Find the Best Gooseneck Kettle for Pour Over Coffee

I must confess, in the early days of my coffee journey a gooseneck kettle was not part of the line up sitting on my coffee shelf. When brewing coffee with my first pour over device, the Chemex, I used an electric kettle with a short spout to – rather inexpertedly – wet the coffee bed. Needless to say, my pouring didn’t look anything like the graceful motions I had witnessed baristas apply in coffee shops and the result in the cup was equally underwhelming. Can you relate?

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Brewista Gooseneck Kettle

It wasn’t until I invested in a gooseneck kettle that the aesthetics of my brewing and the taste of my filter coffee improved. Hence, when people ask me whether a gooseneck kettle is really necessary, for brewing devices such as Chemex and V60 my answer is: Yes! A gooseneck kettle is essential for precise pouring, to control the flow rate and to reproduce a great tasting cup of coffee time and time again. For immersion brewers such as AeroPress and French Press, on the other hand, a gooseneck kettle is not strictly necessary. If you have established that you need a gooseneck kettle in your life, read on to explore the best options for pour over.

Electric Gooseneck Kettles on Amazon

Fellow Stagg EKG

Brewista Artisan

Bonavita

OXO Brew

Stovetop Gooseneck Kettles on Amazon

Takahiro

Hario Buono

Kalita

Timemore

Electric or Stovetop, What Kind of Gooseneck Kettle is Right for You?

Are you nostalgic for that whistling sound in the morning calling for you when your water is boiling? Or are you team convenience, a fan of accurate water temperature with just the push of a button? When deciding between a stovetop or electric gooseneck kettle there are a number of factors to take into account. I’ve put together the most relevant considerations to help you narrow down your options.

  • Budget: If quality materials are important to you but you have a limited budget, a stovetop gooseneck kettle such as the Kalita might be a better option for you, especially if you already own some sort of kettle to heat up water. 
  • Temperature control: The great advantage of an electric gooseneck kettle is the option to get water to a precise temperature and maintain that temperature for 30 to 60 minutes. A stovetop gooseneck kettle requires an external thermometer to measure the actual water temperature and will always require more intervention to get it to the desired degrees, especially when trying to maintain a certain temperature over a certain period of time. If precision is important to you, an electric gooseneck kettle is the better choice.
  • Speed: In most cases, electric gooseneck kettles will get your water to boil much faster than stovetop gooseneck kettles.
  • Portability: Most stovetop gooseneck kettles are easily portable and can be used anywhere where an external heat source is available, even above a campfire somewhere far away from your kitchen stove.

The Best Electric Gooseneck Kettles

The electric gooseneck kettle Stagg EKG by Fellow stands out from the crowd with luxury design, great functionality and solid build quality. Pour over enthusiasts, including myself, love it for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the narrow spout enables to better control the flow rate while brewing. It has the option to dial in a desired temperature and heats water up very quickly. By turning on the HOLD mode the kettle maintains the set temperature for up to 60 minutes, which is particularly useful when you are brewing several pour overs in a row. The overall ergonomics of the Stagg EKG are top notch. The handle feels comfortable, including a rest area for your thumb, and allows to easily keep a steady pour and fine tune it. Rather than using your phone, you can take advantage of the integrated brew stopwatch.

On the downside, filling up an AeroPress or French Press can be a time consuming endeavour with the Fellow Stagg EKG. Due to the restricted flow of water it takes roughly 53 seconds to pour out its full capacity of 900ml. If you want to use this gooseneck kettle for anything else but pour over, patience is your friend. The comparatively high price tag is also something to consider.

What’s to like:

  • Gorgeous design and high quality materials
  • Maximum pour control
  • HOLD mode for keeping the desired temperature for 60 minutes
  • Accuracy
  • Ergonomics

What’s not to like:

  • Using the gooseneck kettle for anything other than pour over requires patience due to narrow spout

The Brewista Artisan is a sleek gooseneck kettle that more often than not can be spotted on the counter of specialty coffee shops that offer pour over. Apart from known advantages of electric gooseneck kettles, such as precise pouring and temperature control, the Brewista Artisan sets itself apart with an Auto-On function that allows you to set a time for your water to boil. If you are using a coffee scale without a timer, you’ll find the integrated timer of the Brewista Artisan very useful. Just be careful not to sit down the kettle on its base during your brew as this resets the timer. The kettle holds up to 0,9 liters of water and heats it up anywhere between 40˚ – 100˚C. Once you desired temperature has been reached, the Brewista Artisan will keep it steady for 60 minutes. The flow rate is higher than the Fellow Stagg EKG, making it a great kettle to use for brewing tea as well. Stylish wood accents on the handle, lid pull and kettle bottom are unique visual features that add to the overall gorgeous design.

On the downside, water is heated more slowly compared to the Fellow Stagg EKG. It is also slightly louder when heating up water.

