Bonavita BV1900TS Coffee Maker Review

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It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Well, maybe not. But being the coffee maker nerd that I am, this is a very exciting day for me.

In the past few months, the SCAA Certified list of home coffee brewers has practically doubled.

Why exactly?

Well, my hunch is that more and more consumers are looking for quality coffee makers, and as a result, coffee maker manufacturers are investing their time, money, and efforts into SCAA home brewer certification.

Bonavita isn’t new to this coveted coffee maker certification either. They already have one of the best selling coffee makers on the market: the BV1800.

In fact, the BV1800 was my go-to auto drip coffee maker for more than a year and a half, until the Brazen Plus came along and swept me off my feet.

But they recently released a new model, the Bonavita BV1900TS, and I had to see how it stacked up in comparison to the old model.

Comparison with the BV1800 (older model)

The Ratings

Can the BV1900 possibly beat the 1800 overall? Let’s find out.

Price

The BV1900 is available for a fair price given its quality. I bought it for $175 for 15% off at Sur La Table. However, considering it’s roughly the same cost as the Brazen Plus which packs in 10 times the amount of features, I don’t think this is the best value SCAA coffee maker of the bunch.

Score: 3.5

The Coffee Quality

Considering the fact that I liked the BV1900’s coffee better than the BV1800’s in 2 out of the 3 blind taste tests I conducted, I’m going to say this is just about as good as it gets.

Score: 5 stars

The Coffeemaker Quality

Aside from the carafe lid, filter basket, and water reservoir, this coffee maker is pretty much all stainless steel. Both SCAA certified and BPA free, the BV1900 gets the highest marks in terms of quality for an auto drip coffee maker.

Score: 5 stars

Ease of Use

It’s not difficult to use, unless you want to bloom your coffee with the optional pre-infusion setting. I found it to be completely not-obvious when the bloom was active. Even after the button flashed 5 times I still had no idea if the feature was enabled or not. If you watch the comparison video above you’ll see what I’m talking about.

I also hate how the red light on the “on” button is in the same spot your finger is while pressing the button. This basically sets you up for blocking the light while you’re pressing the switch, which essentially defeats the purpose of the light to begin with and only makes it even more difficult to know if the bloom feature is enabled or not.

Score: 4.5 stars

Cleaning Ease

Although I couldn’t figure out how to remove the shower head or the top of the coffee maker itself, it’s very easy to clean. And you don’t have to worry about any shattered glass in the BV1800 carafe (hey, this never happened to me, but others claim it has happened to them).

Score: 5 stars

Durability

I can’t predict how long it will last, but Bonavita has incredible customer service and their products are backed by strong warranties.

Here’s a story: when I reviewed the Bonavita variable temperature kettle, I mentioned that mine was developing rust. One of their staff reached out to me telling me that rust shouldn’t develop, and she sent me a new one right away.

I’d feel very confident that this coffee maker could last me a very long time, especially because of its simplicity.

Score: 5 stars

Appearance

Just as good-looking as the previous model, if not more so.

Score: 5 stars

Brew Speed

Just under 6 minutes, and ever-so-slightly faster than the BV1800. Again, not the fastest, but it meets SCAA standards…unlike the speedier Bunn models.

Score: 4.5 stars

Versatility

While it added the “bloom” feature, this is still a no frills kind of coffee maker

Score: 3.5 stars

Final Thoughts

I think the BV1900 makes better coffee than the BV1800 for a slightly higher price tag. Almost everything else is the same.

I do think the carafe is a pretty big improvement. All stainless steel with less dribble on the pour…always a good thing.

As far as SCAA Certified coffee makers go though, I’m sticking with the Brazen Plus. Not only do I think it makes the best coffee of those that I’ve tested, but it also packs the most features.

If keeping it simple is more of your deal, I’d definitely recommend the BV1900.

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  • Hey dude. I think you need to read the manual. The preinfusion button mode stays on until you turn it off by holding it again or unplugging the machine.

    • Thanks for your comment.

