As someone who’s unintentionally broken three French presses (literally smashed them—DON’T ASK!), the fact that I’ve owned and loved one particular French press for years says a lot. And that French press also happens to be our favorite French press. As in, we tested 18 of them and named it the best-of-the-best. Huzzah!
What’s the French press, you ask? It’s the Fellow Clara! Let’s get a little grindular (see what I did there) about why it’s so great.
For starters, it has a double-walled, stainless steel body that keeps coffee hot and, incidentally, is nearly impossible to break. Its black matte finish is eye-catching and its weighted handle makes for seamless pouring. Its lid can pour from any direction, too, so there’s no having to line it up with the spout specifically or risk coffee dribbling everywhere. The French press even comes with a wooden spoon for agitating the grounds mid-brew. And the coating inside? It’s nonstick! Which makes for exceptionally easy cleaning.
The Fellow’s only downside is its price: at $100, it’s undeniably spendy. However, the price of three broken French presses definitely exceeds that, so perhaps you, too, will find it well worth it.
To buy: Fellow Clara French Press, $99 at amazon.com
Good to Know
- Capacity: 24 ounces
- Material: Stainless steel
- Care instructions: Hand-wash
- Available in: 2 colorways (matte black and matte black with wood accents)
What’s the best French Press?
After testing 18 French presses, we named the Fellow Clara French Press our overall favorite for its heat retention, brewing ability, and ease of use. You can read more about how we tested (and our other winners) in our review.
How do you brew French press coffee?
What a question! And to answer it we have an entire article devoted to how to brew French press coffee.