Hario V60 – What's the Difference Between All of These Pour Overs?
So, you’re interested in making a pour over, hey? Are you just starting out in hand pouring? Or are you, perhaps, continuing your journey through the sodden streets of pour-overville? No matter your experience level, this is a learning guide to answer the ever pressing question:
What’s the difference between a plastic, ceramic, glass, and metal Hario V60?
We get this question quite often, believe it or not! So, I whipped up an all-in-one detailed guide on everything V60 for the coffee enthusiasts out there.
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- Weight: light
- Durability: stronger than the glass and ceramic options
- Travel: easy to transport
- Has a slight advantage in thermal mass over ceramic in that heat does not readily transfer/absorb into the plastic
- Does not "grab" onto heat, thus keeping a steady temperature throughout
- No heat sink, which keeps your pour over temp consistent
- Material: Last but most important, the commonly used material that everyone loves so much, Polypropylene (BPA free) in the White V60-02
- Classified as thermoplastic with a melting temperature at 130°C. Wondering how hot that is? Let's just say it's very, very hot
- Does not react readily with dilute acids and bases – coffee has a neutral pH level of ~5.0 (varies depending on the coffee)
- A relatively inexpensive material
- Resistant to absorbing moisture. However, susceptible to oxidizing overtime
The Clear V60-02 is made out of thermoplastic styrene-acrylonitrile resin – this dripper is one of my favourites and performs similar to the White V60-02
Summary: The Plastic V60-02 in both clear and white offers high durability at a low cost. This product is also the perfect traveling companion and a highly recommended dripper in terms of performance. Although plastic combined with heat carry a bad reputation, this product is safe to use. Otherwise, we wouldn't be selling it!
- Weight: heavy
- Durability: less durable than metal and plastic
- Travel: not the most reliable travelling companion, unless carefully packaged
- A great thermal insulator, which can hold temperature to a certain extent as long as the ceramic is preheated with hot water
- Recommend preheating dripper
- Heat retention possible, keeping coffee hotter for longer
- Do not have to worry about leaching of toxins
- Material: porcelain
- Weight: lighter than ceramic, heavier than the stainless steel
- Durability: a fairly fragile lil' guy, but has stronger glass. I use olive wood at home and have had no issues with breakage (though, I'm pretty careful)
- Travel: would you take glass on a trip with you?
- Temperature and Material: Hario is actually well-known for their high-quality glass: borosilicate glass, aka. heatproof glass
- Durable against chemicals
- Prevents odour and colour absorption
- Compared to normal glass, borosilicate glass does not expand as much when in contact with heat
- Made from 100% raw, natural materials
In the Hario factory, they use electricity instead of fuel for melting – less emissions, more energy efficient. For more information on their heat proof glass, you can find that here
Summary: Similar option to the Ceramic V60-02 in that you wouldn’t want to take this on-the-go without carefully packaging it! For coffee enthusiasts who are looking at an option for daily use at home, work, or in a cafe, the Glass V60-02 is a highly recommended pour over to use.
- Weight: heavier than plastic, but lighter than glass and ceramic
- Durability: as durable as ever
- Travel: a lovely travel buddy
- An okay insulator and a relatively good conductor of heat – picks up on brew temp, as well as loses it quite quickly
- Material: From what I understand, this material does not absorb or affect the flavour of the coffee. To find out if a metal dripper creates a noticeable flavour, you can find that in my other blog here
What does this all come down to? Well, mostly preference if you ask me! If you are someone who needs a pour over that will withstand those accidental hits and slips, the Stainless Steel or Plastic choices make for durable and light-weight options. If you are instead looking for a modern, yet simple look to use at home or in a cafe, the Glass or Ceramic would fit perfectly in any kitchen – just be aware of your surroundings to avoid breakage!
Hopefully this information helps your decision in some way, as all drippers make a great cup of coffee with the right recipe and method. For more blogs about the V60, make sure to check out the links below!
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For more blogs on the Hario V60: