When you’re shopping for coffee makers, you might have noticed lots of them have plastic all over the place.
How can you ensure that all this plastic is free of BPA and all other known contaminants?
Well, put your trust in LaMano and let us guide you through choosing a coffee machine the easy way and making certain it doesn’t contain any harmful substances.
We’ve included a range of machines including French presses, drip coffee makers, and pour-over coffee machines and they all have one thing in common…
Not only are all the parts that come into contact with water on the machines we review free of BPA, the whole machine is 100% BPA-free in all cases.
So, before we explore what BPA is and why you should care, a quick glimpse at the core benefits of the BPA-free plastic coffee makers we review.
In all cases, the parts that come into contact with water on the machines we review are free of BPA. In many cases, the whole machine is 100% BPA-free.
I. Our Top Picks for BPA-Free Coffee Makers
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Chemex Glass Pour-Over Coffee MakerOur #1 Pick:
Secura Stainless Steel French PressAlso Great:
Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
Bodum Chambord French Press
Presto Stainless Steel 12-Cup Coffee Maker
OXO Brew 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker
Breville Precision Brewer with Thermal Carafe
Technivorm Moccamaster KBT Coffee Brewer
II. What is Bisphenol A (BPA)?
You keep hearing about BPA but what is this chemical, exactly?
BPA – bisphenol A – is an industrial chemical in common use since the 1960s. The primary use of BPA was in plastic and epoxy resins.
Over the years, BPA found its way into food containers and an array of products before anyone starting questioning the safety profile of BPA.
There’s now growing suggestion that BPA could be harmful for you so why is this?
III. How is BPA Harmful?
BPA is similar in structure to the hormone estrogen. Indeed, BPA is able to bind to estrogen receptors.
In this way, BPA can interfere with thyroid function, growth, and cell repair among other important functions.
There’s some indication that babies exposed to BPA could be slightly underweight and there are also claims about fertility not fully fleshed out with hard data.
Other health claims made against BPA are also lacking in scientific research with human studies published in peer-reviewed journals.
That said, there’s enough threat about BPA that it pays to remove it completely from the equation when you’re shopping any products you’ll be consuming food from or storing food in, coffee makers included.
Now, before we get down to business, we’ll help you out when it comes to choosing a BPA-free coffee maker the easy way.
IV. Things You Should Consider
- Type of Coffee Machine and Brewing Method
- Material of Components
- Hot or Cold Coffee?
- Ongoing Running Costs
Type of Coffee Machine and Brewing Method
The first and by far the most crucial element of your buying decision concerns the type of machine you’ll be buying. This will by definition also inform the brewing method you’ll be using.
The vast majority of single-serve machines, from Nespresso to Keurig, contain so much plastic at all stages, you might be better off avoiding them if you’re considering BPA-free plastic as a priority. As a quick note, you should also bear in mind that most substitutes for BPA are chemicals with a similar risk profile.
French presses, especially those made from stainless steel, are always a solid option. If you grind your beans directly before brewing and you have 5 minutes to spare, getting consistently great coffee from a carafe like this is as simple as pushing down on a plunger. You can’t go wrong with this brewing method, and it provides a great way to keep BPA out of the equation.
Pour-over coffee also makes a great choice if you want to drink your coffee as healthily as possible. Part of that includes insuring that the way you make it involves no BPA. You should also refrain from milk and creamers for the purest experience with the least negative health impact.
We’ve included plenty of choices of all these machines today. We’ve also eliminated those that don’t cut the ice when you’re hunting for a safe and completely BPA-free way to brew coffee at home.
Next up then, you need to laser in on what this machine is made from.
Material of Components
Stainless steel is one of the main alternatives to plastic in a coffee machine and it comes with a number of benefits. Great for its thermal properties, a stainless steel carafe will keep coffee warm and drinkable for hours on end. Stainless steel is also rugged and will stand up to plenty of punishment.
Borosilicate glass is another hard-wearing alternative that guarantees no toxins or flavors leach into the drink in your cup.
Look for either of these materials while also making sure that any plastic is completely free of BPA and BPS.
Only you know the importance you place on speed of delivery and general convenience.
