The 8 Best Non-Electric Coffee Makers to Buy in 2018

Shop for the best pour over, French press, and Aeropress coffee makers

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Our Top Picks

Best Drip Cone: Kalita Wave Dripper 185 at Amazon

“It results in some of the best coffee in the world, electric or non-electric.”

Runner-Up, Best Drip Cone: OXO Good Grips Pour Over at Amazon

“Takes all the guesswork and fuss out of brewing a great cup of pour-over coffee.”

Best French Press: Bodum Chambord French Press at Amazon

“It has a glass carafe, a shiny chrome-plated stainless steel frame, and a matte-black polypropylene handle.”

Best Espresso Maker: Bialetti Moka Express at Amazon

“The old Italian home-brew standby remains a reliable classic.”

Best Large Capacity: Chemex Classic at Amazon

“Not only is it one of the most beautiful coffee makers on the market...but it's also less fussy and meticulous.”

Best Single-Serve: AeroPress at Amazon

“Coffee geeks, outdoorsy types, and one-cup-a-day folks alike love the convenience and versatility.”

Best Cold-Brew: Takeya Patented Deluxe at Amazon

“This top-rated product from Takeya makes four cups of coffee in its airtight, leakproof lid.”

Best Stovetop: Yama Glass 8 Cup Siphon at Amazon

“A fantastic option for a larger capacity brew without having to master the pour-over that a Chemex requires.”

  • 01 of 08

    Best Drip Cone: Kalita Wave Dripper 185

    Kalita Wave 185 Drippers
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    The first paper filter was invented in Germany in 1908 by a woman named Melitta Benz, and you've probably heard of the pour-over brewer that still carries her name—the brand that launched a thousand imitations, competitors, and innovations on manual home-brewing by pour-over. Kalita, a Japanese company whose name is a subtle nod to Mrs. Benz, has taken the dripper filter to the next level with its design, marrying a slow drain of water through coffee, a flat bed brewing style for even extraction, and filters that encourage easy-breezy brewing.

    Unlike most other at-home cone brewers, which come to a point and drain through one single hole, the Kalita is designed to allow a reservoir of water to build up on top of a flat, uniform bed of coffee grounds, draining through three holes rather than one into the cup or serving vessel. This creates a much more forgiving brew process, and honestly results in some of the best coffee in the world, electric or non-electric. It can be difficult to change your water-pouring habits to suit the Kalita, if you're used to using a more standard brewer (like a Melitta or a Hario dripper), but the effort is well worth it.

  • 02 of 08

    Runner-Up, Best Drip Cone: OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank

    OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Not the type to belabor your pour-over technique? OXO has the perfect solution for you: The company has figured out a way to literally make it "rain" on your coffee, which takes all the guesswork and fuss out of brewing a great cup of pour-over coffee. This pour-over maker comes with an additional and optional water tank or "Rain Maker," an attachment that sits on top of the cone-shaped coffee brewer and makes your morning ritual that much more foolproof.

    Rather than pouring hot water meticulously over coffee grounds in a filter, you can actually dump the whole brew's worth of water into the water tank, whose bottom holes will control the flow rate and dispersion of water consistently and patiently over the coffee. No more standing around agonizing about your technique: Just set it, pour it, and forget it—until you're ready to drink the coffee, anyway.

  • 03 of 08

    Best French Press: Bodum Chambord 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker

    Bodum Chambord 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34 oz., Chrome
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    This is a classic style French press, first made in the 1950s. It has a glass carafe, a shiny chrome-plated stainless steel frame, and a matte-black polypropylene handle that’s easy to hold. The carafe holds 34 ounces, which of course includes space for grounds. The eight “cup” serving size refers to 4-ounce coffee cups, so if you drink from a larger cup or mug, you can make 2-3 servings of coffee with one pressing.

    The three-part filter is designed to let aromatic oils and flavors flow through while fine grinds and sediment stay behind. All parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The press is made in Portugal.

    Take a look at other product reviews and shop for the best french press coffee makers available online. 

