The 9 Best French Press Coffee Makers of 2023

Our testers' top pick is the Bodum Chambord French Press.

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Different styles of coffee makers can have very different impacts on the environment. Pod and K-cup coffee makers that require single-use plastic for each cup of coffee are arguably the worst you can use. Most plastic coffee pods are also not recyclable, and although paper coffee filters are compostable, they're still a single-use item some people prefer to avoid.

There are numerous low-tech ways to make your coffee eco-friendly, from pour-over to moka pots. The French press however, is one of most eco-friendly ways to make your coffee, because it's energy efficient and doesn't generate any waste if you compost the grounds when you're done.

Below, you’ll find Treehugger's recommendations for the best French press coffee makers.

Best Overall

Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker

4.8
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker

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Bodum has been in the French press game for decades, and many coffee buffs (including our testers) adore the brand for producing some of the best coffee makers on the market. The Chambord French press can brew your coffee in only four minutes, and the three-part stainless steel plunger and mesh filter extract your coffee’s flavorful oils and flavors just as a paper filter would, but with less waste. Our testers noted that it produces a clean, low-acidity cup of coffee, with all the flavor you'd expect from a French press.

The body of the press is made from borosilicate glass, which is harder to break and more temperature-resistant that normal glass. One downside that our testers noted is that the mesh screens can be prickly to the touch, but are easy to disassemble and clean. It's also easy to pop the finished grounds into the compost bin, as they come out relatively dry and compact.

Bodum also offers a number of stylish color options, like copper and matte chrome. The safety lid keeps contents from spilling out, and the press is dishwasher safe. The 34-ounce press brews up to eight cups of coffee at a time, and smaller sizes are also available.

Price at time of publish: $39

Runner Up

Espro French Press Everyday P3

5
Espro P3 French Press

Amazon

This innovative French Press features a clever double basket that filters coffee grounds better than any of the other presses that we tested. The interlocking baskets and silicone lip prevent any grit from making its way into your cup, for a bright and balanced final flavor. It's easy to assemble and straightforward to use.

You might be wondering why this press isn't our Best Overall pick. The major downside is that it's much harder to clean than other models, and somewhat harder to get the grounds out an into the compost. Our tester also noted that the glass and plastic construction might not be as durable as a press with stainless steel. However, if you want the cleanest cup of coffee possible, this could be the pick for you.

Price at time of publish: $40

Best Splurge

Frieling Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press

4.8
Frieling Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press

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The sleek, attractive design of this Frieling French press is only surpassed by its practicality. Made from stainless steel, it's more durable than glass options, plus its double wall insulation means it can keep your coffee hot for hours, doubling as both your coffee brewer and carafe. The full-length handle makes it easy to pour. Inside is a two-stage filter to keep out both large and fine coffee grounds.

We offer more budget-friendly stainless steel and insulated picks elsewhere on this list, but if you're willing to splurge than the Frieling Double Wall is the way to go. It's even dishwasher safe and available in five different sizes.

Price at time of publish: $140

Best Stainless Steel

Secura French Press Coffee Maker

Secura French Press Coffee Maker

Amazon

The Secura French press is a sleek way to brew greener cups of coffee. The stainless steel design comes with a three-layered filter structure, which traps all coffee grounds and leaves you with smooth, mess-free coffee.

It comes with a bonus stainless steel screen so you can stack screens together for a more refined cup of coffee if you don't like grounds occasionally making their way into your cup. The handle and knob will both be cool to the touch for safe pours. The press makes up to 34 ounces of coffee, and all parts are dishwasher safe.

Price at time of publish: $32

Best Budget

Bodum Brazil French Press

Bodum Brazil Coffee Maker

This simple, no-frills French press is all you need to get started in Earth-friendly cups of joe, and it won’t break your bank either. The base and handle are made from BPA-free materials, and the carafe is made from German heat-resistant borosilicate glass. Our tester found the plunger easy to press down, but noted that it wiggles a touch.

