The 11 Best Coffee Stovetops of 2021
An alternative to coffee machines, espresso and drip coffee makers can be a good stovetop coffee maker. It is easy to use, and its cost is much lower. Unlike a pot, there is no need to constantly monitor the boiling water. Coffee brewed in such a coffee maker has a rich flavor and aroma, and there is no grounds in the cup. Manufacturers offer two types of stovetop coffee makers: for making the drink on the stove and electric, working from the mains.
What is a stovetop coffee maker, and how does it work?
The body of the coffee maker consists of a bottom and a top part, screwed on top of each other. The lower part acts as a reservoir for water, it is its volume that determines the number of cups that can be prepared in one go. After pouring water into the lower part, a coffee filter is inserted, in which the coffee is poured. Coffee filter is a structural part of the coffee maker, it is not replaceable. The upper part is screwed on top and the coffee maker is put on the fire or plugged in.
The principle of operation of the coffee maker is based on the natural pressure of steam. When the water comes to the boil, steam is produced which pushes the water upwards into the upper compartment. The water is saturated with coffee, passing through the coffee filter, and the upper part is filled with a ready aromatic drink.
Is a stovetop or a drip coffee maker better?
These are two different coffee makers that make different drinks. The drip one has a big jug, and you can only make an Americano. The stovetop makes an espresso. You can dilute the espresso with hot water to make an Americano.
The drip cup is good because you don't have to be careful. You don't have to be careful when pouring the coffee into a small filter. But this is a very dubious advantage.
How to choose a stovetop coffee maker
Buyers often wonder how to choose a good stovetop coffee maker. When buying one, you should first of all be guided by the type of stove. For induction stoves, the lower part of the device should be made of steel. For electric and gas stoves, any material will do, including aluminum. For gas stoves, it is not recommended to buy painted models, because under the influence of open flame, the paint can lose its commercial appearance.
Steel coffee makers are somewhat more expensive, they are easier to care for (you can wash them in dishwashers). Aluminum coffee makers offer a wider range of models, but they do not work with induction hobs and need to be cleaned by hand.
If you compare a stovetop electric and a drip coffee maker in the same price range, the former will produce less coffee, but the coffee is richer and more aromatic. The drip coffee makes more coffee.
Here it's simple, if you are going to drink coffee alone, then a coffee maker for 1-2 cups will do for you. If there are 3 coffee drinkers in the family, then choose a coffee maker for 4-9 servings.
Keep in mind that in US people don't often drink a small espresso for one sip. Therefore, if you have 2 coffee drinkers in the family, it is better to buy a coffee maker for 4 servings at least.
Overpay for the brand or get an inexpensive Chinese one?
When you buy a branded coffee maker, you get a quality product that makes espresso according to all the rules. Durability and reliability also depends on the price. It would seem that what is there to break? Inexpensive ones quickly crack the filter membrane, which is problematic to buy. All the threads, fasteners, valves are made much more reliable on a brand coffee machine.
The best manufacturers of stovetop coffee makers
You can highlight several time-tested manufacturers with a good reputation.
Bialetti is the undisputed leader with their legendary Moka Express and other, no less interesting models.
We have compiled a rating of the best stovetop coffee makers, based on expert opinion and customer feedback.
A classic of the genre from Bialetti. When people talk about a stovetop coffee maker, they always think of this model. In the sixties it was in almost every home.
This coffee maker has a classic and laconic design. The 120 ml tank can hold three cups of espresso or one or two cups of coffee and milk.
The same models are available in different colors: beige, black, green.
The Italian brand Bialetti used a new approach in making the bottom of their coffee maker. It is made of two layers of metal: the inner one is aluminum and the outer one is steel. This makes it possible to cook coffee on any type of stove, including induction stoves. Thicker walls allow for more even water heating.
Coffee machine has a stylish and sleek design, the upper part is painted black. Soft-touch coating is pleasant to the touch. The 150 ml tank has a capacity for 4 cups of delicious coffee.
Users as an advantage noted the long life of coffee filters (3 years), the possibility of their purchase and the quality of brewed coffee. Of the disadvantages we can highlight the appearance of condensation and splashing water on the stove during the brewing process.
Another Bialetti brand stovetop coffeemaker - the first among moka coffeemakers with built-in milk whipping function, which allows to make a cappuccino drink, as well as a latte (when the valve is open). Funny design resembles the color of a spotted alpine cow. Volume is enough for 2 cups of aromatic coffee. Made of aluminum, so it is not suitable for induction stoves.
