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Best BPA-Free And Plastic Free Coffee Makers For A Healthier Lifestyle

What does it actually mean when we talk about a BPA Free Coffee Maker?

One thing that I will not do is to talk about BPA itself and what it can cause because there are tons of websites out there that can answer you this questions way better than me, for example, this post from the Mayo Clinic.

In this post, I will focus on how BPA is used in coffee makers and also provide you a list with recommended coffee makers guaranteed to be BPA free and are therefore safe for your coffee enjoyments.

BPA In Coffee Makers

In short, Bisphenol A or BPA is used to harden plastic.

In coffee makers, the inner parts like the water tank or the coffee filter basket are made of plastic. These parts are in direct contact with the end product: the coffee you drink.

A couple years ago the FDA announced some potential concerns about the health effects of Bisphenol A:

There is “some concern” about developmental and reproductive problems in infants and children exposed to BPA.

You see they specifically referred to infants and children which is worrying enough for all the Moms and Dads.

In the last years, there have been a lot of controversial discussions among the experts whether BPA is also dangerous for adults or not. The FDA has not, in any event, found any convincing evidence for Bisphenol A to be harmful to adults.

Still, many coffee manufacturers have started to produce BPA free coffee makers.

In my opinion, even when the FDA assures that BPA is not harmful I think it is better to be safe than sorry!

And there are still not so eco-friendly coffee makers out there so your decision to search for a BPA free coffee maker is a very smart move!

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​BPA Free Drip Coffee Makers

Hamilton Beach 46201 - Reliable And BPA Free

Hamilton Beach 46201 Drip Coffee Maker

The Hamilton Beach 46201 is a great and reliable drip coffee maker with a lot of extra features.

The inner parts are indeed made of plastic, but Hamilton Beach confirms that all parts in contact with the beans are 100% BPA free.

Read my full review of the Hamilton Beach 46201 here. Otherwise, check now all those 5-star reviews and the lowest price at Amazon.

​Mr. Coffee CG13 12 Cup Switch - Cheap And BPA Free

Mr. Coffee CG13 BPA Free Drip Coffee Maker

The Mr. Coffee is probably the cheapest drip coffee maker currently on the market. But cheap does not mean junk.

Believe me or not, this $20 coffee maker really makes … coffee!

Good coffee!

Excellent coffee!

Ok, too much!

Let’s face it: It’s a coffee maker for 20 bucks! What do you expect?

It should be there for you when you show signs of caffeine withdrawal! And that’s what it does! And since it’s a BPA-free coffee maker, you don’t have to be concerned about this controversial chemical.

What have you got to lose?

Coffeeble's BPA Free Drip Coffee Maker Top Picks:

BPA Free Coffee Makers With Grinder

Breville BDC550XL + 650XL - 100% BPA Free

Breville BDC600XL BPA-Free Drip Coffee Maker With Grinder

Both of the Breville’s are 100% BPA free.

This fact is really important because there are a lot of plastic parts inside the coffee maker when there is a grinder built in.

If you want a more detailed description of both of the Breville’s coffee makers just click on the next link.

​Cuisinart DGB Coffee Maker - Grind And Brew And BPA Free

Cuisinart DGB 900BC Grind And Brew Coffee Maker

I can confirm that all of the DGB-models of Cuisinart are BPA free coffee maker!

And since Cuisinart’s Grind and Brew Coffee Makers are very popular, it is a no-brainer for me to recommend them as on of the best BPA free coffee maker series.

Plastic Free Coffee Maker And All-Metal Coffee Maker

If you are completely against plastic in coffee makers whether it’s the possible aftertaste or the health concern with BPA, there are some coffee makers out there that are 100% or almost 100% made without plastic.

Please be aware of the possibility that some parts that are not in contact with the water or coffee beans could still be made of plastic, like the handle.

I have looked around and think I have found a few excellent options for you to feel 100% safe with these BPA free coffee maker.

French Press

Bodum Columbia Stainless Steel French Press

Most French Presses are made of glass with some plastic exterior, but there are some made of 100% stainless steel.

My recommendation for you is the Bodum Columbia Press Pot.

