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Whether in summer for an ice-cold water or in winter for a hot tea. A carafe is suitable for any temperature and any occasion. In addition to its function as a vessel for numerous beverages, a carafe also offers a visually aesthetic image through diverse designs.

The range of carafes in different designs and materials is now so wide that it can often be difficult to find the right carafe, which is why we have compared different models in our product comparison and worked out the most important aspects.




Summary

  • Carafes can be made of numerous materials, but the most popular materials are glass and plastic
  • important purchase criteria are above all: the capacity, the material, the design and the heat resistance
  • Carafes are available in many price ranges, from the middle price range onwards there are a large number of very good products

The Best Carafe: Our Choices

Buying and evaluation criteria for carafes

In order to find the most suitable carafe for your taste, we have compiled the most important criteria that you should consider when buying a carafe. The criteria also help you decide between the many carafes available on the market.

You should pay particular attention to the following criteria when buying a carafe:

Capacity

Carafes are available in numerous sizes with corresponding capacities. When buying, you should adjust the capacity to the number of people and the occasion for which the carafe will be used.

Is it a large family dinner? Then you should opt for a larger carafe with a capacity of 1 litre or more, so that you don't have to refill it too often. If you are looking for a smaller carafe, because you only use it for yourself, for example, you will find carafes from 0.5 litres.

Material

Glass carafes

Carafes can be made of many different materials. However, glass carafes are by far the most popular and are available in numerous designs. The advantage of glass carafes is always the transparency of the vessel and thus the "free" view of the drink.

If a drink has a particularly beautiful colour or is served in a particularly beautiful way, a glass carafe is clearly an advantage.

The disadvantage of using a glass carafe can be the sensitivity and corresponding fragility of the material. For example, in a household with small children, the glass carafe may fall and break. To prevent this, however, you can use a carafe with robust, double-walled glass (e.g. borosilicate glass).

You should also make sure that the carafe is dishwasher-safe to avoid damaging the material.

Plastic carafes

In addition to glass carafes, carafes made of plastic are also very popular. Because of the much more robust material, plastic carafes are less fragile and are therefore particularly suitable if the carafe is used around smaller children. Another advantage of a plastic carafe is that it can be taken along with the appropriate lid when needed.

A clear disadvantage of plastic carafes can be the plastic particles in the material.

They can significantly alter the taste of the drink and may be harmful to health. Most carafes made of plastic therefore have an expiry date after which the carafe should be replaced, as the particles in the plastic can be released after prolonged use of the carafe, e.g. by carbonated drinks.

Accordingly, it is especially important to replace a plastic carafe regularly or to buy carafes made of BPA-free plastic.

Design

Carafes come in a wide variety of colours and shapes. There are clear differences in the designs, depending on which drink is filled into the carafe. Water carafes, for example, are usually quite plain and designed in simple shapes, while carafes for alcoholic drinks have more striking shapes and sizes. However, there is no rule and the design can vary greatly depending on taste.

Carafes can also be divided into carafes with and without lids. A carafe with a lid can be particularly practical when used outdoors, as the lid prevents insects from getting into the drink, especially in summer, or a cold drink from immediately warming up in the sun.

The lids of the carafes are usually made of plastic or glass. However, there are also very different designs in the shape of the lids, for example, there are also carafes with wooden balls that serve as lids.

Heat resistance

If you are looking for a carafe that can hold both cold drinks and hot drinks, you should definitely pay attention to the heat resistance of the carafe, as normal glass carafes often break when filled with hot drinks.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about the carafe answered in detail

In the following section, we deal with basic questions on the topic of "carafe" to give you a deeper insight into the entire topic and to clarify any open questions.

Who is a carafe suitable for?

A carafe is particularly suitable for those who, on the one hand, want to present a drink more attractively than is possible in a normal plastic bottle and, on the other hand, also want to provide a large quantity of a drink directly without having to constantly refill it.

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Water carafes often have a rather classic design and are usually made of glass. The transparency of the material offers a "free view" of the drink and makes it look more aesthetically pleasing. (Image source: Kouji Tsuru / Unsplash)

Carafes are also particularly suitable for people who tend to drink less than they should, because they have a calculable amount in front of them and usually want to finish it.

What types of carafes are there?

Carafes can be roughly divided into 3 types. There is the classic water carafe, which is usually made of glass, but can also be made of many other materials. They tend to be narrower and taller, so that they fit easily into cupboards. In addition, they are usually quite simple in design.

Wine carafes can usually be recognised by their wide belly, which tapers towards the top. Carafes that are often filled with high-proof alcohol (e.g. whiskey) usually have a very high-quality finish and are visually very appealing.

What does a carafe cost?

Carafes vary in price, mainly depending on their additional functions and the material they are made of. The following table shows the prices in a range from low-priced to high-priced.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (10 - 15 €) mostly no lids, not heat-resistant
Medium-priced (15 - 25 €) mostly heat-resistant, additional functions (e.g. fruit skewers etc.), lids
High-priced (from €25) mostly heat-resistant, larger scope of delivery (cleaning brush etc.), additional functions

Depending on which additional functions the carafe is to fulfil, you will find many carafes with numerous additional functions and high-quality material in the medium price range.

How do I clean a carafe?

Especially with narrow carafes, cleaning can be difficult. Especially because not every carafe is suitable for the dishwasher. For carafes with a lid, you can try to clean the carafe by pouring water and detergent into the carafe and shaking it.

However, this only works to a limited extent and can lead to unsatisfactory results, especially with drinks that are not easy to remove.

One possibility that definitely leads to good cleaning results is the use of special cleaning brushes, which are even supplied with some carafes. The cleaning brush is so flexible that it can adapt to the specific shape of the carafe and thus clean it without any problems.

Conclusion

Carafes make it possible to make drinks look much more aesthetic. They come in a variety of materials, shapes and colours, so there should be something for every taste. The fact that many carafes can be used to store both hot and cold drinks also makes them versatile. A carafe is particularly practical for a larger number of people, as its larger capacity means that it does not have to be refilled very often.

Depending on what is important to you when using a carafe, there are a large number of products that vary greatly in their functions. In general, when buying a carafe, you should pay particular attention to the material, the heat resistance and the design.

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