Oxo Compact vs Goodful Side-by-Side Comparison

Reviewed
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Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Tested Using Methodology v1.0
Updated Nov 28, 2022
Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Goodful Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

9.0
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    9.0/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.9/10
8.1
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.5/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.7/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.8/10

The OXO Compact is a free-style cold brew coffee maker. Its brewing method is somewhat unique. Grounds are not stirred, but left undisturbed and water is distributed via its proprietary rainshower dripper. It produces one of the strongest cold brew concentrates we have tested.

The OXO requires a fair bit of shelf space to brew ( HD: 7 in x 5.1 in ), but the concentrate empties into a small decanter which you can easily store in a refrigerator door. The Goodful, on the other hand, is only for brewing in a refrigerator door and may not fit a small refrigerator. 

The Goodful is also an immersion filter brew using a brew ratio of 1:18. Therefore, the brew quality is somewhat insubstantial. Furthermore, the lid design is clunky and the quality of the materials unknown. The Goodful is also very similar to the Takeya which is an all round better proposition.

Brew Quality

9.0
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    9.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    9.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
7.5
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    7.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    7.5/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.5/10
9.0

Bouquet

7.0

A cold brew coffee bouquet is always a good measure of the brewer’s performance. In repeated testing, we found the bouquet of the OXO Compact concentrate was quite strong. It tended towards deeper chocolate, earthy, or nutty notes. Sweet notes were less noticeable.

At first, we were surprised by the overall results of the OXO compact. Therefore, we did a second brewing for 14 hours and not 18 hours as per our standard testing procedure. Even so, the OXO Compact failed to bring out sweeter notes. Its ‘rainshower’ drip-and-leave brew method seems to be the key determining factor.

The bouquet of the Goodful brew was borderline medium. It had a distinctive woody aroma with mild-roasted notes coming through. Considering the brew ratio and filter design, this was not unexpected.

9.0

Drinkability

7.5
Oxo Compact Cold Brew Drinkability

We diluted the OXO concentrate at a 1:2 ratio with filtered water. The final drink had a smooth texture to it, and was only slightly sour. Chocolate, earthy, and nutty flavors were dominant. The brew tended to lack sweet or fruity flavors that other brewers were better at producing. While quite satisfying, it lacked overall excitement and complexity.

We thought this concentrate to be a good choice for ice cubes, using in deserts, or mixing with things like protein shakes. If you love a strong brew, we highly recommend the OXO Compact. One thing to consider with the OXO is brewing with less grounds to water, or brewing for a shorter time.

Goodful Drinkability

Based on the brew ratio and the bouquet test, we chose not to dilute the brew. It had a mild-roasted flavor with a slight bitterness to it. There was no sourness so it was smooth to drink, but the aftertaste, although sweetish, was a little watery. You could drink the brew straight, but with a little milk, or even sugar, it’s not too bad. We would recommend adding just enough water to cover the grounds and to brew for a longer time. The brew yield of 67 fl oz or 2 liters is quite good for the quality.

9.0

Sediment

7.5
Oxo Compact Cold Sediment

The OXO Compact uses a simple reusable mesh filter. It didn’t clog the brewer and the decanting was quite swift and effortless. The sediment was very fine, but with some noticeable granules. While not the most thorough of filters, it was effective and speedy.

Goodful Sediment

Surprisingly, the Goodful produced a fair amount of sediment. Of course, this is not a bad thing for an immersion brewer since it often indicates that the filter is permeable enough to produce a good brew. Very fine filters, on the other hand, tend not to brew so well. 

We would recommend letting the brew settle after removing the filter, then decant, rinse out the container, and return the brewed coffee. Make sure you have a larger container or enough on hand for two liters of liquid.

Design

9.0
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
8.7
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    8.5/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    8.5/10

In the Box

Oxo Compact Brew In the Box
  • Box WDH: 8.5 x 5.2 x 5.2 inches
  • Decanter with stopper
  • Brew vessel with mesh filter
  • Rainshower and lid
  • Manual

The contents were well packaged and secure with the decanter neatly placed inside the brew vessel. The ‘rainshower’ dripper was on top. All key components are neatly labeled on the side of the box, so you know exactly what you’re getting. Overall, however, we felt that there was too much disposable plastic in the packaging.

