Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker – Bodum vs Frieling vs Espro

Best Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

The Best Stainless Steel French PressYou are looking for a stainless steel French press, and you want to know which one is the best. Not an easy task, because most of the brands on the market are pretty good. You will need some serious decision making to choose one. But that a good thing, isn’t it?

If you used a French press in the past you probably know all the flaws of a glass pot. Unhappy press pot customers complain about these:

  • The glass breaks with sudden temperature changes
  • The glass breaks if handled improperly, (it’s way too fragile)
  • The worst thing is that coffee gets cold too fast. You have to make sure you pour and drink on the spot.

The stainless steel French press has solved all these problems by creating a sturdy, double wall coffee maker. The press pots are made of polished stainless steel. They just look gorgeous in any kitchen, and it is particularly hard to destroy one. I’d dare to say indestructible.

To break it, you’d have to make it a mission. The double wall will insulate the brew and ensure coffee stays hot for longer. Typically an insulated metallic press pot maintains the temperature 4 times longer than the glass ones. I never timed it but it seems about right… Moreover, there is no need to preheat the pot before brewing. The glass beakers break with thermal shock when you pour the hot water too fast. With metallic pots, you can pour the water as fast as you want.

All parts of a stainless steel French press coffee maker are dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about cleaning it manually.

OK, so you probably knew all of these, and you are actually looking for a review. We have a comparison of some of the most popular stainless steel French press coffee makers. This will give you a good idea of which one to purchase.

MakerFrielingEl Gato MaloBodum ColumbiaEspro Press

Frieling French Press

El Gato Malo French Press

Bodum French Press

Espro French Press

MaterialQuality Stainless SteelQuality Stainless SteelQuality Stainless SteelQuality Stainless Steel
Filter2 stage filter with pre-filter and a fine mesh filter. Works with a finer grind.One step filterworks great with coarse grind.One stage fine filter.Special two stage, nested filter with a patent pending.
InsulationDouble wall insulation.Double wall insulation.Double wall insulation.Double wall vacuum insulation.
FinishBrushed finish and polished finishPolished finishPolished finishPolished finish
Size(s)8 oz, 17 oz, 23 oz, 36 oz, 44 oz34 oz17 oz, 34 oz, 51 oz8 oz, 18 oz, 32 oz
LidThe lid doesn’t cover the spoutTwist shut lidTwist shut lidTwist shut lid
ProsComes in 5 sizes, great reviews on Amazon.The price is unbeatable, with the same features.Elegant design and a fine screen.Vacuum insulation, special filtering.
ConsCoffee can splash up through the spout if the pot is full.The filter is not very fine, works with coarse grind only.The press contains plastic pieces that come in contact with the coffee.
The lid is too thin.
I find no fault to this press, besides the price.

Frieling Stainless Steel French Press

Frieling is a wonderful press pot, and it is one of the most popular coffee makers on Amazon. With thousands of pleased customers, there is no doubt this choice is one of the best.

The unit comes in five dimensions, for various family needs. The smallest size holds 8 ounces, for the small kitchen setup. The largest is a 44 ounces pot, good enough for brewing in an office setup. Frieling comes in two finishes, brushed and polished. Choose the one that appeals most to you.

The company prides itself with a two-stage, dual screen, for a perfect filtration. Your coffee will be properly filtered, and no grounds will pass into your cup. We have a full review of the Frieling here.

Crew Review: Frieling Insulated French Press - 44oz

El Gato Malo Stainless Steel Coffee Press

El Gato Malo is a relatively new product on the market, but it’s a great contender.  The press pot looks gorgeous, with a clean design, made with quality stainless steel. The unit has the same features as the big names, but at a fraction of a price.

The El Gato Malo press pot comes in a single size – 34 oz., with a polish finish, and a great insulation. The filter is a one-step filter, but it is efficient. If you grind coarse using a good grinder, there will be no silt or grits in your coffee.

Overall a great product at half of the price you would pay for a Frieling.

Espro French Press

Espro is a Canadian company that took the French press concept and improved almost every aspect of it. We have a full review of it here.

With three size options, 8, 18, and 32 oz., Espro is probably one of the best products on the market. The press has a special filter in two stages, different from the Frieling one. The unit also has a double lip seal, which ensures that coffee grounds cannot escape into your coffee. The twist shut lid ensures perfect insulation and easy pouring when coffee is ready.

Espro is the most expensive of the bunch, but if you can afford it, is totally worth the price.

French Press - Stainless Steel - El Gato Malo - Video Review

Bodum Columbia Coffee Press

Bodum Columbia is the stainless steel variant of the famous French press maker. With a rounded body design, it looks different than Frieling.  The coffee maker has a polished finish, made from a high-quality stainless steel. If it’s Bodum, is great.

The Columbia from Bodum comes in three sizes, 17 oz., 34 oz., and 51 oz. The lid is twist-shut, a great feature that improves the insulation and makes it easy to pour after brewing.

The screen is one stage, but has a silicone ring that prevents scratches, and improves the filtration.

How to Use a French Press

We wrote a detailed tutorial on the subject, you can check it here.  For the time-pressed coffee lover, here is the concise version:

  • Ensure the equipment is clean
  • Pre-warm your pot
  • Grind coarsely your favorite French press beans
  • Measure 3 tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee and dump it in the pot.
  • Pour hot water over the grinds, (194-200 degrees F)
  • Stir in to ensure all the grinds are wet
  • Cover with the plunger
  • Steep for 3-5 minutes
  • Press the plunger to the bottom, and pour into cups

A Great Grinder

A great grinder is a must for French press coffee makers. With a poor grinder, the grounds will be uneven, all possible sizes, from coarse to powder. That means a lot of grounds will get through the screen/filter. With a good grinder, the grounds will be of the same size, ensuring a clear cup.