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Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper Review

The best option for home might be the best option for camping, if you don't mind the weight and lower durability than the plastic version.
Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper
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Price:  $20 List | $19.84 at Amazon
Pros:  Hold heat better than plastic, brews rich coffee, ceramic material doesn't leach chemicals like plastic, versatile, well-thought out design with large hole, pointed cone shape, and spiraling ribs inside cone
Cons:  Special shaped filters are harder to find, heavy, fragile
Manufacturer:   Hario
By McKenzie Long ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Sep 25, 2012
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Our Analysis

Don't want to pour hot water through plastic? Don't mind a heavier cone? Identical in design to our Editors' Choice winner in everything except the materials, the Hario V60 Ceramic Dripper is an even more heavy-duty and taste specific coffee maker. Even though the V60 Plastic Dripper performed very high in our taste tests, it is believed that plastics can leach trace amounts of chemicals into water, especially with hot water. With the ceramic version, you get the same excellent taste that you've come to expect from Hario's unique design, but without the worry of exposure to chemicals. It is significantly heavier than the plastic version and almost three times the cost, but it is sturdier while brewing and has the potential of lasting far longer than a plastic piece.

The ceramic and plastic versions of the Hario V60 are identical in design. The plastic version is much lighter and less likely to break  but the ceramic one holds heat in more effectively.
The ceramic and plastic versions of the Hario V60 are identical in design. The plastic version is much lighter and less likely to break, but the ceramic one holds heat in more effectively.

Another option if you want a cone but don't want hot water pouring over plastic is the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over. It is also an Editors' Choice winner and delivered similar high scores for taste as the V60. Because this model is filterless, it does require cleaning after each use, which takes time, water, and space. That said, you don't have to remember the filters.

Best Application


This gourmet coffee maker is made to be used in your home, however, since it is only a single piece that does not require electricity, it can also be used for camping. It will require more careful packing, but the Hario Ceramic Dripper functions just as well as the plastic dripper in a camping environment. This makes it more versatile than some of the other camping coffee makers because it allows you to buy only one coffee maker — with no compromise whatsoever in flavor — for both home and camping use. In our opinion, the ceramic version of the V60 would be a worthy investment: an esteemed and delicious way to brew coffee every morning no matter where you are.

The unique design of the Hario V60 ceramic dripper allows you to customize the coffee flavor with the speed the water is added.
The unique design of the Hario V60 ceramic dripper allows you to customize the coffee flavor with the speed the water is added.

Other Versions


This pour-over style coffee maker comes in plastic as well as glass and metal options. Read our review of the Hario V60 Plastic Dripper, which won our Editors' Choice Award to learn more specifics about this coffee maker's features.


McKenzie Long