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Best Of 2021

Kickstart your day with the Top 5 French Presses of the Year

Anyone for Coffee? French Presses are the best way to have barista style coffee at home

Coffee, as far as we’re concerned, makes the world go round. If someone nearby isn’t brewing up a good cup of java, then something is seriously wrong. Known for its super smooth brew, and full-bodied flavor, a French press provides a simple way of creating the perfect coffee. So, how can you get the very best out of your press?

A French press is an immersion brewing technique; that is, you put the grounds in the jug and add water from your best kettle then let it sit. After a few minutes, using a plunger, you push the ground coffee to the base of the jug and hold it there.

There are three main components of a French press – the carafe, plunger and lid.

The carafe holds the coffee, having a spout to pour out once it’s brewed. They are made of various materials.

• Glass carafes look stylish, but can break easily
• Plastic is stronger, but scratches easily, and can affect the taste of the coffee
• Stainless steel doesn’t break and keeps the coffee hot for longer. But being opaque, it’s impossible to see the color of the brewed coffee
• Some carafes are insulated to keep in the heat

The plunger contains the filter – this is what plunges down on the coffee grounds and separates them from the hot water, and as a result is a crucial component in the French press.

It’s important to think about the best material for your filter’s composition. If the filter has plastic or rubber around the edge, this may well break down with usage, allowing the grounds to get through and end up in your cup. In contrast, metal won’t degrade and will be effective forever.

French presses are an important tool to have in your kitchen, and investing in a good one could end up serving all of your family members for years to come. Some of the other extremely useful must-have tools and kitchen gadgets include soda makers, juicers, and vacuum sealers. All of these would come in handy to have for your family and would end up being very economical as you’d save money on juices, soda, food, and many other things.

French presses come in a variety of sizes, so if you want your coffee to be at its freshest, and therefore best, it’s a good idea to have several sizes in the cupboard. They can range from a single cup size right up to 48oz, perfect for a social occasion.

Here we reveal our shortlist for the best French Presses of 2021:

 

1) French Press by Secura

Overview

This stylishly sleek French press would suit any kitchen, looking stylish on your countertop. Every part of this product is stainless steel, even the collar around the plunger.

What We Like

We had the perfect brew from this, and it retained its heat for nearly three hours thanks to the insulated carafe. The 3-ply filter meant nothing contaminated our coffee – it was smooth and completely clear. This French Press is made from the highest quality stainless steel and there is a cool touch handle to avoid you burning yourself. It’s also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It’s great that extra filters are included.

What Needs Improving

Make sure you thoroughly wash this press before its first use as we found the screw threads had been greased.

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A professional, durable press, with ultra-fine filters, that made a perfect coffee. Definitely comes highly recommended.

$39.99
$27.98
 in stock
2 new from $27.96
4 used from $23.98
Free shipping
Amazon.com
as of June 27, 2022 1:16 am

Features

  • 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.
  • This French press maker comes with Cool touch handle and knob for comfortable and safe pouring.
  • The capacity of Secura Stainless-steel French coffee press is 34 OUNCE/ 1000ML. All the parts of this French coffee maker are DISHWASHER SAFE.

 


2) French Press Coffee Maker by BAYKA

Overview

This French press in trendy stainless steel and glass is stylishly minimal. The carafe fits snugly inside the stainless steel sleeve, and the three layer filter is impressive.

What We Like

We all love the look of the slightly art deco-esque design – it is very stylish and will definitely fit in nicely with your kitchen elements. Every part fits together so well, and with well-made high-quality filters, there is no doubting the smoothness of the ensuing coffee. In terms of features, this fantastic French Press is BPA free (non toxic!), comes with the 2 x layer filtration system for even tastier coffee and is made from highest-grade stainless steel. It’s dishwasher safe, too.

What Needs Improving

With a handle that’s ergonomically designed, it does take a little getting used to – but that’s just a great excuse to drink more coffee!

9.6Expert Score
The Final Verdict

A unique and interesting design, brews clear and clean tasting coffee. It makes a great gift for a coffee lover.

$26.99
$24.99
 in stock
Amazon.com
as of June 27, 2022 5:13 am

Features

  • Say No to Cheaply Made Products - Are you tired of unhealthy plastics, inferior metal flavor, dealing with broken glass and losing heat? Stainless steel is the way to go! Our French press is made of 304 stainless steel, to be shatter-proof and rust-resistant. A terrific gift for coffee and tea lovers!
  • Innovative 4-Level Filtration Systems - Poorly made filters often break and result in a mug of coffee filled with grounds. To provide you with a cup of coffee like those made by professional baristas, our double stainless steel filters are strong enough to ensure the grounds doesn't get into your cup and make delicious, smooth, full flavor coffee.
  • Well Built Coffee Press - A U-shaped spout allows coffee to flow smoothly, without dripping onto your table. A spout marker added on the lid helps you accurately pinpoint the pour spout, while the inside marker will take your brewing accuracy and hosting skills to the next level.
  • Hold Heat In - Our insulated French press with 18/10 stainless steel double-layer vacuum structure not only keeps the coffee warm for a long time, but also keeps the handle cool when brewing, so there is no risk of burns. Take your time and savor every delicious sip - the coffee will still be hot when you are ready for a refill.
  • Need Larger Capacity?: When you have guest, 50 ounce(8 cups) French Press is wonderful for sharing delicious coffee. Easy to prepare in 4 minutes. Make your morning coffee an oasis. Enjoy relaxing!

