Bodum Set_French Press

Bodum’s french presses have always been of the MOST popular ever among the world. Actually, everything Bodum makes is known to be of the best quality in addition to beautiful and simple design.

So since Bodum happens to have the most popular french presses, and many people seem to have a lot of questions about them, we’re dedicating this post to answering these questions to help you buy the best Bodum french press for you.

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Introduction to Bodum French Presses:

How Does a Bodum French Press Work?

Bodum French Press How To

French press is by far the easiest and quickest way to brew a cup of coffee. How it works:

  • Scoop in the amount of desired coffee (medium coarse grind – amount depends on number of cups).
  • Pour in hot water, stir.
  • Let it sit of a few minutes then press down the lid.

When you press the mess filter down, it presses the coffee ground down, stops it from steeping, and brings the coffee up. And that’s it! Watch the following video to see the method in action:

 What Sizes Are The Bodum French Press? What Is The Largest Bodum French Press?

Bodum BEAN French Press

Lucky for us, Bodum makes french presses in all sorts of sizes, materials and colors. Bodum’s french presses are usually available in these sizes:

  • 12 oz – 3 cups
  • 34 oz – 8 cups
  • 51 oz – 12 cups

Colors and material of the french press depends on the model/collection of the french press, which will get to in a bit…

Is Bodum French Press Dishwasher Safe/Microwave Safe?

Bodum BRAZIL French Press

All Bodum french press pots are dishwasher safe. Is it Microwave safe, though? Firstly, I’m not quite sure why you want to microwave a french press. Re-heating coffee that way only leads to terrible tasting brew… now I got that out of the way. The glass beaker of the press can be safely microwaved, you’ll have to take it out of the plastic or metal part of the press. That is not recommended though, it is much easier to simply make another batch of coffee.

Which Bodum French Press Is The Best?

Here are the top rated Bodum French Press Pots. We’d recommend you get a 34oz 8-cup pot which allows you to make more or less cups easily in case you’re having coffee on your own or with someone. However, all french press pots you’ll see are available in different sizes.

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker:

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker

  • A simple french press available in three colors: red, black or green.
  • Patented safety lid prevents spilling and splashing while pressing.
  • All parts are dishwasher safe.
  • Brews 1 Liter, 8-cups of coffee.

Click here to learn more about the Bodum Brazil, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker:

Bodum Chambord 8 cup French Press Coffee Maker

  • 8-cup Bodum French Press, CHAMBORD collection.
  • Stainless steel frame, heat resistant handle.
  • Heat and scratch resistant borosilicate glass beaker.
  • 3 part stainless steel mesh filter for the best extraction.
  • All parts dishwasher safe.

Click here to learn more about the Bodum CHAMBORD, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Bodum Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot

Bodum 1308-16 Columbia 8-Cup Stainless-Steel Thermal Press Pot

  • 8-cup thermal press that keeps coffee hot for up to 2 hours.
  • Double-wall, insulated stainless steel pot with polish steel finish.
  • Large cool-to-touch handle.
  • Twist Shut lid.
  • 3-part stainless steel mesh filter.

Click here to learn more about this Bodum Columbia press, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Comparison Between Bodum French Press and Other Brands:

Torn between two french presses? Here’s a quick comparison between Bodum and other brands. Actually, we’ll start off by comparing two Bodum models then we’ll get into other brands:

Bodum BRAZIL vs. CHAMBORD French Press:

Bodum Chamboard vs Brazil

  • Filter: Both have the same 3-part stainless steel mesh filter.
  • Frame: Chambord has a stainless steel frame with heat resistant handle. The Brazil has a plastic frame.
  • Style: Chambord has a classic style while the Brazil has a modern style and available in many bright colors.

Click here to learn more about the Chambord.

Click here to learn more about the Brazil.

Bodum French Press vs. Sowden Softbrew:

Bodum CHAMBORD vs Sowden Softbrew

A comparison between these two is not even valid, as they’re not the same:

  • The Bodum Chambord is a press pot coffee maker while the Sowden Softbrew is not.
  • The Sowden Softbrew uses a filter basket inside the pot to brew and steep coffee. It does NOT have a press/plunger.
  • The Bodum pot presses down the coffee ground after steeping using the mesh filter.
  • The Sowden Softbrew is a porcelain (ceramic) pot, while the Bodum french press is made of glass.

Click here to learn more about the Sowden Softbrew coffee maker.

Click here for more about the Bodum French Press.

Bodum vs Mr Coffee French Press:

Bodum vs Mr Coffee

The Mr. Coffee press might be cheaper than Bodum’s but you’ll be giving up on a lot of quality. The glass of the Mr Coffee press is not as good or durable as Bodum’s. And many customers have reported that the filter, which doesn’t seem to have a mesh, falls apart rather quickly after a few uses. We certainly do NOT recommend Mr. Coffee’s press just to save a few bucks. The Bodum press, for slightly more, should last you long years without any issues.

Click here to see more on the Mr. Coffee Press.

Click here for more about the Bodum French Press.

Frieling vs Bodum Thermo French Press:

Bodum Vs Frieling French Press

Now this is a truly fair comparison between two similar products. Both are of great quality, here’s what they have in common:

  • Both are thermo press pots, keep coffee hot for hours (2 hours in Bodum’s case)
  • Insulated double-walled stainless steel construction.
  • 8-cup capacity. Available in other sizes.
  • Both dishwasher safe

It is a fair competition between these two, they’re also about the same price. I’d prefer the Bodum pot for it’s Twist Shut lid, which is safer. But the design of the Frieling pot makes it great for other uses as a pitcher for milk or juice. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that so flavors don’t mix later on.

Click here to learn more about the Bodum COLUMBIA Thermo Press Pot.

Click here to learn more about the Frieling Polished Stainless Steel Press.

Further Reading:

Looking for the best grinders for french press brewing? See our favorite grinders here and the best conical burr grinders here.

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