The OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Wouldn’t it be great if all cold brew were delicious?
Well, it can be if you have the right equipment. The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes some killer cold brew and makes you feel cool at the same time.
Not like some cold brew coffee makers which are extremely boring and simple.
With improved coffee quality, aesthetic appeal and function, it’s surprising to find this brewer is not much more expensive than other cold brewers.
Oxo cold brew is definitely worth considering if you are hoping to produce cold brew at home.
The OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker 'In A Nutshell'
The Oxo cold brewing device is an amazing cold brew system.
Once you set up it’s many pieces, it acts as a tower, with the coffee grounds and water steeping above and a sleek glass carafe tucked underneath.
Once the brew has finished steeping, simply flip the brew switch to allow the coffee to drain through into the carafe. This brew switch is the easiest cold brew filtering I’ve encountered.
Flip the switch, walk away.
This brewer is great for people who don’t want to have to stow it away after each use, as it sits on a counter quite nicely.
lus, the taste is excellent. Perfectly smooth, never bitter. That’s really what’s important, right?
Things to Consider before buying a cold brew coffee maker
There are dozens of cold brew coffee makers to choose from these days. How are you supposed to decide?
First you need to decide what's important to you.
Cold brew is for those who are looking for a less acidic coffee, whether that’s hot or cold. If you make a cold brew concentrate, you can dilute it with boiling water for a smooth cup of hot coffee.
Or, if you prefer iced coffee, you’ve got a refreshing, easy to drink cup that will provide you with a sufficient dose of caffeine.
The Oxo is a brewer designed to produce a coffee concentrate, so it will need to diluted before drinking (unless you’re crazy). This concentrate is good for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Chances are, you want something that’s easy to use and quick to set up and clean up.
Unless you are a major coffee nerd who wants to fine tune everything, ease of use is something we all desire.
Plus, if it takes too long to set up or clean after, you might as well just forget it. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
And if you are putting in the effort to start it, you may as well make enough to last you a week, right?
Brew capacity is an important factor as well.
It also helps if it's not ugly. If it looks decent, you can keep it on the counter without having to hide it when people come over.
The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
The Oxo is a home cold brew coffee maker that makes delicious cold brew without a ton of effort. Once you set up the base, all you need to do is grind coffee, dump it in and add the correct amount of water.
After 12-24 hours, depending on how strong you like your coffee, you simply flip a switch and it starts draining into the carafe underneath.
This is by far the easiest filtering process among home cold brew coffee makers (for example, with the Toddy, one needs to life the entire brewer carefully, and wiggle the rubber stopper until it comes free, which gets stuck pretty easily).
Don’t believe me? Watch this video to see how easy it really is:
- High quality cold brew. This device produces a great tasting result.
- It’s easy to start your brew once you set the stand up.
- Easy filtration. Simply flip the switch to drain the coffee.
- Permanent, reusable, stainless steel filter. You won’t misplace this filter as it is part of the large brewer.
- Frustrating packaging. Because there are a number of pieces, it took a few minutes to unpack and unwrap everything.
- Confusing at first. When setting up all the pieces, it takes a few minutes because there are a lot (once you set it up, however, you can leave most of it in place and just wash the actual brewer and carafe).
Professional looking setup
The Oxo coffee maker is one you can leave on your counter after you set it up. It’s quite tall, however, as the setup allows you to place a carafe underneath the actual brewer for quick and easy filtering.
The glass carafe is elegantly designed. It also comes with a suction lid for proper storage in the fridge.
Once you are finished brewing, you can leave the brew stand alone and simple wash the brewer that you place on top and the glass carafe underneath.
Even though it has quite a few pieces, if you need to store it or transport it, it all fits together in one compact bundle, which is pretty convenient.
Don’t let the number of pieces scare you.
This home brewing device comes with a built-in, stainless steel filter. This filter isn’t going to get lost or need to be replaced, nor can it be replaced unless you buy a whole new brewer.
So you don’t need to worry about purchasing new filters every couple of weeks.
It’s great at filtering out even the smallest grounds, so you don’t need to worry about a gritty cups of coffee.
On top of the steel filter, the Oxo also has optional paper filters if you want added filtration.
The paper filter will keep additional oils from coming through.
These are not necessary, but if you are sensitive to oils and acid in coffee, or are very particular about how your coffee tastes, these can be a great addition.
Brew-release switch for easy filtering
I look forward to the end of my brew with the Oxo because I can just walk into the kitchen, flip the switch (so long as there's a carafe underneath to catch all the coffee) and walk away, letting it drain for 10 or so minutes.
Once it’s filtered, simply put a lid on top and stick it in the fridge.
When you’re ready to drink, mix a little concentrate with some water and you’re good to go (don’t dilute the entire batch. Concentrate keeps in the fridge longer; once you dilute, drink within 24 hours).
Alternatives to Oxo Cold Brew
Even though the Oxo cold brewer sounds awesome, it might not be awesome for you. If that’s the case, consider one of these brewers instead.
The Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Maker
This Hario cold brewer is much simpler (and cheaper) than the Oxo. With only 3 pieces, the Hario is way easier to deal with than all the pieces of the Oxo.
The all in one brewer and carafe make it easy to store and clean up.
The reusable filter is similar to the Oxo’s, but starting the actual brew takes more time.
You need to slowly pour water over the coffee grounds, which can take 10-20 minutes of on and off pouring. We've reviewed this brewer in detail here.
The Toddy T2N Home Coffee Brewing System
The Toddy is a household name these days. This brewer has been around a long time and is very popular for home cold brewers.
It has a simply design, but is slightly more involved when starting and filtering the brew, however.
The cloth filter is what sets this brewer apart, and thousands swear by its ability to produce the smoothest, least acidic coffee.
It doesn’t look great on your counter. It looks like a bucket on top of a weird glass. But the quality of coffee speaks for itself. Interested? here are more details about the Toddy.
The Yama Cold Brew Tower
The Yama is a work of art. Put this brewer on your kitchen counter and you will get plenty of ooh’s and ahh’s when guests are over.
This brewer isn’t for the faint of heart, though. It comes with a hefty price tag and the most effort to start the brew.
This brewer is different than most because it is a cold drip brewer, rather than an immersion only brewer.
The brewing process typically takes about 4 hours, as the coffee slowly drips from the top chamber onto the coffee grounds, and then slowly drips through the filter into the spiral of glass and finally into the carafe at the bottom.
The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker is definitely one to consider when looking for a home cold brewing device.
If you are hoping for a reliable, consistent cold brew method, look no further.
It produces an excellent cup, looks good on the counter and has an easy brewing process.
It’s probably much easier than how you are brewing cold brew at the moment.
Ready to give the Oxo a try? Check it out here.
And if the OXO is not your cup of tea (I mean...coffee) for some reason, we put together another great list of the customer favourite cold brewers here.