KitchenAid Manual Cold Brew Coffee Maker, 28-Ounce

Last updated date: March 4, 2022

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KitchenAid Manual Cold Brew Coffee Maker, 28-Ounce

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We looked at the top Cold Brew Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Cold Brew Coffee Maker you should buy.

Update as March 10, 2022:
Checkout The Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top cold brew coffee makers.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 163 expert reviews, the KitchenAid Manual Cold Brew Coffee Maker, 28-Ounce placed 8th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Treat yourself to a smooth and balanced cold brew at home. The kitchenaid(r) cold brew Coffee maker is easy to use, pour and clean.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

26 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

1,034 user reviews

What experts liked

The steel filter is too porous and does let a lot of sediment through, but KitchenAid smartly has a textured bottom that lets the grit settle on the sides of the bottom. It doesn't seem to come through the spigot, so after my first gritty glass, the coffee was a lot smoother, and quite rich.
- Wired
August 25, 2019 | Full review
If you have a more fluid budget and the space to accommodate it, our tip for the best cold brew coffee maker on a grander scale is this beast from KitchenAid finished in a brushed stainless steel. While the picture shows what looks like a bulky unit, this coffee maker is expressly designed to fit inside a regular refrigerator. It even has an integrated tap so you can draw yourself off a coffee straight from the fridge without needing to move it onto the counter.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
It features a stout, rectangular footprint that’s perfect for all kinds of refrigerators and counters. The wide-grip handle folds down when not in use, so you could easily bring it with you on a picnic or to work.
- BuzzFeed
This sleek stainless steel KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker will complement your stainless steel appliances perfectly. It has a small footprint, so it won’t take up much space on your countertop or in your fridge. Plus, it has a convenient carrying handle for portability.
- Family Living Today
January 9, 2019 | Full review
Here the small footprint makes it an ideal choice for kitchen counters and refrigerators. You can set the machine anywhere without wasting any space. Not many of such units fit within a fridge, and this is one of them. If you are looking out for a compact yet effective solution for your Cold Brew cravings, then this is your choice!
- Coffee Maker
January 7, 2019 | Full review
It has a built-in stainless steel tap, so you can pour your coffee directly from the fridge without taking the coffee maker out.
- Merch Dope
July 29, 2019 | Full review
For one thing, this KitchenAid gem holds more cold brew servings than any other cold brew maker on our list. You can make up to 14 cups of coffee at once in this thing, which is a game-changer for households with more than one cold-brew drinker, or just for people that like to brew less frequently. If you stick to one cup of cold brew each day, you'll be set for two weeks before you have to brew again.
- Mashable
July 17, 2018 | Full review
Reviewers say the KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker makes great coffee and is perfect for when you’re having guests over. While this product is more expensive than many comparable cold brew machines, it’s worth the price if you drink a lot of coffee or frequently host parties.
- The Spruce Eats
June 6, 2019 | Full review
This Cold Brewing device can brew up to 14 servings with this cold mix coffee brewer.
- Products Mansion
May 20, 2019 | Full review
The great thing about this stainless steel cold brew coffee maker is that, after you brew your coffee, you can pop it into the fridge and the convenient spout lets you pour a cup in seconds — no need to fuss with an additional pitcher.
- Bustle
September 16, 2017 | Full review
Integrated dispenser so you can pour your coffee without removing the KitchenAid from the fridge. Sleek and utilitarian stainless steel build that’s also remarkably durable and built to stay the distance. Substantial capacity yields up to 14 cups of coffee so perfect for larger families and real coffee hounds.
- Prince La
February 1, 2019 | Full review
Small footprint which is great for fridges and countertops. Sleek design with brushed stainless steel parts. Easy to clean and use. Reusable stainless steel steeper. Can produce up to 14 servings of delicious coffee.
- Cold Brew Queen
The reusable stainless steel steeper/strainer lets you prepare coffee or tea. It has labels with fill level indicators that will guide you along so you don’t have to guess about optimum mixes for your brews.
- Kitchen Guy'd
January 1, 2019 | Full review
I am generally a supporter of the way KitchenAid designs its coffee makers. That stays true for the KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker KCM4212SX as well. Clean curves on the glass matched with a brushed stainless steel exterior give this cold brew coffee maker an excellent look. It is comfortable in its own form, rather than following the french press style looks so common with cold brew coffee makers. The overall design is sturdy and durable.
- Coffee Urban
The beautiful streamlined design of the coffee maker with glass and stainless steel components to preserve taste, for easy use and cleaning.
- My Classy Kitchen
We found it beautifully simple to use and is a very well-made brewer. The material quality and brew it delivers is superb.
- Coffee Dorks
If you love coffee do yourself a favor and purchase the KitchenAid cold brew. It gets a thumbs up from us here at Bean Ground for its impeccable build quality, ease of use and better-than-average filtration. Sure it’s not the cheapest but by the time you’ve costed out the expensive trips to those trendy cafés, the KitchenAid will pay for itself in no time at all.
- Bean Ground
This sleek cold brew maker is made of stainless steel and glass for great looking design as well. It’ll go great with anything on your countertop. Simply add coffee and water into the machine, then place the whole thing in the fridge to steep. There’s even a built-in tap to dispense the right amount of coffee into your cup.
- GGC Coffee
April 21, 2018 | Full review
Versatility in storage and brew varieties.
- Why Not Coffee
February 1, 2018 | Full review
Easy usage and cleaning. A compact and sleek design which comes with a cleaning brush.
- Coffee Tea Realm
February 11, 2019 | Full review
Very strong and sturdy. Clever and effective filtration. Cleanable drain and spout system.
- Coffee Review
July 8, 2017 | Full review
Small footprint for easy storage, even inside the refrigerator. Simple, yet great appearance, very easy to use.
- Cuppabean
September 6, 2019 | Full review
Its steeper is made from stainless steel for maximum preservation of taste, as well as being equipped with clearly labelled fill level indicators to make it easy to know how much water to add.
- Mine Caffeine
Built in stainless steel tap to dispense your cold brew from your refrigerator and carrying handle for easy portability.
- Khorybest
If you need a coffee maker that is sure to last, you will find few options that can compete with this model from KitchenAid.
- Coffee is First
It’s also easy to clean. The parts are also dishwasher safe.
- Son of Coffee

