The Sterling Pro French Press Coffee Maker Review
Are you interested in a French press but are worried that it’ll break easily? Perhaps you think that this type of coffee maker won’t make enough java to suit your needs? Think again! If these are your concerns, we believe we’ve found a great model for you. Read our Sterling Pro French press pot review to find out if this practical coffee maker is what you’re after.
SUMMARY: The Sterling Pro Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press
- Stylish double-walled stainless steel French press that ensures hot coffee for longer
- The double-screen system of its filter guarantees a sediment-free brew
- Available in 3 large models, up to 1.75 liters!
This one utilizes a double screen system that filters out grounds that make their way into the coffee to make sure you aren’t eating gritty leftovers of the brew.– Blue Penguin Coffee
The Sterling Pro French Press Review
Construction – 4.5/5
This is a high-quality French press that is entirely made of 18/10 stainless steel, meaning that no plastic is involved and therefore the taste of your brew won’t be compromised (nice one!). The polished mirror finish gives it a sleek, stylish look: we prefer this cylindrical model, but if you’re after something more traditional you’ll be pleased to know that the 1L size comes in a stouter European style too.
The double wall construction means two things: your coffee will stay piping hot for hours and you won’t run the risk of burning yourself.
The ergonomically designed handle makes pouring incredibly easy and, since it’s entirely dishwasher safe, the cleaning process won’t be hard: you’ll just need to unscrew the filter (once you get the hang of it, it’ll be really quick) and chuck it in the top drawer.
Filter type – 4.5/5
French presses are some of the easiest coffee makers to use: you just need to grind your coffee beans to the correct size (1) (you do own a grinder, right?), add hot water, let it steep for a few minutes and… press down the plunger to filter it.
A grind-size somewhere between brown sugar and rock salt is ideal.
However, their simple design usually means that, despite the coarser coffee grounds, you’ll end up with fines and sediments in your cup (2). Luckily, this won’t be the case with the Sterling Pro: while most French press coffee makers feature a single screen, this model’s stainless steel filter uses a double screen system. It also comes with two spare steel screens, which are always handy to have. It does mean that it’s a bit slower than most French presses, but since it helps extract more oils and ensures a sediment-free brew… we are not complaining!
Aside from brewing coffee, this filter is very efficient to make other types of drinks, such as cold brew coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cashew milk, lemonade… or you can even use it to froth up your milk and make lattes and cappuccinos! (3)
Starbucks french press
Food-grade stainless steel
Plastic and glass
Black, Mint, Pink, Yellow (matte)
Food-grade stainless steel
Water tank size
34, 51, 60 fl oz
34 fl oz
24 fl oz
34 fl oz
51, 34, 17, 12 fl oz
Number of cups
8, 12, 14
12, 8, 4, 3
Rubber gasket-covered plunger
The mesh only
Glass carafe and the press
4.4 x 6 x 9 inches
4.1 x 7 x 8.4 inches
4.53 x 6.69 x 7.87
10.24 x 5.98 x 5.71 inches
4.2 x 5.5 x 9 inches
30-day money return
SCA certified home brewer
Coffee Flavor – 4/5
Sterling Pro French Press brews traditional French press style coffee, though with a bit less sediment thanks to the double filter. The combination of immersion brewing and a metal filter that leaves coffee oils in the cup results in a full-bodied brew with a heavy mouthfeel and bold flavor.
I love brewing with a French press because, despite its simple design, there is a lot of room to dial in the perfect brew. You can play with grind size, water temperature, and steeping time in order to achieve ideal extraction with your favorite light, medium, or dark roast beans.
This brewer is great for travel because not only is the stainless steel build ultra-durable, but the double filter means you can still brew a tasty and (relatively) sediment free cup even when using pre-ground coffee from the grocery story. I like to use a slightly shorter steep time, in that case, to avoid over-extraction.
Size – 3.5/5
This French press is ideal when you need a particularly large caffeine fix, if you usually drink coffee with someone else or when you have a few friends round:
The Sterling Pro French press is available in 3 different sizes: 1, 1.5 and 1.7 liters (35, 50 and 59 ounces).
You’ll find clear cup and ounce marks inside, to help you measure exactly how much coffee you’re brewing every time. The only reason why it loses points is because, unlike most French press coffee makers, it doesn’t offer any small options: if you’re after a more portable model, this coffee maker is not for you.
Value for Money 4/5
Even though it’s made in China, Sterling Pro are clearly very good at ensuring that their standards are met, as these French presses are built incredibly well. We think they’re very good value for money given their double-walled body and the two steel screens. Being a stainless steel French press, this is a durable coffee maker that is bound to last you for many years and you won’t even have to be extra careful when handling it (unlike with borosilicate glass French presses).
Things we liked:
- Double-wall stainless steel retains heat
- Dishwasher safe
- Great capacity
Things we didn’t like:
- Not very portable
- Can’t see inside when adding coffee
Do NOT Buy if…
You’re after a smaller, portable model – We love the Sterling Pro, but, as we mentioned before, its smallest model is a whole liter! If you’re usually the only one having coffee or you’re after a portable model that you can take with you on your travels and days out, then we think you could consider the Frieling French press or Coffee Gator French Press. Both coffee makers are made of double-walled stainless steel. The Frieling coffee press features a patented double-screen system, but it’s available in smaller models, such as 8, 17 and 23 ounces.
Fellow Products also released the Clara, which they coffee press that addresses the most common pain points of French press brewing. It’s also made from stainless steel. It’s not exactly portable but it is slightly smaller that the SterlingPro. Learn more about it in our Fellow Clara French Press review.
You prefer glass models – Stainless steel French presses are undoubtedly more heat resistant, tougher and keep your coffee hot for longer, but we can’t deny that borosilicate glass French presses have a more elegant, timeless look. If you’d rather be able to see your coffee being brewed, then the Starbucks French Press coffee maker or the Kona French press would make a better choice. Bodum also has two classic models of glass coffee presses: the Brazil coffee press and the Chambord.
Ranging from 35 to 59 ounces, the Sterling Pro is the best choice if you’re after a large high-quality French press. We especially love the double wall construction of its stainless steel body (hot coffee and no burning yourself!) and the double screen filter (richer taste and no sediment!).
If you’re still on the fence, you can check out our other top picks, but if you like what you’ve seen… congrats: you’re just one step away from your next premium cup of coffee!
A French press can last for months or many years. While cheaper models can break more easily, high-quality stainless-steel French presses are much more durable. Borosilicate glass carafes are stronger and much more heat resistant than other types of glass, but they can still break if they’re not handled carefully. You will probably need to replace the filter or parts of it (usually the screen) at some point.
You should clean your French press after every use, as coffee oils can go rancid very quickly and end up ruining the flavor of your next brew. Glass carafes should usually be hand washed, whereas stainless steel ones are dishwasher safe: here is how to clean a French press
The ratio of coffee to water in a French press is 1:15, meaning that you should use 15 grams of hot water for every gram of coffee. However, this is just a good starting point: if you think that the coffee tastes too weak or strong, you can simply increase or decrease the ratio of coffee grounds and water next time you’re brewing coffee.
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- Sharkey, C. (2018, June 26). French Press or AeroPress: which one is for you? Retrieved from https://www.coffeebybeans.com/education/french-press-or-aeropress-which-one-is-for-you
- Oden, G. (n.d.). How To Make Frothed Milk In Your French Press. Retrieved from https://www.javapresse.com/blogs/french-press/how-to-make-frothed-milk-french-press