Hario V60 – What's the Difference Between All of These Pour Overs?

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.


Take this sword with you, as you will be bombarded by words

Plastic White and Clear V60-02

  • Weight: light
  • Durability: stronger than the glass and ceramic options
  • Travel: easy to transport
  • Temperature:
    • 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! 

Ceramic V60-02

  • Weight: heavy
  • Durability: less durable than metal and plastic
  • Travel: not the most reliable travelling companion, unless carefully packaged
  • Temperature:
    • 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
Summary: If you're looking for an aesthetically pleasing option to keep in your kitchen, the Ceramic V60-02 is the choice for you. The ceramic can also be cafe friendly as long as you're not walking into walls!


Glass Black and Olive Wood V60-02

  • 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.

Stainless Steel, Silver Metal V60-02

  • Weight: heavier than plastic, but lighter than glass and ceramic
  • Durability: as durable as ever
  • Travel: a lovely travel buddy
  • Temperature:
    • 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
Summary: You can’t really go wrong with the Stainless Steel V60-02. This is a durable and travel-friendly option that you can use on the road or, well, in any setting really – just in a more stylish way!

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!

読んでくれてありがとう ! (Thanks for reading!)


For more blogs on the Hario V60:

V60 Material and Temperature Comparison

Does the V60 Metal Dripper Impart a Metal Taste?

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