The 10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers

Updated June 23, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. For those who demand complete control over their java, or who only need an occasional cup, one of these coffee drippers may be the perfect solution. Ideal for any home or office setting, these pour-over designs allow just about anyone to easily and quickly brew the perfect tasting cup of joe without the high cost of going to one of those specialty stores. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pour over coffee maker on Amazon.

10. Diguo Drip Pot

The Diguo Drip Pot is constructed from heat-resistant borosilicate glass and sports a small, compact profile with a design that matches most kitchen decor. That design assists with proper circulation and allows for maximum expansion of the grounds during the brewing cycle.
  • comfortable wooden handle
  • brews up to four cups at a time
  • filter has a tendency to rust
Brand Diguo
Model COMINHKR092228
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

9. Hario V60

The Hario V60 is made of durable and elegant red-glazed ceramic that is crafted for superior heat retention to ensure a consistent brewing temperature. It's not the fastest solution available, but it does fit easily over most cups and carafes.
  • very easy to clean
  • brews one cup at a time
  • requires the use of paper filters
Brand Hario
Model VDC-02R
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Cafellissimo Paperless

Simplicity is often key to getting a superior-tasting cup of joe. The Cafellissimo Paperless is a good example of this, thanks to its one-piece 18/8 stainless steel design that can be used time and time again without absorbing your brew's oils or flavor.
  • elegant high-gloss finish
  • highly portable solution
  • handle could use a stay-cool grip
Brand cafellissimo
Model U-2900001
Weight 5.6 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

7. Oxo Good Grips Dripper

While it does technically use the pour-over method, the Oxo Good Grips Dripper takes on the responsibility of doing the actual pouring to offer you a hands-free experience. It boasts a water tank that tightly controls its flow to produce the best-tasting cup possible.
  • includes 10 filters
  • brews have a smooth and even flavor
  • a lot of parts to wash
Brand OXO Good Grips
Model 11180100
Weight 14.9 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Coffee Gator Standard

This Coffee Gator Standard uses a reusable filter made of laser-cut steel, which eliminates the need for buying disposable paper ones. It's designed to allow your brew to retain the rich flavors and oils that paper often absorbs.
  • stay-cool tab for lifting out filter
  • carafe holds 400 ml
  • glass feels a bit thin
Brand Coffee Gator
Model pending
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

5. Cuisinart CPO-850

The innovative Cuisinart CPO-850 mimics the manual brewing process you love in order to ensure flavor consistency, yet it also handles brewing automatically so that you can set it ahead of time. Its LED display shows the time as well as your flavor and timer settings.
  • choice of glass or thermal carafe
  • three brew strength options
  • considerably expensive and large
Brand Cuisinart
Model CPO-850
Weight 10.4 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Chemex Classic Series CM-8A

The Chemex Classic Series CM-8A is an hourglass-shaped flask that is made entirely from sturdy glass, ensuring that your brew will always maintain its natural taste without any foreign flavors or odors. Its elegant polished wood collar and leather tie complete the look.
  • modern and stylish design
  • available in various sizes
  • only compatible with chemex filters
Brand Chemex
Model CM-8A
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Wilbur Curtis Commercial

For restaurants, hotels, or offices with refined palates, the Wilbur Curtis Commercial is the rare pour-over brewer designed to serve a crowd. It's constructed from heavy-duty stainless steel with a powerful internal heating element designed for fast brewing.
  • textured black powder-coating
  • brews directly into a thermal carafe
  • makes a full batch in 3 minutes
Brand Wilbur Curtis
Model CAFE0AP10A000
Weight 28.2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Bodum 11571

The Bodum 11571 is capable of brewing up to 34 ounces of delicious java at a time with just a few scoops of your favorite grinds. Its stainless steel micro mesh filter helps prevent excess silt or sediment from showing up at the bottom of your mug.
  • borosilicate glass carafe
  • available in many colors
  • central cuff stays cool to the touch
Brand Bodum
Model 11571-01US
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

1. Melitta 10 Cup Cone

The Melitta 10 Cup Cone features a classic design from one of the most respected names in the game. Simply insert a paper filter, add your preferred grounds, and let loose with the hot water. Its basket and carafe are amply sized to serve a crowd.
  • great value for the price
  • ridged to prevent filter clogs
  • cone is bpa-free
Brand Melitta
Model 640616
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Not Too Hot

I remember my first cup of coffee pretty clearly. I was eight or nine at the time, and my Nana (my maternal grandmother) had just whipped up a pot in her stove-top percolator. I used to love to watch the percolator come to a boil, as it was stainless steel throughout with the exception of a little glass knob at the top of the lid. When the coffee boiled, you could see the bubbles splashing around through the lid.

