If you’re looking to beat the heat this summer while still drinking your favorite beverage, iced coffee is the best way to go. Purchasing an iced coffee maker will help you create this icy drink at home, and it’s cheaper than going to a coffee shop.
Cold brew coffee is also better for you as it’s much less acidic and bitter than brewing it hot.
We’ve compiled for you reviews on some of the best iced coffee makers on the market and have included a quick and easy recipe to start you off right.
If you are just getting into iced coffee and the name Dash doesn’t mean anything to you, I can’t blame you. Dash is a small company that only makes cold and iced coffee brewers. Even though they are fairly unknown (compared to brands like Hamilton or Breville), their brewers are of great quality.
Dash has managed to tap into the iced brew coffee market with a great looking and easy to use coffee maker.
Iced Coffee Recipe
Most people believe that making iced coffee simply means pouring hot coffee over ice and adding some cream and sugar.
However, that is actually the worst way to make a decent cup of iced coffee. It dilutes the coffee and makes it much more acidic and bitter tasting.
The best way to make iced coffee is by using a cold brew method, which enhances the coffee’s natural sweetness and reduces the acidity. You can use this method whether or not you have an iced coffee maker.
Simply mix 1/3 cup of ground coffee with 1 1/3 cups cold water, whisking till there are no lumps. Cover and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight.
Once it’s ready, strain the coffee over ice using a coffee filter-lined strainer. Press the grounds down with a spatula if you need to get everything out.
Now you have perfect, undiluted iced coffee at home, and you can add any cream or sweetener you want. If you are unsure about the type of coffee to use, check out this post.
Dash Iced Brew Coffee Maker
We decided to start with the best one first, as we’re really excited about the features the Dash Iced Brew Coffee Maker has.
While most cold brew coffee makers have you waiting 12-24 hours, the Dash only takes five minutes to make a perfect pot of iced coffee. If you want your coffee darker, you can also set it to 10 or 15 minutes, which is still faster than traditional methods.
This coffee maker uses a unique pressure system that brews the coffee without heat, and you can make as much as 42 ounces at once. You can also make up to 16 servings of cold brew concentrate, which is good in various dessert or smoothie recipes.
Once brewed, your iced coffee has a shelf life of ten days, giving you plenty of time to drink a full pot! You can drink your cold brew iced coffee however you want. You can pour it over ice and drink it straight, add some cream or sugar, or heat it up to make lattes or mochas.
The Dash is also very easy to clean. In-between pots of iced coffee simply run the system with a full pot of cold water, without coffee grounds, and it’ll be ready to go for the next round of coffee.
If you’re worried about yet another appliance on your counters, don’t worry. The sleek compact design of the Dash Iced Coffee Maker isn’t going to take up a lot of room, and it’s very easy on the eyes.
- Brews in just five minutes
- Easy to clean
- 10-day shelf life
- Can also make iced coffee concentrate
Ovalware Airtight Iced Coffee Maker
Ovalware’s mission is to provide consumers with the best possible coffee, and cold-brewing brings out the best without the coffee being too acidic or bitter. In fact, Ovalware’s claim is that iced coffee made from their product will be 70% less acidic than any hot brewed coffee.
The Ovalware Airtight Iced Coffee Maker, like many iced coffee brewers, uses an internal filter that the coffee grounds go into, so you don’t have to worry about filtering out the grounds later.
What sets Ovalware apart from the rest is the medical grade stainless steel that’s used for both the filter and the cap. The coffee maker also features a BPA-free silicone seal, making the carafe airtight and giving you up to two full weeks of optimum freshness.
Every piece, even the carafe itself, which is made of lab-tested borosilicate glass, is dishwasher safe so clean up is a breeze.
If you’re more of a tea fan, you can also easily use loose-leaf tea in the filter. Brew hot or cold, whichever your preference, and enjoy some delicious iced tea. The sleek design of the carafe fits perfectly in any fridge.
One thing we need to make note of in this review. After reading reports from various other people who have bought this coffee maker before, it is possible that glass, especially at the base, is very weak. Many buyers have reported it breaking with very little impact after only using it a few times.
However, out of thousands of reviews, we wonder if those folks received theirs from a bad batch, while plenty of other reviews don’t report any issues. Still, it’s something to keep in mind when considering this product.
