Review Of Bonavita Coffee Maker BV1900 & BV1800 Series

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The automatic drip coffee maker is an everyday kitchen standard for good reason. Almost every coffee-drinker, from novice to expert, can benefit from having a device like this in the home. This is true even if your tastes have evolved to more complex brewing methods like pour-overs and press pots.

Never fear, Bonavita is here to satisfy those traditional needs with their line of straightforward and simple machines. These workhorse coffee makers boast professional-grade internal mechanisms. We take a look through their best models and compare their features so you can make a fully informed choice. 

Read on to learn more about what this brand has to offer, plus find answers to your frequently asked questions when it comes to Bonavita coffee makers. 


While this product may not be their newest addition or their most feature-rich, we like how simple and easy it is to use. There are only a few short steps between you and a hot cup of fresh brew.

The brand's signature showerhead-style dispenser allows for uniform saturation of the grounds beneath, which is necessary for proper extraction.

The internal heating mechanism is the real measure of the value in a Bonavita drip coffee maker as it's specifically calibrated to keep the temperature in the upper ranges of the industry standard, which we go over later on in our answers to frequently asked questions.

The thermal carafe keeps coffee piping hot without overheating it, which is an added bonus to the overall benefits of a machine like this. If you're looking for a programmable model, take a look through our reviews of other Bonavita machines down below. 


How They Compare

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Model
Features
our choice for bonavita drip coffee makers
BV1800SS 8-Cup
Filter Type: Cone 
Carafe Style: Thermal 
Dimensions: 10.75 x 6.25 x 12.25 inches 
BV BV1900TS coffee brewer
BV1900TS 8-Cup
Filter Type: Flat-bottom 
Carafe Style: Thermal 
Dimensions:
12.4 x 6.8 x 12.2
inches 
BV1500TS drip coffee machine
BV1500TS 5-Cup
Filter Type: Cone
Carafe Style: Thermal 
Dimensions:
12.3 x 6.2 x 10.6
inches 
Connoisseur BV1901TS
Connoisseur BV1901TS 8-Cup
Filter Type:‚Äč Flat-bottom
Carafe Style: Thermal 
Dimensions:
12.4 x 6.8 x 12.2
inches 

How They Perform 

There may be only minor differences between each model, but they can matter to the discerning aficionado. After we break down how each drip coffee maker performs, we'll go over how to clean these devices to keep them in optimal shape.

Budget Pick: Bonavita 8-Cup BV1900TS

Save some money and still make an excellent cup of coffee with this model.

The lower price tag indicates slightly more affordable build materials with the same manufacturing standards that keep the brand's name in the top choice lists.
PROS
  • Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association 
  • The pre-infusion mode is optional but effective 
  • Consistent results
CONS
  • The reservoir is not detachable 
  • Top vents create condensation when stored beneath low cabinets 
  • No programmable display 

Bonavita 5-Cup BV1500TS Coffee Brewer

Even though the larger capacity brewers can manage smaller batches with the right amount of water and grounds, they may not produce the kind of consistent results a device like this one is capable of doing.

If you know you're more likely to need a smaller volume of coffee regularly, this is a great option. 
PROS
  • Compact size for smaller countertops 
  • Calibrated for small batch brews 
  • Great fit for office or travel 
CONS
  • The 1100-watt heater is less powerful than other models 
  • Carafe does not pour servings neatly