Best French press 2022: for delicious full-bodied coffee

Authentic and inexpensive, the best french press from Espro, Bodum and Le Creuset will deliver flavorful cups of coffee each and every morning

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You can't beat the best french press for rich and full-bodied coffee in the morning. With a lightweight design that won't take up any extra space on your kitchen counters, the only power you need to operate a french press is a bit of arm muscle. Plus, that pressing motion is oh-so-satisfying. 

This style of brewing has been popular for around one hundred years, but the best french press has never gone out of style. Because the best coffee makers will need to be plugged into a power socket to make your morning brew, they won't be the most suitable choice for those who want to make coffee as they travel, or who simply don't need another wire cluttering their counters. 

Lovers of strong, rich coffee will find that a french press is a perfect choice for them. By opting for immersion brewing over the infusion method used in pour-over coffee lovers, you'll end up with an un-impeded flavor and a say in how long your grounds bloom and steep for, giving you complete control.

The best French Press coffee makers 2022

ESPRO P7 COFFEE PRESSH&G gold badge

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Espro P7 French Press

Best luxe French press option for smooth, bold coffee

Specifications

Size: 18 oz., 32 oz.
Material: Stainless Steel
Filter: Double Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Makes a killer cold brew
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No risk of broken glass
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Easy to use
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Insulated design keeps coffee hot
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Double filter minimizes graininess 

Reasons to avoid

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Tight seal makes it more difficult to pull plunger out
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Pricier than alternatives

For all you coffee aficionados out there, the Espro P7 won’t disappoint. Consistently brewing up the perfect cup of coffee, it is the ultimate splurge and one you won’t regret.

Thoughtfully designed with a two-stage filter and extra tight seal, the Espro P7 French press makes an exceptionally tasty cup of coffee. Available in 18 and 32 ounces, your morning routine will appreciate this upgrade! 

Shatter-resistant material
The durable stainless steel body won't break if dropped, making the Espro P7 French press an awesome traveling companion and perfect for those with kids. Stainless steel is also known to keep beverages hot for long periods of time. If you’re used to reheating your coffee twelve times a day (guilty) this may be the solution you’ve been looking for. 

Double filtered
I’m sure there are people out there who don’t mind a mouthful of coffee grounds, but I am not one of them. With its signature double filtration system, Espro promises a smooth cup of coffee every time. The double lip seal does a great job keeping grittiness at bay. 

Easy to clean
Is there a single person who enjoys cleaning their coffee maker? Not that I’m aware of, and that’s why this is worth mentioning. The Espro is super simple to clean, dishwasher safe, and the seal doesn’t loosen with washes. 

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2. Bodum Chambord French Press

A French press worth raving about, the Bodum Chambord is beautiful enough for a permanent place on your countertops

Specifications

Size: 12 oz. 17 oz., 34 oz., 51 oz.
Material: Stainless Steel and glass
Filter: Double Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Contemporary design
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Easy to use
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Double filter minimizes graininess 

Reasons to avoid

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Glass is thin and doesn't retain heat well

The Bodum Chambord French press takes the cake for 'Most Beautiful' coffee maker. Aesthetically, it’s almost too pretty to use. Scratch that – please use it, because it makes delish coffee. Dating back to the early 1900’s, Bodum is a founding father in the coffee world. Still going strong, their coffee makers and accessories are truly one of a kind. Perfect for a gift or to treat yourself, this is one of my favorites! 

Modern design
Don’t let the intricate design fool you, this French press is actually quite simple to use. Comprised of a glass carafe that sits snug in a stainless steel frame, it is less likely to break than most glass counterparts. Sleek and thoughtfully designed, I think the Bodum Chambord is worthy of permanent counter space! 

Notably flavorful coffee
French press-style coffee is consistently more flavorful than other brews. The Bodum, however, produces an unrivaled rich and silky cup. The instructions specify the user uses coarsely ground beans, and perhaps that is the difference. Finely ground beans produce less flavor, and oftentimes make their way through the filter.

Environmentally friendly
I don’t plan on attending the UN Climate Change Summit anytime soon, but if there’s an opportunity to go green, why not take it? Bodum as a brand utilizes entirely natural products. They incorporate glass, steel, wood and bamboo into their beautiful pieces, and they’re all ethically sourced. 

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3. Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

Timeless design with a ten year warranty, Le Creuset is always a great choice

Specifications

Size: 32 oz.
Material: Stoneware
Filter: Single Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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11 classic Le Creuset colors to choose from
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Extremely easy to clean
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Stonewear has strong insulating properties
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Microwave, dishwasher, freezer, fridge safe

Reasons to avoid

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Stoneware breaks easily if dropped or hit on hard surface

Le Creuset offers a rich history of high-quality products. The kind of products that are handed down from grandma and stay in the family for years. Definite investment pieces, this is one brand you will be happy you splurged for. Not only do they have a chic aesthetic, they’re also durable and can withstand temperatures up to 500°. 

Classic Le Creuset look
I can spot a Le Creuset Dutch oven from a mile away, and the French press is no different. With its beautiful glaze and vibrant colors, this coffee maker is a timeless classic. This particular model is available in 11 colors, and they’re all equally eye-catching. 

Versatile
In addition to being ultra heat-resistant, Le Creuset stoneware is also safe to pop in the fridge. Reviewers swear by this for cold brew coffee, and naturally we had to test their theory. It’s confirmed, Le Creuset French press makes an irresistible cold brew. Just make sure you use coarsely ground beans, as they yield the tastiest results! 

Durable
Stoneware is great because it’s non-porous and strong. This provides protection against any funky odors and staining. The non-porous material is advantageous for anyone who may switch up flavor profiles in their French press. Perfect for hopping between coffee and teas, the floral notes and seasoned beans will not absorb into the stoneware. 

