Takeya vs Oxo Compact 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
Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Oxo Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker Review
Coffee Maker type
coldBrew
coldBrew

Our Verdict

8.3
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    7.8/10
  • Design (15%)
    8.9/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.8/10
9.0
Overall Score
  • Brew Quality (50%)
    9.0/10
  • Design (15%)
    9.0/10
  • Ease of Use (35%)
    8.9/10

The Takeya and OXO Compact are very different types of brewers. The advantage of the Takeya is that it brews up to 40 fl. oz. (1.2 liters) and can do so in a refrigerator door. Its oblong design can fit most refrigerator doors, but because of the unique filter design, it can also brew on its side and even be shaken during the brewing process.

While the Takeya doesn’t produce a cold brew concentrate, the quality of its brew is quite comparable to most other leading choices for an immersion filter brewer. The quality of its design and materials is also quite comparable to the OXO Compact. 

The OXO Compact, however, brews one of the strongest cold brew concentrates we have tested. It requires some good shelf space to brew for 18 hours but afterward, it decants into a dinky carafe, which you can pop into any refrigerator door.

Brew Quality

Brew Quality
7.8
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    8.5/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    8.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    7.0/10
9.0
Performance Scores
  • Bouquet (10%)
    9.0/10
  • Drinkability (70%)
    9.0/10
  • Sediment (20%)
    9.0/10
8.5

 Bouquet

Bouquet

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker produced a moderately strong bouquet and one of the better ones we’ve sampled. Crisper and sweeter notes were present, but somewhat subdued. Earthy notes, with acidic overtones, tended to be more prominent.

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.

8.0

Drinkability

Drinkability
Takeya Cold Brew Drinkability

We diluted the Takeya concentrate 1:1 with filtered water. While the Takeya had a complex flavor profile, it was more medium-bodied. Deep earthy or chocolatey flavors came through the most with a strong roasted flavor. A tinge of sweetness made for a light aftertaste and overall it was smooth and enjoyable to drink. Adding cream to the water dilution resulted in a more finished taste.

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.

7.0

Sediment

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Sediment

With repeated testing, we found that the Takeya has a tendency to produce quite a bit of sediment depending on how you handle it. You have to screw the filter tightly into the lid, and avoid shaking too vigorously. Though you can technically brew with the Takeya on its side, it’s probably best to brew standing up. We allowed the concentrate to settle, decanted into another container, and discarded the sediment left behind.

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.

Design

8.9
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    10/10
  • Filter (40%)
    8.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10
9.0
design Scores
  • Stopper / Lid (30%)
    9.0/10
  • Filter (40%)
    9.0/10
  • Build Quality (30%)
    9.0/10

In the ‘Box’

In the Box
Takeya Cold Brew In the ‘Box’
  • Assembled brew decanter
  • Inlay leaflet
  • User guide

The Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker comes fully assembled. Both the inlay leaflet and the user guide are placed in the brew decanter. The User Guide has a product description, brewing instructions, five suggested drink recipes, and a 1-Year Limited Warranty notification.

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.

Decanter

Takeya Cold Brew Decanter
  • Heightwith Stopper Lid:
    12.2 in (310 mm)
  • Base Diameter:
    4.3 x 3.7 in oblong (110 x 95 mm)
  • Width:
    5.9 in (150 mm)
  • Weight:
    12.0 oz (340 g)
  • Material:
    BPA-free Tritan plastic

The Takeya has a slightly oblong base which tapers up to a round top. It therefore tends to fit most refrigerator doors. The brew decanter has a screw-on frame with a handle and a screwable lid that also attaches to the filter. The high-quality Tritan plastic looks very clean and is also stain, odor, and shatter resistant. The decanter is made in the USA while the filter is made in China.

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.

10

Stopper / Lid

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
  • Diameter:
    6.3 in with handle (160 mm)
  • Material:
    Tritan plastic
  • Additional Features:
    silicone gasket

We tested the decanter vessel and were happy to find it did not leak. The product is very secure and tight. The lid partially unscrews for pouring, and then further unscrews to remove completely. The container can also hold hot liquids, but you should not fully seal the lid while still hot.

