Oxo Compact vs Primula Burke 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
Primula Burke Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

Overall Verdict

9.0
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    9.0/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.9/10
7.7
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    6.6/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.1/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    9.2/10

The Primula Burke is an immersion filter brewer. While not our favorite brewing style, the Primula Burke is too focused on convenience at the expense of actually making a worthwhile cold brew coffee. The ultra-fine filter produces very little sediment, but at the same time, it doesn’t allow enough cross-flow for a good brew to develop.

The Primula Burke is well thought out in terms of how the lid works and the filter attaches. With a plastic and nylon filter, however, it’s not the most ideal for repurposing. 

The OXO is one of the easiest free-style brewers to work with and the cold brew concentrate decants effortlessly via the bottom valve. The filter is a reusable stainless steel mesh, so no additional purchases are necessary. The brew ratio recommended by the measurement markings works really well, although you can adapt it as you please.

Brew Quality

9.0
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    9.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    9.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
6.6
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    6.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    6.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
9.0

Bouquet

6.0

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 Primula was decidedly on the weaker side. It was light and sweet but our testers did, however, pick up a faint roasted note. This indicated that the brew was probably sub standard.

9.0

Drinkability

6.0
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.

Primula Burke Drinkability

With a typical one-to-one dilution, the final drink was very light, watery, and somewhat sweet. In fact, even without dilution, it was still watery with little complexity. There was a slightly sour aftertaste, so not so satisfying. Although the brew is drinkable without dilution, it lacks excitement or complexity, which also means that the Primula is uneconomical for the amount of coffee ground used.

With the Primula, we would suggest a longer brewing period or brewing at room temperature. Either that, or using the hot blooming method to get a more substantial and richer brew.

9.0

Sediment

9.0
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.

Primula Burke Sediment

Having to filter a large quantity of liquid means cold brewing can be time consuming. Convenience, however, comes at a price. Our repeated testing has found that the permeability of an immersion filter is key to producing a quality brew.

The Primula recorded very little sediment, which at the same time betrayed its fundamental flaw. The filter, as good as it was, lacked the permeability to produce a worthwhile cold brew coffee concentrate. In this case, the cost of a perfectly filtered brew was the quality of the brew itself.

Design

9.0
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
8.1
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    6.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10

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.

Primula Burke In the Box
  • Box WHD: 7.9 x 9 x 7 inches
  • Fully assembled unit 
  • Multilingual user manual leaflet

The Primula comes securely boxed with place holders and minimal plastic, but the package is nothing fancy. The unit comes fully assembled with a user manual inside that unfolds with instructions in English, French, and Spanish. Brew instructions, product care, and a few suggested recipes are included.

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.

Primula Burke Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    7.9 in (200 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.7 in (120 mm)
  • Width:
    7.4 in (180 mm)
  • Weight:
    19.5 oz (553 g)
  • Material:
    borosilicate glass & plastic

The decanter or brew carafe is made of thick borosilicate glass and enclosed in a plastic jacket. The jacket doesn’t detach and also forms a base cushion. While cleaning, we noticed that there is an additional silicone seal on the base of the decanter.

9.0

Stopper / Lid

 Stopper / Lid
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.

Primula Burke Stopper / Lid
Primula Burke Stopper / Lid 1
  • Diameter:
    4.9 in (125 mm)
  • Material:
    plastic
  • Additional Features:
    open/close function, silicone seal

The lid comes in three parts. The outer section has a silicone seal for an airtight fit. The filter attaches to the bottom and you simply press it into the carafe. With the inner lid removed, you can easily pour in the water and then seal the carafe for brewing. When storing decanted coffee, you can open this lid to stir the contents before pouring. To pour, you turn the lid handle to the open spout position.

9.0

Filter

6.0
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.

Primula Burke Filter
  • Length:
     6.7 in (170 mm)
  • Diameter:
  • Material:
    polypropylene and nylon mesh
  • Additional Features:
    detachable base

The filter is solid and well-made. In terms of design for a cold brew coffee maker, the plastic jacket appears to be limiting. It is uncertain how much permeability this kind of filter design will allow for proper brewing. In test brewing, we found the filter design to be fundamentally flawed.

9.0

Build Quality

9.0
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.

Primula Burke Build Quality

Overall we love the high quality of the materials and the convenient design. The mid-range 1.6 qt capacity is also very convenient, and we like how the brewer is wider rather than taller. The only fault is not so much the build quality, but rather the ill-conceived design of the filter.

Ease of Use

8.9
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
9.2
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    10/10
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.

Primula Burke Brewing

The Primula filter takes around 3.5 oz / 100g of coffee grounds, which means about an inch to a half below the filter rim. After securing the filter onto the outer lid, you insert both into the decanter. Next, pour enough water to wet the grounds. After a couple of minutes, you slowly continue pouring water until the rising water hits just below the top of the plastic jacket. That’s about 40 fl.oz (1.2 L) or 6 measuring cups.  Finally, screw in the top lid so that the spout is also closed.

The brew decanter can sit in the door of your average 33- or 36-inch refrigerator but may be too big for an apartment-sized refrigerator. Brewing was relatively straightforward except for the lack of markers on the vessel. We also found the full carafe to be a little heavy. It weighed 4 lbs or 1.8 kg, so make sure to grip it firmly and avoid letting children handle it.

9.0

Decanting

9.0
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.

Primula Burke Decanting

We found that decanting worked best by simply lifting up the outer lid with the filter attached. Because the base of the filter is not permeable, it’s best to let the filter stand in a dish as quite a bit of extra brew still trickled out.

You can immediately remove the filter from the lid. We found a few granules of coffee had gathered around the edges so it’s best to completely rinse off the lid before putting it back. Once again, make sure the spout is closed to prevent coffee odors building up in your refrigerator.

8.5

Cleaning and Storage

10

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 Primula is effortless all round. It separates into seven parts. The filter parts and the lid can go on the top rack of a dishwasher while the decanter on the lower rack. It’s probably best to just rinse off the silicone seals. While cleaning, we discovered an additional seal at the base of the decanter. The plastic padding on the base gives a comfortable feeling when placing on the table, and peace of mind when storing away. We loved the quality of the decanter, except that it can be heavy for some when full, but the grip and pour is good.