The Bodum Bistro offers artisan-quality brew to the convenience-seeking masses with a shower-head top that sprays the water slowly and evenly. The coffee seeps through a stainless-steel mesh filter and into a 40-ounce carafe that’s double walled for insulation. (Aficionados say hot plates add bitterness.)
In our blind taste tests, the benefits were fairly modest: The Bistro beat traditional drip makers for light- and medium-roast coffees, but we couldn’t tell the difference with dark roasts.
WIRED Minimalist design. Faster than most drip makers. Carafe stays cool to the touch.
TIRED No timer. Nearly 16 inches tall — a tight fit under kitchen cabinets. Better than traditional drip, but not two Benjamins better.