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Ovalware vs Coffee Gator Side-by-Side Comparison

Ovalware cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Gator. A question of brew strength and versatility versus a more convenient design.

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Ovalware Cold Brew

Coffee Gator

Ovalware vs Coffee Gator: Know Your Priorities

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Ovalware Cold BrewCoffee Gator8.57.89.09.38.27.28.99.2
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The choice between the Ovalware and Coffee Gator depends on your priorities. The Ovalware produces a stronger brew and ranks as one of the top immersion filter brewers we have tested. It uses a stainless steel filter and the stopper design is well executed. 

The Coffee Gator uses a plastic-framed nylon filter, so it’s not as well suited to hot brewing as the Ovalware. Furthermore, the brew is weaker. However, the Coffee Gator twist-to-pour lid is a lot more convenient and secure than a stopper. 

The Coffee Gator also fits more easily into the door bin of a smaller refrigerator. This is its key advantage. Additionally, its nifty silicone filter makes pouring in grounds and water a breeze.

Pros & Cons

  • Brew quality
  • Brew markers in cups and ml
  • Silicone base pad
  • Comfortable handle
  • Ease of brewing
  • Quality of glass carafe
  • Additional spoon and funnel
  • Neat and clever lid
  • Twist to pour lid
  • Personalized extras
  • Quality and fit of silicone seals
  • Additional decanting
  • Narrow head for cleaning
  • Grip and length of handle
  • Brew rather average

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8 x 5.4 inches
10.2 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
3.9" (9.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
6.9 x 2.7 inches
7.8 x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
1 lbs
1.2 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$31.61
$26.28

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
7.2

Bouquet

7.5
7.0

Drinkability

8.0
7.0
The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker with a freshly produced cold brew and an empty glass to the left.
A small glass of coffee standing in the foreground and the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee jug-carafe in the background.

Sediment

7.5
8.0
A view of sediment left behind after all coffee has been carefully decanted from a typical cold brew coffee maker.
An inside view of a cold brew coffee carafe showing remaining sediment after all the brew has been carefully decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
8.9

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.
An unboxed Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, a measuring spoon and silicone funnel are upfront.

Decanter

Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker empty glass carafe with no filter and the stopper resting to the right on the countertop.
The Coffee Gator glass brew jug standing on a countertop. There is no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
8
10.2
Base Diameter
4.7
3.9
Width
5.5" (14.0 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
17.3 oz (490 g)
19.3 oz (547 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
 borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

9.0
10
The stainless steel stopper with a rubber silicone ring resting on its side on a wooden countertop.
A close up of a screw-on rim handle and lid stopper of a cold brew coffee maker.
Diameter
3
4.3
Material
stainless steel
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
2 white silicone gaskets

Filter

9.0
8.0
A typical stainless steel immersion filter used in a cold brew coffee maker or tea infuser.
A close up side angle of a plastic and mesh filter used in a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
6.9" (17.5 cm)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Diameter
2.7
2.5
Material
lasered stainless steel
White plastic & nylon mesh
Additional Features
silicone seal
 Detachable base

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
The Ovalware JR3 cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 6 parts in total.
The disassemble Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker showing all 9 parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.3
9.2

Brewing

10
9.5
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.
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
9.0

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
9.0

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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