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Ovalware vs Oxo Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

Ovalware cold brew coffee maker vs OXO Compact. A top choice for an immersion filter cold brew coffee brewer, and a free-style brewer.

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Ovalware vs OXO Compact Side-by-Side Comparison

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The Ovalware is one of our top choices for an immersion filter brewer. Its slender neck and wide base are well-suited for cold brew coffee making. The silicone base gives it a sturdy feel and the stopper works very well. It also has a handy measurement guide in both cups and milliliters.

The Ovalware, like similar glass carafe brewers, only brews to a ratio of 1:11 so while the brew is strong enough to drink as it is, it isn’t really a cold brew concentrate. If you prefer a real cold brew concentrate, then the OXO has a lot to offer. 

The OXO has easy brew guide markings to follow on the brew vessel and decanting is quite effortless. For many, a cold brew concentrate is more versatile. Its espresso strength is great for mixing and can also be used in dessert preparations.

Pros & Cons

  • Brew quality
  • Brew markers in cups and ml
  • Silicone base pad
  • Comfortable handle
  • Ease of brewing
  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Quality and fit of silicone seals
  • Additional decanting
  • Narrow head for cleaning
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
8 x 5.4 inches
7 x 5.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
4.3" (10.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, silicone
Polypropylene plastic, AS resin
Filter Type
Stainless steel immersion
Stainless steel / plastic base plug
Filter HxDia
6.9 x 2.7 inches
0.1 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1 lbs
0.4 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$31.61
$34.37

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
9.0

Bouquet

7.5
9.0

Drinkability

8.0
9.0
The Ovalware cold brew coffee maker with a freshly produced cold brew and an empty glass to the left.
The Oxo Compact cold brew carafe filled with coffee standing next to glass a third filled with coffee.

Sediment

7.5
9.0
A view of sediment left behind after all coffee has been carefully decanted from a typical cold brew coffee maker.
Sediment at the bottom of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe after all the coffee has been carefully decanted out.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
9.0

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 Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker. Pictured next to the box is the brew vessel, the carafe, and user manual.

Decanter

Ovalware RJ3 cold brew coffee maker empty glass carafe with no filter and the stopper resting to the right on the countertop.
The small glass carafe of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a wood counter with the cork stopper to the right.
Height with Stopper Lid
8
5.5 in (140 mm)
Base Diameter
4.7
3.74 in (95 mm)
Width
5.5" (14.0 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
17.3 oz (490 g)
7.0 oz (198 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

9.0
9.0
The stainless steel stopper with a rubber silicone ring resting on its side on a wooden countertop.
Oxo Compact Stopper / Lid video
The cork stopper of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe with its silicone seal removed and resting to the right.
Diameter
3
2 in (52 mm)
Material
stainless steel
cork
Additional Features
silicone seal
silicone seal

Filter

9.0
9.0
A typical stainless steel immersion filter used in a cold brew coffee maker or tea infuser.
The round mesh filter of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker pictured with the base unit that holds the filter.
Length
6.9" (17.5 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
2.7
2.7 in (60 mm)
Material
lasered stainless steel
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
Additional Features
silicone seal
red silicone gasket, spring valve

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
The Ovalware JR3 cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 6 parts in total.
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.3
8.9

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.
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.

Decanting

9.0
9.0
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on top of the glass carafe during decanting.
A short video showing how coffee decants from the brew vessel into the glass carafe of the Oxo cold brew coffee maker.

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
8.5