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In the world of drip coffee machines, there are two names to remember. The question becomes, in a match up between the Bonavita Coffee Maker vs. Technivorm, which one would come out on top? The answer is complex, and ultimately depends on what, exactly, you’re looking for in terms of a top tier drip coffee machine. We’ll unravel the mystery just below.
Technivorm Coffee Makers
Let’s start with the Technivorm Moccamaster.
For years, the Danish wonder has been the best in class, and the final word in drip-based machines. Its durable, rugged construction and simple design makes it virtually indestructible.
When you buy one, you can rely on the fact that it will provide years of reliable, hassle-free service. This is borne out by the fact that the company offers a staggering five-year warranty, which is unheard of in the industry. European styling and European built means attractiveness and durability. Always has.
The downside though, is the fact that you’ll pay a hefty premium for it. The machine retails at around three hundred dollars. For that price, you can actually buy a fairly good espresso machine. Not a super-automatic, by any means, but a nice, serviceable one, for sure.
On the flip side, there’s the American upstart, Bonavita.
The Americans hired a team of German engineers to create a “Technivorm Killer,” and it shares some of the same, European styling. In order to keep costs down, the company made the decision to have the machine manufactured in China, and that move did indeed succeed in allowing the company to offer their product at a significantly lower price than the Danish wonder. Literally half the price. You can pick up a Bonavita for around $150, as of the time of this writing.
Cost vs Quality
The main drawbacks that the Bonavita suffer from though, also stem from the decision to have the unit manufactured in China. The bottom line is that cheaper, lower quality components were used, and it shows.
While the unit will cost you significantly less, it also won’t last as long, and this is borne out by the fact that the Bonavita can only offer a two-year warranty on their product.
Many Technivorm owners have had their machines for ten years or more, and they’re still working as well today as they were on the day they were purchased!
Two conclusions right off the bat then, if you’re not willing to sacrifice on quality, then the Bonavita has nothing on the Technivorm, and the Danish machine is the one you want. On the other hand, if you’re on a budget, and are looking for a great, world-class coffee maker without having to spend an arm and a leg, the Bonavita is your clear winner.
The Brew (Taste and Process)
Now let’s talk about the heart and soul of the matter, the taste of the coffee that both models produce, and the details of the brewing process.
Here, the two machines are virtually identical. Both brew at about the same speed (a little over six minutes from start), and both use a brewing temperature that’s within just a couple degrees of each other. Taste-wise then, you can expect a consistently good cup of coffee from either machine, and a high quality brew.
The Bonavita gets a slight nod here, in the fact that the way the shower head is arranged. It gives the grounds a better overall saturation, which could, at least in theory, lead to a slightly better brew.
The Technivorm has a counter for this, however. Where the Bonavita’s grounds compartment is enclosed, the Danish machine’s is open, allowing you to stir the grounds as the water enters the chamber. If you don’t mind a bit of babysitting and a more hands on approach to your coffee, this will actually provide the slightly better cup of coffee.
On the other hand, if you prefer the convenience of hands-and-hassle-free brewing, the Bonavita gets a slight edge here. Note however, that the Bonavita’s design doesn’t lend itself to easy cleanup like the Technivorm does, so when it comes time to wash the various components to get them ready for next use, the Technivorm comes out on top.
There’s no doubt about it, you can’t go wrong with either machine, but also, it’s hard to name a clear cut winner between the two.
In the contest between the Bonavita vs Technivorm Coffee Makers, what it really comes down to is personal taste and preference.
If you have the money to spend, the Technivorm is a great investment, because of its sheer durability. Pay the premium and use it for years.
If you’re on a budget, and aren’t sure you’re willing to spend $300 on a top-tier drip-style machine, then the Bonavita will give you the flavor you’re looking for at a bargain price, while sacrificing the longevity of the machine.
Sources and Official Brand Websites
- Technivorm Moccamaster, Official Brand Website.
- Bonavita, Official Brand Website.
- What is it about coffee?, Harvard Health Publications.
- Coffee: Health Benefits, Nutritional Information, Medical News Today.
- It’s Healthy to Eat Coffee Beans? All You Need to Know, Little Coffee Place.