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Bodum vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Bodum cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. Brew freestyle with a top French press design for superior results.

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The Bodum is an adaptation of a French press coffee maker. Its affordable all-plastic design and stainless steel plunge filter are especially durable. The freestyle brewing technique it uses makes a full-strength cold brew coffee concentrate. It’s one of our top-recommended brewers.

The Coffee Bear is a very average immersion filter brewer. Its jug-type design uses a plastic and nylon filter. With a fixed brew ratio and a nylon filter, the Coffee Bear doesn’t produce much more than an average brew. Its only advantage is that it can brew in the door bin of most refrigerators.

Pros & Cons

  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7.7 x 7.5 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
5.1" (13.0 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Plastic, silicone
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel plunge
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
7.9 x 6.9 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
1 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$32.49
$25.64

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
9.1
7.2

Bouquet

9.0
7.0

Drinkability

8.8
7.0
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

10
8.0
Sediment in the bottom of a jar from which cold brew coffee has been carefully decanted.
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.8
8.8

In the Box

The unboxed Bodum cold brew coffee maker. To the right of the box  is the brew carafe, plunge filter lid, and then a spoon.
The unboxed Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, the brewer to the right, and the user-guide in front.

Decanter

The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
7.7
10
Base Diameter
5.1
3.9
Width
7.5" (19.1 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
16.3 oz (462 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
Material
Plastic, silicone
borosilicate glass, silicone

 Stopper / Lid

9.5
10
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.
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
4.4
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Material
Plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
Silicone seal, plunge filter
2 white silicone gaskets

Filter

10
8.0
The plunge filter of the Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its attached lid lay sideways on a wooden counter.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
7.9" (20.1 cm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
Diameter
6.9
2.5 in (65 mm)
Material
Plastic, stainless steel
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
Silicone seal
Detachable base

Build Quality

10
8.5
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
8.7

Brewing

9.0
8.5
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.

Decanting

8.5
9.0

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
8.5