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Pour-over is perhaps one of the oldest ways to prepare delicious coffee. It is also one of the most overlooked methods by average coffee consumers who prefer to use one touch drip machines.

Finding the best pour over coffee maker can be a dubious task because there are too many average products on the market. To speed up the selecting process, you can check out our top choice below.

best pour over coffee maker

At Coffee Dorks, we’ve determined that the classic series Chemex delivers the purest coffee brew with the highest quality flavor to make your taste buds spin out of delightful control. Specifically design from a durable non-porous Borosilicate glass, the Chemex eliminates unnecessary chemicals, therefore, eliminating bad odors from the brew.

In addition, this unit is available in 4 different sizes (3,6,8, and 10 cups) – making it a perfect fit for any home.

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If you want to find out how we filtered through 16 pour-over coffee brewers in order to find the best one, keep reading.

How To  Choose The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker

The main things you need to consider are:

  • Your budget
  • Your priorities
  • Frequency of use
  • Where you’ll use it
  • How many people will use it

A pour-over coffee dripper is very simple and doesn’t give any room for adjustments. A French press, for example, is also simple but gives you the ability to time how long your coffee brews for.

With the pour over method, there’s less for you to control. If you like to be a bit picky with precision, a different coffee maker is probably a better idea.

Your biggest choice when picking a pour over method is whether you want an inbuilt carafe or a straight-into-the-mug design.

Generally, if you’re just making coffee for yourself or need a coffee maker you can take to work and back, the cone shape is ideal. It’s also great because if a colleague wants a go, they can use it after you.

If you’re frequently making coffee for multiple people, or are drinking multiple cups over breakfast, the built-in carafe may be better.

Then there are the in-betweens, like the Asobu model, which brew a carafe but come with a travel lid for taking that carafe with you.

Define when and where you’ll be using the pour over maker and it will become pretty clear what type you need.

MODELCAPACITYMATERIALRATING
Chemex Classic
chemec classic
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3, 6, 8, 10 cupsBorosilicate glass5/5
Bodum
bodum
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17, 34, 51 ounceStainless steel & borosilicate glass4.8/5
Bean Envy
bean envy
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20 ouncesHeat resistant borosilicate glass4.6/5
Caffellissimo
Caffellissimo paperless
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1-2 cupsStainless Steel 18/8 Grade4.5/5
Coffee Gator
coffee gator
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14 ouncesSteel filter & borosilicate glass4.2/5

Top 5 Pour Over Coffee Makers

How To Pour Over Coffee The Right Way

How To Pour Coffee

To use a pour over, follow this method:

  1. Set up your pour over the filter (paper or permanent) over the mug or carafe.
  2. Add 8 to 10 grams of coffee per 4oz cup you want to make.
  3. Add at least twice the amount of coffee in water.
  4. Let it all drip through.
  5. Remove the filter and discard of the grinds.
  6. Pour and drink.

It requires a lot more patience than other coffee brewing methods.

First, you need to boil the water yourself in a kettle. With a Keurig, the water is boiled from the reservoir quickly and with no waiting time between the hot water hitting the coffee. If you like to be extra accurate with your water temperature, it will take even more time.

Schedule at least 5 minutes for water boiling.

For infusion, you need to wait at least 4 minutes for coffee to drip through. Even if there’s enough coffee in there to grab 1 cup before it’s finished, resist the temptation. That coffee may be under-extracted. You need to wait for all the water to drip through from the pour over to get a rounded taste from your cup.

Pour Over Accessories

If you’re considering a pour over maker for the low cost, you might want to take these essentials into consideration too:

  • A grinder – if you’re serious about fresh coffee grinds.
  • Kettle – electric is faster, stove-top allows water temperature precision.
  • Scales – pre-ground or fresh-ground coffee needs to be weighed for accuracy.
  • Hot plates – after 3 to 4 minutes of dripping through, coffee will be at a drinkable temperature, but if you leave it any longer it will start to cool.
  • Filters – permanents are more cost-effective, but a paper is more convenient for cleaning.

