Are you in the market for a new coffee maker with carafe or stand alone thermal carafe?
Then, let these comparisons help you make the right choice!
Insulated Thermal Carafes
- Better heat means better flavor.
- They’re quite portable.
- Glass lined thermal carafes leave no lingering plastic flavors behind.
- Large insulated coffee carafes tend to keep coffee hotter longer.
- Some small and large insulated coffee carafes come with gauges that tell you how much is left.
- Thermal carafes and urns are far more expensive compared to traditional coffee pots.
Below we’ve hand selected some quality insulated thermal coffee carafes, coffee urns, and pump coffee dispensers. Each of these hold lots of coffee but your final choice will depend a lot on your intended use.
Are you entertaining for parties? Then a coffee urn may be best as they hold way more coffee than other options. Pump carafes tend to hold between 2-3 liters but if you want a standard carafe that holds and pours like a pitcher we’ve listed a few of these for you as well. They all hold at least 50 ounces of coffee so they are certainly on the larger side.
Our Favorite Large Thermal Carafes for Coffee
Oggi Catalina 68-Ounce Thermal Vacuum Carafe with Stainless Steel Liner and Press Button TopThis is a perfect extra large carafe for use in the home!
It doesn’t cost a lot, it’s vacuum insulated and stainless steel lined so it will be perfect for keeping your drinks hot for a long time while without imparting any plastic flavors.
There are better carafes available but this is your best value overall.
Here are Some More Big Thermal Carafes to Review
BUNN 36725.0000 3.8-Liter Lever-Action Airpot, Stainless SteelThermos Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Carafe, 51-OunceHamilton Beach 40515 42-Cup Coffee Urn, SilverWest Bend 58002 12-42 Cup Automatic Party Perk Coffee UrnNesco CU-30 Professional Coffee Urn, 6.8-Liter, Stainless SteelGenuine Joe – Contemporary Vacuum Carafe, 2.0L., Stainless Steel, Sold as 1 Each, GJO 11958Zojirushi SH-FB19 Stainless Steel Vacuum Carafe with Brew-Thru Lid, 64-Ounce, BlackBUNN 13041 2-1/2-Liter Push-Button Airpot Coffee/Tea Dispenser
All in all, there are advantages and disadvantages for each one, so it’s best that you think about which one suits you best so you end up making the right choice.
The Difference Between Large Carafes & Airpots
Around the home large coffee carfes are usually the best way to go. They tend to hold between 50-70 ounces of coffee which is usually about the size of a full 12-cup coffee maker.
You certainly can go bigger by opting for an airpot but it’s usually hard to brew so much coffee at one time without a huge percolator or commercial coffee machine.
Carafes are usually just big pitchers with lids that are thermally insulated. Airpots on the other hand are the big vertical coffee dispensers that sit stationary on a table or flat surface. You usually find them in gas stations, banks, restaurants and any other place that offers customers self-serve coffee.
With an air pot you pump the lever down to dispense coffee out the spout and into your cup. They are much bigger but usually overkill for even large homes.
Another alternative to the extra large coffee carafe is the coffee urn. We have an entire page dedicated to urns right here.
If you are looking for something more specific then I recommend seeing some of the pages linked to below.