The Planetary Designs French Press is a well-made insulated press perfect for those mornings when you need to caffeinate more than just yourself. Available in both 32 and 48-ounces, this press offers a patented dual-filter that completely stops extraction once pressed. The days of mucky sludge at the bottom of your cup are gone for good.
Welcome to your new French press: durable, insulated, and able to produce a clean sludge-free cup.
Brewing with this press is as straightforward as any other: add coffee, add water, stir, add more water, cap, wait, press. Voila! Plunging the filter on this device takes a wee bit more muscle because of the tight seal it creates, but it's worth it knowing that, once pressed, extraction stops, and no particles or sludge will sneak back into your cup. The Planetary Designs press also has a nice wide mouth, so getting in there to clean is easier than a tall skinny design.
The patented Bru-Stop filter on this press does a stellar job of keeping your spent grounds separate from your cup.
We like brewing a French press with a medium grind instead of coarse and a shorter brew time. Add water to fill the press about 1/3 of the way, wait 30 seconds to 1 minute, stir, add water to the top, cap, and press at 4-5 minutes — fast, easy, delicious. We used 48 grams of ground coffee in this 32-ounce press and loved the result.
With a dual-filter that presses away everything that shouldn't be in your final cup and an insulated body to keep everything toasty warm, it's no wonder the Planetary Designs French Press scored well in this metric.
Historically, coffee snobs and professionals have looked down upon the humble French press because, unless you pour everything out when brewing is complete, your coffee will continue to brew and become over-extracted and bitter. On top of that, the final pour is always thick with unsavory sludge and particulates. But you don't have to settle for that old story anymore, those days are long gone. If you love French press coffee for its ease of brewing and its well-balanced flavor, treat yourself to an expertly designed one from Planetary Designs.
Starting the day off right with a delicious brew from the well-sized Planetary Designs press. We can share and still have enough to feel decently caffeinated.
Ease of Use
It doesn't get a whole lot easier than a French press. Add coffee, add water, wait, press. It's also a forgiving way of brewing in regards to brew ratios: depending on your grind size, you can steep for a longer or shorter amount of time to achieve your preferred strength. We also like how the Planetary Designs press has a rubberized base so that it doesn't slip and slide around, even if you're in the back of a moving RV or van.
While you do need more water to clean one of these than you do with a paper-filtered option, the wide mouth on this press makes dumping everything out and rinsing even easier. Be sure to clean the dual filter on this baby often and thoroughly to keep it in tip-top shape. However, if you find you find a new part at some point, you're in luck: Planetary Designs offers replacement parts for all their products.
If you want easy brewing for your sleepy mornings, a French press is an excellent option.
This press is our Top Pick for Large Groups! It's 32 ounces (enough for 2-4 people to at least get started) and Planetary Designs also offers it in a 48-ounce size. Brewing takes just 4-5 minutes so you can churn out the coffee back to back easily and quickly.
Not only is this a sizeable press, it's also insulated. So you can make extra to ensure everyone has enough with no worries that it will get cold. The patented Bru-Stop dual filter will also ensure that, even as your coffee sits, it won't get muddy or sludgy.
Everything we needed to caffeinate our whole testing crew over and over again.
If you're backpacking this is obviously not a portable option. However, if you're in a vehicle of any kind and setting up camp nearby, this is a great choice, especially if you're with a group.
This is a large press with a burly handle that sticks out, so it will absolutely take up some real estate in your camp kitchen. However, if you want to brew coffee for several people at once, this is comparable or smaller than anything else of similar capacity. It also doesn't have any tiny parts that might be easy to lose or anything fragile to worry about damaging — it's rugged and durable, perfect for the great outdoors.
This is a highly portable option depending on what style of camping you are doing.
The 32-ounce Planetary Designs press weighs 1 pound 14.8 ounces. Not light if you're counting ounces, but perfectly reasonable for car camping or van/RV life.
Delicious fresh ground coffee ready for its boiling water bath.
French presses aren't usually super cheap and this one is no exception. However, it's insulated, makes a lot at once, and offers a plunger that fully separates the grounds from your brew and completely stops extraction. It's also durable and doesn't require the additional expense of filters. If you like French press coffee, this is a worthy one to invest in for the long haul.
Whether you're chilling at home for the weekend or heading out into nature, if you want to be able to make coffee for more than just yourself and one other person, this French press is a fantastic option. Durable, insulated, and easy to use, it's hard to go wrong with the Planetary Designs French Press. It's patented dual filter removes all the pesky sludge of a typical press and, once pressed, it stops extraction completely. We tested a 32-ounce press, but it's also available in a 48-ounce size if your crew is even bigger. We genuinely enjoyed every cup from this excellent press and do not doubt that you will too.
This press is durable, well-made, and produces a really nice cup of coffee. Highly recommended for those days when you two cups just won't cut it or you're with friends. Or both!