Best pour over coffee makers: these 6 gadgets are simple yet oh so satisfying

Skip the coffee shop and up your brewing game with the best pour over coffee maker from Chemex, Kalita, Hario and more

Best pour over coffee maker
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A method as old as time, or well, coffee beans— pour-over coffee is a tried and true way to make a flavorful cup of coffee. If you’ve ever stepped foot in a specialty coffee shop, you may have ordered a cup of pour over. The simplest of all brewing techniques, it is perfect for a single cup of coffee or two.   

The best pour over coffee maker will give you the ultimate control over strength, and ground beans are available virtually everywhere! Bringing the coffee shop home can be both inexpensive and satisfying.  

While these may not be a go-to for family gatherings, if you’re looking for a reliable pour-over carafe set for a single serving, we’ve got the insider scoop. Check out our list below to see which designs made the cut. 

And if you are looking for something to serve a crowd, lucky for you, we’ve already researched the best coffee makers to round out your coffee station.  

Best Pour Over Coffee Makers

Best Pour Over Coffee Makers

Chemex Pour Over

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1. Chemex Eight Cup Classic Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker

Best pour-over coffee maker for a crowd

Specifications
Size: 40 oz.
Material: Borosilicate glass
Height: 9"
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Creates ultra smooth coffee+Easy to use and clean+Carafe can be refrigerated and reheated without altering flavor of coffee
Reasons to avoid
-Some reviewers claim the borosilicate glass breaks easily-Must use Chemex filters, which aren’t readily available at retail stores

A quick search for this Chemex pour-over will result in thousands of five star reviews praising its coffee making ability. It’s by far the most popular brand for old school brewing, and we agree it’s pretty great. Personally, I’m more of a pot of coffee gal vs. a single serving, and Chemex makes by far the largest cup at once. 

Why we love it
Obviously a good cup of coffee is the goal, but I can’t help but obsess over the design of this Chemex pour-over set. It’s so pretty, and thoughtfully designed. Rather than reheating the same cup of coffee five times, this entire carafe can be easily covered and placed in the fridge for a refreshing iced coffee. 

Good to know
Chemex manufactures their own filters in addition to coffee makers, and most stores don’t carry stock. I don’t do much online shopping in the grocery department, so this is a bit of a hassle. Caffeine withdrawal is a literal headache, and I’m not sure I could wait two days for the Prime truck to deliver. On a more positive note, they’re $10 for 100, which is a steal. 

Kalita Pour-Over Wave

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2. Kalita Pour-Over Wave

Great for on-the-go, the Kalita Wave is a cult-favorite amongst coffee lovers

Specifications
Size: 16-25 oz
Material: Stainless steel
Height: 4.8"
Dishwasher safe: Yes, unless your model is plastic
Reasons to buy
+Trendy design+Easy to use+Can use any filter
Reasons to avoid
-Plastic version is not recommended for dishwasher-Stainless steel prone to rust

The Kalita Wave is a chic, trusted pour-over coffee maker that’s been popular since the early 2000’s. The design hasn’t changed much since, because it works (and it works well). With three small holes in the bottom, some may say it brews slightly slower, but noticeably more evenly. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather a balanced cup than bitter. I mean, we are trying to nip the expensive coffee shop habit, right? 

Why we love it
The beautiful aesthetic alone of the Kalita Wave makes it a winner in my book. With a flat bottom, pour-over coffee drinkers agree this feature produces a rich, aromatic cup every time. I like the three holes vs. one, because the coffee grounds are saturated more evenly. Fans of the wave recommend pouring in a circular motion, as this prevents over extraction and bitterness.

Good to know
Plastic models can absorb the odor and chemicals from dishwasher pods and detergent, so Kalita recommends against it. Filters are not included, and although Kalita manufactures their own paper products, most filters on the market work just fine! Stainless steel is prone to rusting, so making sure the coffee maker is cleaned properly and dried right away is important. 

