The Best Siphon Coffee Maker -  
Buyers Guide and the Best Reviewed

While most people settle for convenient coffee machines and most of the times during the daily routine it is perfectly ok, some still prefer to experience the science and art behind the coffee making.

And for these coffee lovers, the search for the best siphon coffee maker can be one of the major tasks.

Coffee aficionados prefer using a siphon coffee maker as they find it produces better tasting coffees with less bitterness. 

Here are some choices you might want to consider when looking for the best siphon coffee maker:

Comparison Chart: How to Choose a Siphon Coffee Maker

Manual

Capacilty

Width

Depth

Yama Glass

5 Cups

4 inches

4 inches

Hario “Technica” Syphon Coffee Maker

5 Cups

6.3 inches

4.3 inches

Kendal Glass Tabletop Siphon Coffee Maker

5 Cups

6.4 inches

5.7 inches

Diguo Belgian Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon Coffee Maker

3-5 Espresso Cups

12.8 inches

7.9 inches

Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker

8 Cups

10.3 inches

7.8 inches

ELECTRIC

Capacilty

Width

Depth

Twinbird CM-D853BR

4 Cups

10.9 inches

8.9 inches

Bodum ePEBO

8 Cups

13 inches

8.1 inches

Diguo New Generation Electric Siphon

3 Cups

12.8 inches

5.2 inches

KitchenAid KCM0812OB

8 Cups

6.7 inches

8.7 inches

To further help you in choosing the best siphon coffee maker, here's a complete review for each of them. We have classified them into Manual and Electric 

Siphon Coffee Maker Reviews

Manual Siphon Coffee Makers

Yama Glass

The Yama Glass is a stylish and beautifully designed stovetop siphon coffee maker.

It uses a heat-resistant borosilicate glass for its top and bottom chamber. Also, it comes with full filter, chain spring, hook, and an alcohol burner/warmer.

This coffee maker only weighs 3 pounds and can make up to 3 cups of coffee.

And just in case the glass accidentally breaks, you can purchase a replacement at Yama's website.

Check out this video to see how to brew coffee with a siphon:

First, you need to place the washable, reusable metal or cloth filter properly through the top chamber. Then, drop and hook the chain on the siphon tube.

Next, fill the bottom glass with 500 milligrams (ml.) of water and turn on the alcohol burner.

While waiting for the water to boil, grind 32 grams of coffee beans. Ideally, the ratio of water to ground coffee is 1:16. And the grind size should be Medium Fine Coarse.

The water takes approximately 4 minutes to boil. And once it boils, the water from the bottom part of the glass will start moving up to the top glass chamber.

When the water is already on the top part of the glass, add the ground coffee.

Stir the coffee grounds to make sure all of it mixes well with water. And stir it again after 45 seconds.

Then, turn off the heat after 1 minute and 30 seconds.

The bottom glass part will then suck down the coffee on the top portion of the glass.

And after approximately 3 minutes, the coffee is ready!

PROS

  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Stylish exterior
  • Lightweight
  • Delivered with sturdy and reusable box (no travel kit included)
  • The filter is reusable. Tip: Use an airtight bag with water for storing the filter in the fridge to prolong its lifespan, and avoid clogs.

CONS

  • The included alcohol burner/warmer tends to boil slowly. You can purchase a separate butane burner.
  • Grinder not included

This machine is the best siphon coffee maker for those who want a good cup of coffee while enjoying the science behind it.

It is ideal for those who want to have a tailored-fit coffee, unlike the single-serve k-cups.


Hario “Technica” Syphon Coffee Maker

This standalone siphon coffee maker, made in Japan, is one of the most popular brands.

A set of Hario Technica comes with an alcohol burner with holder, burner cover, stand, lower and upper bowl, filter, and measuring spoon.

And to those who hate the taste of plastic, there is actually no plastic part that comes in contact with your hot coffee.

Just metal, paper filter, and glass.

Also if you might ask if it also boils tea, well, the manual did not specify that function.

Actually, boiling a cup of tea is possible, but it's too much work.

And this might not be the perfect or desirable machine for your tea.

Just like with Yama, if the Hario's glass breaks, you may visit their website to purchase a replacement.

Hario Technica Syphon Coffee Maker

When using a Hario Technica, first, you need to put a hot water in the lower bowl. Then, fire up the alcohol burner, and boil the hot water.

