It can be hard trying to find a coffee maker without plastic. Almost all brewers come with some plastic parts and components. Even if they are advertised as made from stainless steel, you can bet that under the hood, there’s plastic hidden out of sight.
There’s no getting around it, plastic is everywhere, and you’ll be hard pushed to find a coffee maker with none at all. But all plastics aren’t necessarily harmful to your health. For example, food-grade plastics which are BPA-free don’t pose any risks.
But with all plastics looking pretty much the same, how do you know which is the good stuff and which you should avoid?
I’ll admit it can be challenging, and many manufacturers aren’t really forthcoming with the amount of plastic their coffee makers contain, let alone whether they are BPA-free.
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The good news is I enjoy a challenge, and I’ve done some of the research for you and picked out a small selection of BPA-free coffee makers. Whether you prefer a manual coffee brewing method or pushing a button on an automatic machine, there’s something for you below.
Are Coffee Makers BPA Free?
No. More often than not, you will discover that cheap coffee makers manufactured in parts of Asia will contain many plastic components that are not always BPA free.
You might save a few bucks in the short term, but the long-term health implications could cost you more.
When buying a coffee maker, or any appliance used for food and drink, spend a little more and buy a unit from a reputable company. Automatic drip and push button single serve coffee makers are very popular due to their convenience. Still, these brewers are often the ones that tend to have the most plastic in them.
But does buying from a reputable company always mean BPA-free? No, it’s not a clear indicator, so you still need to read the fine print on boxes and packaging.
How To Know If Your Coffee Maker Is BPA Free
You may think that buying a coffee maker from the United States would provide some guarantees that the product is safe to use and does not contain any harmful chemicals.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case, and BPA materials are not entirely banned in the US. So it’s up to you as the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
For the likes of you and me, that means digging deeper and reading the fine print on the box or literature. If you’re buying online from somewhere like Amazon, you can always ask on the seller’s page.
The safest approach to finding a non-BPA coffee maker is to choose one with no plastic components or at least none that come into direct contact with your coffee or water.
This is easier said than done, especially with automatic drip coffee brewers and espresso machines hiding most components inside the machine.
But manual brewers such as the Chemex made entirely of glass or a ceramic Hario V60 have no plastic at all, and they both brew great-tasting coffee!
Best BPA Free Coffee Makers
Okay, so you want to buy A coffee maker that’s BPA free? As I said, I’ve got your back. Below I have researched and picked out a good selection of manual and automatic coffee brewers.
Pssst, my personal favorite is the Technivorm Moccamaster. Seriously, it doesn’t get much better than this for automated coffee brewing!
Automatic BPA Free Coffee Makers
Technivorm Moccamaster 8-Cup Coffee Maker (59616 Kbg)
The first coffee maker BPA-free is the Technivorm Moccamaster. This premium auto drip coffee maker has been handmade in the Netherlands using high-quality, recyclable materials. And if you’re looking for a fast coffee maker, the Technivorm can churn out a full 40 oz carafe in around 5 minutes – not too shabby!
The speed of this unit is aided by specially designed copper elements that are a step up in terms of quality compared to other automated coffee brewers.
One feature that sets the Technivorm Moccamaster apart from the competition is the coffee saturation function.
Unlike other drip coffee machines that tend to pour water over the coffee grounds in one spot (often leaving some grounds saturated and others hardly at all), the Technivorm utilizes a 9-hole sprinkler arm that evenly pulses water over your coffee grounds sitting in the basket.
All of this is done at the optimum brewing temperature of 196°-205°F to ensure you’re getting the best tasting cup possible from your chosen coffee.
The hot plate is unique too, and it’s been engineered separately from the rest of the brewer. It doesn’t provide a consistent heat, which can burn and turn your coffee overly bitter, but rather a rolling heat that is always in the range of 175° and 185° F that ensures the coffee is never burnt.
Not only are all of the parts 100% BPA-free in the Technivorm Moccamaster, but it’s also BPS, BPF, and Phthalate-free. An impressive 5-year manufacturer’s warranty also covers the unit.