Goodful In the Box
  • Box WDH: 11.8 x 7 inches
  • Assembled brewer
  • Instruction leaflet inside

The Goodful is completely made of plastic, so it’s quite durable. Perhaps for this reason it didn’t come in a fancy box. We received it bubble-wrapped and bundled with other cold coffee brewers we had purchased.

The Goodful reminded us of another cold brew coffee maker we have reviewed — the Takeya. Goodful, however, has a slightly larger brewer. It’s also oblong shaped to fit in a refrigerator door, the lid design is similar, but the filter is quite different. The Goodful filter is made of stainless steel mesh and not nylon, and the filter base is detachable. We were really interested to see how the two would compare.

Brew Vessel

Oxo Compact Brew Vessel
Oxo Compact Brew Vessel 1
  • Heightwith Lid:
    7 in (180 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.3 in (110 mm)
  • Width:
    5.1 in (130 mm)
  • Weight:
    8.5 oz (241 g)
  • Material:
    polypropylene plastic
  • Additional Features:
    BPA-free

The brew vessel appeared well-made and is easy to handle. Its translucent black coloring makes it attractive but also inconspicuous on the countertop. It may be a little tall for some refrigerators, especially those smaller than 90 L, without removing a shelf. However, you may be able to place it in the crisper box.

  • Rainmaker: AS resin
  • Lid: polypropylene plastic
  • BPA-free

The custom ‘rainmaker’ is designed to distribute water evenly over the coffee grounds. The rainmaker comes off very easily, and the lid is also solid, creating an airtight brewing environment.

Decanter

Oxo Compact Cold Brew Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    5.5 in (140 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    3.74 in (95 mm)
  • Width:
    N/A
  • Weight:
    7.0 oz (198 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass

The glass decanter has a neat aesthetic design with a simple logo and a measuring dot. It did, however, feel somewhat delicate, so we handled it with care.

Goodful Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    11.8 in (300 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.5 x 3.9 inch oblong (115 x 100 mm)
  • Width:
    7 in (180 mm)
  • Weight:
    14.1 oz (400 g)
  • Material:
    plastic

It appears that the decanter is made of Tritan plastic. However, there is no clear information about the materials used either in the included literature or on their website (Amazon store website only). There is also no information about the BPA-free status of the device, but it is made in China. 

In our small 97 L refrigerator, the brewer didn't fit in the door bin so be sure to check all measurements carefully before purchasing. In comparison, the Takeya fits a small refrigerator door bin, is made in the USA, clearly labeled BPA-free, and made from Tritan plastic.

9.0

Stopper / Lid

8.5
Oxo Compact Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    2 in (52 mm)
  • Material:
    cork
  • Additional Features:
    silicone seal

The silicone seal completely covers the cork stopper making it non-porous. However, the fit of the cork in the decanter is not so tight. The cork slips off easily so you should grip the decanter firmly with your hand.

Goodful Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    6.3 in (180 mm)
  • Material:
    Plastic
  • Additional Features:
    2 silicone gaskets, detachable grip

The lid consists of three parts. There is a rim with an attached handle that screws over the top, and an inner lid that partly unscrews for pouring or completely removes for brewing and cleaning. Each part has a silicone gasket, and the handle has a detachable silicone grip.

We really liked the comfortable grip and size of the handle. However, although airtight, the rim and the inner lid are rather clunky when screwing.

9.0

Filter

9.0
Oxo Compact Cold Brew Filter
  • Length:
    N/A
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (60 mm)
  • Material:
    polypropylene plastic & stainless steel
  • Additional Features:
    red silicone gasket, spring valve

The detachable base of the OXO Compact is basically the filtration unit. The base is tight, yet easy to unscrew, and sports convenient alignment markers. The mesh filter fits snugly into the base.

Our concern here is the care needed in looking after parts — especially the red gasket. The filter seems durable enough, but it’s hard to judge the durability of the metal spring valve. Most cold brew coffee makers have simpler components.

Goodful Filter
  • Length:
    8.1 in (230 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.6 in (75 mm)
  • Material:
    Plastic & stainless steel mesh
  • Additional Features:
    Flip-up plastic handle, detachable base

The brew core is of robust construction with a significant amount of plastic cover. The filter itself is made of a stainless steel mesh. We wondered if this type of design was permeable enough to produce a good brew, but the brew test results were favorable. The handle fully extended is 9.1 in (260 mm), but this function is only deployed during decanting.

