Bonavita BV 1900TS Review

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Bonavita BV 1900TS Review
Bottom Line

The 8-cup Bonavita BV 1900TS is getting a lot of positive buzz even though it hasn't been around long. It gets raves across the board -- for performance, perfect brewing temperatures, and very simple operation. There aren't a lot of programming features, but for those who put taste as a top priority, this is a great choice.

ProsEasy to use; clean, Coffee brews at ideal temperature, Thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for two hours, SCAA CertifiedConsCoffee too acidic for some, 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. One new feature on this Bonavita is an optional pre-infusion mode that wets freshly roasted ground coffee so it can degas 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 1900TS replaces the very popular BV 1800TH (which was our former Best Reviewed). The 1800TH was discontinued because the glass-lined thermal carafe was prone to breakage. 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

Simple and straightforward. 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). Some give that a thumbs up, however, saying it keeps the grounds out of the coffee better than other designs.

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.

Our Sources

1. TheSweetHome.com

The Best Coffee Maker, Cale Guthrie Weissman, June 10, 2015

The Bonavita 1900TS is the top pick in this roundup of the best coffee makers that includes extensive testing. Cale Guthrie Weissman says it's the best coffee maker for those who don't' have the time or patience to make pour-over coffee. It's also easy to use and brews quickly.

2. CNET

Bonavita BV 1900TS review: Superb coffee-making at an amazing price, 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.

3. TheVerge.com

The Best Coffee Maker You Can Buy, 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 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 have the same results.

4. Amazon.com

Bonavita BV1900TS 8 Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2015

5. PrimaCoffee.com

Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1900TS - 8 Cup Next-Gen Brewer with Thermal Carafe, Contributors to PrimaCoffee.com, As of September 2015

The Bonavita BV 1900TS earns an overall rating of about 4.4 stars out of 5 in nearly 40 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.