If you rely on disposable coffee filters one day, you will know the pain of unexpectedly running out. Most people look forward to their morning cup, and having to skip because you don’t have any filters can throw your whole day out of whack. Disposable filters are also wasteful. We’re always looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact, and making coffee with a reusable filter is an easy way to be more environmentally friendly. Also, consider that you will save a boatload of money over time since you won’t have to keep purchasing more filters.
If you want to protect yourself from accidentally running out of filters, reduce your waste, and save some money, then check out our guide below. There are a variety of reusable coffee filters that can help you achieve all of these goals but deciding which one is right for you can be tricky. In these reviews, we take you through our favorite reusable filters first and conclude with a general guide covering what you should look for when shopping for a reusable filter.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Tone Filter||CHECK PRICE|
|Best K Cup Coffee Filters||Perfect Pod Reusable K Cup Pod Coffee Filters||CHECK PRICE|
|Premium Choice||Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Filter||CHECK PRICE|
|Keurig Universal Reusable Filter||CHECK PRICE|
|GOLDTONE Reusable Basket Coffee Filter||CHECK PRICE|
The 10 Best Reusable Coffee Filters – Reviews 2020
1. Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Tone Filter – Best Overall
Leading the way is our best all-around choice from Hamilton Beach. This gold-tone filter is durable, easy to clean, and low priced. If you use an 8- to 12-cup electric coffee maker with basket-style filters, this is an excellent replacement to consider. After only a few months, this filter will pay for itself compared to the price of paper filters.
This filter is as easy to use as a paper filter but requires a bit more effort during clean up. It is dishwasher safe as long as you knock excess grounds into the garbage first. Most days, you can get away with a quick rinse and be done.
One minor annoyance we found is the shape of the bottom of the basket. Instead of being perfectly flat, the basket is domed slightly. If you don’t carefully flatten the coffee bed before brewing, the resulting cup tends to come out weak. Tapping the basket a few times on the counter with the coffee in it levels out the grounds nicely, but it is an extra required step.
Overall, the price is right, and we think this filter is the best option for people with traditional electric coffee makers.
2. Perfect Pod Reusable K Cup Pod Coffee Filters – Best K Cup Coffee Filters
There are a lot of reasons we love the Perfect Pod Reusable K Cup filter. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and unbelievably affordable. Without a doubt, this is the best reusable filter you can get for K-cup style machines.
It works just like a disposable pod, except you have to add ground coffee to it. There is a mesh filter basket inside the plastic casing that lets water pass through the coffee into your cup.
Brewing coffee is almost as easy as using a traditional K-cup with the additional step of making sure you have the right amount of coffee in the pod. We overfilled it once and wound up with a mess in our machine. If you overcompensate and underfill the pod, you can wind up with a weak, sour-tasting cup. It’s not hard to fill the pod with the right amount of water, but it does take a little trial and error.
The most significant benefit to this filter – besides the great price – is having the convenience of a pod-style brewer combined with the flexibility to use whatever coffee you like.
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3. Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Filter – Premium Choice
Our first two options are great for classic drip machines and pod-style brewers, but what if you want the benefits of a permanent filter with the greater control of a pour-over? Barista Warrior’s titanium coated pour-over filter is what you’re looking for.
We love making pour-over coffee, but we don’t love how wasteful paper filters are, especially when using a single-serve brewer like a Hario V60. This filter does a great job of making delicious pour-over coffee without the waste or hassle of paper filters. It’s effortless to clean and only requires a more thorough cleaning about once a month.
One possible downside depending on your flavor preference is that the coffee comes out differently than it does with a paper filter. Paper filters remove more oils and fine particles from the cup than even an extremely fine metal filter like this. The result is more like a French press pour-over hybrid than a pure pour-over.
This filter is not cheap at all, but we think it’s worth the investment. Popular paper filters for the V60 and Chemex aren’t cheap and need to be repurchased frequently, so you wind up saving money after only a few months.
4. Keurig Universal Reusable Filter
At number four, we have the second pod-style reusable filter on our list. Much like our number two entry, this filter is a happy marriage of convenience and low cost.
