What are the Best Gooseneck Kettles for Pour-Over Coffee?
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Best Gooseneck Kettles

Not all kettles were created equal. There are two main types: jug kettles and traditional kettles. Jug kettles are mostly electric (faster but more expensive) and traditional kettles are mostly stovetop.

If you own a stovetop kettle, it can be made from stainless steel, iron, or copper. In this article, I will look closer at kettles used in the pour-over coffee brewing method, which can also be divided into stovetop and electric kettles and by the material they are made of.



What is a pour-over kettle?

This gadget with a neck (spout) resembling one of a goose lets you control the stream of hot water, how, and where it falls on the coffee grounds, resulting in a more balanced saturation and even extraction.

A journey to a good cup of pour over coffee begins with selecting good coffee beans, grinding them into even particles, and ends in pouring hot water over them evenly.

Gooseneck kettles are either stainless steel, plastic, or the body is from steel/ceramic and the flip-lid is from BPA-free plastic/Tefal.


What is the point of a gooseneck kettle?

To make sure you do not dump hot water onto your coffee grinds, I, just like many professional baristas, highly recommend buying a gooseneck kettle.

This gadget is "my cup of coffee" - simple and effective. Read further to discover the best gooseneck kettles, electric and manual, from stainless steel to stylish and popular matte black Fellow Stagg.


Is a gooseneck kettle worth it?

Is it a necessary gadget? No, you can use a normal kettle and train how to pour water slowly and evenly over your ground coffee.


Should you buy it if you are a serious home barista? Definitely. Makes the job easier and you will taste the difference in your cup of pour over coffee.


How is a gooseneck kettle different from a normal kettle?

Both boil water the same way, the gooseneck kettle just has a unique, curved neck. As I wrote before, its handle also lets you hold it without "getting tired" or burning yourself. You can control consistency and precision, to be specific:

  • The flow of hot water
  • The place of impact
  • The movement of your wrist and ergo achieving a good overpour.

Use it a few times and you will learn your routine. Remember, if your pour-over coffee tastes:

  • Weak, thin, and/or sour coffee - Either your grind is coarse (bigger) than it should have been, water is not hot enough, or there is a small amount of it, or you did not wet the surface evenly, resulting in under-extraction. The water simply could not wash all the good stuff (sugar, oils, acids, notes) out of coffee grinds. Some under-extracted coffee can taste salty, too!
  • Bitter coffee - Over-extraction is the opposite of a previous situation. Brewing took a long time (over-steeping), the grind was too fine, or you used too much water. However, I must say that if your coffee is too bitter for you, you can also pick a different brewing method or different beans. Switch Robusta for Arabica, darker roast for a lighter roast, and never use stale, old beans. Find the best fit for you.
gooseneck kettle

How to clean a gooseneck kettle?

You can mix water and vinegar (1:1) and fill your non-electric or electric kettle with this solution. Always let it soak for min. 1 hour. Then bring the kettle to a boil and let the vinegar and water mix sit in the kettle for 20 more minutes.

Then pour it out and carefully rinse your kettle, before filling it with clean water and bringing it to a boil. This will get rid of any residual taste of vinegar.


How to descale a gooseneck kettle?

Pour 2 cups of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice into the kettle, and let it soak for 1 hour. After 1 hour, bring the water and lemon juice mixture to boil and let it do the magic in the kettle for another 20 minutes, before pouring the water out and rinsing the kettle thoroughly.

Before using it, boil plain water until the residual taste of lemon is removed. This is not the acidity you want to taste in your cup of coffee 😉


Do you need a gooseneck kettle for Chemex?

The same applies to Chemex. However, if you want to boil enough water for the full capacity of Chemex (40 oz), pick a bigger gooseneck kettle.

Chemex itself produces an electric kettle called Chettle. I will review it later in the article.

need a gooseneck kettle for Chemex

Do you need a gooseneck kettle for pour-over coffee?

Yes. To make a good pour over coffee, you need to slowly and evenly pour the water in a circular sway movement. It takes patience and time. The neck of the gooseneck kettle, plus its "comfy" design are great for this method of brewing.

