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Hario Mizudashi vs Coffee Bear Side-by-Side Comparison

Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Bear. A brewer we don’t recommend and one that just makes the grade.

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The Hario Mizudashi, due to its poor design and brew quality, is a brewer we do not recommend. The Coffee Bear is an average performer but not without its own design issues.

For the Coffee Bear, the plastic and nylon filter is not the best. It’s a little too fine thus limiting the cross-flow needed for a good brew to develop. Design-wise, it tries to offer more value with a silicone base stand but it’s poorly designed with an unbalanced feel. 

Likewise, the Hario Mizudashi has a nylon and plastic filter. Additionally, the brew ratio is insubstantial, the filter too short, and the vessel not airtight. The Hario is a better fit for a small refrigerator door bin, however, there are other small brewers that do a much better job.

Pros & Cons

  • Attractive brew decanter
  • Easy-to-clean filter
  • Color choice
  • Hot or cold brewing
  • Glass decanter
  • Lid design
  • Twist to pour
  • Not airtight
  • Odor contamination
  • Poor brew quality
  • Silicone base not top quality
  • Handle not so comfortable
  • Appears to be a generic copy

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
11.5 x 5.4 inches
10 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
3.7" (9.4 cm)
4.2" (10.7 cm)
Brewer Materials
Glass, polypropylene plastic
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Plastic, nylon immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
6.5 x 3.3 inches
7.5” x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
0.9 lbs
1.9 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$21.39
$25.64

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring
6.5
7.2

Bouquet

7.0
7.0

Drinkability

6.0
7.0
A glass with a small quantity of straight coffee standing in front of a cold coffee brew carafe.
A glass with a small quantity of straight coffee standing in front of a cold coffee brew carafe.
A visual sample of some cold brewed coffee in a glass cup with the penetrating light indicating the brew strength.
A glass of freshly-poured coffee standing before the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker.

Sediment

8.0
8.0
A close up view of sediment left over in a long glass brew carafe of a cold brew coffee maker.
The inside of a cold brew coffee carafe with remaining sediment after the brew has been carefully decanted off.

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.2
8.8

In the Box

The unboxed Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee maker with the box to the left and the user guide to the right.
The unboxed Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, the brewer to the right, and the user-guide in front.

Decanter

A full view of the tall glass Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee carafe.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker brew decanter with no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
11.5
10
Base Diameter
3.7
3.9
Width
5.4" (13.7 cm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
Weight
15.0 oz (425 g)
30.0 oz (850 g)
Material
 heat-resistant glass, polypropylene plastic
borosilicate glass, silicone

Stopper / Lid

7.0
10
A close up view of a plastic lid standing next to the base of a tall glass carafe.
The screw-on lid frame of the Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled.
Diameter
3.7 in (95 mm)
 4.3 in (110 mm)
Material
polypropylene plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
N/A
2 white silicone gaskets

 Filter

6.0
8.0
A small plastic and nylon cold brew coffee filter with a detachable base for easy cleaning.
A side view close up of a plastic and nylon filter for a cold brew coffee maker.
Length
6.5 in (165 mm)
 7.5 in (190 mm)
Diameter
3.3 in (85 m)
2.5 in (65 mm)
Material
polypropylene frame, polyester resin
Black plastic, nylon mesh
Additional Features
detachable base
Detachable base

 Build Quality

9.0
8.5
The Hario Mizudashi cold brew coffee carafe resting horizontally and separated into 4 parts.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker disassembled into 8 esprit parts.

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.7
8.7

 Brewing

10
8.5
A cold brew coffee immersion filter next to a kitchen scale with a bowl of 80g of coffee grounds measured.
The Coffee Bear cold brew coffee maker with some water poured in during the brewing set up.

Decanting

10
9.0

Cleaning and Storage

8.5
8.5