Bonavita BV1900ts

Bonavita BV1900ts
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Price

7/10

    Coffee Quality

    9/10

      Coffee Maker Quality

      9/10

        Ease of Use

        9/10

          Cleaning Ease

          10/10

            Durability

            10/10

              Appearance

              10/10

                Brew Speed

                9/10

                  Versatility

                  7/10

                    Pros

                    • SCAA Certified
                    • No-spill thermal carafe (stainless steel interior)
                    • BPA Free
                    • Large showerhead for even extraction
                    • Bloom/pre-saturation optional

                    Cons

                    • Turning the bloom function on/off is not intuitive
                    • Water comes out of some showerhead holes inconsistently
                    • Pretty short power cord (2 feet)

                    It's the moment you've all been waiting for! Well, maybe not. But being the coffee maker nerd that I am, this is a very exciting day for me.

                    In the past few months, the SCAA Certified list of home coffee brewers has practically doubled.

                    Why exactly?

                    Well, my hunch is that more and more consumers are looking for quality coffee makers, and as a result, coffee maker manufacturers are investing their time, money, and efforts into SCAA home brewer certification.

                    Bonavita isn't new to this coveted coffee maker certification either. They already have one of the best selling coffee makers on the market: the BV1800.

                    In fact, the BV1800 was my go-to auto drip coffee maker for more than a year and a half, until the Brazen Plus came along and swept me off my feet.

                    But they recently released a new model, the Bonavita BV1900TS, and I had to see how it stacked up in comparison to the old model.

                    Comparison with the BV1800 (older model)

                    The Ratings

                    Can the BV1900 possibly beat the 1800 overall? Let's find out.

                    Price

                    The BV1900 is available for a fair price given its quality. I bought it for $175 for 15% off at Sur La Table. However, considering it's roughly the same cost as the Brazen Plus which packs in 10 times the amount of features, I don't think this is the best value SCAA coffee maker of the bunch.

                    Score: 3.5

                    The Coffee Quality

                    Considering the fact that I liked the BV1900's coffee better than the BV1800's in 2 out of the 3 blind taste tests I conducted, I'm going to say this is just about as good as it gets.

                    Score: 5 stars

                    The Coffeemaker Quality

                    Aside from the carafe lid, filter basket, and water reservoir, this coffee maker is pretty much all stainless steel. Both SCAA certified and BPA free, the BV1900 gets the highest marks in terms of quality for an auto drip coffee maker.

                    Score: 5 stars

                    Ease of Use

                    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. If you watch the comparison video above you'll see what I'm talking about.

                    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.

                    Score: 4.5 stars

                    Cleaning Ease

                    Although I couldn't figure out how to remove the shower head or the top of the coffee maker itself, it's very easy to clean. And you don't have to worry about any shattered glass in the BV1800 carafe (hey, this never happened to me, but others claim it has happened to them).

                    Score: 5 stars

                    Durability

                    I can't predict how long it will last, but Bonavita has incredible customer service and their products are backed by strong warranties.

                    Here's a story: when I reviewed the Bonavita variable temperature kettle, I mentioned that mine was developing rust. One of their staff reached out to me telling me that rust shouldn't develop, and she sent me a new one right away.

                    I'd feel very confident that this coffee maker could last me a very long time, especially because of its simplicity.

                    Score: 5 stars

                    Appearance

                    Just as good-looking as the previous model, if not more so.

                    Score: 5 stars

                    Brew Speed

                    Just under 6 minutes, and ever-so-slightly faster than the BV1800. Again, not the fastest, but it meets SCAA standards…unlike the speedier Bunn models.

                    Score: 4.5 stars

                    Versatility

                    While it added the “bloom” feature, this is still a no frills kind of coffee maker

                    Score: 3.5 stars

                    Final Thoughts

                    I think the BV1900 makes better coffee than the BV1800 for a slightly higher price tag. Almost everything else is the same.

                    I do think the carafe is a pretty big improvement. All stainless steel with less dribble on the pour…always a good thing.

                    As far as SCAA Certified coffee makers go though, I'm sticking with the Brazen Plus. Not only do I think it makes the best coffee of those that I've tested, but it also packs the most features.

                    If keeping it simple is more of your deal, I'd definitely recommend the BV1900.

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