The 6 Best Glass-Lined Coffee Carafes Money Can Buy

Most coffee carafes are built with either a double wall or vacuum wall insulation. They are either made of plastic or stainless steel and although both styles work just fine there are always people who swear they can taste plastic or metallic flavors in their coffee. That is probably the number on reason why you might want to pick up a glass lined coffee carafe.

The interior glass lining doesn’t really add anything to the insulation of the carafe but it does add an element of cleanliness and purity to the insides (the part that actually touches coffee) that cant be matched in any other way.

One of the most highly rated carafes with glass lining is this 1-liter stainless steel and glass carafe by Zojirushi. People seem to love it because it keeps coffee super hot for a really long time while it is also built sturdy enough to last a really long time. They also like the price, as you don’t have to dig deep in your wallet to pick one up.

There are of course other alternatives, some of which cost less and some cost more. Mostly it’s all in the styling and build quality that separates them.

In today’s article, we will be bringing you a list of some of the best carafes that have glass lined insulation. We have added comments on notable features and a small review on each model. I know any of these carafes will work for you and I know one of them will be perfect for your home.

Glass-Lined Insulated Carafe Reviews – These are my Favorite Types of Coffee Carafe!

There are a lot of models out there with glass-lined insulation and others that look similar but do not. For many shoppers it can be hard finding the glass interior models because it’s not always clear.

That’s why we’re here for you! We have already compiled a list for you, so that you don’t have to go through all that hard work and all those overwhelming lists of products. We’ve made it easier for you by narrowing down the choices to the few models that have proven themselves to be the best, already.

So, the main models that you might want to go for are:

Update International (NVAL-22BK) 2.2 L Stainless Steel Val-U-Air Glass Lined Air PotUpdate International (NVAL-22BK) 2.2 L Stainless Steel Val-U-Air Glass Lined Air Pot

Let us begin this list with the Update International NVAL-22BK. This is one of the most loved models available out there with a vacuum insulation and a great glass lining. Proper glass lining also makes sure that this model is perfect in retaining the temperature AND taste of the coffee!

However, this model also has a stainless steel outer body which helps it retain the same heat and makes it really durable at the same time. All these things together make this model so loved that we feel obliged to begin this list with it.

Alfi Gusto Glass Vacuum Lacquered Metal Thermal Carafe (1 L.) Alfi Gusto Glass Vacuum Lacquered Metal Thermal Carafe (1 L.)

The Alfi Gusto Glass Vacuum Lacquered Metal Thermal Carafe is one of the models I came to know about, only recently, but I found to be actually pretty impressive. Since I came to know about it as of late, most of the information I have about it has come from Amazon and, as such, I’d like to quote them once:

  • Classic Alfi design with a lacquered plated metal body and chrome plated plastic handle and spout
  • Alfi glass vacuum ware carafes have excellent insulation and temperature retention; Keeps HOT for 12 hours and COLD for 24 hours
  • 1.0 L capacity; Made in Germany

So, it is clear that this model has a beautiful look and a really functional side, since it can keep things hot and cold for longer than you can ask for. This makes this 1 L model worth going for. And 1 liter is one of the capacities that you might be waiting for, too!

Gourmia GAP9820 Airpot Thermal Hot & Cold Beverage Carafe With Inner Glass LinerGourmia GAP9820 Airpot Thermal Hot & Cold Beverage Carafe With Inner Glass Liner

There’s one special company that you must learn about if you are on the lookout for unique products: Gourmia.

So, the Gourmia GAP9820 Airpot Thermal Hot and Cold Beverage Carafe with Inner Glass liner has quite a few features that makes it a really great model for just about anyone. This forces us to take it into consideration, as well. So the main features of this model might be summed up in the following points:

  • It has a pretty unique and innovative design that allows you to properly pour your coffee. Quoting amazon

    SMART BREW-THROUGH DESIGN – Extra Large Urn Makes it Easy to Fill, Transport & Serve Coffee; Brew Directly Into Pot Then Insert Spout-Plug & Close Lid

  • It has an inner glass liner (as this topic requires) and that makes it really effective when it comes to retaining a particular temperature, whether warm or cold.
  • And finally, this model has a pretty beautiful style that makes you want to go for it, anyway. While this model doesn’t have an entirely different look, compared to others, it’s still a good looking piece that might well convince at least some people to go for it.

