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Primula Burke vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Primula Burke cold brew coffee maker vs Toddy System. Two brewers with attention to design detail. But, Primula fails on fundamentals.

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Primula Burke Deluxe

Toddy Cold Brew

Primula Burke vs Toddy System Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

A lot can be said for the care and attention that went into the design of the Primula Burke. However, the ultra-fine filter does such a fantastic job of keeping the grounds at bay that the lack of cross-flow results in a poor quality brew.

The Toddy, on the other hand, is a specialized product from a brand that is a dedicated cold brew coffee maker. It uses a freestyle brewing method and its cold brew system was one of the first marketed for domestic use. While the Toddy comes highly rated, the Primula Burke is not a cold brew coffee maker that we recommend you buy.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UsePrimula Burke DeluxeToddy Cold Brew7.76.68.19.29.210.09.48.0
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Pros & Cons

  • Detachable filter base
  • Protective plastic jacket
  • Lid design
  • Easy to clean
  • Thick glass
  • Minimal parts
  • No over-packaging
  • Eco-friendliness
  • Ergonomic components
  • Attractive carafe
  • Included paper filter bags
  • Cold or hot brewing
  • No measurement markings
  • A little heavy
  • Weak brew strength
  • Felt filter tends to clog
  • No brew vessel markings

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
7.9 x 7.4 inches
8.7 x 7.1 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.7" (11.9 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Brewer Materials
Borosilicate glass, plastic
HDPE plastic
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Base plug filter
Filter HxDia
6.7 inches
0.2 x 2.7 inches
Decanter Weight
1.2 lbs
1.4 oz

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$17.21
$39.62

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
6.6
10

Bouquet

6.0
10

Drinkability

6.0
10
A glass of straight coffee standing in front of a brew carafe of a cold brew coffee maker.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
A glass with an inch of cold brew coffee concentrate being held up to the light. Begins is the glass carafe filled with coffee.
The Toddy System carafe filled with fresh cold-brewed coffee. The carafe is pictured next to the carafe stopper and a glass.

Sediment

9.0
10
A view inside the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker showing almost no remaining sediment.
A close up of sediment left behind in a glass carafe after all the cold-brewed coffee has carefully been decanted.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.1
9.4

In the Box

The unboxed Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left with the user guide in front.
The unboxed contents of the Toddy Cold Brew System. Pictured is the brew vessel, glass carafe, and filtration system.

Decanter

The Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal removed from its base.
The glass carafe of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter with the carafe lid to one side.
Height with Stopper Lid
7.9
8.7
Base Diameter
4.7
5.1
Width
7.4" (18.8 cm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Weight
19.5 oz (553 g)
1.4 oz (40 g)
Material
borosilicate glass & plastic
borosilicate glass

 Stopper / Lid

10
10
The lid of a cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal for an airtight design.
The lid of a cold brew coffee maker together with a silicone seal for an airtight design.
A close up of the lid design of the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
Diameter
4.9 in (125 mm)
3.5 in (90 mm)
Material
plastic
low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Additional Features
open/close function, silicone seal
N/A

Filter

6.0
9.0
A close up angle view of the filter of the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
Toddy System Filter
Length
 6.7 in (170 mm)
NaN" (NaN cm)
Diameter
2.7 in (70 mm)
Material
polypropylene and nylon mesh
felt filter x 2
Additional Features
detachable base
3 paper brew bags

Build Quality

9.0
9.5
The disassembled Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker showing 7 separated parts.
From left to right: The brew vessel, glass carafe, and silicone stopper of the Toddy Cold Brew System on a wooden counter.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.2
8.0

Brewing

9.0
8.0
The filter of a cold brew coffee maker filled with grounds and standing on a scale showing 100g.
The filter of a cold brew coffee maker filled with grounds and standing on a scale showing 100g.
A short video showing how to brew with the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
A top down view of the inside of the Toddy Cold Brew System plastic brew vessel with the felt filter inserted.
The Toddy Cold System brew vessel filled with coffee grounds and water pictured next to its packaging box.

Decanting

9.0
7.5
A short video showing how to decant the filter after brewing with the Primula Burke Deluxe cold brew coffee maker.
The decanted filter of the Primula cold brew coffee maker standing in a steel bowl to collect coffee run-off.

Cleaning and Storage

10
9.0
A top down view of how the Toddy Cold Brew System neatly packages away for convenient storage.

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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