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10 Best French Press Coffee Makers of 2022

Walk into any 3rd wave coffee house, look at the brewers on display and you will get the impression that brewing coffee is complicated.

But nowhere in the Coffee Bible does it say that brewing can't also be simple. And perhaps the easiest of manual coffee makers is the French Press – a.k.a. the plunger, a.k.a. the ‘press pot'. It's way, way easier than some drip coffee makers.

Brewing French press coffee is easy; but use a lousy French Press and your coffee will over-extract and taste average. Today we’ll be taking a look at the best French press currently, and the top contenders.

At A Glance:

The Best French Press Coffee Makers of 2022

Let’s take a look at our picks for this best French Press coffee makers round up and discover why each one made the list.

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Best Overall Best Overall “Bodum The Bodum Columbia French Press
  • Stainless steel
  • 8 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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RUNNER UP RUNNER UP “Bodum The Bodum Chambord French Press
  • Borosilicate glass
  • 8 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Iconic Style Iconic Style “Stoneware Le Creuset Stoneware
  • Enamelled stoneware
  • 8 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Budget Pick Budget Pick Bodum Brazil French Press Bodum Brazil French Press
  • Borosilicate glass
  • 8 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Most Beautiful Design Most Beautiful Design Stelton Theo Stelton Theo
  • Stoneware
  • 6 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Best Large Capacity Best Large Capacity Stellar Coffee Matt Cafetiere Stellar Coffee Matt Cafetiere
  • Stainless steel
  • 12 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Best Small Capacity Best Small Capacity “Barista Barista & Co. Plastic Free Cafetière
  • Borosilicate glass
  • 3 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Best for Travel Best for Travel “Soulhand Soulhand French Press
  • Borosilicate glass
  • 4 Cup
  • Ultrafine stainless steel mesh filter
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Most Durable Most Durable The Coffee Gator French Press
  • Stainless steel
  • 8 Cup
  • Stainless steel filter
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Best Filter Best Filter Espro P7 French Press The Espro P7 French Press
  • Stainless steel
  • 8 Cup
  • Double stainless steel micro-filter
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1. The Bodum Columbia French Press – Best Overall

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Specifications

  • Material: Stainless steel

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

Distinct from the two other Bodum brand coffee makers on this list, the Columbia has a charming rounded shape, almost like a teapot. Which is fitting, because you can definitely use this press to brew tea as well. The ergonomic handle reminds us of the handles on gooseneck kettles for pour over, which gives you more control when pouring the last of the coffee (important if you want to keep the worst of the sediment in the pot).

One reason the Columbia rises to the top of this round-up is its stainless steel construction with double-wall insulation. Not only will it keep your coffee hot for up to two hours, but it's dishwasher safe and incredibly durable. It's available in 17 oz., 34 oz., and 51 oz. sizes, with 34 oz. being the most practical 8-Cup model for most households.

2. The Bodum Chambord French Press – Runner Up

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Specifications

  • Material: Borosilicate glass

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

Somewhere amongst all the confusing press pot origin stories, the Dutch company, Bodum has also staked a claim. Although Bodum does not pretend to have invented the coffee press, they certainly contend to have perfected it.

I won’t support or refute this claim, but I will say that it’s no mystery why Starbucks continues to stock their shelves with these very well designed coffee makers.

Bodum has a number of different glass-walled French press coffee makers available (which you can see here), but this model is the classic. I have owned and used this press and can attest to its reliability and ease of using and cleaning. The borosilicate glass used by Bodum has proven to be very durable and heat resistant. However, note that the Bodum Chambord will leave a little fine sediment in your coffee, because the plunger doesn't press all the way to the bottom.

3. Le Creuset Stoneware – Iconic Style

“Stoneware

Specifications

  • Material: Enameled stoneware

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

Le Creuset has a long history of making beautiful cookware, and this stoneware French press is just the icing on the cake. It’s got the same ombre design as their famous casserole dishes, and with 12 different colours available, you’ll be able to find one that matches any Le Creuset kitchen items that you already have. Of course, such looks and pedigree don’t come cheap, so for its 0.8-litre capacity, you’ll find this on the more expensive side.

