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Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Review

The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.
Hario V60 Dripper
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Price:  $9 List | $7.48 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
Manufacturer:   Hario
By Penney Garrett ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 20, 2018
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  • Taste - 40% 9
  • Ease of Use - 25% 9
  • Group Cooking - 15% 7
  • Portability - 10% 7
  • Weight - 10% 8

Our Verdict

The Hario V60 soars above our other brewers and earns top scores. The flavor is refined, it's easy to clean and, when used correctly, the design allows for an almost perfect brew every time. It's also light, small, and durable, making it a great companion for camping and backpacking trips. Our only complaint with the V60 is the fact that it requires specially-shaped filters which you won't find at a regular grocery store or in small towns, but you can avoid this by purchasing a reusable cloth filter to always have on hand. There is also a bit of a learning curve with the V60, though even an inexperienced person can certainly get a decent brew. The nice thing is that you can really improve your cup if you choose to weigh and measure and use a proper kettle — but you don't have to in order to be satisfied. There's a reason you will see this classic cone in craft coffee shops all across the world, and this plastic version helps extend its reach into the backcountry as well.

For the super coffee nerds out there, we scored the Aerobie AeroPress a little higher in the taste department. It is highly versatile and delivers outstanding flavor if used correctly, but it's also more complicated to use and considerably heavier. If a filterless option is more your jam, we love the Cafellissimo Paperless Pour Over. It also delivers consistently clean and delicious cups, but without the requirement of a pesky filter. While this means additional water is needed for cleaning, it's nice to be able to brew without worrying about an extra component. Overall, for a stellar combination of ease, affordability, and superior flavor, the V60 is our top choice.


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Pros Gourmet flavor, well-conceived design, ceramic version available for home useNo filter needed, great taste, stylishBrews a clean cup, insulated, durable, good size for a small group and available larger, no filters neededLight, simple, affordable, design allows you to see level of coffee while brewingPacks down flat, produces a good cup, lightweight for non-plastic, works on top of many different-sized vessels
Cons Special shaped filters are harder to find, expensive for a plastic dripper, heavier than other brandsExpensive, requires water and more time to fully cleanTakes more water to clean, heavyNot as refined a flavor as the V60, bulkyCan collapse while brewing if not careful, certain filters hang very low due to large bottom hole
Bottom Line The iconic pour over model in a light plastic package, delivering a consistently great flavor.The best model that does not require filters and one of the few that does not involve hot water on plastic.This press is durable, insulated, and fully stops extraction once pressed so there's no sludge in the bottom of your cup.This is a very light and inexpensive pour over option that provides solid taste and stellar value.This collapsible stainless steel dripper is a bit on the heavy side but it folds down flat for easy travel and brews a nice cup.
Rating Categories Hario V60 Plastic Dripper Paperless Pour Over Planetary Design French Press Melitta 1-Cup Pour-Over Collapsible Coffee Drip
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Specs Hario V60 Plastic... Paperless Pour Over Planetary Design... Melitta 1-Cup... Collapsible Coffee...
Weight dripper alone: 2.95 oz, dripper + scoop: 3.37 oz 3.3 oz 1 lb 14.8 oz 2.01 oz 4.8 oz
Brew Type Pour Over Pour Over French Press Pour Over Pour Over
Main Material Hard plastic Stainless steel 18/8 Stainless steel Hard plastic Stainless steel
Filter needed? Yes No No Yes Yes
Notable Features Cone shape, large hole, ribs along side No filter pour over Double filtration system Can see cup without lifting dripper Collasible cone filter
Notes Makes strong, smooth coffee Requires some water to clean between uses Filtration system keeps more grounds out and double insulation keeps things hot longer Doesn't brew as well as the Hario dripper Folds down flat for easier transport than most other cone drippers

Our Analysis and Test Results

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 is a simple brewer that can produce a wonderfully clean and satisfying cup.
The V60 is a simple brewer that can produce a wonderfully clean and satisfying cup.

Brew Features


The uniquely shaped V60 is aptly named for the 60º angle of the cone. This angle encourages water to flow to the center, extending the amount of time it makes contact with the coffee and, in turn, helping to extract more flavor. The large hole at the base allows the person brewing to change the flavor of the final cup by altering the speed of their pour. The spiral ribs on the inside are there to help air escape, which provides 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, and there's ample room for creativity and versatility.

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 consistently reported a balanced flavor with less bitterness than other similar models in this review.


The AeroPress still won out in overall taste tests, but barely — the V60 came in a very close second place. Time and again, this dripper would outperform similarly styled coffee makers. The key to really top-notch brewing is to weigh (ideally) or measure (the V60 comes with a scoop) your grounds to ensure consistency and then to pour your water slowly. Water is the trickiest part when camping because you're usually relegated to pouring in a wide sloppy stream from a pot or JetBoil. Thankfully, this dripper is forgiving enough that, even with a messy pour, you'll end up with a very decent cup.

Some of our pour-over brewers  battling it out. Left to right: Primula  GSI Outdoors Ultralight Java Drip  and the Hario V60.
Some of our pour-over brewers, battling it out. 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. Or purchase a reusable version like this one and never worry about it again!


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 an excellent cup either way.

If you want to take the detailed approach, this fun tutorial from Stumptown will help you start off on the right foot.

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  so just be sure to plan ahead.
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, so just be sure to plan ahead.

Group Cooking


While the V60 makes only one cup at a time, brewing takes just a few minutes — ideally between 2 and 4 minutes for a 10-12 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: a Hario gooseneck kettle and V60 cone (red). The black Melitta cone can also be seen in the background.
The Coleman PerfectFlow stove with our recommended pour-over coffee set up: a Hario gooseneck kettle and V60 cone (red). The black Melitta cone can also be seen in the background.

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.


Despite the awkward shape, the fact that the V60 is one piece of durable plastic means that you can rest easy knowing it will survive the journey to wherever you're going unscathed. It comes with a small scoop for measuring your ground coffee, but this can easily be left at home if you don't want to keep track of it (though we do recommend weighing or measuring your coffee for a consistently good cup).

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

Weight


At 2.95 ounces, this coffee maker is among the lightest in our test suite.


If you want to bring this brewer's 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 something even lighter like the MugMate or instant coffee may be a good idea. But for shorter trips and car camping, the V60 is a fantastic choice.

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.

Value


Value is high with the plastic V60. This device brews excellent coffee and is easy and fun to use. Just keep in mind that you will also have to purchase the V60-specific filters to get started.

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. Its expert design offers the potential for a cup that is closer to perfection than almost anything else. 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.
The large hole in the bottom of the Hario V60  combined with a pointed filter  are unique features that creates a delicious and distinctive flavor.


Penney Garrett