Let me guess; French press was something you got for Christmas, right? You opened your gift and said: ‘What the hell is that?’ Don’t worry, a lot of people admit to that being their first reaction upon seeing a French press. But just like you right now, they can’t get enough of their coffee! The problem occurs usually around two-three months that you’ve been using your French press.
Most people buy (or get) a plastic one when they start out. It’s practical, clean, and affordable, unlike the stainless steel French press that costs considerably more. After a while a plastic one just does not cut it anymore. Don’t get us wrong of course; there is nothing wrong with a quality plastic French press. We especially recommend those to clumsy people who can’t turn around without knocking something over. You see, they are built out of highly durable plastic that is virtually indestructible. Alas, after a while the plastic gets tainted as it easily absorbs essential coffee oils and can get stained. But we are rushing here. Suffice to say that every material has its ups and downs and we will break them down here so you can decide for yourself which type is best for you.
Plastic French Press – as we already mentioned, plastic French presses are affordable and virtually indestructible as they are made from durable, strong plastic. They can fall, tip over, be manhandled and thrown against the wall and they will not come off worse for it –typically, we are not guaranteeing anything so please refrain from smacking yours against the wall. They are also usually cheap because they cost far less to produce when compared to other types.
The biggest grievance people have with these is the fact that they stain easily. First of all, they are not the prettiest sight even when completely new. Whoever tells you that this type of plastic is indistinguishable from glass is lying. You can tell it’s plastic and you can tell it from a glance. This makes them look rather cheap and not something you’d want to present in front of your friends. The worst part is that they easily stain, as we mentioned, especially if you are not taking proper care of them.
With all this in mind, we believe that a plastic French press should be your last choice unless you are really looking for a bargain and do not want to spend more than a couple of dollars. Also, to reiterate, if you are clumsy then by all means, buy nothing except a plastic one. You will save a lot of money.
Stainless steel French Press – these French presses are possibly the most expensive ones in the bunch. They are made of top grade stainless steel and are all quite durable. Not as durable as the plastic ones but they won’t break easily, you can count on that.
One of the greatest advantages of a stainless steel French press is that it can be clean in mere minutes. You don’t have to tiptoe around it as you would with a glass one. If you do not have the time, simply put it in a dishwasher and that is it. You don’t have to fear that it will chip, break or otherwise get damaged.
Stainless steel is also a very stylish material. It simply looks great and you can confidently take it out in front of your guests while you are making coffee. Most types are complete stunners and look quite expensive, even more so than they really are. This is probably the only drawback with stainless steel French presses. They can cost quite a bit and if you decide to buy a quality one, chances are that you could buy four plastic ones for the same amount. If style is important to you, however, then you will want to invest that additional cash to get it.
Glass French Press – glass French presses are the most elegant by far. They are sleek and transparent and you can watch the action going down while you are brewing your cup of that heavenly coffee. Sadly, they are also the most fragile ones. They are usually made from double walled glass but that does not change the fact that you are still dealing with glass. The slightest bump or slip of the hand and they are gone. This is why it is also not advisable to wash them in the dishwasher. Even when you are washing them by hand you have to be extremely careful not to chip them.
But fragility is half of their appeal. They look great and are really elegant. You can perhaps own one that you will take out when you have company – this is if you really want to impress them. Otherwise, there is no need to bother. Other than being really sensitive they are also quite expensive and replacing a glass French press can cost quite a bit.
Ceramic French Press – These are the most rustic versions of French presses. They are quite handy and lovely to look at, especially if you are looking for that old, earthy feel. However, they are also quite fragile. Not as much as glass that is for sure, but if you drop one of these babies it won’t dent, it will break into a million pieces so you will definitely be getting a new one.
They are also a bit more difficult to clean, especially if they are not glazed, and earthenware usually isn’t. They will cost you a bit more than cheapest stainless steel model and very few manufacturers make these. If they are your cup of tea, what can we say other than, go for it!
When all is said and done here it is quite difficult to pick a winner when it comes to the type of French press you should be using. However, all things considered, we would definitely spring a bit more cash and go for a stainless steel version. And here is why:
Stainless steel French Press
There are actually three different manufacturers you should be focusing your attention at when buying a stainless steel French Press. They are all great, top-selling manufacturers so the choice will boil down to style and preference.