Buying a kettle might seem like an insultingly easy task…
When you’re looking to make coffee with the pour-over method, you’ve got a little more to think about, though.
We’ve got 10 of the strongest options at your disposal today along with the usual handy hints to make your life easier.
Take a quick glimpse at our 3 overall winners by category first:
Our #1 Pick:OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle
Our overall pick for best gooseneck kettle for pour-over coffee is the stainless steel OXO Brew. You’ll get a timer and thermometer baked-in so you can streamline your equipment while getting all you need for pour-over the right way.
Runner-Up:Bonavita Digital Variable Temperature Kettle
A close second in our our-over kettle collection, the Bonavita with timer and digital thermometer is a powerful and pocket-friendly model with requisite gooseneck spout. For precision pouring with the ability to dial in the brewing variables for the perfect pour-over, this kettle punches above its weight.
Also Great:Coffee Gator Pour-Over Kettle
This fixed thermometer stovetop kettle from the stellar Coffee Gator is our standout pick for best gooseneck with an integrated temperature gauge. Rock solid build and striking aesthetics along with a lengthy spout and a base making it suitable for any stovetop: what’s not to love?
We’ll jump straight into our detailed reviews now so you can get a better idea of which kettle would make the best fit for your kitchen…
Table of Contents
I. Top 10 Best Pour Over Kettle (Gooseneck Kettle)
1. Our #1 Pick:OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle
The mighty OXO Brew comes in 3 variants. There’s the adjustable temperature kettle we tested, but you can also opt for a straight-up pour-over model if you want to get back to basics. The third option is a pour-over kettle with integrated thermometer.
We tested the adjustable temperature version which allows you to manipulate the heat in 1-degree increments between the ideal operating range of 140 to 212 degrees. Whether you’re making regular coffee, pour-over or tea, dial in the temperature to your precise requirements for consistency every time.
For the slow, circular motion you need when making pour-over, the spout on the OXO is tailor-made. You’ll get complete accuracy while retaining total control.
The timer means you won’t need yet another separate piece of kit in your busy kitchen making this kettle effectively a 3-in-1 appliance.
The kettle will keep the water warmed and ready for another brewing session for up to a half-hour after which point it shuts itself off for safety’s sake.
Stainless steel build gives you a great lifespan, remarkable durability and perfect insulation. It’s BPA-free with both the handle and lid designed not to scorch your hands as you pour.
Crowned with a dependable 2-year limited warranty, this kettle is a masterpiece and a true essential if you fancy starting out with the pour-over method without needing too much separate equipment.
2. Runner-Up:Bonavita Digital Variable Temperature Kettle
If you act quickly you can pick up this classic Bonavita kettle close to half-price.
As with all the most effective pour-over kettles, you can step up 1 degree at a time from 140 degrees through 212 degrees to ensure you hit that sweet spot every time. Temperature is displayed clearly and you can keep the water heated to the level you want for a full hour.
When you fire the kettle up first, you’ll appreciate the raw firepower of the 1000-watt unit and you won’t be waiting around long. You can save your patience for when you start pouring as that’s where you need to take it steady.
As well as taking your time, you can take advantage of the elongated spout to ensure you get that motion you need for pour-over done properly.
The timer is a count-up style so you can keep precise notes of how your coffee turns out then, once you’ve got it dialed in, you can replicate the brew with ease.
With a generous 1-liter capacity and occupying a fairly small footprint at 11 x 7 x 7 ½ inches, the 1-year warranty removes any reason not to buy. Act now and you’ll get the best bargain you’re likely to pick up this year.
3. Also Great:Coffee Gator Pour-Over Kettle
Next up we’ve got another more traditional gooseneck kettle, a modern classic from Coffee Gator.
Pro-grade stainless steel combines insulation with long lifespan in a unit built to withstand a few knocks.
If you’re looking to get started with the pour-over method of brewing coffee, you’ll find a gooseneck spout on your kettle is an absolute must. When it comes to pouring the water, you need to use a specific and very slow circular motion simply impractical with a standard-issue kettle. This Coffee Gator gives you the reach and accuracy you need for optimum results with minimal fuss.
The base of this stovetop kettle is triple-layered ensuring you can use it on any kind of cooker and you won’t get any rust or taint either.
