The best French presses for rich, delicious coffee on demand

Our pick of the best and most beautiful french press coffee makers for your kitchen

Lacfeeca french press coffee maker in light blue
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If you're anything like us, the process of making your morning (or afternoon) coffee is a little sacred, with particular touches added over the years to achieve the perfect brew for your tastes. The best french presses are a great way to get rich, strong coffee every time without needing a fancy machine or taking a trip to the local overpriced coffee shop.

If you've yet to make the jump to french pressed coffee or are just dissatisfied with your current option, we have assembled some of the best options below for a combination of style and function. 

Read on to see what we picked, and head over to our best coffee makers guide for more ways to get barista-quality coffee in your own home.

Fellow Clara Coffee Press Coffee Maker being poured into clear glass mug

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French press vs pour over: which is better?

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A question as old as coffee itself, the difference between french press and pour-over coffee makers may be small, but the methods produce distinct results.

French presses like the ones in this guide are popular with those who like their coffee strong and rich, obtaining all of the lovely oils and flavor from the ground beans that have been steeped in boiling water and pressed by the filter.

Pour-over coffee makers involve adding boiling water to coffee grounds and leaving the water to filter through the filter into a receptacle below. This results in a slightly lighter taste and means you can dispose of the grounds before pouring your coffee.

The French press is easier to take with you around the house without making a mess but is trickier to clean afterward because of the remaining grounds at the bottom. For pour-over, however, you will likely need to regularly purchase additional filters, which can lead to waste if you can't find reusable options.

Both have their fans, and your choice will likely come down to the type of richness and taste that you prefer. And if you truly want to upgrade your coffee experience, take a look at our guide to brilliant coffee bar ideas for your home.

Caroline Preece
Smart Homes Ecommerce Editor

Caroline is the smart home ecommerce editor for Livingetc, covering everything tech for the home, from smart speakers to air purifiers and everything in between. She is passionate about the role that technology and smart devices can play in daily life, enhancing the home without sacrificing personal style and carefully chosen interiors. In her spare time, she can be found tinkering with bulbs, soundbars, and video doorbells in an effort to automate every part of her small home. Previously, she lent her expertise to the likes of Expert Reviews, IT Pro, Coach, The Week, and more.