Pour over coffee is the preferred brewing method for many, and it all starts with the taste: The century-old technique can produce an incredibly rich and dynamic cup of coffee. This is largely due to the amount of control users have over the drink, as they're able to bloom the coffee as well as choose a specific water temperature, grind size, and brewing time. Other benefits of pour over coffee makers include a typically compact size and an affordable price.
In order to recommend the best pour over coffee makers available today, we tested more than 20 popular models side-by-side and compared the results. Our writers scored each on ease of use, design, brew performance, and overall value so we could narrow down the best options and create the list below.
Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
Produces rich, flavorful coffee
Sold in multiple capacities
Looks great on the counter
No breakage warranty
Invented in 1941, the Chemex has long been synonymous with pour over coffee. It's one of the most popular and recognizable coffee makers in general, and after testing the item firsthand, we can confirm it's an all-around excellent brewing device. In fact, several members of The Spruce Eats team love the Chemex and use it at home as their primary source for coffee.
The simple glass carafe is exceptional at highlighting the different flavors in coffee beans, whether notes of bright citrus or rich milk chocolate. Depending on the size of the Chemex, the brewing process can take several minutes, but the results are worth it. Cleaning is easy, too, as the Chemex is dishwasher-safe once the wooden collar is removed. If you prefer washing the brewer by hand, which many members of our team do for convenience, a bottle brush is needed.
The Chemex is available in a variety of sizes, including 3, 6, 8, and 10 cups, which is unique for pour overs, as the majority make just one cup at a time. Many coffee shops and grocery stores sell Chemex brewers and signature paper filters if you are looking to purchase in person. The price increases for larger-capacity models, and even the cheapest model is more expensive than the average pour over coffee maker, but it's not exorbitant.
Price at time of publish: $49
Capacity: 3, 6, 8, and 10 cups | Dimensions: 5.125 x 5.125 x 9 inches (8-cup model) | Filters: Chemex | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes (remove wood collar) | Warranty: None
"I love the beautiful design, compact size, and versatility of this non-electric maker. It also makes the smoothest, most delicious coffee and cleans quickly and easily."
Melitta 1 Cup Porcelain Pour-Over Cone Coffeemaker
Easy to use
Filters are easy to find
Uses a lot of coffee per serving
Melitta's line of mug-shaped brewing cones are among the most common pour overs today. They are often sold in the coffee aisles of grocery stores, right alongside the paper filters you'll need to brew with them. We tested both the plastic and porcelain models and prefer the latter, giving it extremely high scores in all areas. It's as affordable as any coffee maker you can find; it's approachable for beginners and experts alike, and it consistently makes strong coffee.
All you have to do is place the Melitta brewing cone on top of your mug, scoop finely ground coffee into the paper filter, and pour hot water over the grounds. Such ease of use is a signature benefit of pour over coffee makers and part of why they have remained popular for decades. It also makes the Melitta Pour-Over an excellent gift option for holidays and birthdays because people of any experience level can use it. Plus, the compact design ensures that it fits any countertop or can be stored in a cupboard when not needed. Keep in mind that the item is best for solo use, however, as it only makes one cup at a time, so we don't recommended it as the primary brewing device for a busy household.
Price at time of publish: $15
Capacity: 1 cup | Dimensions: 3.875 x 5.75 x 4 inches | Filters: #2 and #4 cone filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: One year
"This all-porcelain, 1-cup cone feels sturdy and balanced when placed on top of your mug. And it produced an extremely pleasant and easy cup of coffee."
Best for Beginners
Origami Japan Origami Dripper Intro Bundle
Attractive design in multiple colors
Easy to use and clean
Great gift idea
Can store in a cupboard
This pour over from Origami Japan has crimped sides that make the ceramic look as delicate and artful as paper. It's available in more than a dozen colors, including jewel tones, earth tones, and neutrals, making it and unique and one of the most stylish coffee makers you can find. It received a perfect design score—a category that not only grades how the item looks, but also how user-friendly it is. In fact, one of our Lab testers was new to pour over coffee makers, but said the Origami Japan Dripper was intuitive right away, which makes it the top pick for beginners.
The Dripper comes in two sizes: a small size that brews 1 to 2 cups and a medium that brews 1 to 4 cups. Customers interested in brewing 4 cups at once should place the Dripper over a coffee pot to avoid spills, instead of alternating between four different mugs. The Dripper Bundle that we tested includes a plastic or wooden holder that can be attached to the bottom of the Dripper for a more stable brewing experience. The bundle is on the more expensive end for a small pour over coffee maker like this one, so if you're looking to save a few bucks, you can purchase the Origami Dripper by itself at a cheaper price and still enjoy the rich coffee it produces.
The item is dishwasher-safe and works with several paper filters, including Kalita Wave and V60 filters. The brand recommends using conical filters for best results.
