Russell Hobbs is a well known brand coming from the UK that has been manufacturing home appliances since the 1950s. While it’s been a loved brand in UK and Europe, it’s been making a good impression in the US, too.
In this post, we want to look at their nicely designed glass series 8-cup coffee maker. It looks great, no doubt there, but do the features match the design? Read on to find out…
Features of Russell Hobbs Glass Series 8-Cup Coffee Maker:
- Fast brew technology. 40% faster brewing than previous Russell Hobbs coffee maker model.
- Advanced Showerhead brew technology: the showerhead is designed to fully saturate the coffee ground for a full bodied flavor and perfect extraction.
- Fully programmable: Set a timer for auto start.
- LCD Display for easy machine programmability, timer setting and time display.
- Pause and Pour feature allows you to pause the brewing cycle before it is finished allowing you to pour a cup.
- Glass carafe with 42 oz capacity.
- Hot warming plate keeps coffee hot.
- Premium stainless steel exterior.
What Is Showerhead Technology?
In older generation of coffee makers, the spout where the hot water comes down to saturate the coffee ground would be usually a really small spout. That usually resulted in coffee ground around the edges of the filter not getting wet at all, or not wet enough to extract fully. Showerhead technology was created to fix this issue. Now, the spout has more holes and sprays water evenly around the entire filter, leaving no coffee ground unsaturated. This type of water spraying evenly covers and wets all coffee ground, giving you full flavor extraction from your coffee ground.
Russell Hobbs Glass Series vs. Russell Hobbs CM7000S, Which Is Best?
The CM7000S model is the previous one to the Glass Series we reviewed above. It has a similar design with beautiful and sleek stainless steel finish. However, it lacks some features:
- No showerhead: CM7000S has a traditional spout for water. Which means you won’t be getting the same even extraction that you’d get from the Glass Series coffee maker.
- Not programmable: The CM7000S has no programmability function, so you can’t set it to auto start.
- The Glass Series coffee maker is 40% faster than the CM7000S.
Which One Do You Buy?
Of course, we prefer the Russell Hobbs Glass Series to the CM7000S model for the advanced features. Especially that the price difference between them is not big (as of the time of writing this post, at least). So we definitely believe you should go for the newer model instead of the CM7000S.
If you’re looking design, form and function in a coffee maker, Wilfa Svart is something to consider. Centered around Nordic coffee tradition, where coffee is almost a religious ritual, the design of Svart is beautiful, simple and gives you an experience that you will truly enjoy.
Svart mimics the method of pour-over for brewing coffee. And unlike other automatic pour over coffee makers, Svart actually gives you the ability to control the flow rate of the coffee brew, so you can either have it drip right away, or have the coffee steep for a little bit before dripping.
Features of Wilfa Svart Precision Coffee Maker:
- Automatic filter brewer with precise temperature and water control.
- Precise heating system delivers water at 197º-205ºF temperature, which is the optimal temperature for coffee brewing.
- Detachable water reservoir with marked measurements for water to coffee ground ratio.
- Flow control: adjust the flow rate of coffee.
- Includes a glass carafe.
- Hot Warming plate to keep the coffee hot in carafe.
- Brushed stainless steel finish.
- LED display with kitchen timer and clock
Wilfa Svart Precision vs. Technivorm Moccamaster, What’s The Difference?
Image Title Moccamaster KBG 741 10-Cup Coffee Brewer with Glass Carafe, Polished Silver Wilfa Coffee Maker Automatic / Svart Presisjon Model WSP-1A - NEW Feature Auto drip-stop brew-basket with glass carafe
Exclusive auto-adjusting dual-phase hot-plate element keeps holding temperature between 176 degree-185 degree, auto shut-off after 100 minutes
Brews full carafe in 6 minutes
Brews at consistent 196 degree-205 degree f with a pulse action that allows for the perfect coffee bloom during extraction process
Ecbc, SCAA, SCAE approved
5 year warranty
Produces the most flavorful results in a short time
Automatic filter brewer is engineered for extremely precise temperature and water control
Precise heating system delivers water at optimal brew temperature through entire cycle (197º-205ºF); Detachable water tank with measurement markings for correct coffee/water ratio
Die-cast aluminum with brushed finish and 110V power plug
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One of the most popular automatic pour over coffee makers is the Technivorm Moccamaster, which is an artful machine that is handmade and individually tested in the Netherlands. You can read our full article on the Moccamaster here.