What We Love
- Fast heating up time in 4-6 minutes using one switch.
- A plastic free coffee maker (BPA/BPS/BPF and Phthalate free plastics).
- Handmade in the Netherlands (premium quality and build).
- The glass carafe spout is a bit too small to pour coffee easily.
Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker (02811)
Haven’t you heard? Percolators are making a comeback! Forget about those dusty old Percolators your grandma used to brew coffee in. Modern-day brewers are automated. The Presto is just that.
Once you’ve added your coffee and water, you sit and wait until the light comes on. Although it does take a bit of time to complete an entire brew cycle, there is something comforting about having coffee percolating on the stovetop.
The Presto is made from durable stainless steel, including the basket, interior, and heating element, so no plastic parts ever come in contact with your coffee.
The handle is made from plastic to prevent heat from transferring to your hand, but because this never comes in contact with your coffee, you needn’t worry.
The Presto can brew up to 12 cups and as little as 4 cups of coffee in one serving. And serving is a breeze thanks to the pouring spout.
All in all, the Presto Percolator is a good BPA free coffee maker that brings vintage brewing to the modern age.
What We Love
- Makes 2 to 12 cups of coffee as fast as 1 cup per minute.
- Made of durable stainless steel, including the filter basket and perk tube.
- Perfect for table service.
- A small section of the heating element in the base is made out of aluminum.
OXO On Barista Brain 9-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker
If you’re on the hunt for a good quality coffee maker, you can’t go wrong with the OXO On Barista Brain Coffee Maker.
It’s one of only a handful of coffee machines certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). If you’re not sure what that means, basically, a coffee maker has to meet a strict set of criteria and brewing conditions to become certified.
The OXO ON thinks like a Barista and has been programmed to eliminate all of the guesswork in brewing a great-tasting cup of coffee, all you need to do is decide how much brewed coffee you want, and the machine takes care of the rest. It’s pretty neat.
The OXO ON knows just how much water to use and controls the temperature and everything else in between.
The brew basket operates similarly to the Technivorm Moccamaster listed above and uses a “Rainmaker” shower head that evenly disperses water over your freshly ground coffee which translates to a better flavor extraction.
But not only that. The head also uses timed cycles starting with an initial short cycle dispersed to bloom the coffee before the full brew cycle begins.
The OXO On Barista Brain is probably one of the most intelligent coffee makers I’ve come across. Its intelligent microprocessor and other elements cleverly take your hand and do almost all the work for you.
What We Love
- A clever onboard “barista brain” controls most brewing variables.
- Temperature-controlled brewing keeps the water between 197.6–204.8°F /92-96°C.
- It has been certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.
- Excessive dripping for a few minutes when you remove the thermal carafe.
Breville Grind Control Coffee Maker (BDC650BSS)
I also managed to find a BPA-free grind and brew coffee maker. So if you prefer an all-in-one machine that grinds your whole coffee beans directly before brewing, the Breville Grind Control might be what you’re looking for. This coffee machine has everything you need to perfect a great-tasting brew.
You have 8 strength settings – do you like a bold, strong cup of coffee? The built-in burr grinder, with stainless steel burrs, has 6 distinct settings to give you more control over your brewed coffee.
Plus, a long list of other functions and settings like auto-start, brew volume, and pre-brew temperature, to name a few, that you can tweak to your liking.
The body of the Breville Grind Control has been manufactured from stainless steel. Still, some of the components, such as the coffee basket assembly, the carafe lid, and the water tank, are made from plastic but don’t worry, they are made from BPA free plastics. The unit also includes a thermal carafe that has excellent heat retention and can keep your coffee hot for hours.
What if you want to use store-bought pre-ground coffee and don’t want to use the built-in grinder? Is that possible? Sure.
The machine has a “pre-ground” mode that allows you to bypass the grinder. You just add your coffee to the basket like any other auto drip coffee maker.
What We Love
- Built in burr coffee grinder for a complete bean-to-cup experience.
