Last Updated: 02-08-2019

10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers 2019

Pour over / drip cone coffee makers are a form of drip brewer, but unlike the large electronic filter machines, they don’t require any power to operate. They are popular amongst those after a softer taste than cafetières offer, as the granules aren’t soaked in the water for as long.

Most are made up of a glass or plastic carafe and a separate filter which sits in the neck of the jug, and you remove before pouring. They aren’t really designed to keep the coffee warm for a prolonged period, and you must add the water in stages.

If you want a coffee maker which will give you a fuller taste than most machines and doesn’t need power as a bonus, then take a look at our reviews of some recommended pour over coffee devices.

Our Top Picks

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Hario V60 Glass Drip in Pour-Over Coffee Set
  • Size: 700ml
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Paper
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OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Maker
  • Size: 340ml
  • Material: Plastic
  • Filter: Paper
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BODUM Pour Over Coffee Maker with Filter
  • Size: 0.5L/1L/1.5L
  • Material: Borosilicate Glass
  • Filter: Stainless Steel
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The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker

1.
Hario V60 Glass Drip in Pour-Over Coffee Set

Specifications

  • Size: 700ml
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Paper

If you want an all-in-one kit with the coffee carafe included, this Hario model will have you brewing in no time, and the V60 is recommended by several professional roasters and subscription box providers around the UK. It is our favourite, too.

The set includes the plastic dripper, a glass drip server, and some unbleached paper filters to start you off. No need to buy extra glass jugs or pourers. This pick is the 02 model, which is bigger than the 01 size and will produce about 5 cups of coffee.

Like with all Hario products, the glass feels quite fragile and thin. One slight knock and it could easily shatter or crack. Be careful when handling it and also if you are pre-warming it with hot water as we feel it could well not handle the sudden change.

But it is still a really quality product, that will last years if you look after it properly. It is a nice size to prepare coffee for two, but this will need to be drank straight away as it won’t be kept warm.

You can easily pour it straight from the jug to serve without any spilling which is handy – the spout is designed well to direct the coffee to where it needs to be, at a good rate.

There is a reason why it is so widely recommended by professionals – the coffee produced is some of the best we have tried, no matter which blend we try. The flavours are all there, just as they should be.

It maybe isn’t for anyone who lives in a hectic household or is a bit heavy-handed, but for those mellow, calm weekend mornings, it is a good item and a complete package which is also a steal cost-wise.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice design
  • Optimum taste quality

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fragile glass and handle

2.
Hario 1-Piece Ceramic Coffee Dripper

Specifications

  • Size: 11 x 9.8 x 10.7 cm
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Filter: Paper

Something slightly different to the other picks on our list. While we mentioned that most come with a glass carafe which allows the coffee to be decanted into the unit before pouring, this dripper will act as a filter which drips the coffee straight into the cup or much you are using, making it perfect for travelling or if you simply hate the washing up.

It is basically the aforementioned V60 set, but just without the carafe and extra bits. The filter alone is a good idea if you are too low on space to be storing other jugs or machines, but still like this method for a fuller flavour. The double ceramic body will ensure the coffee and water stay hot throughout the process as it keeps them at a consistent temperature, for a better taste at the end.

The V60 will do all of the work, controlling the flow rate itself and even giving you the best taste possible without you lifting a finger. It is angled at 60 degrees (hence the name), which Hario state is completely done on purpose. As a finishing touch, it is available in white, brown or red, so can match the rest of your mugs and goods perfectly.

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact
  • Keeps the water warm
  • Works really well to filter out grounds

Reasons to Avoid

  • Needs paper filters

3.
OXO Good Grips Pour Over Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Size: 340ml
  • Material: Plastic
  • Filter: Paper

Able to produce rich, smooth coffee with a punch, this OXO Good Grips coffee maker is a close runner-up.

The auto-drip tank consistently controls the rate of the water flowing through the coffee granules for a more even flavour, so your coffee won’t be very strong near the bottom of the carafe and then very watery and weak a the top.

There is also a precise hole pattern throughout the lid, so the water is evenly spread right over the granules and doesn’t just focus on the central load, so there is no waste. With two different sizes of holes as well, there is even more regulation. All this results in an impactful brew.

Because the tap regulates the pouring itself, it can be left pretty much to its own devices. Just fill with the desired amount of water, rather than continuously adding it bit by bit. This makes it great for anyone who likes to set everything up and have their coffee ready for them with no fuss.