Paying the price will be easier if you consider this cafetiere an investment. It’s built to last, made from the company’s signature enamelled stoneware, and they offer a 10-year guarantee. The enamelling makes it both chip and scratch-resistant, as well as making it easier to clean and less prone to staining.

4. Bodum Brazil French Press – Budget Pick

Bodum Brazil French Press

Specifications

  • Material: Borosilicate glass

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

This is a basic and affordable French press. Does that sound like a veiled criticism? It’s not. In my opinion, the best aspect of French press brewing is that it is – or at least it should be – simple and affordable.

As the cheapest option on this list, the Bodum Brazil is exactly what you need to brew a delicious, full-bodied cup and nothing more – a glass chamber, a stainless steel filter, and a plastic lid and handle. And because it’s made by Bodum, you know that low cost doesn’t equate to low standards. This is a company that has mastered the press pot more than any other.

The Brazil is available in two sizes and a variety of colours. Even if you don’t brew French press coffee regularly, its low price makes it a perfect brewer to have on hand for occasional use. Case in point: I mostly drink espresso, but I own not one but TWO Bodum Brazil French presses. I have a red 8-Cup model for when I need to serve a crowd, and I have a lime green 3-Cup model that is often used for making cold brew concentrate. At this price point, why not?

5. Stelton Theo – Most Beautiful Design

Specifications

  • Material: Stoneware

  • Capacity: 6 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

The Theo is possibly the best-looking French press on our list, but it makes sense coming from Stelton, a brand dedicated to creating beautiful Scandinavian homewares. This is a balance between form and function. The outside has a matt finish to add to the minimalist aesthetic, but inside it’s been coated with a gloss finish to make cleaning easier. If you’re really taken with the design (and who could blame you), the brand does a whole range of Theo tableware including mugs, plates, sugar bowl and milk jug to go alongside your French press. 

Just be aware that while the bamboo lid looks lovely, it isn’t exactly waterproof. Cleaning it shouldn’t be an issue, but any kind of soaking in water will compromise its structural integrity.

6. Stellar Coffee Matt Cafetiere – Best Large Capacity

Stellar Coffee Matt Cafetiere

Specifications

  • Material: Stainless steel

  • Capacity: 12 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

Stellar has a reputation for creating long-lasting cookware from top quality stainless steel. They’ve used this same steel to build their coffee pots, making them practically indestructible – a claim backed up by the company’s lifetime guarantee. You’ll notice just how solid it feels as soon as you pick it up. The only part that might give out before then is the mesh filter, but replacement parts are sold separately.

The Stellar cafetiere is available in several sizes, but the 12-Cup is a great option if you need to brew for a crowd.

It’s got what’s known as a push-fit lid, meaning it will sit neatly on top during the brewing process without the plunger accidentally sliding down. The thermally insulated, double-walled construction can keep coffee warm for hours, though we don’t recommend you leaving your coffee sitting for that long.

7.  Barista & Co. Plastic Free Cafetière – Best Small Capacity

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Specifications

  • Material: Borosilicate glass

  • Capacity: 3 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

If you want a French press for brewing just a cup or two of coffee at a time, don't pass this one by. Not only is it just the right size, but it has a number of other standout features.

Yes, it’s true that many French presses have a beaker made of glass. But many of these have plastic parts around the base, the plunger and the handle. So it’s great to see that going completely plastic-free is an option. The base, lid and plunger here are stainless steel, while everything else (including the handle) is made from durable borosilicate glass. If the beaker or filter happen to break, you can buy replacement parts without needing to ditch the whole thing.

The sustainability aspect is a big plus for this cafetiere, but there are some usability features that we love too. If you’re not at the point where you’re weighing your water, there are volume measurements on the side for getting a consistent brew. The design means that it can be poured without aligning the filter to the spout – which is one of the more annoying parts of a French press. There’s also the option to attach a second mesh filter if you like a cleaner, lighter cup of coffee.

