The Frieling Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker Review
The French press is a timeless classic when it comes to delicious cups of rich and robust java! Whilst there are endless options to choose from, we think you might like this stainless-steel model if you’re after the best of the best. Sounds like you? Then read our Frieling French Press Review to find out if this premium coffee maker with an exciting feature (psst: sediment-free coffee!) is the one for you.
SUMMARY: The Frieling Stainless Steel French Press coffee maker
- High quality build with a double wall stainless steel body that will keep your coffee warm 4 times longer
- Sediment-free brew thanks to the patented dual screen made of super-fine mesh
- Available in 4 different sizes, from 500 ml to 1.3 litres
Made of unbreakable 18/10 stainless steel and an all steel mesh plunger mechanism–this classy coffee press will keep your drinks steaming hot or cool as a cucumber.– Seattle Coffee Gear
The Frieling French Press Review
Construction – 5/5
We think that the build of this French press is as premium and as good as it can get.
Made of 18/10 stainless steel, its double-walled design retains heat 4 times longer than French presses with a glass carafe without burning you!
Your coffee or tea will be piping hot and, since you can use French presses for cold brews and iced tea (1), it will also keep them nice and chilled for hours.
Whilst every model has a brushed finish inside, you get to choose the look that you prefer for the outer finish: all sizes of the Frieling French press coffee maker are available in a brushed or mirror polish style. We also like the practical full-length handle and the fact that it’s dishwasher safe (always a relief!).
Filter type – 5/5
The French press is an immersion brewing method that relies on a metal mesh filter, which guarantees one thing: (2)
“a viscous brew with a fuller body and increased texture due to more oils remaining in the final brew and also fewer coffee particles”
Yes, cafetieres are quick and practical thanks to this simple mechanism, but we think we can all agree on one thing: the coffee sediments that we get at the bottom of the cup are the most annoying thing about them! How many times have we seen models that claim to give you a sediment-free brew, but don’t actually deliver? Well, the Frieling French press does (you’ll have to trust us on this one!).
It uses a patented dual screen made of Italian super-fine mesh: not only does it mean zero sediments, but it also ensures that even more oils are extracted from your coarse coffee grounds, resulting in a richer taste after a quick 4-minute steep in hot water. This stainless steel filter is also rather easy to disassemble, but you won’t even need to do that if you chuck it in the dishwasher.
Size – 5/5
Whether you are after a portable, travel-friendly model, a medium-sized French press or a much bigger one for larger households, you are definitely going to find a Frieling model that meets your coffee needs.
This French press is available in 4 different sizes (17, 23, 36 and 44 ounces – 500 ml, 680 ml, 1060 ml and 1300 ml).
Its largest model is rather big compared to what most French presses offer: you definitely won’t have to worry about brewing different batches next time you have friends round!
Value for Money – 3.5/5
The only reasons why it loses points is because it’s more expensive than other models (some of which also include a dual-filter) and yet it’s still made in China, despite the “USA” in its full name. However, we can’t fault the quality of its build, and we still think it’s a great investment that you’ll be proud of every time you’ll enjoy a sediment-free cuppa. By the way, that will be for a while: the Frieling comes with a 5 year warranty, but it’s bound to last you much longer than that, as it’s very well-built and, unlike glass French press coffee makers (3), extremely durable (actually, we dare you to break it!).
Do NOT Buy if…
You want to see the extraction process – We can’t really fault the Frieling, but its high-quality stainless steel body results in a potential drawback that might annoy some people: you can’t see your coffee being brewed. If you’re one of those who want to enjoy the “hot water and coffee show” with their eyes before it gets into their mouths, then we think that a model with a glass carafe like the Kona French Press might be a better option for you.
You’re after a more budget-friendly option – We think that the Frieling will definitely pay for itself (just think of all the money that you’ll save from not having to rely on that café on the way to work for your morning coffee!). However, if you like the idea of owning a large French press made of double-walled stainless steel but were after a more budget-friendly option, that’s totally cool. In that case, we recommend the Sterling French press or the Coffee Gator French Press: both coffee makers still come with a double-mesh filter.
We have a few favourite French press models, but the Frieling is our very top pick! We like how it’s both sturdy and elegant at the same time, thanks to the mirror or brushed options of its sleek stainless steel design: being so durable and resistant, it’s perfect for frequent travellers, too. Most of all, its patented dual mesh filter is superior to any other French press that we’ve tried, resulting in a gourmet cup of coffee that is actually sediment-free. If you want your coffee break to be a premium experience, then look no further than the Frieling French press coffee maker.
Stainless steel is better for French press because it can keep your coffee warm for longer (especially if it’s a double wall stainless steel French press), it’s more impact-resistant, durable and dishwasher safe. On the other hand, glass French press coffee makers are usually more elegant and aesthetically pleasing and, if you’re just making coffee for yourself, you don’t actually need it to stay hot for long periods of time. While it ultimately comes down to personal preference, we recommend a stainless steel French press mainly for peace of mind when handling it: whilst borosilicate glass is quite tough, it can still break fairly easily.
When buying a French press, you should look for the material (usually stainless steel or borosilicate glass), size, filtration system, and design. Find out more about these criteria in our French press article.
You use a French press by simply adding some coarse coffee grounds, pour hot water, let it steep for 3-4 minutes, and press the plunger down slowly. That’s about it! If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, check out our tutorial.
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