Service Ideas HPS101 Glass-Lined Carafe, Vacuum Insulated, 1 Liter (34 oz)Service Ideas HPS101 Glass-Lined Carafe, Vacuum Insulated, 1 Liter (34 oz)

Service Ideas HPS101 Glass-Lined Carafe Vacuum Insulated model is yet another option with a lot of attractive features. A simple look at these will point out why one might want to go for it. It’s main features are as follows:

  • It has a 1 liter (34 ounce) capacity.
  • It has a glass lined insulation which is great.
  • It has a pretty unique look.
  • It has a pretty nice design, as well.

Now, at the same time, there’s one thing that I personally don’t like about this model:

  • Even though this model has an unique look, it’s not one that I really like. An attractive look is actually pretty essential when you have to live with your purchase.

So, that’s the only thing I don’t like about it. Beyond that, I’d say that this is a great model.

Zojirushi Polished Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermal Carafe w/ Glass LiningZojirushi Polished Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermal Carafe w/ Glass Lining

And then comes the Zojirushi Polished Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Thermal Carafe with Glass Lning, yet another beautiful model from the Zojirushi line of products that’s worth going for.

Honestly, there are a lot of models out there and this is just one of them with superb features. It makes all the features pretty clear. That’s actually a good thing because that makes it even simpler for you!

I think that this is a pretty nice model that’s both functional and versatile and also pretty good looking. So, if you are looking for a great glass lined model, this is one of those that you seriously must consider because of all of its positive attributes.

Tiger Thermal Insulated Carafe, 64-Ounce with Glass InteriorTiger Thermal Insulated Carafe, 64-Ounce with Glass Interior

And let us conclude this list with one of the models that the users seem to love, since that’s actually the perfect indicator of how good a model is.

While there are a lot of indicators to judge a model and a lot of things that a model or a line of products might boast of, the best source is always the reviews of the people who have used it because that’s the direct source.

So, in the case of this model, the people seem to absolutely love it. People are completely fascinated by this 64 ounce model and they say that it’s perfect from all perspectives all the way from functionality up to aesthetics.

This model has a beautiful look and you can see that from the adjoined picture. But that’s not all that there is to it. This model also has a beautiful design to retain the heat. Indeed, it has been specially designed inside out for that purpose.

At the same time, this model is also a glass-lined model which makes sure that there is no change in flavor, making it a better alternative for you if you’re planning to go for a stainless steel model anyway!

A Simple Buyer’s Guide to Thermal Carafes

Naturally, quite a few things have been kept in mind while reviewing these models in order to ensure that they are certainly the best ones out there.

However, we still must make you aware about how we have judged them so that you can judge them again by yourself based on your specific needs as to be double sure about getting the best model for yourself.

  1. One of the main things that you must keep in mind in this article is that the models have to be glass line insulated. Now, this is really obvious because the whole article is about that and if we don’t keep that in mind then we would be going astray.
  2. The next thing we kept in mind is the fact as to how durable each of these models are. There are a few models that are really durable while there are some are more frail. It must be kept in mind that a durable models pays for itself in the long run, making it worth it even if you have to pay a bit more.
  3. Next, we have considered the features that each of these models provides you with. Several models have some special features that need further discussion. While some models might be quite large, others might have better grip efficiency. These special features are things which incite some people to go for those specific models, which makes it really important to discuss them.
  4. And of course, we kept in mind in this article, as we have in every other article, the economic aspect. This is one of the things that you simply must always keep in mind because this is one of the most important things out there. You must always stay within your budget and buy the product that fits it the best.

Handy Comparison Information

Now, naturally, you might be wondering why I gave you the details about all the things we have taken into consideration while compiling this list. This is so that you can understand the list better yourself and judge it once more according to your own specific needs.

You must understand that while we are here for you we don’t know your specific needs and so we can only offer general advice. Only you are aware of your specific needs and as such only you can judge it perfectly according to them. However, should you have anything to ask, please feel free to reach out to use and we are going to try our best to help you out!

Frequently Asked Questions

Now, there are a few questions that you might want to ask me at this point. Of course, it’s natural that a lot of questions might arise in your mind at this point. However, since you can’t exactly ask me questions right now, I’m just going to answer the most probable ones and I’d encourage you to reach out to us if you have any more question.

Should you have any question that you feel needs to be answered, or that you just want to know the answer to, do not hesitate to reach out to us, because we are here for you all the time. We will try our best to help you out in any way we can- we promise!

