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Oxo Compact vs Coffee Gator Side-by-Side Comparison

OXO Compact cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Gator. A choice that rests on the strength and quality of the brew.

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Oxo Cold Brew Compact

Coffee Gator

OXO Compact vs Coffee Gator 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 Coffee GatorOxo Cold Brew Compact8.27.28.99.29.09.09.08.9
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Both the OXO Compact and Coffee Gator are excellent value cold brew coffee makers. The key to choosing is the type of brew quality you are looking for. The OXO Compact is a free-style brewer that produces one of the strongest cold brew coffee concentrates we have tested. You can also change the liquid volume and brew ratio.

The OXO Compact also has a reusable stainless steel filter, which means there are no additional purchases needed down the line. The brew will automatically decant when the brew vessel is placed on the carafe.

Coffee Gator is a glass jug type brewer that can easily fit in the door of a small refrigerator. The filter is made of plastic and nylon and though the brew it produces is a little below average, it is good enough to drink. The lid design is airtight and you simply twist it to pour. You also get a stainless steel measuring spoon and silicone funnel for pouring in the grounds and water.

Pros & Cons

  • Compact design
  • Quality packaging
  • Aesthetic decanter
  • Easy measuring
  • Pours very smoothly
  • Quality of glass carafe
  • Additional spoon and funnel
  • Neat and clever lid
  • Twist to pour lid
  • Personalized extras
  • Stopper doesn’t fit tightly
  • Sensitive decanter valve 
  • Brew not so complex
  • Grip and length of handle
  • Brew rather average

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7 x 5.1 inches
10.2 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.3" (10.9 cm)
3.9" (9.9 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
7.8 x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
0.4 lbs
1.2 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$34.37
$26.28

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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 small glass of coffee standing in the foreground and the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee jug-carafe in the background.

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

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 Gator glass brew jug standing on a countertop. There is no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
5.5 in (140 mm)
10.2
Base Diameter
3.74 in (95 mm)
3.9
Width
NaN" (NaN cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
7.0 oz (198 g)
19.3 oz (547 g)
Material
borosilicate glass
 borosilicate glass

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.
A close up of a screw-on rim handle and lid stopper of a cold brew coffee maker.
Diameter
2 in (52 mm)
4.3
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 close up side angle of a plastic and mesh filter used in a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
NaN" (NaN cm)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
Diameter
2.7 in (60 mm)
2.5
Material
polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
White plastic & nylon mesh
Additional Features
red silicone gasket, spring valve
 Detachable base

Build Quality

9.0
9.0
The entire Oxo cold brew coffee maker system disassembled.
The disassemble Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker showing all 9 parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
8.9
9.2

Brewing

9.0
9.5
The brew vessel of the Oxo compact cold brew coffee maker resting on a measuring scale.
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
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
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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