Well, a good French press coffee maker should first and foremost be designed to prevent as much of that muddiness we talked about a minute ago.
This means that the filter on the plunge should allow very, very little grit to slip through as you separate the grounds from the liquid. The better the filter, the better the coffee when it comes to French press coffee makers.
Besides the filter, the actual materials and construction of the body of a French press coffee maker aren’t as big of a deal. Sure, you can go for a really pretty glass and rose gold design, but it’s going to make coffee just as well as a glass and plastic French press coffee maker (so long as the filters on both are up to the job).
The body of a French press coffee maker should, however, be durable. It’s going to get a lot of use and it should withstand a lot of contact with scalding hot water.
The plunger itself should also descend smoothly – in fact, the sign of a good plunger is if you can push down on it with one finger with no resistance. If that doesn’t happen when you make coffee, then you need a different French Press.
Basically, we looked for all of these characteristics when we chose the best French press coffee makers.
Hopefully, this list will help you avoid buying and testing a whole bunch of French press coffee makers before you find one that meets your standards.
5 Amazing French Press Coffee Makers to Add to Your Home Coffee Routine
If you keep reading, chances are high that you will find your dream French press coffee maker in this list. So, you better keep reading!
- Add Coarsely Grounded Coffee. Add Hot Water. Wait 4 Minutes. Plunge.
- Environmentally friendly: 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...
The Bodum Brazil is proof that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a French press coffee maker that not only looks nice, but also makes an absolutely superb batch of coffee.
It uses a three-part, stainless steel plunger with a fine mesh filter that leaves you with a very clear, but very flavorful cup of coffee. You will find much less residual grit in your coffee with this French Press coffee maker than you would with other designs.
The body is made of a very durable and heat-resistant borosilicate glass, and a BPA-free plastic base and handle. The plastic also doesn’t look cheap or tacky. It’s a very smooth, matte and clean look. The domed lidded also has a safety and aroma seal, which keeps your coffee warmer for longer.
You can also get this French press coffee maker in three sizes: 12, 34 or 51 ounces. It also comes in black or red if you like having a color choice.
The great thing about Bodum is that they sell replacement parts. So if the glass beaker does break, you don’t have to buy an entire new French press coffee maker. It’s also super easy to clean, and the plunger slides down effortlessly.
You seriously couldn’t ask for more.
- Secura stainless steel French Press coffee maker is made from top quality 18/10 stainless steel, both the interior and...
- 3-LAYERED STAINLESS STEEL FILTER STRUCTURE traps the smallest coffee grounds to produce an exceptional full-bodied...
- BONUS Stainless Steel Screen included with this French coffee press. Filter screen is easy to dissemble and clean. Stack...
Like the Bodum Brazil, this French press coffee maker uses a three-part stainless-steel filtering system that traps even the tiniest grounds of coffee.
However, these ones is perhaps going to last you way longer.
The stainless-steel body is extremely durable and won’t ever break or shatter like a glass beaker would. Plus, it looks so sleek and shiny. It’s truly a beautiful design. And it’s dishwasher safe!
But back to the coffee – the Secura French Press Coffee Maker comes with three mesh filters so you can customize your filtration process. The plunger is easily disassembled to add more mesh layers if you are very particular about removing grit from your coffee.
It’s also very easy to use the plunger on this French press coffee maker. You’ll have almost no resistance when you press it down with one finger.
Basically, the Secura Stainless Steel French press coffee maker is easy to use, easy to clean and makes a mud-free, full-bodied batch of coffee.
- ⭐ [PREMIUM QUALITY FRENCH PRESS COFFEE AND TEA MAKER] that features fine-crafted chrome housing and Pyrex France...
- ⭐ [BEST COFFEE FLAVOR]- This quality French press filter will give you smooth and richer rich tasting coffee unlike a...
- ⭐ [FRENCH PRESS FOR TEA WITH GORGEOUS ATTRACTIVE DESIGN} This French Press coffee maker can also be used as a loose...
Talk about an elegant, sleek, minimalist design on this French press coffee maker!
We absolutely love the design on the Madrid French press coffee maker from GROSCHE. It’s made with expertly crafted chrome housing and a Pyrex borosilicate glass beaker. It’s sophisticated and durable, and clearly well thought-out.
