OXO Brew 8-Cup Review
Pros: Great design, easy to use, single-cup brewing option
Cons: Expensive, no auto-brew
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|Pros||Great design, easy to use, single-cup brewing option||Easy cleaning, simple design, can use pods||Inexpensive, automatic brew feature||Easy to use, almost no cleaning, barcode reader, water tank swivels||Simplistic interface, easy to clean|
|Cons||Expensive, no auto-brew||Small water tank opening, fill to brew volume||Hard to fill, bulky||Pods are expensive, requires specific pod, lacks brew quality||Poor brew quality, no automatic shut off, short carafe handle|
|Bottom Line||A sleek and simple design brewing great-tasting coffee without the extra effort of manual brew methods||The combination of features and affordability make this a great budget option||The most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffee||An excellent choice for those who appreciate an appliance with single-button simplicity||A decent budget option if you like the simplicity of a single-button brewer|
|Rating Categories||OXO Brew 8-Cup||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Nespresso VertuoPlus||Mr. Simple Brew 12-...|
|Brew Quality (30%)|
|User Friendliness (35%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (20%)|
|Specs||OXO Brew 8-Cup||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Nespresso VertuoPlus||Mr. Simple Brew 12-...|
|Brew Temp (°F)||170.8||166.14||161.98||167.9||160.36|
|Preinfusion||Yes, not adjustable||No||No||Yes, not adjustable||No|
|Energy Usage||1400 watts||950 watts||975 watts||1350 watts||975 watts|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||13.5" x 7" x 10.5"||13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1"||8.2" x 12.2" x 11"||12.8" x 8.7" x 12.7"||12.3" x 9.3" x 13.8"|
|Weight||10.3 lbs||5.0 lbs||4.75 lbs||10.1 lbs||2.8 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
For those willing to spend a bit extra for better-tasting coffee or anyone looking for a convenient alternative to manual brewing, we think the OXO Brew 8-Cup is one of the best pour-over options on the market. It was one of our higher-performing models in every metric. Although it got the job done all across the board, we did feel that there were other similar performing brewers at a better price with more features that consumers are looking for, such as automatic brewing. Even though we were impressed with the brew quality, it was not the best overall in our lineup.
In our opinion, brew quality is the main selling point of the OXO Brew 8-Cup. This machine consistently produced great coffee in our tests; however, it does not match many of the higher-end brewers in terms of taste.
Overall, we think the OXO Brew is a great machine for those who prefer pour-over but are looking for greater convenience or the ability to make higher amounts of coffee more quickly. Unfortunately, the OXO does not meet the Specialty Coffee Association's (SCA) recommendation for a brewing temperature of 195 to 204 degrees. Pre-infusion helps this brew achieve above average water distribution, but examining the brew bed shows visible holes where the water came in contact with the grounds. However, the coffee made with this brewer is more uniformly saturated, not pulling away from the sides of the filter.
The OXO Brew features a very simple and intuitive interface. The brewer is not programmable, but it does offer a pre-infusion setting, a sneak-a-cup feature, and a separate button for the cleaning cycle.
We like the simplicity of this model when it comes to brewing different batch sizes. There is one switch to select whether you're brewing into a carafe or a single serving mug, two buttons to select how much coffee you're brewing, an on/off switch, and a button for running the cleaning cycle. The filter basket also has a switch to brew either into the carafe or a cup.
This brewer lacks automatic brewing, meaning you can't load the water and grounds the night before and wake up to a fresh pot of coffee. But, if you are considering the OXO Brew, you are likely concerned about taste quality and would not leave your grounds sitting in the filter all night anyway.
Ease of Cleaning
We found the Brew to be neither particularly difficult nor notably easy to clean. It uses paper filters that make disposing of grinds quick and easy, it doesn't create too much of a mess in normal use, and its descaling process takes a relatively innocuous 60 minutes. Most of the components are dishwasher safe: tray, brew basket, scooper, and spray head. The insulated carafe needs to be washed by hand.
The OXO Brew had the best consistency of all the brewers by far. In order to ensure consistency, we brewed five pots of coffee back to back and measured pH, coffee temperature, and brewing time to be sure. The coffee brewed from the OXO was not very acidic compared to other brewers, with a pH of 5.48 immediately after being brewed. The difference in pH was just .21 after two hours — which is quite low. It also brewed quicker than most, with a standard deviation of just .01 between brews. Its brew temp consistency was most impressive of all. The brewer only differed .47 degrees Fahrenheit between all five back-to-back brews.
The OXO Brew is on the pricey side and may not be a viable option for budget shoppers. However, for those seeking to maximize the taste quality of their coffee, we think this brewer certainly justifies its high price tag.
The OXO Brew 8-Cup is a premium drip coffee maker geared toward those seeking a rich, nuanced cup of coffee to start the day. Though the machine isn't perfect, we think it largely delivers on that promise.
— Liz Nelson
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