Pour-overs give you complete control over the brewing process. They even let you decide how the water is poured over the coffee grounds. However, to take full advantage of this benefit, you need a goose-neck kettle. Here’s a look at some of our favorite kettles, in case you don’t already have one.
Evaluating Everything from Shape to Price
When we looked at kettles, we evaluated them on four criteria:
The latter three criteria may seem obvious. How quickly a kettle heats up, its capacity, and its price will matter to any consumer.
The first criterion, however, is specific to pour-overs. A kettle’s shape and weight distribution affect how precisely it can be poured. Kettles with long necks and even weight distribution provide the greatest control over pouring.
Our Favorite Kettles (In Order)
Without further ado, here’s the list of our three favorite kettles currently on the market. They’re listed in order and based on the above-mentioned criteria.
First on our list is the Bonavita Kettle with Temperature Display. We like it’s long, narrow neck and 1-liter capacity, not to mention that it has a temperature display (it’s also available without the temperature display). At just under $100, this is our favorite kettle, but it’s also the most expensive of the three we like.
Our second-place finisher is the Hario Kettle with Heating Element. This kettle has everything the Bonavita has, except for the temperature display. Its gooseneck is nice and long, and it holds 1.2 liters of water. We like the model with a heating element, but there’s also a stove-top version that costs a little less.
The Kalita Wave Pot rounds out our list. The only model without a heating element, this kettle is affordable but still has a beautiful neck and great capacity. It’s 1-liter body will hold more than enough water for most pour-overs.
If you’re venturing into the world of pour-over coffee, you’ll want a gooseneck kettle. Any of these three options is a great choice and will serve you well for many cups to come.