This kettle comes in two sizes, 34oz and 40oz so there’s something for all sizes of family.
The fixed thermometer is a nice touch and gives you the ability to get the heat just the way you want it whether for coffee, tea or any other drink you care to make.
The no-nonsense 100% satisfaction guarantee removes any obstacle from your buying decision. If you’re not entirely happy with this kettle, simply return it for a hassle-free refund. We’re sure you won’t want to do that, though!
4. Upgrade Pick:Fellow Stagg Electric Pour-Over Kettle
While it’s not exactly cheap, this stealthy matte-black kettle from Fellow Stagg is a standout weapon if you’re looking to make pour-over coffee in fine style.
While this is quite clearly a design-driven statement piece, it’s not a case of form over function. Far from it in fact…
A simple dial allows you to tweak the temperature from 105 degrees on through 212 degrees at the upper end. There’s a toggle switch in back allowing you to hold a designated temperature for up to 60 minutes. If you prefer operating in Celsius rather than Fahrenheit, just flick between the two to taste.
The onboard stopwatch provides the other crucial element you need for proper pour-over, and you won’t have a kitchen overflowing with too much kit.
If you’re more of a tea fan, you can heat the kettle accordingly and keep your water ready to roll for a half-hour.
There’s a crisp LED display showing you the temperature and the element lights up to keep you visually abreast of progress.
If you’re looking for a pout-over kettle that makes a real conversation piece but also does its job across the board, the Fellow Stagg is well worth the investment if you’re serious about your coffee and you have a more flexible budget.
5. Best Budget:Fino Pour-Over Kettle
Available in either a 4 ½ cup or 6 cup variant, this pour-over kettle takes our vote for best budget model and it won’t stiff you on the performance front either.
As with all the most effective gooseneck kettles, this design comes fully to the fore when you’re racking up pour-over. You can get extended reach along with the ability to slowly pour with the precision and consistency required.
You’ll be able to use this model on just about any stovetop including induction cookers. When it’s time for clean-up, you can safely pop it in the dishwasher. The rugged stainless steel gives you all the insulation you need in a compact unit built to stay the distance.
The handle is fashioned from BPA-free thermoplastic so it won’t be hot to the touch when you’re pouring.
For a perfect example of Japanese aesthetics and simplicity coming in at a very keen price-point, you can’t beat this kettle if you’re looking for performance on a budget.
6. Willow and Everett Gooseneck Kettle
Back to an electric model next with an inexpensive multi-purpose kettle from Willow and Everett with the requisite long spout ideal for pour-over brewing.
The 1000-watt base ensures your water hits the temperature you want quick-smart and auto shut-off is a nice touch so you won’t need to worry about monitoring proceedings.
As with most of the better kettles you get robust stainless steel build along with no BPAs, Teflon or any other contaminants to taint your drink and give you health concerns.
Although this kettle is marketed as a tea kettle, make no mistake it punches home hard if you’re looking to start pour-over brewing your coffee. The spill-free lid makes pouring a seamless, safe experience. The lid is crowned with a stay-cool plastic knob, again BPA-free for your peace of mind.
1-liter capacity should give you ample hot water whether you want a large pour-over brew or a full pot of your favorite tea.
Coming in at a very competitive price-point, you can also call in a refund at any stage during the first 3 months if you’re not completely satisfied so what more could you ask for?
7. Hario V60 Gooseneck Kettle
Hario are heavy-hitters in the coffee space with just cause.
Where many of their products are fairly limited in terms of choice, you can pick up this kettle in multiple variants. Firstly, opt for an electric or stovetop model depending on how you prefer boiling up water. With the stovetop version, choose from a regular 1-liter or roomier 1.2-liter capacity. If standard silver is not to your liking, the stovetop also comes in an understated matte black perfect for a minimalist kitchen.
Whichever style and size you choose, you’ll get the same high-grade stainless steel and a slimline and elongated spout to promote the most controlled and precise pouring whether you’re making tea or coffee.
The stovetop models all work on any type of hotplate including induction cookers so you won’t face any limitations at all. The world’s your oyster with Hario.
If you’re a pour-over fan, this kettle complements the classic Hario dripper perfectly.
If you want a kettle that’s strikingly designed without looking overly fussy and capable of delivering the finesse you need for pour-over, it’s got to be Hario.