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.

8.0

Filter

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Filter
  • Length:
    0.4 in (265 mm)
  • Diameter:
    2.7 in (70 mm)
  • Material:
    nylon & polypropylene
  • Additional Features:
    detachable extender

A key feature of the Takeya cold coffee brewer seems to be the full-length filter that maximizes contact with grounds. The grounds fill the filter and go part way up into the extender.

It comes in two parts, and the upper extender detaches for easy cleaning, which seems to be its key function. However, we found it a bit cumbersome to attach the extender to the filter. The filter is a porous nylon polyester and allows for a relatively good brew to develop. A filter replacement is also available as a separate purchase.

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.

9.0

Build Quality

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Build Quality

9The Tritan plastic brew decanter is a high-class piece of equipment and the airtight screw top is well-designed. The long filter, however, requires more effort for cleaning. The way the filter assembles is also a little cumbersome. Additionally, the sediment test shows that the filter is not so effective if you’re careless when putting it together or if you shake the vessel too vigorously. While overall of good quality, there are more parts than we’d prefer.

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.

Ease of Use

8.8
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    8.5/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.5/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.0/10
8.9
usability Scores
  • Brewing (45%)
    9.0/10
  • Decanting (35%)
    9.0/10
  • Cleaning and Storage (20%)
    8.5/10
8.5

Brewing

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Brewing

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker doesn’t require any gradual wetting of the grounds. Just put 170g of grounds in the filter (it should come to 2 inches from the extender rim) and you’re ready to go. 

Then, you screw on the lid and immerse it into the pitcher with 7 cups of cold water. If you prefer metric, that’s roughly 1,680 ml — about an inch from the top of the vessel. 

After inserting the filter with the grounds, we shook the container and let it sit for 10 minutes. The brewer was shaken thoroughly once again before going into the refrigerator on its side. We shook the container periodically another four times over the 18 hours of brewing. This device therefore takes a little more attention than other methods, but overall it’s quite straightforward.

A key selling point for this brewer is its airtight seal. This means coffee odors will not contaminate your refrigerator while brewing. There is also less oxidative stress, so you can store your coffee longer.

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.

9.5

Decanting

9.0
Takeya Cold Brew Decanting

Decanting the Takeya simply means unscrewing the lid and taking out the attached filter. Next, unscrew the filter from the lid and then screw the air-tight lid back onto the pitcher.In this sense, it’s one of the most convenient immersion brewer designs. 

After removing the filter, the manufacturer recommends you place it in a tall glass for 45 min to catch remaining concentrate. You should also clean the lid of any grounds before screwing it back onto the decanter. These tips are only found on the product homepage.

As pointed out, if you fail to attach the filter extender securely, or shake the vessel too vigorously, you may have to decant the contents a second time.

When you need to decant some coffee to drink, partially unscrew the lid to align the gap to the spout. It’s safe to pick up the container by the lid handle because the lid ring remains securely attached.

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.

8.0

Cleaning and Storage

8.5

In total, the Takeya separates into seven cleanable parts. The online instructions state that all parts, including the filter, are dishwasher safe. We presume, however, that it would be better to not put the rubber gasket for the screwable lid into the dishwasher. For hand washing, it’s very easy to reach inside the brew vessel.

The filter itself is quite long, and was difficult to clean without a bottle brush. Without proper cleaning, over time coffee oils can clog the fine holes and produce a stale smell. For deep cleaning, you should soak in a 50/50 solution of water and white vinegar. 

Cleaning was not as straightforward as it seemed like it should be. The handle has a nice silicone sleeve for comfortable gripping. It took a little effort to remove that for cleaning and to replace it again.

Storage is easy enough because all parts screw together and you are unlikely to misplace any parts if you reassemble properly. Replacement filters can also be purchased online.

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.