- Airtight seal delivers two weeks of fresh iced coffee or tea
- All pieces are BPA-free and dishwasher safe
- Fits perfectly in any fridge
- The durability of glass is questionable
Kungroo is another airtight model made with much thicker glass than the Ovalware, so shouldn’t be prone to breaking or cracking. The stainless steel filter infuser is made to avoid loose grounds in your coffee (though finer grains may still sneak through).
This iced coffee maker features absolutely no plastic pieces, and the airtight design gives you up to three weeks of fresh iced coffee. It is dishwasher safe, extremely durable, and easy to clean.
Kungroo also makes a coffee grinder (sold separately) so you can also grind your own coffee at home. It’s recommended that when making your cold brew use the coarsest grounds possible. This will get you the most flavor and help make the coffee less bitter.
Just like the Ovalware, you can easily use the Kungroo to make tea with (hot or cold brew). Just fill the infuser with loose-leaf tea or tea bags, and fill with water like you would for coffee.
The Kungroo pitcher is also very compact and will fit easily on your refrigerator shelf without taking up a lot of space.
- Made with extra thick borosilicate glass
- The airtight seal provides up to three weeks of freshness
- Makes 32 ounces of iced coffee or tea
Zoku Grey Iced Coffee Maker for Travel
Are you on the go a lot and don’t have time to wait for your iced coffee to brew? Or maybe you don’t have time to pour it into a glass at home, but need to have your iced coffee ready to go at a moment’s notice?
If you travel a lot, your best option for having great iced coffee is the Zoku Grey Iced Coffee Maker. You can have both ready-to-drink iced coffee (or tea) in as little as five minutes, and you can use any brewing method you prefer.
You also don’t need to use ice to have a chilled beverage in this mug. Simply put the stainless steel inner core in the freezer for 5 minutes (or longer), then pour your desired beverage into the chilled mug. Slip on the insulated protective sleeve, and you’re ready to go.
This is designed so you can turn your piping hot coffee into iced coffee in minutes without diluting the coffee with ice. The downside is that your coffee will still be bitter and acidic.
However, if you already make a great cold brew, this product enables you to bring it with you on the road and keep it chilled without using any ice.
- Bring your iced coffee on the go
- Brew your coffee or tea however you want, then pour into a chilled mug
- Is also available in purple, red, or blue.
- Doesn’t actually brew coffee, so will need a separate coffee maker
Hamilton Beach 40913
This iced coffee maker by Hamilton Beach is another great device if you don’t want to wait 12-24 hours for your cold brew to steep.
It works just like a regular coffee maker. You put the grounds in the filter, add water to the reservoir, and then press the button. The coffee brews right into the attached pitcher, which you can then use to store and serve your iced coffee.
The fun thing about Hamilton Beach is their iced coffee maker comes with a recipe book, with all kinds of iced coffee recipes that you can make. You can also easily make tea with this product, just use tea leaves or bags instead of coffee grounds.
One quick recipe to utilize with the Hamilton is cold brew latte.
- Brews iced coffee in minutes instead of hours
- The pitcher is dishwasher safe
- Comes with a lid to use after brewing for easy storage
- Comes with a variety of iced coffee recipes to make
BOZ Iced Coffee
The BOZ iced coffee maker offers the largest capacity available – 67oz of either iced coffee or tea, and the airtight seal will keep it fresh long enough for you to drink it all. Great for serving guests or if you just want a lot of coffee to keep on hand.
The high-grade stainless steel infuser is microfine to keep all grounds out of your coffee, so no more sediments collecting at the bottom of the pitcher.
This coffee maker is only made of three parts, so it’s super easy to clean after use.
One downside to this one is since it can make double the amount of most iced coffee makers, the wait time can be a bit longer (24-48 hours) if you use the full capacity. Also, the pitcher doesn’t pour very easily, and many buyers have reported spillage when trying to pour into their cup.
Still, this is a very sleek and nice looking product, and will fit very nicely in any refrigerator.
- Make up to 2 liters (67 ounces) of coffee or tea
- Easy to clean
- May take longer to brew
If you’re looking for an easier and healthier way to make iced coffee, especially to beat the summer heat, than any one of these iced coffee makers will be able to help you achieve that.
The best choice is the Dash Iced Brew Coffee Maker, because it only takes about 5-10 minutes to brew, instead of having to wait overnight.
Additionally, you can also make iced coffee concentrate in a separate carafe, which can be used in various recipes or be used to make hot coffee that’s not acidic or bitter.
We hope this article has helped you narrow down your choices. As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Also, if you have had any kind of experience (good or bad) with the above-reviewed products, leave a comment and let us and the other readers know!
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.