Mueller Heavy Duty Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel French Press

Last updated date: July 9, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6

Mueller Heavy Duty Double Insulated 310 Stainless Steel French Press

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Overall Take

If you're looking for a durable French press, this professional-grade double-layered stainless steel model is your best bet. It's double-insulated to keep your coffee hot longer and strong enough not to break when dropped. It makes for an excellent birthday, holiday or even wedding gift. In our analysis of 80 expert reviews, the Mueller Mueller Double Insulated French Press placed 1st when we looked at the top 15 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 9, 2020:
Checkout The Best French Press for a detailed review of all the top french presses.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
7,692 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
With the quality triple layered filter, there’s no way any rogue grounds are sneaking through, and our coffee was grit free and delicious.
- The Gadget Nerds
The coffee maker is made from double-layered stainless-steel and will keep your coffee hot for more than 60 minutes.
- Authority Toplist
Simple to disassemble, reassemble and to clean
- Top Most Reviews
There is also a matching travel canister to match the coffee maker. This can hold up to two servings of coffee beans.
- The Keen Hunter
Made of professional-grade stainless steel, the body of this French press is double-layered, 33% thicker and 20% heavier than most models to ensure the best insulation and durability.
- Dripped Coffee
The double-walled insulation of the Mueller 310 (appx. $26) allows the exterior to remain cool, while the coffee inside stays piping hot. Its three-layer screen system eliminates the chances of any grounds ending up in your cup, and the bonus bean canister is handy for traveling.
- Wiki EZ Vid
This French press really looks cool. It has a funky, industrial design that looks amazing in any kitchen. The robust design and think handle makes this a really sturdy French press. You don’t have to worry about knocking this French press over.
- Seriously Smoked
Everything is metal, including the dual mesh filters. You can take it apart, shove it in the dishwasher
- Input Mag
What experts didn't like
The extra fine filter, if you choose to use it, requires steady pressure to push down, but it does prevent even the finest, most determined grounds getting through.
- The Gadget Nerds
The coiled wire around the bottom of the press has an exposed end. Therefore, extra care must be observed when cleaning the French press.
- Top Most Reviews
Can’t see the water level
- The Keen Hunter
Slightly misleading: it gives the impression that it’s manufactured in Austria, but it’s actually made in China
- Dripped Coffee
No fluid measurements. Made in China
- Seriously Smoked

From The Manufacturer

Our mission is to deliver simply superior products with real human support that improve people's lives and share our success with non-profits we love! We tested enough mechanisms and filters to make your head spin to tweak and uniquely design our press with a triple layered filter structure to stop the sediment, but let the yummy coffee oils through for a full-bodied delicious brew that will make you a very happy camper. And to share the java love, we give you a bonus matching travel canister that holds enough beans or grounds for two full batches. Our huge capacity professional grade 310 18/10 double-layered stainless-steel baby will keep your coffee hot for 60 minutes longer than thinner steel and glass models. And it’s drop proof, rust proof, and probably bulletproof (be nice). Besides using the french press as a coffee maker, it is also the best appliance to make tea, mct oil coffee, hot chocolate, cold brew, frothed milk, almond milk, cashew milk, fruit infusions, and plant and herbal drinks as it seals in their flavors and aromas. Two bonus stainless steel screens and the matching travel container are included with every purchase while quantities last. Our total satisfaction promise covers all our products (partly why our products receive 1000’s of positive reviews). So choose Mueller with confidence and look forward to a lifetime of java pleasure.

Overall Product Rankings

Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 34-Ounce
4. Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 34-Ounce
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Secura Stainless Steel Insulated French Press
5. Secura Stainless Steel Insulated French Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 51-Ounce
7. Bodum Chambord Glass Carafe French Press, 51-Ounce
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
Bodum Brazil Coffee & Tea French Press
10. Bodum Brazil Coffee & Tea French Press
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4

An Overview On French Presses

The last decade or so has been a great time for coffee lovers. Barista culture has turned coffee-making from a morning chore into a ritual that incorporates equal parts science and art. Once-esoteric brewing methods like the pour over, cold brew and gravity siphoning are now options at an increasing number of coffee shops, from your local hipster cafe to the corner Starbucks.

