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Are Bodum French Presses Microwave & Dishwasher Safe?

The Bodum French press has been thoughtfully put together and designed to be a very durable and tough piece of equipment. It is made with materials that are durable and heat resistant. In essence, it will last longer.

If you own one of these, you may be wondering if you can put them in a microwave or in the dishwasher. The answer to your question is “yes!”…for the most part, at least.

Read on to find out which Bodum French presses are safe to go in the microwave and dishwasher and which parts you should hand wash instead.

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I don’t quite understand why anyone would want to microwave coffee. Re-heating coffee in this way tends to bring on a more bitter taste, but, yes, you can microwave the Bodum French press beaker. Before you do that you will want to take it out of the plastic or metal part of the press. That isn’t always recommended though!

The beaker is very good at undergoing temperature changes without getting damaged. This heat resistance means that it isn’t only microwave safe, but dishwasher safe, as well. The whole thing is dishwasher safe, but not all parts are microwave safe, as I mentioned above.

Before we move on to the meat of this post I first want to direct your attention to probably the best french press for the money right now. It’s fully dishwasher safe although you would never put any part of it in the microwave. Made by Secura it’s a thermally insulated stainless steel model that barely costs more then the cheapest Bodum models on the market today.

Give it a look here if you are only interested in getting a great coffee press that can be cleaned in the dishwasher without any risks.

What Are Bodum Products Made With?

bodum french press dishwasher safeIn life, I have come to the conclusion that it isn’t only about the design of a product that makes a product awesome, it also has a lot to do with the materials that product is made with and also the manufacturing they undergo.

The majority of Bodum products are made from these materials:

  • Borosilicate Glass: Resistant to temperature changes; very strong composition that won’t cloud or stain due to use. Dishwasher safe.
  • Santoprene: It is a silicone coating that is used in various elements of products. It’s a coating that provides a non-slip grip and is cool to touch.
  • SAN (Styrene-Acylnitrile-Copolymeride) Plastic: Excellent transparency, scratch resistant, doesn’t undergo deformation due to heat and is resistant to temperature change. BPA Free. Dishwasher safe.
  • PP (Polypropylene) Plastic: Equally tough, rigid and hard throughout. Doesn’t become deformed. Glossy finish, BPA free. Dishwasher safe.
  • POM (Polyoxymethylene) Plastic: High rigidity, good elasticity, compact and dense. BPA free. Dishwasher safe.

Microwaving A Bodum French Press

You may want to microwave water in your French press when you are at work and don’t want to bring a kettle or pot to your job. You may want to just reheat your already-made coffee in it. Regardless, this may be a little tricky.

First off, microwaves are all different. They heat differently, due to wattage and design. Second, you have to be very familiar with the microwave that you are using. If you are heating water in the microwave, you will need a thermometer to make sure that the water is at the correct temperature to brew your coffee with. Just because it isn’t boiling doesn’t mean that the water isn’t at boiling temperature. A lot of the time, if you heat water up in the microwave it won’t boil over until you stop the heating process and begin to move the container it is in.

Superheating (also known as boiling delay or boiling retardation) is the process in which water is heated past its boiling point without actually boiling. Think of the water as having a skin at that point and below the “skin” surface is serious vapor pressure. Once the water is disturbed in this state, it is quite probable for it to start boiling violently on you or spew out hazardous steam on your hand or arm, not only because of the “skin” but also because it is quickly cooling down to the actual boiling point of water and that heat needs to go somewhere.

Beware, though, sometimes this may not happen simply when the water is disturbed or cools down a bit. Sometimes the danger is in stirring the water up, or putting a substance in like sugar or instant coffee.

Here is a cool trick that will help you to prevent superheating from happening to you: Try putting a popsicle stick in the French press beaker as you heat heat up your water or coffee. This provides a rough surface for the water to use to form bubbles.

Putting A Bodum French Press In A Dishwashwer

The Bodum products, as I mentioned above, are manufactured with the right materials to make them microwave and dishwasher safe. The Bodum French press helps make life easier by giving you the opportunity to wash your French press in the dishwasher without any damage to it.

These days, people are always searching for things that make life just a bit easier and less hectic. Dishwashers have been essential in aiding this effort. So feel free to clean your Bodum French press in the dishwasher! Just be sure to remove the coffee grounds, first.

Editor’s Note – Do you have a dedicated French press coffee grinder? We recommend at least checking out these manual grinders for the french press.

Further Information

Let’s get something clear, I am not saying that the Bodum French press is indestructible because it isn’t. People have taken the beakers from the jars and taken them straight to hot water for some reason and they end up breaking from the strain of the sudden temperature change. Approach your product and the manufacturers claims with common sense and logic.

I have heard of people breaking them in the dishwasher, for example. If you are worried about this happening to you, I suggest that you place the beaker in a dishwasher that is not crowded. Also, for more assurance, put the beaker on the top rack of your dishwasher. If you aim to be a careful user of Bodum products then you can expect a longer life of these items. Yes, their products are beautiful, have great design, are light weight and they claim durability but they still need to be handled with good sense and care.

With that being said, accidents do happen. We aren’t perfect, but thankfully, Bodum has replacement parts for their products. The most likely part that you will end up breaking will be the beaker. You may have forced the beaker to undergo instant drastic temperature changes. It may have broken in a crowded dishwasher. You may have bumped it off the counter. You may have dropped it in the sink while hand-washing the beaker. Regardless, there is hope to continue your French pressing coffee journey. Bodum offers a replacement beaker for your Bodum French press! Here it is: Bodum Replacement Beaker.

The bottom line is that Bodum has facilitated their French press to be both microwave and dishwasher safe, by effectively manufacturing their products with the correct materials for the job!

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