If you are looking for a great value, high-quality coffee machine, you may have heard of Bonavita.
They may be a relative newcomer to the scene, but their brewers have proved very popular due to their ease of use and ability to make great coffee.
Here, we compare the Bonavita bv1800 vs bv1900.
Two very similar machines
The 1800 and the 1900 are actually very similar machines; the 1900 is just a slightly updated version with a few design tweaks.
With this in mind, first, we will look at the 1800 in detail before going on to consider the newer upgraded version.
Introducing the Bonavita 1800
The Bonavita 1800 is one of the rare machines that has been certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA), which means it is capable of producing a very high-quality cup of coffee (1).
Check out this video talking about the SCAA’s “Gold Cup Standard”.
Operating the Bonavita 1800 is simplicity itself; this machine allows you to produce an excellent brew at the touch of a single button.
Some things to consider
If you are thinking of purchasing a Bonavita machine, there are a couple of questions you should ask yourself.
First, do you prefer a machine that brews using ground coffee in the traditional way or do you prefer the speed and convenience of a pod-based machine like a Keurig?
Modern pod-based machines are extremely quick and easy to use. You simply pop in a pod, hit “brew” and wait for your coffee to be served.
It all comes down to what you value more. If you want the ultimate in speed and simplicity, a pod-based brewer is hard to beat.
However, using a traditional brewer gives you more flexibility over the coffee you can use since you are not restricted to using only what is available in pods. Buying beans or grounds is also cheaper than buying pods as well as being less damaging to the environment.
Second, you should consider if you prefer a very uncomplicated machine or one with more options and controls.
With a Bonavita, unnecessary extras have been stripped down to a minimum, leaving simply a machine that brews great coffee at the touch of a single button. Some people might find they prefer a few more options over how they brew.
Finally, do you really need a brewer that makes exceptional coffee or is just a decent cup sufficient? If you don’t consider yourself a coffee aficionado and just want a caffeine hit in the morning, there are far cheaper options out there.
Features and benefits
1. SCAA approved
The main advantage with this machine is that it has been certified by the SCAA. This certification is not awarded to many machines, and it guarantees coffee brewed according to the SCAA’s strict Golden Cup Standard.
What this means is that the brewer carefully controls important aspects of the brewing process including water temperature and extraction to deliver a superior brew.
2. Powerful 1400-watt water heater
One of the ways this brewer achieves the high quality of brew it produces is by using a powerful 1400-watt water heater.
This allows it quickly to heat water to the optimum temperature of 195-105°F and to make sure it stays at this temperature throughout the brewing process.
3. Showerhead water delivery system
In order to ensure an even extraction, the water is delivered through a large showerhead.
This means the water passes through the grounds in a uniform way, extracting the desired flavors perfectly without over-extracting or under-extracting the coffee on the sides or in the middle.
4. V-shaped flat-bottomed filter
The permanent filter is V-shaped and has a flat bottom. In conjunction with the showerhead delivery system, this helps make sure the coffee is extracted thoroughly and evenly, producing fantastic coffee every time.
5. Three carafe options
The 1800 is sold as three versions, distinguished by the carafe included. The simple 1800 includes a glass carafe, the 1800TS comes with a glass vacuum thermos system and the 1800SS has a Stainless-Steel carafe.
All three models do a great job of keeping coffee warm for longer; the 1800 is the standard model, with the other two representing upgrades on the basic version.
6. Water reservoir for up to eight cups
The unit includes an easy-to-fill water reservoir that holds enough water for one eight-cup carafe of coffee.
7. Simplicity of design
The Bonavita 1800 has been designed to keep things as simple as possible, allowing you to brew great coffee at the touch of a button.
This makes it an ideal coffee maker for people who don’t like things to be unnecessarily complicated. The only control is the on-off switch.
8. Utilitarian but attractive design
This machine is not intended to be eye-catching or flashy, but rather features an understated utilitarian design.
It is a great pick for someone who prefers a minimalist style rather than having ostentatious electronics on display in their home.