- A durable thermal carafe keeps coffee hotter compared to a glass carafe.
- Clear big LCD shows various settings and functions.
- Gravity feed bean hopper means coffee beans sometimes get stuck.
Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Switch Coffeemaker (CG13-RB )
Shopping on a smaller budget but still want the best BPA free coffee maker? Not a problem.
The Mr. Coffee Switch brewer is budget-friendly and easy to use, and all the plastic components that come in contact with your coffee are BPA-free.
Simplicity is where the Mr Coffee machine shines, and its basic operation makes brewing a cup of coffee almost foolproof.
A few standout features include the pause function, allowing you to quickly grab a cup of coffee mid-brew before the machine completely finishes, and a durable glass carafe.
And the filter basket is completely removable for quick and easy cleaning, and a simple light indicates if the machine is on or off.
As I said, there isn’t much to the coffee maker. But that’s not a bad thing, and it means that there is less that can go wrong – who needs a barista brain anyway!
Just a quick note. The Mr. Coffee CG13-RB is BPA-free, but be careful because not all Mr. Coffee makers are BPA-free, so picking the suitable unit can be confusing.
What We Love
- Budget friendly coffee maker with simple functions.
- Removable filter basket for quick and easy cleanup.
- Grab-A-Cup auto pause feature.
- Does contain plastic but the parts that come in contact with your coffee and water are BPA free.
And most of it gets into your body by eating foods that have been sold or stored in containers made with BPA plastic. It’s also possible to ingest BPA through the air, water, and dust.
Manual BPA Free Coffee Brewers
The AeroPress is a favorite of mine that I use multiple times daily. Sure the AeroPress is technically a “plastic coffee maker,” but it is entirely BPA-free.
The manual coffee brewer has been manufactured out of Polypropelene, which is a non-toxic material that is recyclable and has heat-resistant properties.
If you’ve never used the AeroPress before, I urge you to give it a try. It’s so easy to use you can’t really mess it up, and the brewed coffee is some of the best you’ll ever get from a manual coffee brewer.
Essentially, you end up with a strong coffee concentrate similar to an espresso shot. I say similar because you can never create enough pressure to brew an authentic espresso, but it’s close enough for something brewing with a device such as this.
If you enjoy coffee on the road, the AeroPress is small enough to fit inside your travel bag, and most of the best manual coffee grinders actually fit inside the tube of the AeroPress.
Say goodbye to instant coffee and stale motel brews, and hello AeroPress.
What We Love
- Make delicious coffee from practically anywhere.
- A single serve brewer made from BPA free plastic.
- It’s lightweight, compact, portable, and durable.
- Its small compact size might not be the best option for everyone.
Hario Ceramic V60 Pour Over
A sure-fire way to get your hands on non-BPA coffee makers is to choose something that is simplistic.
Take the ceramic Hario V60. It’s just one piece of ceramic. There are no hidden mechanics, circuitry, or water tanks.
Simplicity is where the V60 coffee dripper and other pour-over brewers excel, but don’t let the simple looks fool you. This pocket-sized coffee brewer is very capable and is a favorite with home coffee enthusiasts and professionals alike.
The Hario V60 is manufactured in Japan and comes in various materials such as plastic, metal, and ceramic. If BPA plastics are a concern, the ceramic version is definitely what you need.
It has a no-scratch, durable ceramic body that is cone-shaped and features spiral ribs that aid in the flow to ensure a full coffee extraction.
If you don’t like white, you can find the V60 in various colors, from red, pink, blue, and even limited edition black. Also, you can choose between two sizes, from a 1-cup to a 4-cup brewing capacity. At the top of the list for keeping things simple.
What We Love
- The pour-over manual brewing method lets you control every aspect of the process.
- Made from Arita-yaki, a traditional style of Japanese ceramic.
- Handmade by a local craftsperson in Japan.
- If accidentally dropped the coffee dripper will break.
SterlingPro Stainless Steel French Press
The French Press is the stepping stone for many moving away from push-button automated coffee makers over to manual brewing.
