Pour over coffee is a favorite of those who appreciate a great cup of Joe. If you want to give it a try, though, you’ll need the right kit. And there’s no more important element than the pour over kettle.
If you’re searching for just the right one, you’ve come to the right place! We’re going to review seven of the best pour over kettles out there. And our buying guide will help you pick the perfect one for your needs.
So if you’re ready, step this way!
The Best Pour Over Gooseneck Kettle in 2020
1. Barista Warrior Pour Over Gooseneck Kettle
The Barista Warrior is an attractive mid-price pour over kettle made from stainless steel. It will hold up to 40 ounces of water, making it one of the most generous models on our list.
It has the gooseneck spout and beehive body of a classic pour over kettle. The spout makes it easy to pour the precise amount of water you need. And it’s available in either a silver or copper finish. Both will look great on your countertop.
The handle is angled away from the body of the kettle to prevent you burning your fingers as you pour. It has a heat-resistant plastic sleeve too, so it won’t get hot during use.
The body is made of high quality, surgical grade 18/8 stainless steel, so it’s strong, non-reactive and won’t rust. That also means it can be used on pretty much any kind of cooktop. Whether you have gas, electric, halogen, radiant heat or induction, this will work just fine.
There’s a handy thermometer built into the lid of the kettle. It sits in the center, and doubles as the lid knob. The clever design means it’s easy to make sure your water is at the right temperature as you pour. You’ll want it to be between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit for the perfect pour over coffee.
The clear gauge is easy to read, and it shows the temperature in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. The ideal temperature for coffee is highlighted with a yellow band, so it’s even simpler to check.
Watch out for the thermometer when the kettle is in use, though. It does get hot, so it’s best to wait until it’s cooled before removing the lid.
And speaking of the lid, we’ve heard of a few cases where the fit hasn’t been as tight as we’d like. It stays on, but is prone to rattling when in use.
All in all, though, this is a good quality and attractive pour over kettle. And the built-in thermometer is a lovely touch.
- High quality surgical grade stainless steel construction
- Suitable for use with all kinds of cooktop, including induction
- Easy-to-read thermometer in the lid makes it simple to check the temperature as you pour
- There have been a few cases where the fit of the lid hasn’t been perfect
- The thermometer can get hot while the kettle is in use – take care to avoid burns.
2. Bodum Melior Gooseneck Electric Kettle
If you’re looking for an electric kettle, check out the Melior from Bodum. This neat little model has a capacity of 27 ounces and is available in matte black or silver finishes.
Here, both the handle and lid knob are made of cork. It’s an inspired choice, sustainable and supremely practical. It will stay cool and comfortable no matter how hot the water inside. And there’s no risk of it slipping from your fingers, even if it gets wet.
The body of the kettle is made from stainless steel, so you can be confident it will last for ages. There’s no risk of rust, and it’s strong enough to withstand the odd knock.
The long gooseneck design means it’s easy to control the flow of the water for perfect pour over. You won’t have to worry about it dribbling or splashing and spoiling your coffee bloom.
Just press the switch at the base and a full kettle will boil in about three minutes. It will switch itself off automatically when the correct temperature is reached, so there’s no need for a thermometer.
The power cord goes into a separate base, so when you lift the kettle you’re cord-free for easier pouring. The cord isn’t too long, so you won’t have to worry about it trailing everywhere. But make sure you can position your kettle fairly near a power point.
Note that there is a white plastic piece inside the kettle which, although it appears temporary, should not be removed. Take it out, and you’ll find the kettle leaks through the overflow tube.
Although it sits above the water line, this aspect of the design means this won’t be the right kettle for anyone trying to avoid plastic coming into contact with food or drink. The steam will still condense on the plastic and drip back into the kettle.
But if that doesn’t put you off, this is an attractive and reliable electric pour over kettle. And it’s very easy to use.
- Beautiful and practical design
- Cork lid knob and handle look great and stay cool during use
- Switches off automatically when the perfect temperature is reached
- The white plastic piece inside means this won’t suit those wanting a plastic-free kettle
- The power cable is rather short.
3. COSORI Electric Gooseneck Kettle (Our Top Pick)
If you’re looking for a kettle that can do more than make pour over coffee, check out this one from COSORI. This clever electric model can switch itself off at a range of different temperatures. No matter what hot drink you’re preparing, it will help you get perfect results.
It’s very easy to use. The base has a range of buttons marked with different drinks: white, green, oolong and black tea and coffee. Each button has the temperature marked too, so you can tell exactly how hot the water will be. There’s also a button to hold the temperature steady.
The precise time it takes to boil the water will depend on your chosen setting. But whichever one you choose, it will take between 3 and 5 minutes, so you won’t be waiting long. The buttons are backlit so you can check what options have been selected.
When the correct temperature has been reached, the kettle turns itself off. There are also sensors that will switch it off to prevent it boiling dry or overheating.
It will hold 27 ounces of water. If you want larger amounts of coffee it won’t be the right choice, but it’s perfect for smaller households.
It’s made entirely of food grade 304 stainless steel. It’s strong and long-lasting, and you won’t have to worry about chemicals leaching into your coffee.
