Bonavita has a history of producing quality coffee brewers and accessories, and their one-touch coffee brewing systems are no exception. Both of the two main models, the 1800 and 1900, have been well-received by many, but there are several key differences between the two that make each of them more ideal for a certain type of buyer.
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the similarities and differences between both products. We’ll also put them head to head in an effort to determine which is right for your home.
At their core, both the Bonavita 1800 and 1900 share the same basic functionality. They both feature the one-touch brew operation and 8-cup capacity, and they even share the same overall design, broadly-speaking. The differences between the two only become apparent when you take a deeper dive into the innards used in each. For instance, while the 1800SS includes a 1400-watt power source, the 1900TS is slightly more powerful, at 1500-watts.
Interestingly, the 1800SS model utilizes a conical filter, whereas the 1900TS is flat. There are subtle design differences throughout, but none of them are drastic. The 1900 features a clear glass look, while the 1800 has a bluish tint to it, making the markings on the side of the reservoir a bit harder to read (at least, to our eyes).
Ease of Use
Both Bonavita coffee makers get high marks here, as the line itself was seemingly designed for simplicity over just about everything else. There are no fancy settings to play with here, and no complicated screens full of brew options to pour over. For some, that may be a negative mark for both products, depending upon how much control over the brewing process you like to have.
In our tests, the two coffee brewers performed very similarly in terms of total brewing time. The BV1900TS just barely won out, coming in at around 8 minutes compared to 9 minutes on the lower-end model. We chalked this up to the slight edge the BV1900TS has in terms of pure power output, and in real-world scenarios, this isn’t going to significantly alter your experience, regardless of which model you opt for.
Keep in mind here that both models also feature the thermal carafe, which should keep your coffee warm for the same amount of time. All the same, you probably don’t want to leave it for too long, as the longer it sits, the worse it’ll usually taste.
Another important aspect to note here has to do with cleaning; we found that the flat filter found in the BV1900 was much easier to clean in general than the V-shaped conical filter found in its sister product. Aside from this, both brewers make the entire process a set-and-forget affair, which is fantastic, seeing as that seems to be the intention here.
End Results: How Is The Coffee?
This is where the old adage “you get what you pay for” begins to show its merit. In our tests, the BV1900TS made what we can only describe as a subjectively better cup of coffee than the lower-end 1800. We say subjective, of course, because a good brew can vary from person to person, but little nuances like the larger shower head really seemed to improve the saturation of the grounds, leading to more of a velvety, full texture than what we tasted in the BV1800SS.
The flat filter also improves things in this department, leading to a more even extraction overall. That’s not to say, however, that the BV1800 didn’t produce a perfectly fine cup itself. We did enjoy both, so we wouldn’t quite say the difference is night and day. Despite that, we feel that anyone serious about the taste of their coffee would be better-served by the increased power and performance found in the Bonavita 1900.
At the end of the day, the Bonavita 1800 and 1900 are strikingly similar products. The upgraded model is just that; a higher-end version of the same device, featuring the same broad strokes design cues and operation. Still, these subtle differences add up to a tangible difference in coffee quality, and if you are someone looking to get more serious about the art of the brew, that may mean all the difference to you.
By the same token, if you are just looking for a hyper-functional coffee maker that works quickly and effectively without getting tied up in a million different settings, you may be able to save a considerable amount of money going with the entry-level 1800 model.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.