For most of us, coffee is a way of life. However, it can also be an expensive habit, particularly if you like your brew to be more than just black. While there are plenty of coffee makers on the market, one new method of brewing that is taking off is pour-over coffee. In this case, you make your cup by pouring boiling water over your grounds so that it will get a richer, fuller flavor without overdoing it.
Many hardcore coffee drinkers swear by this method, which means that you cannot rely on a standard coffee maker to do the job. Instead, you need an electric kettle. Fortunately, we have a list of the best kettles that will let you make some high-quality cups of pour over brew. Not only will you get a better tasting beverage, but you can save a lot of green in the process.
Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle
Epica 6-Temperature Variable Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
Osaka, 1.5 Liter Electric Quick Boil Gooseneck Water Kettle
Zell Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle
When it comes to making the perfect cup of pour over coffee, you have to be careful not to overfill the grounds and instead let it soak through naturally. As such, you can’t use a standard tea kettle because it will be too sloppy. Instead, a gooseneck kettle is the best way to pour because it gives you more precise control over the speed and amount. While you could make it work with a standard spout, it may be more trouble than it’s worth.
As a rule, electric kettles can come in a variety of materials, including metal, glass, plastic, or ceramic. However, to ensure that you’re getting the best coffee possible you need to have either a metallic or glass model. The reason for this is that they won’t leech chemicals or additional tastes into the water, which could affect your coffee. Here is a breakdown of the two.
We prefer stainless steel overall because it retains heat better and lasts much longer. Also, you don’t have to worry about limescale build up as much, although rust can be an issue if you don’t clean the pot. Also, for your kettle to be gooseneck, it has to be stainless, so that’s another bonus.
If you’re not completely sold on the benefits of a gooseneck kettle, then glass can be a viable option for you. The main reason to get this material is that it’s much easier to see your water levels and notice when it’s boiling. When it comes to coffee, you don’t want your water to be too hot, or it could affect the coffee, so being able to spot it as soon as it starts bubbling could be a good thing.
Starting us off is this remarkable stainless steel Gooseneck Kettle. If you want to make sure that you get a perfect cup of pour over coffee or tea, this is an excellent option for you. With a brilliant finish and old-fashioned design, it will fit into any kitchen decor with ease.
What we like most about this kettle is that it comes with an airtight lid.
This means that when you pour you don’t have to worry about anything falling off or coming undone. Also, it comes with a max fill marker on the inside so that you don’t risk over pouring when the time comes.
Although it’s not as powerful as some other models we’ve seen, 1000 watts is more than enough to make your next pot in minutes. Best of all, it has an automatic shut-off feature that ensures that the pot won’t boil over anytime.
Although we did say that a gooseneck model is ideal for pour over coffee, the fact is that this kettle is far too good to pass up. It is both high-tech yet classical in design, and it will help you make the most out of your coffee and tea.
The secret to this kettle is the fact that it has six preset options. Technically speaking, each setting is for a particular type of tea, but you can play around with it for coffee as well.
With some blends, you may prefer to have a slightly lower temperature so that you can extract more flavor without damaging the beans.Part of the appeal of pour over coffee and tea is that you can experiment, and no kettle allows you to do that more than this.
Other features that we like about this kettle include a stay cool handle, a remarkable 1500-watt heating element that works much faster than most other units, and an automatic lid. This helps ensure that you don’t have any spills or accidents while you pour.
Next, we have another stainless steel gooseneck kettle, so if you value precision and control while you pour, you will love this design. The neck is much longer and more tapered than most, which allows you to be more accurate with your pouring and not waste a single drop.
Overall, the best thing about this kettle is the fact that it comes with a wide mouth opening.
Too often, electric kettles are narrow on top, which makes it difficult to get inside and clean thoroughly. While the neck is still a challenge (as all gooseneck models are), the main pot is a breeze.
Other features of this kettle include boil dry protection (won’t turn on when empty), a 1000-watt heating element to make a boiling pot in minutes, and a 360-degree base. If you’re not familiar with that term, it means that you can take the kettle off of the heating element for pouring so that you don’t have to worry about a cord getting in your way. Also, it means that you can place the pot back on at any angle and it will still work. Cheaper kettles can only activate in a particular position, but this doesn’t have that problem.
One thing that you have to consider when buying a kettle is to get a size that is right for you. Most models are quite large, providing at least a liter or more of space so that you can make multiple cups with ease. However, if you don’t want to boil that much water at once, you may prefer to get a smaller unit like this one from Zell.
As with our other gooseneck models, this one is designed to allow you to pour perfectly every time you make coffee or tea. We like the fact that this unit has a wide mouth opening for easier cleaning, and a locking lid so that you don’t risk spills or burns.
Overall, this is a decent kettle, and we would recommend it if you like making just one or two cups of coffee for yourself. If you have a larger household, then you may prefer to get something bigger. This model also comes with standard features like a 360-degree base, a stay cool handle, and an automatic shut off sensor.
If you like to have precise control over your water, then you will love this next model from Bonavita. While the Epica unit above had preset options, this one lets you choose the precise temperature that you want with a digital control pad on the base. This way you can experiment with your coffee and tea even further than ever before.
Some other cool features built into the base are the fact that it displays the current temperature as it climbs, it has a timer included, and it will keep your water warm for up to one hour. All of that coupled with a 1000-watt heating element makes for one spectacular electric kettle.
When comparing each of these models, we have to say that our favorite two are the Epica and the Bonavita Kettles. Because they offer such precise control over your water, you can make a lot more variations of your coffee and tea, which can yield some incredible results. Don’t settle for a kettle with just one boiling option.