There is a belief among some coffee enthusiasts that gooseneck kettles are not worth either the cost or the time it takes to use them. Some even suggest they’re more style over substance – a gimmick that doesn’t provide tangible benefits. However, they are mistaken. While it’s true that investing in a decent grinder and some quality beans is more important, you will undoubtedly reap real rewards by investing in a quality gooseneck.
A gooseneck kettle represents an added cost, of course, but for those who consider coffee an everyday essential, they’re well worth the extra investment.
What Can You Benefit From A Gooseneck Kettle?
Regular kettles suffer from a lack of accurate placement when making pour over coffee. So, you’ll find the grounds are not close enough to the spout due to the short neck of the regular kettle. Meanwhile, it’s challenging to strike the right balance between pouring too little or too much water. A pour over coffee kettle solves this issue as the gooseneck spout can be situated close to the coffee, meaning you’ll be far more in control of the flow of the water as you pour.
A gooseneck kettle
A regular kettle
With a gooseneck kettle, you’ll be able to ensure the hot water falls in the correct part of the ground coffee. This is essential in providing an even saturation.
A gooseneck kettle is also far more able to let you pour the correct amounts. This is important because pour over brewing requires pouring a little at a time. Not only that, but certain recipes require strict volumes, meaning you can set the amount poured according to weight, rather than risking either pouring too much or too little. So you can achieve the barista level easier and get better tasting coffee.
Things To Consider For Choosing The Best Gooseneck Kettle
Electric Or Stovetop?
Whether to opt for a stovetop or electric kettle primarily comes down to convenience. While it’s true that stovetop kettles can be an excellent choice as they work on most heat sources, electric kettles offer more convenience as they simply need to be plugged in.
Another issue to consider is, of course, cost. For example, if you’re happy with your regular electric kettle, an excellent way to save on costs would be to buy a stovetop gooseneck kettle, then simply pour the water you’ve heated with your electric kettle into it.
With regular kettles, the speed with which you pour is not a huge consideration. However, that all changes with pour over coffee. The main reasons are that the aroma and flavor of your coffee will be – in part – determined by the flow rate because of extraction. One big mistake with pour over coffee can be to pour it too quickly, resulting in under-extracted coffee and a weaker brew.
For this reason, we recommend a pour over kettle with a flow rate that is on the slow side. Even then, though, there are still things to take into account. For example, if coffee making isn’t the only thing you use your electric kettle for, the smaller spout that comes with slower pour rate kettles might not be ideal. If that describes you, we recommend a gooseneck kettle with a faster pour rate, such as the Hario Buono.
There was a time when most gooseneck kettles held around one liter, but there are far more options nowadays, both in kettle shape and capacity.
As a rule of thumb, opt for a pour over kettle between 0.5 and 1 liter if you only intend to brew one cup of coffee for yourself. If, however, you plan on brewing for you and your family, a gooseneck kettle around 1.2 liters would be better suited to your needs to avoid having to heat up more water too often.
A built-in thermometer can be a useful feature of a pour over kettle as it can give an accurate gauge of the temperature to ensure high-quality coffee. However, not all models and makes have them. Generally, any built-in thermometer in your non-electric kettle will be of the probe variety, held on the lid. While the best electric ones provide the temperature display on the power base.
Water Temperature Control And Other Features
Even better than a thermometer is the ability to set the temperature you’d like your water to reach. Thankfully, some electric gooseneck kettles come equipped with this option, and they offer a chance to step up the quality of your coffee. A temperature control mechanism is advantageous if you’d like to try out a range of recipes, not to mention the hands-off nature leading to more comfortable use. Other features included in some gooseneck kettles are temperature auto-hold and built-in timer for more straightforward – and satisfactory – coffee brewing.
It may seem a strange thing to consider, but the comfort of your kettle is essential. That’s because you might be required to hold the kettle over the brewer for several minutes in succession while slowly pouring bit by bit. If that’s the case, a kettle that’s both light enough and comfortable enough to hold should be among your considerations.
As well as being comfortable to hold, your kettle should look good too, and pair with your favorite coffee maker. With so many models on the market, the only limit is your taste.
The 9 Best Gooseneck Kettles In 2023
Gooseneck kettles are available in a range of prices to suit most budgets. Here are eight of the most popular and best pour over coffee kettle on the market.