9. Small footprint
Measuring only 10.75” x 6.25” x 12.25” and weighing only 6.39lbs, this unit’s small footprint makes it suitable for even smaller homes where space is at a premium.
10. Dishwasher-friendly removable parts
All of the removable parts, including the carafe lid, filter and showerhead are 100% dishwasher friendly, making the 1800 easier to maintain in optimum condition.
11. BPA-free plastics
All plastics used in the Bonavita are completely free of potentially harmful BPAs.
12. High-quality machine
The Bonavita 1800 may be on the expensive side for such a simple brewer, but it is a high-quality machine that represents excellent value if drinking great coffee is important to you.
- SCAA-certified brewing system
- Powerful 1400-watt heater
- Showerhead water delivery
- V-shaped, flat-bottomed filter
- Extremely simple one-touch operation
- Limited control over brewing parameters
- No programmable timer option
- Powerful heater consumes more electricity than regular brewers
Introducing the Bonavita 1900
The Bonavita 1900 is very similar to the 1800 in many ways; in fact, as we mentioned before, it is simply an updated version with a few extra features and improvements. So how is it different?
There are actually two versions of this brewer, the 1900TS and the 1900TD. The main technical upgrade both 1900 models share is the heating system. While the 1800 has a 1400-watt heater, the 1900 models have a slightly more powerful 1500-watt version.
This added power gives even more precise control over the brewing temperature, resulting in even better coffee.
Furthermore, the 1900TD has another significant addition: this machine includes a programmable timer, allowing you to set the machine to start brewing automatically at a pre-designated time.
Other than this, the differences are mainly cosmetic. The 1900 models feature a more rounded water reservoir, and the overall appearance has been upgraded slightly to look more modern and up-to-date.
Both 1900 models include all of the features that made the previous 1800 version so successful – the showerhead water delivery and optimized filter are all there, as is the extreme simplicity of use. Like their predecessor, the 1900 models are both certified by the SCAA, guaranteeing superior coffee.
What're the Differences between Bonavita 1800 and 1900
- 1500-watt heater
- Updated modern design
- Programmable timer (1900TD only)
Bonavita 1800 vs 1900 - Our verdict
The 1800 models and the 1900 models are much alike, and while the 1900 is newer and includes a couple of upgrades on the earlier model, most of them represent only minor improvements.
While it is true that the 1500-watt heater on the 1900 models is more powerful than the 1400-watt heater on the 1800 versions, we don’t think this is a significant upgrade. For most people, the improvement in taste will be imperceptible.
Similarly, although we prefer the more modern look of the upgraded version – and this could be a reason to choose a 1900 over a 1800 – it is perhaps not our top priority when choosing a coffee maker.
However, when we consider the 1900TD with the inclusion of the programmable timer, we are looking at a feature that could be a game-changer – this is a noteworthy upgrade that many users would probably appreciate.
A 1900TD costs quite a bit more than a 1900TS, but if you can stretch your budget, we believe the ability to have coffee waiting for you in the morning when your alarm sounds is well worth the extra expense.
If this feature doesn’t seem useful to you, a 1900TS would still be an excellent choice. However, for us, there really doesn’t seem to be much to gain by buying an older 1800 model – unless you can find one that is significantly cheaper than the newer versions.
Both the 1900TS and the 1900TD come with a thermal Stainless-Steel carafe.
An excellent series of coffee makers
We have enjoyed looking at the Bonavita 1800 vs 1900 coffee makers and comparing them for you. All of these machines are high-quality coffee makers. The fact that they have achieved the rare accolade of being certified by the SCAA shows their ability to brew great coffee.
If you care about drinking great coffee and you want a high-quality and reliable machine to brew it, any of these Bonavita brewers would be a good pick. For us, the best of the lot is the Bonavita 1900TD – but if you don’t need a programmable timer, a 1900TS will save you some money.
Do you have a Bonavita? Is the coffee it makes as good as they claim? Do you use the programmable timer, or do you think it isn’t really so useful? If you have something to add, please leave us a comment – we always love hearing from you. And if you enjoyed reading, don’t forget to share!
My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Ag Ferrari, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.