You can get a really good cup of coffee from a drip coffee maker. But if you're about to get into the nitty gritty of pour-over coffee, you're going to need a gooseneck kettle. Gooseneck kettles essentially swap out the stout little spout of regular kettles with an elongated, curvy spout that prioritizes precision over speed. It's why coffee connoisseurs who brew pour-over coffees only use gooseneck kettles — it's to accurately hit those dry spots of coffee grounds that need just a bit more water to kickstart or induce extraction.
That's not to say gooseneck kettles aren't good for anything else that requires hot water. Just know that if you're trying to up your coffee game, a gooseneck kettle is definitely part of the equation. There are a bunch of options on the market — whether they be electric or stove top — or allow you to get them to the exact temperature you want, so we found the five that should suit each and every one of your kettle needs. From the crème de la crème of gooseneck kettles to an OG in the category, here are the five best gooseneck kettles of 2021.
Best Overall Gooseneck Kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG
Every coffee-loving nerd also loves Fellow's Stagg EKG, found in almost every specialty coffee shop in the world. It also happens to be the kettle of choice at the World Brewers Cup, the Specialty Coffee Association's yearly coffee brewing competition.
The kettle sits atop and minimally intrusive base that features a tiny LCD screen that lets you see the temperature of the water inside. Users can set the kettle to anywhere between 135 degrees and 212 degrees Fahrenheit using the oddly satisfying dial, and Stagg EKG’s PID controller maintains that temperature for up to an hour. If you're more comfortable using Celsius, you can toggle between that and Fahrenheit with ease. A built-in timer is made for timing your pour over, though if you own the Stagg EKG, you probably already own a scale with a built-in timer. Overall the kettle performs as well as it looks — it's for the person who obsesses pour over technique as much as they obsess over design and aesthetics.
Best Budget Gooseneck Kettle: Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
Bonavita makes exceptional coffee brewers and coffee-adjacent products. Its electric gooseneck kettle is a wonderful budget alternative that still lets you fine tune your water temperature — between 140 degrees and 212 degrees Fahrenheit — and will hold temperatures up to 208 degrees Fahrenheit for up to an hour. The kettle comes with preset brewing temperatures, and you can see what each temperature is good for in the manual. If you already have your own desired temperatures in mind, you can add it to the preset menu so you're not always having to set it manually. The kettle doesn't heat up water as fast as other kettles on this list, but also it's not as expensive as other kettles on this list.
Best Stovetop Gooseneck Kettle: Hario Buono Gooseneck Kettle
Brand loyalty might tell you to buy a Hario V60 gooseneck kettle to go with your Hario V60 pour-over dripper. Even if you don't have a Hario dripper, its kettle is still a pretty good buy. It works on all stovetop surfaces, and because it has no electrical components, you can more easily clean the whole kettle without worrying about causing any malfunctions.
The design of the spout makes it so water comes out more easily without having to tilt the whole kettle as much, which is just a good design point. The only downside to the kettle is its lack of a built-in thermometer. If you're brewing coffee, you'll want your water to be anywhere between 195 degrees and 205 degrees Fahrenheit, per the Specialty Coffee Association’s recommended pour-over protocols. Because you can't fine tune how hot your water gets, the next best thing is to turn off the heat as soon as the kettle sounds like it's about to boil, then let it sit for about a minute to ensure you don't burn your grounds.
Best Entry-Level Gooseneck Kettle: Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle
For those who aren't as nit-picky about getting their water to an exact temperature, Cosori's gooseneck kettle is a good bet. It's almost identical to Fellow's Stagg EKG, except Cosori's kettle is a bit more stout and rounded, and it doesn't have the same precise temperature. Instead, the Cosori kettle has five preset temperatures, which it deems the best for various types of tea and coffee. The kettle has a hold function, which keeps the water at the desired temperature for up to an hour. The power cord is noticeably longer than others on this list, and it makes it feel less restrictive to where you can plug it in.
Best Fellow Stagg EKG Alternative: Cuisinart GK-1 Digital Gooseneck Kettle
From looks to functionality, Cuisinart's GK-1 kettle is pretty much the doppelgänger to Fellow's Stagg EKG. It offers temperature variability between 140 degrees and 212 degrees Fahrenheit, which is just slightly smaller than Fellow's range of 135 degrees and 212 degrees Fahrenheit (though it begs the question as to who really needs those five degrees). It heats up just as fast as the Stagg EKG, but can only maintain temperatures for half an hour. The GK-1 has .1 liter more capacity than its competitor, too, and for $50 less than Fellow's kettle, it could be a worthy alternative.