Best Electric Gooseneck Kettles
1. Brewista Artisan Electric Gooseneck Kettle
With plenty of features, the Brewista Artisan is an easy-to-use option for professional baristas and home brewers alike.
Its great precision and superb flow rate mean it pours at just the right pace, making for the best extraction you can have for pour over coffee.
A significant feature of this kettle is the built-in temperature control, which you can program to the degree between 140 °F and 212 °F (60 °C and 100 °C).
The kettle also has a feature that will hold a particular temperature for as long as an hour. The auto-start function also allows the user to set an exact time for the water to reach your selected temperature, where it will remain until you can tend to it. Regardless, after one hour, it will switch off, so there is no need to be unduly concerned about safety if you can’t reach it when you’d planned.
Another significant advantage is the count-up timer, which lets you time your pour-overs without the need for a separate device.
Aside from all these benefits, the kettle looks excellent, with gorgeous wood-effect accents complementing various finishes and colors superbly, including Iridescent, Matte Black, Pearl White, Red and Stainless steel.
The kettle holds 600ml, meaning that while it will heat your water speedily, it won’t be able to pour more than a couple of cups of coffee in one batch. However, there is also a 1L version to offset that problem. Check out our hands-on review of Brewista Artisan Kettle.
With this number of features, the biggest issue is the cost. However, for those with deeper pockets, either this or the Stagg EKG will make excellent choices.
- The digital control panel provides the option to set temperature increments down to one degree.
- Auto-start function allows you to decide when the kettle should begin to heat the water.
- Costly – indeed, it’s the most expensive of all the products in this review.
2. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour Over Kettle
Ingenious US company Fellow is responsible for this kettle, and it has quickly become one of the best available. It’s not difficult to see why. With a matte-black finish (among other options) and contemporary style, the Fellow Stagg EKG is perfect for the modern-day kitchen. There are also many different colors available.
As well as looking great, it’s designed explicitly for pour-over coffee and is very easy to use.
When compared against other electric pour over coffee kettles, its size is a particular advantage, adding to the comfort when pouring precisely. It can hold 0.9L, which will be ample for most uses.
Not only that, but this kettle has a PID temperature control, meaning you can set the precise temperature from 135 °F to 212 °F (57 °C – 100 °C). It also has a discreet LCD screen displaying both the desired temperature and the current one so that you can instantly see the progress of its heating. Equally as useful, there is a built-in stopwatch that allows you to time how long you pour for, and you can switch between Fahrenheit and Celsius with ease. As with the Bonavita, you can hold the temperature you require for as long as an hour, too.
The Stagg EKG has a 1200W quick heat feature that equates to the water needed for a single pour-over under 2 minutes.
The flow rate has been engineered with pour over coffee in mind, with a gentle flow leading to minimal brew-bed agitation and a coffee that tastes smooth. The counterbalanced handle assists steady and slow pouring. One downside is that the pour might be a little slow for some people, so you could be put off trying out recipes that call for a larger flow rate.
There is a one-year warranty, so even with all the gadgets the kettle has, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re covered for a while, even if a fault develops.
One significant disadvantage of this gooseneck kettle is the cost, coming in higher than most rivals. However, for those with a generous budget, it’s an excellent choice. Check out our review of the Stagg EKG kettle.
- Beautifully crafted and built to last.
- The counterbalanced handle and gooseneck spout makes for a precise pour.
- Heats quickly thanks to its 1200W heating element.
- It costs more than an electric kettle.
3. SAKI Baristan Electric Gooseneck Kettle
- Stylish design with a one-of-a-kind red indicating light
- Full stainless steel inside the kettle, and zero plastic materials
- Generous 1L capacity making it ideal for brewing larger batches of coffee and tea
- Precise temperature control makes it perfect for pour-over coffee.
- Short power cord
Saki Baristan Electric kettle has a mix of contemporary and traditional aesthetics, making it an elegant and stylish addition to any kitchen. It also has a relatively large 1L capacity, so it’s a good size whether you’re brewing for a single cup or larger batches.
You don’t need to worry about an offputting plastic taste infiltrating your drink, either. The interior is plastic-free as it’s cased in high-quality stainless steel.
Of course, all gooseneck kettles are typified by their long goosenecks, and the SAKI Baristan is no different. That distinctive shape allows you to control the flow of the water as you pour it over the grounds, hone your technique and brew a more flavorful coffee.
