Oxx Coffeeboxx Review
Jennifer’s Rating: 4.5 Stars
Today we’re going to look at something very different today in the one-cup brewing world….that’s right the Oxx Coffeeboxx. You may have heard about it being dubbed the world’s toughest coffee maker or seen the torture tests it was put to…right on the Amazon sales page is a picture showing four of these coffee machines propping up a Jeep 🙂
All stunts aside, if you’re looking for a single cup coffeemaker made just for life outdoors, then today may be your lucky day. Classified as a “jobsite brewer”, it’s made to go everywhere you do, whether it is camping, boating, traveling or just weekend excursions, this is like no other single-cupper you’ve ever seen.
So what makes the Oxx Coffeeboxx unique? Besides the fact that it resembles a beverage cooler in appearance -nothing like you’d expect in a coffeemaker. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes now in this review. If you’re searching for a kitchen or office friendly brewer then what I have to say here may not interest you, but if you are someone who loves good coffee AND “roughing it”, read on!
What's on this page?
The Amazon sales page provides the following metrics for the Oxx Coffeeboxx: 11″ by 9″ by 11.5″ and a weight of 12 pounds. So, off I go to check with the manufacturer site to verify accuracy, in which I find the weight of 12 lbs is correct, but more specifically 12 pounds when the water tank is empty.
When the water tank is filled to max capacity, it puts the weight over at 17 pounds. The measurements quoted are given at 11″ length, 9″ in width and 11.5″ in height…so yep, Amazon got it just did not show the all-too important length, width and depth part.
If the drip tray is removed altogether, the tallest cup that clearance will permit is 8″ in height. Bottom line, the clearance is pretty generous and you shouldn’t have problems with Yeti mugs, thermoses, etc.
Lastly, the three-prong power cord, which is retractable for easy safekeeping, extends to 3 feet in length.
There’s quite a lot to name in the features department and these include:
- A handy carrying handle for portability
- A rugged and durable overall design
- Can accommodate tall tumblers and larger mugs
- Three brewing sizes
- Separate water lines for brewing coffee and brewing other items with just hot water
- Generously-sized water tank
- Made from impact-resistant plastic/polymer
- Six tie-down anchors for easier time transporting
- Auto-shutoff kicks in in 30 minutes
- Basic operation time of about 75 seconds
In addition to the unit is a start guide and a limited 1 year warranty.
Buttons and Controls
The Oxx Coffeebox has the distinction of having a control panel centered on top of the machine…right between the k-cup chamber and the water tank compartment. It’s a simple layout with push button functions that include a power on/off button, 3 indicator lights, a selector for coffee and a selector for just hot water, and 3 brew sizes. The brew sizes are 8, 10, and 12.
The aforementioned indicator lights are: Heating, Refill, and Descale. The brew size buttons are rather generic looking and just show a small, medium and large cup in ascending order.
If you ever wish to pause a brew cycle you can, you just need to hit the brew button again for it to temporarily cease.
The Coffeeboxx has an Auto-Off that goes into effect after about 30 minutes of inactivity…a good bit more expedient than other models on average which sometimes take up to two hours.
Water Tank and Filter
Unlike most of the popular models I discuss, the Oxx Coffeeboxx has a very different type of water reservoir -it is self-contained with a recessed middle grip – and to put it in so many words, kind of resembles one of those cooler inserts that you put in the freezer to take out and put in the cooler just before leaving for a trip. …it has a screw-on cap for easy filling and refilling on one side and the other holds the water filter, which is also uniquely designed.
It is rod-shaped in appearance and the water filter cartridge kind of looks like a gumdrop or marshmallow (yep I’m having a colorful metaphor day 🙂 All humor aside, it works pretty much just like most of the other one cup models containing water filters; the respective cartridges should be changed periodically (every 3 months)
The water tank itself holds 84.5 oz which is nice and generous -so if you’ve got a crew around you’re needing to share with, everybody will have a pretty easy time getting themselves a cup and not having to refill it often depending on what the average brew size is chosen by the users at a given stretch. There is a max fill line too.
You have the option of periodically purging the unit for later storage (instructions are covered more in-depth in the user guide) which is a definite plus.
Now this might be an obvious “duh” kind of statement but here goes: Although this coffeemaker is touted as the “toughest in the world” and was made to handle a lot of rough terrain including bad weather, you never want to let the water tank contents be exposed to temps of 32 degrees F and below
The drip tray also includes a removable grate; the tray can be flipped up when not in use such as in carrying mode. You can remove the whole tray which latches at the back to make it easier to insert taller mugs.
The drip tray grate has a nice feature of a small round hole in the middle which makes it easy to get ahold of to remove it if you need a little more extra room on the drip tray. Both the grate and the tray are top-rack dishwasher safe.