The chrome base prevents any damage to the glass beaker, and the frame features tip-grips that prevent the beaker from slipping out. It also uses a dual filter system – one in the plunger, and one in the lid. This ensures that you will have very, very little grit and sediment in your coffee (if not none at all).
You can also turn the lid to close off the opening of this French press coffee maker as you are brewing to prevent heat or aromas from escaping your batch of coffee. The creators of this French press coffee maker clearly paid attention to the small details.
The Madrid French press coffee maker comes in a range of sizes, and you can get it with a rose gold colored frame if you aren’t into chrome.
The only downside is that it is easy to lose some of the smaller parts on the filter when you take it apart for washing. Otherwise, it’s an absolutely beautiful French press coffee maker in terms of both design and coffee brewing.
It’s a bit more expensive, than other French press coffee makers, but we definitely think it’s worth the price.
- Stainless steel plunger and mesh press
- Non-porous enamel finish; resists odors, staining, chipping and cracking
- Made of durable, high-fired stoneware with glossy enamel glazing
There is no French press coffee maker that looks as charming as this one from Le Creuset.
It truly looks like a French Press coffee maker that you would see in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Provence. But, it offers more than just lovely aesthetics.
Made from dense stoneware, the Le Creuset French Press Coffee Maker is impervious cracking, rippling or any other damage to the body because it blocks moisture absorption. Additionally, the exterior enamel is incredibly durable and will withstand any stains or scratches. And, you can choose between so many different colors of enamel (all of which are lovely).
Like the French press coffee makers listed before it, the Le Creuset French press uses a mesh filter on a stainless-steel plunger. However, it does not filter out particles quite as effectively as the other two. Some reviewers claim that their coffee ended up a bit gritty.
You also should try to pour carefully with it, as some people have experienced hot coffee splashing out as they poured. Otherwise, it’s a wonderful and adorable little French press coffee maker.
- Crafted from unbreakable BPA-free Tritan plastic with an easy-pour spout and colorful frame and lid; makes eight 4-ounce...
- A Patented shut-off infuser integrated into the stainless steel rod and silicone gasket plunger stops brewing process to...
- The French press features an ingenious filtering lid that helps reduce sediment in cups of Coffee and espresso-based...
Glass French press coffee makers are so lovely and elegant – and breakable. This French press, however, is very unlikely to break.
Made with durable, BPA-free, Tritan plastic, the BonJour Ami-Matin French press is the clumsy coffee lover’s best friend. And it’s not an ugly plastic design. Rather, it’s a very matter and modern-looking plastic.
It is also quite effective at reducing sediments in your coffee batch and features a patented flavor lock shut-off infuser in the plunger that fully stops the brewing process once you’ve pressed
it down. The plunger is stainless steel, as well. It filters out sediment quite well, however the plunger does not always descend as smoothly as it perhaps should. But considering its affordability and durability, we say it’s still worth a buy.
Buyer’s Guide for French Press Coffee Makers
As you can tell by now, the overall, functional design of all French press coffee makers is almost exactly the same no matter what brand or material you pick.
Which is why it’s important to pay attention to the details when you purchase a French press coffee maker. And of all the details to consider, the quality and durability of the filter is perhaps the most important.
If you have a shoddy filter, your coffee will be very muddy. Every sip you take will feel thick and grainy.
It’s not tasty.
So no matter the material or design you like, make sure that your French press coffee maker has a really superb filter system on the plunger.
Now, you can spend anywhere from $15 to maybe $150 on a French press coffee maker. Like we said, these coffee brewing devices are very simple and straightforward. It’s a method that’s been around since at least the 19th century.
You, therefore, do NOT need to spend an exuberant amount of money on a French press coffee maker. Seriously, you can easily find a great quality French press – like with the Bodum Brazil on this list.
Save that money for an actual trip to France (or something).
Beyond that, you can go with whatever design or aesthetic features you prefer on a French press coffee maker. You can find them in a variety of materials and styles – as we illustrated in our list of the best French press coffee makers.
So even if you don’t see the exact French press of your dreams on this list, you need not worry.
Your perfect French press coffee maker is out there, waiting to one day serve you a delicious cup of coffee.