Similarly, you have control over the temperature as you can choose your temperature with a 1 F increment. The temperature also displays clearly on the kettle’s base, so you can easily check its progress.
Other features, including a “keep warm” function, energy-saving “auto-off function,” and a distinctive red light that mimics breathing as the water heats, make this one of the classiest, most useful, and most reliable gooseneck kettles around. We tried it and here is our detailed Saki pour-over kettle hands-on review.
- Elegant design with a unique red “breathing” indicating light
- Stainless steel interior, meaning no plastic taste in your coffee
- Generous 1l capacity – good for single cups and larger batches
- Precise temperature control
- Short power cord
This electric gooseneck kettle boasts PID-based temperature control and a 1000W function for quick heating, meaning that it will reach the water temperature you choose in a satisfyingly short amount of time, and it will hold it there for as long as an hour. This is great for baristas who generally like more than one cup of coffee at a time.
You can alter the temperature in one-degree increments between 140 °F and 212 °F (60 °C -98 °C), meaning you can set the temperature you desire precisely, even when you’re not brewing manually. The gooseneck kettle also has a generous 1L capacity.
Aside from these benefits, the Bonavita Variable Temperature gooseneck kettle has excellent flow control. Your water will pour consistently and efficiently from the spout. Meanwhile, the handle has an ergonomic design and a fantastic notch for the little finger, making incremental adjustments straightforward.
When you’re ready to make pour over coffee, the Bonavita’s base also has a count-up timer so you can keep everything on track.
Finally, this all-rounder has a one-year warranty for peace of mind.
- Precision temperature gauge.
- Hold function enables you to sustain your desired temperature for as long as an hour.
- Excellent flow control.
- 1000W means it doesn’t take long to heat.
- Count-up timer.
- Neither an excellent finish nor fit.
- Needs electricity.
5. Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle
Willow & Everett kettle looks graceful and charming with a straightforward, easy-on-the-eye design. It is also a good size, with an ability to hold 1L. This basic kettle will also boil water at a decent speed (thanks to its 1000W element) and turns itself off on completion.
One disadvantage over more expensive electric kettles is the lack of temperature control and retention option. However, the handle and spout are at a good angle, so it’s both comfortable to hold and easy to use. Another plus is that it stands out from similar kettles as it has a stainless steel exterior, which makes a welcome change from the many brushed-stainless kettles on the market.
The kettle also offers excellent value for money. Despite its relatively low cost, it provides automatic shut-off, exact water flow, and is made of stainless steel, hence its inclusion in this best gooseneck kettle review.
This may be one of the less well-known kettles on the market. However, for an electric kettle that doesn’t cost too much yet offers excellent pour over coffee, it’s a budget pick for your morning coffee ritual.
- Thoughtfully designed gooseneck spout for an easy-to-control and smooth pour.
- Generous 1L capacity – ample for most people.
- Excellent value.
- Lacks a built-in thermometer.
- Lacks temperature control or additional features.
6. Bodum 11940-01US Bistro Gooseneck Electric Water Kettle
Bodum is well-known for its high-quality kitchen products, and this kettle offers both a straightforward design and a nice look. Furthermore, it helps save countertop space thanks to its compact design.
The handle is balanced nicely, with the gooseneck giving beautiful pouring control. It will also keep your fingers sufficiently from the heat.
You can control the water flow thanks to the spout, whose shape will get the optimum extraction from the natural oils in the coffee beans, adding to the finished coffee’s aroma and taste.
This stainless steel kettle comes in sizes of 34 ounce.
This kettle is also reasonably priced, and as a result, features like timer, temperature control, and thermometer are absent. However, it will last for years and won’t let you down.
- Stylish, ergonomic design.
- Good value for money.
- Lacks features like temperature control and build-in thermometer.
Best Non-Electric Stovetop Gooseneck Kettles
7. Hario Gooseneck Coffee Kettle ‘Buono’
This is the original gooseneck, and as a result, was initially the only credible choice. Even today, if you drop into a coffee shop for a filter coffee, it will probably be poured from a Hario Buono kettle. This speaks to its continuing excellent reputation among amateurs and professionals alike.
This model is faster-flowing than some newer models, meaning you’ll need a little more practice to perfect the speed at which it pours. However, it still provides better control than conventional kettles.
