What Is a Gooseneck Kettle?
If you’ve ever seen someone prepare pour-over coffee, you’ve probably noticed they use a special kind of kettle to pour the water. The kettle has a narrow and long neck where the water pours out, and that kettle is what’s known as a gooseneck kettle or a pour-over kettle.
Why Use a Gooseneck Kettle? Do I Have To?
The Gooseneck kettle has been designed specially for use for pour-over coffee preparation. While you can still prepare your pour-over using a traditional kettle, a gooseneck kettle is a must-have for the following reasons:
- When preparing pour-over, you have to slowly pour down the water in circular motion. The curved long neck of the Gooseneck kettle allows you to control the speed of which the water flows with ease.
- The handle of a gooseneck kettle is made to give you a more comfortable grip while you slowly pour the water. It is designed to give you a full grip, and the width between the handle and the kettle itself gives your hand enough space to comfortably hold the kettle without touching the kettle.
So, while you probably don’t have to use a gooseneck kettle for your pour-over, using one will give you a much better control over your water flow and therefore better coffee results, as well as less strain on your arm.
Manual vs. Electric Pour-over Kettle, Which One To Choose?
Gooseneck, or pour-over kettles, come in many different designs. But most importantly, they’re available in two kinds: a manual kettle or an electric kettle. How do you choose between those?
- You probably already know that the optimal water temperature for coffee brewing is 195F to 205F.
- With a manual kettle, you boil your water over direct heat, the traditional way. Place your kettle over a cooktop to bring it to boil, or boil your water in a kettle and fill it into the gooseneck kettle.
- With an electric kettle, also known as a variable temperature kettle, you plug in your kettle, set the temperature for the water and it will boil to that degree. There are also electric gooseneck kettles without the temperature control available.
We find that using an electric variable temperature gooseneck kettle is certainly more practical. It takes a lot of the guess work out of your process and it makes it much quicker and easier. Also, the auto shut-off of an electric kettle is more practical than you think. Many people end up ruining their manual kettles while forgetting to take it off a cooktop and boiling it dry.
What To Look For In a Gooseneck Kettle?
- Pay attention to the capacity. Gooseneck kettles come in variety of sizes, so if you’re brewing for many cups or just one, it’s best to get one that suits your need the most.
- Make sure the design of the handle would be comfortable for you. It will affect the way you pour tremendously.
Is a Gooseneck Kettle Needed For Other Coffee Brewing Methods?
No, a Gooseneck kettle is used only for pour-over. For anything from French Press, Siphon, Clever dripper, none of these methods require a slow pour like Pour-Over coffee. So it’s worth it to consider if you’re going to be using your gooseneck kettle for you to get one.
What Is The Best Gooseneck Kettle To Buy?
We will break the list down for the two styles:
Best Manual Gooseneck Kettles:
Hario V60 Buono Kettle:
One of the most popular gooseneck kettles out there, the Hario Buono has a 3 to 4 cup capacity. It works on every type of cooktop including gas, electric or Induction. It’s made of stainless steel, has a spout that is located at the bottom, which means you don’t have to raise it much to start pouring. And the handle is very comfortable to grip. Hario is a Japanese brand but the kettle is made in China.
Fino Gooseneck Kettle:
This kettle by Fino is also stainless steel and is suitable to use on any type of cooktop. It has a 6-cup capacity, a high curved handle for a comfortable grip. This kettle is made in Japan.
Best Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettles:
Bonavita Variable-temperature Gooseneck Kettle:
The Bonavita electric gooseneck kettle is the best rated in its category. It has 1000-watts power for quick heating, a digital display to show you the temperature of the water in real time and it can hold the water at your desired temperature for up to 60 minutes. The digital timer has another use, it has a count-up timer that will help you with your entire brewing process. The Bonavita is available as 1L or 1.7L capacity.
Other Electric Gooseneck Kettles (without temperature control):
Hario Buono Electric:
The Hario Buono Electric gives you the same design as the manual one but with an easier way to heat your water. Simply plug it in and flip a switch to start the water heating process.
Osaka Electric Gooseneck Kettle:
Another great option for an electric gooseneck kettle. Osaka is inspired by the city of Osaka in Japan (although it’s made in China like Hario). It has a nice, large handle and a 1-liter capacity.
If you’ve chosen Pour-over as your preferred coffee brewing method, you’ve probably noticed that it requires a special kind of a kettle, it is called a Gooseneck kettle, or simply pour over kettle.
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Why You Should Use a Gooseneck Pour Over Kettle:
Truth is, if you use a regular kettle, you’ll still be able to make your pour over coffee just fine. But why is a Gooseneck kettle so important when it comes to pour over?
- When you manually brew your coffee, you need to slowly pour in the water. A pour over kettle is designed to give you control over the water flow, unlike a regular kettle which will flood in all the water unevenly.
- Having a steady flow of water and maintaining it helps create a more balanced cup of coffee.
And that’s exactly why you need a pour over kettle. It’s especially designed to create that stead water flow with its long, tipped spout and long, easy to hold handle.
What To Look For in a Pour Over Kettle:
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best pour over kettle for you:
– Manual or Electric?
- Decide if you want to place your kettle over a cook top, the traditional way, or if you want an electric kettle. Keep in mind that pour-over requires a certain temperature of hot water. So if you’re going with manual, then you’ll have to monitor the temperature yourself, if you go for an electric kettle, then it’s much easier since you’ll be able to set the temperature you want.
– The Design:
- Make sure the design of the handle look comfortable for you and will give you a good grip of the kettle.
- Make sure the lid is tight enough that it will not fall while you pour the water.
- Material wise, most kettles are made of stainless steel, but you’ll want to make sure that it is compatible with your cook top surface, especially if you’re using Induction Heating.
