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Aquach vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

Aquach cold brew coffee maker vs Bodum. A choice of a simple brewer with below-average results, or a top-class brew requiring more work.

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Aquach vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

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The Aquach and Bodum both have their pros and cons, but the Bodum is by far the superior cold brew coffee maker. The Bodum produces one of the best cold brew concentrates that we have tested. The Aquach, on the other hand, produces a slightly below-par brew even for an immersion filter brewer.

Using the layered brewing method—adding in grounds and water in a gradual and staggered manner—brewing with the Bodum takes more effort. There’s no filter to lift out but it does require some effort to press down the plunge filter after brewing. 

The Aquach, like any other immersion filter, simply requires you to fill the filter, insert it into the carafe, and add water. This brewer is made of glass and the filter stainless steel so it can double up as a hot beverage brewer. However, the Bodum’s plastic is much more durable than the somewhat delicate glass of the Aquach.

Pros & Cons

  • Stylish decanter
  • Lid design
  • Decanter handle
  • High-quality filter
  • No plastic parts
  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Poor brew quality
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8.5 x 6.3 inches
7.7 x 7.5 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.5" (14.0 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
Plastic, silicone
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel plunge
Filter HxDia
5.9 x 2.6 inches
7.9 x 6.9 inches
Decanter Weight
1.1 lbs
1 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.57
$32.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
9.1

Bouquet

7.0
9.0

Drinkability

7.0
8.8
A glass filled with coffee in the foreground and a glass cold brew coffee maker carafe behind it.
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.

Sediment

8.0
10
A view inside a cold brew coffee maker glass carafe showing sediment after the brew has been decanted.
Sediment in the bottom of a jar from which cold brew coffee has been carefully decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.2
9.8

In the Box

The unboxed Aquuach cold brew coffee maker. On the far left is the box, the user manual, and then the assembled brewer.
The unboxed Bodum cold brew coffee maker. To the right of the box  is the brew carafe, plunge filter lid, and then a spoon.

Decanter

The Aquach cold brew coffee maker glass carafe with the stopper lid resting besides it.
The Aquach cold brew coffee maker glass carafe with the stopper lid resting besides it.
A short video showing how the Aquach cold brew coffee maker comes apart into components.
The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
Height with Stopper Lid
8.5 in (215 mm|)
7.7
Base Diameter
5.5 in (140 mm)
5.1
Width
6.3 in (160 mm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)
Weight
borosilicate glass
16.3 oz (462 g)
Material
18.5 oz (526 g)
Plastic, silicone

Stopper / Lid

10
9.5
Aquach Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its plunge filter lid in place.
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its plunge filter lid in place.
An empty Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its brew lid half resting in place.
Diameter
3.1 in (80 mm)
4.4
Material
stainless steel & polyurethane
Plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal, plunge filter

Filter

8.0
10
A close up side angle view of a stainless steel brew filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
The plunge filter of the Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its attached lid lay sideways on a wooden counter.
Length
5.9 in (150 hmm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Diameter
2.6 in (65 mm)
6.9
Material
fine stainless steel
Plastic, stainless steel
Additional Features
lifting handle
Silicone seal

Build Quality

10
10
The Aquach cold brew coffee maker disassembled into its 6 components.
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.0
8.7

Brewing

9.0
9.0

Decanting

9.0
8.5

Cleaning and Storage

9.0
8.5