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OXO Brew 8-Cup Review

A sleek and simple design, consistently brewing great-tasting coffee without the extra effort of manual brew methods
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OXO Brew 8-Cup Review (This is a great option for those who love pour over, but want the convenience of a drip machine.)
This is a great option for those who love pour over, but want the convenience of a drip machine.
Credit: Laura Casner
Price:  $200 List
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Manufacturer:   OXO
By Liz Nelson and Kendra Ridenour  ⋅  Jan 10, 2024
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RANKED
#3 of 13
  • Brew Quality - 35% 7.0
  • User Friendliness - 30% 7.6
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 7.6
  • Consistency - 15% 8.4

Our Verdict

The OXO Brew 8-Cup is designed to match the quality and consistency of a practiced hand using a manual pour-over brewer. This brewer provides a sleek and simple interface that allows you to easily brew anything from an 8-cup carafe down to a single cup of coffee. It's one of the most consistent models we tested when it comes to brew temperature and time. The design is also fairly easy to clean. The only complaints we have with this machine are the lack of an automatic brewing function and the high price tag. If you have time to prep your coffee in the morning and don't mind spending extra for great taste, we highly recommend this machine. To see how it fares against the competition, check out our full drip coffee maker review.
REASONS TO BUY
Great design
Easy to use
Single-cup brewing option
Consistent performance
REASONS TO AVOID
Expensive
No auto-brew

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Bottom Line A decent cup quality and solid consistency at a top tier priceEasy to use, programmable options give you the tools to brew your coffee to your likingThis inexpensive machine gives you a few key features without breaking the bankAn inexpensive brewer that makes decent coffee with programmable functionsWhile we think this machine gives a mediocre cup of coffee, it is convenient to use and affordable
Rating Categories OXO Brew 8-Cup Ninja 12-Cup Progra... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mi...
Brew Quality (35%)
7.0
7.8
3.5
4.5
4.1
User Friendliness (30%)
7.6
8.7
6.1
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Ease of Cleaning (20%)
7.6
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6.9
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4.5
Consistency (15%)
8.4
6.5
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3.6
Specs OXO Brew 8-Cup Ninja 12-Cup Progra... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Black+Decker 12-Cup... Mr. Coffee 5-Cup Mi...
Average Brew Temperature 196.0 °F 202.5 °F 191.9 °F 192.2 °F 194.1 °F
Average Time to Brew 6 Cups of Coffee (minutes) 5.37 8.48 7.9 7.88 8.09
Scheduled Brewing No Yes Yes Yes No
Preinfusion Yes, not adjustable Yes, not adjustable No No No
Footprint Dimensions (H x W x D) 13.5" x 7.0" x 10.5" 14.5" x 9.5" x 8.3" 13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1" 8.2" x 12.2" x 11.0" 10.0" x 6.5" x 8.0"
Cup Capacity 2 - 8 cups 1 - 12 cups 1 - 12 cups 2 - 12 cups 1 - 5 cups
Single Serve Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Filter Shape Flat Cone Flat Flat Flat
Power Draw 1400 watts 1100 watts 950 watts 975 watts 650 watts

Our Analysis and Test Results

For those willing to spend a bit extra for a convenient alternative to manual brewing, we think the OXO Brew 8-Cup is one of the best options on the market. It was one of our most consistent 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.

Performance Comparison


oxo brew 8-cup - the oxo is a great option for a consistently impressive cup of...
The OXO is a great option for a consistently impressive cup of coffee with an extremely simple interface and brew process that just works.
Credit: Laura Casner

Brew Quality


In our opinion, brew quality is the main selling point of the OXO Brew 8-Cup. This machine consistently produced great coffee in all of our tests.


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. The OXO did manage to reach the minimum temperature suggested by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), hitting an average brew temperature of 196°F. The suggested brewing temperature is 195°F to 204°F.

oxo brew 8-cup
Credit: Maggie Nichols

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.

oxo brew 8-cup - the oxo provides a fairly even saturation, brewing a decently...
The OXO provides a fairly even saturation, brewing a decently balanced cup of coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


The OXO Brew features a very simple and intuitive interface. The brewer is not programmable, but it does have an automatic 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.

oxo brew 8-cup - adjust brewing quantity with either the 2-4 cup setting or the 5-8...
Adjust brewing quantity with either the 2-4 cup setting or the 5-8 cup mode.
Credit: Laura Casner

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. Its insulated carafe does a decent job maintaining the temperature of your coffee in between cups.

oxo brew 8-cup
Credit: Maggie Nichols

Ease of Cleaning


We found the OXO Brew to be relatively straightforward to clean. It uses paper filters that make disposing of grinds quick and easy. While some grounds splash back onto the shower head, it's easily removable and quick to clean in the sink, even on a daily basis.


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, which is simple to do, though water collects around the rim of the vessel, preventing it from completely draining when flipped upside down on the drying rack.

oxo brew 8-cup - the oxo brew basket is dishwasher safe, but it doesn't sit well in...
The OXO brew basket is dishwasher safe, but it doesn't sit well in the machine. The handle is a great feature, once you get used to it.
Credit: Laura Casner

Consistency


The OXO Brew was impressively consistent. We brewed five pots of coffee back to back and measured the brew basket temperature, coffee temperature in the carafe, and brewing time.


The brewing temperature increased very slightly with each brew but were much closer together and more consistent than any other model we tested. In comparison, some of the competition varied brew basket temperature by as much as 17 degrees Fahrenheit from one brew to the next. For those who want to be certain their coffee is being made precisely the same way each time, this machine is a great choice.

oxo brew 8-cup
Credit: Maggie Nichols

It brewed quicker than most, with an average of 5 minutes and 22 seconds. Of course, when the machine beeped after the brewing cycle had finished, there was an additional minute or so we had to wait for the water to finish dripping out of the brew basket. Still, brewing time was insanely consistent and seriously impressive.

oxo brew 8-cup - this machine makes great coffee, and we appreciate that is has...
This machine makes great coffee, and we appreciate that is has provides a single cup option.
Credit: Laura Casner

Should you buy the OXO Brew 8-Cup?


The OXO Brew is on the pricey side and may not be a viable option for budget shoppers. However, for those seeking a simple machine that consistently brews a tasty cup of coffee, we think this straightforward, reliable brewer certainly justifies its high price tag.

What other drip coffee makers should you consider?


The OXO is an impressively consistent drip coffee maker, but there are other viable options out there. The Ninja 12-Cup is a slightly more affordable option with a programmable feature, which we love. If you're looking for more customizability and don't mind a higher price tag, you might check out the Breville Precision Brewer.

Liz Nelson and Kendra Ridenour