The gooseneck spout is well balanced and easy to control for a steady pour. The side handle is angled away from the body of the kettle to avoid burns. And the lid fits snugly without being too tight.
The kettle is available in two color ways, silver and matte black. In both cases the stay-cool side handle and lid knob are black.
This is fairly pricey, but it’s a clever design that’s great for households with both tea and coffee drinkers.
- Shuts off automatically at a range of different temperatures
- Solidly constructed of food grade stainless steel
- Well balanced gooseneck spout for precision pouring
- The 27-ounce capacity won’t suit those looking to brew larger quantities
- Rather expensive.
4. WENEGG Pour Over Coffee Kettle with Thermometer (Budget Pick)
This classically styled kettle from WENEGG looks similar to the Barista Warrior, but it’s just two thirds of the price. So are there any compromises to be made when it comes to performance?
The handle is black and has a cool-touch coating so it won’t burn your fingers when the water gets hot. The body is made of stainless steel and it will work on all kinds of cooktop, including induction.
The capacity is 40 ounces, though it’s best to stick to around 34 ounces to avoid it overflowing. That makes this one of the larger pour over kettles out there.
A raised thermometer takes the place of a lid knob. That means you can see the precise temperature of the water as you pour.
The gauge shows the reading in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. There’s a colored band to pick out the temperature for pour over coffee – that’s between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
The slender gooseneck spout makes it easy to control the speed of your pour. The gentle angle of the handle means it’s comfortable to hold, even if you’re pouring for prolonged periods. And the bottom is carefully sealed to avoid any leaks.
There are three steam holes in the lid. They’re positioned right next to the thermometer-cum-lid-knob, so watch out if removing the lid when the water is still hot. Use a potholder or wait until it’s cooled down. The steam has been known to fog up the thermometer too.
Other than that, there’s very little not to like about this kettle. And besides not coming in a copper finish, it doesn’t lack any of the features of the Barista Warrior. That makes this a very cost-effective purchase.
- Generous 40-ounce capacity
- Built-in thermometer in the lid allows you to monitor the water temperature easily
- Stainless steel construction is robust and won’t rust
- The lid knob can get hot during use
- The steam holes are right next to the thermometer, so the glass can occasionally fog up.
5. Apexstone Mini Pour Over Coffee Kettle
If you’re the sole drinker of pour over coffee at home, check out the Apexstone Mini. This cute little kettle holds just 20 ounces of water.
But while it may be small, it’s perfectly formed. It’s made of 304 stainless steel, so it’s hard wearing, won’t rust, and won’t leach chemicals into the water. The exterior is finished in dark gray and looks very smart.
This doesn’t suit being put on a stovetop though. It gets extremely hot – including the handle. And it will stay hot for a long time. We’ve heard of people who’ve come back to clean up 40 minutes after brewing, only to burn their hand. Don’t take the risk.
There’s no thermometer either. That means you won’t be able to tell when the water is ready if you heat it on the stove.
Instead, this works much better if you transfer the water from your normal kettle into it. The gooseneck spout will allow you to pour at a controlled rate right into your coffee maker.
If used this way, this is a great little kettle. You’ll get just enough water for a single serving. And there’s a 4-mm hole in the lid, providing a space to insert a slender thermometer.
In effect, this makes this more of a goosenecked pouring vessel than a kettle. But if that’s what you want, it’s very attractive. And it costs about the same amount as three artisan coffees.
- Cute 20-ounce capacity, perfect for households with a single coffee drinker
- Made of good quality 304 stainless steel
- Slender gooseneck spout is perfect for a controlled pour
- Not suitable to be heated on the stove, so needs to be used alongside another kettle
- No thermometer – if you want to check water temperature, you’ll have to buy one separately.
6. Willow & Everett Gooseneck Electric Kettle
If you want hot water in a hurry, Willow & Everett’s pour over kettle could be the perfect choice. It will serve up boiling water in just 60 seconds.
It’s an electric kettle where the power cord goes into a separate base unit. That means you won’t have to worry about trailing the cord as you’re pouring. And there are four different pre-set temperatures, perfect for different kinds of tea as well as for coffee.
The pre-sets are selected via buttons on the base unit. Press one and it lights up, so you can see at a glance which option has been chosen.
The settings aren’t quite the same as you’ll get with the COSORI. With this one, the same temperature is suggested for both green and white tea. There are different options, however, for air press or French Press coffee, at 195 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit respectively. Either of those will suit pour over coffee.
There’s also a separate “boil” function, which will click off at 212 degrees Fahrenheit. And there’s a keep warm function which will maintain your chosen temperature for an hour.
The buttons beep when they’re selected – which is just as well, because they’re very sensitive. It’s easy to find you’ve changed the setting by accident, so listen out for that beep! There’s another beep when the water has reached the selected temperature.
The body of the kettle is made of stainless steel, with an attractive mirror finish. The lid knob and handle are covered in BPA-free black plastic. That means you’ll be able to hold them without burning your fingers, even when the water is boiling.
