To that end, let's think through your best options. First, are you shopping for a steeper, which takes 12-24 hours to make cold brew or an automatic coffee maker?
If you're aiming for automatic, consider your budget. The Cuisinart runs an affordable $80 for the fast-agitation-based cold brew, and if you're willing to splurge and have tea and hot-coffee drinkers in the house, the Ninja offers many features in a $199.99 machine.
If you're looking for a steeper, focus on your filtration method and budget level. For affordability, nothing beats the Takeya at $25, and the fine mesh filter does a good job.
Finally, if you're narrowing down between two long-steep paper-filter machines, consider shape and aesthetics. Customers rave about both the OXO and the KitchenAid for their great extraction and ease to clean, so choose the lower price point one, OXO, for a great experience in a taller package that needs a little more countertop or fridge planning. The KitchenAid's beautiful design is well worth the splurge if you want a cold brew machine that will look great in your refrigerator or on display at brunch.
In conclusion, all five of our picks have captured the interest of cold brew lovers but at a range of price points, filtration styles, and features. Choose based on what you'll use, what will bring you joy, and what you're interested in spending on your cold brew fix these days.