      I did read it pretty thoroughly and still don’t remember it stating anything about this. But Bonavita did reach out and clear things up for me. They wrote:

      “After holding for about five seconds, the light will blink once to deactivate, twice to activate. If the feature is activated, the light will blink throughout the brewing cycle, otherwise it will be solid. It should allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds before brewing.”

      As I said in my review on Amazon, I’m pretty certain this was not in the manual (at least not where they first mention the bloom setting), nor is it intuitive like it is with the Brazen Plus.

      Also, when you press the button it’s incredibly difficult to do so without blocking the blinking light to begin with…

      Just my opinion…I still think it’s a good coffee maker but it isn’t my first choice. This is one of the reasons.

  • Maybe this is the new manual but here is the wording:
    “Optional: Freshly roasted coffee has more CO2 brewing with freshly roasted coffee, or you would like to pre-infuse the coffee, press and hold the power switch for 5 seconds. At that point the power switch light will flash indicating that you’ve enabled the pre-infusion mode. Press and release the power switch a second time to begin brewing. You can disable the pre-infusion mode by pressing the power switch until the light blinks (5 sec.). The brewer will remain in this mode until the mode is turned off or the brewer is unplugged.”

    • Thanks for this.

      Yeah, mine said the same thing. What bothered me is that the manual said nothing about the one blink (deactivated bloom) vs. two blinks (activated). Similarly, it mentioned nothing about the blink throughout the brew cycle indicating that it was on.

      My main gripe wasn’t about whether it could be turned on or off…it was that I had no idea when it was on or off.

      Glad it’s cleared up though. Hope they update the instruction manual!

  • Yes, I did not mean to appear to be so abrupt. I just got it and yes what about the blinking throughout the cycle. I think there must be some disconnect between their technical writers and the design team. You would think that when you create that type of documentation the you wouldn’t miss the only distinguishing feature on the machine!

    • Not abrupt at all – no worries.

      I agree. Pretty ironic if you ask me…but at least it’s just the manual and not the actual coffee maker.

      I would love to hear about your results for the blind taste test! Feel free to shoot me an email or drop it here in the comments 🙂

  • Incidently, I also have the Bunn BT Velocity and I am going to perform a taste test tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.

  • Hi Benji,

    While searching for the coffee maker that makes the best tasting coffee, I came across your review of the Bonavita. After reading the review I decided to get the Brazen Plus. I was so excited when brewing my first cup and was confused when I got a super weak flavorless cup of coffee. I bought fresh coffee beans from my favorite coffee shop, I used bottled water, I set a longer brewing time, my elevation where I live is only 72 feet but I set it anyway. I measured the correct amount of coffee per cup. Im not using a paper coffee filter. My super old cheap coffee machine didn’t make good coffee but it was making better coffee than this. I MUST be doing something wrong surely? I like strong, good quality coffee. I tried to up the recommended amount of coffee per cup, but then I too much coffee and the taste becomes your typical bitter ‘too much coffee versus water’ taste. I have been experimenting for 5 days but I have not been able to figure out how to make this great tasting coffee!! If you have any tips or insight as to what I might be doing wrong I would love to hear from you.

    Desperate for a good cup of coffee.

    • Hey Clair,

      Sorry you’re having trouble – definitely frustrating.

      What kind of grinder are you using? Anything else that has changed in your coffee making ritual aside from the coffee maker itself? Are you using the same filters are you were previously using? Also, how many cups are you making and what’s your water:coffee ratio (if you know)?

  • I think it makes good coffee with the right grind etc. but the carafe is very poor quality and design.

    First it hold almost 2 liters of liquid and the machine only brews 1.3 liters of coffee. That leaves too much air in the carafe and the carafe does not hold the temperature of the coffee. It does no good to brew the coffee at the prefect temp if the second and third cups are luke warm.

  • Could you please comment on the distinct taste differences between using glass and stainless steel? Thank you! ☕️

    • Really shouldn’t be any. Stainless steel will keep your coffee hotter longer, that’s really where the difference ends. At least with my tastebuds.

