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Technivorm vs. Bonavita: Who’s the Winner?

Quick Summary: Technivorm Moccamaster vs. Bonavita BV1900TS

Comparison Metric Winner
Features Technivorm Moccamaster
Build Quality Bonavita BV1900TS
Price Bonavita BV1900TS
Aesthetics Tie
Overall Winner Bonavita BV1900TS

 

In this Technivorm vs. Bonavita battle, we place the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer versus the Bonavita BV1900TS. Even if you’re not in the market for a new drip coffee maker right now, with all likelihood you either know someone who is, or you will be again sometime in the future. Why not consider what features currently exist in some of the best ones out there? The Technivorm Moccamaster and the Bonavita BV1900TS are both high quality, high-end drip coffee makers that have a lot to offer. Their prices differ, however, and so do their features. So when it comes to the Technivorm vs. Bonavita competition, it’s best grab a steaming cup of coffee and take a quick glance at these two drip coffee makers. Are you more into overall design, or do the features matter more for you? Does a smaller size matter, or is that inconsequential to your drip coffee maker preference? How much do brew temperature and carafe style matter to you? All of these questions, and more, are answered in this Moccamaster vs. Bonavita match up.

Features: Technivorm vs. Bonavita

As far the the Moccamaster vs. Bonavita competition goes, the most important area to look at are the overall features. Neither of these machines has programmable settings or controls. This immediately places them on even footing, as neither device can make the claim to being more versatile on that end. Instead, Both Technivorm and Bonavita keep it simple, using only an on/off button to start the brewing process. The Technivorm, however, does have an extra hot plate switch. This can be used to turn the hot plate to either a high or low temperature setting. The Bonavita lacks this option, meaning that one point goes to the Technivorm.

Meanwhile, the Bonavita has a pre-infusion feature that allows for ground coffee to soak and bloom before the brewing process begins. This optional feature gives the Bonavita a feature that the Technivorm device does not have, giving it a slight edge in the competition. While you can certainly do your own presoaking with the Technivorm, it has no built-in feature for this. Why is blooming important? When coffee is roasted, it begins to trap carbon dioxide gasses. When it is ground, it releases those gases (known as degassing). This degassing process increases dramatically when the ground beans come in contact with water, and especially with hot water. In most cases, we would shy away from carbon dioxide. In this case, the release of the gas also releases flavor from the beans. So, allowing the coffee to bloom for a minute or two positively impacts the flavor. That the Bonavita provides a pre-infusion feature for blooming places one point squarely in its corner.

Although it doesn’t have a handy pre-infusion feature, the Technivorm Moccamaster has one key feature that the Bonavita does not: a destratification tube in the carafe. Destratification is the process in which heat air is mixed in order to achieve an equalization of temperature within an area. Because the temperature of coffee is important, having a uniform temperature in the brew is important, especially once the hot plate turns off. That Technivorm includes this simple yet important feature in their coffee maker pushes a point right in their direction.

Both of the devices have an auto shut-off feature. While the Bonavita does not have a specified amount of time for its auto shut-off, the device has no hot plate to keep the coffee warm once it is brewed. Meanwhile, the Technivorm Moccamaster has a 120 minute auto shut-off feature that will keep the coffee warm using the hot plate. Although the Bonavita does have a metal, thermal carafe that will help keep the coffee warm, it will not keep the coffee as hot as long as the Technivorm device. This adds one more point to the Technivorm side.

While the two devices are rated for different amounts of overall brew amount, they ultimately brew 40 ounces each.Technivorm considers a cup 4 ounces, while Bonavita considers it to be 5 ounces. Therefore, while Technivorm advertises 10 cups of maximum brew and Bonavita claims 8 cups, they produce the same maximum amount of coffee. This places one point squarely into each side’s corner.

Finally, and importantly, the Technivorm has an automatic drip-stop feature. This means that even during the brewing process, you will be able to snag a cup of coffee and replace the carafe to allow the brewing process to continue. Unfortunately for Bonavita, this feature does not exist. You’ll have to wait for your coffee to finish brewing in order to enjoy the first sip. Although that’s only a 5-6 minute wait, it can certainly feel like a long time in the morning. That gives one more point for Technivorm.As far as features go, in the Bonavita Coffee Maker vs. Technivorm matchup, the clear winner is the Technivorm Moccamaster.