What’s to like:

  • Beautifully designed
  • Auto-on function
  • Holds temperature up to 1 hour
  • Built-in timer

What’s not to like:

  • Slightly slower at bringing water to boil and more noisy than the Fellow Stagg EKG

Compared with the previous two gooseneck kettles, Bonavita presents an affordable option for home brewers. It allows you to play with the temperature in one-degree increments anywhere between 140˚-212˚F or 60˚- 100˚C and to hold your desired temperature up to one hour. With the push of a button you can switch between Celsius and Fahrenheit.  The gooseneck spout is designed for precise pour control and it does the job nicely.  

On the downside, the design and finish feel less refined and leave room for improvement. It also lags behind the previous two when it comes to the time it takes to heat up water. It is a budget friendly choice after all!

What’s to like:

  • Affordable
  • Holds desired temperature for up to 1 hour
  • Nice pour control
  • Built-in timer

What’s not to like:

  • Design and finish not up to par
  • Takes a bit longer to heat up water

The OXO Brew is the underdog in this line up, even though it heats up your water to any temperature between 140˚ – 212˚F or 40˚ – 100˚C in lightning speed. The temperature control button is easy to use and intuitive. The keep-warm cycle lasts up to 30 minutes, so only half as long compared with our previous contestants. While the built-in timer can come in handy for pour overs, home brewers experience less control over the pour than with other kettles as the pour rate is higher. This can be useful when you wish to use the gooseneck kettle for a variety of different brews, including immersion and tea brewing.

On the downside, once the target temperature has been reached and you’ve been notified by a beep, the real time temperature is no longer displayed and there is an approximately 3˚C temperature fluctuation during the keep-warm cycle.

What’s to like:

  • Brings water to boil in lightning speed
  • Wide temperature range
  • Nice grip handle
  • Built-in timer
  • Easy to use

What’s not to like:

  • Does not display actual temperature in keep-warm cycle
  • Higher pour rate makes fine-tuning your pour more challenging

The Best Stovetop Gooseneck Kettles

This elegant looking stovetop kettle originating from Japan is a fantastic companion for mastering the art of pour over coffee. It impresses with a thin spout allowing for an easy steady flow that will take your pour over brews to the next level. Crafted by hand from stainless steel, the Takahiro Coffee Drip Pot was built to last. Enjoy full control over your brews, time and time again.

What’s to like:

  • Simple yet elegant design
  • Superior precision and control perfect for slow pours
  • Excellent build quality made in Japan

What’s not to like:

  • The handle can get quite hot when water is heated up directly in the kettle
  • The top part gets too hot to touch both when the kettle is used to bring water to boil and when the kettle is filled with boiling water
  • Quite costly for a non-electric gooseneck kettle without temperature control

The Hario Buono is a popular stovetop gooseneck kettle among those dipping their toes into the world of specialty coffee. It’s a solid choice to start practicing those perfect pours without breaking the bank. The Buono is designed to match the V60 dripper and has that distinct Hario look – which has been replicated on various occasions, so watch out for the real deal. It comfortably holds enough water for two cups of coffee and can be placed on various heat sources.

On the downside, the gooseneck kettle requires a bit of maintenance. I recommend emptying and drying it after every use to avoid rust.

What’s to like:

  • Smooth pouring
  • Ergonomic handle
  • Distinct design
  • Works with multiple heat sources

What’s not to like:

  • Once removed from the heat source, the temperature starts dropping as heat is not well contained
  • Requires maintenance to avoid rust

Similarly to the Hario Buono and V60 dripper, pairing your Kalita Wave dripper with the finely crafted Kalita gooseneck kettle will make for some serious eye candy. The shiny, classic design combined with superb control of the pour make this an excellent choice for home brewers. It’s well built, all parts are made from stainless steal and it’s capable to store heat properly. 

What’s to like:

  • Nicely polished and durable stainless steel
  • Thin spout
  • Flow rate easily controllable
  • Comfortable grip
  • Lightweight

What’s not to like:

  • The steel handle and top can get hot to the touch
  • Holds only 0.7 liters of water, which is less then most other gooseneck kettles in this line up

The gorgeous Timemore gooseneck kettle is available as 300ml or 600ml version, making it the vessel with the smallest capacity in this review post. The spout is shaped in a way that allows you to play with different pouring techniques and reach a fully vertical water stream. The thin opening of the spout contributes to having good control over the flow rate. If you’re brewing one cup of pour over coffee at a time, this kettle is great to improve your barista skills.

What’s to like:

  • Sleek design
  • Includes a socket for thermometer
  • Thin and well shaped spout for great flow control

What’s not to like:

  • Limited water capacity

Advantages of Using a Gooseneck Kettle for Pour Over Coffee

Not convinced yet? Let’s look at the advantages of using a gooseneck kettle for pour over in more detail.

  • Exercising any sort of control over the flow rate of your pour is extremely difficult with a regular spout. So is applying different pouring techniques. That’s why a gooseneck kettle is essential to produce consistent pour-over coffee.

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