7 Best Iced Coffee Makers (2022 Reviews)
During sweltering summer days, there’s nothing quite like a tall glass of iced coffee to help you make it through that afternoon slump. But at over five dollars a cup, it’s quite a spendy caffeine habit.
Enter homemade iced coffee. Whether you’re a fan of sweet cold brew or decadent iced caramel frappes, our run-down of the seven best iced coffee makers will have you turning out gourmet iced coffee drinks in no time.
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The 7 Best Iced Coffee Makers in 2022
Whether you’re in the mood for hot or iced coffee, an excellent cup starts with the best coffee maker for the brew method. The Home Grounds team spent the hot summer months testing and re-testing iced coffee makers to bring you this list of our 7 favourites. Once you’ve found the best iced coffee maker for you, peruse our delicious iced coffee recipes for some great ideas.
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|Vinci Express Electric Cold Brew Coffee Maker||
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The Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System is our best overall pick for iced coffee makers. With a large 1.48-litre glass carafe, you can make enough for a single serving or the whole family. Moreover, the Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System comes with two separate filters for tea and coffee, making it easy to make cold brew coffee or tea without mixing flavours.
While the classic and rich hot coffee options are self-explanatory, the “Over Ice” and “Cold Brew” options are less obvious. The Over Ice option yields a richer coffee concentrate perfect for a traditional iced coffee. In contrast, the Cold Brew option brews coffee without heat to create a sweeter, smoother cup. For both, you’ll need to fill the brewing vessel with ice cubes.
This iced coffee maker is the only one on the list that comes with a milk frother that tucks neatly into the side of the machine. Making cold foam for an iced latte is as easy as pressing a button. This setup is perfect for smaller kitchens because it eliminates the need to store an extra appliance.
Lastly, Ninja includes quite a few tea and coffee recipes to get you started (1). Whether you’re looking for a toasted coconut mocha cold brew or an iced London Fog, this drip coffee maker has you covered.
To learn more, read our full Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System review.
This 1 litre Bodum Chambord French Press makes our list as the most versatile iced coffee maker because, in addition to making amazing iced coffee, it can also make hot French press coffee and slow-steeped cold brew. You can even use it to make hot or cold frothed milk to top your coffee (2)!
With a stainless steel spiral plate and filter and a borosilicate glass brewing chamber, this classic Bodum Chambord French press is easy to clean. If you have a model with a chrome or matte chrome finish, everything can go into the dishwasher.
You can make a traditional iced coffee by brewing a slightly stronger French press-style coffee and then pouring it over ice. The resulting cup is bold but sweet, perfect for frappes or on its own.
The compact form factor of this coffee press makes it perfect for any kitchen where counter space is at a premium. Standing at 23.2 cm tall and 14.3 cm wide, it fits neatly into any cupboard or cabinet once you’re done brewing.
If you’re just making enough iced coffee for one serving, then the Keurig K-Elite Coffee Maker is an excellent choice. We think it’s one of the best Keurig coffee machines overall.
Brewing delicious hot or iced coffee is as easy as inserting a K-Cup, selecting your cup size, and choosing either the “Over Ice” or “Strong Brew” options. To make iced coffee, simply fill your mug with either regular or coffee ice cubes and choose “Over Ice.”
With over 300 coffees to choose from, your iced coffee options are nearly endless (3). From a delicious caramel vanilla cream coffee to a sweet-and-salty butter toffee coffee, there’s a tea, coffee, espresso, or cocoa flavour for every palate.
This is a solid buy when you just want to make a nice flavoured, iced coffee without any hassle.
Keurig also includes a water filter and alerts you when it’s time to descale, so you always get the best tasting cup. The K-Elite allows you to adjust the water temperature from 86 to 89°C because we all know that different coffees extract better at certain temperatures.
With a 37.1-cm height and 33.3-cm width, a brushed metal finish, and chrome details, the K-Elite is a stylish and flexible complement to any kitchen countertop. For more details on this easy-to-use brewer, check out our complete Keurig K-Elite review.
The Hario V60 Fretta Iced Coffee Brewer may be the best iced coffee maker for your kitchen if you’re on a tight budget. The Fretta uses a similar 02 dripper cone to its iconic cousin, the Hario V60.
In this design, however, ridges inside the cone ensure that all the coffee is evenly extracted, even from the bottom and sides. The polypropylene water distributor ensures the water drips evenly over the ice, and the ice insert ensures the coffee cools down without becoming diluted.
