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10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers Complete Guide | Reviewed 2019

Coffee is ambrosia. It’s how world champions start their day.

A lot goes into coffee. That you’re reading this means you, on some level, realize it too. That’s why you’re taking the time to look around for the best pour over coffee makers.

Making coffee itself is very personal. However, there are fundamentals to consider which perfect your coffee brewing technique.

One of those fundamentals is your equipment and pour over coffee makers are some of the more simple coffee making equipment on the market – especially the manual ones.

Pour over coffee makers aren’t overly complicated. However, it’s still possible to get a product that is mediocre and doesn’t meet your needs.

The “HOW” of using pour over coffee makers is pretty straightforward – selecting one that suits you is a bit trickier (which is where this guide comes in).

There are a few preliminary questions you need to settle for yourself before looking for a coffee maker, and I’ve handled half of the work for you – listing the things you need to consider while looking to purchase a pour over coffee maker.

Comparison Table

ItemSizeBrew TimeCup CapacityPrice
Breville BDC450

Best Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker
12.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches8-9 minutes12 cups
Cafflano Klassic

Best Portable All in One Coffee Maker
3.5 x 7.6 x 3.5 inches3-4 minutes1 cup
Hario V60 Coffee Dripper

Best Ceramic pour over Coffee Maker
4.3 x 3.9 x 4.2 inches1-2 minutes1-2 Cups
Melitta Coffee Maker

Best Cheap pour over Coffee Maker
5.5 x 5 x 5 inches1-2 minutes1 Cup
Motif Elements Pour-Over Coffee Brewer

Best Electric pour over Coffee Maker
12 x 12 x 13 inches4-8 minutes8 Cups
OXO BREW Single Serve Pour Over Coffee Dripper

Best Single cup pour over Coffee Maker
5 x 5 x 5.5 inches1 minute1-2 cups
Primula PCBR-0146 Brew Buddy

4.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches30 seconds1 Cup
Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker

5.4 x 0.9 x 5.4 inches4 minutes8 cups
Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer Mug

Best Travel pour over Coffee maker
8 x 5 x 4.2 inches1 minute2 cups
Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer

4 x 4 x 5.7 inches1-2 minutes2 cups

Top 10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers Review

1. Breville BDC450 – Best Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker

Traditionally, pour over coffee is a manual method of brewing coffee. But, this is 2019, and the power of automation has arrived to make the pour over process easier.

The Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker (with Thermal Carafe) is one of the best ways for newbies to enter the world of homemade coffee brewing – especially with the presets.

With Presets as varied as the GOLD (automatically adjusts the water temp and brew time to meet the SCAA’s exacting Golden Cup standard), STRONG (settings are automatically adjusted so you get a stronger cup of coffee), and FAST (brews up to 12 cups as fast as the brewer can deliver), the BDC450 is ready to deliver a great cup of coffee straight out of the box in under 8 minutes.

Maybe you have more experience with coffee making and have a preferred custom setup? The BDC450 also allows you direct control over bloom time, flow rate and temperature under a “MY BREW” setting.

Best Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker

Specifications

Dimensions: 12.4 x 6.7 x 15.7 inches

Material: Stainless steel, thermal carafe

Brew Time: 8-9 minutes

Weight: 3.15 pounds

Capacity: 12 cups

Pros
  • It has accurate and adjustable temperature settings
  • It has customizable brew settings
  • It has great preset brew settings
  • It is easy to use
Cons
  • The pour over adaptor is not included and needs to be ordered separately
  • The abundance of customizations can be a bit overwhelming and results in a somewhat steep learning curve.

2. Cafflano Klassic – Best Portable All in One Coffee Maker

This might be one of the most innovative portable coffee maker designs I’ve ever seen. The Cafflano Klassic packs everything you need in a coffee maker – burr grinder, kettle, coffee filter, and insulated tumbler – into a compact package weighing just around 1 pound.

The design features were enough to get it voted the most innovative product at the New York Coffee Festival, and the Cookshop & Housewares Association. I mean, how cool is that.

The grinder feels sturdy and adjusting it is easy. The removable black lid is thick enough so you can pour hot water from it with minimal risk of being burnt. The lack of a second hole in the lid can be awkward, forcing you to either pour unevenly or slightly lift the lid to let air inside. But using the lid is optional as long as you’re careful.

The filter works great. The tumbler retains heat quite well and keeps the coffee hot. The final brew is great, all things being equal, and the filter can easily be emptied and cleaned with water when done. All in all, the Cafflano Klassic is a winner – easy to set up, sturdy, and a lifesaver for serious coffee drinkers in mobile situations like on the airplane.

