Drinking cold beverages is a must in the summer heat. Serious coffee drinkers might spend a fortune to get their iced coffee at their favorite coffee shop on the way to work. It would certainly be more convenient if you could make your own at home and take it with you. Not only will you save time and money, but you’ll also get your coffee just the way you like it! So let’s take a look at the best cold brew coffee makers that are perfect for hot summer days.
Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee
Before we talk about the best cold brew coffee makers, we should explain the difference between iced coffee and cold brew coffee. There is a different process of making it and a difference in taste.
An iced coffee drink is exactly as it sounds. It is brewed coffee poured over ice. This is an easy way to have a nice cold cup of coffee on a hot day. Unfortunately, the moment you pour the coffee over ice, it becomes diluted. So with this method, you get a watered-down coffee drink. It may be a refreshingly cold drink, but in the time it takes for the ice to melt, you lose flavor.
Manual cold brew tastes better but takes much longer. To make cold brew coffee manually, first, grind coffee beans to a coarse grind. Pour the grounds into the bottom of a canning jar. Fill the jar with water and screw on the lid. Place the jar in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. (The longer you let the coffee steep, the stronger it will be.) Pour the coffee through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and discard the grounds. Now you have cold brew coffee.
If you’re serious about cold brew, make it in a cold brew coffee maker. It’s easier, faster, and tastes better.
What’s So Special About Cold Brew Coffee Makers?
Cold brew coffee makers take some of the work out of making a nice strong coffee drink. Using your own ground coffee beans means you get your cold brew just the way you like it.
The refrigerator method takes a lot of time. There’s also an electric option and a freezing method which we’ll talk about as well. So let’s check out a few of the best cold brew coffee makers.
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Coffee Gator Cold Brew Maker
The Coffee Gator Cold Brew Maker has a capacity of 1.4-liters and is made of BPA-free materials. It is very easy to use and easy to clean. This product comes with a pitcher, scoop, mesh filter, and a collapsible funnel. Add coarsely ground coffee to the filter and refrigerate for 8-24 hours.
The funnel prevents coffee grounds from spilling outside the filter
- Replaceable filter
- Fits well in a refrigerator door
- Can be used for hot and cold drinks
- Can also be used for making tea
- The carafe is made of glass so it can break easily
- Coffee grounds sometimes leak out of the filter
- Uneven brewing: strong coffee in the bottom half and weaker coffee in the top half of the carafe
Note: To get an even brew with this product, check the brew halfway through the brewing process. The stronger coffee settles at the bottom while the weaker coffee is at the top. Pour out a cup or more and stir the coffee before pouring it into a glass or cup.
Mueller Cold Brew Maker
The Mueller Cold Brew Maker looks like glass but is made of Tritan plastic. It’s shatter-resistant and easy to handle. It has a removable filter that won’t rust over time and won’t leave a metallic taste in your coffee. Brew coffee or tea and add your own flavors.
For a cold brew, add up to 17 tablespoons of coffee grounds to the mesh filter. Fill it with water and place it in your refrigerator. The coffee will need to steep in the refrigerator for about 12 hours depending on how strong you like your coffee.
The unit is airtight so if it won’t fit in your refrigerator door, you can turn it on its side and place it on a shelf. Once your coffee is brewed, you can take the whole unit with you and the coffee won’t leak.
- Yields over 8 cups/2 liters of coffee
- Made of plastic and therefore very lightweight
- The device is airtight so the coffee stays fresh longer
- BPA free
- The coffee basket is only suitable for 100 grams of coffee
- Takes 12-16 hours to brew
- Too big to fit in a refrigerator door
- Hand wash only
Note: Since the unit is sealed airtight, it creates a vacuum that prevents airflow to the mesh filter. Coffee grounds are pushed to the top of the filter during the brewing process. Before pouring your coffee, remove the mesh filter and place the top back on.
Primula Burke Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker
This product is a little smaller than other cold brew coffee makers but is still very easy to use. If you drink a lot of coffee or have other coffee drinkers in your household, this will probably be too small for you. But for one or two people, this could be useful.
