Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur

Last updated date: November 29, 2018

DWYM Score
6.9

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We looked at the top 1 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including Tech Gear Lab, Consumer Reports, New York Times Wirecutter, CNET, The Coffee Concierge and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Bonavita Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur placed 14th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 15, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
6.8
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.1
174 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Bonavita was an average performer in our cleaning tests, earning a score of 6 out of 10 in a metric where scores ranged from 4 to 9. Its filter basket and carafe both require standard cleaning. The required paper filters make it easy to dispose of grinds and the carafe is fairly easy to clean by hand. The descaling process took us 35 minutes to complete, which was shorter than that of most machines.
- Tech Gear Lab
Highs: Brewed close to recommended guidelines for brew performance and duration.
- Consumer Reports
It also has an improved design over older Bonavitas, with a brew basket that slides right into the machine instead of resting awkwardly on top of the carafe. As a bonus, it sits on the low end of the price spectrum for the high-end coffee makers, costing about $160. We love the simplicity of the Bonavita and think it’s a great choice if flavor is your number one priority.
- New York Times Wirecutter
August 2, 2018 | Full review
The new Bonavita Connoisseur cuts an almost identical identical profile as the BV1900TS. Both brewers consist of a flat oval section up top and a matching oval base below. Sandwiched between the two are the coffee maker's main components. A water tank (and heater unit) sit on the base's left side. A filter basket is to the right of the tank with a thermal carafe directly below that.
- CNET
May 24, 2018 | Full review
It's not difficult to use, unless you want to bloom your coffee with the optional pre-infusion setting. I found it to be completely not-obvious when the bloom was active. Even after the button flashed 5 times I still had no idea if the feature was enabled or not.
- The Coffee Concierge
What experts didn't like
It took the Bonavita 9.5 minutes, including prep and cleanup, to make 6 cups of coffee in our speed test. This was actually quite good for a drip machine. However, it is not programmable, so you can't frontload the prep work to the night before and then wake up to a fresh pot of coffee.
- Tech Gear Lab
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
I also hate how the red light on the “on” button is in the same spot your finger is while pressing the button. This basically sets you up for blocking the light while you're pressing the switch, which essentially defeats the purpose of the light to begin with and only makes it even more difficult to know if the bloom feature is enabled or not.
- The Coffee Concierge

From The Manufacturer

Bonavita automatic Coffee brewers have a combination of features that work in harmony to perfect each step of brewing. The enhanced heater is capable of quickly reaching and maintaining an ideal Coffee brewing temperature. This powerful heater means better flavor and faster brewing. It takes about 6 minutes to brew an 8-Cup carafe. The showerhead ensures even distribution of water over the Coffee grounds. The optional pre-infusion mode mimics the pour-over brewing method by pausing the showerhead to give the Coffee grounds time to bloom enabling optimal flavor extraction.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5
15. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 2

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.

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate like the Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 (capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos), there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

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 adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 has an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffeemaker, has an automatic shut-off feature.

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee, like the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker, which has 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.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to check out the warranty options available and 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.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first drip coffee maker was invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908. However, people have been enjoying bean juice for way longer than that. The Turks were brewing coffee all the way back in 575 AD.

These days, people still love their java. Americans drink an average of three cups of joe a day. About 66 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States per year. While it may seem like everyone heads to their local coffee shop for their morning beverage, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that 79 percent of Americans said they had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. Meanwhile, only 36 percent got their caffeine fix outside the home. Score one for the coffee makers!

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.