Most stovetop espresso pots are made of Aluminum but some are made of stainless steel. There are some distinct advantages of using a stainless steel moka pot however, and for many people it’s worth spending a bit more money on stainless steel.
For some people aluminum is simply not an option. For instance if you have an induction stove then aluminum will simply not heat up – stainless steel moka pots will work on induction hobs however.
My absolute favorite go-to moka pot that’s not made of aluminum is the VonChef 6-cup stovetop espresso maker. It’s made really well as you would expect from steel but it conducts heat very well and doesn’t cost a ton like some designer moka pots.
The best selling (more expensive) Bialetti stainless steel stovetop espresso maker is obviously the best alternative but it’s not as cheap and its reviews aren’t as good either. Your mileage may vary.
For the casual shopper it’s not always easy to tell which pots are made of aluminum and which are made of steel. Aluminum pots do tend to be much less expensive although this isnt always the case.
For these reasons I wanted to design this site to make the distinction between aluminum and stainless steel moka pots easy.
There are in fact many different options available to you so I’ve only included the most common options below along with a few personal favorites that may be a bit off the radar.
Further down this post Ill be going into more detail on the following five stainless steel moka pots:
- Venus Induction Capable Espresso Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel, 6 cup
- Bialetti Kitty Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel, 4-Cup (8 oz)
- VonShef Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker with 4 Glass Demitasse Cups
- Primula Stainless Steel 6 Cup Espresso Maker
- Alessi Espresso Maker 9090 by Richard Sapper, 6 Espresso Cups
But before I do that lets look at something important.
Stainless Steel vs Aluminum Moka Pots & Why SS is Worth Owning
For starters its worth owning stainless steel moka pots if you are even a little bit squeemish about never really cleaning your coffee maker with soap and water.
Some people just get really freaked out about making coffee day in and day out in a stovetop pot and never really scrubbing it down.
There are also people that swear no matter how the treat their aluminum moka pot it just always tastes a bit metallic to them. For people like this SS is a better choice because it just doesn’t leave a metal taste behind like Aluminum can.
Additionally aluminum metals can leave a dark metallic residue on your hands when using them periodically whereas steel will not.
The main problem with SS however is in heat conduction. Aluminum simply heats better (more evenly) and helps brew moka better and faster than other methods and materials.
Of course if you have an induction stove then aluminum simply won’t work so you will actually need to buy stainless steel if you want it to actually heat up and brew coffee.
Stainless steel moka do tend to cost more so that”s definitely another con if you ask me.