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Aquach vs Oxo Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

Aquach cold brew coffee maker vs OXO Compact. A versatile and stylish glass carafe brewer is a slim match for a dedicated cold brew maker.

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Aquach Cold Brew

Oxo Cold Brew Compact

Aquach vs Oxo Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

The Aquach is a nicely designed and good-looking glass carafe brewer. The stainless steel filter has a little handle to lift it out, and it can easily double up as a hot tea brewer. The quality of the cold brew produced is a little less than average since the fine-lasered filter doesn’t work the best.

The OXO, on the other hand, uses a free-style brewing technique so it is able to develop a full-strength cold brew concentrate. Brew guide markings on the brew vessel mean that you don’t have to worry about measuring out your grounds. The OXO proprietary rainshower dripper then evenly distributes the water over the grounds.

The OXO is a dedicated cold brew coffee maker, but if you require something more versatile, the Aquach is not a bad choice, but there are similar types of glass carafe brewers that make a much better brew.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UseAquach Cold BrewOxo Cold Brew Compact8.17.29.29.09.09.09.08.9
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Pros & Cons

  • Stylish decanter
  • Lid design
  • Decanter handle
  • High-quality filter
  • No plastic parts
  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Poor brew quality
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8.5 x 6.3 inches
7 x 5.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.5" (14.0 cm)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
Polypropylene plastic, AS resin
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel / plastic base plug
Filter HxDia
5.9 x 2.6 inches
0.1 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1.1 lbs
0.4 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.57
$34.37

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
9.0

Bouquet

7.0
9.0

Drinkability

7.0
9.0
A glass filled with coffee in the foreground and a glass cold brew coffee maker carafe behind it.
The Oxo Compact cold brew carafe filled with coffee standing next to glass a third filled with coffee.

Sediment

8.0
9.0
A view inside a cold brew coffee maker glass carafe showing sediment after the brew has been decanted.
Sediment at the bottom of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe after all the coffee has been carefully decanted out.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.2
9.0

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 Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker. Pictured next to the box is the brew vessel, the carafe, and user manual.

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 small glass carafe of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a wood counter with the cork stopper to the right.
Height with Stopper Lid
8.5 in (215 mm|)
5.5 in (140 mm)
Base Diameter
5.5 in (140 mm)
3.74 in (95 mm)
Width
6.3 in (160 mm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
borosilicate glass
7.0 oz (198 g)
Material
18.5 oz (526 g)
borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

10
9.0
Aquach Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
Oxo Compact Stopper / Lid video
The cork stopper of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe with its silicone seal removed and resting to the right.
Diameter
3.1 in (80 mm)
2 in (52 mm)
Material
stainless steel & polyurethane
cork
Additional Features
silicone seal
silicone seal

Filter

8.0
9.0
A close up side angle view of a stainless steel brew filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
The round mesh filter of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker pictured with the base unit that holds the filter.
Length
5.9 in (150 hmm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
2.6 in (65 mm)
2.7 in (60 mm)
Material
fine stainless steel
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
Additional Features
lifting handle
red silicone gasket, spring valve

Build Quality

10
9.0
The Aquach cold brew coffee maker disassembled into its 6 components.
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.0
8.9

Brewing

9.0
9.0
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.

Decanting

9.0
9.0
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
A short video showing how coffee decants from the brew vessel into the glass carafe of the Oxo cold brew coffee maker.

Cleaning and Storage

9.0
8.5

Behind the Comparison

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