Best Portable All in One Coffee Maker

Specifications

Size: 3.5 x 7.6 x 3.5 inches

Weight: 1.06 pounds

Material: Plastic

Brew Time: 3-4 minutes

Cup Capacity: 1 cup

Pros
  • Brews great coffee
  • It is Portable.
  • It is easy to use
  • It is easy to clean
Cons
  • It might drip water
  • Coffee grinder might not be 100% efficient.

3. Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper – Best Ceramic pour over Coffee Maker

Ceramic is a popular choice for kitchenware. It looks great and handles heat well. So, it’s nice to have a ceramic coffee maker around the kitchen.

In usual manual pour over coffee makers, there’s usually a tiny hole that allows the brewer to regulate the water to help control how long the water is in contact with the grounds. If the water goes through too fast, you just get hot water. If it’s too slow, you get bitter coffee.

The Hario’s hole is so big it hardly controls the flow at all. This is because the Hario presumes you will grind your own coffee. This encourages superfine grounds, and the general idea is to find a grind fine enough to slow the drip and end up with 4-6 minutes of contact between water and grounds. In simple terms, the Hario V60 is a great brewer.

Best Ceramic pour over Coffee Maker

Specifications 

Size: 4.3 x 3.9 x 4.2 inches

Weight: 10.6 ounces

Material: Ceramic

Brew Time: 1-2 minutes

Capacity: 1-2 cups

Pros
  • It is easy to clean
  • It is durable and portable
  • Great quality of the material.
Cons
  • It can break.
  • Brews only 1-2 cups

4. Melitta Single Cup Coffee Maker – Best Cheap pour over Coffee Maker

Everyone loves budget buys. That’s why I looked out for a cheap pour over coffee maker that doesn’t skimp on quality – the Melitta Single Cup Coffee Maker.

The Melitta is a low tech, basics only option for making a great cup of coffee. Despite this, it gets a lot of things right. You’d be hard-pressed to find a pour over coffee maker that is easier to use.

The coffee-infused water will slowly drain into the mug, and by regulating how many grounds you place in the filter basket, you can regulate the strength of the brew to your taste. You don’t even have to use hot water either; cold water works just as well if you want a cold coffee.

Oh, and it’s very easy to clean – just wash (for permanent filters) or discard the used filter (for disposable ones) and wash.

Best Cheap pour over Coffee Maker

Specifications

Size: 5.5 x 5 x 5 inches

Weight: 4.8 ounces

Material: Plastic

Brew Time: 1-2 minutes

Capacity: 1 cup

Pros
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Extremely durable
  • Very portable
  • Works with a variety of filters
Cons
  • Might use up more grounds than others.
  • It has no handle.

5. Motif Elements – Best Electric pour over Coffee Maker

The Motif Elements Pour-Over Style Coffee Brewer (with Thermal Carafe) is, in my opinion, right up there with electric pour over coffee makers.

The Motif takes some of the best knowledge behind making coffee and makes it possible for us normal Joes to replicate that consistently at home.

First of all, it is programmable. This allows you to take a process that is usually manual, and set it up to happen automatically in anticipation of when you might need your coffee ready. The filter basket and water reservoir are removable, making it a breeze to clean. The heaters for boiling the water and warming the coffee are separate. So brewing time is short, and your coffee can also be kept warm.

Another nifty feature is pre-infusion, where the coffee grounds are dampened before brewing to full blooming.

Best Electric pour over Coffee Maker

Specifications

Size: 12 x 12 x 13 inches

Weight: 7 pounds

Material: Stainless steel

Brew Time: 4-8 minutes

Capacity: 8 cups

Pros
  • Great tasting coffee
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Takes up space.
  • It has fragile parts.

6. OXO BREW – Best Single cup pour over Coffee Maker

The OXO BREW is much easier to use. Most basic pour over coffee makers requires you to slowly pour hot water over the coffee grounds to get the best flavor and prevent it from overflowing. They also usually require a special gooseneck kettle.

In the OXO model, however, the tank controls the dripping. This means you can pour (and measure) the hot water at once and let the holes in the tank do the work. Though it looks plain, this is a no-nonsense, practical pour over coffee dripper. This makes for a darned consistent brew.

It has a lower lip that allows it to be fixed on a variety of mugs, eliminating the need for a carafe.

The OXO is ideal for those who may not be too spoiled for space for more elaborate contraptions, or time for a more elaborate brewing process.

All these make it a great choice for beginners and a nice choice for experts. It comes in just one colour and size, unfortunately, but its plastic construction makes it sturdy and portable.

Best Single cup pour over Coffee Maker

Specifications

Size: 5 x 5 x 5.5 inches

Weight: 7.7 ounces

Material: Plastic, glass

Brew Time: 1 minute

Capacity: 1-2 cups

Pros
  • It is easy to clean.
  • It is easy to use.
  • It is durable and portable.
Cons
  • Only comes in one size and colour
  • It might not fit your favorite mug or cup.