What experts didn't like

Few users have reported the spigot leaking.
- Wired
August 25, 2019 | Full review
Now the issue with this unit is related to the connections on it. Before you start the coffee brewing and related works, check on all the joints and the elements connected on here. One issue related to the loosening of the handle was found. Thus, do a double check on all the parts as a preventive measure.
- Coffee Maker
January 7, 2019 | Full review
A bulkier unit than manual cold brew models so make sure you have the space to accommodate either in the fridge or on the counter.
- Prince La
February 1, 2019 | Full review
Does not filter properly. Doesn’t shave any time off of DIY methods, steep time is around 12-24 hours. May leak over time.
- Cold Brew Queen
Tap dispenser has a small risk of dripping.
- Coffee Urban
However, is it anything special? Could we make the exact same concentrated cold brew with a French press filled with grinds and water then placed in the fridge for a fraction of the cost? The answer is yes.
- Coffee Dorks
One minor gripe is that the coffee dispenser is pretty slow at pouring out coffee. Another issue for some might be the awkward presence in the refrigerator, if you have a small fridge it will take up a lot of space.
- Bean Ground
May not hold 1.25 liters of water. Not airtight.
- Why Not Coffee
February 1, 2018 | Full review
The filter sysytem doesn't work properly. Some people report leakage.
- Coffee Tea Realm
February 11, 2019 | Full review
Imposing, possibly awkward presence in the refrigerator. Pours slowly from the dispenser.
- Coffee Review
July 8, 2017 | Full review
Can’t store much coffee because it leaks, even within 24 hours.
- Cuppabean
September 6, 2019 | Full review
Lacks durability.
- Khorybest
This model may not be suitable for customers who are looking to save money on their cold brew coffee maker.
- Coffee is First
People who want an American-made product would be disappointed to know that this is made in China.
- Son of Coffee

Our Expert Consultant

Julie Chernoff
Culinary Expert

Julie Chernoff is a long-time member of Les Dames d’Escoffier (past president of the Chicago Chapter, and current co-chair of the LDEI Legacy Awards Committee), the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Chernoff is the dining editor of Better, a lifestyle website and print magazine. Her journalism started in the test kitchens of Weight Watchers Magazine. She holds a BA in English from Yale University and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. She has spent the last few decades styling, photographing, teaching, developing recipes, editing, thinking and writing about food.

