You may be interested in purchasing a Chemex, but where to start and which Chemex is the best one for your tastes and budget?
Here are some best Chemex coffee makers for your consideration.
1. Chemex Classic Series, Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker (Our Top Recommended)
This Chemex coffee maker is part of the Classic Series, and still a best-seller amongst Chemex fans.
This pour-over coffee maker keeps coffee as pure and clean as possible, starting with its non-porous Borosilicate glass that keeps the brew free of odors and chemicals.
The Chemex Classic is easy to clean, looks trendy on the kitchen counter, produces an incredibly tasty brew (1), and can even be used for iced coffees.
One concern about the model is the type of glass used for the bowl.
Unlike traditional Chemex coffee makers, which use thicker glass with a handle, the Classic Series is made of a lighter, thinner glass that, while quality, is still more fragile and likelier to break.
The shape of the bowl may be more difficult to clean, and some coffee drinkers don’t feel the Chemex filters help brew the strongest cup of coffee.
2. Osaka Pour Over Coffee Brewer
The Osaka Pour Over Coffee Brewer scores points with some coffee drinkers because of its unique filter. Unlike the thick paper filters used in a traditional Chemex, the Osaka uses a two-ply inner mesh and outer stainless-steel filter.
The result is a filter that allows for the use of finer grinds without sacrificing the quality of the brew.
Environmentally conscious customers love the filter as it is easy to clean and doesn’t produce waste like paper filters.
The Osaka also has a large, easy-grip handle and a cork lid that closes up the carafe to keep heat in and prevent accidental spills.
One issue with the Osaka Pour Over Brewer is that the cup markings do not align with actual, standard cup sizes, making it confusing for some brewers to determine the right amount of coffee to make.
Another drawback involves the steel filter which may begin to clog after a few months’ uses, resulting in a slower drip and colder coffee.
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3. LePrem Pour Over Coffee Maker
The LePrem has garnered an avid fan base because of its similar qualities to the classic Chemex brand but at a lower price.
Many LePrem users find it a practical coffee maker that brews a smooth cup.
It is easy to clean, making it convenient to use and less of a time drain first thing in the morning.
The LePrem has an efficient lid that retains the heat in the carafe and arrives in an elegantly designed package.
One of the biggest concerns with the LePrem is the difficulty in matching it with filters.
The middle of the carafe is too wide, causing paper filters to fall and break, sending coffee grounds everywhere.
The pour from this carafe is larger than most coffee makers, and there are some complaints about the carafe’s inability to retain heat for long periods of time.
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4. Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Maker Set
The Barista Warrior Pour Over coffee maker is ideal for brewing small batches of coffee, but its standout feature is its laser-cut dual filter.
The laser-cut filter lies on the inside and quality stainless steel on the outside, and the result is a clean, clear cup of coffee with a bloom.
The filter is strong enough to prevent grinds and sludge from developing and can even be used for brewing tea.
The glass used for the carafe is well-crafted and robust enough to withstand use and the occasional bump against the counter.
Unfortunately, there is no small handle or lip with which to grasp the steel filter and remove it from the Chemex.
Cleanup can be messy and take some time, as can cleaning out finer grinds from the filter’s mesh.
5. Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter
The Bodum Pour Over Set features a double wall carafe that keeps extra cups of coffee hotter for longer.
The cork around the carafe, designed for protective handling of the hot glass, comes in a variety of colors.
The stainless-steel filter works with a variety of grind sizes, and the reusable mesh filter eliminates the need for paper filters.
At issue with the Bodum is that the bottom half of the carafe is globe-shaped so that it must be turned entirely upside down to get the last remnants of the coffee from it.
The carafe must be left upside down to dry.
The reusable filter has plastic components to it, and some users have found the need to use a paper filter in tandem with the steel one to prevent grinds from getting into the coffee.
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Which Pour Over Coffee Maker is Your Best Bet?
Of our top five pour over coffee maker selections, the winner is the Chemex Classic Series, Pour-over Glass Coffeemaker.
Whatever your roast type or flavored blend, this coffee maker will help you make the best coffee for Chemex at the right price.
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