Coffee Maker Review
The Bonavita BV1800 focuses on the finer details of coffee brewing. With an optimally hot brew temperature of 200-205˚ F and a dispersed brew head for even coffee ground saturation are just a couple of things this coffee maker gets right.
In fact, it is not so different from a traditional pour over when considering how it looks and functions. The filter basket has a similar design to that of a manual drip cone, and the hot water is distributed over the grounds evenly.
It comes in two versions: Thermal Carafe and Glass Carafe.
The BV1800 has the makings of a great coffee maker, but does it live up to its great expectations?
Let's find out.
Since the BV1800 was discontinued after newer models like the BV1900 were released, the price you'll see online may be higher than what it retailed for when it was first released.
Back in 2012, it retailed for around $150.
At the time, for its SCAA certification this was still a pretty good value. Today, that's a tougher argument, considering auto drip coffeemaker technology has improved significantly since then.
Coffee Maker Quality
The engineering behind the Bonavita 8-Cup was ahead of its time.
Today, in 2019, it is still a decently constructed auto drip, though certainly not the best out there.
Coffee is brewed at a sufficient temperature, with pretty even saturation through the multi-hole showerhead.
Originally certified by the SCAA, the coffee quality gets the nod of approval from most.
Ease of Use
With just an on and off switch, this coffee maker is a breeze to use. Although the reservoir is not removable...and you must remove the lid of the carafe before brewing.
Still, these are minor nuisances that don't make the BV1800 any bit more difficult to use.
The carafe is easy to get into and clean. The removable filter basket can also be removed easily for easy transport to your compost bin and sink, without the spills (the hole in the filter basket is intentionally higher).
Mixed reviews on durability over the years. I never personally had issues or malfunctions with my unit.
The stainless steel body and crystal clear water reservoir make this coffee maker pleasing to the eye. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into both the design and appearance.
At just under 6 minutes this is a quick brew. While you can find faster out there, this does fall within the SCAA range of 2-8 minutes.
Nothing fancy about this machine. It simply makes coffee, without too much automation. It has auto shut-off, but the lack of brew pause is quite a disappointment for many users.
There isn't much point in purchasing the older BV1800 model, since the BV1900 is frankly better (and currently available).
However, if you somehow come across the BV1800 for a good price, it can't hurt to give it a go. Just keep in mind the 2-year warranty may no longer be valid, so double-check with the manufacturer as always.
Coffee Maker Quality10.0/10
Ease of Use10.0/10
- Optimal and consistent brew temperature at 195-205˚ F (1400 watt heating element)
- Brew head distributes water evenly for full coffee grounds saturation
- Fast brew time at 5-7 minutes
- Available in thermal or glass carafe
- Certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America for home use
- No spill carafe
- Plastic components are BPA free
- 2 year warranty
- No programmability, no timer, no clock
- No pause and serve
- Have to hold carafe upside down to get the last drop of coffee out
- Glass liner of carafe has shattered on some reviewers