Best Pour Over (Gooseneck)
Coffee Kettles in 2019

Pour over kettles, sometimes called gooseneck kettles, are a tool for manual brewing that you don’t necessarily need, but one that you’ll totally regret not having.

It’s sort of like buying a box of salt instead of having a shaker. You can go into the cabinet, get out the box, open it up, reach in for a pinch of salt, and try to evenly distribute it over your plate of food, but wouldn’t it just be easier to have a displayable shaker on the kitchen table?

Let’s take it back a step and talk about pour over brewing first, though, especially for those who aren’t totally familiar with why it might be the best way to make a cup of joe. 

Best Pour Over Gooseneck Coffee Kettles [2019]

What Is Pour Over Coffee Brewing and Why?

I mean, it’s an excellent question. Pour over brewing is an entirely manual process. Typically, the brewer will use either an individual cup, a thermos, or a carafe attached to a pour over brewer (which is different from the kettle).

Pour over brewers are typically triangular-bowl shaped, and come either as single items or attached to a carafe. Take these two options, for example: the Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker and the Hario V60 Coffee Dripper. You can check out a more extensive breakdown of this brewer type here, but know that there’s a fair amount of commitment that has to be made to this process.

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper

Hario V60 Coffee Dripper

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

It takes longer to brew one cup of coffee versus using a drip machine, or even other methods of coffee brewing. It also requires more attention that most other brewing methods, and often doesn’t yield as much brew. Take a look at our step-by-step instructions and you’ll see what I mean.

If you’re asking why people do it, even in light of all that, it’s because it produces a superior cup of coffee, hands down.

Brewing coffee with the pour over method brings out the subtle flavors of a special strain of ethically-sourced coffee like nobody’s business, nuances, tones, what-have-you.

I mean, the hipster baristas with homeless beards have adopted the pour over brew using a gooseneck kettle as their mascot to go along with their authentic corn cob pipes tamped with Cavendish tobacco.

Do you really need to know more? Nope!

So, Wait, Where Does This Gooseneck Kettle Come In?

I’m getting there!

So, one of the primary benefits of pour over brewing is total and utmost control. Over temperature of the water, over the time taken to brew, over the type of grind and quality, over everything.

A gooseneck kettle adds precision to this list—precision over the amount of perfectly heated water expressed from the long, curved spout and exactly where it goes.

A normal kettle can accomplish the task, but with significantly less capability and finesse. This is where we’ve come full circle—it’s like having a box of salt in the cabinet rather than just using a shaker. 

Just for some visual aid, here’s a standard kettle:

Blue Kitchen Teapot

And here’s a gooseneck kettle:

Gooseneck Pour Over Coffee Kettle

So, now you might be thinking, ‘I just Googled Gooseneck Kettles and there are a LOT of them.”

The fact of the matter is, most of them will get the job done in some capacity, but you want the best one at the best value, right? Dumb question—of course you do! When it comes to these beauts, your two focuses are going to be form and function.

There are two types of gooseneck kettles, standard and electric.

A standard kettle will be just the kettle itself, obviously. Ideally, it’ll have a built-in thermometer so that it’s easy to see when the water is at the correct temperature.

Barista Warrior Pour Over Kettle Built-in Thermometer

Electric gooseneck kettles will also have a heating element, which often has added perks of allowing the brewer to control the temperature down to a single degree and time the pouring process with ease.

Dr Hertzner Electric Kettle

Before we get into choosing your pour over kettle, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions. 

Do you already have a nice kettle (non-gooseneck)?

If the answer is yes, and you’d prefer to continue using your current kettle but want to try the gooseneck thing, I’d recommend buying a standard gooseneck. After the water’s heated, you can transfer it to the gooseneck.

Hario V60

How much coffee do you drink?

One of the harder things with a gooseneck is quantity—some of them can take as much as a whole liter, which amounts to about four 8 oz. cups of coffee. You have to keep an eye on how much the maker recommends the kettle be filled, though. Just because the kettle can technically hold one liter doesn’t mean it’s built to heat an entire liter.

What’s your budget?

So, you can get a standard gooseneck kettle for anywhere between $12 and $80, and the rules of purchasing a gooseneck kettle are the same as most things: the cheapest one is destined to live out the majority of its existence in a garbage dump after it breaks/dings/etc two months later, while the most expensive one has a surcharge for the flashy name attached.

