I have tried just about every method imaginable in making home-brewed coffee: steel pot, drip machine, french press, Keurig, and instant. Now, I live in a semi-rural town in Southern California, so bugs can become a problem in the summer time. I have noticed over the years that coffee machine are never really "clean" on the inside and become a home for different species of six-legged bastards; namely roaches. Yes, even the Keurig.
About two years, my family and I were sauntering around Ikea, like we do twice a year, and I saw a french press. I had never used one before, so I read the directions on the tag and was intrigued. Here I am two years later and it still works perfectly and I am still doing my best to talk my wife out of buying a Nespresso; no coffee machines, please.
When it comes to cleaning a french press, or mine anyway, I have noticed that you need not give a thorough cleaning every time, just turn on the faucet and lightly tap the press portion against the sink a few times until you no longer see grounds. I disassemble the press to give it a good scrub about once every two weeks. So, for me, it's french every time. On a side note, you can actually order a pot of french press at Starbucks; much better than their normal burnt garbage.