But even the pickiest coffee snob will tell you that for a simple, elegant cup of java at home, nothing beats the good old French press. It’s a method that’s easy to do but infinitely customizable, and it has several advantages over the plain Jane drip coffeemaker or single-serve machine. First of all, there’s no paper filter or plastic pod to dispose of, which makes it eco-friendly. Once you get the hang of making it, you can have a hot cup in your hand quicker than drip coffee. Since there are no mechanical or electrical components to break down, a good French press will keep cranking out java for decades. And best of all, the mesh filter allows more oils from the beans to seep into the final brew. In layman’s terms, that means it just tastes better.

The actual method is simple enough for any first-timer to do. First, heat up your water in a separate pot to just shy of boiling — 200 to 205 degrees or so. While that’s heating up, add a heaping tablespoon of coffee grounds to your French press for every cup of water. If you’re using freshly ground coffee (and you should be), go with a coarser grind. It’s a mesh filter, so fine particles will tend to clog it up or seep into the brew. Next, add your water and stir thoroughly. Wait 3-5 minutes, push the plunger down, and voila! The filter will push the grounds to the bottom, leaving your coffee ready to be poured out of the top.

Once you’ve had a few cups, you can feel free to tweak any of the factors above. In fact, finding the recipe for your ideal cup is half the fun of owning a French press. Let’s be clear: The amount and type of beans, coarseness of your grind, water temperature and steeping time will all affect the flavor of your java much more than what type of French press you’re making it with.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t be choosy about your equipment. This is an item you’ll be using most every morning, after all. Since you’ll be cleaning it after every use, a French press that’s easy to disassemble is key. And while the ability to keep your coffee heated is one advantage that drip makers have over the French press, the materials it’s made with can help mitigate that.

DWYM Fun Fact

While it’s generally agreed upon that the French press method was developed in France (by accident, apparently), the definitive patent for a French press was first submitted in Italy, by Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929. And Spain currently holds the record for the largest working French press. The mammoth appliance, created by Salzillo Tea and Coffee in Murcia, is 7.5-feet tall and 2 feet, 4 inches in diameter. We’d love to try a cup, as long as we don’t have to clean it.

The French Press Buying Guide

  • The material of your French press’ carafe is going to be a major point of preference, and they fall into two main types: Glass or stainless steel. Classic French press models like the Bodum Chambord are made of glass, and it’s easy to see why. With a clear carafe, you can look to see how robust your coffee is while you make it, and the satisfaction of watching those grounds getting pushed down is part of the ritual. Typically, the glass is of a borosilicate composition that can stand up to the quick temperature changes involved.
  • Stainless steel carafes, while they won’t let you check on your brew, are able to retain heat longer. Some, like the Mueller Double Insulated French Press, have a double layer that leaves the outer wall relatively cool while the inside stays even toastier. Heat retention is a definite plus, especially for slow drinkers who want to savor that first cup before getting seconds. Still, other models try for the best of both worlds with a glass carafe encased in partial steel or plastic sheath.
  • The standard filter for a French press is steel mesh, typically paired with some sort of pre-filter disc for stability. There’s not a lot of variation in porousness between filters of different models, though there are exceptions. For example, some models have a bucket-shaped double filter designed to keep even fine granules out of your brew.
  • At a minimum, you’ll want to rinse your filter and carafe out after every use. Frequent full cleaning, though, can help keep the mesh porous so that you can brew consistent cups every time. It’ll help if your press has a filter that’s easy to disassemble and put back together — and easier still if the entire unit is dishwasher safe.
  • Generally speaking, French press coffee is about small batches. Unlike a drip coffeemaker, it’s not made for brewing large pots to accommodate multiple guests. On average, a French press will make about 32 ounces — enough for four cups of coffee. If you’d like a bit more quantity with your quality, models like the Bodum Chambord have larger versions that hold up to 51 ounces.
  • Durability is another factor to consider, especially in the glass vs. steel debate. While the borosilicate glass of most traditional French presses is sturdier than standard glassware, it obviously won’t hold up to a drop like steel would. If the handle is separate from the carafe, make sure it’s securely molded onto the frame. It’ll be getting plenty of use.
  • Preparing French press coffee is about craftsmanship. The French press itself should be too. It’s a simple, functional appliance, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look great sitting on your counter, especially if you plan on serving guests.