Ovalware vs Bean Envy Side-by-Side Comparison

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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Ovalware Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Bean Envy Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

8.5
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.8/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.3/10
8.5
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.9/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.3/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.1/10

The Ovalware and Bean Envy are neck-and-neck as cold brew coffee makers. The Ovalware, however, tends to produce a slightly better quality brew. Compared to the Bean Envy, the Ovalware has a more slender-necked design. The Ovalware comes in 34 and 51 oz carafes while the Bean Envy comes in a 32 oz size only. 

Both brewers have a silicone base, but the Bean Envy proprietary design comes out tops. Additionally, the Bean Envy comes with two stoppers — one for brewing and a pop-up silicone stopper for easier pouring and better airtightness after decanting. Which is better really depends on the type of design and look you prefer.

Brew Quality

7.8
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    7.5/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.5/10
7.9
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    8.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.5/10
7.5

Bouquet

8.0

The Oval produced a somewhat surprising bouquet, but its medium strength was more or less in line with the brew ratio. The bouquet had distinctly herbie and somewhat earthy, chocolatey notes, and we were keen to see what kind of flavor it produced.

The Bean Envy produced a medium to strong bouquet. It had a distinctive roasted note, but there was some complexity to it. We also detected woody and herby notes, with a slight underlying hint of chocolate.

8.0

Drinkability

8.0
Ovalware Cold Brew Drinkability

With a one-to-one dilution, the Ovalware cold brew had a mildly roasted and surprisingly sweet taste. It also felt rounded and smooth, but lacked the rich complexity that our top brewer was able to produce. There was a slight bitterness, but overall the taste was very satisfying and not watery at all.

We would recommend less dilution for a more robust flavor - maybe two thirds coffee to a third of water. It may also be worth brewing for longer than our standard 18 hours.

Bean Envy Drinkability

Bean Envy presented a strong roasted flavor with a semi-full-bodied experience. Overall, the brew was a little bitter with not so much of a sweet aftertaste. We liked it as it was, but you could even dilute it a little. All things considered, it was a good brew for mixing. We have found that a brewer with a thin neck and wider base tends to get better results, and Bean Envy fits this design.

7.5

Sediment

7.5
Ovalware Cold Brew Sediment

We brewed the Ovalware undisturbed  for 18 hours in a refrigerator. After allowing the contents to settle, we decanted the brew and the sediment left behind was quite substantial. Decanting the contents a second time, or even filtering through a paper filter, would probably be the best solution. However, we felt the good quality of the brew concentrate was a reasonable compromise on the filter.

Bean Envy Sediment

After allowing the brew to settle, we decanted the contents to see how much sediment remained at the bottom. The Bean Envy produced a moderate amount of sediment as a fine sludge. Considering that it’s best to stir the brew before pouring to drink, we would recommend a second decanting. The sediment produced, however, was a good compromise for the quality of the brew.

Design

9.0
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
9.3
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.5/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.5/10

In the Box

Ovalware Cold Brew In the Box
  • Box WHD: 5.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches
  • Assembled brewer
  • Promotional card
  • User manual and warranty

The Ovalware comes neatly packaged in a custom box, but a little over packaged with plastic bubble wrap. The user manual was inside the carafe which is common but annoying because it bends. You should register your warranty on their website and there’s a handy QR code link for non-English instructions in most major languages.

Bean Envy In the Box
  • Box WDH: 5.3 x 5.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Assembled brew carafe 
  • Extra silicone lid
  • Brew guide and manual
  • Warranty tag and promotional card

Bean Envy is a high-quality craft product. The first thing you see in the box is the VIP card which invites you to scan the QR code to register your warranty, gain exclusive offers, and more — except our code didn’t work. Their only website is on Amazon and there’s no way to find the registration page. There is, however, a tag with a warranty on any broken glass, a support email, and toll-free number. 

Unperturbed, we unpacked the rest of the box. The side of the box promises a microdot precision laser fitter, a silicone base, and an extra strong borosilicate glass decanter. This product comes with two lids: one for brewing and one for post-decanting. The final item was a very high-quality product booklet, brew guide, and care manual all in one.

Decanter

Ovalware Cold Brew Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    8 in (205 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
     4.7 in (120 mm)
  • Width:
    5.5 in (140 mm)
  • Weight:
    17.3 oz (490 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass

The decanter is very attractive and the markings in cups and milliliters are very useful. The handle was comfortable and the flat edge easy to grip. The carafe poured well with the small lip, a nice feature that means less chance of accidental chipping.

We particularly liked the base’s silicone stand. There’s a hole to let out air and you can easily hook it off for cleaning. Overall, the carafe design is excellent.

Bean Envy Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.9 in (200 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.7 in (120 mm)
  • Width:
    5.9 in (150 mm)
  • Weight:
    16.5 oz  (470 g)
  • Material:
    Borosilicate glass, stainless steel, silicone

The decanter is well-made and specifically, we liked the thick rim. The extended and rounded handle is also very easy to grip. Likewise, the silicone base is neither too thick nor too thin and effortlessly slips on and off. This is something that not every brewer using a silicone base gets right. The base of the glass carafe is actually slightly indented for the fit and Bean Envy are awaiting patent approval for this design.

