The day just isn’t right if it isn’t including at least one good cup of coffee, and the quest for the perfect brew never ends. Enter the ceramic pour over coffee maker, which, don’t gasp, made me say goodbye to my Keurig.
Forget the hours of research; I’ve got that all wrapped up here. Choose one of these ceramic pour over coffee makers to create your own perfect brew every time.
Here’s the rundown on the best pour over coffee makers:
- Popular Picks: The Bee House Ceramic Dripper and the Hario Ceramic Dripper are among the most popular ceramic pour over coffee makers.
- Most Expensive: The Globe Faith Eco-Friendly pour over coffee maker wins this out of the ones I’ve checked out. It comes with everybody but a person to brew this for you.
- Least Expensive: Cangool Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Maker chimes in at less than $30, and even comes with 2 reusable filters which will save you even more down the road.
- Durability: All of these picks will win here, that’s the beauty of ceramic. You’re going to have this product for as long as you want to.
Here is a more detailed look at the coffee makers.
Bee House Ceramic Dripper
For coffee quality, the Bee House Ceramic Dripper is my favorite. I like a strong cup of java and the Bee House model lets me make it as strong as I like.
Every pour over model allows you to control the strength of your coffee, but this ceramic dripper has two holes for even dripping. It features a ridge so that your filters don’t get stuck to the sides and can remove easily.
This lets you wick the coffee through two holes, and the Bee House dripper has a flat bottom that drips evenly extracted coffee into a cup. You do have to find the right-sized mug to go with this one, but you might not want to wake up to any other cup once you do.
- Durable ceramic will last
- Vortex ridges ensure filters don’t stick
- Coffee flavor
- Base is not versatile with multiple mug sizes
- Pours over quickly which may impact flavor, play with it when you first get it
Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper
The Hario V60 is a pretty ceramic coffee dripper and is a popular choice for many. You’ll need temporary filters with this one, and this comes in two different sizes. So whether you want to pour over a few cups of coffee, or a full pot, the Hario V60 offers you this versatility.
I like how easy the Hario is to use and clean. It is slightly more fragile than some other more sturdy models of ceramic coffee drippers. This lends to its heat retention. You’ll notice that your coffee gets hot and stays hot longer than it would in a ceramic mug.
This model also only has one hole in the flow speed, and this will slow down your manual percolating time. You will enjoy that it gives you more control over the flavor, but you also have to accept the coffee for what it is when it is done. You will learn to find the flavor that you like with just a few brews.
- Great for people that love a strong coffee
- One-hole drip allows for total control over your coffee taste
- You have to buy Hario’s own filters, this isn’t something you can really play around with here. They are not expensive, it’s just a pain errand to remember on occasion.
- Slightly more expensive than some other models
Kalita Wave Series 185 Brewer
The Kalita Wave Series 185 is a great pour over coffee dripper for those that don’t have a large crowd to serve in the mornings. If it is just you or two for coffee, this is a great little pot. I like the waves patter inside the brewer walls. This helps you minimize contact between the dripper and the filter and speed up your brew.
- Coffee keeps hot longer than some other ceramic pour overs
- Easy to store
- Technique matters, like with many pour overs, but keep tweaking your variables, including amount of coffee grounds, to get your ideal results.
- Easy to store, but you’ll have to keep brewing if you want more than a cup or two of coffee
Kajava Mama Pour Over Coffee Dripper
The Kajava Mama Pour Over Coffee Dripper is a ceramic coffee maker that is beloved by many. You will like the ribbed walls on this one, that will make for an easy removal of your filters. You don’t have to buy special Kajava filters for this one either.
The opening on this model is also larger, which helps with your filter choice. Add your ground coffee beans and hot water, and you will have a beautiful cup of coffee in very little time. A lot of people like this one because it is very simple to use. You don’t have to purchase a lot of extras with this one, either.
- Easy to use
- Versatile, not a lot of extras to purchase with this one
- The drip hole may be too big for some, but play with your filters and spouts on them if you don’t like the way the drip hole brews for you.
- Too much coffee grounds may prevent a stronger brew, so work on water adding technique to get the flavor that you want.
Globe Faith Eco-Friendly Pour Over Coffee Maker
The Globe Faith Eco-Friendly Pour Over Coffee Maker is a great coffee maker that is minimalist and also eco-friendly. This maker has an excellent heat resistance and heat retention with a one-hole drip feature. The flow on this pour over is easy ad fast.
If you aren’t sure of the technique of a pour over, this coffee maker will give you some practice here. It’s often about how you pour the water and not always about the temperature of the water. Pouring in a swirling motion here will help to get an even brew.