Ideally, a 100 ml. of coffee is a product of 120 ml. of hot water and 10 g. of ground coffee. So, you can just use this formula to come up with up to three cups of coffee.

While waiting for the water to boil, prepare the top glass by attaching the filter to it.

And put your desired amount of coffee grounds in the upper bowl.

Next, you have to place the upper bowl on top of the lower bowl by pressing it lightly.

Once you noticed that the water rises to the upper bowl, stir the coffee grounds to mix it thoroughly.

Just allow the coffee to steep for about 60 seconds.

Then, turn off the burner, and move the stand away.

The coffee will then drip back to the lower bowl.

You just need to gently remove the upper bowl so you can pour your coffee into a mug.

PROS

  • Standalone
  • Easy to Clean
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • The filter is reusable.
  • Thick Glass; doesn't break easily

CONS

  • The included alcohol burner/warmer tends to boil slowly. You can purchase a separate butane burner.
  • The cloth filter may be hard to maintain
  • Grinder not included

This machine can be considered as the best siphon coffee maker by those who want a simple siphon coffee maker, easy to use and clean.


Kendal Glass Tabletop Siphon Coffee Maker

The Kendal Glass Tabletop Siphon Coffee Maker looks very similar to the Hario Technica.

Similarly, this machine is also made in Japan.

Its package also comes with an alcohol burner with holder, burner cover, stand, lower and upper bowl, filter, and measuring spoon.

Also, note that this machine is specially made to brew coffee. If you wish to use it for your tea or vodka, you might risk the machine's or the filter's lifespan.

PROS

  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Cheaper compared to others reviewed in this article
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • The filter is reusable.

CONS

  • The included alcohol burner/warmer tends to boil slowly. You can purchase a separate butane burner.
  • The cloth filter may be hard to maintain
  • Grinder not included

This machine can be considered as the best siphon coffee maker by those who want a simple siphon coffee maker, easy to use and clean.


Diguo Belgian Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon Coffee Maker

The Diguo Belgian is a sophisticated and beautifully-designed coffee maker.

Its luxurious black and gold Egyptian style will surely look great on any countertop or tabletop.

It has a stainless steel vacuum flask, siphon pipette, and filter head, with borosilicate brewing flask, and a medical grade silicon rubber seals.

Also, the black wooden base adds to its appeal.

A set of this package comes with a cloth filter, scooper, built-in alcohol burner, and water measuring cup.

How the Diguo Belgian Belgium Luxury Royal Family Balance Siphon Coffee Maker Works

Unlike the first three items mentioned above, the Diguo Belgian only has 1 glass part, called the brewing flask.

The hot water should first be placed in a stainless steel (not glass) vacuum flask to let it boil.

Then, you have to put the ground coffee beans in the brewing flask.

As the water in the vacuum flask boils, the water transfers to the brewing flask through the stainless siphon pipette.

Once all the water transferred to the brewing flask, the burner will automatically shut off.

And the vacuum flask will start sucking back the now coffee-infused water.

You can now dispense the coffee through the small faucet in front of the vacuum flask.

PROS

  • Easy to Use
  • Luxurious and sophisticated design
  • Doesn't easily breaks since it's mostly stainless steel
  • Produces consistent quality of coffee

CONS

  • Can be difficult to clean
  • Replacement parts may be hard to find
  • Grinder not included

This beautifully-designed machine is the best siphon coffee maker for those who want to impress friends.

Also, since it turns off flame automatically, it is perfect if you get confused on when to turn off the flame of a siphon coffee maker.


Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker

The Bodum PEBO, previously known as SANTOS, is a simple and easy to use coffee maker.

It has basic designs, very easy for the eyes.

A set of this comes with a bottom jug with handle, top chamber, plastic filter with metal spring, and a scooper.

Since it is a stovetop, you need to purchase a separate burner for this.

And if you have a coil type burner or an electric stovetop, just use a heat diffuser to avoid cracking the bottom jug.

On the other hand, an induction cooker is not the best option, as it can't heat a glass.

Also, their company offers these replacement parts: Gasket, Filter, Funnel, and Bottom Jug with Handle.

How to Use a Bodum PEBO Coffee Maker

You just need to fill the bottom jug with water, let it boil, and position the top chamber above the bottom jug.

Then, add the coffee ground in the top chamber, and wait for the water to rise up.

