Last Updated: 16-10-2019

10 Best Pour Over Kettles (Gooseneck Kettles)

Kettles are an easy-enough purchase, and there are hundreds on the market to choose from. But if you are looking for a gooseneck kettle, you have a slightly tougher challenge on your hands.

A gooseneck kettle is another term for a pour over kettle, designed for use with pour over drip coffee makers. They offer better reach and control than ordinary kettles due to their long curved spouts, limiting the water flow for a more balanced saturation and consistent slow extraction.

To avoid buying one with poor control, mediocre strength and leaking water, take a glimpse at our list of the ten best pour over kettles available to buy online.

The Best Gooseneck Pour Over Kettles

1.
Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13.2 x 14.3cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1L/1.2L

We love Coffee Gator products here at Daily Espresso. This pour over kettle is no exception, with all of the little functions which make it fabulous at its job.

The neck is perfectly shaped and formed to get just the right water pouring speed without you having to train in barista skills. With a comfortable handle, you will be able to position it at just the right degree, without having to scald your knuckles or pop it down for a rest.

Made from military grade stainless steel, it is strong and sturdy and will be resistant to heat and water for a long, long time – unlike others which could leak or rust. Talking of heat, you can use it on all hob types including induction to keep the water warm if you need a top-up.

There is a built-in temperature gauge so you can avoid the water getting near boiling point and scalding the coffee grounds. It is available in 1 litre and 1.2 litre sizes, and is actually very well priced for the quality and brand name.

Reasons to Buy

  • Solid build
  • Clear thermometer
  • Quick to heat up

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lid is a little loose so can rattle over heat

2.
Hario Buono V60

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 25.5 x 13.5 x 16 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1L

Another brand which always wins top points in their reviews, no matter the product. Hario are great at making glass pour over coffee makers – the V60 is rather famous – so it is no surprise that their gooseneck kettle also makes a high appearance on our list.

It is stainless steel so really high quality, and is suitable for use over all hob types including gas and induction. The precision of the pouring control is high, and users have stated that they have owned theirs for years and seen no sign of rust or wear.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good level of control
  • Great price

Reasons to Avoid

  • No thermometer

3.
Melitta Gooseneck Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 22.3 x 17 x 18.5 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 0.7L

This is a slightly different looking pour over kettle, but it doesn’t make it any less effective.

The neck is nice and long for uniform, comfortable pouring, and the handle is comfortable to grip. It is also quite chunky, which is great if you prefer or need something a bit easier to hold.

It is one of the more affordable on our list, and while the metal is a bit thinner than some more expensive options and it doesn’t have as large a capacity, the base is still nice and thick for use on all hob and heat types.

Reasons to Buy

  • Price
  • Chunky handle

Reasons to Avoid

  • No thermometer

4.
Magicafé Pour Over

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 27.9 x 16.3 x 15 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1.2L

A really great kettle despite the fact that it is from a lesser-known name. You have a choice of three finishes, as well as a built-in thermometer to cut out the hassle of monitoring the temperature.

The price is great to say you get the thermometer too, with a sturdy handle and overall great build quality. The lid is nice and easy to open, with a substantial handle which means you won’t scald your hand in the process.

It holds 1.2L, but it is recommended you fill it no more than 1L to avoid spilling when poured.

Reasons to Buy

  • Nice easy grip handle
  • Triple layer base to prevent rust and help on heat

Reasons to Avoid

  • Be careful if using over gas with the flame size

5.
Fellow Stag Pour-Over Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 25.9 x 13.3 x 15.9 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1L

Not one for the metallic finish? This kettle could provide you with the perfect alternative.

You can purchase it in a copper or polished steel finish, but matte black is our favourite for something a little bit different. It is compatible on all hob types so the water can stay nice and warm, and a one litre boiling capacity should mean all guests are served at the same time.

The angles are a bit sharper, so it may appeal to those who are concerned about style and want every small kitchen appliance to make a focal point. And, if you want to take your coffee making skills to barista level then you’ll be pleased to hear it was the kettle used during the 2016 U.S. and Dutch Brewers Cup Champions.

The handle is also a slightly different shape and could be great for anyone who struggles with grip or lifting weights. It is one of the most expensive around so could be out of reach for some, but if you’re serious about coffee making then you may want to invest.

Reasons to Buy

  • Good secure handle
  • Optimal brew temperature marking

Reasons to Avoid

  • May be best to work in °F rather than °C as the latter markings are a bit confusing

6.
Soulhand Pour Over Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 27 x 14 x 14 cm
  • Material: Alloy
  • Capacity: 1L

Suitable for use with almost all heat sources, from gas flame to induction, this is a nice kettle if you want to spend under £30 and want something easy to use and control.

The thermometer at the top is easy enough to read and provides a good clear temperature reading, and a solid lid handle too. With a slow controllable pour, it is great for use with a Chemex, V60 or handheld maker such as an Aeropress.

It will hold 1L or 1.2L, but you should only fill it up around 0.8L to avoid spillages or overflowing boiling water.

