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Coffee Bear vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker vs Toddy System. A poor generic copy of an average brewer and a brewer of original design excellence.

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Coffee Bear

Toddy Cold Brew

Coffee Bear vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Coffee BearToddy Cold Brew8.07.28.88.79.210.09.48.0
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The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker is practically identical to the Coffee Gator. The difference is the Coffee Bear tries to stand out with a silicone base pad which is badly designed, and the black filter makes it difficult to see any coffee oils during cleaning. As much as it tries, Coffee Bear doesn’t really salvage much to bolster its less-than-average brewing capability. Coffee Gator, meanwhile, has some nice value-added extras.

The Toddy System, on the other hand, is a free-style cold brew coffee maker that produces a top-quality cold brew concentrate. It requires a fair bit of space on a fridge shelf to brew but after decanting, the stylish carafe can go into the refrigerator door. If you require in-door brewing, there are better options than both Coffee Bear and Coffee Gator. A glass carafe with a stainless steel filter is a more versatile option since it can be used to brew hot tea.

Pros & Cons

  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Minimal parts
  • No over-packaging
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Ergonomic components
  • Attractive carafe
  • Included paper filter bags
  • Cold or hot brewing
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy
  • Felt filter tends to clog
  • No brew vessel markings

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
10 x 6.7 inches
8.7 x 7.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.2" (10.7 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, plastic
HDPE plastic
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Base plug filter
Filter HxDia
7.5” x 2.5 inches
0.2 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1.9 lbs
1.4 oz

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$25.64
$39.62

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
10

Bouquet

7.0
10

Drinkability

7.0
10
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
The Toddy System carafe filled with fresh cold-brewed coffee. The carafe is pictured next to the carafe stopper and a glass.

Sediment

8.0
10
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.
A close up of sediment left behind in a glass carafe after all the cold-brewed coffee has carefully been decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.8
9.4

In the Box

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.
The unboxed contents of the Toddy Cold Brew System. Pictured is the brew vessel, glass carafe, and filtration system.

Decanter

The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
The glass carafe of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter with the carafe lid to one side.
Height with Stopper Lid
10
8.7
Base Diameter
3.9
5.1
Width
6.7" (17.0 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
30.0 oz (850 g)
1.4 oz (40 g)
Material
borosilicate glass, silicone
borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

10
10
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
 4.3 in (110 mm)
3.5 in (90 mm)
Material
BPA-free plastic
low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Additional Features
2 white silicone gaskets
N/A

Filter

8.0
9.0
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Toddy System Filter
Length
 7.5 in (190 mm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
2.5 in (65 mm)
2.7 in (70 mm)
Material
Black plastic, nylon mesh
felt filter x 2
Additional Features
Detachable base
3 paper brew bags

Build Quality

8.5
9.5
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.
From left to right: The brew vessel, glass carafe, and silicone stopper of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.7
8.0

Brewing

8.5
8.0
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
The Toddy Cold System brew vessel filled with coffee grounds and water pictured next to its packaging box.

 Decanting

9.0
7.5

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
9.0
A top down view of how the Toddy Cold Brew System neatly packages away for convenient storage.

Behind the Comparison

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Roger Shitaki is a writer, author, and editor. His niches are household appliances, health & wellness, and travel. He’s a freelance contributor to a Tokyo lifestyle website and a leading ophthalmology magazine in Asia.

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