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Takeya vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Takeya cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. A unique and original design that outperforms a lower-value generic knock-off.

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Takeya vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker and Coffee Bear are two immersion filter brewers that stand in the door of your refrigerator. Coffee Bear, however, is almost identical in design to Coffee Gator. The Coffee Bear tries to be different by incorporating a silicone base stand into its design. However, the poor quality gives it an unstable feel and also makes the brewer too wide to fit in the door of a small refrigerator.

The Takeya, although slightly large for a small refrigerator door, can also lay on its side while brewing. It has a unique filter that screws into the lid and which is also completely spill-proof. The Takeya also has a more favorable brew ratio and brews a much better quality brew than Coffee Bear.

Coffee Bear is made from glass while the Takeya is made in the USA from high-grade Tritan plastic. Coffee Bear is more suited for a small refrigerator. However, the similar Coffee Gator is an all-round better choice as it comes with a stainless steel measuring spoon and a very handy silicone funnel for pouring in coffee grounds and water.

Ranking by
OverallScore Brew Quality50% Design15% Ease of Use35% ScoreOverall 50%Brew Quality 15%Design 35%Ease of UseTakeyaCoffee Bear8.
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Pros & Cons

  • Air tight brew decanter
  • Cold or hot (tea) brewing
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Durable & light weight
  • 1 and 2 quart sizes
  • Color choice
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Inadequate packaging
  • Included instructions inadequate
  • Filter cleaning
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
12.2 x 5.9 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.3” x 4.7” oblong
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Tritan plastic
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Nylon, polypropylene immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
10 x 2.7 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
0.6 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring




The Takeya cold brew coffee maker with a freshly made brew and two cups to the left: one straight coffee, the other with milk.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.


The Takeya cold brew coffee maker with the filter removed and all the brew decanted. Inside is the remaining sediment.
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.


Overall Design Scoring

In the Box

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker and how it arrived wrapped in plastic.
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.


The Tekeya cold brew coffee maker with the user manual inside the decanter, the screw on lid to the right on the countertop.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
12.2 in (310 mm)
Base Diameter
4.3 x 3.7 in oblong (110 x 95 mm)
5.9 in (150 mm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
12.0 oz (340 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
BPA-free Tritan plastic
borosilicate glass, silicone

Stopper / Lid

Takeya Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
6.3 in with handle (160 mm)
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Tritan plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
silicone gasket
2 white silicone gaskets


The nylon and plastic filter of a typical immersion filter cold brew coffee maker. The upper section is detachable.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
0.4 in (265 mm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
2.7 in (70 mm)
2.5 in (65 mm)
nylon & polypropylene
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
detachable extender
Detachable base

Build Quality

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 7 parts visible.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.


Overall Usability Scoring


The immersion filter of a cold brew coffee maker with a bowl of coffee grounds to the left resting on a scale.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.


A cold brew coffee maker with the filter just removed after 18 hours of brewing and resting in a glass jar to the right.

Cleaning and Storage


Behind the Comparison

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