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A Comparison of Pour Over Brewing Kettles

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Manual coffee-making is no exception to the rule that every trade has certain tools. When it comes to pour-over brewing, one of the most important tools is the kettle. As more and more people become enamored by the art of brewing a great cup of coffee, the demand for a kettle that fits the professional and novice alike continues to grow. If you ask us, these are our favorite pour over kettles.

  • Bonavita Pour Over Kettle

    Bonavita

    Offering a number of affordable kettles, Bonavita is an excellent place to start if you are just getting started with pour overs. Its gooseneck spout allows a slow, responsive, and predictable pour, perfect for manual brewing. And with a brushed stainless steel finish and an ergonomic handle, this 1-liter kettle is both long-lasting and comfortable to use. On top of this, the Bonavita also comes in an electric version, ideal for those situations where stove-top heating is unavailable.

  • Bonavita Variable Temperature Pour Over Kettle

    Bonavita Variable Temperature

    Keeping with the convenience and affordability of the electric and stove-top Bonavitas, the variable temperature model allows you to select a desired water temperature. When reached, the hold-temp function can maintain the desired temperature for up to an hour. Furthermore, with a 1- or 1.7-liter capacity, a gooseneck spout, temperature presets, and a built-in timer, this variable temperature kettle provides a simpler way for brewing in the same fashion every time.

  • Fellow Stagg Pour Over Kettle

    Fellow Stagg

    This beautiful collaboration of aesthetic and balance has quickly become an industry favorite. The Fellow Stagg kettle features a matte black (or polished stainless steel) body, built-in thermometer, and a weighted handle for optimal counterbalance. The Stagg is a high-precision kettle well suited for delicate single-cup brews and 40oz Chemexes alike. Its broad flow rate spectrum offers incredible versatility, and its thoughtfully designed handle offers the ultimate in comfort and control.

  • Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle

    Fellow Stagg EKG Variable Temp.

    Analogous to the non-electric version, the Fellow Stagg EKG kettle maintains the beautiful combination of elegance and functionality. Featuring the same body-shape, built-in thermometer, precision pouring spout, and counter-weighted handle, the Stagg EKG implements an artful and uncomplicated variable temperature control. This 900-ml kettle heats up quickly and accurately, while also offering a hold function to maintain your desired temperature for up to an hour.

  • Hario V60 Buono Kettle

    Hario V60 Buono

    The Hario V60 Buono has reigned as the king of pour over kettles for years, being the primary kettle found in homes and coffee shops. While there are now a number of other options, the Japanese-made Hario Buono is still a favorite to many. The non-electric version comes with a 1000-ml or 1200-ml capacity, while its electric version offers an 800-ml capacity. Compared to others on this page, we have found that it is slightly lacking in precision, though it excels in comfort, build, and beauty.

  • Hario Cooper Buono Kettle

    Hario Copper Buono

    Hario's Copper Buono is nearly identical to the V60 Buono. From its copper, brass, and walnut construction to its nickel-plated interior, this kettle is truly a piece of art. And with it's tarnish-resistant clear coat, you can have the assurance that its intrinsic beauty will not be masked by a metallic flavor. Furthermore, this 900-ml kettle offers a redesigned spout, with a slightly different S-curve, bringing you consistent pour control. While it can be heated on a stove or ceramic cooktop, it cannot be used directly on an induction burner.

  • Hario Bona Kettle

    Hario Bona

    The Bona kettle by Hario brings together a touch of modern design and the classic enameled steel that is so characteristic of farmhouse kitchens. It has beautiful teak wood accents and an alluring gooseneck spout. While the kettle’s speckled-blue interior is capable of holding 1.4 liters, it has a practical capacity of 800-ml, giving you just enough capacity for brewing with friends or family. And after you see this on your counter or stove, you will probably want to buy one for a friend.

  • Kalita Thin Spout Kettle

    Kalita Thin Spout

    Kalita’s Thin Spout Kettle is both aesthetically pleasing and precise. It offers a very slow, controlled flow rate that pairs well when brewing with Kalita’s Wave or other pour over methods. Its lustrous stainless steel construction is particularly lightweight, weighing only 345 grams, making this one easy to hold for extended periods of time. Kalita’s Thin Spout Kettle has a capacity of 700-ml and is therefore perfect for you if you are only preparing 1-2 cups at a time.

  • Kalita Wave Pot Kettle

    Kalita Wave Pot

    The Wave Pot by Kalita, with it’s gleaming stainless-steel and wooden accents, is very nice to look at. It offers a wide-range of flow rates and holds about 1000-ml, making this perfect for brewing manually. Compared to others, the Wave Pot offers increased temperature stability due to its thicker stainless steel. While it remains a strong and stylish option for all pour over brewing methods, the Wave Pot requires a severe posture, docking it a few points for handling.

  • Takahiro Pouring kettles

    Takahiro

    The Takahiro Pouring Kettle comes in two different sizes, 500-ml and 900-ml, and therefore capable of accommodating a range of brewing apparatuses. The Japanese manufacturer, Takahiro, has made a name for itself, being known for their strong stainless steel products with excellent pouring control. It is a highly coveted tool among brewmasters, offering an unmatched ability to dial in on a technique that best fits your specific recipe.

Capacity Style Material Weight Price
Bonavita Pour Over Kettle

Bonavita

1000ml Stove-top or Electric Stainless Steel 344-570g $34.99-55.99
Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle

Bonavita Variable Temperature

1000-1700ml Variable Temp. Stainless Steel 570-692g $84.99-94.99
Fellow Stagg Kettle

Fellow Stagg

1000ml Stove-top Stainless Steel 522g $69.00-99.00
Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG

900ml Variable Temp. Stainless Steel 791g $149.00
Hario Buono V60 Kettle

Hario V60 Buono

1000-1200ml Stove-top or Electric Stainless Steel 364-405g $51.00
Hario Copper Buono Kettle

Hario Copper Buono

900ml Stove-top Copper w/ Nickel Interior 448g $118.00
Hario Bona Kettle

Hario Bona

800ml Stove-top Enameled Steel 722g $63.50
Kalita Thin Spout Kettle

Kalita Thin Spout

700mL Stove-top Stainless Steel 342g $77.95
Kalita Wave Pot Kettle

Kalita Wave

1000ml Stove-top Stainless Steel 472g $107.95
Takahiro pouring kettle

Takahiro

500-900mL Stove-top Stainless Steel 325-384g- $119.99-129.99
 

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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?

Great article and review. My question is specific to maintenance in terms of cleaning and care. Which is the easiest to clean and maintain and from that stand point which would be the better choice?

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!

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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...

I recently purchased a Hario V60 Buono 1.2L, and it is stamped made in China. I thought they were made in Japan!?

Hi Jonathan. Hario produces the Buono kettles in both China and Japan, and each production is clearly labeled on the packaging. There are very slight differences in the kettles, but nothing that would impact pouring performance while brewing. The kettles we keep in stock here are currently all made in Japan.

The stovetop Bonavita is nearly perfect except for one nasty flaw. The spout is soldered on, and can easily come off while heating your last cup if you don't center it well over a gas flame.

I've switched over to the STAG v2 and love it compared to the stovetop Bonavita. anybody else using a STAG V2?

My only complaint with the Bonavita variable electric kettle is that it cools off too quickly after heating (measured it at -2.28 degrees per minute). Depending on your pour time (and how long you let it sit out before the pour), that could be quite a range in brew temps.

With that being said, I've been getting pretty tasty brews from it.

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