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Aerobie AeroPress Review

The AeroPress was our top scorer for taste and we loved its durability, ease of use, and versatility.
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Price:  $30 List | $29.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Amazing flavor, versatile, very portable, simple cleanup
Cons:  A lot of little pieces to keep track of, on the heavy side for backpacking
Manufacturer:   Aeropress, Inc.
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  May 30, 2018
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Our Verdict

The Aerobie AeroPress produced the best tasting coffee in our review. If you're the type of coffee drinker that loves to dial in a perfectly crafted cup whether at home or on the road, this brewer is a must-have. The AeroPress was the distinct winner of all our taste tests, and in the running for an Editors' Choice award. Ultimately, it didn't score high enough for that because it's on the heavier side and has multiple pieces to keep track of. It also has more of a learning curve, though once you learn the ropes, you'll be brewing up a perfect cup every time. With its unique plunger, the AeroPress makes brewing fun and delicious, so we awarded it a Top Pick for Gourmet Taste.

If you would rather have a more simplified brewing process but don't want to sacrifice taste, our Editor's Choice winner, the Hario V60 is highly recommended. We also love the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over for a plastic and paper-free alternative.


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Pros Amazing flavor, versatile, very portable, simple cleanupGourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, great taste, stylishLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingPacks down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vessels
Cons A lot of little pieces to keep track of, on the heavy side for backpackingSpecial shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsExpensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulkyCan collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom hole
Bottom Line The AeroPress was our top scorer for taste and we loved its durability, ease of use, and versatility.The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.This collapsible stainless steel dripper is a bit on the heavy side but it folds down flat for easy travel and brews a nice cup.
Rating Categories Aerobie AeroPress Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Paperless Pour Over Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over Collapsible Coffee Drip
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Specs Aerobie AeroPress Hario V60 Plastic... Paperless Pour Over Melitta 1-Cup... Collapsible Coffee...
Weight press alone: 7.98 oz, press + spoon + stirrer: 9.39 oz. dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 3.3 oz 2.01 oz 4.8 oz
Brew Type Pour Over/Press Hybrid Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over Pour Over
Main Material BPA free co-polyester Hard plastic Stainless steel Hard plastic Stainless steel
Filter needed? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Notable Features Easy to clean, re-usable filter Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side No filter pour over Can see cup without lifting dripper Collasible cone filter
Notes Eliminates bitterness while keeping a good flavor Makes strong, smooth coffee Requires some water to clean between uses Doesn't brew as well as the Hario dripper Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Aerobie AeroPress is a versatile brewer that, depending on how you use it, can offer body and richness like a French press or more clean clarity like a pour-over. It's durable and easy to clean, making it a fantastic option for road trips, camping, and traveling — though you may just love it enough to start using it as your homebrewer too.

Performance Comparison


The AeroPress is durable  easy to clean  and delivers the best flavor of all our coffee makers.
The AeroPress is durable, easy to clean, and delivers the best flavor of all our coffee makers.

Brew Features


The AeroPress is a unique coffee maker that facilitates total immersion and even, rapid filtering. Depending on your mood you can alter your brewing style to achieve a stronger richer cup or a cleaner brighter one (more info and resources on this below). Say goodbye to bitterness and muddiness and hello to a delicious brew, time after time. Whether you're new to craft coffee or an experienced veteran, the AeroPress is worth exploring.

The AeroPress loaded and ready for brewing.
The AeroPress loaded and ready for brewing.

Taste


Properly brewed coffee from the AeroPress has no bitterness and an extremely clean, rich taste. In our taste tests, this device easily outperformed all the others when used correctly.


The AeroPress has captured the heart of novices and professionals alike, to the point that there are now national competitions. The brewing process is delicate but forgiving and provides enough versatility to really tweak the final flavor and consistency. Check out this fantastic article for tips on how to properly use your AeroPress and how to dial in those different flavor profiles.

The Aeropress is versatile and fun to use - and delivers an amazing cup of coffee.
The Aeropress is versatile and fun to use - and delivers an amazing cup of coffee.

Ease of Use


The AeroPress involves a more elaborate process than many other coffee makers, though once you have it figured out it's quite straightforward.


There are many ways to use this device, as outlined in the article referenced above, and detailed information comes with your purchase or can be found on the Aerobie website. It can be used in both an upright and inverted manner and is able to produce everything from a clean full cup to a smaller, stronger brew resembling espresso. Lots of options, all delicious.

Check out this fun and informative video from Stumptown for tips on how to get brewing properly, no matter where you are.

Linda Long pushing water through the AeroPress on a cool morning in the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.
Linda Long pushing water through the AeroPress on a cool morning in the Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley.

Group Cooking


This isn't really the brewer for larger groups, though you can serve 1-3 people fairly efficiently.


Because the AeroPress is so easy to clean (just push the plunger and pop the puck out), turn around time from cup to cup is pretty fast. And, if you make a very strong brew more like espresso, then your group can split the coffee from one pressing and add water or milk for an Americano or latte-style beverage.

The AeroPress being put to use on a car-camping morning.
The AeroPress being put to use on a car-camping morning.

Portability


This brewer isn't large or heavy, so it's definitely portable. However, it is made up of multiple pieces that you will need to keep track of.


To make it easy to keep everything together, the Press comes with a bag to keep all of the pieces in. You may also find that you don't need the funnel, scoop, or large stirrer and, if you happen to have a reusable stainless steel filter, you won't need the stack of paper ones either.

Everything that comes with your Aeropress purchase. Once you figure out your process you'll realize that you don't need all these pieces - though they can definitely come in handy.
Everything that comes with your Aeropress purchase. Once you figure out your process you'll realize that you don't need all these pieces - though they can definitely come in handy.

Weight


The AeroPress by itself weighs 7.98 ounces, which isn't exactly lightweight. If you include just a few extras, like the spoon and stirrer, then it weighs 9.39 ounces. This would not be the ideal choice for a backpacker who is counting every ounce. But for a car-camper who wants a gourmet morning, this is perfect.


Along with everything else  you'll need to make sure you bring a cup with a wide enough mouth to allow the Aeropress to nest inside - otherwise  you won't be able to properly press your brew.
Along with everything else, you'll need to make sure you bring a cup with a wide enough mouth to allow the Aeropress to nest inside - otherwise, you won't be able to properly press your brew.

Value


The Aeropress is a bit of an investment, but nothing outrageous. There are certainly cheaper options, but this unique device is versatile, highly durable, and produces one of the most flavorful cups available. It does require a filter, but your initial purchase comes with a package of 350, enough to keep you going for a long time before having to re-purchase. At that juncture, you can buy a reusable cotton stainless steel filter if you'd like to ditch the paper, though many people prefer the flavor of the final brew from the paper version. Your purchase of the Aeropress will also include a funnel for easy filling, stirrer, and scoop. When you consider all of that, the price is actually kind of a bargain.

Conclusion


This press is so wonderful that several of our reviewers use it for making coffee every day at home. It also works superbly for car-camping or traveling, but is probably not ideal for backpackers as it is on the heavier/bulkier side. While the AeroPress is pricier than many other options in our review, we love how versatile, durable, and easy to clean it is, and the taste just can't be beaten.

You can brew with the Aeropress in many different ways - here it's being brewed in the inverted style often preferred by coffee professionals.
You can brew with the Aeropress in many different ways - here it's being brewed in the inverted style often preferred by coffee professionals.

If you'd like to learn about brewing in the inverted style preferred by many coffee pros, check out this informative tutorial.


Penney Garrett