Price at time of publish: $56
Capacity: 1 to 4 cups | Dimensions: Small model is 4.5 x 2.75 inches | Filters: Kalita Wave, V60 filters, and #2 cone filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: None
"I usually take creamer in my coffee, but I could have easily had a whole cup of that coffee black."
Melitta Artisan Porcelain Pour-Over Coffeemaker and Canister Set
Stylish and near-universal design
Easy to use and clean
Great gift idea
Requires more space than most pour overs
Melitta designed this set to be a one-stop shop for pour over coffee. It includes a coffee canister, filter holder, and pour over coffee maker, all placed atop a bamboo tray. The pour over itself is made of porcelain and brews a reliable cup of coffee, yet it's worth noting that we gave the flavor a slightly lower score than that of Melitta's standard 1-Cup Porcelain Pour-Over. Both brewers were tested side-by-side using the same coffee-to-water ratio and water temperature.
Other than that, there is little to nitpick here. All the pieces are sturdy. The pour over is dishwasher-safe. There are even cutouts in the bamboo tray to give pieces extra stability, which is especially handy if you need to carry the set from countertop to kitchen table. Like most pour overs, it's better suited for solo use than a full household of coffee drinkers. For best results, use #4 cone filters and medium-fine ground coffee beans. Finally, the cost may vary depending on the retailer, but like most Melitta products, the price is generally reasonable.
Price at time of publish: $80
Capacity: 1 cup | Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.7 x 14.75 inches| Filters: #4 cone filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: One year
"I would recommend this to a family member or a friend because it not only looks nice, but it also produces a really decent cup of coffee. It would make for a great gift, too."
Produces delicious coffee
Can brew small or large cups
Easy to clean
Not the easiest to use
No breakage warranty
The Chemex Funnex is a compact alternative to the Chemex Classic Series. While the latter is available in multiple sizes and additionally functions as a carafe, the Funnex is meant to be placed on top of a mug when brewing, like the majority of pour overs. It's made for single servings of coffee instead of a day's worth of joe. One of the best details, though, is that the Funnex is designed to brew up to 15 ounces at once, so you can fill up an entire travel mug on the way to work.
After trying the product, we found the coffee to be aromatic, flavorful, and dynamic—everything customers have come to know and expect from a Chemex brewing device. The brand's filters also eliminated any grit or sediment in our testing process, leading to a clean cup of coffee. That said, folding the filters and placing them inside the Funnex is more difficult than the setup process for other pour overs that we tested, so this option may be better suited for people with a bit of coffee experience rather than those looking to try pour overs for the first time. Keep in mind, too, that the filters can be difficult to find in stores, so you will likely need to order them online.
The Funnex is reasonably priced and less expensive than the Chemex Classic Series. The all-glass brewer can be placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Unfortunately, the brand does not cover damage or breakage.
Price at time of publish: $38
Capacity: 5 to 15 ounces | Dimensions: 4.25 x 4.5 inches | Filters: Chemex | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: None
"I would absolutely recommend this model to a friend or family member, and I would purchase it for myself, as well. It's a sleek, scientific-looking pour over designed for individual use that brews great-tasting coffee."
Best for Travel
Easy to break down and transport
Filter can overflow easier than most
Potential learning curve
This innovative, easy-to-transport coffee maker is comprised of nothing but three stainless steel panels. The pieces can be attached in seconds when it's time to brew and then detached and stored in a complimentary carrying case when you're on the go. The Miir Pourigami is simple but highly functional, and it creates an intersection for coffee lovers and outdoors lovers to meet.
Since the Pourigami is unlike any other brewing device, it took us a trial run to learn the setup process, including how to rest a paper filter inside the panels. After that, however, it proved easy to use. If you're really confused, the box has a QR code that links to an instructional video.
It takes about four minutes to brew a full cup of coffee; this is on par with other pour over coffee makers, but users need to pour slowly to ensure that the filter doesn't overfill and make a mess. The flavor is strong enough to perk you up and keep you warm when camping. We found cleanup expectedly simple, as a quick rinse gets the job done. The price is slightly more expensive than a standard pour over, but it feels reasonable, especially considering how often outdoor gear is marked up. The Pourigami can certainly be used as a home brewing device, too, but we view it as a travel item first and foremost.
Price at time of publish: $30
Capacity: 1 cup | Dimensions: 4.94 x 3.38 inches | Filters: V60, #2 cone filters, or Miir filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: Lifetime
"After getting used to assembly, I think this is a very easy product to put together and use. It's a useful option to have at home or take with me when traveling."