What sets this filter apart from other K-cup reusable filters is the universal design. Most permanent pod filters are meant for a specific model or size brewer. This one has an ingenious double-base that lets you swap it in and out of different sized machines. Since most people don’t have multiple size brewers, we think the real value of buying this option is for people who have non-standard size brewers. If you own any 2.0 K-cup coffee maker, this filter is compatible.
Even though it does fit all 2.0 pod brewers, it is not easy to use at all, and it doesn’t come with instructions to help you figure it out. We had to resort to blog posts from people who had similar difficulties in figuring out how to remove the right pieces of our machine to get it to fit. Once you have everything sorted out, it works like a charm.
5. GOLDTONE Reusable Basket Coffee Filter
This drip-style filter basket from Goldstone is very similar to our overall pick. It has a fine mesh basket, but it is designed for 10-12 cup electric coffee makers rather than 8-12 cup machines. It’s made of dishwasher safe material and does a good job of filtering our coffee.
Another seeming benefit over the similar Hamilton Beach filter is that it is quite a bit cheaper. Unfortunately, in this case, being cheaper is a sign of lower quality rather than a better deal. The plastic is brittle, and the handle is prone to breaking. We could make do without a functioning handle, but the side supports are also fragile and don’t instill us with confidence about this filter’s longevity.
Still, it does its job just fine and, if you’re careful with it, is a steal. Low cost is a double-edged sword, and we feel that this filter exemplifies the concept of you get what you pay for – in a bad way.
6. Eco-Sopure Reusable Permanent Cone Coffee Filters
Many coffee makers take cone-style filters instead of basket-style, but that doesn’t mean you are stuck with paper filters if your machine is one of them. So far, the filters on this list have only been for basket-style electric coffee machines or pour-overs. The Eco-Sopure filter is a #4 cone style, which makes it appropriate for a completely different class of machine.
This filter is entirely stainless steel, which makes it very durable and easy to clean. The mesh is very fine, which does a great job of giving you a clean cup, but can also become clogged if you use finely ground coffee. There is also a small issue with drainage due to a solid rim at the bottom of the basket. The mesh stops about a quarter of an inch from the bottom of the filter, so water pools rather than drains away.
That isn’t enough of a drawback to warrant removing it from the list, and we recommend it for anyone who has a cone-style machine.
7. Zulay Reusable Pour Over Coffee Filter
Zulay’s reusable pour-over coffee filter is the first filter on this list that isn’t attached to a solid frame. At a glance, you might even mistake it for a Chemex or V60 paper filter even though it’s made of stainless steel. In theory, this makes it function exactly like its paper counterparts, but it is not as easy to use in practice.
We love that it is reusable, and once you get started pouring water, it works well. The problem for us is that it doesn’t sit nicely in the brewer. Even though it’s flexible, it isn’t as flexible as it needs to be to prevent it from folding in on itself. Precision is important if you want to make consistently great pour-over coffee, and this filter makes that precision difficult to attain.
Even with the folding issue, this filter isn’t a terrible choice. It does a great job of actually filtering the coffee, and if you don’t mind the hassle of holding the filter while you pour, it is a good option. It’s also very cheap so you can give it a try without worrying about wasting too much money.
8. Fill & Brew Reusable Coffee Filter
Fill & Brew’s reusable coffee filter is another permanent filter designed for machines with a filter basket. Like the others, it is dishwasher safe, but this one is made of polyester rather than stainless steel. For filtering coffee, it works fine, but we have concerns about its durability. The polyester mesh feels thin and fragile compared to the metal mesh on other filters.
It’s also significantly harder to clean. Stainless steel filters are easy to clean with only a rinse, but this one required more attention. We routinely found grounds hanging on to the sides even after we thought we’d got them all.
One small feature missing is a handle. It can be a nuisance to remove from the machine and requires you to get your fingers wet to get it out. It is a competitive price, and if you’re leaking for a great deal, this could be a good choice. For us, the fragile polyester mesh and the effort required to clean it are deal-breakers.
9. Bolio Organic Hemp Cone Coffee Filter
Bolio’s Organic Hemp cone filter isn’t made of metal or polyester, but instead, it’s made of…well hemp! It’s designed for cone style brewers and comes in several sizes, making it a great choice even if you don’t have the most common #4 size.