It has a double-walled construction with a polished finish and even the 3-part plunger is made of stainless steel.

Percolators

Presto 02811 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator

Percolators have gained more popularity in home kitchens and are usually made of stainless steel. The only plastic parts may be the seal or handle.

The Presto 02811 is one of the most popular ones.

All inner parts are 100% stainless steel and therefore BPA free! Through the hint of an attentive reader, I could correct a mistake. The perk well of the Presto 02811 is made of aluminum, so my information about being 100% stainless steel was not correct!

Simultaneously I sent Presto an email whether their Peroclator is still 100% BPA free, and they confirmed it!

Moka Pot

Bialetti 6800 6 Cup Plastic Free Aluminium Moka Pot

Moka Pots produce very strong, authentic coffee almost like espresso in just a few minutes.

Most of them are aluminum while some are made of stainless steel.

The Bialetti 6800 Moka Express 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker is one of the most popular Moka Pots on the market. The unmistakeably octagon shaped pot is made of 100% BPA-free polished aluminum. Only the handle is made of plastic.

​Chemex

Chemex Glass Coffee Maker

The famous hourglass shaped beaker is 100% made of glass.

It is a manual coffee maker and you need special Chemex filters. But without any plastic, it is definitely a 100% BPA free coffee maker.

Pour Over Filter Cone

Hario Pour Over Ceramic Coffee Dripper

I couldn’t resist adding this original Japanese ad for theHario V60!

Most of them are made of plastic, but there are some made of glass or ceramic as for example the Hario VDC-02W V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper – a fancy name for a simple filter cone by the way.

They may not be as convenient as drip coffee makers because you have to pour the heated water manually over the grounds.

But since you can influence the heat of the water and the speed of the pour you will get an unbelievable good cup of coffee – guaranteed!

​My Verdict

If you want to be on the safe side choose a BPA-free coffee maker or one of the plastic-free coffee makers above. Feel free to contact me if you are not sure about if your favorite coffee maker is BPA-free. I will do the work for you!

Tell me, do you know if you have a BPA free coffee maker? Please leave a comment below.

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About the Author Thomas

Coffee lover and Dad on a budget. Since the wishes of my beautiful wife and two charming kids are of course of much higher priority than my own ones, I always keep an eye out for coffee products which give me the biggest bang for the buck!

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  • Penny says:

    On the search for a nontoxic BPA free coffee maker I also stumbled upon certain filter less brewing methods (French press and Moka pot) also contain a higher amount of cafestol a chemical that increases LDL (bad cholesterol). Which leads me to the conclusion nothing is ever 100% safe and will drive me batty. But anyway I am still trying to find the best and safest way for coffee production and consumption.

    • Thomas says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Penny!
      Unfortunately, I have to agree with you that nothing is ever 100% safe.
      However, trying to find a BPA-free coffee maker is definitely a good start, isn’t it?
      I have heard of cafestol related to increased cholesterol levels, too but have not researched enough to form my own opinion about it. This is on my open points list :-).
      Don’t hesitate to ask more questions here or contact me directly in case you need help finding the safest products.

  • Courtney says:

    Hey Thomas, thanks for all this. We bought a Delonghi espresso maker to save money on going out to coffee shops – De’Longhi ECP3420 15″ Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine. However since it arrived and I’ve noticed the plastic pieces used, specifically inside the steamer and the spout inside the portafilter body. I can’t see inside the machine to see if there are other plastic pieces of concern, but these two that I mentioned are a big concern to me since these plastics come in contact with high temperatures. I haven’t been able to figure out whether the plastics are bpa free.

    And this also brings up the question for me of just how much plastic is used in the big fancy espresso machines in coffee shops? What’s the safest thing when you love espresso but would also like to save money and stay healthy?

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Courtney
      I found a couple web stores that claim, the De’Longhi ECP3240 is BPA free!
      Yet, I could not find any clear statement from De’Longhi itself that confirms it.

      My recommendation would be to contact them directly with this question. If they don’t answer with “YES, it’s BPA free”, then it’s not.
      In other words, if they use a nice description how they follow standards, but don’t really use the words that it’s BPA free, well, then it’s probably not.