Overall, the V60 Fretta yields bright, sweet, and smooth coffee. While it’s not as smooth as a traditional cold brew, it preserves all the complexity of the original roast. This makes the final cup much less one-dimensional, and if brewed properly, you get a nice cold coffee with the nuance of flavour that makes every cup so enjoyable.
With the Fretta, you can make delicious pour-over hot coffee, too. The only difference is you’d be brewing directly into the glass carafe without using the ice insert.
After brewing, the glass carafe can be washed in the dishwasher. Be sure to wash the rest of the components with a non-abrasive sponge and mild detergent.
If you’re tired of waiting 12 hours for a decent cold brew, then the Vinci Express Electric Cold Brew Coffee Maker offers an innovative solution.
To make 1.1 litres of cold brew, start by measuring eight scoops of medium grind coffee into the filter. Close and attach the filter to the lid, add room temperature water to the fill line, select your brew strength, and press “Brew.” You’re only 5 to 25 minutes away from a refreshing chilled coffee.
The Vinci Express lets you choose the strength of your cold brew. A light brew takes five minutes, yielding a coffee that’d normally take 16 hours to brew. The medium brew option takes just ten minutes and yields a stronger coffee. The bold and extra-bold options—which take 15 and 25 minutes, respectively—yield a bold cold brew and cold brew concentrate that can be diluted with milk or water (4).
Vinci’s patented Circle Flow technology is the secret to this quick cold brew coffee. Essentially, the Vinci Express delivers a gentle, consistent stream of water through the coffee bed to yield a sediment-free cold brew or concentrate that’s great on its own or in other iced coffee drinks.
The Vinci Express strikes the perfect balance between speed and flavour. It brews a cold brew that is full-bodied, sweet, and smooth.
Once you’re finished brewing, place the serving lid on top of the carafe and store your cold brew in the fridge for up to ten days. The self-cleaning feature also ensures your Vinci Express is free of coffee grounds.
If you’re looking for the classic iced coffee maker, the Mr. Coffee Hot and Iced Coffee Maker is the perfect option for your morning coffee routine. With the included reusable filter, you can brew 180 ml, 240 ml, 355 ml, or 475 ml of hot coffee, and when you want iced coffee, the included tumbler lets you make a large 650-ml iced coffee drink.
What distinguishes the Mr. Coffee Hot and Iced Coffee Maker from the original Mr. Coffee coffee maker is its “Over Ice” option. This special brew cycle starts with a brief pre-infusion or bloom period followed by three to four minutes of steady brewing into the ice-filled tumbler (5).
We particularly like that Mr. Coffee includes the to-go coffee tumbler with this iced coffee maker. The “Ice” and “Water” fill lines in the tumbler are great, too, as they take out the guesswork. And measuring the right amount of coffee is simple because of the included dual-sided scoop. Cleanup is incredibly simple, as everything—except for the base—is dishwasher-safe on the top rack.
This Yama Glass Cold Brew and Iced Coffee Maker makes our list as the best drip iced coffee maker. It prepares a delicious cup of iced filter coffee and is beautiful to watch in action.
Made with 100% wood and hand-blown glass, this cold brew coffee tower makes 945 ml of cold brew in three to four hours instead of the usual 12. Fill the top chamber with ice and water to start the cold brewing process. Fill the brewer with medium-grind coffee, adjust the flow rate with the valve, and watch your cold brew come to life in the glass carafe.
At 30.5 cm wide and 64.5 cm tall, this iced coffee maker makes its presence known, so make sure you consider your available space. If you can make it fit, you’ll be rewarded with a smooth, sweet, and low-acid cold brew with more nuance than your typical immersion cold brew, according to the CEO of coffee company Nossa Familia Augusto Carneiro.
It’s refreshing, and has a very pleasant aftertaste, and distinctive from most of the cold brew out there.
And why stop at cold brew coffee? With a little trial and error, you can also make fragrant iced teas and infused iced alcohol.
Cleaning and maintaining the Yama Glass Cold Brew Coffee Maker is more challenging than most other brewers on this list. You need to hand-wash everything with mild detergent and a soft sponge. Also, be sure to thoroughly dry all the beakers, the carafe, and wooden frame immediately.
How to Choose the Best Iced Coffee Maker
Before you head out to buy your first iced coffee maker, what should you look for? This buyer’s guide walks you through important criteria to consider.
