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Bonavita BV 1900TS

Coffee freaks and geeks agree: the best coffee makers are those that use "showerhead" technology, and among those the Bonavita BV 1900TS is a top choice for both price and performance. Experts say it makes a superior pot of coffee quickly and consistently -- taking about seven minutes to brew a full, 8-cup pot. It brews coffee at the ideal temperature range and then keeps it hot for hours in the thermal carafe.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Coffee brews at ideal temperature
  • Thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for two hours
  • SCAA Certified

Cons

  • Awkward carafe design
  • Not programmable

Breaking it down

Performance

Stays in the heat sweet spot. The Bonavita BV 1900TS is a top pick of several experts, who say it spends most of its brew cycle in the ideal temperature range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. It's certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), and is one of the least expensive coffee makers to achieve that distinction. Unlike most "drip" coffee machines, which just drip a single stream of water through the filter, the BV 1900TS "showers" the grounds, then keeps them saturated for the optimal number of minutes to extract the most flavor, but is still a relatively fast performer -- finishing its job in about six or seven minutes. The thermal carafe keeps the coffee hot for about 2 hours.

Features

What you see is what you get. You won't find many bells and whistles on the Bonavita BV 1900TS. Like other coffee makers in the Bonavita line, it has just a simple on/off switch and a plug. However, one much-touted feature on this Bonavita is an optional pre-infusion mode that wets freshly roasted ground coffee so it can de-gas before the brewing process begins. However, most owners say they can't tell the difference between coffee that's been pre-infused and coffee that just goes through the regular brewing cycle. Others also note that the pre-infusion setting can be confusing to figure out. The carafe on the BV1900TS is fully stainless steel, and experts say this coffee maker produces results that are as good as its much pricier competitors.

Ease of use

Carafe design isn't the best. Most reviewers appreciate the simplicity of the Bonavita BV 1900TS, saying it could not be easier to use -- just prepare your coffee and turn the pot on. A few note that they particularly like the water reservoir, which is not only easy to fill, but also to read the water markings and spot where the water level is. One small quibble some reviewers have is that you have to remove the filter before you can pour from the carafe (because it sits directly on it) and replace it with a pouring lid. Others say the carafe leaks when you have the lid on it, and can't understand why there is nowhere to store the lid when not in use. It's also not the easiest carafe to clean, owners note.

Appearance

A smaller footprint. Compared to some other showerhead-type coffee makers, the small size of the Bonavita BV 1900TS make it ideal for situations where counter space is at a premium, or in kitchens with low-hanging cabinets. Of course the tradeoff for that is a relatively small eight-cup capacity (and that is based on rather small, 5-ounce cups) and few special features to speak of. The latter doesn't draw many complaints, but the former does. Those who frequently entertain are especially miffed that a 10-cup or larger version isn't offered. Even couples who consume lots of coffee in the morning report bumping up against this coffee machine's capacity -- though others say it's an ideal size for a single person or a less-caffeine-addicted couple. It's made from stainless steel with black accents.

Specs

  • Type: Thermal coffee maker
  • Capacity: 8 cups
  • Programmable: No
  • Pause and brew: No
  • Automatic shut-off: Yes, 2 hours
  • Filter type: Paper
  • Warranty: 2 years

Sources

Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, January 2016

Cook's Illustrated tests eight automatic drip coffee makers, rating each on its design, carafe and brew flavors. Two are Highly Recommended, with one also being named a Best Buy, one is Recommended and five are Not Recommended.

Cale Guthrie Weissman, Feb. 8 2016

The Bonavita 1900TS falls from the top spot here, in spite of winning in the taste test. It's replaced by the pricier OXO On, which gets better marks for ease of use. Still, Cale Guthrie Weissman says the Bonavita is the coffee maker for you if taste is your top priority.

3. CNET
Brian Bennett, Oct. 15, 2014

Brian Bennett gives the Bonavita 1900TS a thorough review, grading it on performance, usability and maintenance, design and features. Ultimately, the Bonavita earns an 8.6 out of 10 and an editor's choice award. He notes that it brews quickly and at an optimal temperature. For the great performance, he notes, it's a great value compared to other high-end coffee makers. Bennett also calls the Bonavita 1900TS "our favorite drip coffee maker" in the best coffee maker roundup of 2016 elsewhere on this site.

Danny Chadwick, Oct. 17, 2016

The Bonavita 1900 TS is the second of ten coffee makers in this top ten roundup, earning a silver award. Testers found that it makes a "fast cup of delicious coffee." They also note that it's not a coffee maker for those who like a lot of bells and whistles.

Michael Zelenko, June 18, 2015

The Bonavita thermal coffee maker is the winner in this roundup of the best coffee makers you can buy. Michael Zelenko says that operation of the Bonavita is simple and it takes less than seven minutes to brew an 8-cup pot. He and the other testers found that the coffee brewed in the Bonavita is comparable to that of a manual pour-over method and yet also comparable to much pricier machines that attempt to produce the same results.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of November 2016

In nearly 1,070 reviews, the Bonavita BV 1900TS earns a score of 4 stars out of 5. Most owners seem to love the Bonavita, saying the coffee is hot and tasty and it's simple to use. Complaints are varied, although many say the carafe leaks and the design is awkward; or that it's so big the coffee doesn't stay hot long enough.

Contributors to PrimaCoffee.com, As of November 2016

The Bonavita BV 1900TS earns an overall rating of about 4.4 stars out of 5 in nearly 120 reviews. Owners say it performs comparably to more expensive coffee makers and brews very high-quality coffee. They also like the low-profile of the unit, and its clean lines.

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