Cold brew coffee has become incredibly popular over the past few years. It’s more flavorful and less acidic than regularly brewed coffee, and it’s also naturally sweeter, which means you’re less likely to add sugar.
While you could head to the coffee shop or opt for prepackaged cold brew to get your daily caffeine fix, many coffee lovers are investing in a cold brew coffee maker to whip up their favorite drinks at home instead. With the right tools, making cold brew is an incredibly easy process, and could save you a ton of money in the long run.
When it comes to choosing the right cold brew coffee maker, it’s important to look for an option that will suit your individual needs. If you live with a lot of family members or roommates, you may want to consider a coffee maker that makes large batches of cold brew at a time. People who live in small spaces should opt for a compact model that won’t take up too much space.
Just remember, whichever model you choose, making cold brew is still a time-consuming process. Unlike regular coffee, which is brewed in mere minutes using hot water, cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in cold water for up to 12 to 24 hours at a time. If you’re looking to whip up a fresh batch, be sure to plan ahead. The good news is that cold brew coffee can last up to two weeks at a time in the refrigerator, so you don’t have to go through the lengthy process every day.
To help you find the best option for your kitchen, we turned to reviews from customers who have bought and tested these cold brew coffee makers for themselves and found nine models that stand apart from the rest. Whether you’re looking for an affordable cold brew coffee maker, an automatic option, or a luxe nitro cold brew machine, these are the nine cold brew coffee makers that shoppers say will help you make barista-quality drinks from the comfort of your own home.
This Takeya cold brew coffee maker has earned over 4,400 five-star reviews, thanks to its easy-to-use functionality and compact design. Made from a durable Tritan plastic, the device features a non-slip handle and a fine-mesh filter that prevents any coffee grounds from seeping into your cold brew. It brews one quart of cold brew at a time, and shoppers say it easily fits on most refrigerator shelves.
“This is the first time I have ever written a product review for an Amazon product. That’s how much I love this thing,” raves one customer. “This cold brew maker makes it so EASY and creates zero mess. I used Starbucks Espresso coffee grounds, and it was delicious. Best $20 bucks I ever spent!”
Buy it: $20 (originally $25); amazon.com
This Primula model proves a high-quality cold brew coffee maker doesn’t need to cost a fortune. The affordable gadget makes six cups of cold brew at a time, and it has an air-tight lid that keeps your drinks fresh for several days. The temperature-safe borosilicate glass coffee maker weighs less than two pounds, and can even be run through the dishwasher, making cleanup a breeze.
“Part of what kept me sane during the lockdown was walking to my local coffee shop almost daily and getting a cold brew. And that added up to about $200,” writes one shopper. “Rather than continuing THAT trend, this seemed like an economical option. By my estimates, savings will be in the $60 - $70 per month range. This pitcher is super, super easy to use. I find 12+ hours in my fridge to be just fine, with the best brew being near 18 hours. For how cheap this product is, if you’re anything like me and love cold brew, you really ought to purchase this.”
Buy it: $17 (originally $20); amazon.com
If you’re looking to splurge on a top-of-the-line cold brew coffee maker, consider this option from Kitchenaid. Not only does it brew 28 ounces of cold brew at a time, but it even has a stainless steel tap built-in so you can easily pour yourself a glass throughout the day. Its cube shape fits nicely on refrigerator shelves, while its fill level indicators make it easy to figure out how much water and coffee grounds to include in each batch.
“I bought this for my husband as I was tired of buying cold brew in the store,” says one reviewer. “Simple to use, just pick your favorite brand of coffee and let it do its thing sitting in your fridge! Delicious coffee—my husband loves it!! Also, love the sleek design. It’s easy to take apart and put back together after cleaning and looks very high end.”
Buy it: $100; bedbathandbeyond.com
Looking for a cold brew coffee maker that can make large batches? Check out this Oxo option. Along with brewing 32 ounces at a time, this pour-over model has a brew release switch that prevents coffee grounds from getting in your cold brew. Unlike other options on this list, it disassembles for easy cleanup and storage.