  • 04 of 08

    Best Espresso Maker: Bialetti Moka Express 3 Cup Espresso Maker

    Bialetti Moka Express 3 Cup Espresso Maker
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    True "nonelectric" espresso machines range from the very expensive to the very complicated to the very silly, but the old Italian home-brew standby remains a reliable classic. Most Italians would tell you that they don't bother making espresso at home, but they do love a strong, thick, bittersweet coffee from a moka pot, and Bialetti is the first and last name when it comes to the equipment. While you won't get the thick head of creme that is often a hallmark of a fine espresso shot, you can certainly whip up a small batch of very strong coffee in a flash with one of these brewers, and the resulting cup can be concentrated enough to drink straight, build up with warm textured milk, or diluted with hot water, Americano style.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Large Capacity: Chemex Classic Wood Collar and Tie Glass 8-Cup Coffee Maker

    Chemex Classic Wood Collar and Tie Glass 8-Cup Coffee Maker with 100 Count Bonded Circle Coffee Filters
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Elegant, easy to use, and efficient for a crowd, the 8-cup classic Chemex is a dinner-party favorite. Not only is it one of the most beautiful coffee makers on the market—and a permanent feature of the design collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art—but it's also less fussy and meticulous than the geeky pour-over brewers you see that make one or two cups at a time. Rather than pour a slow, steady stream of hot water into the grounds here, the filter is designed to take a larger load of water at a time, making the 4- or 5-minute process simplified and foolproof. Be careful with the very breakable glass, but enjoy the lovely equipment on a table at the most laid-back or formal get-togethers.

  • 06 of 08

    Best Single-Serve: AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

    Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Coffee geeks, outdoorsy types, and one-cup-a-day folks alike love the convenience and versatility of the AeroPress, a hand-pressure-powered coffee brewer that can make either one small regular-strength coffee, or a more concentrated "espresso-like" beverage that can be diluted with water or milk. Countless variations on recipe and techniques can be found all over the Internet (look up the winning approach taken at the World AeroPress Championships for a real doozy of a brew), but simply speaking the little maker and its proprietary paper filters make a clean, quick coffee that's just the right size for one. The plastic isn't great for heat retention, and cleaning can be a pain, but these little presses pack a lot of bang for the buck, and fit neatly in a drawer, on a counter, or in a carry-on suitcase.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Cold-Brew: Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

    If cold brew and iced coffee are your thing then a designated maker that doesn't need electricity is a great option for when you want to brew a cold cup. This top-rated product from Takeya makes four cups of coffee in its airtight, leakproof lid. It's BPA-free and dishwasher safe and fits conveniently on most refrigerator doors. 

    To make the coffee you'll add grinds to the top and pour filtered water over. Next, let the pitcher sit in your fridge overnight or 36-hours and you'll be left with smooth tasting brew that has less acid than traditional blends. 

    Over 1,700 Amazon reviewers love that it makes cold-brew for less and works for the most and least caffeinated of drinkers. One customer noted that this simple maker is easily saving her $5 a day and it tastes much better than store-bought. 

  • 08 of 08

    Best Stovetop: Yama Glass 8 Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon

    Yama Glass 8 Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon (Syphon)
    Courtesy of Amazon.com.

    Siphon brewers are high on coffee theater. And they've earned a reputation for being difficult to use with the effort not living up to the end result. Not so with a classic model like this Yama 8-cup brewer, which is a fantastic option for a larger capacity brew without having to master the pour-over that a Chemex requires.

    Hot water in the bottom chamber creates a vacuum that sends the brew liquid to the top, where it mixes with coffee grounds for an extraction before being drawn back down through a thick filter and back into the bottom vessel for pouring and serving. The filter helps keep the finished coffee incredibly clear, and the high-temperature and slight pressurization in the extraction emphasizes clarity of flavor like few other brewers. Where most glass stovetop brewers are delicate and can be somewhat dangerous, the Yama siphon is made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass, and it's even dishwasher safe. The brewer comes with a wire grid, which makes it adaptable for electric stoves as well as gas.