One thing I observe about this drip tray is it’s very sturdy looking, just like the rest of the machine and this was no exception. It was definitely made to hold travel mugs, tumblers, and yes, even thermoses as well.
K-Cup Chamber and Operation
The k-cup chamber is a little different in design. There is a compartment lid above it you raise straight up to start inserting a Kcup/refillable Kcup, as opposed to a handle you raise on some other brewers. It functions just like that of other models; it also has a pod holder assembly that can be removed, in the event that you wish to use the refillable K-Cups.
The manufacturer’s site recommends the brand EcoFill, and in my research there are other brands that work, but there was an opinion voiced that the “My K-Cup” brand was not a good fit.
The Coffeeboxx’s inner workings are unique in that it has a separate compartment for brewing non-coffee products.
Oxx Coffeeboxx Anchors
There are three stainless steel anchor tie-downs located on both side panels of the unit with which to secure your machine on those bumpy trips. Either side you can insert the bungee straps you should be good to go. Yep, this is a company that really did think of everything!
At the present time the Oxx Coffeeboxx comes in three colors: Black, Tan and Hi-Vis Green – this bright green appears to be the most popular color out of all three, perhaps for the obvious reason that it shows so darn well.
The Oxx Coffeeboxx uses 1450 watts of power which is more than your typical home brewer although it uses the same standard 120 volt outlet. Because the Coffeeboxx is made for so much outdoor use first and foremost, the question of powering it away from an electrical unit is bound to come up.
The use of an inverter has been confirmed as an option, as long as the wattage amount (the neighborhood of 2000 watts is considered good) is compatible – this section from the company website explains it in good terms.
There are a few optional accessories that are compatible with the Oxx Coffeeboxx, namely a travel field case, and a K-Cup holder with a zippered front (which holds about 12 pods). If you are looking at the sales page the stainless steel mug shown in the picture is not included.
- Has a greater threshold for wear and tear and the elements
- Lightweight when considering overall strength
- Accepts all brands of K-Cups
- Accommodates taller travel mugs easily
- Expedient operation
- Carrying handle for portability
- Can use refillable K-Cups
- Dispenses hot water on demand for other beverages or food products
- Anchor tiedowns for securing to vehicles
- Unit can be purged periodically
- A few people felt that the cord could be a little longer
- Probably not as suited to personal and home use
- Some brands of refillable K-Cups work but not others
Oxx Coffeeboxx Consumer Reviews and Ratings
Many of the consumer reviews for the Oxx Coffeeboxx are fair and well-deserved. Comments that expressed satisfaction (and delight) ranged from pleased at how sturdy this machine is, can handle anything, great stow and go functionality, do not have to spend a lot of time filling and refilling, fast heatup time and heatup again between brews and best of all, consumers were pleased that they did not have to worry about using proprietary K-Cups, and they could use their own refillable Kcups if desired.
Being able to strap it down with the anchor stainless steel tiedowns was a huge bonus especially when traveling long and bumpy roads. People could use it not just for coffee but for preparing certain foods requiring hot water as well. Seemed a lot of jet-setters couldn’t get enough of this thing, I might add-whether boating, camping, RVing or just having a coffeemaker that would function when the ones in motel rooms didn’t, it’s got its fair share of fans.
Were there a few negatives? Of course….and to be fair and honest there were not that many when compared to the quantity of 4 and 5 star reviews. A few people felt like the power cord could be a little bit longer, but this was in the minority as this cord is nothing to sneeze at.
And yes a few consumers had a negative experience with premature non-functioning or parts missing (I guess this is unavoidable no matter the product) but I am happy to report that the customer support was glad to step in and help them out.
The price itself…..I’d say it surpasses the average model sticker price, but not by that great an amount. It is, essentially designed differently to stand up to outdoor elements, wear and tear, and does so much with one machine that is not only strong but surprisingly doesn’t weigh a ton, So I think the price is fair.
The accessories mentioned earlier are more of a nice but not necessary addition; when looking at costs of everyday use that include K-Cup pods, your own grounds and the filter cartridges I don’t think you’d be spending that much more than you would with a different model that’s made for strictly home use but with the same essential coffee products.
A good number of consumers too felt that the price was fair, when considering all that they had to gain from it in the long game.
Also the price looks to be the same regardless of color choice.
So I hope you guys enjoyed my review of the biggest, baddest single cupper on the market today! Boy you can tell that I love this thing….Unfortunately, I don’t fit the demographic group it was made for 🙂
However if my lifestyle included a lot of travel, adventure and being outdoors, I would not hesitate to pick this one up! So there you have it – this coffeemaker (whoops – box, right?) is probably going to be overkill if you are only needing a home or office friendly coffee brewer.
But if a great proportion of your time is spent outside working, camping, traveling, what have you, I say run don’t walk, and get this! It is definitely going to have everything you need and then some.