9.0

Build Quality

8.5
Oxo Compact Build Quality

The OXO Compact is a very well-built product. It’s stylish, high quality, and all parts are certified safe. There are more parts to deal with compared to other cold coffee brewers. Additionally, only time can tell the longevity of the red gasket and the spring decanting valve. The carafe, while attractive, is somewhat delicate and the stopper is not the best.

Goodful Build Quality

The Goodful cold coffee maker is pretty solid and durable. We liked the quality and build of the filter, and the detachable silicone grip on the handle. The screwable parts, however, don’t have the best feel and are somewhat clunky. There was also very little information about the materials used for the different parts.

Ease of Use

8.9
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
8.8
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    8.5/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    9.0/10
9.0

Brewing

9.0
Oxo Compact Brewing

Brewing with the OXO Compact was completely effortless. One reason for this is convenient markings. The base is also very secure and leak proof. Simply align the bar markings on its parts and you’re ready to go.

For grounds, you fill the brew vessel up to the bean icon — that equates to around 6 oz (170 g) Then, fill the decanter with 12 fl oz (355 ml) of water (marked by a dot). Next, you simply put the ‘rainmaker’ in place, slowly pour the water around, attach the lid, and allow your coffee to brew.

Goodful Brewing

As per the instructions, you fill the filter, or brew core, to the top of the mesh windows which is 16 tablespoons or 3.8 oz of grounds. After carefully inserting the filter, you should pour two cups of water to dampen the grounds. The rest of the water should rise to the top of the brew core mesh windows.

We measured the grounds to 3.8 oz (107 g) and poured approximately 68 fl oz (2 L)  of filtered water. The brew ratio was, therefore, 1:18 which suggested a weaker kind of brew. 

It took quite some time to pour all the water without the grounds overflowing. It may be better, therefore, to prefill the decanter with at least 800 ml before inserting the filter and pouring the remainder of the water. Goodful recommends brewing for 24 hours, but we brewed for 18 hours according to our testing procedure.

9.0

Decanting

8.5
Oxo Compact Cold Decanting

Decanting the OXO Compact requires you to place the brew vessel over the small decanter. It fitted perfectly without toppling off. As soon as pressure was applied to the spring valve, the concentrate started decanting. 

Decanting took less than 5 minutes, but you can extract a little more if you leave it for longer. The mesh filter worked well, or comparable to a nylon filter. 

One issue was the sensitivity of the decanting valve. We had to be careful not to accidentally touch it while moving the brew vessel because liquid spilled out very easily.

Decanting simply requires removing the filter. However, the clunky lid design can make removing and securing the lid a little frustrating. The flip handle for lifting the filter, however, is a handy feature. Based on our sediment test, you may want to decant the contents to remove the sludge settled on the bottom.

One thing worth noting is that with the filter removed, you can lay the decanter on its side when storing in the refrigerator. The Goodful is somewhat similar to the Takeya brewer. With the Takeya, the filter screws into the lid and you can brew in a horizontal position, but you can’t brew this way with the Goodful.

8.5

Cleaning and Storage

9.0

The OXO Compact has more separable parts than most cold coffee makers. The carafe appeared somewhat delicate, but cleaning it was mostly a matter of rinsing or soaking in hot water. You can clean inside using two fingers, but it can also go in a dishwasher for a deep clean. 

The silicone seal is easy enough from the cork stopper for cleaning. The brew vessel is wide, so it was easy to clean. However, you should be careful not to misplace the red gasket on the bottom. 

For storage, the OXO Compact is really well thought out. The carafe sits in the brew vessel. Then, if you rest the lid and carafe stopper at an angle, the ‘rainmaker’ inverts for use as a lid for storage.

Cleaning the Goodful is a breeze because it has a removable filter base and it's easy to reach inside the sizable container. The filter is reasonably robust and the handle makes it easy to hang on a hook. You can also put everything in the dishwasher, but we would recommend removing the silicone gaskets first. The container is quite large, so storage may be a factor depending on your kitchen setup.