Whether you’ve decided to switch up your coffee-brewing routine and try a french press yourself, or you’re looking for the perfect gift for a coffee-lover in your life, searching through the myriad of product options available and figuring out which french press you should purchase can be tough.
As an enthusiastic consumer of coffee, I’ve owned two french presses myself, and I’ve enjoyed coffee brewed in french presses at a variety of restaurants and cafes. Below, I will highlight the options I’d consider if I were shopping for a new French Press. All of them are at different price points, and I’ll describe what the advantages and disadvantages of each are, so can more easily decide how much you want to spend and which product or product type is right for you.
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This is the Bodum Brazil French Press, sold on Amazon, and is the most basic and most affordable option I could find for sale online.
- Super affordable
- 3 size options
- Glass beaker
- Plastic handle/lid
I included this press in this list because of it’s low price. At $12.29 for the smallest size, this press would be a great option for someone who really wants to try french press but is on a tight budget. The carafe is a ‘glass beaker’ and the handle and lid are made entirely out of plastic, which would make me question the device’s durability. However, this device seems to be a pretty decent quality press for french press for the price. It would be ideal for french press novices or students that could update or upgrade their press in the future or if it were to break (which is slightly more likely without the metal sides/protectors on a normal french press).
This is the Bodum Chambord French Press from 1st in Coffee. This is a classic French Press, and I’ve used many just like this at a restaurant that I’ve worked at.
- Classic French Press
- 34oz/8 cup capacity
- Glass carafe
- Reasonably priced
- Dishwasher safe
This french press is pretty reasonably priced at $39.99, which is standard for a decent, durable french press. It has a glass carafe and metal lid and handle, which provides some protection for the carafe. This is pretty much as standard and classic a french press as you can get, so if you’re looking for a traditional press, this is the one for you.
Next, I have the Madrid Premium French Press, from a company called GROSHE. It’s about the same price as the classic press, but in my opinion, gets you more for your money.
- Glass carafe & metal handle
- Comes in 3 different sizes
- Boasts that it’s perfect for loose-leaf tea
- Great value for money
This press is priced the same as the classic press, at $39.99. I find it to be more visually appealing than the classic press, and it’s advertised as having a double filtration system that makes it perfect for making both coffee and loose-leaf tea.
The company that makes this press, GROSCHE, creates safe drinking water with every purchase, so that’s also a pretty big plus for me.
Stainless Steel Press
This is the Dublin Stainless Steel french press, also from GROSHE, and it’s the most expensive, fanciest French Press I’m highlighting today. This product provides the ultimate french press experience, and is ideal for gourmet coffee aficionados or anyone who wants to upgrade their existing french press game.
- Double-walled/extra insulation to keep coffee hotter, longer
- Special spout for consistent pour
- Multi-purpose & dishwasher-safe
- High Durability
- GROSCHE clean water program participant
- Only one size available (1 liter capacity)
- Can’t see coffee
The carafe is stainless steel and double-walled to provide extra insulation, so the coffee it brews will stay warm longer than it would in a typical french press, and it’s much harder to break than a regular glass press. It has a one-liter capacity and a special spout that, according to the company, provides a more consistent pour. It also is supposed to be easily converted into a regular pitcher.
The biggest downside to this press is the price point; it’s priced at $59.99. It is a very nice press, but the extra features you get for the price might not be worth it. If you take a long time to get through a liter of coffee you travel or camp a lot, then the durability and extra insulation might make it worth it, but in my opinion, a more normal glass press is sufficient for most coffee drinkers. While it’s pretty, in my opinion, it’s also visually less appealing than the glass carafes that let you see the delicious coffee inside and more easily gauge how much you have left.
(See other Grosche French Press options here.)
You can make loose-leaf in any french press, but my own press has the double-filtration system, and I can attest to the fact that it really does work fantastically. It does a great job keeping coffee grounds and tea leaves out of my drink – and if a few do escape, I know it’s time to replace my filter.
In conclusion, my highest recommendation goes to the premium press from GROSCHE, which is pretty close to the one I actually own, which was gifted to me several years ago as a replacement for one broken by my roommate. I’ve taken it camping and traveling with me, and it has held up amazingly well. In my opinion, it’s the best deal for the best price – the stainless steel one would be great for someone who wants to keep their coffee warmer longer, but as a person who drinks coffee quickly, that’s a feature I would very rarely take advantage of.
Hopefully this article has helped you figure out which press is the one that’s right for you. Let me know if you have any questions or if you have your own french press preferences/recommendations you’d like to share!