Bonavita BV1800

8.7

Price

7.0/10

Coffee Quality

9.0/10

Coffee Maker Quality

10.0/10

Ease of Use

10.0/10

Cleaning Ease

10.0/10

Durability

10.0/10

Appearance

9.0/10

Brew Speed

9.0/10

Versatility

4.0/10

Pros

  • Optimal and consistent brew temperature at 195-205˚ F (1400 watt heating element)
  • Brew head distributes water evenly for full coffee grounds saturation
  • Fast brew time at 5-7 minutes
  • Available in thermal or glass carafe
  • Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America for home use
  • No spill carafe
  • Plastic components are BPA free
  • 2 year warranty

Cons

  • No programmability, no timer, no clock
  • No pause and serve
  • Have to hold carafe upside down to get the last drop of coffee out
  • Glass liner of carafe has shattered on some reviewers

The Bonavita BV1800 focuses on the finer details of coffee brewing. With an optimally hot brew temperature of 200-205˚ F and a dispersed brew head for even coffee ground saturation are just a couple of things this coffee maker gets right. In fact, it is not so different from a traditional pour over when considering how it looks and functions. The filter basket has a similar design to that of a manual drip cone, and the hot water is distributed over the grounds evenly.

It comes in two versions: Thermal Carafe and Glass Carafe.

Update 5/23/13 – Personal Review

I finally got around to buying the Bonavita BV1800 and can say with conviction that it's truly a great coffeemaker. Below you will find my personal video review along with the unboxing.

Video Review


The Review

The BV1800 has the makings of a great coffee maker, but does it live up to its great expectations? Let's find out.

SCAA Certified means great coffee

UPDATE 8/24/15: The BV1800 is no longer SCAA Certified. I am uncertain of the reason(s), but my guess is that the certification expired and because Bonavita has several new models, including the BV1900, they are investing in keeping the certification for these coffee makers instead.

At the time of this writing, the Bonavita BV1800 is one of only four home brewers certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. A few of the things that make it certified: the filter basket does not overflow with coffee grounds, the brewing temperature falls between 195-205˚ F, the extraction is even, and the brew time is between 2 and 8 minutes. To read about the entire SCAA Certification criteria, visit the link here.

The bottom line here is that the Bonavita makes coffee the right way.

Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot, with no spills

It's rare to find a coffee carafe that doesn't spill all over the counter when you pour out a cup. However, the Bonavita 8-Cup seems to eliminate this problem. Additionally, with the option of a thermal glass-lined carafe you can keep your coffee at the right temperature for hours after brewing.

Simple design a deal breaker?

For many, it is an absolute must for a coffee maker to have a built-in timer to start brewing before rising in the morning. Or at the very least, having the ability to remove the carafe to pour a cup before the brew cycle is complete. Unfortunately, the BV1800 has none of these features. Fortunately, the speedy brew time of 5-7 minutes makes up for this in the eyes of many owners.

The Ratings

The BV1800 has very few downsides, which makes it one of the top rated coffee makers out there. Here's how I rate it in each category:

The Price

At $150, this isn't the cheapest coffee maker available. However, it is the cheapest of the 4 SCAA coffee makers available, including the Technivorm Moccamaster. I think the value is top-notch…but spending $150 for a coffee maker may be a little extravagant for many consumers. Something else to consider would be the glass carafe model, which is $130 at the time of publishing this review.

Score: 3.5 stars

The Coffee Maker Quality

The engineering behind the Bonavita 8-Cup is practically flawless. Plus, the machine is comprised mostly of stainless steel. The SCAA Certification practically solidifies the 5 star rating here.

Score: 5 stars

The Coffee Quality

There were very few complaints about the quality of the coffee the BV1800 brews. Otherwise, the consensus is that is makes great tasting coffee.

Score: 4.5 stars

Ease of Use

With just an on and off switch, this coffee maker is a breeze to use. Although the reservoir is not removable…and you must remove the lid of the carafe before brewing. Still, these are minor nuisances that don't make the BV1800 any bit more difficult to use.

Score: 5 stars

Cleaning Ease

The carafe is easy to get into and clean. The removable filter basket can also be removed easily for easy transport to your compost bin and sink, without the spills (the hole in the filter basket is intentionally higher).

Score: 5 stars

Durability

No complaints about defects or malfunctions to be found amongst reviewers. Also, with the 2-year warranty you can be confident that you will be protected in case something goes wrong. This coffee maker is certainly built to last.

Score: 5 stars

Appearance

The stainless steel body and crystal clear water reservoir make this coffee maker pleasing to the eye. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into both the design and appearance.

Score: 4.5 stars

Brew Speed

At just under 6 minutes this is a quick brew. While you can find faster out there, this does fall within the SCAA range of 2-8 minutes.

Score: 4.5 stars

Versatility

Nothing fancy about this machine. It simply makes coffee, without too much automation. It has auto shut-off, but the lack of brew pause is quite a disappointment for many users.

Score: 2 stars

Final Thoughts

This is not only a great coffee maker, but one of the best we have reviewed up to this point. Most people love this coffee maker…and the SCAA certification and 2 year warranty are the cherry on top. If you give this coffee maker a try you wouldn't be taking a very big risk. This is the perfect option for those who like great tasting coffee delivered through an easy to use and easy to clean system.

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