      Your second question is a hard one and I have to admit, I don’t really have a good answer for it.
      The commercial espresso machines are usually made with high-quality materials and should be safe. But I do not know them all and what machine your preferred coffee shop uses.

      The safest thing you can do and save money is to use an espresso machine that is clearly marked as BPA-Free, like the Breville espresso machines, or to ask the manufacturer directly.
      And don’t forget to check your travel mug, whether it is BPA free or not in case you drink it on-the-go :-).

      Courtney, I hope I could answer your questions and want to thank you for you comment.
      Please don’t hesitate to ask again, if you have more questions!

  • John says:

    “BPA FREE” means nothing…if it’s plastic it is still toxic. There is BPS, which is just as bad if not worse. BPA is simply the one substance everyone knew about it, so all the companies went “BPA FREE” as a selling point, but left all of the other toxins in there.

    This is in mainstream media such as Scientific American….etc….not just conspiracy nuts. Be careful out there….

    • Thomas says:

      Hi John

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me!
      Let me first kindly disagree with you. BPA FREE indeed means something, namely it’s not containing BPA.
      And BPA is known to be toxic and can cause damage to the body.
      However, and now I have to agree with you, this is only one step of many.
      Only because it states, it’s BPA free, does not mean, it’s toxic free.
      Unfortunately, the rules say, as long as a chemical is not proven to be dangerous, it can be legally used.
      So, John, I want to share your warning and strongly advise everybody to be vigilant!
      Thanks again John for your comment!

  • Lisa says:

    Hello, I am also avoiding plastic parts that come into contact with the hot water, as well as unfiltered coffee high in cafestol. Are there any reasonably priced coffee makers out there with a metal filter and no plastic that comes in contact with heated water?

    Thank you!

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Lisa
      Thanks for your comment!
      I guess you mean a metal water tank. Metal filters, like gold tone filters can be used for almost all drip coffee makers.
      But you put them in the filter basket, which is still plastic and also they let cafestol pass. Paper filters will block the cafestol.
      There are a few commercial coffee makers with metal water tank, I believe from Bunn, but they are expensive.
      And the only drip coffee maker for home use with metal water tank that I know is the

      Current price is $199, which is probably not ‘reasonable’, however, you get a lot for the money. The link above goes to my Brazen Plus review.
      I hope I could answer your question, Lisa!

  • Janice D. Carey says:

    Thanks for this informative article. Last year I bought one from a local shop in London. But after started using the machine, my husband got admitted to hospital due to heart pain. Doctor said his heart is weak and there is a chance for heart attack. He found the reason behind his illness was the coffee machine. The inner parts like the water tank and the coffee filter basket was made of plastic. I too felt an odd plastic taste in the coffee. Guys, always buy such appliances from a trustable showroom and always choose good quality brands. Otherwise, it will cost a lot. Last month I bought one espresso machine from ‘Best brands appliances’, Canada. ( http://www.bestbrandappliance.ca/ ) An Electrolux 24-inch built-in stainless steel automatic espresso maker which has an LCD digital display and automatic self-cleaning before every brew cycle.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Janice
      wow, that’s a sad story but I hope your husband is better now.
      These built-in coffee makers at bestbrandappliance look great – hope yours lasts forever :-).
      Thanks for sharing your story, Janice.

  • Brenda says:

    I need to buy a small coffee pot as I am the only one in the house that drinks it. I have a Kuerig but want rid of it for the reason you probably know. I bought a Mr. Coffee but have not opened it yet because I am trying to find out if it is BPA free. Can you help me? It is the 5Cup Coffee Maker by Mr. Coffee. Model TF7.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Brenda

      I found a few websites online (walmart for example) which state that it’s BPA free. I want to make sure so I’m waiting for a confirmation of Mr. Coffee! I should get an answer soon.

      *** Update 4/14/2016 ***
      Mr. Coffee confirmed that all TF-series coffee maker are BPA Free. Additionally, the following Mr. Coffee coffee makers are also BPA-Free:
      BVMC-ECX41CP CG series and CGX series, DRX5, PSTX series, BVMC-ECMP1000, and the SJX series.

