5 Best French Presses of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested glass, stainless and insulated French presses to determine which brewed the richest, smoothest pot of coffee.

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Updated on January 18, 2024

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Tested by Beth Lipton for Food Network Kitchen

Coffee is such an integral part of our lives — Americans alone drink about 400 million cups per day. For many of us, it’s a daily habit as automatic as brushing our teeth or bathing. Given coffee’s constant presence in our lives, it makes sense to ensure that your daily cup is as good as it can possibly be. Along with buying a type of coffee you enjoy, choosing a brewing method that suits you and then having the right coffee maker matters.

Devotees of the French press say this brewing method yields a richer, more aromatic result, since the metal filter and steeping time allows more of the coffee’s natural oils in than paper filters used in other methods. Plus, microscopic grounds in the finished coffee give you a more full-bodied brew.

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Beth Lipton

What to Consider Before Buying a French Press

Brewing with a French press is more complicated than simply pushing a button on an automatic coffee maker, so if you’re going to do it you definitely want the best pot you can get. We found that the quality of different French presses varied greatly.

Material: Most of our favorites were made from stainless steel ­­ we found many of the glass and plastic ones less sturdy and the one made from stoneware was beautiful but lacked the thoughtful design of other models (and yet it was on the expensive side). We also looked for materials that held heat well so coffee stays warm from the first to last cup.

Size: French presses come in a few different sizes. Mini, 12-ounce presses are great for single-servings of coffee. A standard 8-cup version (32 or 34 ounces) will work for most households.

Filter: We considered how many grounds and sediment made it into our cups of coffee after brewing. Our top picks filter coffee well and result in the least amount of grounds in the cup.

Photo by: Beth Lipton

Beth Lipton

How We Tested

We purchased 15 well-reviewed French presses. We followed the instructions included in each one and brewed a full pot, using the same coarsely ground coffee for each. (We bought organic beans at a local coffee shop, D’Amico Coffee, and asked them to grind it coarse for French press.) After plunging, we poured a cup and sipped to evaluate the flavor and smoothness. We noted when finishing the cup if there was additional sediment or grounds in the bottom. We let the press stand on the counter with the cover on and took the temperature of the coffee after 30 minutes and then after 60 minutes using an instant read thermometer stuck into the center of the coffee.

We poured out the remaining coffee, removed the grounds, disassembled the press and washed all the parts according to the instructions, noting how easy (or not easy) it was. We used a dishwasher when the instructions indicated it was safe to do so and hand-washed otherwise. Then, we reassembled the press and noted if it was easy to do that or not.

$145.00

If money is no object, go ahead and splurge on this one. It’s as elegantly designed as it is sleek and yielded us the smoothest cup by far thanks to its double filter system. Though other models have double filters, the ESPRO P7 has a patented design with deeper microfilters that twist and lock together. As effective as the filters are, they’re also simple to use, disassemble and clean. Also, with most French presses, instructions advise you to remove the coffee as soon as it’s brewed to keep it from getting bitter, so you would have to transfer it to another insulated pot if you weren’t using it all right away (the pot makes four 8-ounce cups), but this model states that it's okay to leave the coffee in the pot. We tasted it after 30 and 60 minutes (along with taking the temperature), and, as promised, the coffee was still smooth rather than bitter.

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$29.99

This one isn’t wildly different from the Secura. In fact, the two are so alike you could choose one over the other based on which design you prefer (though, to be fair, even that is similar). The Mueller is also stainless steel, also 34 ounces, also kept coffee hotter than other models (aside from the Secura by just a few degrees). The Mueller comes with a small stainless steel canister to hold coffee grounds, which is a bit small for home use but might come in handy if you are camping or on vacation. Double filters yield smooth coffee, and a cool handle makes it easy to pour. After you’ve finished your coffee, this pot is simple to take apart and you can toss all the parts in the dishwasher.

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Sleeping in the great outdoors in a tent can be invigorating, but if you’re like us, you still need a bracing cup of coffee to get going in the morning. If so, pack this press for all of your adventures. It weighs less than 1 pound, is shatterproof (made from BPA free Tritan Renew), but feels sturdy, like it can take a bumpy road or a rocky hike in a backpack. It has a stainless steel filter and a slotted spout for a smooth brew, with plenty of that richness you expect from a French press. With a 32-ounce capacity, four adults can have a cup each on one plunge. We tested how well it holds heat by leaving it outside on a 52ºF day, and the coffee was still on the hot side after 30 minutes (though the no-slip handle was cool the whole time). This model is simple to disassemble for hand-washing and easy to reassemble for your next pot.

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$70.00

With its 48-ounce capacity and double-walled stainless steel construction, this 2.5-pound press can take a beating. Use it again and again at home, take it on an RV or car trip — it’s absolutely solid, makes smooth, rich coffee and passed our test by keeping our brew hot even after 30 minutes outside on a 40ºF day. Though it’s big and on the heavy side, an ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to pour. Take it apart easily, toss it in the dishwasher and it’s good to go. (Because it’s so large, it’s also really easy to wash by hand.) We doubt there’s anything you can do to damage this thing, but in case you do, it comes with a lifetime warranty.

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$26.99

Are you the only coffee drinker in your home, or do you tend to brew one cup at a time? If so, this compact press, which makes just shy of 12 ounces, is a great option. It offers the same bold flavor and richness you’ll find in larger models, and it’s well-made, with a glass carafe, stainless steel frame and lid, and easy-to-grip BPA-free plastic handle that stays cool. Use the included plastic scoop to measure your grounds. Nearly all of it is dishwasher safe, or use a bottle brush to clean the diminutive carafe by hand.

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