The weak point of this coffee maker is the valve for making drinks with milk. It often fails and needs to be replaced. Replacement valves are commercially available, but their cost is almost 50% of the cost of the device itself. Buyers have noted the high quality of drinks, but it requires strictly following the recommendations in the manual.
The Bialetti Venus line of stovetop coffee makers is available in different volumes. We will focus on the device for making 6 cups with a 235 ml tank capacity. Made of stainless steel, it is suitable for all types of stoves. It is distinguished by its laconic design: the upper part is a flask without edges. Plastic element on the lid allows to hold it when pouring a drink into the cup.
The advantage is the design, the quality of the drink and ease of use. The disadvantage is that some customers say it leaks, but admit that it occurs because the top is not screwed on tightly.
Fiammetta models are characterized by bright and cheerful design. The wide color palette allows you to choose a coffee maker to match any kitchen design. It is made of aluminum and is suitable for all stoves except induction. Coffee maker has a capacity of 120 ml, for three standard cups of espresso. Compact size makes it easy to take on trips.
Beautiful small model with full functionality makes quality and delicious coffee. Users have also noted a good fit of parts and valve operation. Italian assembly ensures durability of this model. The disadvantages of many include a small volume, but this is a characteristic feature of this model.
Another flagship model on the market of stovetop coffee makers by the Italian manufacturer Bialetti. The peculiarity of this model is its own know-how - the "cream"-valve, which gives the espresso a dense and thick crema. The valve also affects the taste of the drink, it is less bitter, but stronger and more fragrant. Thickened walls of the top allows you to keep a high temperature of the drink at 70 degrees.
Of the disadvantages, buyers noted a high consumption of coffee, otherwise the drink is not as fragrant and tasty. It is also better to use freshly ground beans. This model is not suitable for induction stoves, and it has a small volume - only 2 cups.
Grosche coffee makers stand for Italian quality and austere design. Cast aluminum (not suitable for induction stoves) is used for production, which is then coated with Whitford non-stick coating. On the inner surface of the coating is applied in two layers, and one on the outer surface. Brewing coffee is even more convenient, because there is no sticking of the finished drink.
Due to the coating, coffee maker looks like a cast titanium model.
The pluses of the model include the appearance, the quality of the drink and a comfortable handle, which is not subject to heat. The disadvantages are the uncomfortable design of the spout, which leads to spilling of coffee when pouring the drink into the cup. Over time, scratches may appear on the non-stick coating.
The body of the coffee maker is made of stainless steel, so it is also suitable for induction stoves. The multi-layer bottom speeds up the heating time. The tank capacity is 160 ml (4 standard espresso cups). Ergonomic and modern design. Heat-resistant non-heating handle makes using the coffee maker even more comfortable.
Customers pointed out that this model should not be left on a hot stove for a long time, it may deform the bottom and become unsuitable for making coffee on an induction stove.
This model has a self-contained base and features an interesting design. Built-in auto shut-off function will not let the drink evaporate or "run away". The body is made of stainless steel. It is possible to adjust the number of cups by pouring water to different levels. Volume 0.35 liter.
This is probably one of the best models of electric geyser coffee makers. Users have noted the ease of cleaning, protection against overheating, low noise and quality of construction. The coffee is aromatic, rich and hot.
10. DELONGHI EMK6
The coffee maker is steel, made of heat-resistant plastic and aluminum. Adjustable volume allows you to make 3 or 6 cups of coffee. Wireless base with 360 degree rotation angle. Compact size is convenient for travel use. 0.3L capacity.
- Non-heating, ergonomic handle
- Removable steel filter
- Overheat and short circuit protection
- Pressure relief valve to relieve pressure
Users name the low weight of the device, ease of use and care, the availability of built-in timer switch-off as advantages. Another advantage is the low cost, compared, for example, with the previous model. Brewed coffee is aromatic and thick. The disadvantages include the flimsiness of the design because of the thin plastic.
This model has a built-in adapter for switching to 3 and 6 cups of coffee, overheat protection, nonheating handle and plastic body. The coffee filter is made of steel, which makes it more durable. This is an economy class model. The volume of 0.3 liters.
Users have noted as drawbacks a bitter taste of coffee due to its overheating, the lack of an auto-off function, lid looseness and "cheap" design. On the plus side, there is the low cost of this model. It is the most economical in the presented rating.
To prolong the life of the stovetop coffee maker and obtain the most pleasant results, we recommend strictly following the recommendations for the operation and preparation of coffee. If possible, use freshly ground coffee of medium grind. Fine grind can clog the coffee filter, while coarse grind does not give the desired concentration of the drink. Even if the manufacturer specifies the possibility of cleaning in a dishwasher, it is preferable to wash the moka coffee maker by hand.