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Ovalware vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

Ovalware cold brew coffee maker vs Bodum French press. A choice between a good cold brew coffee and a superior cold brew concentrate.

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Ovalware Cold Brew

Bodum

Ovalware vs Bodum 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 Ovalware Cold BrewBodum8.57.89.09.39.19.19.88.7
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The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker is one of our top selections for an immersion filter brewer. Using the freestyle brewing method, the Bodum is one of our overall favorite brewers. The choice between the two lies in brew strength quality and the extra work required by the Bodum.

Design-wise, the Ovalware is much the same as any stylish glass carafe brewer. It brews through a stainless steel filter with a brew ratio of 1:11. The slender neck and wide base also help in producing a good quality brew. Decanting is relatively simple, the stopper is airtight, and the silicone base is a plus.

For the Bodum, you have to choose your own brew ratio and quantity. The brew vessel is wider than the Ovalware ( 7.4 vs 4.7 inches). It’s a true French press design: using a plunge filter for after brewing. The filtration results are excellent, but if you wish to fully decant the brew, you need to provide your own decanter.

Pros & Cons

  • Brew quality
  • Brew markers in cups and ml
  • Silicone base pad
  • Comfortable handle
  • Ease of brewing
  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Quality and fit of silicone seals
  • Additional decanting
  • Narrow head for cleaning
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8 x 5.4 inches
7.7 x 7.5 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
Plastic, silicone
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel plunge
Filter HxDia
6.9 x 2.7 inches
7.9 x 6.9 inches
Decanter Weight
1 lbs
1 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$31.61
$32.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
9.1

Bouquet

7.5
9.0

Drinkability

8.0
8.8
The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker with a freshly produced cold brew and an empty glass to the left.
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.

Sediment

7.5
10
A view of sediment left behind after all coffee has been carefully decanted from a typical cold brew coffee maker.
Sediment in the bottom of a jar from which cold brew coffee has been carefully decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
9.8

In the Box

The unboxed contents of the Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker: the box, the glass carafe with the filter, and user manual.
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

Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker empty glass carafe with no filter and the stopper resting to the right on the countertop.
The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
Height with Stopper Lid
8
7.7
Base Diameter
4.7
5.1
Width
5.5" (14.0 cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)
Weight
17.3 oz (490 g)
16.3 oz (462 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
Plastic, silicone

Stopper / Lid

9.0
9.5
The stainless steel stopper with a rubber silicone ring resting on its side on a wooden countertop.
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
3
4.4
Material
stainless steel
Plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal, plunge filter

Filter

9.0
10
A typical stainless steel immersion filter used in a cold brew coffee maker or tea infuser.
The plunge filter of the Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its attached lid lay sideways on a wooden counter.
Length
6.9" (17.5 cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Diameter
2.7
6.9
Material
lasered stainless steel
Plastic, stainless steel
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal

Build Quality

9.0
10
The Ovalware JR3 cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 6 parts in total.
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.3
8.7

Brewing

10
9.0
The Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker set up to brew with the filter on a scale and a carafe of filtered to the far right.

Decanting

9.0
8.5

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
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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