Bonavita Metropolitan

Last updated date: November 29, 2018

DWYM Score
8.0

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the Bonavita Bonavita Metropolitan placed 5th when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 24, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.2
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.7
48 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Bonavita Metropolitan brews excellent coffee for a very reasonable price. It's simple to use, compact and easy to clean.
- CNET
May 24, 2018 | Full review
Clean Case - While the all-plastic case was undoubtedly a choice to reduce price, the Metropolitan actually looks a lot sleeker next to the mixed-medium case of the regular Bonavita.
- Seattle Coffee Gear
The Metropolitan BV1901PW is great for its sleek aesthetics. The matte finish is very in and looks quite modern and cool. And it makes sense to pick an appliance for its good looks since it will be sitting on display on your counter.
- Coffee Gear At Home
brews fast, coffee is correct temperature, simple, easy to clean carafe, small footprint.
- Sur La Table
August 12, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
It doesn't have a thermal carafe. Coffee in its glass carafe cools quickly. Its body is all plastic.
- CNET
May 24, 2018 | Full review
No Frills - At its heart, the Metropolitan is still a very basic design. No timer or temp programming, no auto drip stop and no built-in water filters or descale warning lights.
- Seattle Coffee Gear
heated base only goes 40 min., would prefer an hour.
- Sur La Table
August 12, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

8 cup | sleek Black design | one-touch - 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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.4
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. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
9. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 5
11. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 9
12. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
13. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
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.

“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 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.

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, 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.

“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.”

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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. 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, 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.