If you want a coffee maker that’s pretty much idiot-proof, a French press should be your first choice. We review several of these today for your benefit.
Pour-over coffee, by contrast, gives you much more freedom when it comes to personalizing brewing. You can dial it just about all variables until you have your coffee just the way you like. Check out our guide to making pour-over coffee for more information about this challenging but remarkably rewarding brewing method.
Drip coffee makers like some we review today also allow for push-button convenience without forcing you to compromise on the quality of the coffee in your cup.
Hot or Cold Coffee?
Now, do you like your coffee hot or cold? Perhaps you’re partial to both like we are here at LaMano.
If so, not all cold coffee is created equal. The vast bulk of regular iced coffee is too diluted and also too bitter.
Cold brew coffee is far superior and do you know the best thing?
You can find one of these coffee makers with absolutely no BPA in the equation with relative ease.
One of the many benefits of cold brew is the way you can keep the rich and intense coffee concentrate stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
So, while cold brew might be a bit of a grind to make, once you’ve set it aside for 12 hours overnight, you should have yourself an adequate supply of cold coffee made the right way.
Ongoing Running Costs
When you’re considering the type of coffee machine you plan to buy, you should think seriously about ongoing running costs. Many of our readers tell us they failed to do this and ended up making an expensive mistake.
Take single-serve machines. You need to think about how much you’ll need to shell out on pods or capsules. You’ll also need to consider availability.
If you’re looking at a French press or similar style of coffee maker, you should look for one that doesn’t call out for reusable filters. Any reusable filters are better for the environment and for your pocket, too.
The pour-over method not only gives you optimum control over the brewing process so you can customize things completely, you can also save money by buying fresh whole coffee beans then grinding them right before you brew. Do this and you can get BPA-free coffee the right way.
Coffee beans start to degrade within 30 minutes of grinding. If you make the mistake of buying pre-ground coffee, it will already be past its best before it reaches you.
After using fresh filtered water, the next easiest way to improve the quality of the coffee in your cup is to grind fresh whole beans right before brewing.
Although you can find plenty of manual coffee grinders, we would strongly advise you to invest in an electric burr grinder. Not only will you need to put in no physical effort at all, but you’ll also get complete consistency and an accurate grind size for the brewing method you’re using. Do yourself a favor and grind before brewing.
V. The 9 Best BPA-Free Plastic Coffee Makers
1. Our #1 Pick: Chemex Glass Pour-Over Coffee Maker
If you want pour-over coffee with relative ease, the Chemex brewer allows you execute this intricate brewing method accurately and reasonably easily.
The borosilicate glass gives you great build quality alongside impressive durability and insulation.
Use Chemex filters for best results and start enjoying gourmet pour-over coffee at home.
After starting with your freshly ground coffee beans, you add water then pop your Chemex brewer directly onto the stovetop. If you are cooking with an electric coil stove, you’ll need to use the Chemex grid.
2. Also Great: Secura Stainless Steel French Press
If you want consistently good coffee every time with almost no effort, it’s hard to beat a French press. Secura serves up a superb example in stainless steel. This means you benefit from impressive lifespan while also streamlining use and keeping your coffee warmer for longer.
The filter comes with 3 layers and it’s reusable, too. This cuts down on your eco-footprint while also slashing your ongoing running costs for the double win.
As with all French presses, you get a deep, rich and lip-smacking coffee in just 5 minutes with no more effort required than popping in some water and freshly ground coffee then pushing down the plunger minutes later.
3. Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System
If you want a highly versatile method of making coffee and tea at home, this complete system from Ninja is the obvious solution.
You can get coffee in a number of strengths and styles at the press of a button. If you’re partial to iced coffee, you can enjoy this in either iced or cold brew form here.
Tea addicts can also use loose leaf tea to get the best infusion the easy way. You keep all flavors separate with no cross-contamination thanks to the independent baskets for either drink.
4. Bodum Chambord French Press
Another simple and traditional French press from Bodum, the Chambord continues to fly off shelves the world over. What makes it stand out then?
Well, if you’re looking for plastic free of all BPA and similar contaminants, you’re in luck. You also get borosilicate glass so this French press is efficient, effective, and built to stay the distance.
