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A Comparison of Pour Over Brewing Kettles

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Bonavita Kettle, Hario Buono Kettle, Kalita Thin Spout Kettle, and Kalita Wave Pot Kettle

Every trade has its tools, and that of manual coffee-making is no exception. One of the most important tools — especially for pour-over brewing — is the kettle. As the appreciation for craft coffee continues to grow, so does the demand for a kettle that meets the needs of professional baristas and at-home aficionados. If you ask us, these are the best ones out there.

  • Bonavita pour over kettle

    Bonavita

    With an extensive selection of affordable pouring kettles, the Bonavita brand offers the best all-around value. Their kettles come in a variety of options, including stovetop, electric, and variable temperature. Water flows from these kettles slowly, responsively, and predictably, trickling in a straight line beneath the spout. Impressive flow control is available with all versions of the Bonavita kettles, but the stovetop model gets our vote for its comfortable handle.

  • Hario Buono Kettle

    Hario Buono

    Hario's Buono has reigned as the king of pour over kettles for years, its reign extending to coffee bars and homes alike. Holding up to 1,200 milliliters of water, it's ideal for baristas who brew up big batches. We find it lacking in precision – water flows reluctantly, at first, and arcs slightly behind the spout – but excelling in comfort, build, and beauty. Plus, the Buono's beehive design coordinates with Hario's V60 dripper and brewing accessories.

  • Kalita Thin Spout kettle

    Kalita Thin Spout

    The Thin Spout camps in the middle of this brew battle. Its moderate size, average flow rate, and simple design make it accommodating for just about any method, person, or application. A 700-mL capacity suits most single-cup brewers. In the hand, it feels comfortable and balanced. Water begins to flow at just the spot you'd expect and then arcs beautifully over the coffee bed.

  • Kalita Wave kettle

    Kalita Wave Pot

    Is Kalita's Wave Pot the classiest around? You tell us. Beautiful polished steel, an elegant spout, and a wooden handle make this one handsome kettle. Additionally, its flow rate is among the slowest and steadiest that we've tested. The kettle's shape requires a severe posture, docking it a few points for handling, but it remains a strong and stylish option for all pour-over brewing methods.

  • Takahiro pouring kettle

    Takahiro

    Takahiro kettles have become known as the ultimate manual brewmaster's tools – and for good reasons. No other kettles offer this degree of flow control and build quality. Their carefully crafted pouring spouts release a thin trickle that faithfully responds to your every maneuver and falls directly below the spout. Available in two practical sizes, the Takahiros can accommodate a range of brewing apparatuses.

Bonavita Hario Buono Kalita Thin Spout Kalita Wave Pot Takahiro
Bonavita Kettle Hario Buono V60 Kettle Kalita Thin Spout Kettle Kalita Wave Pot Kettle Takahiro pouring kettle
$34.99-94.99 $53.00 $77.95 $107.95 $119.99
holds 1L holds 1.2L holds 700mL holds 1L holds 500-900mL
weighs 350-545g weighs ~415g weighs ~335g weighs ~470g weighs 325-390g-
pours ~125mL/min pours ~150mL/min pours ~105mL/min pour ~100mL/min pours ~90mL/min
Lowest price Greatest capacity Best control Sharpest style Slowest flow

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Which kettle would you pick as your favorite?

My personal all-around favorite is the electric Bonavita.  It is at such a low price, heats up super fast, has a great pour-rate.  I also throw a thermometer in the top and give it a couple of minutes after boiling to go down to 200 range.

What do you think primarily will be your uses?

We think the temperature stability, slower possible flow rate, and style give the Wave Pot our vote as the favorite, but these each have their place. The Kalita Thin Spout has the second slowest flow rate and is a tad easier to control because of its lighter weight. We'd recommend the Thin Spout over the Wave Pot if you're only brewing smaller, one to two person, batches and don't care about the style differences. The Hario Buono has the largest capacity out of all of the kettles (1.2 L / 45oz.) and it has an easy to control flow and is considerably light for its capacity. The Bonavita is quickly becoming one of our favorites because of the price, electric option, and the fact that you can fit one of our milk thermometers in through the whole in the top to get an easy temperature reading. Hope this helped!

I am interested in a kettle that is made in the USA or Japan as I am researching I find that those made in China don't get very good reviews (rust issues). I would rather spend more and have it last. Thanks in advance for your help.

This is SO the perfect comparison I needed. Thank you so much!
I am leaning towards getting the Kalita Wave, simply because of the wooden handle and looks. I just prefer something that looks, feels and probably is durable, as opposed to cheap at the expense of quality.

They sure can! The Hario and stovetop Bonavita kettles are best for stovetop heating because of their wide, flat bases and insulating handles. Takahiro's and Kalita's kettles work, too, but the metal handles can get very hot to the touch and the wood handle might not be terribly happy about the heat.

Can any of these be used to actually boil the water on a gas stove top?

Hey Linda. Bonavita's product are made in China but every other kettle on this list is made in Japan.

