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Oxo Compact vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

OXO Compact cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. The choice between a top-quality cold brew concentrate or a very average kind of brew.

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Oxo Cold Brew Compact

Coffee Bear

OXO Compact vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

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OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of Use Oxo Cold Brew CompactCoffee Bear9.09.09.08.98.07.28.88.7
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Coffee Bear is an average-performing immersion filter cold brew coffee maker. It uses a glass carafe with a handy lid that easily twists to pour. The immersion filter is made from plastic and nylon so it’s not ideal for doubling up as a hot beverage brewer. It’s very similar in design to the Coffee Gator, except that Coffee Bear has a silicone base stand which looks uneven and feels unsteady.

The OXO Compact has quite a sizable brew vessel and therefore needs to brew on a shelf in your refrigerator. However, it produces a relatively strong cold brew concentrate and decants into a very handy little carafe. The carafe can easily fit the door of any refrigerator.

Because the concentrate can be further diluted to even one part coffee to three parts water, the brew stretches further than the Coffee Bear. A cold brew concentrate is also more versatile for mixing or using in kitchen preparations.

Pros & Cons

  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7 x 5.1 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.3" (10.9 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Polypropylene plastic, AS resin
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Stainless steel / plastic base plug
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
0.1 x 2.7 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
0.4 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$34.37
$25.64

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
9.0
7.2

Bouquet

9.0
7.0

Drinkability

9.0
7.0
The Oxo Compact cold brew carafe filled with coffee standing next to glass a third filled with coffee.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

9.0
8.0
Sediment at the bottom of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee carafe after all the coffee has been carefully decanted out.
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.0
8.8

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 Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, the brewer to the right, and the user-guide in front.

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 Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
5.5 in (140 mm)
10
Base Diameter
3.74 in (95 mm)
3.9
Width
NaN" (NaN cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
7.0 oz (198 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
borosilicate glass, silicone

Stopper / Lid

9.0
10
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.
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
2 in (52 mm)
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Material
cork
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
silicone seal
2 white silicone gaskets

Filter

9.0
8.0
The round mesh filter of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker pictured with the base unit that holds the filter.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
Diameter
2.7 in (60 mm)
2.5 in (65 mm)
Material
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
red silicone gasket, spring valve
Detachable base

Build Quality

9.0
8.5
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.9
8.7

Brewing

9.0
8.5
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.

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

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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