8. Soulhand French Press – Best for Travel

“Soulhand

Specifications

  • Material: Borosilicate glass

  • Capacity: 4 Cup
  • Filter: Ultrafine stainless steel mesh

The Soulhand claim is that their French press produces a coffee completely free of grounds. The secret lies in their double layer of ultra-fine stainless steel mesh filters. Other tech included with the cafetiere includes a silicone edge on the lid, giving it a secure fit that makes it less prone to spills, perfect for if you want to brew on the go. The filter can be removed from the stainless-steel plunger for easier cleaning.

As with the best French presses, the beaker is borosilicate glass and heat resistant up to 160C. the plastic lid and plunger press don’t have the same quality feel, but it’s to be expected at this price point.

9. The Coffee Gator French Press – Most Durable

Specifications

  • Material: Stainless steel

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Stainless steel

Like the idea of double-wall stainless construction but don't want a silver cylinder like everyone else? The Coffee Gator has the construction you need with the range of visual appeal you want. Choose from grey, green, pink, or brushed stainless to bring a pop of colour to your morning cuppa.

It's only available in 34 oz. capacity, but that's a good all-around size, especially if you share your morning coffee – for example, it's just shy of three 12-oz. cups or two 18-oz. travel mugs. And like the Sterling Pro, the Gator has a double filter to remove more sediment, without removing the oils that make the French press provide such delicious coffee.

It even comes with an airtight mini container that holds enough coffee for two pots, if you plan on travelling.

Keep an eye on your cholesterol levels, to make sure your LDL levels don’t rise over time. And keep your pressed coffee habit in check: stick to no more than four cups per day

Read our Coffee Gator French Press review to learn more.

10. Espro P7 French Press – Best Filter

Espro P7 French Press

Specifications

  • Material: Stainless steel

  • Capacity: 8 Cup
  • Filter: Double stainless steel micro-filter

Espro is known for producing high-end French press coffee makers, though they don’t come cheap. The Espro P7 is one of the more expensive brewers on this list, but it offers a few premium features that explain its price tag.

The P7 is a beautiful matte black dual-walled stainless steel French press with vacuum insulation. Not only will it keep your brew hot for hours, but short of running it over with your car, it’s virtually indestructible. And even then, it might survive a compact sedan. While the car test is a maybe, one thing it is guaranteed to survive is the dishwasher, so clean-up is a piece of cake.

What really makes the Espro P7 stand out from the crowd, however, is the bucket-shaped double filter. This filter is much finer than other French press filters so your coffee will be as grit free as possible. If you like the full body and flavour of a French press brew but prefer to take a pass on the sediment at the bottom of your cup, this is the brewer to do it.

What To Look For In a French Press

Using the French Press is easy, and delicious: Grind freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans in the right coarseness. Use a grinder that can deliver the right coarseness for a French Press brew. Then, put the ground coffee in, pour hot water (not boiling) over it, and simply press down when your timer says ‘Ding!' Done.

No precision pouring, stirring, or Gooseneck kettles required. No paper filters needed. Many aficionados of coffee say the press pot produces the best brewed coffee. It certainly captures the full essence of the bean.

Despite how simple the mechanism is, French Presses come in all sorts of variations, and it can be difficult to separate the functional from the flashy.

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To help you navigate the flurry of dinky knock-offs and overpriced frustration traps, here is a list of what to look for the perfect press:

Material Stainless Steel vs Glass (and heat retention)

These coffee makers are almost exclusively made from one of two materials: borosilicate glass or stainless steel. Although some may think the choice between one or the other comes down to visual appeal, it’s really more of a practical matter.

Glass french presses are pretty, but won’t keep your coffee warm as well as a double-wall stainless-steel press.

However, if you feel particularly driven towards glass, breathe easy, because unless you plan to let your coffee sit for more than ten minutes, the amount of heat lost in a glass coffee press isn’t too significant. If you pour it into an insulated travel mug the moment you push down the plunger, choosing a glass or stainless-steel press makes no difference.

Between these two choices stainless steel offers you more control over temperature for a longer period of time (1) and this may be good for someone brewing for more than themselves.

If you’re the one responsible for the morning coffee for you and your special someone, ensuring that their coffee will stay hot – no matter how long they take doing God knows what in the bathroom – can be the key to a happy morning.

Also, stainless steel is orders of magnitude more accident-proof than glass carafes (…yes, we're speaking from personal experience here).

