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Coffee Gator vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker vs Bodum. A small brewer with nice extras, but out-matched by a French press freestyle-brewing design.

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Coffee Gator

Bodum

Coffee Gator vs Bodum: Where Little Extras Don’t Matter

Overall Verdict

The Coffee Gator is a somewhat average-performing immersion filter brewer. However, it comes with a number of extras that seal the deal. These include a stainless steel measuring spoon, a handy silicone funnel for pouring in grounds and water, plus various promotional offers.

Despite these attractive extras, the Coffee Gator is no match for the Bodum. The Bodum is an adaptation of a French press design and it uses a freestyle brewing technique. The result is a full-strength cold brew coffee concentrate. The only advantage of the Coffee Gator is that it can fit the door bin of a small refrigerator.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UseCoffee GatorBodum8.27.28.99.29.19.19.88.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Quality of glass carafe
  • Additional spoon and funnel
  • Neat and clever lid
  • Twist to pour lid
  • Personalized extras
  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Grip and length of handle
  • Brew rather average
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
10.2 x 6.7 inches
7.7 x 7.5 inches
Brewer Diameter
3.9" (9.9 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Plastic, silicone
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Stainless steel plunge
Filter HxDia
7.8 x 2.5 inches
7.9 x 6.9 inches
Decanter Weight
1.2 lbs
1 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.28
$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 small glass of coffee standing in the foreground and the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee jug-carafe in the background.
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.

Sediment

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

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.9
9.8

In the Box

An unboxed Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, a measuring spoon and silicone funnel are upfront.
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 Coffee Gator glass brew jug standing on a countertop. There is no filter inserted.
The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
Height with Stopper Lid
10.2
7.7
Base Diameter
3.9
5.1
Width
6.7" (17.0 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)
Weight
19.3 oz (547 g)
16.3 oz (462 g)
Material
 borosilicate glass
Plastic, silicone

Stopper / Lid

10
9.5
A close up of a screw-on rim handle and lid stopper of a cold brew coffee maker.
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
4.3
4.4
Material
BPA-free plastic
Plastic
Additional Features
2 white silicone gaskets
Silicone seal, plunge filter

Filter

8.0
10
A close up side angle of a plastic and mesh filter used in 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
7.8" (19.8 cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Diameter
2.5
6.9
Material
White plastic & nylon mesh
Plastic, stainless steel
Additional Features
 Detachable base
Silicone seal

Build Quality

9.0
10
The disassemble Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker showing all 9 parts.
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
8.7

Brewing

9.5
9.0
A short video showing how to brew with the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker.
The Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker set up for brewing with measured coffee grounds on a scale.

Decanting

9.0
8.5

Cleaning and Storage

9.0
8.5

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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