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Hario Mizudashi vs Bean Envy Side-by-Side Comparison

Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee maker vs Bean Envy. Read why the Hario isn’t worth a second brew and why Bean Envy comes out tops.

Hario Mizudashi vs Bean Envy: A One-Hit Wonder Meets a Chart Topper


Price at publication
Brewer HxW
11.5 x 5.4 inches7.9 x 5.9 inches
Brewer Diameter
3.7" (9.4 cm)4.7" (11.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, polypropylene plasticBorosilicate glass, stainless steel, silicone
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersionStainless steel immersion
Filter HxDia
6.5 x 3.3 inches6.9 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
0.9 lbs1 lbs
Total Parts Count


Stopper / Lid
 Build Quality
Overall Design Scoring

The Hario scored well for its build quality, but it fell short on the key fundamentals of the lid and filter design. Overall, the design did not contribute to producing a good quality brew.

Bean Envy is an all-round top-quality product and it makes a fairly good brew. The silicone base and the two-lid design are particularly nice, and the stainless steel filter was well-machined. Unfortunately, pouring with the silicone lid popped up was not so smooth.

Usability Comparison

Cleaning and Storage
Overall Usability Scoring

The Hario Mizudashi is really easy to use because it requires little effort. Additionally, it is easy to brew without having to measure out the grounds or water. The tall size is a little troublesome when hand washing, but everything is dishwasher safe. Our key issue, however, is with the non-airtight design.

Brewing and decanting required minimal effort. Additionally, the volume markings on the carafe are great for telling how much yield is produced and how much coffee you have remaining during use. For hand-washing, you will need a bottle brush and a little extra care is required so as not to misplace either of the lids in storage.

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring

The Hario Mizudashi was an overall poor performer. The brew lacked complexity and had an overall sourish taste. This was largely down to a short filter, a poor brew ratio, and a non-airtight vessel. One way to improve the brew quality would be hot blooming where you pour hot water over the grounds and allow to bloom for 30 to 40 seconds before pouring cold water.

For an immersion filter brewer, the Bean Envy ranks very competitively and the brew quality is relatively good. The brew is strong, flavorful, and smooth but not as complex as a cold brew can be. We found it brewed more towards the bitter flavors rather than the sweeter ones.

Overall Scores

Brew Quality
Ease of Use
Overall Scoring

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive brew decanter
  • Easy-to-clean filter
  • Color choice
  • Hot or cold brewing
  • Two lid design
  • Silicone base
  • Handle design
  • Measuring markers
  • Not airtight
  • Odor contamination
  • Poor brew quality
  • Filter bottom
  • Pouring with silicone lid


The Hario Mizudashi is a good-looking brewer. Its tall and thin glass carafe is designed to fit in any refrigerator door bin. However, having brewed just once with the Hario it was clear that costly coffee grounds deserve a better choice. The device is not airtight, the filter is too short, and the brew is sourish and weak. 

The Bean Envy, on the other hand, consistently produces a strong and good quality brew for an immersion filter design. Its two-stopper design is quite unique with an additional pop-up silicone stopper for easy pouring. The filter is stainless steel and the carafe is glass.

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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