Reasons to Buy

  • Matte black design
  • Great on all heat surfaces

Reasons to Avoid

  • °C markings are a little confusing

7.
Diguo Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 28.8 x 22.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 0.7L

This gooseneck kettle is something a bit different, as it is similar to an electric kettle with a dedicated heat source and digital control.

It could be good for anyone who doesn’t have much hob space or doesn’t like leaving things on there to tick over and heat up. You could also opt for this if you’re concerned about having to monitor the temperature, as there are six pre-programmed settings to choose from.

The Hold function can keep the water at the desired temperature for as long as you need, and the stainless steel body and real wood handle achieve a touch of the high-end, slightly Scandi look. It boils quickly, but be aware it has a relatively small maximum capacity.

Reasons to Buy

  • Six present temperatures: 60, 82, 85, 88, 92 and 100°C
  • Count up timer to boil point
  • Shut down safety feature

Reasons to Avoid

  • Fully removable lid can be stiff

8.
VonShef Stovetop Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 29.4 x 17.8 x 16.4 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1.2L

VonShef are a well-known name in the kitchen appliance industry. While this kettle looks and performs just like so many others out there, the low price pushes it ahead of some rivals.

There is a built-in thermometer, which is one of the easiest of those on the list to read as it is precise and puts °C as the most prominent marking. There are two marked areas too, one for the perfect coffee temperature and a lower one for green and oriental teas. It is surrounded by rubber, so is heat resistant to touch.

It would make a great gift, coming in VonShef packaging and box. The large capacity makes it great for a family or if you’ll be using it when guests are over. A few reviews state that the temperature can be a bit off though, so you may want a back-up thermometer if you like things down to a tee.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lovely presentation
  • Matte black finish

Reasons to Avoid

  • Temperature can be hit and miss

9.
Vinekraft Stove Top Gooseneck Kettle

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.6 x 11 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 600ml

Great for daily use, this is a simple budget-friendly drip kettle which holds enough for one or two people.

It is based on the Japanese style of pour over kettle, which is great as seeing this is where drip coffee is thought to have originated. There is nothing complicated about it, so it is great for novices who want the taste without the faff.

You miss the stronger, shaped handle seen on other models, but it still feels just as strong and easy to pour from.

Reasons to Buy

  • Small capacity could suit some people better
  • Nice compact size

Reasons to Avoid

  • Misses a secure handle or lid handle

10.
Brewista BA6VKETLS

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.1 x 21.1 cm
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Capacity: 1L

Another digital pick here, which is great if the manual method of temperature monitoring doesn’t appeal and you’d rather have the ease of a kettle in pour-over ease.

It is a very attractive and stylish piece of kit, with wooden handles and a stainless steel body. The spout neck is very narrow and long, which is great for precision, and the main handle is smooth and shaped perfectly for a good grip.

Thanks to the base, you can pick the exact temperature you are after, as well as having the ability to keep it warm for an hour without the need for a hob. This would make it ideal for anyone who likes another cup once the first is finished.

The main off-putting thing is the high cost, which is the only reason it features so low on our list. But it is the ultimate ‘hipster’ coffee making accessory.

Reasons to Buy

  • Comfortable to hold and use
  • Great temperature monitoring

Reasons to Avoid

  • The base is a bit larger than needed

Gooseneck Kettle Buying Guide

Which Forms Of Coffee Maker Can I Use A Pour Over Kettle With?

It isn’t just the pour over drip makers which are great for use with a gooseneck kettle. Any method which requires soaking the coffee grounds slowly is appropriate, so you may have a cafetiere, handheld or vacuum maker at home or which you take away with you.

It would also be a great kettle for use with making green, aromatic or fruit teas which require a lower yet precise temperature, as you can monitor this easily with a thermometer. The pour speed is also essential with these for extraction, which is great.

Some Things To Look Out For

  • Thermometer – Some kettles feature a built-in thermometer which sits on the lid, so you can keep an eye on the warmth of the water and know exactly when to use it without suffering from a subpar coffee. If yours doesn’t, it could be worth getting one to check when the time comes
  • Material – Stainless steel is the most commonly used material for kettles like this. It retains heat as well as being safe for use on a heat source, and won’t impair the taste of the water. Don’t choose one which is made from another metal or plastic
  • Price – This generally starts at around £25 and can rise to well over £100. Those at the top end are not necessarily always the best, but it could be worth opting for one in mid-range to ensure quality and value for money over time
  • Capacity – If you need around 1 or 2 cups per time, something around 500/600ml is sufficient. Anything more, and look for one 1L+. Bear in mind that the maximum capacity is often not the amount the kettle can hold, as filling it too much would result in overflowing water so the maximum marker is often around 200ml less than advertised
  • Handle – A matter of personal preference, but opt for a kettle which looks as though it would be comfortable and safe for you to hold, particularly if you struggle lifting weights or tilting objects

Manual or Electric?

The former is the most traditional option when it comes to gooseneck kettles, but it does all boil down to preference.

Manual takes a bit more effort to heat the water, and you can’t just leave it to do the job. You will have to use a thermometer to monitor the temperature, but this does all add to the full barista experience.

Electric models are more like your traditional kettle. They heat up to a particular temperature on their own, and often have safety features such as shut-off timers and overboil protection. Some argue they just don’t give the full effect though.

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