We like how it filters our coffee, and if that were the only consideration, we’d recommend this filter. Unfortunately, we struggled to clean it, and after a few uses, our coffee started developing a funny taste. We checked for lodged grounds but didn’t find any. Our best guess is the coffee’s oils get trapped in the filter and don’t come out during normal rinsing.
Another issue is clogging. With medium-fine or fine grounds, the filter will clog. We ground our coffee more coarsely to compensate, but the resulting flavor suffered.
We like the environmentally conscious design, and if we could figure out how to clean it properly, it would be great. As it is, we don’t recommend this filter for regular use. It isn’t cheap enough to replace as often as needed to provide a consistently clean, great-tasting cup of coffee.
10. Mr. Coffee Reusable Coffee Filter
Rounding out our top ten is the Mr. Coffee reusable coffee filter. It’s a basket-style designed for Mr. Coffee machines and has a similar appearance to other basket filters. A key difference, however, is the mesh itself. It’s made of nylon rather than stainless steel. This makes it more difficult to clean and more prone to wearing out with regular use.
We found it more difficult to clean than other basket style filters and regularly had to dislodge grounds that were stuck in the mesh by hand. We also noticed a widening in some parts of the mesh after only a few uses.
One thing we like about this filter is the handle it comes with, which makes it very easy to remove from your coffee maker. It’s also a good price, although it isn’t the cheapest option available.
Even though this filter will work – for a little while – there are better options at the same or lower price that make this one less appealing.
Now that you’ve heard about our favorite reusable filters, we’ll quickly go through some things to think about before you buy.
By far, the most important consideration is what material the filter is made from. In general, you’ll get the best value for your money and most convenience if you choose a stainless steel filter. Stainless steel is durable and easy to clean, which makes it perfect for everyday use. If you buy a stainless steel filter, you probably won’t have to replace it for many years.
If you’re used to drinking coffee that has been filtered through paper, you’ll notice some differences in your cup when you switch to a permanent filter. Paper removes even the finest grounds in your coffee, leaving you with a crisp, clean cup. When you move to a metal filter, more of these fine grounds will find their way into your cup, changing the flavor slightly. If you like clean, super filtered coffee, look for a reusable filter with a very fine mesh. The tighter the mesh, the cleaner your cup will be.
Paper filters also remove some of the coffee bean’s natural oil, which makes very clean cups, but also reduces the body. Moving to a stainless steel filter like our highest recommended options might increase the body and improve your coffee’s mouthfeel. You can think of a permanent metal filter as the halfway point between the full body of French press coffee and the delicate lightness of paper-filtered pour-over.
Some reusable filters seem expensive when you first see them. Comparing the price of a permanent filter to the disposable filters, you’re used to buying makes it seem like the reusable filter isn’t a good deal. In reality, you’ll save money in the long run by buying a permanent filter, even if they’re much more expensive than a pack of paper filters. You’ll also avoid the hassle of having to remember to reorder filters constantly.
There you have it! Buying a reusable filter is a great way to save some money and be more environmentally responsible at the same time. Hopefully, these reviews have helped you find the right permanent coffee filter for you. We recommend the Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Tone Filter as our best overall option if you have a basket-style machine. If you’re looking to save a few bucks and have a K Cup compatible machine, the Perfect Pod Reusable K Cup Pod Coffee Filters are your best bet. And finally, if you are particular about your pour-overs, look no further than Barista Warrior’s Pour Over Coffee Filter.
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Table of Contents
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 10 Best Reusable Coffee Filters – Reviews 2020
- 1. Hamilton Beach Permanent Gold Tone Filter – Best Overall
- 2. Perfect Pod Reusable K Cup Pod Coffee Filters – Best K Cup Coffee Filters
- 3. Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Filter – Premium Choice
- 4. Keurig Universal Reusable Filter
- 5. GOLDTONE Reusable Basket Coffee Filter
- 6. Eco-Sopure Reusable Permanent Cone Coffee Filters
- 7. Zulay Reusable Pour Over Coffee Filter
- 8. Fill & Brew Reusable Coffee Filter
- 9. Bolio Organic Hemp Cone Coffee Filter
- 10. Mr. Coffee Reusable Coffee Filter
- Buyer’s Guide