The Wilfa Svart and Moccamaster do have some features in common, starting with the brewing method. Both machines do coffee pour-over style, with their showerhead water action and optimal temperature of 196 to 205 F. But let’s look more into the differences between these two machines:
- Both machines have rather beautiful designs. Svart has a unique design, where the pump and boiler all sit in the base of it. Moccamaster has an iconic retro design that many people like to have on display on their kitchen counters.
- The Svart has some details that are rather interesting:
- First, the water tank is detachable. Making it easier to simply pick up the tank and fill it up.
- Second, the measurement on the water tank show the best coffee measurement to water ratio. This makes it easier for beginners to get the coffee to water ratio correctly.
- Svart has a glass carafe as well as a hot warming plate to keep the coffee hot.
- Moccamaster is available with a glass carafe/warming plate or a thermal carafe model.
- Both coffee makers have up to 10 cups capacity, about 40 oz to 42 oz.
- Moccamaster is full handmade and tested in the Netherlands, which ensures every brewer is up to the highest standards possible. It is also available in different colors and finishes.
- We’re not sure where Wilfa Svart is made as the information is not available on their website.
- One of the great features of the Wilfa Svart is the flow control and steeping feature, which allows you to control the rate of which the brew drips.
- Moccamaster does not have a Flow Control option.
Which Is Best To Buy?
Although both coffee makers can brew an exceptional cup of coffee, we do prefer the Technivorm Moccamaster for these reasons:
- It is more popular. Although this isn’t a popularity competition, but what we mean here is that since the Moccamaster is more popular, then any replacement parts you might need can be more accessible. Which is an important thing to keep in mind.
- Glass/Thermal Option: with the Moccamaster, you can choose to either get a glass carafe or a thermal carafe model. Svart can only offer a glass carafe.
- Moccamaster comes with an industry leading 5-year warranty.
- Some Moccamaster models are available in many colors.
- Handmade and individually tested in Netherlands. This adds to the quality standards of the coffee maker.
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Bonavita has a line of many coffee brewers that are SCA Certified, which are tested and approved by the Specialty Coffee Association. This makes Bonavita a brand to be trusted to make a quality cup of coffee, without a question.
One of Bonavita’s releases is the Bonavita Metropolitan Coffee Brewer (BV1901PW). In this post, we will be looking at the features of this model and how it compares to other Bonavita models.
Features of Bonavita Metropolitan BV1901PW:
- 1500Watts water heater heats and maintains the water at an ideal brewing temperature of 198 F to 205 F.
- Pre-infusion mode lightly wets the coffee ground before brewing to bloom it. This is optional and can be turned off.
- Shower head design ensures all coffee ground is fully saturated with water when brewing.
- Flat bottom filter basket.
- Tempered glass carafe.
- Non-stick coated warming plate turns off automatically after 40 minutes.
- Sleek Matte black design.
- Audible alert goes off when coffee is ready.
- 8-cup capacity.
Is Bonavita Metropolitan Different Than Other Bonavita Brewers?
We’ve compared Bonavita models before, like the BV1900TS vs BV1800. So is the newer BV1901PW any different?
Well, internally, Bonavita brewers are the same and work the same way. Some of the differences come as slight different design, capacity or material of the carafe. For the Bonavita Metropolitan, it is different in design:
- It has a matte black exterior which gives it a very modern look.
- The glass carafe has a new design, too. It is more artisan-looking, and different than the traditional glass carafe design.
- The carafe no longer attaches to the filter basket like other models, it simply sits under it.
Bonavita BV1901PW vs BV1901GW, What’s The Difference?
These two, again, are essentially the same in how they brew the coffee. They are also the same capacity and have almost the same glass carafe.
Here’s how they’re different:
- The Metropolitan (BV1901PW) has a matte black finish.
- The BV1901GW has a mostly stainless steel finish.
- Both models have the same glass carafe with its modern design. However, on the BV1901GW, the carafe attaches to the filter basket. So in order to get the carafe, you’ll have to pull out the filter and the carafe together.
What About Bonavita BV1902DW vs. BV1901PW and BV1901GW?
