Quick Summary: Technivorm Moccamaster vs. Bonavita BV1900TS
|Build Quality||Bonavita BV1900TS|
|Overall Winner||Bonavita BV1900TS
In the great Technivorm vs. Bonavita battle, we’re pitting Technivorm’s Moccamaster KBT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer up against Bonavita’s BV1900TS in a battle royale of coffee brewing excellence.
Let the cage match being!
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’ll need one yourself sometime in the future (personally, our cat keeps knocking ours off the kitchen counter—baby Turbo!). But before making a big purchase, let’s consider the features each offers in order to reach the right decision.
The Technivorm Moccamaster and the Bonavita BV1900TS are both high-quality, high-end drip coffee makers with a great deal to offer. Their prices differ, however, and so do their features. Thus it’s important to ask yourself some key questions upfront: Are you more into overall design or do the features matter more for you? Do you want it smaller (because, despite what you’ve heard, sometimes bigger CAN be better), or is that inconsequential to your desires? How much do brew temperature and carafe style matter to you?
And most importantly, do you have a picture of John Connor? (Whoops, sorry, we were watching “T2” for a second there.)
Lest your brains begin to ache, we’re here to answer such questions in the great Moccamaster vs. Bonavita matchup.
Features: Technivorm vs. BonavitaIn the Moccamaster vs. Bonavita competition, overall features are the most important thing to look at. Firstly, note that neither of these machines has programmable settings or controls. This places them on even footing right out of the gate as neither device can claim to being more versatile on that score. Rather, both Technivorm and Bonavita keep it simple, offering nothing more than an on/off button to start the brewing process. The Technivorm, however, does have an extra hot plate switch, which can be used to toggle the hot plate between a high or low temperature setting. The Bonavita lacks this option, giving one solid jab for Technivorm (and perhaps a black eye).
Meanwhile, the Bonavita, coming back off the ropes, has a pre-infusion feature that allows for ground coffee to soak and bloom before the actual brewing process begins. This optional feature gives the Bonavita something the Technivorm device lacks, giving it a slight edge. And while you can certainly do your own pre-soaking with the Technivorm, it has no such built-in feature for this.
And 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…yeah, we know). This degassing process increases dramatically when the ground beans come in contact with water—especially hot water. In most cases, we would shy away from carbon dioxide, but in this particular case, the release of gas also unleashes flavor from the beans. Thus, allowing the coffee to bloom for a minute or two positively impacts the flavor. That the Bonavita provides a pre-infusion feature for blooming gives it a gold star in the race.
Although it doesn’t have a handy pre-infusion feature, the Technivorm Moccamaster has one key feature the Bonavita does not: a destratification tube in the carafe. Destratification is the process by which heated air is mixed in order to achieve an equalization of temperature within an area. Because the temperature of coffee is so important, having a uniform temperature in the brew is key, especially once the hot plate switches off. That Technivorm includes this simple-yet-important feature gives them another solid advantage.
Both of the devices have an auto shutoff feature. While the Bonavita does not have a specified amount of time for its auto shutoff, it also has no hot plate to keep the coffee warm once it is brewed. Meanwhile, the Technivorm Moccamaster has a 120-minute auto shutoff 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 for as long as the Technivorm device. Point Technivorm.
While the two devices are rated for different amounts of overall brew, they ultimately each brew 40 ounces. Technivorm considers a “cup” to be 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 actually produce the same maximum amount of coffee. Back to your respective corners, combatants!
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 continue the brew. Unfortunately for Bonavita, they don’t include this feature, meaning you’ll have to wait for your coffee to finish brewing before you can enjoy the first sip. Although that’s only a 5- to 6-minute wait, it can certainly feel like a long time in the morning—especially if you’re grouchy like us pre-joe. That gives one more point for Technivorm.
So as far as features go in the Bonavita Coffee Maker vs. Technivorm sweepstakes, the clear winner is the Technivorm Moccamaster. (“Yo, Adriane!!!!”)
Winner: Technivorm Moccamaster
Build Quality: Technivorm vs. BonavitaBoth 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 higher-quality metal, also makes it more expensive. The Bonavita drip coffee maker instead goes for a cheaper steel construction. Both housings 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 completely avoid corrosion and therefore can still rust.
Because coffee is acidic and water is corrosive, it is possible that the outside construction on the Bonavita will show wear and tear over time. The Technivorm Moccamaster, however, will still look as good as new—like every time the T-1000 changes shape (dude, seriously, I’ll turn the Blu-ray off!). So for metal quality, the Technivorm gets a point.
Both devices utilize hardened black plastic for all of the necessary plastic parts, but the overall housings are metal. The Technivorm employs a glass carafe while the Bonavita uses a thermal carafe made of stainless steel. This gives the Bonavita an edge. And although the Bonavita has no hot plate, the thermal carafe will not shatter due to an accidental drop. Plus, it’s also portable—unlike the glass carafe on the Technivorm. Bonavita thus earns a home run 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. Because of the hot plate, the Technivorm uses more power because of how it was constructed, giving the Bonavita a point for utilizing less energy in its design.
So in the build quality competition between Bonavita and Technivorm, Bonavita earns a W.
Winner: Bonavita BV1900TS
Aesthetics: Technivorm vs. Bonavita
The Bonavita vs. Technivorm competition inevitably leads to a debate on aesthetics. This dimension is a little bit harder to determine as the overall aesthetic of these two devices is so different, and which one you like ultimately comes down to personal preference.
Both of the devices are similarly sized, although the Bonavita is slightly smaller. The Bonavita’s dimensions are 12.4 (height) x 6.8 (width) x 12.2 inches (length), and 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), with an overall weight of 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, the Bonavita gets points for being smaller and lighter, making it more useful for smaller spaces and smaller kitchens.
The Technivorm, however, has the look of a more complicated device—and it is. The Technivorm has a much more modern, unique design to it versus the Bonavita. The Bonavita drip coffee maker has a very traditional look, which is certainly unoffending, but is not what most image-conscious buyers are seeking. 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 eyes. So in the aesthetics debate, we find ourselves with a tie. (Sorry, no refunds.)
Winner: Both the Technivorm Moccamaster and Bonavita BV1900TS
Overall Winner: Bonavita BV1900TS
Although the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT would win hands down if we only looked at features, the Bonavita BV1900TS emerges as our winner. While it does not have all of the same features and lacks a hot plate, it offers a price point more in line with what it offers. Furthermore, it only lacks a few features offered by the Technivorm and has a more usable thermal carafe. In fact, both are great products and are featured in our Best High End Coffee Makers Top 5. But just as at the Oscars, there can be only winner (we’re looking at you “La La Land”), so in this Bonavita vs. Technivorm matchup, the Bonavita BV1900TS emerges victorious!
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