Similar in design to the Chemex Classic Series, the Bodum Pour-Over is a sleek and beautifully designed option for those who prefer manual drip brewing.
The Bodum brewer comes in three different sizes and 10 different silicone color combinations — one of which is just cork and not actually silicone — for a comfortable, temperature-resistant grip that resists water.
This is an important distinction between Bodum and Chemex as the above Chemex brewer has a wood collar that you have to be careful not to get wet.
The Bodum comes with a permanent mesh filter made of stainless steel mesh and a BPA-free plastic cage. It isn’t the best filter, though, and makes coffee that tastes and feels a little like French press coffee. I’d suggest getting a better mesh filter or, if you prefer paper filters, placing a paper filter in the permanent filter.
A word of caution: Be careful when handling this brewer. The glass is pretty thin. The 34 oz Bodum weighs 1.6 lbs compared to 1.9 lbs for the 30 oz Chemex. Some of that will be the weight difference between the silicone and wood collars, but some of it is the Bodum’s thinner glass.