This model is more similar to the BV1901GW than the BV1901PW. In fact, it is the same in all features except for you:
The BV1902DW is programmable. Which means it has a digital timer that allows for auto start, and it displays the time.
Which One Do You Buy?
- Whichever model of Bonavita’s brewers you choose, know that you’ll be getting the same quality of coffee since they all work the same.
- The Metropolitan BV1901PW is great for its sleek aesthetics. The matte finish is very in and looks quite modern and cool. And it makes sense to pick an appliance for its good looks since it will be sitting on display on your counter.
- Between the BV1901GW and BV1902DW, the difference is the timer. If it’s important to you that your brewer has auto start, then go for the BV1902DW. If not, save on the price difference and go for the timer-free BV1901PW.
In previous posts, we’ve compared a number of BUNN brewers like: Velocity Brew ST vs. BT, BUNN Phase HG vs. HT, and Velocity Brew GRB vs. BXB. There’s also our comparison between BUNN Velocity Brew vs. Speed Brew and BUNN vs. Bonavita. Continuing on with our comparisons, today we’re having a look at two of Velocity Brew’s models: BX vs. NHS and if there’s any real difference between them.
Features of BUNN Velocity Brew:
Both the BX and NHS models belong to the BUNN Velocity product line, so they have the same features:
- Brews 4 to 10 cups of coffee.
- 50 oz capacity.
- Sprayhead ensures that coffee ground is fully and evenly saturated with water for the best extraction.
- Internal water tank keeps water constantly heated to optimal temperature.
- Quick brew time, takes about 3 to 4 minutes.
- Pour-o-matic, drip-free glass carafe that eliminates mess and dripping.
- Porcelain coated warming plate.
What Is The Difference Between BUNN Velocity NHS vs BX?
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|Feature||Brews 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 oz) in about 3 minutes|
Glass carafe and porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch
Unique sprayhead ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
Stainless steel internal hot water tank keeps water heated to optimal brewing temperature of 200 degrees F
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
|50 oz. (10-cups) batch|
Unique spray head ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
Designed to remain on to keep the stainless steel internal hot water tank heated and ready to go
Swivel lid to easy water pour-in
Porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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- Features wise, there is no difference at all in how the BUNN NHS and BX work. They have the exact same features.
- Design wise, the two products have slight differences. These difference also don’t affect how the machines brew your coffee. They simply just look a little different.
- BUNN NHS is the older model and BX was released after it.
- If there’s one real difference between these two models, it’s where they’re made:
- BUNN states that their brewers models BX, GR and BT are all Assembled in the USA. What this means is that some components were imported from different origins of the world, but they were assembled in Creston, Iowa. On the other hand, model NHS was made in China.
BUNN BX vs. BX-D, What’s The Difference?
Velocity Brew BX-D is made especially for use at high-altitude areas. This means that it is designed to include a special thermostat for use at 4,000 feet and above to boil the water at high temperature and keeps coffee hot enough. This model can be used at lower altitude, but other models are not suited to be used at higher altitudes. So if you live in a high altitude area, the BX-D model is the best choice for you.
Which One To Choose?
Obviously, picking one of these models isn’t going to be about features since both are identical, in that sense. If you care about where your coffee brewer has been assembled and prefer something that was not made in China (you can see a bunch of NOT made in China coffee makers here), then definitely pick model BX over NHS. Otherwise simply choose whichever design looks best to you.
Like most of us coffee drinkers, college students run on Coffee. As a student, having a coffee maker at your dorm room is a must. It saves you a lot of money and it ensures you get your coffee whenever you need it. The issue is that most dorm rooms are small in size, so a compact coffee maker is a requirement. How do you choose the best coffee maker for the job, then?
Let’s have a look at your options for making a cup of coffee at a dorm room, assuming you will brew for one person:
Manual coffee makers like French Press, Pour-overs or Chemex are the most compact and easiest way to make coffee anywhere. These manual tools sit at any counter top or cupboard, taking almost no space, so they make a great option for a college student. On the other side, preparing coffee manually takes more time than automatic coffee makers (especially pour over and Chemex), which might not be very convenient for a college student who’s always on the run.