  • This is a coffee maker that makes a great cup of coffee. BUT, customer service after stinks. Mine stopped working after 4 months so I called customer service, got a recording informing me to fill out their online form completely and then mail it in. After they received it, then they would call. Right!!! I took it apart, the assemblers had not put a solderless wire connector on and it blew an in-line fuse. I fixed it and it’s brewing good coffee again. So, if it stops working, you’re on your own, baby.

  • Horrible coffee maker. Coffee get cold in thermal carafe. It just up and quit during a brewing cycle and no longer works. Submiited a claim to Bonavita and all I got was an acknowledgement and they said within 5 days they would email me..NOTHING! Amazon has stepped up and will refund my money. Worst product I have ever owned. Bought a $17 Mr Coffee from Walmart to get me through what i thought would be a transition period. This little ncheapo coffee maker is every bit as good as the Bonavita. I never did notice anything spectacular about the coffee in an expensive coffee maker…I just want my two cups in the morning. When it said in their email it would take up to 5 days that told me they must be overwhelmed with product returns. I have called Black & Decker for defective products and one in particular they replaced 3 times and usually had a replacement overnight or the 2nd day. That is customer service. You can’t even speak to anyone at Bonavita…what does that tell you?

  • This coffee maker is terrible! A beautiful machine, yes. But, sadly… the coffee it brews tastes exactly like those horrid Kurig machines that are now everywhere. Absolutely the weakest, most flavorless coffee I have ever tasted. YUCK!!!!!!!

    What a total WASTE of my time and money. Several hours by the time I take it back for a refund.

    The coffee beans I use are second to none and the grind perfect for a drip, quite fins actually. And I use one scoop PER CUP! No way is this not ENOUGH? Coffee? NO. BS. 8 scoops for 8 cups. This should taste TOO strong actually for any kind of real extraction. Why should I have to use 1.5 times a heavy amount anyway? And I don’t think it will improve the flavor. This thing is useless. How anyone who knows what a good brew tastes like could EVER give this thing a good review, I have NO clue.

    I bought this, after considerable thought and research, to replace my old Krups Crystal Aroma, quite possible the best basic drip maker EVER created. But, after ONE TASTE of what this piece of garbage makes, I would rather wait 50 minutes for my old failing Krups to make my pot each morning so that I can at least get a decent tasting and flavorful cup of coffee, than to EVER have to taste another drop of what this thing makes.

    I am returning it, or throwing it in the trash. I don’t really care either way as long as IT IS GONE from my sky.

    I’ll order the Krups MOKA. It costs a lot, but at least I know THAT will probably make decent coffee worth drinking.

    This thing is an insult.

  • The brewer makes great coffee with stable temperature control for brewing.

    However, I STRONGLY recommend potential buyers to shop elsewhere, for a different product. Within a couple of years, the water reservoir developed 1 to 2-inch cracks on the carafe side of the tank. This is obviously a manufacture defect/design flaw. The manufacturer would not replace the brewer, as it was a few days past warranty.
    I offered to install the replacement part myself, if they would ship to me; it was very obvious that this was not a user damaged product. They indicated there are no user serviceable parts. They offered to replace the brewer portion at “wholesale” cost, which coincidentally was just a few dollars less than the entire brewer on this site ($82.50), with carafe. I declined, and requested they replace the brewer at no cost, if they are unable to provide parts, but they refused.
    If you have money to burn, and are willing to buy a $150 disposable coffee pot every year or two, this is a great brewer. If you’re looking for a product you can depend on, look elsewhere.
    I’ve gone from a fan-boy to an active proponent of avoiding this product in a few days, based upon their customer support. I encourage anyone considering the Bonavita products to be aware of their lack of customer support, and the short-term durability of the brewers. They are not worth the money they cost, if you have to replace them frequently. You could buy five brewers that would last 10 times longer for the same price. Think hard before purchasing this one. I have a hard-time believing the awards, based on the durability – the reviewers must have had a “new” unit.

  • This machine switch is defected. I now have to turn it on 20 or so times to get 2 cups of coffee. I wrote to the company they said that the switch was not working due to mineral scale. Have you ever heard of such a think? They suggest cleaning with products that I was not able to locate in any store. Last one I will own.

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