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Oxo Compact vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

OXO Compact cold brew coffee maker vs Bodum French Press. Two free-style brewers. One easier to use than the other, but the output is less.

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Oxo Cold Brew Compact

Bodum

OXO Compact vs Bodum Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

The OXO Compact and the Bodum French Press both use the free-style brewing technique. In a sense, the OXO is easier to use with its markings for the preferred amounts of grounds and water. The Bodum has no measurement markings and comes with no instructions regarding brewing or brew ratios.

For brewing in the refrigerator, the Bodum takes up a little more space. It can produce up to 25 fl. oz. of concentrate whereas the OXO’s output is 16 fl. oz. using a similar ratio. 

The OXO decants into a nice little carafe with a stopper. With the Bodum, it appears that the manufacturer intended for the grounds to be left in the container and the concentrate poured off as you need it. If you have your own preferred decanter, you may wish to completely decant the contents of the Bodum after brewing.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UseOxo Cold Brew CompactBodum9.09.09.08.99.19.19.88.7
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Pros & Cons

  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Light and durable
  • Open/close spout
  • Perfectly airtight
  • Comfortable handle
  • Freestyle brewing
  • Made in Portugal
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex
  • Decanting can be tricky
  • No measuring guides

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7 x 5.1 inches
7.7 x 7.5 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.3" (10.9 cm)
5.1" (13.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Polypropylene plastic, AS resin
Plastic, silicone
Filter Type
Stainless steel / plastic base plug
Stainless steel plunge
Filter HxDia
0.1 x 2.7 inches
7.9 x 6.9 inches
Decanter Weight
0.4 lbs
1 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$34.37
$32.49

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
9.0
9.1

Bouquet

9.0
9.0

Drinkability

9.0
8.8
The Oxo Compact cold brew carafe filled with coffee standing next to glass a third filled with coffee.
A glass of cold-brewed coffee standing near a brew carafe half-filled with coffee.

Sediment

9.0
10
Sediment at the bottom of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe after all the coffee has been carefully decanted out.
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 Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker. Pictured next to the box is the brew vessel, the carafe, 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

The small glass carafe of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a wood counter with the cork stopper to the right.
The Bodum cold brew coffee maker brew vessel as it would appear before brewing is commenced.
Height with Stopper Lid
5.5 in (140 mm)
7.7
Base Diameter
3.74 in (95 mm)
5.1
Width
NaN" (NaN cm)
7.5" (19.1 cm)
Weight
7.0 oz (198 g)
16.3 oz (462 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
Plastic, silicone

Stopper / Lid

9.0
9.5
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.
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
2 in (52 mm)
4.4
Material
cork
Plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
Silicone seal, plunge filter

Filter

9.0
10
The round mesh filter of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker pictured with the base unit that holds the filter.
The plunge filter of the Bodum cold brew coffee maker with its attached lid lay sideways on a wooden counter.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
7.9" (20.1 cm)
Diameter
2.7 in (60 mm)
6.9
Material
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
Plastic, stainless steel
Additional Features
red silicone gasket, spring valve
Silicone seal

Build Quality

9.0
10
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.
The disassembled Bodum cold brew coffee maker showing all six parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.9
8.7

Brewing

9.0
9.0
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.

Decanting

9.0
8.5
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

Behind the Comparison

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