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Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Review

Hario V60 Dripper
Editors' Choice Award
Price:  $9 List | $6.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Gourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home use
Cons:  Special shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brands
Bottom line:  The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.
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Weight:  dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz
Brew Type:  Pour Over
Materials:  Hard plastic
Manufacturer:   Hario

Our Verdict

The Hario V60 narrowly edged out the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over for our top scores. Because both of these brewers consistently delivered clean and delicious cups of coffee, we awarded an Editors' Choice award to both! The V60 is the best filter version and the Cafellissimo is the best filterless option if you don't want to bother with paper. The V60 eeked out a slightly higher score because it's a bit easier to clean — just throw away the filter filled with grounds, no rinsing with water required. It's also light and small, making it a great companion for camping and backpacking trips and, when used correctly, the design allows for an almost perfect brew every time. Our only complaint with the V60 is the fact that it requires specially-shaped filters which you probably won't find at a regular grocery store or in small towns. You will need to plan ahead in that department by either ordering online or visiting a specialty craft coffee shop that sells them.

We felt that the Aerobie AeroPress delivered a slightly better flavor, but it's more complicated to use, heavier, and has more pieces to potentially lose. If flavor is paramount, but you want to serve a crowd easily, be sure to take a gander at the Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup, our Top Pick for Large Groups.



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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Penney Garrett

Last Updated:
Wednesday
May 30, 2018

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The V60 was first introduced to the market in glass and ceramic, then later in plastic, and, finally, in metals like copper and stainless steel. This review is specific to the plastic version, but we also have a short write-up on the ceramic dripper. This iconic cone is a favorite brew method for both weight-and-space-minded campers and coffee professionals, as it's simple to brew with and delivers a clean and beautiful cup in a matter of minutes.

Performance Comparison


The V60 - a simple brewer that has the ability to produce one of the cleanest and most satisfying cups.
The V60 - a simple brewer that has the ability to produce one of the cleanest and most satisfying cups.

Brew Features


The unique shape of the V60 is named for the 60ยบ angle of the cone. This angle encourages water to flow to the center, extending the amount of time the water makes contact with the coffee and, in turn, extracting more flavor. Its large hole allows the person brewing to change the flavor of the final cup by altering the speed of their pour, so this simple cone allows for a lot of creativity. The spiral ribs on the inside of the brewer allow air to escape, providing more room for the coffee to bloom and expand as its brewed. The simple looks of the V60 are deceiving — a lot of detail and thought went into its design.

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.

Taste


In our pour over-only taste tests, the Hario V60 repeatedly came out on top. Our testers reported a richer flavor with less bitterness than with the other pour over models in our review.



The AeroPress still won out in overall taste tests, but the V60 was a very close second, far exceeding similarly styled coffee makers.

Some of our top pour over brewers  left to right: Primula  GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip  and the Hario V60.
Some of our top pour over brewers, left to right: Primula, GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip, and the Hario V60.

Group Cooking


While the V60 makes just one cup at a time, brewing takes just a few minutes — ideally between 2 and 4 minutes for a 12-ounce cup.


Clean up is also easy: simply remove the filter with grounds and toss. If you have more ground coffee and hot water prepared, you can begin brewing again immediately. So, while this may not seem like the best option for larger groups, it can still accommodate many people efficiently if you have a good system in place.

The Coleman PerfectFlow stove with our recommended pour-over coffee set up: the Hario V60 kettle and cone (red). The Melita Ready Set Joe cone is the black cone seen in the background.
The Coleman PerfectFlow stove with our recommended pour-over coffee set up: the Hario V60 kettle and cone (red). The Melita Ready Set Joe cone is the black cone seen in the background.

Ease of Use


The V60 is easy to use and care for, though you will need to plan ahead in regards to the special filters it requires, as they aren't available in just any grocery store.


Any pour over method can be as simple as scooping coffee into a filter and adding water or as complex and specific as weighing out the grounds, measuring the temperature and weight of your water, and timing it as it flows through. If you take the detail-oriented approach, using a proper gooseneck kettle like the Hario V60 Drip Kettle will help with flow and final flavor. That being said, you don't need to get this fancy — as long as you like the coffee that ends up in your cup, it doesn't matter what path you took to get it there. Simple and intuitive or calculated and measured, the V60 will give you a good cup either way.