Thank you for the information, now I can make a decision.
Enjoy your night.

I know this is late but if it is the Kalita Horo kettles they are mean for gas ranges however they are comparable to the Slim Spout Kalita with some slight differences.
but if you have a Kalita Slim spout I don't see the need for the ceramic kettle unless you want the Kalita Pelikan which is the ceramic version of the Wave kettle
ホーロ stands for ceramic I just checked it up

hi! i am just wondering if you have seen/tried the slim pot by noda horo ? if you have, can you shed some light on its performance? thanks!

Hi, Joe! Can't say that we have but, from looking at it online, I'll say that I'm a little wary of porcelain enamel. (That's what it's made with, right?) In my experience, those kind of kettles get uncomfortably hot to the touch. Hope that helps! –Chris

Seeing that this was a while ago, which of these have you used most often since then and why? Are there any new kettles to consider?

Also, I already have an old electric kettle. If I want to transfer hot water to one of these kettles for pouring, do I need to warm it up with hot water first? Or will the initial transfer retain enough heat?

We really enjoy our Bonavita Variable Temp kettle, since you can't beat the convenience of an electric pouring kettle with programmable temperature built right in. But you can get just about the same pouring control from the stovetop Bonavita kettle as well, if price is a concern.

You can certainly use a second device to boil your water - some of our favorite cafes do exactly that! - but as you mentioned, you should thoroughly preheat your pouring kettle to maintain your desired temperature. You may wish to use a probe thermometer to make sure you're in the right temperature range for brewing after transferring your water, and you may find you need to heat up your kettle more to compensate for the heat loss that occurs when you transfer over to the pouring kettle.

The two are very comparable, but the Hario will have the greatest capacity at 1.2 L. If you find yourself brewing large batches, that would be a good choice to ensure you have ample water to use. Otherwise, the Bonavita stovetop is a great alternative, and offers almost the same control with a slightly lower volume, for a lower price.

My favorite - My trangia backpacking kettle! It has a small spout that allows me to pour a very fine stream, and only holds about a quart of water and has a nice wide bottom that heats up quickly on the stove

Hey Chris, stumbled upon this blog at a most opportune time...we are a local small kitchen shoppe in the mountains of Western North Carolina...that said, we are partnering with our local Certified Organic and Certified Fair Trade Coffee Roaster here and offering the accoutrements designed for an amazing coffee experience to be able to be brewed at home with the proper equipment and coffee of course. I saw the blog, read most of it and thought I'd throw it out there to you...what would be the best duo to carry or trio if need be, to cover everyones price points, and performance ideals? Would a lower end like the BonaVita and a mid point like the Kalita do the choice justice? Or should we include the high end option as well or make is special order available? Thanks in advance...

great piece!! Thank you !!!

Possibly! We haven't had a chance to get any hands-on time with the Fino yet, but we certainly wouldn't rule it out. Thanks!

Glad you liked it, Matt!

Hello,

What about water taste coming of this kettles? And plastic parts in it? I have problem with Bonavita variable temperature kettle after heating water. There's some plastic/glue used to stick plastic part inside connecting the handle, although it's not touching water seems like it affects taste. I use Brita C150 to filter my tap water, but Bonavita seems to ruin it? Any experience and suggestions on that field?

Thanks.
Ivan

Ivan, we haven't experienced any off-flavors with our Bonavita kettles. The handle is indeed mounted above the max fill line, and all the other parts that touch water are either steel or silicone. Are you finding the water tastes different after being in the kettle? What if it is heated in a pot instead?

Thanks for your answer!
Actually I managed to get rid of it with a descaler and few boils with soda. I will certainly pay more attention and keep it clean and DRY. Guess the fact that it wasn't dry all the time left metalic taste with time. Now it's good!

Cheerio.
Ivan

Can you please tell me where these teapots are manufactured? I am very hesitant to buy anything manufactured in China. If they are made in China, are there any other teapots you can recommend made elsewhere. Thank you.

I also agree that the variable temp kettle just sounds really good! Perhaps I will buy that, and one non-electric option as a camping option (I do love camping and starting out with some awesome coffee) :)

If I do get a 2nd, non-electric option, how would you compare between the bonavita stovetop and the hario?

Hi Lisa, good question! We obviously have gotten pretty diverse in our kettle offerings, so choosing just two or three might be difficult. It might help to consider your audience here: are they likely to be super nerdy pour over geeks (like us!), or are they going to be somewhat new to coffee, looking for a better cup at home? In the first case, a simple stovetop kettle like the Bonavita or Hario would make a good basic option, and a Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric kettle would make a great advanced option. If your customers are still a bit new to specialty coffee, then the Bonavita and Kalita sound like a good pair - one is barebones and simple, the other is a bit more dressed up without being intimidating.

Any chance that you'll review the Fino Kettle? It's priced just under the Bonavita, and has more favorable reviews on Amazon. I'd be interested in seeing how the Fino and Bonavita fair against each other in the "economy" price-point.

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