Summary: My husband and I have never really been enthusiastic coffee drinkers, and this is actually our first coffee "maker" of any kind. After doing some research I found that French press generally leads to the best cup, most economical cup of coffee, so we decided to give it a go. I was attracted to the clean, modern look and find the plastic holder to be nicer than the basic stainless steel that my mom had while I was growing up.
I've only used this so far for cold-brewing, which ...
Amazon Customer "Lilly", Amazon
30 July 2014
Summary: I've only used this so far for cold-brewing, which will probably be the only thing I use it for. It works really well for me, however I've never been able to remove the glass from the plastic housing. I've read other reviews that say it's a very tight fit but I can't budge it, so I'm not trying. The top lid is plastic, the outer cage and handle is plastic, and there is a plastic screw connector between the plunging rod and the filter system.
Summary: I saw some varying comments on how the plunger is made and this review is to clarify what i found. I just received this coffee press (December 2013, packaging notes 2013 dates). This is my fourth Bodum french press (Shin Bistro, Chambord, and a travel press). The glass is their standard, which is great. The plastic surrounding the glass is glued/tightly connected to the glass. The build quality of the plunger assembly is not quite as good as the others that i have.
Huge disappointment. I ordered one for my mom for Christmas
12 December 2013
Summary: Huge disappointment. I ordered one for my mom for Christmas. I opened it up, excited, only to find that the piece of plastic that is directly around the plunger on the lid was broken off. This piece seems to guide the plunger up and down, and while not the most important piece, it still has a purpose. The lid itself seemed to be pretty cheap plastic too, as there were several spider cracks in the lid. Sorry, I am not giving someone a broken item.
Summary: Seeing as how it's my first press, it's hard to compare. I can say it feels well constructed. I like how the screen can be unscrewed and cleaned/replaced easily. The carafe is a bit thin but it's the same as my coffee pot and I've beat that up over the years. So far I'm happy with it, I just have to learn how to use it. Maybe the remark on the glass is due to my inexperience, I'm very happy with it. The only "Negative" thing I'd have to say is "Made in China" ?
Summary: I had a Bodum french press for years, when it finally broke, I went back to the brand. I have since discovered that the quality of the glass has gone really down hill. I've been through 3 beakers in 18 months. This last time I bought the Kenya model, thinking the plastic might protect the glass better but the glass broke as I was simply attempting to pull the beaker out to wash it, I only had it a few weeks.
Summary: Seriously, french press coffee is the way to go. It makes weekend coffee that much more wonderful. The 34 ounce press makes just slightly more than 2 large cups of coffee so it's perfect for a couple. Cleaning out is a little bit of a pain if you want to make another pot but the coffee is so good that it's worth it. We haven't experienced any of the problems other reviewers have.
Summary: Received as a Christmas gift, was careful with it (I read the other reviews here when I got it) but the plastic broke today where the lid attaches to the plunger. Since I only brewed coffee with it once or twice a week it only lasted about 20 uses. I can still use it to make coffee, but will be reminded with each cup of coffee I make what cheap junk bodum puts out. If you're shopping for a press I'd look at another brand!