Electric gooseneck kettles bump that ceiling, clocking in anywhere between $19 to $200, under similar constructs.

Okay! So, have you answered the questions? Electric of standard? Examined your coffee-drinking habits? Checked your wallet and bank account and scrounged up all the quarters under the seats of your car?

Then let’s do this! 

Standard Gooseneck Kettles

We’ll start with looking at the best-of-the-best of these bad boys. I’m going to be honest with you all: I’m going to make an effort to introduce you to underrated or unknown standard gooseneck kettles. Every list pops up with the Hario V60, which has its perks, such as coming with a 1.2 L capacity, but it doesn’t have a built-in thermometer, so I’m really not keen on it. You’ll also see Kalitas Stylish Stainless Pot a lot, but again, there’s no built-in thermometer and, once more, I think that’s bogus. There is one that’s touted a lot that seems to have the bells and whistles that a standard gooseneck kettle should have, and that’s the…

Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle

Coffee Gator has been in the coffee game for long enough to garner reviews, but not so long that they’re relying on their name to sell products (not yet at least). This standard gooseneck kettle is available in two sizes, 34 oz and 40 oz, the larger one priced at just under $40.


It’s made of medical grade steel and has a triple-layer bottom to prevent rusting from constant exposure to high heat. It also has a built-in thermometer, making it ideal for the precision pour-over brewing requires. 

PROS

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    Large container size
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    Built-in thermometer:
    Thermometer has a “blue zone” which indicates the perfect coffee temperature zone
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    100% satisfaction guarantee
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    Unique triple-layer base to prevent rusting and increase durability

CONS

  • Instructions say not to fill the full container, so the 40 oz may not be a true 40 oz.
  • On paper, this kettle is perfect, but there have been some reports of manufacturing issues. While not prevalent among reviews, it’s certainly something to consider. Because of the 100% satisfaction guarantee, though, every kettle with problems was refunded or replaced, though.
Barista Warrior Pour Over Kettle

Barista Warrior is all about helping people brew top-notch coffee at home, and all they do is provide products that help home baristas do just that. This gooseneck kettle has a 1.2 L container, and BW recommends filling it to 1 L. It has a built-in thermometer (as required by my rules), a double-layered bottom to prevent rusting, and also provides a 100% satisfaction guarantee. With a price clocking in at the upper $30s, it’s good quality at a good price.

PROS

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    Container can handle as much as 1 L without overflowing, so it’s great for people who drink multiple cups
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    Built-in thermometer
    Thermometer has a “yellow zone” indicating optimal temperature
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    100% satisfaction guarantee
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    Double-layered bottom
  • The wide-base helps heat water quickly

CONS

  • The 100% satisfaction is limited to a 1-year warranty.
  • The handle is attached with screws, so if you pick the kettle up too high the handle, it may be too warm.
ZENIKA Stainless Steel Pour Over Kettle

ZENIKA doesn’t provide a ton of information about their kettle, but we know their products are made in the USA and the store is family-owned, which are both nice traits. Their gooseneck kettle is well-made and checks all of the boxes — it has a 1.2 L capacity, built-in thermometer, and it’s made of stainless steel with exactly zero plastic parts. A bit under $40, it also falls in a reasonable range for a gooseneck kettle.

PROS

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    Large container capacity
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    Built-in thermometer:
    Thermometer has a “green zone” for optimal temperature
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    Made entirely of stainless steel with no plastic
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    Also comes with pour-over brewing device that doesn’t require filters (!!!)

CONS

  • No mention of warranty
  • No mention of base thickness in regards to rust prevention

Best Electric Gooseneck Kettles

The easiest way to go from heated water to cup of delicious, home-brewed joe is using an electric gooseneck kettle, but nice ones often cost a pretty penny. Popular models include the Hario V60 (again) Buono electric, which clocks in around the low $70s.. It’s made in China and recent feedback has indicated that the manufacturing quality isn’t quite what it used to be. And it still doesn’t have any sort of temperature control. Here are some alternatives.

Willow & Everett 1L Electric Kettles with Temperature Control

The Willow & Everett electric kettle has the required gooseneck kettle and comes from a company that just does coffee. It’s also a cute love story, so check out the About Us page on their website, but this kettle is a lot more.