You can rack up as many as 8 smaller coffees in one brew so you should be able to cater for the whole family with this classic French press from Bodum.
5. Presto Stainless Steel 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Another user-friendly coffee maker made from stainless steel with no BPA anywhere in the equation, this 12-cup machine from Presto gives you drip coffee in minutes flat in enough volume for a large family or plenty of guests.
The filter basket and tubing are also made from stainless steel with no plastic anywhere in the mix.
This stainless build not only ensures you get years of faithful service from this coffee maker, but you will also keep any leftover coffee warmer for longer.
6. OXO Brew 9-Cup Coffee Maker
If you like the idea of pour-over coffee but you can’t be bothered with the paraphernalia or the procedure, why not try this coffee maker from OXO Brew to get the benefits without the drawbacks?
You can rest easy knowing the water is heated to just the temperature you need for the best coffee and you won’t need an additional thermometer to achieve this.
The only real gripe with this machine is its substantial size. If you have sufficient space on the kitchen counter, though, this makes a rock-solid choice.
7. Cuisinart Perfectemp Coffee Maker
Cuisinart is an established space in the coffee industry and this machine shows why they continue to dominate.
Completely programmable, you can enjoy waking up to fresh coffee or returning home from work to find a carafe steaming and waiting. You can stay safe with auto-shut off meaning there’s no chance of this bad boy overheating.
While this coffee maker is certainly not cheap, you can take advantage of an aggressive discount if you act quickly.
8. Breville Precision Brewer with Thermal Carafe
The Breville precision brewing coffee machine lets you enjoy the best joe at home without any concern about BPA or any other contaminants.
The onboard brewing system ensures you get the water at precisely the right temperature for your brew without needing to fuss around with a thermometer.
The filters included help you to keep running costs down while also ensuring you can do your part for the environment by eliminating disposable paper filters.
9. Technivorm Moccamaster KBT Coffee Brewer
The Technivorm Moccamaster is not for you if you’re hunting for a cheap coffee maker. If, however, you want impeccable brand heritage alongside great build quality and user-friendliness, try the KBT.
The drip coffee you’ll enjoy from this machine is robust and rich enough for all times of the day from that initial eye-opener right on through the afternoon.
Brewing time is as little as 5 minutes. Like with all forms of making coffee at home, don’t be afraid to experiment and dial in the variables until you have the perfect coffee for your taste buds.
Crowned with a rugged stainless steel carafe, you can enjoy coffee shop-style coffee every day without leaving home and without picking up the endless bill. When you view the price tag of the Technivorm Moccamaster considered in those terms, it suddenly starts to seem more like an investment than an expense.
To round out today, we’ve curated the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about buying a BPA-free coffee maker.
1) What is BPA?
BPA is an industrial chemical in common use since the 1960s. Over the years, many experts have questioned whether or not BPA is safe. It’s now routinely avoided whenever possible in products you’ll use for preparing or storing food in.
2) Is it conclusively proven that BPA is harmful?
No. There is plenty of preliminary research and a scattering of studies but we need more hard data showing why we should avoid BPA.
3) Why is it important to ensure any coffee maker I am choosing is free of BPA?
You will be coming into direct contact with these plastic components when you brew up your coffee.
4) Is it possible to avoid plastic completely in a coffee maker?
Absolutely. Many of the models we review today are free of all plastic, thus also BPA-free by definition.
5) Can I make the rest of my buying decision in line with buying a regular coffee machine?
You certainly can. That’s how we have attempted to angle our buying guide. If you focus on the type of coffee you want and how much time and effort you’re prepared to invest into the procedure, this will help you find a great BPA-free coffee maker without too much trouble.
By now, we hope you’re completely confident that finding a great coffee maker that doesn’t contain BPA in the plastic and doesn’t contain any other contaminants isn’t that hard. Well, it’s not if you allow yourself to be guided, anyway.
Stick with any of the coffee machines we review today and you’re in safe hands. Veer away and choose a model we don’t highlight today? Well, check the composition closely and make sure you keep the guidance from our buying guide in mind on the buying trail.
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