If you’re just starting to make coffee at home, the cost of all these essentials alongside the pour over may push it out of the budget.

Top 3 Pro Tips

Don’t fill the filter above the halfway mark with coffee. 1/3 full of coffee is usually about right for the correct water to ground contact. If you find yourself regularly putting in more coffee than this to get the right strength or volume, you need a stronger bean or larger pour over filter.

For large servings, you can add more water to the filter as the coffee drips out. But make sure you’re adding water before the water level drops to the point the grinds start to dry out. It should be a quickish process of patiently topping up water as it drops every few centimeters.

Experiment with beans and grinds. Generally, those beans that are good for French presses are good in medium-coarse grinds for pour over. Don’t give up if your coffee doesn’t taste great the first time, not all beans are cut out for pour over. Try Dominican Republic beans – the richness really evolves by using the pour over method.

What Brew to Expect

Pour over coffee is bright and bursting with flavor. As it the water washes through the coffee, it doesn’t have time to really absorb any bitterness from the beans. The result is a brighter flavor – not necessarily lighter – that highlights subtle notes you might not taste with a drip or French press type coffee maker.

You’re also getting an even distribution of water that would make espresso-fanatics jealous. With water swirling around and through the grinds loosely, you’re getting a very even extraction before the water drains through the filter.

It’s the minerals and vitamins that are in your water that pull out the coffee flavors, so if your brew tastes dull to start with your water!

Product Reviews

Chemex Classic

chemec classic pour over maker review

The Chemex Classic has taken a very simple coffee making process and refined it to perfection. The costliest pour over brewer on our list, and yet simply the best. You get what you pay for.

It’s made of borosilicate glass with a polished wood collar with leather tie. And that’s it.

We tested the 50oz model, which Chemex accurately describe as a 10-cup carafe. Most other brands would say that a cup is 4oz, to make it seem like their coffee maker holds more cups than it actually does. Chemex doesn’t do that.

We can’t express enough the quality and finesse of this design.

Chemex fans may note that the classic models are made from thinner glass than the luxury hand-blown Chemex carafes, but that doesn’t impact the heat resistant qualities. Borosilicate glass is highly effective at retaining heat.

The coffee produced was frankly delightful. You do need to artfully fold paper filters to fit, and waiting for 50oz of water to boil in your kettle takes a while… but it’s worth it.

Chemex also include instructions on how to keep it warm on gas and electric stoves, in case you don’t have a hot plate.

Cleaning is moderately simple. Give it a rinse when you’ve finished with it for the day. Soap it up in the sink and clean with a soft cloth once a week. Store away from direct sunlight and always ensure that the wooden collar is kept completely dry.

It’s a lovely design that’s blissfully simple to use.

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Bodum Pour Over

Bodum pour over coffee maker review

The Bodum pour over is exceptional value for money. This 34oz glass carafe pour over coffee maker is cheaper than some of the 1-cup cone coffee brewers on this, yet it can hold up to 8 cups at a time.

And despite being far cheaper than many other pour over drippers on this list, Bodum still provide borosilicate glass, a stainless-steel filter and the rubber attachment keeps everything together. It takes 3 to 4 minutes to brew the entire carafe, which is impressive too!

It’s cheap, cheerful and effective. But with any low-priced item, there are faults to be found.

The globe-shaped carafe makes it a little tricky to get the last few drops out when you’re pouring the last cup, and it certainly makes hand cleaning it trickier.

We also noted that although made of stainless-steel, the mesh filter felt a little flimsy. For the first few brews it held up well and no grinds made their way through… but over time we felt it would probably need replacing.

If you’re on a budget, however, these issues are dwarfed by the value for money, quality materials and convenience of this pour over maker. It’s definitely worth your consideration.

