There is not a huge variation out there amongst French Presses – the concept is simple, and there is little scope for variation in the design. It really comes down to the quality of the plunger filter mesh, the quality of the pot and its supporting cage, and the material. Here are the most popular and most highly rated models available.
Bodum Brazil 8-Cup (34-Ounce) Coffee Press
One of Bodum’s original coffee press designs from the 1980s, the Bodum Brazil offers a classic take on modern, functional design that will never go out of style. Perfect for extracting your coffee’s aromatic oils and subtle flavors, this 8-cup coffee press can hold up to 34 ounces. It features an ultra-light, heat-resistant borosilicate glass beaker, which is both strong and resistant to temperature extremes and dishwasher safe. It’s complemented by a polypropylene handle and base and a 3-part stainless steel plunger with a fine mesh filter–allowing the flavor of the coffee to be delivered direct to your cup and not absorbed by a paper filter. The patented safety lid also prevents the splashing of liquids while pressing. All parts are dishwasher safe.
Amazon Sales Rank: #107 in Kitchen & Dining
Reviews: Reviewed by 67 Users
Variations: Also available in a 3-cup version
Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
This model presented by Bodum is a classic and elegant design, with a sturdy, chrome-plated brass frame and an easy-to-clean glass carafe. The plunger and filter mesh are made from stainless steel, and all parts are dishwasher safe. The lid can be turned to prevent coffee spill over while pressing the plunger. This beautiful press is suitable for making coffee in front of guests at the table.
Amazon Sales Rank: #221 in Kitchen & Dining
Reviews: Reviewed by 565 Users
Variations: Also available in 3-, 4-, 8- and 12-cup versions
Thermos Nissan 34-Ounce Vacuum Insulated Stainless-Steel Gourmet Coffee Press
Don’t confine the pleasure of pressed coffee to home. With this combination of coffee press and vacuum-insulated thermos, European-style coffee turns up at the office or campground and stays hot three times longer than coffee made in a glass press. Simply spoon in ground coffee, add boiling water, place the lid on with plunger in the up position, wait four minutes, push down the plunger slowly, and . . . Presto! Fresh, piping-hot coffee for two or three hours. Lightweight and virtually unbreakable, the press has a handsome, satin-finish exterior and tough, nonslip, black plastic top and bottom. The press parts and smooth interior clean with sponge or cloth.
Amazon Sales Rank: #703 in Kitchen & Dining
Reviews: Reviewed by 195 Users
Bodum Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot
The new Columbia line combines stunning elegance of form with the best materials for perfect function.
Ideal for home or office, this French press coffeemaker doubles as an insulated thermos so coffee stays hot and fresh for up to two hours. The pot holds 34 ounces (1 liter), nearly seven 5-ounce cups, and can be used for brewing tea as well as coffee. It’s made of stainless steel polished to a mirror finish, has a large, comfortable handle, and is dishwasher-safe. The lid seals in heat remarkably well and turns to prevent heat from escaping through the spout between pours.
Amazon Sales Rank: #1,604 in Kitchen & Dining
Reviews: Reviewed by 221 Users