How long does Aeropress last? Find out how to take care of it and prolong its life, and we’ll weigh in on whether it’s a good deal considering its lifespan.
Aeropress is one of the most innovative and modern ways to make a cup of coffee. The simple design uses a rapid brewing process that yields a perfect cup of coffee: no grit, no bitterness, and less acidity.
Looking at an Aeropress coffee maker, you’d be surprised that it does so much with so little, which begs the question: how long does Aeropress last? If taken care of properly, an Aeropress coffee maker will last between two and three years.
Let’s look at how to care for your Aeropress apparatus, as well as some things that will shorten its lifespan.
How to Take Care of an Aeropress to Prolong Its Life
One of the best things about Aeropress is how easy it is to care for it. Once you finish brewing, simply discard the disposable filter and rinse the plunger, and chamber well in warm water. About once a week, remove the seal from the end of the plunger and wash with gentle dish soap (Dawn is perfectly fine).
If the inside of the chamber or parts of the plunger ever build up residue or get sticky, simply wash them with a solution of vinegar and water.
Finally, be sure to store your Aeropress properly. Be sure all parts are completely dry, then push the plunger and the silicone seal through the chamber. Not only is that the best way to store the Aeropress for longevity and safety, but it’s also convenient because it doesn’t take up much space on your counter or in the cabinet.
What to Do to Prevent Early Damage
It might seem counter-intuitive, but one thing you should not do with Aeropress is to frequently put its parts in the dishwasher. While dishwashers use very hot water to remove food residue and kill germs, it’s a bit too hot for Aeropress. It can warp its design and wear down the parts, especially the plunger.
In addition, dishwasher detergent often has additives and chemicals that might taint the flavor of your coffee or further damage your Aeropress. You should use the dishwasher minimally and only when necessary (for example, if you leave your Aeropress in the sink and it comes into contact with raw meat). Always place it on the top rack of the dishwasher as well.
We mentioned above, but you should always let your Aeropress dry completely before storing. Otherwise, yucky gunk might start growing on the inside, tainting your perfect cup of coffee.
Is Aeropress a Good Deal Considering Its Lifespan?
Aeropress is incredibly durable, but it’s still only going to give you about two or three years of life. Does that mean it isn’t worth it?
One factor to consider is the longevity of other coffee makers. While a glass French press might last longer than an Aeropress, it certainly won’t if you drop it. You’re taking your chances. While we don’t recommend it, you can drop your Aeropress, and it’ll more than likely be fine.
The same applies to a traditional coffee maker. It might last longer than three years, or you might have to hunt down a new pot. It also relies on electricity to work, so it isn’t portable like Aeropress, which you can take on vacation or even on a camping trip.
Finally, Aeropress is comparably priced to other coffee makers. Given what a delicious cup of coffee it yields, it might be a better bargain than any other brewing mechanism on the market. When you consider how much you’re going to enjoy your cup of coffee every day for such a reasonable price, it’s well worth it!