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rmp71701
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 9:55am
Subject: Kettles: Kalita Thin Spout, Wave, or Buono?
 

I'm new to the pour over world (& coffeegeek.com) & loving it. In the process of assembling my arsenal.

I've already got a Bonmac ceramic dripper (may be diversifying & trying other ones as well down the road).  But I'm needing a good stovetop kettle. Looking for some help on deciding on the right one & wanted to ask for recommendations, experiences.

Things I'm considering: 1) Quality of stainless steel - for taste, longevity, safety, etc., 2)Performance, & 3)Cost, though I look at the kettle as a long term investment of sorts & try not to restrict myself too much with price. With 2 kids I do live on a budget though.

OK so here's what I'm looking at:

1) Buono - Obviously one of the most popular right now. Cost is a plus. I know Bonavita is comparable & cheaper, but I'd prefer Japanese made from Hario. What I don't like about Buono is lightness & construction (I'd prefer seamless bottom, not a base plate).

2) Kalita Thin Spout - Good reputation brand & looks solid. Good construction. Small, but I just brew one big cup at a time for me only, so size is not a big deal. But I have seen no reviews on this.  Don't want to drop the money on it if I'd fair better w/ the much cheaper Buono.

3) Kalita Wave - Seen good reviews on this. Most expensive by far. But also different spout than the above two - is it considerably better? Anyone use both the Kalita thin spout & the Wave - what do you like better?

Yes, I realize I overthink & overanalyze things.  But I don't have the $$ to own more than one of these, so I want to make sure whatever I get is going to be the right one for me for awhile. Hence, my post.  Many thanks for the input & advice.
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 12:00pm
Subject: Re: Kettles: Kalita Thin Spout, Wave, or Buono?
 

I have used the Bonavita, and own a Kalita, a Tiamo, and a Paico.  I sold my Buono as it had the worst tip of the bunch.

The best is the Paico for size and for measured, controlled pour.   For sale on ebay, $40 shipped.

My go-to kettle, $33 when I bought it.  It ships from Hong Kong and arrived on my porch in 10 days.  If you really want to drop some bucks, look at a Takahiro.

 
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 1:28pm
Subject: Re: Kettles: Kalita Thin Spout, Wave, or Buono?
 

Thanks @BoldJava for the input.  Yeah I looked at the Paico briefly.  Looks like a bear to clean (although that would only be on an occasional basis). Honestly I was trying to steer away from made in China, which is why I didn't ask about Tiamo & Paico.

Which Kalita do you have?  Curious your input on that.

Oh, and when I hit the lottery I'll try out the Takahiro!
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 1:41pm
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I rock the Bonavita temp-controlled electric, love it. Cant say about the precision of the spout compared to others however.
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Posted Tue Nov 12, 2013, 4:56pm
Subject: Re: Kettles: Kalita Thin Spout, Wave, or Buono?
 

rmp71701 Said:

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Which Kalita do you have?  Curious your input on that.

Posted November 12, 2013 link

Paico on left, Kalita Pelican in center, Tiamo on right.

Paico is my hands-down favorite.  Pelican is less balanced in my hand/pouring, is a bit shy on volume compared to the other two, and has no retaining dimple on the top -- will come off when pouring.  Great drip control, though.

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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 5:30am
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Some Hario products are actually made in China, not sure about the Buono.

I've had the Paico for a couple of years now and absolutely love it, built well, the stainless steel feels more heavy/solid than the Buono, pours many times better, and the lid actually locks into place, you don't need to hold it while pouring.
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Posted Wed Nov 13, 2013, 9:20am
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@oktyone - Did not realize that about Hario.  Just saw that the electric Buono is China made.  One reviewer who has both electric and stovetop Buono said there is a noticeable difference in quality: the stovetop, Japanese-made kettle is much better quality.

I'm going to keep Paico in mind. Price & good reviews are certainly noteworthy.
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