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.
The V60 - a simple brewer that has the ability to produce one of the cleanest and most satisfying cups.
The unique shape of the V60 is named for the 60º 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.
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. Also a close second was the Espro Travel Press, our Top Pick for a French Press. The unique double micro filter and ability to also add paper filters meant we got a flavor almost as clean and impressive as the V60.
Some of our top pour over brewers, left to right: Primula, GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip, and the Hario V60.
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 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.
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 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.
However, the fact that the V60 is one piece of durable plastic means that, despite the awkward shape, you can rest easy knowing it will survive the journey to wherever you're going unbroken and with all its necessary components. It comes with a small scoop for measuring your ground coffee, but this can easy be left at home if you don't want to keep track of it.
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.
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 First Ascent, the best instant we've tried, 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.
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.