6 Best Iced Coffee Makers of 2021

Let’s say you went to your local coffee shop and bought your favorite iced coffee and took it home. When you got home, you realized you drank all of your beloved drink, and now you want more. Do you want to make the trip back to the shop and spend more money on your cup of joe? Or, would you rather make other variations of coffee and other iced drinks in your own home and save on gas and money.

Have you considered the advantages of buying one of these machines? Let’s look at the advantages of these gadgets in general, no matter the price. These advantages include affordable pricing, fast brewing and cool down time, customization of brew styles, and easy interfaces, so you know exactly how you want your coffee brewed.

You have easy interfaces and the most important advantage of all—unlimited access to iced drinks whenever you want.

From the most expensive iced drink makers all the way to the affordable machines, there are so many options that could work best for your iced drinks addiction. Think of these questions as you see from our list.

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Coffee Gator Cold Brew Maker

If you want the simplest machine on the market, the Coffee Gator’s Cold Brew Maker is for you. No buttons, no waiting for the machine to heat up, nothing. You simply pour your grounds into the filter and use cold (yes COLD) water to start the brewing process.

While this won’t get you your drink instantly, if timed right, then 8 to 12 hours later, you can enjoy some iced drinks in the morning or during the evening. Even at night if you choose!

With up to 47 oz of storage, you can have days’ worth of cold brew right in your fridge. This gadget can make the same smooth and flavorful texture your local shop can make. With the gentle extraction, you get a sweeter taste every time you pour your sweet cup of joe into your cup.

But why stop at just coffee? This machine can also provide you with some quality iced tea right at your fingertips.

With borosilicate glass, you don’t have to worry about your iced coffee getting hot ever with its heat-resistant properties. This device is also easy to clean; you do not need to worry about what goes where with this simple and sleek design. Not to mention a mesh filling and a collapsible filter for any amount of cold drink you would like to brew.

What makes this machine even better is the amazing price it has on it. With such a low price for such a sleek, quality machine, where would you go wrong with buying it?

What we liked:

  • Affordable
  • Provides a smooth and rich flavor
  • Easy to use
  • Can also make iced tea

What could be better:

  • Does not make cold brew automatically ready
  • Does not filter grinds out, so you would have to clean them out yourself

Dash DCBCM550BK Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Now, this is what we are talking about. When you are looking for an easy-to-use, fast brewing machine, this is it. With literally a dial and a power button, this is an easy-to-use machine to brew your favorite drink. Did we mention you can have your cold brew in 5 minutes?

Yes, with this machine, you do not have to put your brew in the fridge for hours on end; you get your coffee when you want it and instantly after it is done. It also features easy clean-up with just running the machine again, but with only hot water!

Our favorite features of this model are since you never have to heat the grounds, there is no acidic taste in the coffee, so you always will get that smooth, creamy taste instead of bitter like the average cup of joe.

Of course, we love the 42oz storage as well; that is a huge plus too. That’s literally up to 15 servings. Who wouldn’t want that? You can store your beverage in the fridge for up to 10 days. That’s ten days of your favorite iced drink ready for you in the morning. Now that’s a deal!

While this model is easy to use and great for brewing your favorite iced drinks, this machine has some downsides.

Along with the price, there is a short power cord, so you are limited in placing the device on counter space. There could be some improvements overall with the construction of the machine; reviews are stating the device can easily spill if you accidentally bump it. The machine feels like it could break easily; even the dial is super touchy, and the actual machine wobbles. This is just something to watch out for if your machine does this.

What we liked:

  • Automatic cooling while brewing
  • Long shelf life
  • Large amount of storage
  • Easy to use interface
  • Easy clean up

What could be better:

  • You pay a semi-expensive price for a cold brew machine
  • Short power cord
  • Better construction of the machine

Cold Brew Coffee Maker 1 Gallon

If you want many iced drinks to serve friends and family (or yourself, we won’t judge), this machine is for you. With a whole gallon of storage, you will be set for iced drinks for more than a day or two! This iced drink gadget has an adjustable spout attached, so you don’t need to worry about spilling your drink all over the place like a normal spout.

With the stainless-steel spigot, you can also control how much of your drink you want coming out at once.