Bean Envy

Bean Envy pour over

This brand new, 20oz / 5-cup pour over carafe maker features all the quality materials and designs you’d expect from a leading-brand manufacturer… yet Bean Envy is barely out of its start-up pants.

The carafe material is borosilicate glass and the filter is rust resistant stainless steel. This is exactly what you would expect from a mid-top range brewer. But Bean Envy have also thrown in a silicone base for no-slip pouring and measurements on the side of the glass carafe.

Simple features, but you’d be surprised how many well-known brands have missed them when designing their own pour over brewers.

We particularly like the silicone base. Not only does it prevent us from knocking over the carafe while it’s brewing, but it also aids heat retention. The base is very wide and shallow, so when brewing a single cup it should, in theory, cool down very quickly. But the silicone base over borosilicate glass keeps it toasty warm.

Plus, silicone will hold its shape and properties up to 300°C, so no worries about it melting on a hot plate.

Convenient to use, whether you’re brewing 1 cup or 5. Simple to clean (rinse the cone immediately and put it in the dishwasher). Great tasting coffee. What more could you want?

Caffellissimo Paperless

Caffellissimo Paperless review

The Caffellissimo paperless cone pour over filter is a sleek and fast pour over device. It’s made of reinforced 18/8 grade stainless steel with a double mesh that’s finer at the base to ensure not a single grind gets into your drink.

It holds 1 – 2 cups, depending on the size of your mugs and is pretty epic to watch. Unlike most of the cone filters which are solid plastic, metal or ceramic with a paper filter inside, this cone literally is just the filter.

Watching the coffee flow out is a nice touch. Combined with the high-quality shine of the stainless steel, the experience of using this pour over filter is very nice indeed.

It’s faster than most cone pour over brewers, especially those that require paper filters. This is very important as the exposed stainless-steel mesh has no heat retaining properties whatsoever. One solution is to increase the water temperature, but that scorches your coffee.

Our best solution was to have our coffee mugs warm before the coffee hit them and not to brew in a cold room if possible!

You must handwash this filter the second you’re finished brewing, to ensure it stays unclogged. Some users put it through the dishwasher but we wouldn’t recommend it.

Coffee Gator Pour Over

Coffee Gator Pour Over Maker Review & Ratings

This 3-cup, 14oz glass pour over brewer from Gator is a tiny, yet highly effective coffee maker. It stands at just 6 inches tall, which is half an inch shorter than a Starbucks Venti – so Gator’s estimated 3 cup capacity is actually 3 small cups topped up with plenty of milk.

Nonetheless, it’s a highly effective brewer. The cone filter is a permanent addition, a laser-cut, surgical-grade stainless-steel micro-mesh filter (you can always pop in a paper filter as well if you’d prefer) with little rubber handle so you don’t burn yourself when removing it. There’s no silt in your coffee either way.

Watching the coffee flow out is a nice touch. Combined with the high-quality shine of the stainless steel, the experience of using this pour over filter is very nice indeed.

It’s faster than most cone pour over brewers, especially those that require paper filters. This is very important as the exposed stainless-steel mesh has no heat retaining properties whatsoever. One solution is to increase the water temperature, but that scorches your coffee.

Our best solution was to have our coffee mugs warm before the coffee hit them and not to brew in a cold room if possible!

You must handwash this filter the second you’re finished brewing, to ensure it stays unclogged. Some users put it through the dishwasher but we wouldn’t recommend it.

Three Recommended Pour Over Drippers

Chemex – Best Overall

best overall

Bodum – Best Budget

best budget option

Bean Envy – Best New Comer

best new product on the market

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Frequently Asked Questions
Is pour over coffee worth it?

Yes, absolutely! Pour-over brewing produces delicious coffee, and the process can be very relaxing.

Is pour over coffee better than drip?

Tough question. I think if made properly, pour-over coffee can taste better (richer aroma, and fuller body). But, it will depend on the beans and grinder you have used prior to the pouring process.

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