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Coffee Gator vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. Two almost identical animal-named brewers. Find out which one comes out tops.

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Coffee Gator

Coffee Bear

Coffee Gator vs Coffee Bear: A Bitter Rivalry

Overall Verdict

Coffee Gator and Coffee Bear are virtually identical cold brew coffee makers. Which is the original product is hard to tell since the manufacturers would only confirm that there is no relationship between the two. Regardless, Coffee Gator is the better value product, while Coffee Bear appears to be a generic copy. 

The convenient twist-to-pour lid is the same for each brewer. So too is the filter design except the Coffee Gator filter has a white plastic frame. This makes it easier to see coffee oils during cleaning compared to the black filter of the Coffee Bear. 

The Coffee Bear has a silicone base pad, but the fit is somewhat uneven and the bulk makes it difficult to fit in the door bin of a small refrigerator. The Coffee Gator, in contrast, offers a better deal with an included stainless steel measuring spoon and a very useful silicone funnel.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UseCoffee GatorCoffee Bear8.27.28.99.28.07.28.88.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Quality of glass carafe
  • Additional spoon and funnel
  • Neat and clever lid
  • Twist to pour lid
  • Personalized extras
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Grip and length of handle
  • Brew rather average
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
10.2 x 6.7 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
3.9" (9.9 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
7.8 x 2.5 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
1.2 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$26.28
$25.64

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.2
7.2

Bouquet

7.0
7.0

Drinkability

7.0
7.0
A small glass of coffee standing in the foreground and the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee jug-carafe in the background.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

8.0
8.0
An inside view of a cold brew coffee carafe showing remaining sediment after all the brew 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
8.9
8.8

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 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 Coffee Gator glass brew jug standing on a countertop. There is no filter inserted.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
10.2
10
Base Diameter
3.9
3.9
Width
6.7" (17.0 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
19.3 oz (547 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
Material
 borosilicate glass
borosilicate glass, silicone

Stopper / Lid

10
10
A close up of a screw-on rim handle and lid stopper of a cold brew coffee maker.
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
4.3
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Material
BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
2 white silicone gaskets
2 white silicone gaskets

Filter

8.0
8.0
A close up side angle of a plastic and mesh filter used in a cold brew coffee maker.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
7.8" (19.8 cm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
Diameter
2.5
2.5 in (65 mm)
Material
White plastic & nylon mesh
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
 Detachable base
Detachable base

Build Quality

9.0
8.5
The disassemble Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker showing all 9 parts.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
8.7

Brewing

9.5
8.5
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.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.

Decanting

9.0
9.0

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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