8. Kalitas Stainless Pot
If you’re looking for that rare beast, a kettle that makes a real conversation piece, this Kalita manages to pull that off while still remaining subtle.
Japanese design at it best, we’ll say off the bat that capacity is rather limited. At just 0.7 liters, you’ll struggle to get enough water for a large family in a single boil. That said, if you’re using this kettle for its intended purpose, you’re in safe hands.
And that intended purpose is to make the finest pour-over coffee thanks to the stainless steel and perfectly insulated build along with a spout designed to make that trademark slow pouring super-simple. The bonus is that using a small dripper – Kalita make some fine examples – you won’t need too much water anyway.
This kettle tips the scales at just under ½kg so it’s deceptively weighty considering its fairly slimline footprint.
Price-wise, this kettle occupies the mid-ground. It’s certainly not a budget model but represents outstanding overall value. And, let’s face it, how often do you find yourself needing to buy a new kettle? If you’re prepared to make a modest investment, this Kalita will return many years of happy service from a brand you can rely on.
9. Barista Warrior Pour-Over Kettle with Thermometer
For drip and pour-over coffee brought to life, the aptly named Barista Warrior offers the complete package.
Leading the charge is the long and slender gooseneck that serves up the control required for precise pouring.
Rust-free stainless steel build keeps your water at the ideal temperature and is built to last. The base packs a double layer of material, again rust-free, so you won’t end up with damage building over time like on many inferior kettles.
The other element central to the pour-over method is the ability to dial in the temperature so it’s consistent every time. While this brewing method requires some initial experimentation and fine-tuning, the beauty is that, once done, you can replicate results with the minimum of fanfare. The onboard thermometer is a nice touch and stops you needing to pick up yet another separate piece of kit. You’ll be able to operate between 195 degrees and 205 degrees, a slimmer range than some kettle provide but ideal for pour-over done the right way.
Barista Warrior’s warranty is class-leading. If you’re not entirely satisfied, you can return this kettle at any stage during the first year of purchase for a no-questions-asked refund. You really can’t want much more than that and it removes any obstacle to buying.
For a gooseneck kettle that looks great and delivers fully on the performance front, this was among our favorites of the bunch we tested and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
10. Zenovika Steel Pour-Over Kettle
Rounding out our look at the best gooseneck kettles for pour-over coffee, we’ve got a classic set from Zenovika coming in at a remarkably low price considering what you get thrown in.
Firstly, the kettle itself is a neatly designed ridged stainless steel gem. The 1.2-liter capacity translates to about 6 standard-sized cups so it’s great for the whole family and cuts down running around refilling on busy mornings when you’re all crying out for coffee.
The thermometer comes built into the lid so you won’t need to rely on guesswork or find your coffee spoiled by water that’s just off the mark temperature-wise.
The kettle is expressly designed to work on any kind of stovetop whether gas, electric, or induction.
An added kicker with this set is the stainless steel dripper bundled. Aside from a timer, scale and, of course, beans, you’ve got all you need to start making pour-over coffee straight out the box. The best thing of all? You get all this for little more than the bill for a family outing to Starbucks.
Now you’ve seen a broad cross-section of the best goosenecks on the market, what should you consider when you’re making your buying decision?
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II. Things You Should Know When Choosing a Pour-Over Kettle
While buying a kettle might seem like the easiest thing in the world, you’ve got a few considerations if you’re looking for one to make pour-over coffee with.
Focus on these elements, though, and you’ll get the ideal piece of kit without eating up too much time or effort…
When you’re employing the pour-over method, you need to move slowly. Speed is certainly not of the essence if you don’t want to spoil your drink.
A normal kettle just doesn’t offer you the control or precision you need for the very specific type of pouring you need to do. With a long and slender spout, you’ll be able to comfortably pour in the circular motion you required with far more accuracy than a regular spout allows for.
Check for the positioning as well as the design and make sure you don’t come across any negative reports of leakage or rust. The spout is one of the weak points on a kettle when it’s poorly made so do your due diligence.
Electric or Manual?
There’s no right or wrong answer here. Just be clear about what you want.
For some, you simply can’t beat the convenience of an electric kettle while for others, there’s no substitute for a stovetop model.