Best Electric Pour Over Kettles:
Bonavita Variable Temperature Digital Gooseneck Kettle:
- Capacity: 1 Liter.
- 1000 watts, quick heating.
- Select your desired temperature.
- LCD screen displays temperature in real time.
- Can hold temperature for up to 60 minutes.
- Count-up timer helps you with your brewing process.
Hario Buono Electric Pour Over Kettle:
- Capacity: 1 Liter.
- Cordless kettle.
- Electric cord storage under base.
- Imported from Japan.
- Light indicator.
Bonavita Electric Kettle vs. Hario Buono Electric Kettle, Which One To Buy?
We certainly recommend the Bonavita over the Hario for many reasons:
- The Bonavita is variable temperature, allowing you to set the temperature you want, and it’s able to hold it for up to an hour.
- It gives you real time reading of the temperature and helps you with a count up timer when brewing.
Bonavita Electric Kettle:
Hario Electric Kettle:
Best Manual Pour Over Kettles:
Hario V60 Buono Pour Over Kettle:
- 1.2 Liter capacity.
- Makes 3 or 4 cups of coffee.
- Compatible with all stoves including: gas, electric and Induction.
- Easy to hold handle with noticeable space between it and the kettle to keep your hand from the heat.
- Stainless steel lid with silicone handle.
- 1 Liter capacity.
- Brushed stainless steel body.
- Can be used with Induction heating, gas or electric stove.
- Heat resistant handle grip.
- Dishwasher safe.
Fino Pour Over Kettle:
- 1.2 Liter Capacity.
- Made in Japan.
- High quality stainless steel body.
- Angled handle to keep hand away from heat.
- Induction ready.
Hario V60 Buono Kettle:
We’ve listed both the Breville BKE820XL and Cuisinart CPK-17 as two of our top rated variable temperatures kettles. In this post, we’ll be comparing the two kettles side by side to help you decide which one is best for you.
Breville BKE820XL vs. Cuisinart CPK-17:
|Feature||1500-watt/110-volts stainless-steel cordless electric kettle with 1-2/3-liter capacity and concealed heating element|
6 preset heat settings for steeping tea at just the right temperature; blue LED indicator lights
30-minute keep warm; 2-minute memory function; 360-degree swivel power base for cordless convenience
Blue backlit water window; removable/washable scale filter; boil-dry protection with auto safety shutoff
Measures approximately 8-1/5 by 9-4/5 by 12 inches; 3-year limited warranty
|1500-watt 2-quart kettle with 5 pre-set brewing temperatures for tea and more|
360-degree stainless-steel directional base; clearly marked push-button control panel
Hold Temp button keeps water at selected temperature for 20 minutes
Boil-dry protection; water-level indicators on both sides; removable scale filter
Measures 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 11 inches
|Title||Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle||Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle|
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- Capacity: Both have around the same water capacity with the Breville having a slightly larger 1.8L vs. 1.7L for the Cuisinart… hardly any difference there.
- Pre-sets: The Cuisinart has 6 temperature pre-sets: 160, 175, 185, 190, 200 and 212F. The Breville has 5 pre-sets starting at 175F up to 212F.
- Keep Warm Mode: The Breville’s temperature hold keeps temperature of water up to 20 minutes, while the Cuisinart keeps it for 30 minutes.
- Design: The Cuisinart’s buttons are all located on the handle of the kettle, illuminated with blue LED light. The water tank level is illuminated as well. The Breville on the other hand has all its button at the base of the kettle, which is detachable. Both kettles have sleek brushed stainless steel exteriors.
Which Should I Buy? The Breville BKE820XL Or Cuisinart CPK-17?
For us, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp is definitely the winner:
- It has more pre-sets.
- Keep Hot Mode holds the water temperature for longer.
- Better button location, and illuminated buttons are a plus.
- It is less expensive than the Breville and under $100.
An electric water kettle is a must-have in any kitchen, and that’s a given. But if you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, your average water kettle won’t cut it for you. As you know, each coffee or tea drink requires water boiled at a different temperature to bring out the best flavor possible. For example:
French Press coffee requires water to be at 200-degrees. Green tea requires it at 175-degrees, black tea at 212-degrees.
The average electric water kettle does not allow you to customize the temperature of water to your preferred drink. What you need is a ‘Variable-Temperature Kettle’, that’s a kettle that gives you different temperature options that are perfect for each drink. This type of kettle usually has a dedicated button for each drink, and can sometimes allow you to set your own temperature. It can also hold your water temperature for a set amount of time until you’re ready to use it.
Here’s our recommendation for the best variable-temperature electric water kettles:
Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle:
- 1500watts water kettle with 5 pre-set temperatures for coffee and tea drinks.
- 1.8 liter capacity.
- Hold Temperature buttons holds temp. of water for up to 20 minutes.
- Water level indicator on both sides of kettle.
- Removable scale filter.
- Brushed stainless steel body.
- Cordless pot.
- Boil-dry protection.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle:
- 1500watts water kettle. 1.7 liter capacity.
- 6 pre-set temperature buttons.
- Blue LED water level indicator.
- Keep Warm button holds temperature for up to 30 minutes.
- Cordless pot.
- Boil-dry protection.
- Digital display allows you to set your own desired temperature.
- Keep warm button holds temperature up to 30 minutes.
- 1.7L capacity.
- Sleek stainless steel design, more functionality with less buttons.
- Illuminated water level indicator.
- Available in different colors.
What Is The Difference Between Breville BKE820XL and Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp?
So, What is Boil-dry Protection?
Two of the kettles listed above have Boil-dry protection as one of their main features. So, what is this feature?
Boil-dry protection is a safety features that turns the kettle off automatically if it doesn’t have the minimum required level of water in it.
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