KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker review: perfect for water, coffee, and iced tea

This luxury option is ideal for water, iced teas, and cold brew too

Kitchenaid cold brew coffee maker
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Homes & Gardens Verdict

Crafted from stainless steel and glass, this feels premium. It sits neatly in the refrigerator and has a useful tap for pouring cold brew straight to the class. The results: a smooth, delicious cold brew with minimal cleaning up.

Reasons to buy
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    Feels premium

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    Easy to store

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    Makes delicious cold brew

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    Useful tap

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    Can infuse fruit water and tea

Reasons to avoid
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    Drips a little

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Making your own cold brew coffee at home doesn't require expensive equipment. Most cold brew coffee makers are inexpensive and crafted from plastic, but if you want the luxury option, look no further than KitchenAid.

This is one of the best cold brew coffee makers on the market. It's crafted from glass and stainless steel, with an incredibly useful tap. It caters for up to 19 people, making it perfect for big homes.

I tested out the KitchenAid on making cold brew, iced tea, and water infusions too. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought one for myself. I've been using it for almost a year now and I love it as much as I did on our first test. If it sounds like something you'd like, here's everything you need to know about the KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker.


KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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Dimensions:9 x 7 x 7 inches
Materials:Brushed stainless steel and glass
Weight:5.5 lbs
Capacity:28 fl oz
Brew type:Infusion
Filter type:Reusable


KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker and box

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This coffee maker comes with a thin plastic bag to protect it from scratches, but everything else is already assembled. As soon as it’s out of the box, you can get brewing. 

It’s quite big on the countertop, but the design is subtle. It would easily blend in with your countertops or you could place it on a refrigerator shelf for storage. The stainless steel and glass feel luxurious and professional.

Who would it suit?

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker on countertop

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The KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker is an extremely simple coffee maker to use. You don’t need careful placement of filter paper or delicate pouring, you just fill it up and go. The tap at the bottom makes it easy to help yourself to a cup fresh from the refrigerator shelf, so if you lead a busy life, you’ll find that this naturally becomes part of your morning routine. 

This also feels like the most luxurious cold brew coffee maker that I’ve tested. The brushed stainless steel and thick glass make this feel like a product you’ll have for life. 

The metal filter also makes this extremely versatile. I’ve been infusing tea and water with this KitchenAid and both have turned out perfectly. If you’re looking to infuse lots of different drinks, this is a good choice.

What is it like to use?

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker empty

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I’ve stressed how easy this is to use, but you’re about to see why. After rinsing all the parts, I weighed out 3 oz of freshly ground coffee (I used the Fellow Ode Grinder, available on Amazon) and poured it into the filter basket. I poured 42 fl oz of filtered water in circular motions over the coffee grounds. If some of them aren’t covered with water, use the back of a spoon to submerge them. People approach this with varying degrees of caution. Some would stir vigorously, some would want to touch the grounds. I think it’s always good to ensure that your grounds are saturated, but not to be too aggressive with them.

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker making coffee

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This is literally all you need to do to make cold brew. Leave the KitchenAid on the side or on your refrigerator shelf for 12-24 hours. I think 18 hours is the sweet spot because your coffee can start to over-extract if you leave it too long. 

The KitchenAid makes cold brew concentrate which you will need to dilute in a 1:1 or 2:1 water to cold brew concentrate ratio. I err on the lighter side and add nut milk for extra sweetness because the KitchenAid makes pretty strong cold brew. It’s not the smoothest (you could fix that by using a reusable filter and double-filtering your cold brew), or the sweetest, but that’s really down to the grind. However you cut it, this is definitely the easiest cold-brew coffee maker I've tried. 

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker pouring coffee

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The metal filter basket is excellent. Not only is it reusable, but you can use it to experiment with a range of infusions. I placed tea leaves, fresh fruit, and herbs in (not at the same time) and made delicious infused water and cold brew tea. The lip before the tap prevents any sediment, seeds, or leaves from getting into your cup, which is extremely useful. 

Cleaning, Storage, and Maintenance

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker in parts

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The only downside to having a reusable filter is cleaning it. There are lots more opportunities for grounds or coffee to get stuck and ruin your next batch of cold brew. I would recommend buying a bristled brush and thoroughly cleaning the filter basket. The rest can go in warm water and they wipe clean.

This is quite big and heavy but is a very easy shape to stack things on and around. However, since opening mine from the box, it’s been in constant use in my refrigerator. 

How does it rate online?

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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I have seen this cold brew coffee maker everywhere. It's easy to use and that's reflected in the reviews. People found it easy to clean, use, and store. They liked not having to use filter paper and the straightforward tap. However, I also saw that lots of people opted for the smaller 28oz model, because the 38 oz model was excessive.

The only criticism people had was the cost. It's much more expensive than most cold brew coffee makers. The coffee that it makes isn't as consistently smooth, either. Some people also found that their tap dripped and made a mess, but I never had this problem, because I secured my tap really tightly. However, if you're in a rush or just forget to close it firmly, this could be an issue. 

How does it compare?

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker in refrigerator

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My other favorite cold brew coffee maker is the OXO Good Grips. This is cheaper than the KitchenAid and offers double filtration, so makes a smoother overall brew. However, even though the OXO is cheaper, you will always have to buy filter paper, so there’s an ongoing cost. This is easily solved with reusable filter paper like this Hemp bag from Amazon.

The OXO also feels much less durable. It’s made of thin plastic and delicate glass, which I could easily break. The KitchenAid is hardy. I also like the tap and easy storage of the KitchenAid. It’s easier to integrate into your everyday life and more effortless to use. I would use it for water infusion, so the KitchenAid is also much more versatile.

Should you buy it?

KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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Having tested out some of the best cold brew coffee makers on the market, this is now my go to. It feels the most premium, it’s the easiest to use, and I really love how versatile this is. It was the most seamless model to integrate into my everyday life and when I double filtered my cold brew, the flavors were unparalleled. 

How we test

We take everything we review to our dedicated test kitchen where our team of experts puts products through their paces. Laura, a former barista, tested this KitchenAid out in our test kitchen. She made notes on the process from unboxing, to cleaning, and the all important taste test. If you would like to know more about how we test coffee makers, you can visit our dedicated page.

Laura Honey
eCommerce Editor

Laura is our eCommerce editor. As a fully qualified barista, she's our expert in all things coffee and has tested over thirty of the best coffee makers on the market. She has also interviewed Q-Graders and world-leading experts in the coffee industry, so has an intimate knowledge of all things coffee. Before joining Homes & Gardens, she studied English at Oxford University. Whilst studying, she trained as a master perfumer and worked in the luxury fragrance industry for five years. Her collection of home fragrance is extensive and she's met and interviewed five of the world's finest perfumers (also known as 'noses'). As a result of this expansive fragrance knowledge, she always puts quality and style over quantity and fads. Laura looks for products which have been designed simply and with thoughtful finishes.