Why comfy? The handle of the gooseneck pour over kettle is ergonomic and designed well, just for the grip you need to master the art of balanced saturation. There is also enough space between your hand and the gooseneck kettle, which makes it a safe gadget.

This design also minimizes the chance of making a mess and spilling water. Many gooseneck kettles let you set the temperature, too.


How to make a barista-like pour over with a gooseneck kettle

How to make the best pour over coffee?

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    Always clean and wipe the kettle before first use
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    Open or remove the lid and fill the kettle with water. Do not overfill it above the spout. For coffee, use a 16:1, 17:1, or 18:1 coffee to water ratio. Experiment. Note down your results. And always use a scale.
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    Wondering what are the best coffee beans for the gooseneck pour over method of coffee making? Try Lifeboost or Volcanica coffee. I review them in my article about Organic Coffee.
  4. 4
    Wondering what is the best pour over coffee maker? I love Hario models. Check their reviews here.
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    With kettles with temperature control, you can usually switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius and pick the desired temperature. The suggested temperature for coffee is 200°F/93°C, 175°F/80°C for green tea.
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    Most electric kettles have a one-touch button system. Set the temperature and push the button and the kettle will stop automatically. If you have an electric kettle with an LCD display, check the manual and play with the settings. If you have a stovetop gooseneck kettle, wait for the whistle, or check with the temperature control gauge.
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    If you are using a paper filter, rinse it before pouring.
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    Pour some water onto coffee grounds to saturate them. Use a spiral motion. Wait for 30 seconds, this is called blooming. Grounds will absorb the water and your pour over coffee will taste better.
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    After that, pour the rest of the water. Some "PROS" do it on the scale and they swear by 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water. That would mean that first, you bloom it with 50 grams, then continue with pouring the rest, 400 grams.
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    You should also use a timer. 2 minutes in total are optimal. This can be adjusted for more or less time depending on how you're aiming to 'dial in' your pour.
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    Pour water in a spiral pattern, saturating grounds from top to bottom, side to side.
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    If your coffee ends up in a carafe, you can give it a final churn before pouring it into a cup.
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    Enjoy your coffee!

What is the best gooseneck kettle?

In the beginning, I wrote that I will look closely at both electric and stovetop kettles. With every kettle, I will look into these specifics, that will help you decide which is the best gooseneck kettle for you:

  • material, and capacity,
  • design and comfort,
  • temperature functions,
  • timer functions,
  • safety features,
  • affordability.

Best Gooseneck Kettles - Comparison of all Reviewed Products

PRODUCT

MAIN BENEFITS


Fellow Stagg EKG Black mat Electric Kettle

  • electric kettle
  • stainless steel, matte black design
  • 900ml
  • stopwatch function, temperature contol,, auto shut-off, LCD display

Hario Buono V60 Drip Kettle

  • stovetop kettle from a famous brand
  • stainless steel
  • can be used with Hario V60
  • 1.2 litre
  • precise spout and easy-to-grip handle

Brewista BSPVTK2BNA Smart Pour 2 Variable Temperature Kettle

  • electric kettle
  • water boils fast thanks to 1500 watts
  • stainless steel, stylish black design
  • 1.2 litre
  • autostart/off function, thermal control, keep warm function

Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle - Precision-Flow Spout and Thermometer

  • stovetop gooseneck kettle
  • made from steel
  • built-in thermometer
  • 2 sizes available

OPUX Gooseneck Pour Over Coffee Kettle with Thermometer

  • gooseneck kettle for any stovetop
  • made from glossy steel in copper finish
  • built-in thermometer
  • 1.2l

Kinto Stainless Pour Over Kettle

  • Japanese stovetop kettle
  • mirror or mate finished steel body
  • 900ml
  • stylish

Soulhand Pour Over Kettle with Thermometer

  • stovetop triple-layer black kettle (prevents fast rusting)
  • 1.2l
  • includes thermometer
  • curvature help with pouring

Bonavita BV07003US Interurban

  • electric kettle with matte black finish
  • built-in thermometer and timer
  • 1l
  • temperature-hold function