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4. Mueller Double Insulated French Press

Globally top-rated, Mueller delivers top notch coffee every time

Specifications

Size: 34 oz.
Material: Stainless Steel
Filter: Triple Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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All stainless steel
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Double insulated design keeps coffee piping hot
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Affordable
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Triple filter won’t let any grains slip through

Reasons to avoid

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Difficult to disassemble
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Tough to see water level

By globally top-rated, I mean this Mueller French press has over 23,649 and counting five star reviews. That’s nearly 90% of their total Amazon reviews, which I’d consider massively impressive. For those of us who aren’t very technically inclined, included in the packaging is a very easy to understand guide on how to use this French press. Read it and you’ll be a pro in no time, and we’re not just talking about coffee. There are tons of alternative uses for this gadget (i.e. tea, frothing milk, etc.) Affordable and reliable, this is by far my most 'cost-effective' pick! 

Double layered
You’ll be thanking Mueller for their double layered design as you sip your hot coffee. Made of professional-grade stainless steel, it is also long-lasting and will never rust. 

Great for alternative uses
The multi-layer design of the plunger makes this French press a good choice for frothing milk and infusing teas and oils. To froth milk, simply pour hot milk in the press and move the plunger up and down quickly. Because you’ll be creating bubbles and moving fast, don’t fill the carafe up too full! 

Brim French press

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5. Brim 8 Cup French Press

An easy clean up with the ultra-sleek Brim French press

Specifications

Size: 34 oz.
Material: Stainless steel and borosilicate glass
Filter: Single Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Borosilicate glass is stronger than typical glass
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Spare filter included
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Easy cleaning
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Compact and easy to store

Reasons to avoid

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Reviewers claim handle is flimsy
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Doesn’t keep coffee as hot as stainless steel alternatives

I love this Brim French press. It’s a well designed kitchen gadget that produces a solid cup of coffee, quickly. Compared to other glass models, this one is much sturdier. Borosilicate glass has special properties that make it less likely to break, and much less likely to crack with sudden temperature changes. The extra filter was a nice touch, too, as regardless of use, any filter can get icky as time goes on. Cleaning this French press was also a breeze, which I can appreciate. 

Great for cold brew
Did you know cold brew is nearly 70% less acidic than its hot coffee counterpart? Word on the street is this Brim French press makes a delightful cup of cold brew, extra smooth and rich in flavor. 

Dishwasher safe
Most French presses say they’re 'dishwasher safe' when referring to the carafe. This model is completely dishwasher safe, though. Including the filter lid and plunger! Testers claim the Brim 8 Cup French Press is by far the easiest to clean, a time saver for sure.  

Stanley Stay Hot French Press

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6. Stanley Stay Hot French Press

No frills brewing perfect for the chilly outdoors

Specifications

Size: 48 oz.
Material: Stainless Steel
Filter: Single Filter
Dishwasher Safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Double-wall insulation keeps beverages hot up to 4 hours
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Lifetime warranty
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Unbelievably durable

Reasons to avoid

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 Coffee grounds make their way into coffee 

Stanley is perhaps most well known for camping equipment, but this French press is literally so good you may find yourself using it every day. Unlike glass beakers, the double-wall insulation of this French press keeps coffee hot for up to four hours and is incredibly straightforward to use. 

Lifetime warranty
When a company offers a lifetime warranty, you know they stand behind their product. This stood out to me, and just screams quality. You can feel confident if anything goes awry with your French press, Stanley will work to make the situation right. 

Durable
I’m convinced if I ran this French press through my washer and dryer, it would survive. I didn’t test this theory, but I’m certain it’s true. Stanley builds tough products for the rugged outdoors, and this coffee maker is no exception. Made of stainless steel with double insulation, this French press travels well and won’t break on you anytime soon!

How to use a French press

Starbucks has nothing on the flavor or convenience a fresh cup of French press coffee can offer. 

Sleek and straightforward, a French press is perfect for anyone with limited time or counter space. Similar to the best single serve coffee makers, French presses also typically brew smaller quantities, only what you need. Additionally, they don't rely on a heating plate to stay warm, so you never have to worry about burnt beans (yuck). All of the above picks can whip up fresh coffee in under four minutes, and require no paper filter or electricity. To prevent any confusion, a European 'cup' is about half of what Americans are used to, weighing in at a mere 4 oz.  

What many people don’t realize is traditional brewing loses flavor in the filter. Oils are lost in the paper and never make their way into the coffee. The steeping process coffee goes through using a French press results in a richness and bold profile you won’t find anywhere else. 

Follow these how to use a French press tips below, and you’ll be sipping away in no time:

  • Measure your coffee grounds (freshly ground coarse beans offer the best flavors, and we have several thoughts on the best coffee grinder)
  • Add coffee to carafe
  • Carefully add hot water, not boiling, into carafe and stir gently
  • Put plunger in carafe slowly, and follow directions to properly seal the unit
  • Steep for roughly four minutes, depending on your preferred strength
  • Lower the plunger steadily until you can’t press any further
  • Open the spout, pour and enjoy

Don't forget to store your coffee grounds properly, and in a coffee canister. If this will be going on your countertop, you'll want to make sure this coffee canister is pretty, too.

Midwestern freelancer Courtney Irwin is a working mom of three who loves nothing more than a good deal. Equal parts entrepreneur and family-gal, she believes hard work deserves to be celebrated. Oftentimes in the form of a new gadget or sun-filled vacation (don’t forget the large glass of vino)! When she’s not on the hunt for the next big trend, you can catch her in her kitchen, which is currently under construction. Courtney has spent years curating home renovation and beauty content and looks forward to trying the latest and greatest things for home.