The Best Gear for Making Pour-Over Coffee

The Best Gear for Making Pour-Over Coffee

Our pick

Kalita Wave 185 Dripper

Kalita Wave 185 Dripper

The best dripper

The Kalita Wave’s flat bottom ensures the most even extraction—and the best-tasting coffee—of all the pour-over drippers we’ve tested.

Buying Options

$31* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

The Kalita Wave 185 produced the most consistent, flavorful, and balanced cups of coffee among the drippers we tested. In part that’s thanks to its flat-bottomed design, which promotes more even water drainage, making it easier even for beginners to get consistent results. And you can choose to get the Wave in one of three different materials: glass, ceramic, and stainless steel. One drawback: Though easy enough to buy online, the proprietary “wavy” filters are slightly more expensive than basic, wedge-shaped Melitta filters, and they can be difficult to find in local stores.

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Runner-up

Hario V-60 Coffee Dripper (Size 02)

Hario V-60 Coffee Dripper (Size 02)

For those with advanced technique

The Hario dripper should appeal to pour-over experts, because it requires more precision and careful attention to the rate and aim of your pour. It produced some of the best brew in our tests.

Buying Options

$25* from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.

If you want a dripper that further captures the essence of pour-over’s ritualistic appeal, we recommend the Hario V-60 Coffee Dripper (Size 02). Once you’re comfortable with your technique, it’s a lot of fun to match your spiral pour to this dripper’s wide, conical shape. The V-60 is capable of brewing coffee that’s just as flavorful, interesting, and well-rounded as the Kalita Wave makes. With the Hario, it just takes a little more practice and focus to get consistently great results. Like the Kalita, the Hario uses proprietary filters, but they’re widely available at specialty coffee shops and online.

Also great

Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper

Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper

A basic dripper for beginners

This dripper uses cheap filters that are available in grocery stores, making it ideal for beginners who prioritize convenience over mastering the nuances of pour-over coffee.

Buying Options

$22* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $23.

If you want a dripper that uses widely available filters, we recommend the Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper (large). It brewed less-complex coffee than our other picks, but it’s the most convenient option for beginners who just want a simple way to brew a cup. It uses standard #2 Melitta paper filters, which you can find at most supermarkets.

Also great

Chemex Six Cup Classic Series

Chemex Six Cup Classic Series

Makes more at once

As gorgeous as it is usable, the Chemex makes several cups at once, and it produced a delicious, bright brew that our testers loved.

Buying Options

$45* from Amazon
$41 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $44.

We also love the Chemex Six Cup Classic Series. It’s a good choice for those who want to brew a few cups of coffee at a time, as well as for fans of great design. (The Chemex was invented by chemist Peter Schlumbohm in 1941, and it’s included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.) It features a built-in carafe, and in our tests the Chemex produced balanced, nuanced coffee. Like our other picks, it uses proprietary filters not usually available in grocery stores, but they’re easy enough to buy online or from high-end coffee shops.

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Our pick

Kalita Wave 185 Dripper

Kalita Wave 185 Dripper

The best dripper

The Kalita Wave’s flat bottom ensures the most even extraction—and the best-tasting coffee—of all the pour-over drippers we’ve tested.

Buying Options

$31* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

Runner-up

Hario V-60 Coffee Dripper (Size 02)

Hario V-60 Coffee Dripper (Size 02)

For those with advanced technique

The Hario dripper should appeal to pour-over experts, because it requires more precision and careful attention to the rate and aim of your pour. It produced some of the best brew in our tests.

Buying Options

$25* from Amazon

May be out of stock

*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.

Also great

Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper

Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper

A basic dripper for beginners

This dripper uses cheap filters that are available in grocery stores, making it ideal for beginners who prioritize convenience over mastering the nuances of pour-over coffee.

Buying Options

$22* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $23.

Also great

Chemex Six Cup Classic Series

Chemex Six Cup Classic Series

Makes more at once

As gorgeous as it is usable, the Chemex makes several cups at once, and it produced a delicious, bright brew that our testers loved.

Buying Options

$45* from Amazon
$41 from Home Depot

*At the time of publishing, the price was $44.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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