If you have found your way to this article then chances are that you are only a small step from beginning to explore the exciting world of pour over coffee. Pour Over is a rediscovered method of coffee brewing that has exploded all over the globe with the so called Third Wave of Coffee. What sets apart this brewing technique is the comprehensive control the barista or coffee lover is given over every step of the brewing process. This is probably our favorite method of brewing! This article will outline what we consider to be the best pour over coffee makers. If you are just starting out exploring Pour Over coffee then check out our guide here!
Pour Over Coffee Makers-At a Glance
What to look for in a Pour Over coffee maker
Imagine for a moment that you have decided you need to buy a new car. So you wander down to the car sales yard and say to the sales rep “I want to buy a car.” The very first thing the rep will say to you (or should say to you anyway!) is “well, what are you looking for? What is your price range? Two wheel drive or four? Manual or automatic? Are there any particular features you would like?” The point being that you can’t find the right choice for you unless you know what you are looking for. And it is exactly the same with finding the best pour over coffee maker, you need to know what you are looking for. So with that in mind, we have compiled a list of different factors that are worth considering:
The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker 2021
Best Pour Over Coffee Maker
The Hario V60 is the Porsche or Lamborghini of pour overs. It is stylish, technical, and the pour over coffee maker of choice among trained baristas all around the world. The name V60 originates from the 60 degree angle of its distinctive cone. This pour over coffee maker is a cone shaped dripper with spiral interior edges and a large hole at the bottom. The ridges keep the filter from sticking to the walls and so cultivate extraction. The large hole effectively means that the speed of extraction is exclusively governed by the method and technique of the brewer or barista.
This incredibly hipster and elegant pour over coffee maker can either sit on top of your coffee mug or drip directly into a carafe or jug. If you walk into virtually any café that cares about coffee, chances are they will be sporting one of these, along with a barista who can wax eloquent about its benefits and precision. However, the very precision which makes coffee lovers froth about the V60, also makes it a relatively unforgiving pour over for beginners.
If you are serious about coffee then the Hario V60 needs to be at the very least the goal towards which you are heading.
Best Beginners Pour Over Coffee Maker
This elegant dripper is the result of the market demand for a pour over coffee maker that is both designed for optimal extraction yet beginner friendly. And boy did they nail it! This is unquestionably the coffee maker of choice for the initial explorer into the world of pour over. As opposed to the V60 it is flat bottomed with three small triangulated holes in the bottom which regulate flow speed and create a more stable brew. The name comes from the wave design on the interior walls which again helps to produce perfect brewing conditions.
The Kalita Wave effectively replicates the strengths of the V60 while requiring less technical precision. This means that it is a far more forgiving pour over coffee maker and a terrific way to start producing quality coffee for the beginner brewer.
The Kalita Wave is the best pour over coffee maker for you if you are a coffee enthusiast just entering the pour over scene.
Pour Over Coffee Maker With Style
This stylish pour over coffee maker is a work of art in its own right. And this is not just a nice accolade- the Chemex is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. And if this wasn’t enough it was also chosen by the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1958 as one of the 100 best-designed products of modern times. The Chemex is made of one piece of blown glass and combines a pour over filter with a beautiful decanter. What really distinguishes this piece of art from other pour overs is the unique thickness of the filter it uses producing a delicious and very clean brew. The thickness of the filter keeps the bitter oils out of the dripped coffee and prevents the water from flowing through the coffee grinds too quickly. In short, it makes a very clean and textured cup of coffee that can easily compete with any of the other pour over coffee makers on this list.
The Chemex is made of non-porous borosilicate glass which means that it won’t absorb flavors and is also heat-resistant. The advantage of this is that you can actually keep your brew warm by putting this pour over on a glass stove top or gas element over low heat. The Chemex can come either as the photo above or with a handle but most people prefer no handle for stylistic reasons. And style matters. This is the pour over coffee maker of choice to leave on your bench as part of the home décor and impress friends and family.
So all in all this is the perfect pour over for settings like the office where you are looking to brew multiple cups of sophisticated coffee. Or if you simply love coffee and art…
Pour Over With A Difference
This unique pour over coffee maker originated in Japan and in many senses is a different beast from the other coffee makers on this list. What really sets it apart is that instead of using a paper filter it uses a cloth filter which eliminates any paper residue or taste and ensures a thorough filtration of the grinds. Basically, it produces a superb coffee with a real depth of flavor. In fact, some coffee fanatics even contend that this pour over coffee maker is capable of brewing some of the best cups of coffee you will ever drink. Because of the thickness of the cloth, the flavor is similar to that of French press and it produces a very full bodied coffee.
This is a great option if you are already immersed in the world of pour over and are interested in contrasting tastes and techniques.
Clever Coffee Dripper
The Versatile Pour Over Coffee Maker
The Clever Coffee Dripper is often described as being a hybrid between a French press and a pour over coffee maker that retains the best of both worlds. Basically the way that it works is that you put in your paper filter, add your coffee grounds, fill the cone with water, let it ‘steep’ for some time. Then release the valve to let the coffee drain into the cup or server below.
The unique valve is really what sets apart the Clever Coffee Dripper from every other pour over coffee maker on this list. It means that you can make a heavier richer coffee similar to a French Press as well as the lighter cleaner brews more often associated with pour over. With the valve open it is basically a pour over, while with the valve closed it allows for full immersion and a stronger, deeper flavor.
Another great thing about the Clever Coffee Dripper is that it is great for both beginners and more advanced brewers. So if you are just starting off you will be able to make some delicious brews with this, and it can also cater to the more demanding needs of the experienced brewer.
Melitta Ready Set Joe
The Best Bang For Your Buck
This pour over coffee maker is literally cheap as chips, highly beginner friendly, and produces a consistent cup of coffee. There are no special features to get particularly excited about but it is so cheap you don’t even have to check with the Missus before buying it. It makes nice coffee, can use virtually any standard filter, is easy to clean, and is hard to stuff up. Basically you put in your filter, put in the grinds, pour the correct ratio of water and you are away laughing. And as an added bonus it is dishwasher safe so you don’t even need to clean it by hand when you are done.
So if you are just beginning to explore this method of brewing and are keen to give it a shot without breaking the bank then this pour over coffee maker is a fantastic option.
The Verdict: The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker
We believe that either one of these pour over coffee makers will give you a superb and balanced cup of coffee and take your enjoyment and appreciation of coffee to a whole new level.