Filter coffee machine with glass jug or thermal jug – which is best?

Updated:
04. April 2024

One important decision when selecting a filter coffee machine is whether to opt for a glass or thermal jug model.

In this article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the two options and compare data, such as price, for each type.

Brief overview

This is a brief overview of the advantages and disadvantages of coffee machines with glass and thermal jugs. Detailed information is available further down in the article.

Filter coffee machine with a glass jug
Filter coffee machine with a glass jug
Advantages
Transparent jug
Cheaper
Easier to clean
Disadvantages
More fragile
Price
£25-229 (Avg.: £97)
Filter coffee machine with a thermal jug
Advantages
Less fragile
Retains heat longer
Transportable
Disadvantages
Typically more expensive
Harder to clean
Price
£84-223 (Avg.: £170)

Glass jug

Coffee machines with a glass jug have been the most common choice for decades. Here are some of the characteristics associated with glass jug coffee machines:

  • Visibility: One of the primary advantages of glass jugs is their transparency, allowing users to easily monitor the coffee level and gauge when a refill is needed.
  • More budget-friendly: Coffee machines with glass jugs are often more budget-friendly compared to models with thermal jugs.
  • Ease of cleaning: Glass jugs are generally dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand. Additionally, their smooth surfaces make removing any coffee stains or residue simple.
  • Heating plate: Most coffee machines with a glass jug come with a heating plate that keeps the brewed coffee warm after the brewing cycle is complete.
  • Fragility: Glass jugs are inherently more fragile than thermal jugs and are susceptible to cracking or breaking if mishandled.

Thermal jug

Here are some of the features associated with coffee machines with thermal jugs:

  • Retains heat: The primary advantage of thermal jugs is their ability to retain heat. These insulated jugs can keep coffee hot for hours without needing a heating plate, making them ideal for households where coffee is consumed gradually over time.
  • Durability: Thermal jugs are typically made from stainless steel or other durable materials, making them more resistant to damage compared to glass jugs.
  • Portability: The insulated design of thermal jugs makes them ideal for outdoor activities, picnics, or gatherings where access to power outlets may be limited. Users can brew coffee at home and take the thermal jug with them.
  • Limited visibility: Unlike glass jugs, thermal jugs are not transparent, which means users cannot visually monitor the coffee level.

Price comparison

Filter coffee machines with a thermal jug tend to be more expensive. The following chart shows the distribution in price across the filter coffee machines with thermal jugs in comparison with the filter coffee machines with a glass jug:

Updated April 19, 2024

The average price across the models with a thermal jug is £170, whereas the average price across the models with glass jugs is £97.

Which jug type is the most common?

The following chart shows the distribution of the various types of jugs.

Glass jug (71%)
Thermal jug (26%)
Cup (3%)
Updated April 19, 2024

The chart shows 26% of the filter coffee machines have a thermal jug.

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