- Ribs on the maker allow for easy removal of filter and also air flow when brewing
- Ergonomic handles
- Cone-shaped filters keep grounds evenly in place
- Non-skid bottom makes pouring easy
- Size does not fit all mugs
- Smaller than others so not suitable for serving crowds
Poliviar Pour Over Coffee Kettle
This one is easy to fall in love with. It has all the features that you need and then some for a pour over coffee maker. It can make 32 ounces or one liter of coffee and comes with a built-in thermometer.
Some pour over aficionados like to play with their own thermometers and obsess with temperature, but this one comes with it. It comes with the gooseneck kettle spout that some people buy separately for their pour over brew. The built-in thermometer is located at the top of the lid so that you can easily see the temperature of the coffee without too much fuss.
- Easy to use, and does not drip
- Ideal for smaller uses and good on storage
- Steam release hole is not as big many prefer it, and you will see steam shooting from the spout as soon as you start pouring water.
- Water can seep out of the lid if you are not careful about how quickly you fill it.
- It might be too small if you like to make a lot of coffee at once or serve multiple parties.
Cangool Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Maker
The Cangool ceramic pour over coffee maker is a slow brewing dripper with multiple accessories, including reusable filters. That makes it a little more eco-friendly than other filters or coffee brewers.
It also comes with spiral-shaped ribs that help to keep filters steady and provide for the best brew with coffee expansion.
The cone shape on pour over makers can also help improve or accentuate your brew’s flavor, a shape you will enjoy on this ceramic pour over coffee maker. This maker comes with one hole that will help you to customize how you brew your coffee. It just takes some practice with a few brews, and you will find the variables that give you the perfect cup of coffee.
As a ceramic coffee maker with reusable filters, this maker is easy to clean and store. It also fits with almost any size of a coffee mug.
- Comes with reusable filters, less accessories to purchase
- One hole for brewing enables more customized brewing
- Smaller size, can only brew 2 to 3 cups at a time
- Slightly more expensive than average brewers, but does come with reusable filters
Goodcook Koffe Ceramic Pour Over Carafe
This pour over coffee maker is a crowd-pleaser, literally, and will give you six cups of coffee at once. You’ll need number four filters for it, whereas most other pour over brewers only requires the number two filters.
With your first purchase, you will get a starter pack of number four filters, so this is one less thing to buy when you purchase the carafe.
This is a pretty carafe that you will enjoy using on those days when you want to make a full pot of coffee and just enjoy that all morning or all afternoon.
When you are having people over, this is an impressive taste of coffee as well.
The carafe is ceramic and offers similar heat retention to other pour-over coffee makers in a larger pot.
- Ergonomic handle that enables a good grip on a large pot of coffee
- No drip spout
- Opening to the carafe is somewhat large and you have to be careful when pouring water, or you may lose the bottom that supports the filter.
- Slightly more expensive than average pour over coffee
What to Look For
When you are looking for a good ceramic pour over coffee maker for the first time, it’s hard to know what features you need or what to look for. Use this list of items when shopping for your first ceramic pour over coffee maker:
- Ceramic: Ceramic is an ideal material for pour over coffee makers as it serves as an excellent insulator, even better than glassware. Its chemical composition can not change with the heat of boiling water and this maintains the flavor of the coffee.
- Budget: Costs for pour over coffee makers can range from $15 to $75 and even more, depending on how extravagant you want to get. One thing to consider when you are buying a ceramic pour over coffee maker is the costs of accessories that will be in addition to your coffee maker.
- Accessories: Some of these you may already have. You will need a kettle to boil water, coffee filters, and a coffee grinder.
- Flavor: Flavor is why people are giving up their Keurigs and Tassimos that they’ve been hugging every morning for years. This is it, people. The style and structure of each ceramic pour over coffee maker has some influence on the flavor of the coffee.
- Brewing time: You want to know how much time each pour over coffee maker will take to brew. Some will take longer than others. You may find that the number of holes in the brewer makes a difference in both brewing time, and flavor.
- Consistency: Simply put, you want the same flavor every time. It takes time to perfect this with these brewers. Once you determine how to brew the perfect cup, you will get that with your pour over brewer. It’s about mastering the level of grounds and how you pour the water every time. Look for an easy to use brewer that won’t take a lot of tools and accessories to fuss with when you are first learning.
- Portability: It matters to some people. A lot of people are looking for this kind of coffee maker because it is smaller and fits in almost any space. You may want a pour over coffee maker for camping, traveling, or for work, and portability and size is a key feature for many of these brewers.
Brew the Perfect Cup
My go-to is the Bee House Ceramic Dripper because I like the two-hole feature for a more controlled brewing and the ridges that keep the filters from slipping. It only took me a few brews to get the right cup, and with the right temperature, I get the most glorious cup of coffee every day.
You may find one that offers something else, such as a larger carafe or reusable filters, where you don’t have to worry about that.
Either way, once you start with the pour over coffee makers, you will not want to look back. This is an ideal way to brew the perfect cup of coffee the way you like it and not a prepackaged Keurig way, every time.