Best With Reusable Filter
Coffee Gator Paperless Pour Over Coffee Maker Set
Comes with permanent stainless steel filter
Great for beginners
No need to buy paper filters
Dishwasher use not recommended
May need to tinker with coffee ratio
For the majority of pour over coffee makers, a reusable filter is a separate purchase, but Coffee Gator includes a stainless steel mesh filter with this pour over, eliminating the need for paper ones. The brand also manages to keep the price low. For both of these reasons, the Coffee Gator Pour Over is an excellent fit for beginners because there are no paper filters to fold and no big sunk cost if you end up preferring a different brew method down the line.
It's worth mentioning that no mesh filter can completely prevent coffee grounds from sneaking into your cup the way that a paper filter can, but in testing, the Coffee Gator filter was highly effective at limiting sediment. One knock against the item, however, is that we found the taste and quality of the coffee subpar when they used Coffee Gator's brewing instructions. It wasn't until using a ratio of 250 grams of water to 15 grams of coffee—which was used for all pour overs we tested in our Lab—that the coffee came out smooth and flavorful. A convenient detail is that the 14-ounce glass carafe has measurements on the sides to ensure precision when brewing.
Price at time of publish: $24
Capacity: 14 ounces | Dimensions: 5.5 x 6.8 inches | Filters: Reusable stainless steel filter | Dishwasher-Safe: No | Warranty: Not specified
"Although this model is not dishwasher-safe, it is still incredibly easy to clean. Simply rinse the filter with warm water (using soap only if necessary) after dumping the spent grounds in the trash. The carafe is cleaned with running warm water and dish soap as well, and the glass is very resistant to staining."
Hario Pour Over Coffee Starter Set
Value for money
Includes several convenient items
Brews strong coffee
Great for multiple servings
Instructions aren't very detailed
Not the best insulation
Complete with paper filters, a coffee scoop, and a 23-ounce serving pot, the Hario V60 Pour Over Starter Set is a convenient way to improve your coffee routine. The V60 Dripper itself has long been one of the most iconic pour over coffee makers, known for its blend of simplicity and performance. The name comes from the 60-degree angle of the pour over's sides, which helps funnel the coffee at an effective speed and direction. One of our writers who tried the V60 said they could discern different notes in the coffee beans after brewing, including honey, hazelnut, and citrus—a hallmark of an effective coffee maker.
This set suits a two-person household, thanks to the serving pot. That said, the glass doesn't offer much heat insulation. We found that the coffee turned lukewarm rather quickly, so you may want to drink it right after brewing or it will be sent to the microwave. The pieces themselves don't feel high quality, but they more than get the job done. Plus, it's somewhat expected given the budget price. For best results, use #2 conical filters and medium-fine ground coffee.
Price at time of publish: $22
Capacity: 23 ounces | Dimensions: V60 measures 5 x 4.5 x 3.75 inches; serving pot measures 7 x 4.9 x 5.2 inches | Filters: V60 or #2 filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: 90 days
"I would definitely recommend this model to friends and family and buy it myself. It produced a great-tasting cup of coffee and comes with almost everything you need at an affordable price."
ESPRO BLOOM Pour Over Coffee Brewing Kit
Can make multiple servings
Paper filters can stick to pour over
Espro Bloom filters specifically recommended
Espro manufactures a number of high-end coffee products including French presses, cold brew makers, and, of course, pour overs. Customers can purchase the Espro Bloom Pour Over by itself or as part of this brewing kit that includes a coffee scoop, 50 paper filters, and a 20-ounce glass serving pot. Papers filters are not expressly needed with this pour over, though, as the Bloom has 1,500 micro-holes to work as a built-in filtration system. If you choose to brew without paper filters, the brand recommends using coarse-ground beans. If you do use paper filters, which gives an added cleanness to the coffee, use finely ground beans.
The instructions that come with the kit don't mention cleaning, but the brand says the pour over and serving pot are both dishwasher-safe. The paper filters are surprisingly difficult to remove after brewing and can stick to the sides of the Bloom. As far as using the item goes, though, it's as simple as it gets. Place the pour over on top of the serving pot or your favorite mug, scoop grounds into the base or a paper filter, and pour hot water over the grounds. One last unique bonus of the Espro Bloom is that it brews extremely quickly when paper filters aren't used, around just two minutes. The brewing time with paper filters is on par with that of other pour overs.
Price at time of publish: $75
Capacity: 20 ounces | Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 9.25 inches | Filters: Espro Bloom filters | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes | Warranty: 1-year limited
"This coffee maker was easy to use, performed well, and made tasty coffee quickly because of the fast-brewing microfilter."
Designed in the mid-1900s, Chemex Coffeemakers are the quintessential pour over device. They are a worthwhile investment for all coffee lovers, even those who already own a home coffee maker. For a cheaper alternative, try the Melitta 1-Cup Porcelain Pour Over, which brews a delicious cup in just minutes.