The problem with percolator coffee, however, is the problem you’ll find with a vast majority of automatic coffee makers: they don’t give you control over water temperature. Ask anyone in the know, and they’ll tell you that as soon as your brewing water exceeds 205˚F, you’re going to burn the coffee. If you’ve ever had coffee at an all night diner in New Jersey, you've tasted why this is a problem.

When you elect to go with a pour over method for your coffee brewing, you gain distinct control over your water temperature, provided you don’t just throw boiling water over the beans. Ideally, your water temperature should be between 195˚F and 205˚F to get the most flavor out of your java. With a pour over method, you can take the temperature of the water, or set an electric kettle to cook your water to a specific temperature before you begin to brew.

A pour over coffee maker works by settling something that looks a lot like a funnel on top of either a coffee pot or a single mug. First, you pop a filter into one and fill it with coffee. You then pour hot water over the grounds as quickly as you see fit. Different pour times and different spreads of water over the grounds are said to alter the flavor by palpable degrees, so you can fine-tune your brew in ways no other method allows.

Pouring Over The Options

Pour over coffee brewers are kind of like Christmas trees. They’re all more or less the same shape, and they all serve the same function, but the size and materials of each can make a significant difference in your selection process. There are a couple of automatic pour over coffee makers on our list, and those we can think of like synthetic trees, but more on that later.

The most important variable for you to consider when evaluating pour over coffee makers is your audience. Some of the finest pour over units we've reviewed here only make a single serving at a time, and that might not be enough. Conversely, there are pour over machines on our list that can service the multitudes.

If you're making a cup for yourself or for somebody else, and you really want to impress them both with the flavor of your coffee and with your knowledge of the brewing process, a single serve pour over is the way to go. One of the better-rated pour overs on our list actually has four individual stations, each dedicated to a single cup. Something like this would be great in a crowd of diverse tastes.

For the less discerning groups, you can utilize a pour over coffee maker that collects your brew for service in a pot. Some of these come with pots of their own, and they're designed specifically for use with this pot alone. Other pour over units are more universal, allowing you to fit it to any given receptacle, provided it's heat-safe.

Getting back to the mechanical pour over makers on our list, they do a much better job than the cheap, drip-style coffee makers we discussed above, and their quality compared to those units is undeniable. Among aficionados of the bean, however, these would have a hard time passing muster, especially against the more refined single-serving pour over coffee makers that populate the hippest coffee houses out there.

Coffee Gone Blotto

There are filters in this world that do very little, that are filters in name mostly and in action barely. Then there are filters whose purpose is clear and whose efficacy is undeniable. Cigarette filters belong to the former group, as well as–some would argue–the filters on Instagram. Aquarium filters and coffee filters, on the other hand, belong to the latter group.

The history of the coffee filter is tied inexorably to the history of pour over coffee brewing. In 1908, German entrepreneur Melitta Bentz grew tired of cleaning up after linen coffee filters that would have been more at home in the former category above, as they did little to reduce the bitterness of her coffee. Her percolator did even less of a job. So, after a few rounds of material research, she used a nail to punch a bunch of holes in a piece of tin and she lined that with a sheet of blotting paper from her son's schoolbook.

The following year, at the 1909 Leipzig Trade Fair, Bentz and her two sons sold more than 1,200 coffee filters, launching their business into legitimacy. Today, the Melitta brand still forges forward as one of the leading producers both of coffee filters and of pour over coffee makers. And, while the advent of automatic drip coffee machines dampened the business, coffee purists have recently reemerged demanding the more careful brew that only a pour over can provide.

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Last updated on June 23, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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