Winner: Technivorm Moccamaster

 


Build Quality: Technivorm vs. Bonavita

Both the Technivorm and the Bonavita are made of fairly tough stuff. The Technivorm Moccamaster, however, uses a more expensive aluminum housing, which, while making it a better quality metal, unfortunately makes it more expensive. The Bonavita drip coffee maker instead goes for a cheaper steel construction. The differences between these two metals are distinct. Both offer strength, although aluminum is a more malleable metal. Aluminum is also completely corrosion free and will not rust. Steel, meanwhile, can be made “stainless”, but it does not overly avoid corrosion and can still rust. Because coffee is acidic and water is corrosive, it is possible that the outside construction on the Bonavita will show wear over time. The Technivorm Moccamaster, however, will not show this type of wear. As far as metal quality, the Technivorm wins a point.

Both devices utilize hardened, black plastic for all of the necessary plastic parts, but the overall housings are metal. The Technivorm uses a glass carafe while the Bonavita uses a thermal carafe made of stainless steel. This gives the Bonavita an edge. Although the device has no hot plate, the thermal carafe will not shatter due to an accidental drop, and is portable, unlike the glass carafe on the Technivorm. This gives the Bonavita one solid point for carafe style.

As identified in the features section, the Technivorm has a hot plate while the Bonavita does not. This does not affect the build quality of the Bonavita, but it does affect the Technivorm build quality. As a result of the hot plate, the Technivorm uses more power due to the way it was constructed, giving the Bonavita a point for uses less energy by design. In the Bonavita vs. Technivorm competition, the build quality winner is the Bonavita.

Winner: Bonavita BV1900TS

 


Price: Technivorm vs. Bonavita

As we’ve already alluded to, the Baratza Encore and the Virtuoso are aimed at two different niches in the same market. Not surprisingly, this means they have different costs. The Baratza Encore typically sells for about $130 as of 2015. Meanwhile, the Virtuoso can be found for around $230. It’s clear from these prices that Baratza is positioning the Encore as its entry level unit, while the Virtuoso is one step closer to a serious grinder. This is especially evident when compared to the rest of Baratza’s grinder line.

Though the Virtuoso undoubtedly has a higher quality build and grind consistency, it’s hard to believe that most consumers find those advantages worthy of $100 extra. After all, if you’re in need of a high quality grinder, you’re probably willing to spend a bit extra to get a prosumer level model that’s even nicer than the Virtuoso. For this reason, the Baratza Encore can be considered a better value.

Winner: Bonavita BV1900TS

 


Aesthetics: Technivorm vs. Bonavita

The Bonavita Coffee Maker vs. Technivorm competition inevitably leads us to a debate on aesthetics. This one is a little bit harder to determine, as the overall aesthetic build of these two devices is so different. Which one you prefer ultimately comes down to preference.

Both of the devices are similar in regard to size, although the Bonavita is slightly smaller. The Bonavita’s dimensions are 12.4 (height) x 6.8 (width) x 12.2 inches (length). It weighs in at 6.1 lbs. Meanwhile, the Technivorm’s dimensions are 6.7 (width) x 13.4 (length)  x 14.2 inches (height).  Its overall weight is 6.3 lbs. The Technivorm is slightly taller and slightly longer, but this can make a significant difference depending on the amount of counter space you’re dealing with. As far as size goes, the Bonavita wins a point for being smaller and lighter, making it more useful for smaller spaces and smaller kitchens.

The Technivorm, however, has the look for a more complicated device, and it is. The device has a much more modern, unique design to it than the Bonavita device. The Bonavita drip coffee maker has a very traditional look, which is certainly unoffending, but is not what most buyers are looking for these days. A distinguishing look accompanied by advanced features make a drip coffee maker stand out. In that, the Technivorm receives a point.

Aesthetically, the two devices are different, with visual appeals that attract different types of customers. In the Moccamaster vs. Bonavita debate on aesthetics, we find ourselves with a tie.

Winner: Both the Technivorm Moccamaster and Bonavita BV1900TS


Overall Winner: Bonavita BV1900TS

Although the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT would win hands down if the only we looked at were features, the Bonavita BV1900TS emerges as our winner. While it does not have all of the same features and lacks a hot plate, it has a price point more in line with what does it offers. Likewise, it only lacks a few of the features found on the Technivorm, and has a more usable thermal carafe. Both are great product and are featured in our Best High End Coffee Makers Top 5. In this Bonavita vs. Technivorm matchup, the Bonavita BV1900TS emerges as the winner! Also be sure to read both the full Technivorm Moccamaster review and the Bonavita BV1900TS review.


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