Iced Coffee vs. Cold Brew
In this round-up, we’ve included brewers that make both iced coffee and cold brew, but there is a difference between the two,
Traditional iced coffee is brewed hot like regular coffee and then poured over ice. It is often brewed slightly stronger to compensate for the dilution of the melting ice cubes. On the other hand, cold brew coffee is brewed at room temperature or below, so it’s never exposed to water that’s hotter than 23°C.
This results in two different flavour profiles, even when using the same beans. Traditional iced coffee has a similar complex flavour profile as its hot coffee counterpart, according to Barista Magazine’s Tobias Anderson (6).
[In] flash brewing.…Filter coffee is brewed…over ice, capturing the complexity of…coffee before it can escape…
So if you want to preserve all the floral notes in the Ethiopian coffee beans you’ve just bought, you’ll probably prefer iced coffee.
With cold brew, the longer brew time and cold extraction yield a sweet and mellow cup, often with dominant notes of chocolate and nuts. If you prefer an easy-drinking, low-acid cup, cold brew coffee may be your best brew method (7).
Dimensions and Capacity
Another factor to consider is capacity. Will you be making enough iced coffee for a single serving, or are you looking to make enough for you and some guests or the whole family?
While a standard single cup of coffee is 180 ml, most drink more than that per cup. So a 950-ml coffee brewer may only make enough for two or three cups of delicious iced coffee.
The ideal capacity of your coffee maker will also depend on how you plan to store it. For a kitchen with limited counter space, the best form factor is slim and can be neatly tucked into a corner or stored in a cupboard. A versatile coffee maker—like the Bodum Chambord—will give you the best value for money and space.
Next, consider the material of your coffee maker.
If you have small children or pets who climb counters, a glass coffee maker may not be the best choice.
Borosilicate glass will give you great flavour, but the taste may not be worth cleaning up shards of broken glass from your kitchen floor.
While many coffee makers come with glass carafes, you can find French presses with stainless steel carafes. These will give you the same versatility but with increased durability.
There are also plastic options, like the Keurig. These are durable and affordable, but many are uncomfortable with the possibility of hot brewing water leaching plastic into their drink.
Lastly, which brew options do you prefer? Do you want a dedicated iced coffee maker, or do you want something more versatile?
Generally, a coffee maker that brews over ice will also brew hot coffee. But a dedicated cold brew maker will be a unitasker.
Next, is brewing coffee akin to meditation during your morning routine, or do you need your iced coffee ASAP? Pod-based brewing methods, like the Keurig K-Elite, are great when you’re in a hurry. But if you’re looking to savour the brewing process itself, then the Vinci Express or the Yama Glass cold brew coffee tower are both great choices.
So you have it: the seven best iced coffee makers this year. Whether you’re looking for a dedicated iced coffee maker, a cold brew coffee tower, or an all-in-one solution, there’s something here for every iced coffee connoisseur. Our top pick is the Ninja Hot and Cold Brew System, which is versatile, easy to use, and includes a milk frother for making specialty iced coffee drinks.
Yes, any coffee maker can make iced coffee by brewing an extra-strong brew over ice. However, specialized iced coffee makers make it easier by having settings dedicated to preparing these extra-strong brews. It’s not as simple as adding more ground coffee to the drip coffee machine; a slower brew cycle is used to enhance extraction for a bolder brew.
Yes, cold brew coffee makers are worth it. If you drink a lot of cold brew, there’s no better investment than a dedicated cold brew coffee maker. Many models have the requisite filters, automated brewing process, and carafes required to take full advantage of this brew method. It also frees up your French press or Aeropress for your hot morning cup of coffee.
To use an Aeropress as a cold brew coffee maker, measure out 30 grams of coarse coffee grounds into your inverted Aeropress, add 132 grams of room-temperature water, stir, and let steep for 24 hours. Once the 24 hours is up, carefully invert the Aeropress over a mug, press, and enjoy.
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- Mr. Coffee. SINGLE SERVE ICED AND HOT COFFEEMAKER USER MANUAL. (n.d.). https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/A1-0X99U8dL.pdf
- Anderson, T. (2021, October 29). Move Over Cold Brew: Iced Coffee Wants its Spotlight Back. Barista Magazine Online. https://www.baristamagazine.com/move-over-cold-brew-iced-coffee-wants-its-spotlight-back/
- Stanley, Z. (2022, July 7). Choosing a coffee for cold brew. Perfect Daily Grind; Perfect Daily Grind. https://perfectdailygrind.com/2022/07/choosing-a-coffee-for-cold-brew/