Automatic Single-serve Brewing:
The best thing about single serve brewers is the convenience they offer any busy coffee drinker. All you have to do is press a button and you get your cup in less than a minute or two. And the best part, most of them don’t require immediate clean up. Which is why we recommend this method for college students and even office users who don’t have the time to prepare coffee the traditional way. There’s also a number of compact single serve brewers giving you many options without worrying about the space it’s going to take.
Although single-serve brewers are great, many people complain that over time, the pods that these single serve coffee makers use to brew coffee can get costly, which we understand can be an issue for a college student on a strict budget. The good news is, there are many workarounds to enjoy single-serve brewing without having to worry about purchasing pods. We’ll write some tips on this below.
Best Picks for Coffee Makers for College Students/Dorms:
Keurig K15 K-Cup Coffee Maker:
- Compact single-serve coffee maker.
- Brews cup sizes 6 oz, 8 oz and 10 oz.
- No water reservoir. simply fill the water tank with a fresh cup at every use.
- Removable drip tray allows you to accommodate cups up to 5.2” tall.
- Brews a cup in under 2 minutes.
- Brews anything from coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more. Compatible with all K-Cup pods.
- You can also use refillable K-Cup filters to brew your own choice of coffee.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker:
- Slim and compact design.
- Single serve coffee maker that uses ground coffee. No need for pods.
- Can brew cup sizes up to 18 oz and accommodates travel mugs.
- An 18 oz thermal travel mug is included with the machine.
- Simple one-touch brewing.
- Available in 4 colors.
BUNN MCU Single Serve Coffee Maker:
- A versatile, multi-use coffee maker.
- Allows you to brew K-Cups, ground coffee, tea pods or loose tea in under a minute.
- Brews cup sizes from 4 oz to 14 oz.
- Includes 4 attachments: cup, ground coffee, pod and hot water drawers.
- Pulse Brew option extracts a bolder cup of coffee.
Nespresso Inissia Espresso Maker:
- A single serve Espresso maker.
- Compact in size, available in different colors.
- Brews Nespresso OriginalLine capsules.
- You can use Nespresso-compatible pods (cheaper alternative) or refillable Nespresso pods.
- 2 programmable cup sizes: Espresso or Lungo
- Removable 24 oz water reservoir.
- Used capsule container holds up to 11 used capsules.
- You can make other coffee drinks like Cappuccino or Latte by including an Aeroccino milk frother (or using any other milk frother).
- Available in many colors
How To Save On Coffee Pods While Using Single Serve Coffee Makers:
First thing to note is, not all single serve coffee makers use pods. Many models, like the KitchenAid Personal coffee maker and BUNN MCU listed above, use coffee ground just like a traditional drip coffee maker. But if you want to keep your options open and use a machine like Keurig or Nespresso, here’s how you can save on your pod/capsule purchases.
Saving on Keurig K-Cups:
The great thing about Keurig brewers is that they can accommodate refillable K-Cup pods. These pods allow you to use your own coffee ground and reuse them over and over again. They’re much like a gold tone coffee filter that drip machines use. So you can buy one or two of these filters, buy your usual bag of coffee ground and brew them using the Keurig brewer. This method saves you tons of cash on coffee pods and it is the most environmental-friendly way to use a single-cup brewer. Pictured above is a Keurig Reusable filter by SoloFill
Saving on Nespresso Capsules:
In the same way, you can buy refillable capsules for your Nespresso (OriginalLine) machine, too. These refillable capsules are not available from Nespresso officially, but from other brands, and they work perfectly. SealPod is one of the best rated reusable capsule for Nespresso.
Another way to save on Nespresso capsules is by buying Nespresso-compatible capsules. These are capsules that are made by companies other than Nespresso, but for Nespresso machines (again, this works with Nespresso OriginalLine machines only). One of the cheapest brands we’ve come across is Gourmesso.
Type Of Coffee Gear
- Espresso Machines
- Single-Serve Espresso Machines
- Coffee Grinders
- Coffee Pod Organizers
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- Coffee Makers
- Pour-Over Coffee Brewers
- Pour-Over Coffee Tools
- Single-Serve Coffee Makers
- French Press Pots
- Super-Automatic Espresso Machines
- Dual Boiler Espresso Machines
- Electric Milk Frothers
- Electric Water Kettles
- Stovetop Moka Pots
- Vacuum Siphon Coffee Makers
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