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OXO Brew 8 Cup Review

The best option we've found for those seeking great tasting coffee without the extra effort of manual brew methods
OXO Brew 8 Cup
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Price:   $170 List | $170 at Amazon
Pros:  Great taste, easy to use, single-cup brewing option
Cons:  Expensive
Manufacturer:   OXO
By Michelle Powell and Max Mutter  ⋅  Jan 4, 2021
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  • Convenience - 20% 9
  • Ease of Cleaning - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Of all the coffee makers we tested, the OXO Brew 8 Cup got the closest to a pourover in terms of overall taste quality. It also uses a sleek and simple interface that allows you to easily brew anything from an 8-cup carafe down to a single cup of coffee. That design is also fairly easy to clean. The only things we lament with this machine are the lack of an automatic brewing function and the above average price. But if you can deal with having to scoop some grounds and press some buttons before getting your coffee in the morning, and don't mind spending extra for great taste, we highly recommend the OXO Brew 8 Cup.

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Pros Great taste, easy to use, single-cup brewing optionGreat taste, almost endless adjustabilityGreat taste, relatively inexpensive considering its taste qualityGood taste for a pod machine, incredibly easy to use and cleanGood taste, unique aesthetics
Cons ExpensiveSurprisingly loud, very expensiveNot as thoughtfully designed as other high end machinesCan be expensive if not on saleExpensive
Bottom Line Top tier taste quality and a simple interface make this a great choice for connoisseursImparts a great tasting cup, but some drawbacks in user friendliness and its high price make it hard to recommend to mostCan almost match the OXO in terms of taste but costs about half as muchConvenient, and tastes significantly better than Keurig machinesGreat if you're looking for a unique looking countertop appliance, but you can get better coffee for much less
Rating Categories OXO Brew 8 Cup Breville Precision... Cuisinart 14-Cup... Nespresso Vertuoline Moccamaster KBG 741
Taste (50%)
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Specs OXO Brew 8 Cup Breville Precision... Cuisinart 14-Cup... Nespresso Vertuoline Moccamaster KBG 741
Capacity (cups) 8 12 14 1 10
Automatic Brewing No Yes Yes No No
Dimensions 13.5" x 10/5" x 7" 12.4" x 6.7" x 15.7" 14" x 8" x 9" 9" x 12.2" x 12.3" 13.4" x 6.7" x 14.2"
Weight (pounds) 11.5 13 9.5 12.3 6.3
Warranty 2 Year Limited 1 Year Limited 3 Year Limited 2 Year Limited 5 Year Limited

Our Analysis and Test Results

For those willing to spend a bit extra for better tasting coffee, or that are looking for a more convenient drip coffee maker for rushed weekday mornings that isn't too big of a downgrade from their serene weekend pour over routine, we think the OXO Brew 8 Cup is one of the best options on the market.

Performance Comparison


Credit: Laura Casner

Taste


In our opinion, taste is the main selling point of the OXO Brew 8 Cup. This machine consistently produced great coffee in our tests, lagging only slightly behind our gold standard pour over brew.


Overall, we think the OXO Brew 8 Cup's coffee is a reasonable enough facsimile of pour over coffee that even coffee snobs will be pleased. In our tests, it consistently provided a strong, aromatic, and complex taste without verging over into bitterness. This makes it a great machine for those that prefer pour over but are looking for greater convenience or the ability to make a lot of coffee more quickly.

The OXO Brew 8 Cup makes great coffee, and we appreciate that is has...
The OXO Brew 8 Cup makes great coffee, and we appreciate that is has provides a single cup option.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


The lack of automatic brewing hurt the OXO Brew 8 CupIn our convenience tests. Otherwise, it is a fairly convenient coffee machine.


In our tests, it took the OXO Brew 8 Cup 5 minutes to brew 6 cups of coffee. Adding in prep and cleaning time brings the total to 10 minutes, putting it just on the faster side of average. There is a second filter basket that can be used if you want to only brew a single cup of coffee. We found this feature really nice for those afternoon pick-me-ups where more than a cup would be too much. However, the single-cup filter basket takes a different filter than the normal basket, so you might have to keep both on hand.

The controls are simple and intuitive, making it easy to navigate...
The controls are simple and intuitive, making it easy to navigate the machine's various settings and options.
Credit: Laura Casner

This machine conspicuously lacks automatic brewing, meaning you can't load the water and grounds before you go to bed and then set the machine to automatically start brewing when your alarm goes off in the morning. This is a bit of a bummer, but if you're considering the OXO Brew 8 Cup you're probably quite concerned about taste quality and thus wouldn't want to leave your grounds sitting in the filter all night anyway, so this feature's absence doesn't feel too glaring.

User Friendliness


OXO has staked much of its reputation on making easy to use products, and the OXO Brew 8 Cup is no exception. We found it to be one of the most user friendly coffee makers currently on the market.


The OXO Brew 8 Cup features a very simple and intuitive interface. There is one switch to select whether you're brewing into a carafe or into 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. It doesn't get too much easier than that.

Clear markings on the water tank ensure you use the right amount.
Clear markings on the water tank ensure you use the right amount.
Credit: Laura Casner

We found the included carafe to pour smoothly and predictably when the cap is on. If you decide to take the cap off there is an opportunity for some splashing if you're not careful.

Ease of Cleaning


We found the OXO Brew 8 Cup 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.


Value


The OXO Brew 8 Cup is certainly at the more expensive end of the price spectrum, and thus probably isn't a viable option for budget shoppers. However, for those seeking to maximize the taste quality of their coffee we think the OXO Brew 8 Cup certainly justifies its high price tag.

Conclusion


The OXO Brew 8 Cup is a premium drip coffee maker geared towards those that are seeking the richest, most nuanced cup of coffee possible. Though the machine isn't perfect, we think it largely delivers on that promise.

Michelle Powell and Max Mutter