No one's a fan of weak, watery iced coffee, which is why you should consider trying cold brew coffee, which has a richer, more robust flavor. Instead of using hot water to brew, making your own cold brew coffee starts by steeping coarse coffee grounds in cold water over a long period of time — usually 12 to 24 hours. This gentle brewing process creates a deep flavored concentrate that can be served over ice or combined with hot water to make coffee in a pinch. The results are typically bigger, bolder, and less acidic than coffee made in a drip coffee maker and other types of coffee makers. Plus it lasts for up to two weeks in the fridge.
To find the best at-home cold brew coffee makers, the Kitchen Appliances Lab experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute tested a variety of the most popular options on the market, including ones with paper filters, wire filters, French press designs, and electric. Similar to the way we test other coffee-making appliances, such as espresso makers, we used the same type of coffee in each and followed the manufacturer’s instructions. We then conducted a blind taste test to see which ones produced the most delicious results. Below are our top picks for the best at-home cold brew coffee makers you can buy.
Our top picks
- Best Overall Cold Brew Coffee Maker: OXO Cold Brew Maker
- Best Value Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Toddy Cold Brew System
- Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker for Small Kitchens: OXO Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- Fastest Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Dash Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker for Big Batches: Brim Smart Valve
- Most Versatile Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Chef'n 3-in-1 Craft Coffee Brewing Set
- Best No-Hassle Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Country Line Kitchen with Flip Cap
- Best Make-Ahead Cold Brew Coffee Maker: Bod by BodyBrew Cold Brew Coffee System
- Large "rainmaker" showerhead allows for even dispersal of water without having to master a time-consuming texchnique
- Parts nest inside each other for storage
- Does not include lid for brewing reservoir
OXO's best-selling model made standout java with a smooth, balanced chocolatey flavor. It’s super easy to use: Just add coarsely ground coffee and water to the brewing container (the perforated Rainmaker lid distributes the water evenly over the grounds) and let sit 12 to 24 hours. In the morning, you’ll have enough coffee concentrate for about 13 cups. Our testers loved how simple it was to use and clean.
- Uses a paper filter, which absorbs coffee oils and results in a smoother brew
- Paper filter can be tossed with brewed grounds in tact for minimal cleanup
- Paper filters cost $1 each on Toddycafe.com
The Toddy Cold Brew system may not be the prettiest cold brew system out there but it is certainly one of the best for your money. The instructions call for a coffee-to-water ratio that results in a deep, rich, and silky smooth concentrate, using either just a wool filter or a wool and paper filter. The paper filters are unique to the brand and cost around $1 each, but the result is a quicker extraction, a smoother brew, and most importantly, easy clean-up.
- Small and compact
- Many similar benefits as large, OXO cold brew coffee maker
- No measurement markings on the carafe
OXO's compact cold brew model is just as effective and easy to clean as its bigger sister. We loved the elegant style of the carafe that is also easy to make fridge space for. This cold brew maker is perfect for those who don't want to fuss with extra filters.
- Really fast brewing technology
- Offers different brew strengths based on a 15-minute timer
- Coffee tastes weaker than other cold brew brewing methods
No time in the morning? This brewer uses a pressurized system that will turn out up to 42 ounces of coffee concentrate in as little as five minutes (or up two 15 if you prefer a stronger cup). Don't be intimidated by the technology — we had no trouble using this model.
- Wide angled head allows for maximum dispersal of water
- Tapered design of carafe keeps coffee fresh for longer by exposing less surface area to air
- While generic filters can be used and are easy to find, some reviewers prefer that Brim sold its own name brand
For big households or entertaining, the Brim Smart Valve can't be beat. For best results, we recommend following the guide for preparing the coffee, which is a little more involved than other models and comparable to that of a Chemex. The system comes with two reusable filters, which will need to be replaced after 10 to 12 uses.
- Can be used to make cold brew, pour over and French press coffee
- Accessories nest together to save space
- Handle design requires a little more room for storing than other cold brew coffee makers
Instead of dedicating precious kitchen storage space to a “one-trick pony,” consider the Chef’n 3-in-1. In addition to cold brew, this system also makes pour over and French press coffee, and all parts nest conveniently inside the pretty glass pitcher for simple storage. Genius!
- Minimal amount of accessories make for easy using and storing
- Carafe doubles as a sturdy storage container for other ingredients
- Filter allowed for some sediment in coffee
Cold brewing at home does not get more straightforward than this. The canister is a mason jar, making it easy to store and cheap to replace. It also means that you can easily have one jar storing and one jar brewing at the same time, to keep your brew in constant rotation. This maker uses a cylindrical filter, so for a stronger concentrate we recommend that you stick to the longer-end of the recommended brew time. You'll want to let the filter drain in a tall glass to capture every last drop of concentrate.
- Contained, spill proof system
- Available in light grey, clear, and blue
- Grounds can be reused like brand claims, but the second batch will taste weaker
To use this cold brew maker, add grounds to the filter basket in the bottom half, fill with water, attach the upper half, and let steep 12 to 24 hours. When you're ready to pour, flip the system upside down to filter the coffee extract — the top then turns into a storage container that will keep your cold brew fresh for up to two weeks.