Bodum 11883-57US Melior

  • electric kettle
  • cork-covered handle and a knob
  • 2 sizes available
  • auto shut-off

Jocuu Electric Gooseneck Coffee Kettle Tea with Thermometer

  • electric, matte black kettle
  • smaller than the rest of the kettles
  • has a thermometer
  • comes with a steel drip and a spoon
  • great gift idea

The Willow and Everett Gooseneck Electric Kettle

  • electric kettle, no plastic parts
  • 1l

The Willow and Everett Gooseneck Electric Kettle with Temperature Control & Presets

  • electric kettle
  • 1l
  • temperature control, keep warm function

Chettle

  • electric kettle by famous Chemex
  • hourglass shape
  • 1.2l
  • auto shut-off function

Here are the 12 best gooseneck kettles:

1

Fellow Stagg EKG Black mat Electric Kettle

Fellow Stagg EKG is an electric kettle made from stainless steel. It is a popular gooseneck kettle and my favorite for pour over coffee. Its capacity is 900ml.

This kettle allows you to control the temperature of water (57 - 100 degrees) and also has a safety feature (it turns off after 15 minutes of inactivity). 

The dominant matte black design of Fellow Stagg EKG along with the time display with a stopwatch looks good on any countertop. However, it is on the pricier side. It costs around 200 USD.

2

Hario Buono V60 Drip Kettle

Hario V60 is a popular coffee dripper and pour over maker, I reviewed it as well. This Japanese brand also produces gooseneck kettles. Hario Buono V60 is an 800ml - 1.2l kettle with temperature adjustment, made from stainless steel. 

Hario is suitable for electric stoves and gas burners and has an easy-to-grip handle with a gap between it, and the steel body, so you will not burn yourself. Its price is around 50 dollars, which is a great value for money.

3

Brewista BSPVTK2BNA Smart Pour 2 Variable Temperature Kettle

Brewista Smart Pour 2 is an electric kettle, made from stainless steel, stylish black gooseneck kettle (however, there are other models, too.) It has a built-in timer and an accurate pour control. Time and temperature can be set on a digital display.

Brewista gooseneck kettles are certified to the highest standards of the UL and ETL in the USA, thanks to their purpose-driven design, removable cord, auto-start, keep warm function, auto-off function, and Strix Thermal Control. 

Strix temperature control is the world's no.1 manufacturer of temperature control mechanisms. Thanks to 1500 watts, the water for your coffee will be ready in no time. Generous 1.2l capacity is also a big plus. This kettle costs around 200 USD.

4

Coffee Gator Pour Over Kettle - Precision-Flow Spout and Thermometer

Coffee Gator is a popular pour over kettle among both coffee and tea lovers, thanks to its built-in thermometer. It is a stainless steel gooseneck kettle, made for stovetops and inductions.

There are 2 sizes available: 1.2l and slightly smaller 1l. However, with capacity, always bear in mind the total capacity and functional capacity (no one fills the kettle with water till the last millimeter but manufacturers often like to mention the bigger nonfunctional number.)

With the Coffee Gator 1l kettle model, the actual capacity is 0.6l. I love their marketing lingo, where they say that "yes, working with kettle takes more time, but making coffee this way is a ritual, and learn it, dance like no one is watching." With control over temperature and ergonomic handle, I bet you will learn fast!

5

OPUX Gooseneck Pour Over Coffee Kettle with Thermometer

The Opux is a 1.2l steel kettle for stovetops, from gas, electric, to induction.

This dishwasher-safe gooseneck kettle has a built-in thermometer and a triple-layer base, which makes the process of boiling water easy and safe.

I like its glossy copper almost steampunk look and the fact that it comes with a cleaning brush. You can also get it in black or steel version.

6

Kinto Stainless Pour Over Kettle

Kinto gooseneck kettle is another Japanese, stainless steel (matte, mirror finish, or matte black), handsome-looking kettle.

You pay for it, its price is comparable to Fellow Stagg EKG. So, why Kinto? It has a bigger capacity of 900ml, an ergonomic handle, and allows you to control the pour like a pro.

If you look for precision and control over the flow rate, give this kettle a shot. However, it does not let you control the temperature and it is not suitable for induction.