7. Primula PCBR-0146

As one would expect from the top travel pour over coffee maker pick, the Primula PCBR-0146 is lightweight – just under 2 ounces – and fully portable. It is perfect for traveling, camping, and so on.

It can brew in as little as 30 seconds, depending on the strength and volume of coffee required. Its fine mesh filter design, besides being very easy to clean, also traps even the smallest of grinds, squeezing maximum flavour from every bit of your precious grounds.

This coffee maker fits most mugs and cups as well.

Due to its size, this coffee maker will probably not be the best for making lots of coffee, but given that coffee will be ready in as little as 30 seconds, it can still be ideal for more than one person.

Specifications

Size: 4.2 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches

Weight: 1.6 ounces

Material: Plastic, Mesh filter

Brew Time: 30 seconds

Capacity: 1 cup

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Portable for carrying around or traveling
Cons
  • It allows some residue into your coffee.

8. Bodum Pour over Coffee Maker

The best thing about the Bodum pour over coffee maker is the ease of use. There are no complicated buttons to be master; no complex settings of any kind that need to memorise. Everything is basic and manual and gets the job done.

It uses a permanent feature, making its maintenance a breeze. All that is needed to clean it is to rinse it off after usage. No need to disassemble different parts for cleaning or the dishwasher.

The ease of use and cleaning makes it more likely that if you have the Bodum and the time, you will more often than not, use it.

The ritual in the pour over method might be soothing as well, and it is easier to just make coffee – no bells and whistles. Automatic pour over coffee makers might have more functions or better taste, but getting around the mental barrier and using the machine can be quite the chore for some – especially if you’re not in a hurry to go anywhere.

Specifications

 Size: 5.4 x 0.9 x 5.4 inches

Weight: 1.55 pounds

Material: Stainless steel, glass

Brew Time: 4 minutes

Capacity: 8 cups

Pros
  • It is easy to use
  • It is easy to clean
Cons
  • The glass carafe is fragile.
  • The filter that comes with it is not so great.

9. Coffee Gator Pour Over Mug – Best Travel pour over Coffee maker

I want to introduce to you the best travel pour over coffee maker! The Coffee Gator pour over brewer mug is a great way to make a mug full of coffee you can take with you. See the Coffee Gator as a personal coffee maker and a coffee mug, you can brew in it and drink from straight from it.

It uses a stainless steel filter mesh that is easy to clean, and dense enough to ensure optimal extraction from the coffee grounds.

The thermal mug feels really solid, and it retains heat well enough, and for long enough.

This has the look and feel of a travel coffee maker, but to be fair, it is really versatile. It can serve the single cup drinker, the office drinker, and the house mom needing her caffeine dose equally well.

Best Travel pour over Coffee maker

Specifications

Size: 8 x 5 x 4.2 inches

Weight: 10.2 ounces

Material: Stainless steel, Plastic

Brew Time: 1 minute

Capacity: 2 cups

Pros
  • It is easy to use
  • It keeps coffee hot for about 4 hours
  • It is lightweight
Cons
  • It can only brew one cup at a time.

10. Coffee Gator Pour over Brewer

This pour over coffee maker is inspired by barista-level coffee making excellence, and the entire aim of the contraption is to make it easy and intuitive to make great tasting coffee in the comfort of your home.

It is basically a high-quality filter in a translucent glass carafe.

It uses a stainless steel mesh filter that, unlike single use filters, aims to extract maximum flavour without leaving any residue. It is easy to clean and maintain. The strength is basically controlled by the fineness of the grounds – (the finer the grind, the more flavour is released).

The glass carafe is as rugged as can be expected from glassware and does a decent job of retaining heat in the brew.

Specifications

Size: 4 x 4 x 5.7 inches

Weight: 9 ounces

Material: Glass

Brew Time: 1-2 minutes

Capacity: 2 cups

Pros
  • Easy to use and clean.
  • It produces great tasting coffee.
  • It has a reusable filter.
Cons
  • The carafe might break.
  • The jug might break.

Factors To Consider Before Buying a Pour Over Coffee Maker

So, you want to spend some bucks and purchase a pour coffee maker for yourself or family and you’re wondering the do’s and don’ts to consider before making a purchase. Here are some factors to consider before buying.

Size: Here’s one you must consider. Do you live alone? You should probably get a single serve pour over coffee maker so you don’t get have leftover coffee. If you have a family, you should go for a bigger pour over coffee with a glass carafe that’ll serve 5-8 cups so no one gets left out of the coffee fest. If you are looking for something you can travel with, you’ll need to go for something compact that will fit in your bag.

Requirements: There are pour over coffee makers that won’t require accessories and they are the ones that need other accessories in other to use them. Take the Primula PCBR-0146 for example, you’ll need a cup for the extract, you’ll need a kettle for water. Unlike the Breville BDC450 that basically requires you to pour water into its water tank.

Durable: Most pour over coffee makers are made of glass that can break easily, if you have kids in your home like I do that might be a problem. It would be totally depressing to make a purchase today and get to throw it in the trash the next day. You should consider getting something that doesn’t break easily.

Tips For Choosing The Best Pour Over Coffee Maker

You are ready to make a choice? Here are some tips to help you.

Distribution and Size of the holes: If a dripper has many holes it will surely drain faster. Drippers that drain fast are a bit more complex to use. If you have no idea on brewing, this might not be a great pick for you. You should start with the one that has a low hole density, they pour steadily and are quite easy to use.

The Filter Material: When purchasing a pour over coffee maker, one thing to expect out of the box is a filter material. Some drippers come with special filters, others can come with any kind of filter, while some have a built-in filter. They are different types of filters. The metal filters make bold brews and can be a bit intense to clean, the paper filters produce clear coffee and you won’t require intense cleaning. They are also cloth filters that are the most difficult to clean, but still remain the best kind of filters.

Accessories Required

There are basically 3 accessories required to brewing coffee with a pour over coffee maker. There are:

  • A gooseneck kettle for boiling water
  • Coffee grinders
  • Filters

With all these, you are ready to start brewing using your pour over coffee maker. If you do not know how to use these three components, here’s a video guide that will show you how to brew using a pour over coffee maker.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pour-Over Coffee Worth It?
It definitely is. Besides being a relatively cheap method of making coffee (as opposed to coffee machines), pour over coffee introduces an element of ritual to your coffee making routine.

Besides the ritually rewarding elements of pour over coffee, it also makes for great tasting coffee. After all, adopting the meditative ritual of pour over coffee wouldn’t be very appealing if the coffee was swill. But it isn’t.

Pour over coffee brewing is usually capable of producing coffee that’s much more delicious, rich, and balanced than your regular auto-drip pots. Flavours that bloom on the tongue, a satisfying taste experience, and intense aromas are usually characteristic of pour over coffee.

What is the Difference Between Pour-Over Coffee Makers, and Drip Coffee Machines?
The difference is in control. With pour over coffee makers, you’re in control of the pouring. You can slow down as much as you like and extract much more flavour from the coffee beans. With drip machines, the machine does your pouring for you.
Does Pour-Over Coffee Raise Cholesterol?
Coffee does not contain any cholesterol. However, excessive intake of coffee could raise cholesterol levels. If you are the type who is literally addicted to coffee intake, there’s a possibility of raised cholesterol.
What is the Best pour over Coffee Maker?
Well, in the end, that depends on you, doesn’t it? It may not be easy saying the objective best, but our top pick is definitely a good place to start. If that doesn’t meet your needs, the other makers in this guide are sure to hit the spot.

The Verdict!

There you have it! There goes my list of the best pour over coffee makers in 2019.

Lots of great products here, but you can only pick one at the end (or more? FOR THE LOVE OF COFFEE!!!). My best recommendation is the Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker, but every entry on this list is a certified world-beater (once you’ve specified your particular circumstances, of course).

The right purchase, coupled with your impeccable technique, will make a magnificent cup of coffee for you every time.

Our Top Pick

Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker

Best Automatic Pour Over Coffee Maker

The pour over coffee makers in this guide are all amazing, regardless of whatever type they happen to be. However, my top pick is the Breville BDC450 Precision Brewer Coffee Maker. Here are some features that make this pour over coffee maker stand out.

  • It has accurate and adjustable temperature settings
  • It has customizable brew settings
  • It has great preset brew settings
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As we all know, a great cup of coffee requires accurate control over temperature, contact time, and flow rate to pull off. This machine gives you the control to make your perfect cup. It has great presets and lets you customize your brew in terms of bloom time, flow rate and brewing temperature.

But wait! That’s not all!

The Coffee Maker has options for both flat bottom filters, and cone bottom filters. This makes more brewing options available than would ordinarily be in regular coffee makers. With an extension, there’s even the option to brew with a V60 or Melitta instead of the drip basket.

For coffee newbies, the permutation of temperature, infusion time, and coffee volume can be overwhelming. The GOLD preset setting eliminates all that, instructing the machine to brew a gold standard cup (the standard is defined by the specialty coffee association). The other presets: STRONG (maximizes coffee extraction), and FAST (minimizes brew time) are also quite useful.

All in all, a pretty nifty machine!

10 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers Complete Guide | Reviewed 2019

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