Cleaning-wise, all that is needed is a bit of a rinse. The jug is a nice shape, so there are no neglected corners, and as it is white it is easy to see if there are any coffee grains left behind.

We didn’t like the paper filters that came with it. They’re a bit fiddly, and they can fold over when you’re putting the granules in. There is a permanent gold filter available which may suit regular users or those who hate waste better.

You do need a separate jug for the coffee to drip into, as just the dripper is offered with the purchase. This may make the price seem a bit much for only half a product, but once you’ve tasted the coffee produced you will soon forgive this.

Reasons to Buy

  • Precise dripping design
  • Easy to clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • Small capacity

4.
Chemex 3-Cup Wood Neck Coffee Maker

Specifications

  • Size: 3/6/8/10 Cup
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Paper

A cult favourite amongst pour over coffee lovers around the world, the Chemex was voted one of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s 100 best-designed products of modern times.

All you do is pop one of the paper filters into the neck after folding into a cone shape and then fill with coffee. Then pour the water slowly over the grounds, ensuring you don’t overfill the upper carafe.

One problem a lot of people find with pour over methods is that, once the coffee is made, there is no way of keeping it warm. You can’t set them on top of a stove because the glass/plastic will crack as it isn’t strong enough, and they rarely come with lids to stop the heat escaping.

You don’t have this worry with the Chemex. It can be placed directly on top of a gas stove, or a flame at low heat. If you have a coil or electric stove top, you can purchase the extra Chemex stainless steel wire grid to use as a protective base.

There are two different models available; one with a handle or the classic design with a polished wood collar instead. There are also four sizes available. Choose from a three, six, eight or ten cup version depending on how much you drink at any one time or how big the household is. There would be nothing to stop you from making a big batch and popping it in a thermos flask to last you all day if you bought the larger version, after all.

The pouring spout is rounded and smooth so pouring the coffee is comfortable and it comes out at a reasonable speed. It is one of the most expensive options, but if you are serious about starting your pour over journey, it is worth the extra spend.

Reasons to Buy

  • Unique, classic design
  • Able to keep the coffee warm appropriately

Reasons to Avoid

  • Each model holds slightly less than advertised

5.
Coffee Gator Pour Over Coffee Brewer Set

Specifications

  • Size: 300ml, 400ml, 800ml
  • Material: Borosilicate
  • Glass Filter: Stainless Steel

Coffee Gator’s Pour Over Brewing Set is just as great as their other products on offer at producing a quality, simple cup of coffee.

Pop the grounds into the stainless steel filter, gradually add the boiling water and allow it to drop down into the borosilicate glass carafe. There you have it; the coffee is ready, and it took barely any effort. You can’t even call it effort, really.

The stainless steel filter is much better than the paper or cloth filters commonly used in filter coffee machines. First, it is reusable and washable, so no adding it to the landfill or having to add filters to your weekly shopping list and spending even more money. It also doesn’t absorb any oils as a paper or cloth version would. All the coffee drips down into the carafe, eventually to reach your cup and taste buds. Thanks to the lack of absorption, it is also much easier to remove without getting everything soggy, and there is also a little tab to lift it out, so you don’t burn your hands.

The dual-layer design won’t let anything through except liquid so that you won’t get loads of bits in the coffee. It is also surgical grade steel, so no matter how hot the water may be, it will withstand it (don’t go too wild, though). It won’t rust, and probably won’t ever need replacing either. Enjoy your eco-friendly coffee time and time again.

Dripping through takes a few minutes with the smaller model and just over five with the larger, depending on how much water you use.

Cleaning the carafe is a bit of a challenge due to the rounded shape and narrow neck, but as it is glass, it shouldn’t get too dirty anyway. A must-buy if you like homemade, quality coffee.

Reasons to Buy

  • Looks smart
  • Measurements on side of carafe
  • Metal filter lets no grounds through

Reasons to Avoid

  • Glass feels fragile, so you need to be careful when using

6.
Kitchen Craft Drip Coffee Maker Jug Set

Specifications

  • Size: 1L
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Paper

A complete set which has everything you need to start preparing your coffee straight away.

The four-piece kit features a glass jug, a plastic drip cone and a coffee measuring spoon, as well as a pack of 24 paper coffee filters. Unlike a lot of other glass jugs, this one feels pretty sturdy, like it could withstand a bit of wear and tear to a certain degree. The glass boasts thermal shock resistance, so if you preheat it with warm water, it shouldn’t shatter.