“Makes awesome cold brew,” raves one shopper. “I really like the carafe. And it makes a much larger batch of coffee than others I have tried. It is easy to clean. It may not be pretty but does a great job and then easily stores beneath the counter.”
Buy it: $50; amazon.com
If you prefer making a fresh cup of cold brew every day, consider this compact Oxo model. While it’s similarly designed to larger batch maker from the same brand, this pour-over cold brew maker makes only 16 ounces at a time, making it a great single-serve option. The patented Rainmaker lid helps distribute the water evenly, while the cork stopper keeps your cold brew fresher for longer.
“This might be one of the nicest cold brew makers I’ve ever used,” writes one customer. “Construction is good, and everything feels sturdy. The entire thing comes apart for easy cleaning, and it’s super easy to reassemble and use. The shape of the glass carafe and cork stopper is just stylish as heck. The reusable metal filter is quite good.”
Buy it: $30; amazon.com
If you can’t wait 12 to 24 hours to get your caffeine fix, invest in an automatic cold brew maker like this Cuisinart option. The clever gadget uses an innovative technology that spins the room temperature water and coffee grinds together to speed up the cold brew process. There are three strength levels to choose from; a strong brew can be made in 45 minutes, a medium brew can be made in 35 minutes, and a mild brew can be made in just 25 minutes.
“An essential accessory to make cold coffee,” says one shopper. “It eliminates the need to do lengthy small-batch soaking and annoyingly long filtering. Fill it up with coarse ground coffee and water, turn on the switch, and about a half-hour later, you’re ready for cold coffee. The machine does all the work for you.”
Buy it: $80; amazon.com
Thousands of Amazon shoppers are obsessed with this Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee maker because it’s so easy to use. Along with being dishwasher safe, the sleek glass carafe has a slender spout so you can control your pouring. It also boasts a fine mesh filter that doesn’t need to be replaced, and it weighs less than one pound.
One happy customer writes, “I’ve been using my Mizudashi for five months now on a daily basis. The design is excellent (very easy to clean because the bottom of the filter screws off; no issues with the mesh, sturdy, well-made), and it's so easy to use. Plus, of course, it makes wonderful-tasting cold brew coffee.”
Buy it: $25; amazon.com
This cute County Line Kitchen kit turns a mason jar into a cold brew coffee maker. What sets it apart from other options on this list is the fact that once your coffee is brewed, you can just remove the filter and drink directly from the container. Its compact size and flip-top lid make it a great option for people on-the-go.
“Great for travel,” says one reviewer. “As a flight attendant, I constantly down iced coffee and hate paying $3-5 for a single cup. I’d never made my own cold brew, so I was a little iffy about buying. It works incredibly, the filter is just the right size, and the easy pour lid makes it easy to sip out of throughout the day. It fits perfectly in my tote bag, lunch bag, or suitcase. Definitely buying another for my sister.”
Buy it: $27; amazon.com
If you want to take your cold brew game to the next level, check out this nitro cold brew coffee maker from Royal Brew. The handy gadget infuses nitrogen gas into your coffee to give you a creamier and sweeter drink. Some customers said the gadget took a while to get the hang of, but most said once you figured out how to properly use it, it made some of the best cold brews they’ve ever tasted.
“Anyone that knows me knows that I am a huge kitchen appliance nerd,” says one shopper. “I bought this for the fact it’s a damn mini keg that goes in your fridge and looks awesome by the coffee bar when not in your fridge. You really just put in your cold brew, insert the tap, put in your gas cartridge, shake away, and let sit for an hour. It’s 8 p.m., but I couldn’t wait, I had to test it out and have a glass. Damn delicious!”
Buy it: $180; amazon.com
This story originally appeared on Allrecipes.