Review by: Jared Johnsen
Ever since blowing $20 on replacement glass for my first cracked French press I’ve known there had to be a better product out there. I even considered plastic—and I hate plastic. But after getting the Frieling Polished Stainless Steel French Press 0103 for my birthday this year, I’ll never go back.
Elegance and durability don’t often come together, but this French press really is remarkable. If you’re used to a traditional coffee maker, forget about filters or cones. The flavor of the coffee from this stainless press is superior to anything I’ve ever brewed. The high-quality 18/10 stainless-steel construction is double walled to keep beverages hot for over an hour. And the sleek and elegant shape combines with a perfectly fitted metal filter that sweeps down the brushed-steel inner walls to stop every ground from reaching your cup.
Unlike other presses, it’s safe for the dishwasher because the Frieling polished stainless steel French press is constructed entirely of metal that is made to last. This press feels like a piece of art, adding an air of refinement to the quality coffee it brews. Actually, if you plan to use it to entertain, Frieling offers similarly styled cream and sugar containers. Just remember to plunge the filter down slowly; I did it too fast the first couple of times and lost some coffee through the nozzle.
- Elegant style
- Double-wall insulated
- Dishwasher safe
- Heat retention of up to 4 times longer than glass
- Not easily breakable
- Requires slow application of filter to avoid spills.
This French press is available in the same elegant shape in 4 different sizes.
There are many other similarly priced ($40-$70) options worthy of consideration. The ones shown here are merely the most common. In my opinion none of them are quite as aesthetically pleasing, but they do all report keeping your coffee piping hot for at least the first 30 minutes.
First there’s Bodum’s Stainless Steel Thermal Vacuum Coffee Press, which is about the same cost and comes in various sizes as well. This press has matching sugar and cream containers available just like Frieling, but according to some reviewers, the construction of its filter and lid is not entirely metal.
Then there’s the BonJour French Press Triomphe Double Wall Insulated Stainless Steel, which also has a matching sugar and creamer option. But again, for those desperate to avoid plastic, for health reasons or the dishwasher, one reviewer notes plastic in the lid liner.
The Thermal Coffee Press by La Cafetiere is perhaps the least expensive option that has an all-metal filter. But if accompanying pieces are an issue, its sugar and creamer containers look nothing like it. And it has an antique carafe look (see picture above) rather than the modern look I found appealing about the Frieling.
Lastly, is the Stainless Steel Double Walled Coffee Press by Cuisinox, which almost looks somewhat similar to Frieling’s press. But there were reviews of slight oxidization on the handle weld and a slightly misaligned nozzle. They, too, offer similarly styled sugar and cream containers.
After exploring many stainless steel French presses, it seems that many have a part that uses plastic. And some simply look more like a thermos than an carafe. But I wasn’t looking for a thermos; I already have one of those. I like the Frieling polished stainless steel French press 0101-0104 because it has uncommonly good style and is a solid hunk of metal. Even though other French presses are going to perform about as well, some are slightly more expensive and some simply less appealing to hold in your hand.