Bonavita 1900

Last updated date: November 7, 2019

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7.3

Bonavita 1900

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We looked at the top Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Update as March 19, 2021:
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Overall Take


In our analysis of 119 expert reviews, the Bonavita Carafe Coffee Brewer, Stainless Steel placed 18th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

With a Bonavita coffee brewer, you're just one press of a button away from a perfect cup of coffee. We've refined our brewers down to the essential elements so it's simple to consistently brew great coffee. The excellence of the Bonavita 8-cup coffee brewer is recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association as part of its Certified Home Brewer Program. The Bonavita coffee brewer is designed to brew a full pot of coffee at 195-205°F. Once coffee comes in contact with air, the temperature will decrease significantly. Immediately after brewing a full pot, the temperature in the carafe is typically 175-185°F. Brewing a smaller batch or brewing at higher elevations may result in a lower temperature. Refer instruction manual before use.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.4
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

7.2
2,720 user reviews

What experts liked

It’s also the simplest and most straightforward: one button you click to start brewing, and that’s it.
- Reviews.com
Ultimately, the Bonavita BV1900 is a feature-light machine that attempts to recreate the much-coveted but time intensive pour-over method, and it does a fairly good job of it.
- The Verge
June 18, 2015 | Full review
Highs: Brewed close to recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration.
- Consumer Reports
Thanks to the single button operation, it's super easy to use this coffee maker as well as fill the tank with water.
- Good Housekeeping
December 1, 2016 | Full review
The Bonavita BV1900TS serves up premium coffee brewing for a fraction of the price. The drip machine is also compact, easy to clean, simple to use and has a thermal carafe.
- CNET
The Bonavatia 1900TS is a compact yet eloquent coffee maker that brews some of the best drip coffee we’ve ever tasted.
- Digital Trends
This is SCAA Certified and it has large showerhead for even extraction
- The Coffee Concierge
This coffee maker also features 1500-Watt heating unit that maintains and releases water at the optimum brewing temperature of 92– 96 (198to 205F) all through the brewing course.
- All Top Ten Reviews
The Bonavita BV also impresses with how fast you’ll have a pot of coffee waiting for you and your guests. It takes about six minutes for it to brew a full pot.
- Coffee Corner
October 17, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

You can’t program brew times; you can’t play around with water temperature; and it even lacks some convenient touches like a brew basket that attaches to the machine (when you’re done brewing, you have to place the brew basket on a plate or in the sink before it makes a total mess).
- Reviews.com
Lows: Not very convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - Its carafe cannot be removed while coffee is brewing. - In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as some consumers might. In this test, this model sometimes overflowed.
- Consumer Reports
The stainless steel thermal carafe won't keep your coffee hot for a full two hours, so you're best bet is to drink it soon after it's finished brewing.
- Good Housekeeping
December 1, 2016 | Full review
The Bonavita BV1900TS isn't as eye-catching as more expensive coffee makers from Technivorm.
- CNET
The water comes out of some showerhead holes inconsistently and pretty short power cord.
- The Coffee Concierge
The temprature is not available
- All Top Ten Reviews
The Bonavita promises to brew your coffee between 195 degrees and 200 degrees Fahrenheit in order to get the best quality coffee. However, there were customers that felt that it falls just shy of that, especially if you’re trying to move away from a coffee brewing process like a French Press or a Keurig brewer. The small cup size (Bonavita considers a cup of coffee to be 5 oz, whereas 8 oz is more common across the board) was frustrating for some because you can only make 40 oz worth of coffee.
- Coffee Corner
October 17, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

An Overview On Coffee Makers

When you rely on a daily cup of coffee (or more!) to get your day off to a good start, a great home coffee maker is essential. While you can certainly still use a French press or even an old-school stovetop coffee maker, these days, most people rely on an automatic drip coffee maker for their day-to-day coffee needs. An automatic coffee maker uses ground beans and filters.

“Electric coffee makers take the guesswork out of making a perfect cup of joe,” explains culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “For us creatures of habit — which describes pretty much any coffee drinker that takes time to make coffee at home — it’s all about consistency, reliability, and speed. And given the price of coffee today, you want to know what you’re getting every time. Considering you can brew a 10-cup pot of coffee at home for less than what you shell out for a single coffee at the local café, it’s also a money saver.”

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate, like a model that is capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos, there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

First, look at how much capacity you need. How many coffee drinkers live in your house, and how much of it do they drink? You may need just a small, one-cup brewer. Or, if you have multiple people who love their cappuccinos, you may wish for a fancier alternative with more options.

Some other features you may be interested in are the ability to program your maker (essential for those who can’t do a thing before their first cup of coffee in the morning), brew time and ability to adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, one model may have an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while another is equipped with an automatic shut-off feature.

“An automatic shut-off timer is essential as a safety feature to help avoid evaporation and scorching,” Chernoff says, especially if you like to grab coffee while heading out or if you prefer to drink your coffee over the course of a few hours. “Timers that allow you to set up your coffee the night before and pre-determine when brewing starts in the morning are a lovely option. All-in-one machines that offer built-in grinders as part of the coffee-making process are not essential, but an added layer of luxury that you may or may not need.”

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee using an automatic pre-infusion cycle. This feature pre-wets the coffee before it begins to brew, which improves the extraction process. The extraction process determines how smooth or bitter the coffee will taste.

Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your maker. Since it will likely have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, you want to be sure it will easily fit and match the aesthetic of your space. Many machines these days have a sleek and stylish look that will seamlessly fit in with a variety of styles. Measure your space before you purchase, especially if you need to fit your coffee maker under a cabinet.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, the quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to factor in how much use you plan to give your maker while deciding how much you’re willing to invest in the right coffee maker.

The Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • For the best brew, start with quality beans. A lot of people prefer to grind their own rather than buy already ground coffee.
  • To keep those beans super fresh, be sure to store them properly. That means using a sealed container with a one-way valve or a good, old-fashioned mason jar.
  • You could also roast your own beans. There are a number of methods you can use, like roasting them in an oven or a pan or grill.
  • While it may be tempting to wing it, measuring your coffee will give you better control over its strength and flavor. Try a ratio of about one part coffee to 20 parts water.
  • Speaking of water, the quality of your H20 matters. Try lightly filtered water from the refrigerator or a pitcher with a filtering device.
  • Are you the type to heat up your leftover coffee from the morning when the afternoon slump hits? Although old coffee is unlikely to make you sick, it probably won’t taste that great. That’s because coffee starts to lose its flavor just 30 minutes after it’s brewed. Within about four hours, the oils begin to go bad, which will further compromise the coffee’s taste. Your best bet is to brew a fresh pot.
  • Keeping your coffee maker clean is a key component of maintaining its functionality. Wash removable parts after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher. Your carafe should be cleaned daily as well. On a monthly basis, you should “brew” a solution of vinegar and water to break down mineral buildup.
  • Depending on the quality, the frequency of use and its overall maintenance, a coffee maker can last anywhere from a few years to a few decades. If the water is not getting hot enough, or it’s taking way too long to brew, it may be time to replace your coffee maker.
  • If you want that coffeehouse taste at home, you don’t need a bunch of syrups or a super fancy coffee maker. Instead, you can actually use your traditional drip coffee maker and some common spices that you probably have on hand, such as ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Stirring in a few pieces of chocolate makes for an indulgent treat, too.