Don’t place it on a hob or heated surface to keep warm, even though the glass feels like it could be capable. It can withstand quite a bit, but not temperatures like this. It may also be worth buying a stand for it to prevent setting it straight onto a cold kitchen surface.

With a capacity of 1 litre, there is enough coffee made for three cups. Reducing the number of granules and water will comfortably make 1 or 2 if needed, though – just fill the measuring spoon a bit less.

Even though paper filters can usually be a bit fiddly, these are size 4, so there is plenty of room to get all the coffee in and soak the granules before pouring the rest of the water in gradually. We liked how there is a lid included separately, so you can pop it on when serving for safer pouring. The handle feels pretty sturdy around the jug’s neck, with no wobbling or turning and it is also comfortable to grip.

Whether you want an introduction to the slow drip coffee method or need to find a new product to use for your morning brews, this is an affordable offering which is easy to get the hang of.

Reasons to Buy

  • Feels good quality
  • Easy to pour

Reasons to Avoid

  • No instructions included

7.
BODUM Pour Over Coffee Maker with Filter

Specifications

  • Size: 0.5L/1L/1.5L
  • Material: Borosilicate Glass
  • Filter: Stainless Steel

As you’d expect from Bodum, this is a high-quality product with a permanent stainless steel filter for anybody who doesn’t like the paper alternatives.

It is straightforward to use: pop the filter into the neck of the jug, put the required amount of coffee granules in, and then slowly pour over some of the hot water until they are soaked. Add the rest of the water in small amounts until all has dripped through.

It takes about four minutes altogether, which is pretty quick for a quality cup of coffee. All you need to do before serving is to remove the filter.

Paper filters will also fit on top of the stainless steel one, for a more mellow taste and a slower drip. It also makes it a bit easier to clean. However, cleaning the stainless steel filter really is no trouble as all you need to do is give it a bit of a rinse. We didn’t get any coffee granules coming through to the end liquid, which suggests the filter is pretty good at its job all by itself.

Cleaning the entire jug is a bit of a task due to the shape. You can’t really stick your hand into the jug beyond the neck to reach the bottom, and even a long brush is a bit difficult to navigate. But if you wash it pretty soon after use, washing and rinsing it just as you would an ordinary glass or jug does the job.

The rubber grip around the neck makes it comfortable to hold, and also adds a safety element when pouring. It can be removed for cleaning and fits back on easily.

If you’re already a fan of the Bodum range or want a good introduction, then this is a solid choice.

Reasons to Buy

  • Available in 5 colour choices
  • Three sizes to choose from

Reasons to Avoid

  • Coffee cools very quickly

8.
Comfify Artisan Pour Over – Best Budget

Specifications

  • Size: 500ml
  • Material: Borosilicate Glass
  • Filter: Stainless Steel

Made up of a stainless steel filter, glass carafe and a bonus trivet to put them both on, this set doesn’t only make great coffee but looks a lot more classic and traditional than a bulky machine, too.

There is a red silicone tab included on the filter so you can lift it off without burning your hands before you pour the drink. For a bit of colour coordination, the silicone trivet included is also red. You can pop the jug on this to not only act as a safe non-slip base but also to prevent the hot jug touching a cold surface and potentially cracking. It is thermal shock glass as a bonus.

Rather than a grip around the neck of the jug, there is a handle to hold when you’re ready to pour. This doesn’t get hot and is easy enough to grip and manoeuvre.

The drip through rate seemed to be a little higher than with some of the other pour over coffee makers we have tried. This resulted in a slightly weaker cup of coffee, which could technically be resolved by adding a bit more coffee to the filter. This does mean you could end up using more overall, but it won’t be a noticeable difference.

Adding a paper filter could help, but this would also capture some of the oils from the coffee, limiting the taste. It also kind of makes the purpose of the stainless steel filter a bit pointless.

Even though it isn’t the absolute best pour over coffee maker we have reviewed, it is the most affordable if you’re on a budget or want to test the method out. The quality of the product is a lot higher than the price would suggest, and we liked the little added extras.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Clear markers on side of jug

Reasons to Avoid

  • Water flows through too quickly

9.
KitchenCraft Le’Xpress Pour-Over

Specifications

  • Size: 1.1L
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Steel

Slow brew coffee makers such as these are brilliant for anyone who likes a full body flavour, and this KitchenCraft is no different.