Once the water rose up and mixed with coffee, turn off the flame.

After that, the bottom jug will suck the coffee back.

And there's your coffee!

PROS

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Filter is reusable
  • Bodum company offers replacement parts
  • Easy to Use
  • Brews up to 8 cups

CONS

  • The rubber seal may be hard to maintain
  • Doesn't come with a burner
  • Grinder not included

This is the best siphon coffee maker for those who want basic and uncomplicated coffee machine.

Also, the 8 -cup capacity is perfect for big groups.


Electric Siphon Coffee Makers

The main difference of an electric to a manual siphon coffee maker is just the absence of flame.

If you fear that your flask will crack when placed in a direct heat, the electric ones might be an option for you.

Twinbird CM-D853BR

The Twinbird is a simple siphon coffee maker, minus the firing up of flame.

A set of this comes with a bottom and upper glass, reusable Nell filter (filter cloth, filter, wire, wedge), stand, and a weighing spoon.

Just be careful when plugging this, as the machine is only 100 V and not 1220 V.

If needed, the company also sells separate coffee server, rot (top glass), filter, and filtered cloth.

Check out the video below to see how to use it:

Using the Twinbird coffee maker is very simple.

You just need to add the desired amount of water on the bottom chamber, and coffee grounds on the upper chamber.

Plug the machine to boil the water in the bottom chamber.

Then wait for the water to boil, so the water rises up to the upper chamber.

This process usually lasts for about three minutes.

Lastly, turn off the machine/ pull the plug. This will enable the bottom part to suck back the coffee in the upper chamber.

And you can now enjoy the coffee from your Twinbird!

PROS

  • No flames needed
  • Easy to Clean
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Coffee brews in less than 5 minutes
  • Spare parts are available

CONS

  • User Guide comes often in the Japanese language
  • 100 V may not compatible with most households
  • Grinder not included
  • Takes time to learn the proper brewing time

Overall, this Twinbird machine is the best siphon coffee maker for those who want an entry-level and easy to use electric siphon machines.


Bodum ePEBO

This Bodum e-PEBO is a more innovative machine compared to the manual one.

It is automatic and has an on/off switch, making it a lot more user-friendly.

A set of this comes with a funnel with lid, gasket, and filter, a jug with lid and handle, base, measuring spoon and stirring spoon.

Also, note that this machine is 110 V only.

Bodum reminds users to descale the machine after 100 uses.

Check out the video below to see how to use it:

Similar to the manual version of this machine, you just need to fill the jug with water, and the funnel with ground coffee.

Then, you have to switch on the machine to start the brewing process, which lasts for about 4 minutes.

The machine will automatically turn off once it finishes boiling, and transferring the water to the funnel.

And you will see the coffee will start dripping back from the funnel to the jug.

You can now enjoy the coffee from your Bodum e-PEBO!

PROS

  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • It has on/off switch
  • Keeps the coffee warm

CONS

  • Spare Parts may be hard to find
  • Grinder not included

This is the best siphon coffee maker if you want an easy to use, hassle free siphon coffee. Its big size can brew up to 8 cups, good for families and big groups.


Diguo New Generation Electric Siphon Coffee Maker

The Diguo New Generation Electric Siphon Coffee Maker is a gorgeous piece in any countertop.

A set of this comes with a top and bottom chamber, 1 cloth filter with a metal shaper, 1 scooper, and 1 wooden stirrer.

Also, the manufacturer states that this machine can also brew a tea.

This machine can make up to 3 cups, and it is 110 V.

Check out the video below to see how to use it:

How Does the Diguo New Generation Electric Siphon Coffee Maker Works

The process starts with placing hot water in the lower chamber, and the coffee grounds in the upper chamber.

By turning the machine on, the water boils and rises up towards the upper chamber.

It has an adjustable temperature for a more personalized brewing process.

Once the water and the coffee grounds mixed in the upper chamber, turn off the machine.

Then you will see the coffee dripping down to the lower chamber.

PROS

  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • Allows you to control Heat
  • Brews coffee in less than 5 minutes
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    Reusable cloth filter

CONS

  • The glass is not the thickest
  • Grinder not included

This machine is the best siphon coffee maker if you want an electric, stylish, and lightweight coffee machine.


KitchenAid KCM0812OB

The KitchenAid is a bulky machine that weighs 9.6 pounds.