A stainless-steel filter also keeps the grounds out of your brew while also giving your drink a richer taste. You are also drinking the nutrients stored in the coffee; those are not lost thanks to this filter. Since this is a glass container, this can keep the drinks cool and fresh to save your iced drink with a shelf life of 14 days.

Did we mention you don’t have to stop at iced coffee? Yes, you can have iced tea and also make juice in this iced drink brewer! To keep your spout working and to clean the machine, you can expect to see a small wrench to guarantee your spout is screwed in tight. The carafe (lid) on top of the gallon can be easily removed for you to hand clean the machine.

While this machine can store large amounts of an iced drink, you sadly will not get your drink instantly. This takes 8 to 24 hours to brew in the fridge, so you can’t have it until then. This also looks extremely heavy if you fill it up with your drink, so be cautious not to drop it as it is made of glass after all. If you are in a hurry for iced coffee and don’t have time to plan, this machine is not the best for you.

What we liked:

  • Affordable
  • Can brew large quantities of iced drinks
  • Offers to make juices and also teas
  • Has a long shelf life
  • Filters out coffee grounds
  • Easy to clean and comes with a tightening tool

What could be better:

  • Long brew time
  • Heavy when full
  • Is not automatically cold when finished brewing

Primula Burke Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker

This iced coffee maker offers something we haven’t seen before, a comfortable grip handle. This is for beginner or novice cold brew makers, so you don’t need to be an expert to operate this machine. Also, this can brew up to 6 cups of any iced drink you like, so you have plenty to drink for over a few days (or hours).

With a removable mesh filter, you can easily clean this machine in the dishwasher or hand wash. The mesh filter allows the grounds to freely brew while in the refrigerator, so you can have a mess-free clean-up and not have to worry about finding bitter grounds in the iced coffee.

This machine also has a durable glass container, so you do not have to worry about dropping it by accident unless you want to smash it hard on the ground. Then you would be responsible for cleaning it up.

While this is a portable gadget that can fit your fridge and your fridge door, this sadly does not offer an immediate cold brew. You would have to wait overnight to get your sweet iced drinks. I know you want your fresh, smooth, iced cup of joe immediately, but take into consideration slow-brewed tastes so much better than fast brew.

I also see that if you accidentally spill the coffee on yourself by tipping the spout, then you are in for a serious burn and mess. Overall, this looks like a great coffee machine if you want to prepare your coffee at night and enjoy it in the morning.

What we liked:

  • Comfortable grip handle
  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Mesh filter
  • Durable glass container
  • Makes up to 6 cups
  • Affordable price

What could be better:

  • Slow brew times
  • No protection from accidentally tipping the container

OXO Good Grips 32 Ounce Cold Brew Coffee Maker

This amazing machine offers a perforated rain filter, making your coffee evenly distributed so you can enjoy a beautifully even taste and texture. With just an easy switch, you can press down and control how many filtered grounds are coming out. Did we mention this coffee maker is small? So you don’t have to worry about it taking up half the counter.

Along with its small size, this machine is easily disassembled and offers compact storage when you are done with it. It also offers a stainless-steel mesh filter and comes with ten filters so you can get started! The Borosilicate glass offers measurement markings and a stopper for keeping your iced beverages fresh in the fridge.

This machine, however, is a bit expensive for a small machine. Along with this, you sadly do not get your cold brew immediately. You have to wait over 8 hours to taste the sweet, cold cup of joe you crave.

What we liked:

  • Takes up a small space
  • Easily compact able
  • Easy clean up
  • Simple filter mechanism
  • Distributes coffee evenly
  • Makes up to 32 ounces of coffee
  • Beginner-friendly

What could be better:

  • High price
  • Long brew time for iced coffee
  • Possibly could break if dropped

Gourmia GCM7800 Brewdini

This is the best cold brew machine ever. With absolute customization of your drink, along with a timer, so you can watch as the seconds count down, this has got to be the best user interface out of this list. You can control the strength of your coffee, so you do not have to wait hours on end to have a mediocre flavor and texture. This machine automatically dispenses the coffee out of the carafe as soon as brewing is finished, so you do not have to touch anything at all for your drink to be dispensed.

