OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Machine
A compact cousin to our leading choice, the 8-cup OXO brews a little much better coffee however does not have an auto-brew function. It’s the just one of our choices that permits you to brew straight into a mug.
As long as you do not require an auto-brew function (which permits you to configure the maker to begin brewing a pot at a set time), we believe the OXO Brew 8 Cup Coffee Machine is an excellent option. It’s likewise your finest choice if you ‘d like a maker that uses up less area than the OXO Brew 9 Cup Coffee Machine, without compromising much in capability. The 8-cup OXO makes scrumptious coffee, and it brews a complete pot in simply over 6 minutes– about 2 minutes quicker than either of our other choices. It’s likewise the only one of our choices that can brew an excellent single cup of coffee straight into a mug.
In our at-home trial run, coffee from the 8-cup OXO tasted significantly rounder than coffee from the 9-cup OXO, with more roasted, nutty taste canceling the intense, fruity notes. We believe this is due to the fact that the 8-cup OXO utilizes a flat-bottomed filter basket (which fits basic 8- to 12-cup basket filters) instead of a cone-shaped one like the 9-cup OXO’s. Flat-bottomed filters normally make it simpler for water to distribute equally through the coffee premises prior to draining pipes out, causing a more-balanced-tasting pot of coffee. The 8-cup OXO’s brew tasted most comparable to coffee from the Bonavita Lover (another maker with a flat-bottomed filter basket), which the coffee specialists who took part in previous rounds of screening constantly stated their preferred. (We weren’t able to have any coffee specialists assist when we checked the 8-cup OXO, due to the constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.)
Like the bigger OXO, the 8-cup OXO has an automated pre-infusion mode and a big showerhead that aids with even coffee extraction. In our tests, the temperature level of the brew bed remained well within the SCA basic variety of 197.6 ° F to 204.8 ° F, balancing about 200 ° F (much like our leading choice, the 9-cup OXO). This maker is likewise quickly, brewing an 8-cup pot in 6 minutes 7 seconds. In contrast, the Bonavita Lover brewed the exact same amount in 7 minutes 44 seconds, and the 9-cup OXO brewed a pot in simply under 8 minutes.
The 8-cup OXO is a fair bit smaller sized than our leading choice, with a shape that’s more like a conventional drip coffee machine. It’s simply over a foot high, so it fits under upper cabinets, with adequate space that you can open the cover on the water tank or brew basket– something you can’t typically finish with the 17-inch-tall 9-cup OXO. And the footprint is a compact 10 by 7 inches (around), whereas the 9-cup OXO uses up about 15 by 8 inches of counter top. Naturally, our leading choice does hold an additional cup of coffee, however it is essential to keep in mind that a “cup” of coffee as specified by OXO (and most producers of coffee developing devices) is simply 5 ounces. So the quantity of coffee you’re compromising with the 8-cup OXO would fill just about half of a basic mug.
The 8-cup OXO’s carafe kept heat nearly in addition to the 9-cup OXO’s in our tests; throughout 4 hours, a half-pot cooled from 176 ° F to about 138 ° F, which is still happily hot. And the squatter shape of the 8-cup carafe suggests it’s simpler to clean up: You can fit a hand through the opening to scrub it with a sponge, something you can’t finish with the narrower carafe of the 9-cup OXO. Like the 9-cup OXO, the 8-cup maker likewise has a drip-stop system on the filter basket, so you can get rid of the carafe and put yourself a cup while the maker is still developing. The disadvantage of the 8-cup carafe is that it dribbles all over the location when you attempt to put with the cover off– something you may wish to do to fill the water tank, because putting is a lot slower with the cover on.
Possibly the coolest aspect of the 8-cup OXO is that it can brew an excellent cup of coffee straight into a mug, something our other choices can’t do. A couple of things make this possible. There’s a switch that permits you to switch off the drip stop (the 9-cup OXO lacks this, which is why you can’t brew straight into a mug with the bigger maker). There’s likewise a plastic pedestal concealed in the base of the maker that you can either turn up, to hold a mug better to the filter basket (to prevent splashing), or get rid of, to make area for a high travel mug. Most significantly, the 8-cup OXO includes a 2nd, smaller sized filter basket (which deals with Kalita Wave 185 filters, the exact same ones utilized by our top-pick pour-over dripper); this basket can brew little amounts of coffee more equally than the bigger filter basket. When we tasted coffee brewed with the 8-cup OXO’s single-cup function along with the exact same part of coffee brewed in the 9-cup OXO, the distinction was visible, though not huge. The coffee made by the 8-cup OXO tasted simply a bit mellower and more well balanced.
The disadvantage to the single-cup function is that the procedure is a little picky. You need to discover a location to keep the additional filter basket when you’re not utilizing it. And you need to spend for the additional Kalita filters, which are a little expensive and aren’t simple to discover in shops (you’ll need to clear a bit more storage area for these, too). Technically, you can brew the exact same quantity of coffee with the 2-cup setting on our leading choice (once again, a “cup” equates to 5 ounces, so 2 cups is simply enough to fill a basic coffee mug)– and if you play with your mill settings, you can get it to taste great (we discovered grinding our coffee a little finer when brewing little parts of coffee to be the very best method). However if you truly like the concept of simply sticking your mug under the coffee machine, the little fussiness may not trouble you– it’s still less work than making a pour-over.
In contrast to the smooth digital screen on the 9-cup OXO, the 8-cup OXO has a basic, four-button user interface. This isn’t always a bad thing: The buttons are so obvious that a houseguest might instantly find out how to utilize this maker, whereas we have actually seen some visitors be daunted by the minimalist dial on the 9-cup OXO. However the 8-cup OXO does do not have a digital clock, which suggests you can’t configure it to instantly brew at a set time (state, in the early morning, right prior to you awaken). The 8-cup design likewise will not show the length of time it’s been because you brewed a pot (which is another great function on the 9-cup OXO).
Cleaning up directions for the 8-cup OXO are the exact same when it comes to the 9-cup: Other than for the carafe, all of the detachable parts are dishwasher-safe. A light will begin after every 90 brews to advise you to descale the maker (utilizing a descaling option and the maker’s set cleansing cycle), however the maker will continue to work when that light is on. This maker includes a two-year service warranty.