Although the glass often used in press pots – borosilicate glass – isn’t as fragile as momma’s fancy wine glasses, it’s still glass, which, as science still maintains, is more prone to breaking than steel.

Design & Comfort

Design may seem superficial – and it often is – but it can also be practical. Comfort, for example, is one of those unappreciated-until-you-try-it advantages.

Considering the times we crave coffee the most are also the times when our fine motor skills are at their lowest (AKA mornings), a comfortable handle may reduce the rate of morning rage-attacks.

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Whether you’re pouring for just yourself, or for a plus-one, a good handle keeps that delicate French Press coffee maker from careening off the counter to an untimely, messy death.

While on the topic of design, it’d be evasive to not at least mention aesthetics, so I’ll say this: a handsome coffee maker isn’t always a well functioning one. Showing off your pretty new French Press coffee brewer is fun and all, but delicious coffee doesn’t always come from the prettiest instruments (e.g. the AeroPress).

Size – Do You Really Need a French Press That large?

When you make a cup of coffee, are you really just making a cup, or is it more like two cups? If your morning “cup” consists of one to wake and one to go, then you probably need something that can keep up.

There are a few standard sizes to choose from, but 12 oz. and 34 oz. are the most popular. If you're alone or with someone else, I'd recommend going with the 12 oz. To give you some perspective, 12 oz. gives you one large cup of coffee, or two small cups. Needless to say, the 12 oz. model is also by far the more travel-friendly coffee press, for all you road brewers out there.

If you often find yourself brewing for your family, colleagues or groups of friends, opt for the 34 oz. version. This would also be our recommendation if you're dealing with two coffee guzzlers, as you won't get two cups of coffee out of the 12oz.

But bigger isn't always better. French Presses are all about proportions. If you're going to use the 34oz size you'll need to put more coffee grounds and hot water in the carafe to make the ratio work with the depth of the plunger.

Filtration System (which affects taste)

The final consideration before purchasing your press is its filter. The filter in a typical French press, composed of a sandwich of steel mesh held in place by stamped steel, is not nearly as fine as those in a drip or pour over coffee maker, and therefore not as good at keeping out bits of sediment. And more sediment in your brew will change the taste as it over extracts the remaining coffee.

However, a French press filter will not filter out the tasty and aromatic coffee oils as other filters will.

Although some people like some extra grit floating around in their coffee (2), it’s not for everybody. That said, there are some unique ways to get around brew debris. One of these, the “pull” method of brewing, has you place ground coffee on top of the filter, and pull them out after steeping.

Get a good grinder so you can lessen the chance of having too many ‘fines’ that will sneak past the filter and cause the coffee to be over extracted.

THE VERDICT

For today’s review roundup, I have chosen the Bodum Columbia as the winner. This charming teapot-shaped brewer is as practical as it is attractive. Its unique shape makes pouring coffee easier, and its double-wall construction means it keeps your brew hot for hours. It may not be the cheapest on the list, but its durability makes it well worth the cost.

That said, the rest of the products on this list are the best of the best – you just need to find the one that's right for your needs. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Bodum Columbia

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FAQs

You choose a French press by considering a few simple scenarios. First, consider capacity; are you brewing for 1-2 cups, or more? Go for a large French press if you brew more than 2 coffees each time. Then, consider material. Glass for home, plastic for travel, and stainless steel for large home brews.

French press coffee can be considered bad for you because it does not filter out ‘Cafestol' – a sediment that may cause bad cholesterol levels to rise (3). However, in moderation; the risk of health complications is minimal.

Stainless steel French presses are better than glass models for a few reasons. They are shatter proof, and retain heat for longer. Glass models look more ‘authentic', and are best suited for home use with smaller capacity models.

You should choose a French press size thats a little bigger than what you would expect. It's common to leave a little bit of coffee in the French press while serving to avoid the sediment in your cup. Common sizes are 3,6, 8 and 12 cup.


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Alex Azoury
Alex is an Editor of Home Grounds, who considers himself as a traveling coffee fanatic. He is passionate about brewing amazing coffee while in obscure locations, and teaching others to do the same.

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