The spout has the traditional gooseneck design, making it easy to control the flow of the water. And the lid fits snugly, so there’s no danger of losing it as you tip up the kettle.
One thing to watch out for, though, is a piece of metal inside the kettle that marks the fill line. It’s very sharp, so take care if you put your hand inside to clean it. Protect your fingers – or use a long-handled brush instead – or you may get a nasty cut.
- Very fast – water gets hot in under 60 seconds
- Range of pre-set temperatures, including different options for air press and French press coffee
- The keep warm feature will hold the water at your chosen temperature for an hour
- The pre-set buttons are very sensitive – it’s easy to change the setting by accident
- Watch out for the sharp piece of metal at the fill line inside.
7. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour over Kettle (Upgrade Pick)
If you want a pour over kettle with all the bells and whistles, the Fellow Stagg EKG may be for you. It’s almost three times as expensive as the Willow & Everett electric kettle. So what are you paying for?
Well, to start with, this is a very distinctive looking kettle. It still features the traditional gooseneck spout for controlled pouring, but the handle has a subtly different design. It’s vaguely reminiscent of an antler, whilst remaining eminently practical.
Then there’s the finish. There’s the standard matte black and polished stainless steel, both of which are attractive if unremarkable. But if you want something that really stands out from the crowd, what about warm pink with maple wood accents? It’s as delicious as the marshmallow it reminds us of.
One surprising aspect for such an expensive kettle is the plastic lid. If you want to avoid plastic coming into contact with your drinking water, this won’t be the right option for you.
It holds 34 ounces of water, and this is another kettle which will switch off automatically at your desired temperature. In this case, though, there are no pre-sets. Instead, a dial allows you to select any temperature between 135 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit at 1-degree increments.
That gives you unparalleled control over water temperature. For true coffee aficionados, this is perfect. You’ll be able to take account of the roast and age of your beans in setting the ideal temperature.
The 1200-watt heating element means the kettle will heat up fast. Expect it to take about 2.5 minutes for a full kettle to reach boiling point.
You’ll be able to keep an eye on how it’s getting on too. A display on the base shows both your selected target temperature and the water temperature at that moment. You can choose to see the measurement in either Fahrenheit or Celsius.
A toggle at the back of the kettle will keep the temperature at your desired level for an hour. If it’s not engaged, the kettle will simply go to sleep after the chosen temperature has been reached.
And one feature you won’t find on other models is a brew stopwatch. That will allow you to time your pour for the perfect pour over coffee.
This is a great kettle, but it’s not perfect. We’ve heard of issues with the kettle claiming there’s no water inside, when there is. It will then refuse to heat up.
The culprit seems to be an internal sensor getting wet. If this happens, leave the kettle and base apart for a couple of days to let it dry out. That should fix the problem. And if it doesn’t – or you encounter any other issues – Fellow’s customer service is very responsive.
- Unparalleled temperature control
- Heats up fast
- Built-in stopwatch to facilitate the perfect pour over coffee
- The plastic lid is rather disappointing
- If the internal sensor gets wet, it may register your kettle as being empty when it isn’t.
Still not sure which is the right pour over kettle for you? Read on for some questions to consider before you make your final selection.
How big is big enough?
Start by considering how much water you need for your brew. Boiling more than you need will waste power, as well as giving you a heavier kettle. So if you’re the only pour over coffee drinker in your household, consider a small kettle like the 20-ounce Apexstone Mini.
But if you’re going to be making coffee for friends or relations, you’ll need something larger. The biggest models on our list will hold 40 ounces. In both cases, though, it’s better to keep to the 34-ounce mark to avoid the kettle overflowing as it boils.
Electric or stovetop?
Next, think about whether you want an electric or stovetop kettle.
Electric options are very convenient. The ones on our list can be set to a range of different temperatures for the perfect brew. And the Fellow Stagg EKG will even allow you to adjust the temperature in 1-degree intervals.
But if you’re a traditionalist, you may prefer a stovetop option. There are some great models with built-in thermometers in the lid. Look for one with a clear display, so you can easily monitor the temperature as you pour.
Last but not least, look at the construction of the kettle. Stainless steel will give a quality feel and it’s a great insulator. But it’s best confined to the body of the kettle. If it’s used for the handle and lid knob they’ll get very hot. Look for options that have plastic coatings here to avoid scalding your fingers.
If you’re able to handle the kettle before you buy, check the fit of the lid. You want it to be snug, but not so tight it’s impossible to remove.
And whilst you have the lid off, take a look inside. Watch out for sharp rims or metal pieces that could cause injury during cleaning.
And if you’re trying to avoid plastic, it’s a good idea to check inside too. Some stainless steel kettles have small plastic components in the interior.
Ready to choose your pour over kettle?
That brings us to the end of our round-up of the seven best pour over kettles out there! Whether you’re looking for an electric or stovetop model, there are some excellent options to choose from.
Our favorite is the COSORI electric kettle. We love its smart design and quality construction. And the range of pre-set temperatures make it super-easy to get the perfect brew.
Whichever option is right for you, we hope you’re soon enjoying delicious pour over coffee. Happy shopping!