  • Elena says:

    Hello,

    I recently purchased the Kitchen Selectives CM-688 1-Cup Single Serve Drip Coffee Maker, Black, and I am not able to find any information on it being BPA free or not. The machine has a strong plastic smell, which worries me. If you have any information that would be great. Thanks so much

  • Barbara A. Scheihing says:

    Are there ANY single cup brewers without BPA? Can’t seem to find any.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Barbara

      There should be plenty of single server brewers that are BPA free. If you have a specific model you like, let me know and I can see what I can find out for you.
      Or are you asking if there are plastic free single cup brewers? Because not every plastic coffee maker has BPA.

  • sandra wood says:

    Do you know if the Caprese 5 cup Coffee maker is BPA free? Can’t seem to find information.

  • Gabriel says:

    I just talked to a Mr coffee rep and the cheap 12 cup nor the cheap 12 cup programmable ones are BPA free! She had a list as I was checking in Walmart. The BVMC SJX36 is BPA free for example

    • Thomas says:

      Unbelievable, that they still make any kind of products with BPA, isn’t it?
      Just goes to show that we must do our own research. Unfortunately, profit seems to be more important than human health.
      Thanks for sharing Gabriel.

  • Arleen says:

    Thanks for your post. I want to confirm that Hamilton Beach or CuisineArt coffee drip makers are100% BPA free. I’m ready to purchase either one. What is your recommendation? Thank you!

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Arleen

      thanks for your comment.
      Both Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart have good and not so good coffee makers.
      Do you have any specific model in mind (both brands)?

    • Arleen says:

      I was thinking Hamilton Beach 46201 the one you have listed. Changed my mind about Cuisine Art since I don’t need a grinder. I’m leaning towards the OXO Brain Barista 12 cup. It appears that it has less plastic parts which is my main concern. I’m also looking for one that has self clean or easier to clean. Thanks for your recommendations.

      • Thomas says:

        The HB 46201 is a very popular entry-level model but nowhere near the quality of the OXO Barista Brain 12 Cup.
        But the OXO is also 5-6 times more expensive. If you’re OK with the price, go for the OXO Barista Brain.

  • Denise says:

    Are there any 1 cup bpa free coffee makers?

    • Thomas says:

      Definitely!
      Do you have a specific model in mind?

      • Denise says:

        I dont have any particular brand in mine. If there are any bpa free ones you could recommend I would appreciate it!

      • Denise says:

        Any single cup that you can recommend I would appreciate the info.

        • Thomas says:

          I believe that all new Mr. Coffee and Cuisinart are BPA free.
          For example, the Mr. Coffee BVMC-SCGB200 is a single cup coffee maker with integrated grinder.
          Nespresso’s single cup espresso maker are all BPA free, too (again, the current models, I can’t guarantee for older ones).
          Cuisinart SS-5, SS-10 and SS-15 are BPA free as well.
          What do you think?
          Thomas

          • Denise Cremardthanks says:

            Thanks

          • Denise says:

            I noticed a lot of Cuisart coffee makers are plastic vs stainless steel. Should that be a concern or is it pretty safe if bpa free?

          • Thomas says:

            Denise
            whether we like it or not, most coffee makers are made of plastic nowadays. But plastic does not mean automatically BPA.
            Usually BPA is used in clear plastic to harden it.
            Although I’m not a big fan of “everything plastic”, I guess, I have accepted it.
            But I stay vigilant and try to avoid the real cheap no-name stuff.

  • bart says:

    Old maker just died, so I pulled out a new Hamilton Beach 48463 Brewstation I’ve had lying around for a few years. This thing worries me in that it has no carafe, but instead uses a dark plastic insulated compartment to hold the coffee. So coffee sits for up to hours, as it would in a normal carafe, but in an all plastic receptacle, until you press a cup against it to dispense.

    On the bottom of the receptacle is a metal plate that transfers heat from an element beneath it. In other words, hot metal is in direct contact with the plastic it is mated to (with stainless screws, plastic washers, and some kind of gasket) in the bottom of the coffee storage receptacle, to be “kept warm” anywhere from 0 to 4 hours. Even using the “0” setting, the metal plate becomes quite warm while brewing.