9.0

Stopper / Lid

9.5
Ovalware Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    3 in (75 mm)
  • Material:
    stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

The stainless steel stopper is a nice complement to the glass design. Our only qualm was the quality and fit of the silicone seal. Without the filter, the stopper was not so tight and required a little turning to get a more airtight fit.

Bean Envy Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    3.3 & 2.7 in (85 & 70 mm)
  • Material:
    Stainless steel, silicone
  • Additional Features:
    Silicone seal

The Bean Envy doesn’t stop with its unique carafe design. The stainless steel brew lid is quite similar to other designs, however, the additional all-silicone lid for post-decanting is quite unique. 

This lid makes up for the disparity between the fit of the lid with the filter and that without. Not only that, the silicone lid has a unique pop function. You just lift the lid slightly to pour from two different open positions, or you can twist the lid to a sealed position. However, we found the carafe doesn’t pour so well with the silicone lid extended.

9.0

Filter

9.0
Ovalware Cold Brew Filter
  • Length:
    6.9 in (175 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (70 mm)
  • Material:
    lasered stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

The filter appeared well-made and there were no sharp edges. We noticed the holes on the bottom seemed finer than on the sides. The silicone seal for the filter, and for the stopper, was not the best quality. In our testing, we have come across better quality designs, so this was a little disappointing considering the Ovalware brand status. Our brew quality test showed that the paucity of the filter allowed for a good brew to develop.

Bean Envy Filter
  • Length:
    6.9 in (175 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (70 mm)
  • Material:
    Lasered stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    Silicone seal

The Bean Envy filter is well-machined and made from fine laser-cut stainless steel. There are no sharp edges, but unfortunately, the bottom of the filter is solid. We have found that the presence of holes at the bottom makes it easier for decanting all the liquid, and may contribute to developing a better brew.

Also, from our extensive testing experience, fine-cut laser filters tend not to be the best. This is because they lack sufficient permeability for a good brew to develop. The Bean Envy filter, on the other hand, proved not to be the case as the brew quality was relatively good — also evidenced by the amount of sediment produced.

9.0

Build Quality

9.5
Ovalware  Build Quality

Except for the compromise on the silicone stoppers, the overall design quality of the Ovalware is excellent. The filter is well-machined and the silicone cushion is an extra that you don’t often find on other cold brew coffee makers.

Bean Envy Build Quality

Overall, we were very satisfied with the quality of the Bean Envy cold coffee brewer. The extra thought put into the base and lid designs was much appreciated. The only improvement would be with an upgrade to the filter and the pour with the silicone stopper.

Ease of Use

Ease-of-Use
9.3
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    10/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
9.1
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.5/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
10

Brewing

9.5
Ovalware Brewing

Brewing steps are clearly outlined in the manual. They recommend weighing 85 g (3 oz) of medium to coarse ground coffee which is a little more than 80% of the filter volume. Then pour room temperature filtered water slowly over the grounds. You should stir and mix the grounds a little. Like any immersion brewer, we found brewing simple and effortless.

Bean Envy Brewing

The nice thing about Bean Envy is their included brew guide. First, they recommend freshly ground beans, and as coarse as you can grind them. They also pay due attention to brew ratio, which other manufacturers don’t generally do.

They recommend a typical 1:4 ratio. In their instructions, they speak of 8 tablespoons of grounds to 32 fl oz (1 L) of water. We carefully measured both water and grounds for testing. The Bean Envy filter takes 3 oz (typical for its size) or 85 g of grounds. The volume of water needed to completely soak the grounds was 1.1 L or 38 fl. oz. This is a typical ratio of 1:12 which matches with a number of other similar brewers.

Because of the type of filter, it took quite some time for the water to pass through. Therefore, you may want to start with at least 20 fl oz (600 ml) of water already added to the carafe.

9.0

Decanting

9.0

Like brewing, decanting was straightforward. As with any immersion filter, you simply lift it out of the carafe and place it in a small cup to catch the remaining liquid. The holes on the bottom of the filter make decanting fast and effortless. After decanting, we rinsed off the stopper even though there were no granules present.

Due to the amount of sediment left behind, we recommend a second decanting at the expense of a little extra work. The more health conscious may want to use a paper filter at the same time.

As with most similar immersion filter brewers, decanting requires very little work. It took a little force to pry the filter out because it was tightly bonded—which was not a bad thing. Decanting would be easier though if the filter base had holes for all the liquid to flow out more easily. After decanting, you simply place on the silicone lid, which, apart from creating a different look, was also a very good fit.

8.5

Cleaning and Storage

8.5

The shape of the Ovalware carafe means that you need to clean it with a bottle brush. Although slightly more effort is needed than other brewers, it’s a small compromise on a design that works comparatively well. The filter requires a bottle brush too, however, all parts can go in the dishwasher.

The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker simply stores as it is. We noted that the silicone base is an excellent design feature for safer storage. The glass doesn’t bang and the sides are protected from scratching.

We found it best to clean the brewer by hand, but the glass carafe and filter can easily go into a dishwasher. Both the filter and the carafe required the use of a bottle brush. The silicone base is very secure, yet you can slip it off easily and it’s also one of the best designs we have seen. Because there are two lids, you should make sure not to misplace one or the other while in storage.