The plastic Hario V60 with its unique pointed cone-shaped filter. These can be a little harder to find than the more typical basket shaped filter.
The plastic Hario V60 with its unique pointed cone-shaped filter. These can be a little harder to find than the more typical basket shaped filter.


Portability


The slightly bulky shape of this cone is not the most conducive to stuffing in a backpack, though you can easily clip the handle to the outside of your pack with a carabiner.


The V60 finishing up another delicious cup. The handle made it easy to brew with and also to clip onto the outside of our pack before taking off down the trail.
The V60 finishing up another delicious cup. The handle made it easy to brew with and also to clip onto the outside of our pack before taking off down the trail.

Weight


At 2.95 ounces, this coffee maker was one of the lightest in our test suite.


If you want to bring the dedicated scoop, you'll only go up to 3.37 ounces (plus your filters and coffee of course). This could still be on the slightly heavy side for some backpackers, in which case an instant coffee like the established Starbucks VIA or newcomer Alpine Start might be a good option. But for shorter trips and car camping, the V60 is a fantastic option.

Light and easy to clean  the plastic V60 is fantastic for camping trips.
Light and easy to clean, the plastic V60 is fantastic for camping trips.


Conclusion


Clean, beautiful, simple — that's the V60 in a nutshell. There's a reason you can find one of these cones in most craft coffee shops the world over. Considering you will also need special filters, it's on the more expensive side for a plastic pour over cone. However, it results in a cup that is closer to perfection than what you will get with most other models. Whether you're at home, car-camping, or on a backpacking trip, we don't think you'll be disappointed with this tried-and-true gourmet brewer.

Dripping from the Hario V60  our Editors' Choice Winner. The large hole at the bottom is one of this maker's most unique features and one of the factors in helping produce a consistently delicious cup.
Dripping from the Hario V60, our Editors' Choice Winner. The large hole at the bottom is one of this maker's most unique features and one of the factors in helping produce a consistently delicious cup.

Penney Garrett

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   Aug 9, 2013 - 04:22am
micmardini · Climber · Quebec

When I started reading about the Hario V60, I understood that it is not only a solution for backpacking or camping…It really does very good coffee, even compared to what we have at home!

It is supplied with an instruction guide that explain how to make the perfect coffee. Very simple, don't worry! There are lots of video on youtube that explain how to do it. I strongly suggest that you have a look at one of these…



I got mine for 12$…what can I say!

Cheers!



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Hiker

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   Nov 29, 2012 - 07:50pm
Linda Long · Hiker · Houston

I own the aeropress but had the chance to use this coffee dripper when I went camping with my daughter. In fact, she had a couple of the funnel style coffee drippers. We were both amazed at the difference between them. The coffee from the Hario was noticiably better even though we used the same brand of coffee in both coffee makers. The Hario made coffeeshop tasting coffee; smooth and rich.I like my aeropress but I am asking for the Hario for Christmas because it is easier to use, to clean and I think the coffee is more consistant.The Hario will become my go-to coffee maker when I am camping and I think I will get one for home for the times I just want one cup of coffee!



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.

Road Biker

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   Jul 14, 2015 - 03:52pm
bikermanlax · Road Biker · Wisconsin
Quantity is the real difference. I have both the Aerobie Press and Hario filter. The Aerobie is ok if your alone and don't want much coffee as it only makes about 8 or so ounces at a time. The Hario is better if you want a full 16 ounces or more (or to make a couple of 8 ounces cups for you and your companion).
The Aerobie is also a bit tricky in the wild as you have to stand it on end while pouring in the water. This works great on a kitchen counter but can more difficult on sand, rock, etc. Depending on the mug, it can have a wider stabler base when using the pour over method.

One advantage of the Aerobie is that you can use a coarser grind than the Hario. If you are hand cranking, then a coarser grind is a bit easier to do.



Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.


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