If you’re opting for the manual stovetop version, it’s key to check it’s compatible with the type of oven you use. Some kettles won’t work well on induction cookers, for example, so check closely before committing to purchase.
Electric kettles offer you the safety feature of a shut-off mechanism and they also routinely come with temperature control. The drawback of electric kettle comes with the stiffer price tag.
Almost without exception, the best kettles come in stainless steel.
The numbers you see used to describe them – 18/8, for instance – are used to express the thickness of the material.
The thin nature of stainless steel lends well to boiling water rapidly in an energy-efficient manner. On the downside, this same flimsiness can mean limited lifespan. To this end, you should view a heavier kettle as a positive rather than something to avoid. The weightier models we reviewed here today should give you more durability even if they take a little more effort to lift.
It goes unsaid you should make certain any kettle you’re interested in comes with no BPA or any other potential contaminant.
Since you’ll be taking your time to pour slowly and precisely, you should focus fully on a kettle with an ergonomic handle that will make your life easier in this regard.
If plastic, you should make sure it’s BPA-free and also cool to the touch. It’s surprising how many kettles are designed with little regard to this. The last thing you want is being forced to use a towel to protect your hand while trying to pour with precision.
The better gooseneck kettles we checked out come with integrated thermometers.
When you’re making pour-over coffee, temperature is key. We’ll look into that right below.
While a kettle with a thermometer onboard is not mandatory, you’ll certainly find dialing in the brew a whole lot easier if you’ve got one in place.
III. How to Prepare Water in Gooseneck to Start Making Pour Over Coffee
Making pour-over coffee might seem like something of a chore but, once you’ve tasted it, you’ll appreciate the fact it’s time and effort well spent. Few other brewing methods deliver such even, consistent coffee so how do you get started?
We’ll assume you’ve got your gooseneck kettle in place.
You’re very well advised to use freshly ground beans rather than pre-ground. While this requires a grinder at home, it’s a modest investment that will be worth it’s weight in gold. You should ideally measure out your beans with a scale so you don’t need to rely on guesswork.
You should always use filtered or bottled water for the best results when you’re making coffee. Even if you live somewhere that faucet water seems perfectly acceptable and is designated safe to drink, any water coming from the tap is likely to contain some form of chlorine or sediment that will end up tainting the coffee in your cup. So get started in style and make sure you use filtered water to mitigate this.
You’ll find many different figures bandied about regarding the correct temperature of water for pour-over coffee. What’s beyond dispute is the optimum band you should operate within. When heating your water shoot for anywhere between 195 degrees and 206 degrees Fahrenheit. This is 90 degrees to 96 degrees Celsius if you use the metric system.
Evidently, a kettle with an integrated thermometer will make achieving this a whole lot easier. You should never be afraid to experiment. While some coffee fiends will swear by 202 degrees, that might not work for you. If you prefer the water a little cooler, don’t be put off and stick with what works for you.
If you don’t have a thermometer on your kettle, a fairly accurate rule of thumb is to wait for your kettle to boil then remove it from the heat. Wait for 30 second before pouring. While obviously not the most scientific method, you won’t be too far off the mark either.
Many of the better kettles on the market are capable of keeping your water heated at the desired temperature for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes so ask yourself if this feature is one you’d be prepared to pay for.
The other key preparatory step when you’re making pour-over coffee is making sure you wet the filter…
With your water in place, you should pour water into the filter making sure you work your way fully up the sides. Discard the water before starting.
Is this step worth it?
Well, try poking your nose down toward the filter and take a sniff of the fairly strong smell that can come off a paper filter and you won’t be missing this step out again!
From this point, you’re ready to get going with the intricacies of slowly, slowly pouring to get your pour-over coffee in your cup.
Tip: Since gas builds up in coffee beans, do not overlook the blooming stage of making pour-over. By wetting the grinds then waiting for 30 seconds, you’ll degas your coffee and you can thank us later!
We very much hope you’ve found a suitable gooseneck kettle to add to your coffee-making arsenal here today.
One of the common stumbling blocks for anyone thinking of brewing with the pour-over method is the amount of kit you require. Many of the models we review today come with an onboard thermometer so that’s one less piece of equipment to worry about. If you consider a scale as an optional extra, all you then really need to consider is a grinder, dripper, and carafe. Rather than being intimidated, when you strip those needs down, you might be more tempted to get started.
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