It comes with temperature control options, which range of 180 to 212, perfect for coffee (or tea). It offers quick boiling and a “Keep Warm” option so you can drink right away or 30 minutes after when you finally remember you turned the kettle on. All this is wrapped up in a $70-ish machine.

PROS

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    No-thought-required temperature presents (180, 195, 200, 205, 212)
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    Stainless steel with BPA-free handle
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    “Keep Warm” function so you can drink multiple cups without having to re-warm your water
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    Air-tight lid

CONS

  • No mention of warranty
  • Can’t choose to a specific degree, must choose a preset
OXO On Adjustable Temperature Electric Pour-Over Kettle

OXO does housewares and office supplies, and the Adjustable Electric Pour-Over Kettle is one of many products they’ve produced. It can heat anywhere between 140 and 212 degrees, and the big bonus with this model is that you can adjust it by one degree increments anywhere between there. It also features a timer so you can time your pours, which is a super nifty feature for those at-home baristas.

PROS

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    Total control over temperature in one-degree increments
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    Stainless steel, BPA-free
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    Built-in timer
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    1L capacity
  • 2-year warranty (longest in the bunch)
  • 360 degree swivel base

CONS

  • May require filling to the MAX fill line for accurate heating
  • Price is a little higher than average.
Fellow Stagg EKG, Electric Pour-over Kettle

I need to preface this by saying that this is on the expensive end of things, but it’s totally worth it. If you don’t have around $150 to drop on an electric gooseneck kettle, then, well… scroll past because you’ll definitely want this bad-mamma-jamma once I sell it to you (you’re welcome, Fellow).

PROS

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    It’s so pretty
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    To-the-degree control from 105 to 212 degrees
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    Shows “Set Temp” and “Real Time Temp” on an LCD screen:
    Displays in either Fahrenheit or Celsius
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    Built-in Brew Stopwatch
  • Heats up in 3 minutes (!!!!)
  • Hold mode for either 30 or 60 minutes
  • EKG+ comes with Bluetooth Connectivity to an app so you can nerd out
  • It won the 2018 reddot design award

CONS

  • NONE
  • Okay, fine, the largest capacity it can hold is 0.9 L, but it warms up so quickly, who cares?
  • ...it’s a bit pricey, but it comes with a lot.

Cheap (But Good Quality) Pour Over Kettles

If you’d like a few cheaper options to peruse when it comes to electric kettles, you’re typically either sacrificing a bit of quality or brand assurance. Here are a few that have potential and are on the cheaper end of the scale, but didn’t quite have that oomph to make the list.

it offers a lot of features for it’s mid-$40 price. A good starter option, but it may not stand the test of time.

It clocks in at the low $30s, has a 1.2L capacity, and is equipped with a built-in thermometer. It’s well-liked, affordable, and even comes with a 1-year warranty.

This Bonavita is a commonly touted kettle that falls in the mid-$60s range. It features by-the-degree control, a timer, real-time temp, and a 60-minute hold. There’s a 1-year warranty, but a number of buyers have reported their machines crapped out at about the 2-year mark. 

Conclusion

As sexy as all of these gooseneck kettles are, it is time to conclude!

If you’re just looking for a regular gooseneck kettle, I’d recommend the Barista Warrior Pour Over Coffee Kettle. All-around, from the wide base for quick heating to the capacity, it’s a great option for people in all stages of their pour-over brewing experience. Total newbies may appreciate the ZENIKA for its everything-included package, though.

As for the electric kettle, budget-conscious pour over brewers will appreciate the Willow & Everett Electric Kettle. If price is no objection, take a long and hard look at the Fellow Stagg EKG. Hands-down, no contest, the Stagg’s a gem.

Alright! Follow your gut and enjoy the precisely made coffee of your dreams! 

Dr Hetzner

About the Author

Hi! My name is Rachel Bean and I love coffee. Despite what it may seem like, my last name and deep love for a cup of black brew is a total coincidence. While I was informed at the wee age of 18 that majoring in coffee wasn't really an option (at least not the way I wanted to major in coffee) (i.e. drinking it day in and day out), I do have an MA and an MFA in Writing. I type words day in and day out, for both work as well as fun, and coffee is the magic bean juice that lets me do that. And that's pretty much me. Writing and coffee. Oh, and rescue dogs. Writing, coffee, and dogs. You get me.

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