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Best Overall: Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker at Amazon
"A recognizable design that’s easy to clean and use."
Best for Home: Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker at Amazon
"Can be washed in the dishwasher at home cleanup is always easy."
Best Ceramic: Melitta Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Dripper at Amazon
"Makes one cup at a time and can be stored easily."
Best for Camping: UST FlexWare Collapsible Coffee Drip at Amazon
"Stuff this silicone coffee maker into your backpack without fear of breakage."
Best Flavor: Hario Nel Drip Set at Amazon
"When poured through the cloth filter the coffee comes out thicker, stronger, and more fragrant."
Best for Beginners: Yitelle Coffee Cone Dripper at Amazon
"Doesn’t need for paper filters, and it’s super durable."
Best for Office: Asobu Pour Over Coffee Maker at Amazon
"You can brew coffee and keep it warm for up to 12 hours."
Best Electric: Cuisinart Pour Over Coffee Brewer at Amazon
"Offers simple adjustments, so you can make your coffee mild, medium, or strong."
Best Overall: Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
This is a recognizable design that’s been in use since it was invented in 1941, with an attractive wooden collar and a leather tie strap. The coffee maker is borosilicate glass which won’t absorb flavors or odors, and won’t add any flavor to the coffee. It’s also safe for use on low heat on a glass cooktop or low gas flame to keep the coffee warm or reheat it when required. The container can also be covered and refrigerated to save the coffee for later, or for chilled drinking.
For cleaning, the wooden collar should be removed. The carafe can be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Chemex makes its own filters for use with its pour-over coffee makers that are not the same as standard paper filters, so make sure you buy the right supplies for this coffee maker.
Best for Home: Bodum Pour Over Coffee Maker with Permanent Filter
This pour over coffee maker comes in several sizes, and the protective band comes in several colors to add some fun to the kitchen. You can also purchase it with an eye-catching cork band, similar to that of a Chemex. It includes a permanent stainless steel filter, so flavors won’t be absorbed by the paper and you won’t have to keep buying replacement filters.
The borosilicate carafe is durable and heat resistant and can be washed in the dishwasher when you’re done making coffee, so cleanup will always be easy.
Best Ceramic: Melitta Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Dripper
You can make one cup of pour-over coffee at a time with this durable ceramic brewer. Just place it over your favorite coffee cup or mug, add a filter, measure the proper amount of coffee, and pour the water. The three holes in the brewer keep the coffee flowing at the right speed, so the flavor will be properly extracted from the grounds every time.
Since there’s no large carafe, this stores easily. A pack of 40 Melitta brown coffee filters is included, so you’ll be able to brew a lot of coffee before you need to buy more. For cleaning, you can wash this in the dishwasher, but it’s also simple to wash by hand.
Best for Camping: UST FlexWare Collapsible Coffee Drip
You can stuff this squishy silicone coffee maker into your backpack without worrying about breaking or bending it. It’s lightweight, collapsible, and resistant to heat. You’ll need to pack paper filters as well, but those won’t add much weight to your gear either.
Cleaning and sterilizing are easy while you’re camping since you can simply toss this into boiling water; however, the item is also dishwasher safe, should you have access to one. This works just like other pour over coffee makers, so you can use it at home as well, and while it might not make the the strongest coffee of all the items on this list, it is certainly one of the most unique devices.
Best Flavor: Hario Nel Drip Set
Taste is highly subjective, especially when it comes to coffee. Some only drink light roast. Some swear by French presses. That being said, the Hario Nel Drip Set can unlock more delicious (and powerful) notes than many other coffee makers. The flavor won't be for everyone, but those who prefer the more robust taste of pour-over coffee to that of electric machines will be in heaven. When poured through the cloth filter—also known as a nel—this coffee comes out thicker, stronger, and more fragrant.
Not only is the flavor unique but the design too. This pour over is both elegant and rustic, thanks to the rich wood accents and, of course, the cloth filter. Cloth filters can get pricey though and certainly cost more than paper ones, so that's a setback to consider; however, you can reuse cloth filters for months with a little extra clean-up. The item is also dishwasher safe.
Best for Beginners: Yitelle Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Cone Dripper
No need for paper filters and don't worry about breaking a glass or ceramic brewer—this durable filter will take plenty of abuse. Since it doesn’t use paper filters, you get all the flavor from the coffee, without the oils being captured by the paper. At the same time, the super-fine mesh traps the fine grounds so you won’t end up with gritty coffee.
The silicone handle will help prevent burns, while the silicone on the base helps keep it from sliding as you pour. The base is designed to fit just about any cup, mug, thermos or carafe, so you won’t have to look for one that will work. This is dishwasher safe, and a brush is included if you prefer to hand wash. A coffee scoop is also included.
Best for Office: Asobu Copper Insulated Pour Over Coffee Maker
Not only will this look attractive in any office, but the 32-ounce carafe is also vacuum insulated, so you can brew coffee and keep it warm for up to 12 hours, and it lets you brew enough coffee to share. Brew your coffee at work, if you have access to boiling water, or make your coffee at home and just bring the elegant carafe to work. The copper exterior looks attractive and protects the borosilicate glass interior from accidental bumps, while that glass protects the purity of the coffee flavor.
This has a stainless steel micro mesh filter, so you won’t need paper filters. The fine mesh keeps grounds from getting your coffee gritty and is easy to clean when brewing is done, while the heat resistant collar gives you a safe grip when brewing or carrying.
Best Electric: Cuisinart Pour Over Coffee Brewer
While part of the joy of pour-over is the experience of carefully making the coffee, an electric brewer is so much easier. This one offers simple adjustments, so you can make your coffee mild, medium, or strong, and you can set the water temperature for hot or extra hot, so you can brew your coffee exactly the way you like it. It has an 8-cup carafe that you can buy in either glass or thermal, and a laser-etched stainless steel filter, so you won’t need paper ones.
One of the most important steps in making pour-over coffee is the first pour which blooms the coffee. This brewer replicates that step, pre-wetting the grounds before continuing with the brewing process, to produce coffee that’s as close to pour-over as you’ll get from an electric coffee maker.