Hario v60

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3. Hario V60

Designed to produce consistently tasty coffee every time

Specifications
Size: 10 oz.
Material: Ceramic, Glass or Plastic
Height: 4.7"
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Cone shape lets user layer coffee grounds+Ceramic is known to retain heat+One drip hole allows user to customize coffee flavor by pouring water quickly or slowly 
Reasons to avoid
-Max yield of 10 ounces-Ceramic is fragile and breaks easily

I love my Hario V60. It’s a no-frills, straight-forward coffee maker that delivers consistently great coffee. I first used this gem on a camping trip, because even in the woods– I need my coffee. I was able to figure it out sans instructions (however I always recommend reading them front to back), and still use this gadget at least twice a week. 

Why we love it
I love being able to adjust the flavor profile of my coffee. Some days, I enjoy a strong cup that jolts me awake– and the Hario V60 pour-over never fails. The Hario filters are equally amazing, and leave no funky residue or taste behind. Also super convenient, the included measuring spoon. 

Good to know
Ceramic may not scratch easily, but it will shatter the second it hits something too forcefully. Like several other pour-over makers, the Hario V60 uses proprietary filters. Sure, it can be an inconvenience hunting down the filters, but they are worth the wait and money. 

4. OXO Pour-Over Coffee Maker

Best bang for your buck budget-friendly pour-over coffee maker

Specifications
Size: 12 oz.
Material: Plastic
Height: 5.5"
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Plastic won’t shatter+Simple design+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Takes 5-10 minutes to brew-Not aesthetically pleasing-Premade holes give you no control over water flow

Look, this OXO pour-over coffee maker is a diamond in the rough. It isn’t the most beautiful coffee maker I’ve ever seen, but it does the job. You’ve probably seen this brand on shelves at your local stores, and I can confirm they make solid kitchen staples because everything I’ve used from their line has been reliable. 

Why we love it
The straight-forward design of this pour-over coffee pot is a nice change from futuristic coffee makers. I have three kids, so glass is locked up like chemicals in my house. For this reason, the OXO is a great choice for anyone with handy kids or pets around. Brewing a cup of coffee with this gadget is so simple, if you swing by my house, my six-year-old will make you a cup.   

Good to know
No need to worry about sketchy plastic, OXO uses only BPA-free material. Filters are a standard size, so they’re readily available at any major grocery chain, too. Worth mentioning, a “cup” of coffee in pour-over terms is appx. 6oz, which might wake up a hamster, but not a full grown adult. If, however, you drink coffee for the taste (not caffeine), disregard this concern.  

Fellow Pour Over coffee set

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5. Fellow Stagg [XF] pour-over coffee maker set

Best looking pour-over coffee maker on the market

Specifications
Size: 20 oz.
Material: Borosilicate glass
Height: 9"
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Hand blown and beautiful+Double wall+Vacuum seal+Built-in ratio aid
Reasons to avoid
-More expensive than other options-Paper filters are pricey

If I wanted iced coffee, I’d make it that way. Thankfully, the Stagg pour-over coffee maker was created to keep coffee hot, and it does a great job. Very thoughtfully designed with the user in mind, Fellow added quite a few touches to make the brewing experience simple and enjoyable. 

Why we love it
Fellow Stagg gets my vote for best looking of the bunch.  There are also a few features that stand out amongst the competition– namely the ratio aid (see picture below). You’ll notice there are three small dots on the carafe, added to help you make the perfect brew. For one cup of coffee, you should use 20g of ground beans and add water to the first dot. For two cups, 40g of grounds is the perfect amount, with water added until it reaches the second dot. 

The double wall makes a big difference in heat retention, which makes it a winner in my coffee book!

Good to know
This model comes with 30 filters, which is a nice touch. With that
being said, as soon as you run out, you’ll have to hop on their website for more. 45 filters runs about $8, plus shipping. I don’t recommend using the filters more than once, as one reviewer claimed they break down quite easily. Because the spout is slightly thicker and rounder than others, occasionally it allows for some dripping. If you’ve got white countertops, I recommend wiping the coffee up pronto! 

6. Bodum pour-over coffee maker

The only pour-over option with a built-in filter

Specifications
Size: 17 oz.
Material: Borosilicate glass
Height: "
Dishwasher safe: No
Reasons to buy
+Permanent filter+Budget-friendly+Environmentally-friendly (no paper products)
Reasons to avoid
-Water moves quickly through the filter, affecting taste

Costing less than any other coffee maker on the shelf, this Bodum is a pint-sized miracle maker and I have used it for years without fail. It delivers delicious coffee with very little effort, and I never have to worry about running out of filters. Measurements are easy to remember, too! One teaspoon is the perfect amount for one cup of coffee. Don’t forget, though, a cup of pour-over is only 4-5 ounces. 