The absolute best thing about this machine? You only have to wait 2 minutes for your cold drinks. That’s faster than any coffee shop and even other brewers. You get your iced coffee when you want it, not hours after.

Want to know how this is possible? There is a vacuum in the machine, so this is sucking the water up through the grounds to decrease the time it usually takes. So, all you need to do is wait 2 minutes. You have four options using the buttons on the machine, light-medium, strong, and concentrate, so you also control the drink’s flavor.

That’s not all about this absolute beast of a coffee machine; it can store up to 5 cups of coffee. While this may not seem much to you, remember, this is in a 2-minute timespan. You can make 5 cups of coffee at a time, so if you have a large gathering of other iced coffee addicts, you can provide everyone with a fresh iced coffee in under 10 minutes.

Now, with this machine with all of its great perks, there are some downsides. One of these is the price as the Gourmia GCM7800 Brewdini is not cheap at all.

Reviews for this machine are great except that it can be loud, and the glass carafe looks to be breakable. If the grounds basket is not screwed tightly on the retraining cover, things can also get messy. The great thing about this? Customer service is amazing with handling issues. They can help you get a new part and resolve your issue in a very timely manner.

Overall, this is seemingly the best-iced coffee maker out on the market if you want to shell out some money for it. Just think of the positives: you get your coffee in 2 minutes, you can control its strength, and it is already cold. What can beat that? Where could you even find a machine or even a coffee shop that provides this? Well, you are your barista with this machine.

What we liked:

  • 2-minute brew time
  • Automatic cooling
  • Strength control of coffee
  • Easy interface
  • 5 cup storage
  • Amazing customer service

What could be better:

  • It could be less noisy
  • The price is extremely high
  • The glass is easily breakable
  • Could get extremely messy if not handled correctly

Before You Buy

Quality

While you may not be an expert at brewing coffee, you should not buy a machine with low quality for your coffee. You can gain experience as you keep practicing making your iced coffee, and even you can buy a cheap model but have the same quality as the Gourmia GCM7800 Brewdini.

Or, if you want to make the one-time expense, you can purchase the Gourmia and never have to worry about waiting 8 hours or more for iced coffee just to come out too strong or too sweet. You control the settings; everyone offers easy-to-use interfaces for beginners, as all of these are on the list. Just follow the instructions and listen to the reviews.

Price

In every machine we have mentioned, we have provided the price for you to compare and decide which one fits your budget. How can you decide between spending an arm and a leg and buying something small and cheap? Well, look to see what each machine offers, and check out their warranties and if they have a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Customer Support

What it is looking like with these machines, customer service is helpful to the majority of the people who purchase the machines. If you need a part replaced because it was already broken or broke as soon as you used it, customer service will replace it. They may also offer you your money back if it is badly damaged. The best way to find out how customer service is to call them is if you have a problem with your machine, then you can decide how customer service treats its customers’ issues.

FAQ

How do I decide what cold brew machine I should get?

This depends on your taste and strength, how long you want to wait, and your price range. If you cannot afford high-quality machines, find one with great quality that will match your price range. You may have to sacrifice how long you want to wait for your drink, and possibly it may not come out the way you like it. But do not break the bank just for a machine.

How easy are the machines to set up?

The machines are fairly easy to set up, as none of them are complicated at all. All you would have to do is follow the instructions provided for you and make sure you have all the parts and pieces needed. If something breaks down, or if you are missing pieces, contact customer service to either get a refund back or your missing pieces for free.

How to Make Iced Coffee (Video)

The Breakdown

When you want to purchase one of these machines, you have to think of the quality of the machine, how long it takes to brew the coffee if you can understand the interface and if you are willing to put a bit of money aside for the perfect homemade brew. If you want to buy a cheap model for you to test out brewing your iced coffee, then go for it.

Enjoy your new barista job in your own home! If you are experienced with making your drinks and want to buy a high-quality machine that takes less than 5 minutes, then do it. Don’t just use our list here to decide which one is for you; look around on the internet and in stores to decide what you want in a coffee maker. Use our list for examples of what you are looking for or even to purchase the iced coffee makers.

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