3) French Press Coffee Maker by Bodum

Overview

Most of us have owned similar Bodum presses before, and like those, this is plain, simple and well made.

What We Like

This press proves that you don’t need either chic or expensive to make a decent cup of Joe. This is reliable, functional, and works well. The simple design just needs coffee and water to look perfect. This French Press is also BPA free, and the glass carafe is made from borosilicate glass, which is highly durable. It’s dishwasher safe for convenience and pours well.

What Needs Improving

The capacity is 3 large cups of coffee, which is perfect for a small household or for work. But if you’re living in a busy house, you may need 2 x of them!

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Bodum have kept to a design that works and works well. The coffee tastes great, it’s simple to use, and the price is good enough to have one at home and at work.

$38.50
$28.98
 in stock
3 used from $23.80
Free shipping
Amazon.com
as of June 27, 2022 3:10 pm

Features

  • Add Coarsely Grounded Coffee. Add Hot Water. Wait 4 Minutes. Plunge.
  • Environmentally friendly: No paper filters or plastic capsules required.
  • Base, handle and lid are made of BPA-free polypropylene. Carafe made of German Heat-Resistant Borosilicate Glass. Plunger made of Stainless Steel
  • 34 Ounce Capacity.
  • Dishwasher Safe.

4) Large French Press by Coffee Gator

Coffee Gator French Press Coffee Maker - Thermal Insulated Brewer Plus Travel Jar - Large Capacity, Double Wall Stainless Steel - 34oz - Gray

Overview

This is a great looking press; it feels so solid and slightly heavier than the others we tried. It comes in several colors, including orange and purple, and different sizes too. The coffee canister is a nice touch.

What We Like

The vacuum layer that is a feature of this product kept our coffee steaming hot for nearly three hours, and with the innovative double filtration system, there wasn’t a single ground in our cup. It brews a great coffee and pours like a dream.

What Needs Improving

It’s in the upper price bracket for French presses, but if you want something trendy that works brilliantly – it’s well worth the extra.

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

This upholds Coffee Gator’s reputation for knowing how to make great coffee, they have made an awesome press which is well worth the money.

$55.00
$39.99
 in stock
4 used from $34.36
Free shipping
Amazon.com
as of June 27, 2022 12:18 am

Features

  • 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
  • Unique & next level design - The coffee french press is uniquely designed to keep sediment out of your cup while letting the delicious coffee oils into it. This results in a richer, full-bodied brew that will leave you grinning from ear to ear
  • A thoughtful gift - Do you know someone who camps a lot or spends their mornings out on the lake? This camping french press is a practical device that can brew them up some camping coffee and provide what few gifts can... convenience

5) French Press by Mueller Austria

Mueller French Press 20% Heavier Duty Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker Multi-Screen System 100% No Coffee Grounds Guarantee, Rust-Free, Dishwasher Safe

Overview

This is an incredibly stylish coffee maker, with a good, solid base – no chance of it being knocked over. It feels very solidly made with double walled stainless steel and is a decent size.

What We Like

This press not only looks good but performs well too. With the quality triple layered filter, there’s no way any rogue grounds are sneaking through, and our coffee was grit free and delicious. It remained warm for ages, keeping the fresh java taste and aroma. The huge capacity is perfect even for a family. We liked the double stainless steel walls that keep coffee warm for hours, and double encapsulated lid, making this press feel extra hard-wearing.

What Needs Improving

The extra fine filter, if you choose to use it, requires steady pressure to push down, but it does prevent even the finest, most determined grounds getting through.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you love good java, and enjoy the luxury look without the luxury prices, this one could be for you. Happy to recommend.

$39.99
$29.97
 in stock
6 new from $29.97
2 used from $20.88
Free shipping
Amazon.com
as of June 26, 2022 5:11 pm

Features

  • If you really care about your coffee – We tested enough mechanisms and filters to make your head spin to tweak and uniquely design our press with a triple layered filter structure to stop the sediment, but let the yummy coffee oils through for a full-bodied delicious brew that will make you a very happy camper. And to share the java love, we give you a bonus matching travel canister that holds enough beans or grounds for two full batches.
  • More thicker, More heavier, Built to last – Our huge capacity professional grade 304 18/10 double-layered stainless-steel baby will keep your coffee hot for 60 minutes longer than thinner steel and glass models. And it’s drop proof, rust proof, and probably bulletproof (be nice).
  • Multiple Uses – Besides using the French Press as a coffee maker, it is also handy appliance to make tea, mct oil coffee, hot chocolate, cold brew, frothed milk, almond milk, cashew milk, fruit infusions, and plant and herbal drinks as it seals in their flavors and aromas
  • Perfect for any occasion – For house warmings, weddings, birthdays, holidays and all coffee/tea lovers & healthy foodies! Two bonus stainless steel screens and the matching travel
  • Made in China


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