Why we love it

Whether you’re out to save the trees or not, we can all agree eliminating waste is a cause to support. With a built-in stainless steel filter, you can kiss those paper filters goodbye. The carafe is also easily removed to pop in the dishwasher, which I love. 

Good to know
There is a learning curve to the Bodum, simply because the stainless-steel filter allows water to pass through more quickly than its paper counterpart. Pouring the water very slowly and evenly across the coffee grounds is the trick, yielding a rich cup of coffee full of flavor. If you didn’t know– many people believe paper filters absorb the oils from the beans, affecting the profile of the coffee. 

How to make pour-over coffee

Hario v60 pour over coffee maker

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Perfecting a cup of pour-over isn’t as complicated as you may think. Sure, it’s a little slower than other coffee makers, but no other method offers as much customization to taste and strength. You know what they say, slow and steady wins the race.

To brew a cup of pour-over, here’s what you’ll need: coffee, filter, water, and your preferred pour-over maker. Next, follow the simple steps below:

  1. Measure & grind your beans (fresh beans are the best!) Check out our favorite coffee grinders if you're after the best one. 
  2. Boil your water and add filter to coffee maker– some people recommend rinsing your filter first
  3. Slowly and evenly pour hot water over the coffee grounds until they’re saturated but not sopping
  4. Once the coffee grounds appear fluffy, pour another even layer of water, creating what looks like a small puddle
  5. If you’d like, a third (and even fourth) pour can be added to make a larger cup of coffee 
  6. Remove the filter before it’s completely drained– if it seeps too long it can become bitter
  7. Pour into your favorite mug or pop in the fridge (if using a glass carafe) and enjoy!

Tips for the perfect pour-over

Pour-over coffee is a process. It takes longer than a K-cup, but like the French-press, results in an unmatched cup of coffee. The flavor profiles are distinct and rich, and each cup is totally customizable. The good news is, once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature.

With so many options, it can be hard to pick the perfect pour-over. I recommend looking at the features that matter most to you: how much coffee it yields, ease of use, dishwasher safety, and even aesthetics.

I’ve had a great time playing around with the strength and flavor profiles of my coffee, which can be affected by something as minor as a difference in temperature or speed at which the water is poured. Being so customizable, pour-over coffee is a great option for any and all coffee drinkers. Subtle undertones really stand out using this method, making exploring different beans even more fun.

Trust the process, and you’ll be hooked. Don't forget to consider the following before brewing: 

Brewing Temperature
Since I’m all about convenience, I like to use an automatic kettle. There are tons of kettle options out there, but the Bosch Sky kettle is my favorite because it allows the user to choose the temperature. Coffee experts recommend between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Beans
I can’t emphasize enough how important coffee beans are to the brewing process. They’re almost always the difference between a good and great cup of coffee. For one cup, between 20-30g of beans is ideal. Depending on your taste buds, you may find you prefer slightly less or more, but this is the fun of pour-over— it’s super customizable! 

Filter
Loyal pour-over drinkers swear by rinsing the filter with hot water before brewing. “Sealing” the filter, as many say, prevents any lingering tastes beyond coffee. Some of the models above require filters specific to the brand, but others can use generic ones. 

Coffee “Bloom”
“Blooming” refers to when the carbon dioxide leaves the beans, reducing bitterness. The first pour-over is super important if you want a smooth cup of joe. When you begin to notice bubbles rising to the surface, this is your bloom. After 45 seconds or so, continue to your second pour. 

Courtney Irwin

Midwestern freelancer Courtney Irwin is a working mom of three who loves nothing more than a good deal. Equal parts entrepreneur and family-gal, she believes hard work deserves to be celebrated. Oftentimes in the form of a new gadget or sun-filled vacation (don’t forget the large glass of vino)! When she’s not on the hunt for the next big trend, you can catch her in her kitchen, which is currently under construction. Courtney has spent years curating home renovation and beauty content and looks forward to trying the latest and greatest things for home.