It makes about 30 ounces of coffee. Just put coarse coffee grounds in the filter, pour water into the carafe, and put it in the fridge for 12-24 hours.
How Does It Work?
- Fits in most refrigerator doors
- Available in 6 colors
- Makes cold coffee and tea
- Dishwasher safe
- Only 1.6 quarts
- Thin glass can break easily
- It’s dishwasher safe but should be rinsed out by hand as it can break easily
- Mesh can detach from the plastic filter, allowing coffee grounds into the coffee
Vinci Express Cold Brew Electric Coffee Maker
This is a more expensive product because it’s electric. The Vinci Express Cold Brew Coffee Maker is an all-in-one device. It takes away the 12-24 hour wait time for a cold brew. Choose from four brew strengths: Light, Medium, Bold or Extra Bold. Included are a cleaning cup, filter, controller, serving lid, scoop, glass carafe, and power cord.
How Does It Work?
To prepare your cold brew, fill the carafe with water to the fill line with water. Pour coffee grounds into the filter. Place the top on the filter. Place the filter into the controller and twist it into place. Place the controller on the carafe and connect it via the power cord. Select your brewing strength, and press the Brew button.
The controller will circulate water through the filter to ensure an even brew. Depending on the brew strength selected, you will have cold-brew coffee in 5-25 minutes. When the brew cycle is complete, the Brew button will turn blue and you’ll hear two short beeps. Remove the controller and place the serving lid on top. Your coffee is now ready to serve.
How to Clean the Vinci Express Cold Brew Electric Coffee Maker
To clean the machine, remove the controller from the carafe. Press the Brew button for about 20 seconds. You will probably see bubbles coming out of the bottom of the filter. The air will push the excess coffee out of the filter. Press the Brew button again to finish the process.
Remove the filter from the controller and place the controller in the cleaning cup. Remove the top and bottom of the filter and empty the contents. Rinse the filter parts with cold water.
To start the cleaning process, fill the cleaning cup about two-thirds full with water. Place the controller in the cleaning cup. Press the Clean button. When the Clean button turns off, lift the controller and press the Brew button to drain excess water. Press again to turn it off. Empty the cleaning cup.
- Fast brew cycle. Maximum time is 25 minutes.
- Four different brews to choose from
- Built-in cleaning cycle
- Coffee tends to get weaker over time
- The suction pump can get clogged
- More involved cleaning process
Even if you get a cold brew with this machine, you still have to pour the coffee over ice to keep it cold. Unless you like to drink your coffee in a few sips. I, for one, like to savor my coffee. I like to appreciate and enjoy the taste. There’s no point in rushing it!
HyperChiller Maxi-Matic Instant Iced Coffee Maker
My Top Recommendation Cold Brew Coffee Makers
What makes this product special is that you don’t cold brew your coffee in a carafe like you do with other products. Your coffee is brewed in your coffee maker and is chilled when it hits the HyperChiller MaxiMatic Instant Iced Coffee Maker.
How Does It Work?
First, fill the chamber with water. Then place it in the freezer overnight. Once you have prepared your morning coffee, you can pour it directly into the HyperChiller or brew it directly into the HyperChiller. Wait 60 seconds and you have iced coffee. No more watered-down coffee!
- Chilled coffee in less than 60 seconds
- Works with all types of coffee makers, including single brew or K-cup
- Chills coffee, tea, juice, or wine without diluting the liquid
- Very quick and easy to use
- All parts are dishwasher safe
- Holds only 12.5 ounces
- The HyperChiller may not chill hot tea completely
- There have been issues with cracking in some batches
Note: To avoid cracking, place the HyperChiller upright in your freezer. This way, the water inside the core will be evenly distributed as it freezes.
Cold brew coffee is a delicious way to enjoy coffee on a hot summer day. It’s difficult to keep coffee ice cold without adding ice cubes. The downside is that you dilute the great coffee flavor.
And what about the whole process of making a cold brew? You can wait 12-24 hours for your brew, or you can make your ice-cold brew in 60 seconds with the HyperChiller Iced Coffee Maker.
So what are your thoughts? Which product would you choose? Have you tried any of these products yet? Please let me know by leaving a comment below.