  • What is Glass Lining?
    Glass lining is a kind of insulation. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are several kinds of insulation and glass lining is one of them. I personally believe it is one of the best and most effective kinds of insulation out there.
  • What are some of the features I might look for?
    As I said earlier, this entirely depends on what your needs are. Some people look for a sturdier frame, while some people look for a better insulation. So, the best feature that you might want varies with your needs, but keep in mind that there is a model dedicated to serving your every need and you just need to search properly.
  • Do other features vary based on the kind of insulation?
    This is one of those questions that have no specific answer. The features of a model depend on several factors. Some features are just fundamental properties that do not vary with anything and some features might be dependent on design. As such, it’s not possible to say exactly, but generally if a company wants to include a variety of features, they can manage it.
  • What is the most important thing to keep in mind?
    When it comes to insulation, materials and techniques must be kept in mind. Some insulating materials are better or longer lasting than others. It also might happen that some models might gradually lose insulation because of some kind of problem or just from age. If it’s well over the warranty date, then you might grab a new model. However, it’s better to stick to a reputable company, so that you can get a replacement if it’s within the warranty date.


At the end of the day, you’re the customer and all these models are available for you, but that makes it even more important for you to do your research before settling on the one that’s the best for you.

Keep in mind that Gamble Bay Coffee is always here to help you out. If you have any questions, we are always here and always up for answering you. So, if you have anything you might want to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us and we promise that we will try our best to help you with all the information that we can in order to help you find the best model for yourself.

Glass Lined Insulated Coffee Carafes

glass lined thermal carafeGlass lined insulated coffee carafes may not cost as much as thermal vacuum carafe coffee makers, but of the two, the latter are more worthy of your money. This is mainly because of durability. But, even with that aside, vacuum carafe coffee makers are still far better because of many different factors.

Pros and Cons of Thermal Coffee Maker Carafes

For starters, a vacuum carafe is much more portable. True, you can do that with any coffee carafe, but vacuum coffee maker carafes are also better because they can keep coffee hot longer.

Even still glass lined carafes have their place. They are more affordable after all and they do great at keeping coffee hot for shorter amounts of time… because who really  needs coffee to stay hot for 12+ hours. In my home three will do just fine.

Here are a few glass lined carafes we like.

Zojirushi Premium Thermal 1-Liter Carafe, Brushed Stainless Steel

Zojirushi Premium Thermal 1-Liter Carafe, Brushed Stainless SteelZojirushi Premium Thermal 1-Liter Carafe, Brushed Stainless SteelZojirushi’s thermal carafes and travel mugs are awesome! They perform so well and they don’t cost an arm and a leg.

This carafe looks a bit like an airpot but it has it’s handle and the push button pour mechanism that you would expect from a good coffee carafe.

This model will keep things hot or cold for many hours and the glass interior is super easy to clean. You barely need to do more than swishing warm soapy water through the carafe between uses.

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Copco Chloe 1 Quart Thermal Capacity Carafe, White

Copco Chloe 1 Quart Thermal Capacity Carafe, WhiteCopco Chloe 1 Quart Thermal Capacity Carafe, WhiteIf you are looking to buy a more affordable coffee carafe – perhaps a smaller carafe that’s just super easy to use then Copco has a great option for you here.

This carafe holds a quart of coffee at a time, has an all glass interior, and costs very little. If you are making single serve french press coffee then this is a perfect carafe to hold your coffee in between cups.

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 WHITE GLASS CARAFE 51 Oz.More Info Updated International NVAL-22BK Stainless Steel Val-U-Air Glass Lined Regular Coffee Air Pot, 74-OunceMore Info Primula 34-Ounce Thermal Carafe with Glass Lining, Chrome FinishMore Info

Why are so Many Coffee Carafes Lined with Glass?

And What Alternatives are There?

A carafe is pretty much similar to a flask in which it is used to hold liquid. The carafe is unlike the decanter (the preferred vessel of wine and other alcoholic beverages) in which the latter is shaped in a way to provide a large area on which the wine can sit. This helps the drink be exposed to oxygen, a crucial process in the development of the wine. This is known as oxygenation. In regards to shape, decanters are commonly bowl-shaped to accommodate oxygenation.

Shapes of carafes thus serve no other purpose than to make the vessel look elegant and sophisticated. This is believed to entice the drinker to have some more of the beverage. Compared to the decanter, carafes are elongated and cylindrical in silhouette. They tend to have a long and small circumference body. This is done to make the carafe take less space on the table. Besides the design choice, the tip of the carafe is designed to have a beak for easy pouring.

Some carafes have handles. Others do not. Of course, one would prefer to have a carafe with handles attached to it as to make the process of pouring coffee more convenient. It would be unwise to hold a glass container with your bare hands.

We also now live in an era where everyone is on the go. This means waking up and getting to the office in a span of half an hour or less. As a result, not everyone had the time to enjoy their brew in the morning. This is where carafes play a major role.