It has a unique magnetic feature that holds the bottom and top part together, unlike with the other siphon coffee makers.

A set of the KitchenAid comes with a bowl unit stand, a reusable stainless steel filter, magnetic locking seal, and a coffee scooper with an angled cleaning brush.

How to Use the KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Maker

KitchenAid is very convenient to use, you just need to pour hot water into the bottom carafe, and coffee grounds on the top portion glass.

Then, position the top portion glass above the bottom carafe by allowing the magnet to lock it in.

Next, turn on the switch to start the brewing process.

The cycle also finishes when the water rose up to the top portion glass, and the switch will automatically turn off.

Then, the bottom carafe will suck down the coffee.

Just remove the top portion glass, and pour the coffee from the bottom carafe to your drinking mug.

See the video below for the detailed steps

PROS

  • Easy to Use
  • Easy to Clean
  • The KitchenAid is sturdy; doesn't break easily
  • It has automatic on/off switch
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    Reusable cloth filter

CONS

  • Bulky; eats up much counter space
  • Grinder not included
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    Heavy
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    Doesn't keep coffee hot for long period of time

This machine is the best siphon coffee maker if you want an electric, automatic, and sturdy coffee machine.


How the Siphon Coffee Brew Method Works

As discussed on each type of siphon coffee makers, the machine works using "vacuum pot".

The vacuum pot is usually the bottom part of the machine, and turning off the flame/ heat source creates a vacuum effect.

And the vacuum sucks the coffee back from the upper glass/ brewing flask.

The goals here is to avoid the direct contact of coffee grounds from the boiling water.

Since some coffee experts believed that boiling coffee grounds kill some of its essential flavors.

The history of siphon coffee maker dates back since 1940. It was when a French woman named Mme. Vassieux (Marie Fanny Amelne Massot) patented the first ever vacuum brewer.

Then this machine, which looked similar to the ones in Breaking Bad, reached America early in the 2oth century.

And up until now, specialty cafes still offer siphoned coffees.

How to Brew with a Siphon Coffee Maker

Finding the best siphon coffee maker is useless if you do not know how to use it.

How Much Water is Needed

A usual cup of 100 ml coffee, needs at least 120 ml water to start with.

The natural science behind it explains that some of the water evaporates during the boiling process, which makes the coffee lesser compared to the initial amount of water you put.

How Much Coffee is Needed? Coarse or Fine?

Well, the amount of ground coffee depends on your preference. But ideally, the ration is 10 grams of coffee, in every 120 grams of water.

And if you want a stronger and bolder coffee, just add more coffee grounds.

The grind size should be slightly finer than the one you use in French Press, but coarser than espresso.

Because a coarser grind size results in weak tasting coffees, and finer grind might clog the filters and can ruin your machine.

I listed the steps of using for each machine.

What to Look for in a Siphon Coffee Maker

If you still can't decide on what's the best siphon coffee maker for you, here are a few guidelines:

  • 1
    Consider the size - Make sure it fits your countertop
  • 2
    Decide on whether you want a manual or an electric type
  • 3
    Consider the quantity of coffee you need. A bigger family or group requires a bigger coffee machine.
  • 4
    Make sure to check on how long the coffee maker brews. So, if you are a busy person, be sure to get the fastest one.
  • 5
    Check on the website if the company offers spare parts.
  • 6
    Other special features of a siphon coffee maker can also be considered.

Conclusions

Getting the best siphon coffee maker isn't an easy task.

There are lots of really nice options available each one with its own specs that makes it unique. All the siphon coffee makers reviewed here are high standard level, so the final choice is up to you:

  • Yama Glass - Ideal for coffee lovers who want to get rid of k-cups, and wants tailor-fit coffee
  • Hario Technica - Durable, easy to clean, and easy to use
  • Kendal glass tabletop - perfect for beginners, can substitute a French press
  • Diguo Belgian - Luxurious and sophisticated design, automatically shuts down flame once done
  • Bodum PEBO - Great choice for big groups, can make up to 8 cups, with simple and basic deign
  • Twinbird - Enty-level, easy to use electric siphon coffee maker
  • Bodum ePEBO - Big size, no flames, easy to use, and easy to clean
  • Diguo New Generation - Stylish, no flames, with built in burner, and lightweight
  • KitchenAid - Sturdy, magnetic, and easy to use