Hario V60 Copper vs Ceramic – Which Should You Choose?

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Hario is one of the most well-known and trusted brands in the coffee brewing world. They offer such a variety of products – including pour overs, kettles, scales, servers, and more. Plus they’re all quality products that are well-made and will last for years. If you’re here, you’re probably considering their most popular brewer, the V60. The V60 is a classic pour over that’s offered in a few different materials and sizes. We’ll go over all the pros, cons, and other details of the copper vs ceramic Hario V60.

Ceramic Hario V60

Hario V60 pros and cons

The V60 is a staple in many coffee connoisseur’s lineups. If you’re here, you’re probably considering purchasing a V60. So let’s go over the pros and cons of this classic pour over brewer.

Pros

The Hario V60 is offered in a variety of materials including copper, ceramic, glass, and plastic. As you can probably guess, the plastic is the cheapest of these. If you’re just starting out with pour over brewers and unsure how you’re going to like it, it’s nice to have the option.

Also, Hario offers a ton of accessories to go along with the V60. Kettles, coffee serves, scales, you name it. You can also find the V60 in several different colors and styles. 

The V60 provides a consistently great cup of coffee, as soon as you get your technique down. Pour over brewers require a little more of a hands-on approach than some other brewers such as immersion brewers. But the results are well worth it. Also, the V60 is also about as easy to clean as it gets. There’s no valves or tiny crevices, making cleanup quick.

Cons

If you’re unfamiliar with pour over brewing, the biggest con will be the initial learning curve. The V60 is going to be a little bit more finicky to use than some other coffee brewers. You brew your coffee over multiple pours, timing each pour.

Getting the technique right takes a little bit of practice. But the result is a clean, light-bodied cup of coffee with bright acidity.

Hario V60 copper vs ceramic

Brewing capacity

There are three size options for the Hario V60, a “01”, a “02” and a “03”. The only difference is the size. The 01 has a 1-2 cup capacity. The 02 has a 1-4 cup capacity. And the 03 has a 1-6 cup capacity.

The copper V60 is offered in one size – the 02. This is their most popular size and for most coffee drinkers, it’s plenty big enough. The ceramic V60 is offered in sizes 01 and 02. If you’re looking for a smaller brewer that will take up the least amount of counter space, the size 01 is a good choice and it’s big enough for single-cup brewing.

Keep in mind that because size 02 is Hario’s most popular size, size 02 filters are easier to find than the size 01 filters, especially if you like to shop in-store. You shouldn’t have trouble finding them online, however.

Dimensions

Below are the dimensions for the copper V60 and both sizes of the ceramic V60.

Copper: W135 × D120 × H92mm or W5.3″ x D4.7″ x H3.6″

Ceramic size 01: W119 x D100 x H82mm or W4.7″x D3.9″ x H3.2″

Ceramic size 02: W140 x D120 x H102mm or W5.5″ x D4.7″ x H4″

Price

Out of all the materials for the Hario V60 (copper, ceramic, glass, and plastic), the copper is the most expensive. Although it has a similar shape to the ceramic V60, the copper definitely has its own unique design and aesthetic.

The Hario V60 copper dripper is going to be around 50-55 USD depending on the retailer. Again, it is more expensive than the other materials. But if you like the look of the copper and you plan to get a lot of use out of it, you may be able to justify the higher price.

Like we mentioned earlier, the ceramic V60 comes in two sizes. The smaller dripper, size 01, is about 20 USD and the larger dripper, size 02, is 25 USD depending on the retailer. For the few extra bucks, we think it’s worth it to have the extra brewing capacity.

Durability

If you’re clumsy and tend to drop things or you’re wanting to travel with your V60, copper (or plastic) is your best bet. Copper without a doubt wins over ceramic in the competition of “least likely to break”. You can throw it in your luggage and not worry about it. And if you drop it, it may receive a small scratch but at least it will remain intact.

Copper Hario V60

Final thoughts – Hario V60 copper vs ceramic

When choosing between the copper vs ceramic Hario V60, there’s a few points to consider: price, look and feel, and durability. Which one you choose depends on which point is most important to you.

The copper V60 is significantly more expensive than the ceramic one. So if you’re just getting started with pour overs and you’re unsure if you’ll like it, consider the ceramic or even the plastic option. The copper also has a more eye-catching look in our opinion. You may like that quality or you may want a material like ceramic which will blend in to your kitchen more.

Lastly, if durability is important to you and/or you plan to travel with your brewer, the copper or plastic options will be your best bet and least likely to break.


We hope you found this guide helpful. If you’re in the market for a coffee scale, Hario makes a scale to accompany the V60. We have a detailed post on all the specs here.