    Maybe I’m answering my own question, but does the idea of this plastic heating, not to mention the fact that up to 12 cups of coffee stays at temperature for long periods of time in full contact with the all-plastic receptacle, seem like a generally bad idea? Or should I trust that HB wouldn’t knowingly produce a design (for many years) that could potentially be unsafe?

    Better safe than . . .?

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Bart

      well, according to Hamilton Beach your 48463 is BPA free where liquid is in contact with plastic.

      But I hear you. I had the same machine, just the older model. At that time I didn’t really think about that plastic and hot coffee might not be a good combination.

      The coffee maker is likely safe but I still wouldn’t use it. I’m not a huge fan of coffee being kept hot through a heating plate. Depending on how long your coffee will sit in the tank, the last cups will just taste awful.

      So if you want to keep coffee hot over a longer time, keep it hot through insulation with a thermal carafe coffee maker (click on it to get to my post).

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts, Bart!

  • Margaret says:

    I’m having the same trouble of finding a plastic free (or near plastic free) drip coffeemaker; I don’t just want to avoid BPA as you said. You mentioned the OXO above but it doesn’t look like a traditional drip. Do you know of any traditonal drip coffee, near plastic free, with metal filter (to save environmentally on paper filters)? But then people have mentioned needing paper filters to block out some chemical. Never heard of that. I need find out more. Would be so appreciative! Thank you for your expertise.

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Margaret.
      I’m not 100% sure what you mean with traditional drip because the OXO is a traditional drip coffee maker just with a more modern design and few more features.
      “Near plastic free” and “drip coffee maker” is a hard to get combination. The Behmor Brazen for example has still a lot of plastic but a unique feature is the water tank which is metal, not plastic.
      Plastic free or almost plastic free coffee makers are usually manual coffee makers like French Presses or manual drippers.

      The other thing you asked about needing paper filter to block chemicals: I can only imagine they talk about Cafestol. Cafestol is present in unfiltered coffee (including permanent metal filters). I’m not a doctor but studies say that Cafestol may increase cholesterol levels and therefore it is considered for some to be a health issue. If you experience cholesterol issues please ask your doctor if he thinks it is of concern to you.

      If you have any more questions, Margaret, just reply. I’m more than happy to help.
      Happy holidays!

  • Mike says:

    Hello, Thomas!
    I just purchased a WalMart brand Mainstays Single serve coffee maker that has both an insert for k-cups as well as a basket for ground coffee, it works great for both k-cups and loose grounds ( use a paper filter insert in the plastic filter basket to remove cafestol), the item number is Walmart #: 564433447 and the manufacturer part number is 201614, do you know if this machine is bpa free? Also, I am concerned about aluminum, is there any way to determine if this machine uses aluminum in the heating chamber? Thanks! -Mike

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Mike
      sorry in this case I couldn’t find any reliable source that tells me it’s BPA free.
      Since it’s the Walmart brand, I would recommend you to send customer support of Walmart an email.
      Thomas

  • Diane Hoch says:

    Is Braun coffee maker BK7000 BOA free?

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Diane
      I assume you mean the Braun KF7000BK.
      Yes it is BPA free. You can find it on Braun’s homepage.
      Nice coffee maker by the way. Hope the coffee tastes as good as the machine looks like.
      Thomas

  • Kim says:

    Cuisinart 14 cup programmable coffeemaker bought at Costco. Model CBC-6500PC

    • Thomas says:

      Hi Kim

      I cannot guarantee but I found a manual very similar to your model and Cuisinart states that all materials that come in contact with water are BPA free.
      If you have the coffee maker already please check your manual. You should see the same.

      Enjoy your coffee!
      Thomas

  • Cathy Garrett says:

    Braun BrewSense KF 7175 purchased from Bed Bath Beyond in 3/18. Neither coffeemaker, packaging or instructions say BPA free but Braun website and call to customer service say it is. A California Prop 65 notice was in the package. Customer service explanation for that was confusing.

    • Thomas says:

      Thank you Cathy!
      Yeah I know it’s sometimes confusing and I’m not sure if even all customer service representatives know what’s in their machines and what not.
      But the more calls they get the more I hope they are aware of their customer’s concerns.

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