The Need for Carafes

You might be wondering, why are carafes an essential part of the brewing process? Well, back in the old days, coffee was kept warm by means of the heating element always being on. Unfortunately, this was a pretty bad idea since it essentially overcooks the coffee, triggering more loss of flavor. It was then important to transfer the coffee out of the pot and into a container to prevent this from happening.

This solution created a problem for itself wherein there was now no way to keep the coffee warm. Thus, manufacturers have made a workaround by inventing carafes which were able to somewhat greatly hamper the heat loss of the coffee.

As mentioned above, carafes are now designed to become portable, appropriately for this fast-paced lifestyle we all live in now. This increases the importance of carafes in the coffee production process as one can now enjoy coffee wherever she may be.

Types of Carafes

On that note, some carafes have been modified to add value to the coffee making process. An example of this is the stainless steel carafe out on the market. Carafes with a stainless steel lining primarily used to keep the coffee hot for a longer period of time. Take for example the Keurig K2.0 Thermal Carafe. It claims that its double wall stainless steel composition makes the coffee stay 20 degrees Celsius hotter at any given time compared to a plastic carafe.

Stainless steel carafes are mainly designed to keep coffee hot compared to normal, non-stainless steel carafes. This design and technology is applied similarly to Thermos products. Basically, Thermos (or vacuum flask) coffee carafes are able to prevent the three kinds of heat travel or loss. The first type of heat transfer, radiation, is prevented by the silver coating of the stainless steel lining. The vacuum in the double wall prevents the second type of heat transfer, convection. Lastly, heat is always kept in the container by means of a rubber, plastic and even Styrofoam wrapped around the steel container.

In a nutshell, stainless steel carafes are able to keep heat inside the container by removing any means from which heat can escape, which always involves air.

Glass Lined Carafes

Another type of Carafe is the glass-lined carafe. Though much more uncommon compared to its stainless steel counterpart, the glass lined carafe presents some benefits which are not present in its stainless steel counterpart.

The main difference between the glass lined carafe and the stainless steel one is that in the glass-lined carafe, the inner wall, which is the surface the coffee comes in direct contact with, is constructed of pure glass. It is believed that the glass interior does not affect the taste of the coffee and is a much safer alternative to the stainless steel carafe.

As discussed in our previous article on Stainless Steel vs. Aluminum coffeemakers, stainless steel carafes have the risk of ruining coffee’s flavor because the chemicals and components of the stainless steel can seep to the coffee. Many then claim that using stainless steel carafes impart a metallic taste on the coffee. This risk is completely absent in glass-lined carafes.

Glass lined carafes are also much cheaper as compared to its stainless steel counterpart.

Unfortunately, the glass-lined carafe presents its own risks as well. One must handle glass-lined carafes with more care since the glass interior could break. Also, since steel is a much better conductor of heat, stainless steel carafes are noted to keep coffee warmer for longer periods of time as compared to glass lined carafes.

Glass Lined vs. Stainless steel

If you don’t mind the faint taste of metal in your coffee, you are obviously better off with the stainless steel carafe. It is much more portable and keeps your coffee warmer for longer periods as compared to the glass carafe.

Right now, there are hybrid, glass lined vacuum carafes on the market. Though they are far more expensive and the risk of breakage is still present, it is highly recommended that users acquire this carafe as it presents the best of both worlds. The perfect companion to your long office day.

And Finally.. Ease of Use

Another reason why thermal coffee maker carafes are better is because these are easy to use. All you have to do is to fill it with hot water and leave it there for a minute or two. After that, you can empty it and proceed directly to brew your coffee.

Another added benefit of this type of coffee carafe is that you can use it to prepare iced coffee. But, instead of hot water, you have to use cold water. But, you have to take note of what thermal coffee maker carafe you’re using, especially because different models and makes have different features as well.

You need not worry much about this particular detail though, as even if you bought a newer or older model, using them is pretty much the same.

Now, this isn’t to say that glass lined insulated coffee carafes are entirely useless. True, they’re not as useful as thermal coffee maker carafes, but they are still a lot cheaper. And, if you really can’t afford to spend a bit more, a glass carafe model still makes perfect sense because it still fills its function quite well.

All in all, the choice is still up to you whether or not you go for a glass carafe model or a thermal carafe coffee maker.

What’s important is that you make a choice based on your own research and what benefits you the most.

Brian Mounts

Head blogger, editor, and owner of "Top Off My Coffee", a website that has been educating readers about coffee brewing techniques and equipment since 2012.

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