If pour-over coffee looks a bit complicated, the French Press should be your next port of call.
This full immersion style of coffee brewing is as easy as dumping in a few scoops of coarse ground coffee, pouring over some boiling water, and pushing down on a plunger.
The SterlingPro is one of the best French Press brewers on the market and has a loyal following. It has a modern, sleek design and double wall construction that aids in heat retention, a dual filter mesh plunger screen, and best of all, it is made from durable stainless steel – no pesky plastic anywhere!
Want a simple and easy-to-use plastic-free coffee maker that can brew a large amount of coffee? Take a look at the SterlingPro French Press.
What We Love
- Produces a full bodied rich tasting coffee.
- Stainless steel construction is rust resistant and dishwasher safe.
- Two screen filter system keeps coffee ground out of your cup.
- Can be challenging to take apart for thorough deep cleaning.
Chemex Glass Brewer
Glass is another material that’s completely free of BPA and other nasty chemicals. When I think of glass coffee brewers, the first thing that comes to mind is the classic Chemex.
The Chemex is another pour-over coffee brewer similar to the Hario V60; however, that is really where the similarities stop.
The Chemex uses oversized thick paper coffee filters (Made in the USA), and the pour-over technique requires a bit more skill to perfect a great-tasting cup of coffee.
But don’t let that deter you. If you enjoy coffee, the Chemex is a must-have brewer for your collection.
The body of the Chemex has been crafted from nonporous Borosilicate glass, which will not absorb odors or chemical residues and an elegant wood band with a leather tie wraps tightly around the center that screams elegance.
You can find various sizes and even a Chemex that has been made from hand-blown glass.
What We Love
- Made completely from durable Borosilicate glass.
- Full control over every brewing variable from start to finish.
- Fragile and will break if dropped or knocked.
- Original bonded Chemex filters can be expensive.
With BPA being linked to a wide range of illnesses and diseases from diabetes, cancer, asthma, obesity, and neurological development, among others, it’s wise to try and remove BPA from your everyday life.
If you’re navigating through the marketing hype that often accompanies coffee makers, it can be challenging to find the specific details you’re looking for, especially for chemicals and other components the manufacturer wants to bury in the fine print.
However, the list I have compiled above is a selection of some of the best BPA free coffee makers I could find. It’s by no means an extensive list, but it gives you an excellent place to start if you’re trying to rid BPA products from your life completely.
? Is It Safe To Use An Old Coffee Maker?
Generally speaking, most old coffee makers are safe to use as long as they have been made from stainless steel and are not lined with any aluminum.
If you have an old automatic coffee maker with plastic parts, it is probably a good idea not to use it. Apart from the plastic potentially containing BPA and other harmful chemicals, the pump and other elements hidden from view could be full of bacteria and mold, which could make you sick.
? What’s The Healthiest Coffee Maker?
The healthiest coffee maker is one that contains hardly any parts or motors.
Popular pour-over coffee brewers made from ceramic, glass, or even metal, such as the Hario V60, Chemex, or the Kalita Wave, are among the healthiest coffee brewers you will find.
? Is Plastic In Coffee Maker Safe?
You shouldn’t be afraid of plastic parts on your coffee maker; they are not all toxic. Almost all automated coffee makers will have some plastic components. Even if you can’t see any, the chances are that hidden inside plastic is everywhere, from computer circuits to latches and buttons.
However, most of the best coffee machines will state that those plastics do not come in contact with the brewing process (water, coffee grounds, and final brew).
Handles, buttons, and dials are good examples of plastics that might not necessarily be BPA-free. So a coffee maker can have some plastics and still be safe to use.
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Since the creation of the Bean Ground coffee blog in 2014, Mark and a small circle of coffee hobbyists have rigorously tested, reviewed, and researched coffee gear. In most cases, they have purchased the items themselves with the sole intention of rating and evaluating.
In that time, they have built up a list of quality points to look for and what makes specific equipment better than others. They cut through the noise and marketing hype that often surrounds products to give you their unbiased opinions so you can make clear decisions on your next purchase.