It feels light to hold, weighing just 415g (0.9 Pounds), but still has a generous capacity of 1.2L, making it ideal for enthusiasts who brew coffee in batches. However, if you’re looking for a gooseneck kettle solely for your own use, it’ll be too big. Thankfully, Hario has a similar 1L option, which will be more suitable for many people.
This pour over kettle also boasts an attractive beehive design in keeping with Hario’s other products, including the Skerton grinder, range server, and Hario V60 dripper.
This coffee kettle lacks a built-in thermometer, so purchasing one separately is recommended for better control over the water temperature.
The Hario Buono is a tried and trusted model with good reason. Namely, it looks great and is effective. True, it’s not massively sophisticated and doesn’t have many extras, but it’s perfect as a reliable, good-looking piece of equipment.
For those looking for an electric gooseneck kettle, Hario Buono also makes an 800ml electric version.
- Iconic design.
- Its large reservoir holds 1.2L of water, which is better than most other models.
- Not too pricey.
- Beautiful beehive look.
- Good on open-flame, induction, or electric stoves.
- Its lightweight metal body struggles to retain heat as well as other models.
- Lacks a built-in thermometer.
8. Kalita Wave 1L Stainless Steel Drip Kettle
Japanese coffee brand Kalita has become hugely popular in the West in recent years. Its most well-known product is the Kalita Wave Dripper, and, similarly to Hario, Kalita also has a gooseneck kettle to complement its coffee makers. The Wave’s design is beautiful with traditional wood handles and elegant styling.
The Kalita has a more stout neck than other coffee kettles, giving it a stronger flow rate than its rivals. However, that might be problematic for those used to a more steady pour, but it’s not insurmountable. With a bit of practice, the Kalita offers a consistent, steady pour, while it’s not difficult to aim it correctly. This is an excellent pour over kettle for those using complex pour over coffee recipes.
Of the range of sizes, Kalita’s stainless steel pot is available in, we suggest opting for the 1L. The 0.7L version with a simple design is an excellent pourer. However, the metal lid and handle soon become overheated on the stove. The wooden handle of this 1L means it will stay cool as the kettle heats up.
This kettle does have some faults, but it represents one of the best available pour over coffee kettles if you can get past them. It’s a high-quality kettle that can make consistently excellent coffee.
- Classy stainless steel design with a handsome and practical wooden handle.
- Gooseneck design lends itself to a consistent and fast pour.
- Its 1-liter capacity will be sufficient for most uses.
- Expensive for a non-electric kettle.
- The surface holds smudges and finger marks.
9. Fino Pour Over Coffee Kettle
The Fino gooseneck kettle is a back-to-basics model at a lower price point. This simple gooseneck’s narrow spout has just the required curve to allow the correct control over the water flow.
There are two available sizes – the 4 1/4 cup (1L) and 6 cup (1.2L). Like other non-electric kettles, you can heat this on electric, induction, and gas stoves. It also heats the water quickly, even when it’s full.
The handle is also at an angle that makes for a satisfying balance with the spout, meaning the pouring angle shouldn’t be too difficult.
Despite its basic design, the Fino will still look excellent in the kitchen. The polished stainless steel mirror finish, combined with the tasteful handle and lid knob, gives it an easy-on-the-eye appeal.
The price is also at the lower end of the range, meaning that for a gooseneck kettle with Japanese craftsmanship at the fore, it is an excellent option if you’re starting your pour over coffee brewing journey.
- The thin spout and fluted opening aid a controlled flow of water.
- The stainless pot is appropriate for a range of burners.
- A large enough capacity for several cups at a time.
- Lacks a thermometer.
- It’s hard to tell when it has reached boiling point.
The Verdict – Which Should You Buy?
No one stands out as the best pour over coffee kettle, as your choice will depend on several factors. However, let’s look at a few considerations when reaching our decisions:
Our pick: Best Electric Gooseneck Kettle
The Fellow Stagg EKG performs best in the electric kettle category. It is expensive, but if you opt for it, you’ll be happy with your choice.
Our Pick: Best Stovetop Gooseneck Kettle
The Hario Buono is the best stovetop kettle. It’s well-liked, well-known, and durable. There’s a reason it’s so popular in the world of pour over coffee.
Whichever pour over coffee kettle you decide on, consider which is the best for your needs. A large part of the joy of manual brewing is the process, so choose a kettle you will like using regularly.
Finally, whichever you choose, be assured that while a gooseneck kettle is not a vital investment for manual brewing, hardly anyone ever regrets opting for one.