7

Soulhand Pour Over Kettle with Thermometer

What I love about this 1200ml pour over coffee gooseneck kettle is its curvy design, which is designed to provide a smooth water flow at a good flow rate.

The capacity of this pour over gooseneck kettle is 1200ml, it has a built-in thermometer, it is suitable for most of the surfaces, and it is well-built.

It is not an electric kettle and there is no whistle, so monitor the gauge when you will boil the water for the first time.

8

Bonavita BV07003US Interurban

Bonavita is a popular brand and it fits the Kone Brewing System, which I love.

Many articles mention Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle BV382510V, but I have decided to include this matte black electric gooseneck kettle, which is great for the pour-over method.

It has a built-in timer, built-in thermometer, and looks quite durable. Overall, this electric kettle with temperature control is a good choice for pour over coffee.

9

Bodum 11883-57US Melior

Are you clumsy or do you love electric gooseneck kettles with ergonomic design? Look into Bodum, which has a handle and a knob covered in cork, and the rest of the body is stainless steel. 

It comes in 2 sizes: 0.8 and 1l. It looks quite sturdy and elegant. I also love that the automatic shut-off, cork covering, which is 100% renewable and non-slip.

Many reviewers also state that the Bodum electric gooseneck kettle will bring water to boiling temperature waster than other electric kettles.

10

Jocuu Electric Gooseneck Coffee Kettle Tea with Thermometer

Another electric gooseneck kettle with a matte black design and a built-in thermometer. Apart from good temperature control, it has a good flow rate, quick heating, and detaches from the base, cordless.

This and the fact that it is smaller than other kettles on this list (500ml), makes it a good fit for any kitchen. Plus, if you love pour-over coffee, and drip coffee, it comes with a stainless steel mash hand drip and a spoon.

This, and a friendly price (around 50 USD), makes it a good gift choice, as well. I like that there are no plastic parts, too.

11

The Willow and Everett Gooseneck Electric Kettle

One of the best electric kettles, The Willow Everett with a 1l capacity is a sleek and elegant kettle that performs well. It is made from steel with no plastic parts, except the BPA-free handle.

Its neck allows you to control the flow, but there is no smart temperature-electric feature, such as with Bonavita. Boiling and timing are up to you. If you are willing to pay about 25 USD more, you can get the following Willow Everett kettle with temperature control:

12

The Willow and Everett Gooseneck Electric Kettle with Temperature Control & Presets

In general, the best electric kettles let you have control over temperature and timing.

This model, like the previous one, is a steel electric pour over kettle with a 1l capacity, but has temperature presets and even a "keep warm" function.

Great if you want that second coffee. You can just set the temperature and the water is ready in 1 minute.

13

Chettle

If you love the hourglass design of Chemex, you will love this gooseneck kettle from their production.

The Chettle kettle is a 1.2l (40.5 oz) electric gooseneck kettle with an induction system. It has a touch display and an auto-shutoff function.

The main pluses of Chettle are its aesthetics, quick heat-up time, consistent flow, and capacity. And minus? It is fragile.


So, which gooseneck kettle is the best pour over kettle for you? Depends on your coffee-addiction level. Electric gooseneck kettles always cost more, but they are also more automated. They are also more pricey.


Stovetop gooseneck kettles are nice, just make sure that the model of the kettle you picked fits your stovetop, especially if it is an induction one. Regarding the design of the kettle, you can look into capacity and materials. Bear in mind the number of people living in the household. Concerning the materials that the kettle is made from, stainless steel is the best.


If there are plastic components, make sure they are BPA-free. Regarding functions, you can look into temperature control functions (built-in temperature gauge, variable temperature, or my favorite, gooseneck kettles with LCD display where you are in charge, plus they hold the right temperature), timer functions (great for different brewing methods or if you like to sleep in), and safety features (such as machine automatic turning off), and of course, price of the kettle.

Our Kettle of Choice - The Fellow Stagg EKG Black mat Electric Kettle

  • electric kettle
  • stainless steel, matte black design
  • 900ml
  • stopwatch function, temperature contol,, auto shut-off, LCD display