An Overview On Cold Brew Coffee Makers

Cold coffee has taken off in popularity in recent years, thanks to the inventiveness of various coffee shops. But you don’t have to pay for an iced latte at a drive-thru on your way to work. You can make cold brews in the comfort of your own home.

Your first instinct may be to simply brew regular coffee and pour it over ice. But there are a couple of problems with that. One is that cold brew coffee typically has a stronger coffee-to-water ratio, which means your homemade cold brew may turn out far weaker than you’re used to getting at your favorite coffee shop.

Another issue, as explained by expert Julie Chernoff, is that iced coffee may take too long to brew. Chernoff is a longtime member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) and the International Association of Culinary Professionals. With a cold-brew coffee maker, you get an appliance dedicated to making a delicious cup of iced coffee.

“The one thing that a cold brew coffee maker can save you is time,” says Chernoff. “Doing it on your own can take half a day or more to really extract the flavor of the coarsely ground coffee beans, whereas a cold brewer does the job in under ten minutes.”

Not all cold brew coffee makers operate at that rate of speed, though. With some models, you’ll find you have to brew for half a day or more. That means you’ll need to make tomorrow morning’s coffee as soon as you get home from work today to ensure it tastes good. But many of today’s cold brew coffee makers come with airtight lids that mean your brew will stay fresh between several days and two weeks. If you choose a brewer with a 2-quart capacity, that means you could make a batch on Sunday and drink on it for several days, depending on your daily consumption.

The Cold Brew Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • Some consumers simply prefer the taste of cold brew coffee, which is one of the reasons it’s become so popular. It tastes completely different from hot coffee that has been poured over ice.

“Cold brew has a distinctly different flavor profile than traditional hot drip coffee; it leaches out the bitterness that often plagues drip coffee,” says Chernoff. “It’s strong and sweet and far less acidic. The rapid brew versions use an electric pump to manufacture internal vacuum pressure to circulate water through the grounds.”

  • But even within cold brew coffee makers, the taste experience can vary from one to another. One thing affecting taste is the coffee’s freshness, particularly if you won’t be drinking it soon after brewing. Look for a brewer that includes a lid with a tight seal to keep your coffee fresh for days at a time.
  • If you don’t like the first cup of coffee your cold brew coffee maker puts out, don’t give up. You can often tweak the drip settings or adjust the number of beans you use to get just the right concentration of coffee to water.
  • One of the biggest differentiators between cold brew coffee makers is the design. If you have specific preferences, this will immediately push some ahead of others. Some look like Mason jars, while others have a design similar to a beaker. You’ll also find cold brew coffee makers that are designed for you to easily take it with you as you head out the door.
  • Capacity is also an important decider. If you plan to consume less than a few cups of coffee a day, a 32-ounce brewer will likely work just fine. However, if you have more than one coffee drinker in your household, a 2-quart coffee maker may be a better choice. The larger option could also be a good pick if you would like to make coffee for several days at once.
  • As with other drip coffee brewers, you’ll need a filter to hold the coffee while the water passes through it. Some cold brew coffee makers have reusable mesh filters while others rely on paper filters. With the latter, you’ll need to consistently purchase new filters, so that’s an expense to keep in mind.
  • In addition to the difference in reusability, some filters do a better job than others at keeping grounds from ending up in your coffee. Look for one that will give you the purest cup possible.
  • Markings make some coffee makers easier to use than others. Look for a brewer that has markings that make it easy to see liquid levels.
  • Some cold brew coffee makers are dishwasher safe, but with others, you’ll have to wash by hand. Also consider how difficult it will be to clean your filter. You may find it easier to just dump the filter with the grounds, especially since coffee grounds can cause plumbing and septic issues.
  • With many cold brew coffee makers, you’ll need to be a little more patient than with the instant brewers used for hot coffee. In some cases, you’ll need to plan to make it before bed at the latest and let it brew all night.