Up to eight cups can be made at any one time, meaning it is ideal for larger households. Because of the design of the stainless steel filter, paper filters are not required, so it should save you money in the long-run. The whole unit is dishwasher safe, so easy to clean and comes out sparkling. Coffee can be notoriously hard to clean, after all.

The handle has been designed in order to make it easy to hold, as well as safe. It is nice and large so you can get a good grip on it, and as it is integrated, it should keep the glass carafe nice and steady. Even though the filter is steel, barely any grounds end up in your cup – which unfortunately can’t be said for a few of the others we reviewed.

Reasons to Buy

  • Washable filter
  • Handle is comfortable to grip

Reasons to Avoid

  • The jug and filter are all one unit so can’t be separated for washing

10.
Boilbrew Coffee Brewer Cafetiere and Tea Maker

Specifications

  • Size: 500ml
  • Material: Glass
  • Filter: Steel

Technically a bit of a cross between a filter machine, French Press and a pour over, but in reverse if you will. Fill the carafe with ground coffee, pour in the water and let it diffuse, and then pour into the cup. The filter will stop the grounds entering the cup so you get a smooth hit of caffeine without any bitterness.

The shape helps with the brewing, so every bit of coffee and water combine. The glass is also thick, which keeps the coffee warmer for longer, and with a stainless steel filter, you won’t need to buy any paper options or worry it won’t be reliable. It is this method which gives it the BoilBrew name.

When it comes to cleaning it all, a quick swill out with water will likely budge any remaining residue, and you also get a cleaning brush which should help budge any stains which are forming.

Reasons to Buy

  • Coffee stays warm for a while
  • Allows you to manually make it as strong or weak as you wish

Reasons to Avoid

  • Getting the grains into the body of the unit through the neck can be hard

Pour Over Coffee Maker Buying Guide

Which is the best manual drip coffee maker for me?

The basics of every pour over drip through coffee brewer are the same. However, between each model, there are minor varying characteristics and selling points. Think about the filters you want to use, the styling of the jug and filter, and your budget too.

Also, remember that they take a bit more effort than electronic filter machines as you have to add the water slowly yourself. If this doesn’t appeal to you or suit your busy mornings, take a look at our reviews of the best electric drip filter machines instead, which do all the dripping automatically.

Filters

Most of the manual options above have their own permanent screens, made from either steel or cloth and which can be reused. Some others require paper filters, and usually come with a selection to get you started, but will need replacing after every use so this will be a continuous cost to you. There may be the option to purchase a separate permanent filter to use instead.

There is usually the possibility to add a paper filter to the permanent one by folding it and setting it inside. This gives coffee a slightly different taste – the paper traps a lot of the oils released by the granules which results in a less bitter taste, but also allows the dripping of the water to be slower, so the coffee taste is more concentrated.

You may prefer to experiment with the different options, depending on the beans you are using and the taste you want from that particular cup.

Price

Cheaper drip coffee makers start at just over £10 for the glass carafe and filter together as a set. This can increase beyond £100 for the more advanced models.

If you already have a suitable jug or cafetière at home which you’d like to use, there is the option to just buy the filter section (usually at a small cost), but getting the exact size and fit is important, so they don’t fall or let through granules, and this could prove more hassle than it is worth. We would recommend getting the set as an all-in-one, especially if you are a beginner.

 

FAQs

How do I pour the water into a drip coffee filter?

Firstly, the water has to be boiling. You can do this either in a kettle or over a heat source. Then, transfer the water into a suitable pouring device you can control with ease, such as a jug or dedicated hot water pourer. This is particularly relevant if you don’t feel you can control the pour of the kettle sufficiently enough.

Add a small amount of water to the granules first, enough to soak them. Leave for a little while until no water is falling through to the carafe, and then add some more (usually up to the top of the filter holder). Let this drip through fully, then repeat until all of the water has been used.

Some carafes have a quantity measuring scale on the side, so you can just add water until it is up to a certain level. If yours doesn’t, it may be easier to boil the correct amount of water before you start adding any.

Can I keep the coffee warm?

Unlike with a lot of electronic drip machines, there is usually no plate to keep the jug warm or option to pre-heat the carafe. Coffee produced by manual drip coffee makers usually needs to be drank pretty immediately.

The glass is usually not strong enough to withstand external heat or sudden heat. They are only designed to cope with warm coffee dripping at a slow rate. Some models offer additional warming stands or racks which allow the glass to be set over a heat source, but these are rare.

 

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