The plunger and filter are both constructed from stainless steel, and the entire press is dishwasher safe. There are several size options available, so you can make just the right amount of coffee for your household. However, this design may not be as durable as the models with stainless steel, and the lid can be a bit finicky.

Price at time of publish: $22

Best for Camping

GSI Outdoors 30 FL. OZ. JavaPress

GSI Outdoors JavaPress

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Roughing it doesn't have to mean skipping your fresh cup of coffee. The JavaPress can make up to four cups of coffee (30 ounces), and it’s plastic parts are BPA free. The double-walled, insulated lid helps keep coffee hot for a relaxing morning in the outdoors, and the mug is wrapped in an insulated cloth sleeve that is water resistant and helps protect your hands for safe sipping.

The mug comes in a graphite color for a stylish, sleek look while you’re out on the trails.

Price at time of publish: $30

Best Insulated

SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker

SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker

Amazon

You’ll be able to enjoy cup after cup of warm coffee with the SterlingPro, which has a double wall construction to keep beverages hotter for a longer period of time. It's also less fragile than glass options. The interior wall keeps liquids hot, while the exterior wall stays cool so you don’t have to worry about burning your hands while pouring. There are no plastic pieces to this French press at all, another win for the environment.

The two-screen filter system also means that you won’t find any loose coffee grounds floating around in your mug, as the first screen brushes the wall evenly and tightly, while the second screen catches any grounds that might’ve slipped through the first screen. This French press is also rust resistant and dishwasher safe.

Price at time of publish: $38

Best Stoneware

Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

4.2
Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

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Add a pop of color to your morning routine with this Le Creuset French press that comes in numerous color options. The glazed ceramic is nonporous and non-reactive and resistant to chips, stains, and scratches, and the plunger and mesh press are made from stainless steel.

The perk of a ceramic French press is that it’s safe for the microwave, freezer, oven, broiler, and dishwasher, and will hold heat well. Ceramic also means that cleanup will be a breeze, and you don’t have to worry about any cracking or crazing. The enamel exterior resists scratches as well.

Price at time of publish: $85

Best Portable

Bodum Travel Press

Bodum Travel Press

Amazon

The Bodum Travel Press is great for those wanting to help do their part for the environment while on the go. The container is made from vacuum-sealed, double-walled stainless steel and will keep beverages hot for multiple hours.

The spill-resistant lid and built-in plunger are both BPA free, and all of the pieces are dishwasher safe for simple cleaning. To use, add your loose coffee, then top with hot water and close the lid to brew. Push the plunger down to move all the grounds to the bottom, and then pour yourself a hot cup of coffee from anywhere.

Price at time of publish: $20

Final Verdict

We love Frieling Double Wall Stainless Steel French Press because it looks great and will keep coffee warm for hours, though expect to pay a premium. If you'd prefer a glass model (so you can see how much coffee is left), then check out the Bodum Chambord French press. It’s simple yet functional construction produces clean, flavorful cups of coffee that any coffee enthusiast would enjoy.

What to Look for in a French Press

Double Screens

Some French presses come with more than one screen to filter out coffee grounds. It doesn't affect the flavor profile, but if you don't like the idea of the occasional ground floating in your coffee cup, a system with two screens may be best for you.

Ease of Cleaning

Some parts, such as the glass carafe, may be dishwasher-safe, which makes for easy cleaning. If not, make sure you can get your hand inside the container, or use a brush to scrub out with warm, soapy water between uses to prevent the growth of harmful microbes.

Insulated

Double wall stainless French presses keep coffee warmer longer, so you can brew and enjoy for several hours, as opposed to glass presses, which do not retain heat.

Why Trust Treehugger?

We tested over 20 French press coffee makers in our labs, evaluating each one for ease of use, ease of cleaning, and of course, how the coffee tastes.

Author Amanda Ogle is a veteran reporter who loves writing about sustainability and believes it is important that we all strive to be as environmentally friendly as we can. For a few years now, she’s been on a mission to enjoy coffee only brewed in sustainable ways and has researched numerous methods.

Arricca SanSone updated this article. Her Bodum French press has lasted for years and makes the best coffee you'll ever taste.