How We Tested
We tested more than 25 top-rated and bestselling pour over coffee makers side-by-side in our Lab. We ran the brewers through a variety of tests, including brewing a cup of coffee based on the brand's recommended instructions and another cup based on a standardized ratio of coffee grounds to water. Our team then detailed the pros and cons of each pour over, graded several key areas on a 1-5 scale, and answered whether we would recommend the item and/or purchase it for ourselves. This work was done to ensure that we can recommend every product featured on this list, as well as provide transparency about why the products are recommended.
Testing Pour Over Coffee Makers for Material and Capacity
What to Look for in a Pour Over Coffee Maker
The capacity of a pour over coffee maker can range from a single cup to sizes comparable to electric coffee makers. If you are switching over from an electric device, however, expect pour overs to be smaller on average. Many are designed for personal use. Think about how many cups you drink a day and narrow down your options from there.
Pour over devices can be made glass, stainless steel, ceramic, and even silicone. This consideration not only affects your kitchen aesthetic (though, pour overs are usually small enough to store in a cupboard), but also the item's durability. If you're worried about breaking and having to replace a pour over, maybe avoid glass and consider a more durable material.
"It wasn’t until I had coffee in pour-over form that I could taste all the different notes, and it was this aha moment. I really believe pour over is the best way to make a cup of coffee." — Nigel Price, Founder and Owner of Drip Coffee Makers
Pour over coffee makers often require paper filters, many specifically designed for the device's dimensions. Some customers enjoy filters because they make it easy to clean up after brewing—simply throw the filter in the trash when finished—while others dislike buying filters over and over again, since they can only be used once. If you fall into the latter camp, look for pour over devices that don't require paper filters.
What does pour over coffee taste like?
While the exact flavor of pour over coffee varies by specific device, brewing method, and type of beans used, there is an overarching taste experience that makes pour over so popular. Perhaps the most important quality is clarity. When done right, the pour over process brings out and “clarifies” the flavor of coffee beans. If you buy a bag of beans with tasting notes of cherry and milk chocolate, for example, you’ll find both flavors in every sip. Pour over also has a lighter taste than other methods like French press or drip coffee.
What grind size should I use?
Every type of coffee maker has an ideal grind size that leads to better-tasting results. Most pour over coffee makers work best with a medium grind or something close to medium. For example, the brand Chemex recommends using a medium-coarse grind when brewing with one of its devices. Hario, on the other hand, suggests a medium-fine grind for its V60 Coffee Drippers. Many other pour over coffee makers require a standard medium grind. Fortunately, this is the easiest size to find pre-ground in grocery stores. Further grind size information is usually available on brand websites or in instruction manuals.
What is a coffee bloom?
Coffee blooming is a process with which you pour a small amount of water over coffee grounds and give them time to release carbon dioxide before continuing with the brewing process. It’s a quick and easy step you can incorporate to make your coffee a little tastier. Whether you have a French press, Chemex, drip cone, or other non-electric brewer, all you have to do is lightly and evenly dampen the grounds and allow them to bubble and rise (or “bloom”) for around 30 seconds before pouring the rest of the water. Why do we do this? Carbon dioxide gives coffee a sour taste and acts as a barrier between coffee grounds and water. Purging the pent-up CO2 lets you extract coffee grounds more thoroughly and avoid that sourness to boot.
"The bloom process is imperative, and there is some science to it. Gasses come out of coffee when it's freshly ground. If the coffee isn’t allowed to breathe and let those gasses out, you don’t allow the coffee beans to get to their fullest potential of saturation during the steeping process." — Nigel Price, Founder and Owner of Drip Coffee Makers
Do I need to buy coffee filters?
It depends on the type of pour over you own. There is a fairly even mixture of pour overs that require paper filters and ones that don’t. Popular options like the Chemex Coffeemaker and Hario V60 do require paper filters and, on top of that, only specific types of filters can be used. That said, many pour over coffee makers come with permanent filters or have natural ways to filter coffee grounds and water (the Yitelle Pour Over being one example of the latter). It’s usually mentioned in product descriptions whether or not a specific pour over needs paper filters, that way customers aren’t caught off guard.
Should paper filters be rinsed before using?
Pre-rinsing paper filters, especially cheaper ones, will lead to a purer flavor in your coffee because it removes any potential “papery” taste. In some cases, the difference is barely noticeable; in others, it’s a significant upgrade. There’s also the added bonus that it pre-heats your brewing device, so your coffee will stay hot longer. To pre-rinse, simply pour hot water through the filter and let the water drain before scooping in your coffee grounds.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He has used several pour over coffee makers included on this list, including the Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker, which is his primary home brewing device. Derek received an MFA from Columbia University, a BA from Marist College, and began writing for The Spruce Eats in 2019.
Nigel Price, who was interviewed for this piece, is the founder and owner of Drip Coffee Makers in New York City and has worked in the coffee industry for more than a decade. Established in 2015, Drip now has multiple locations.