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Product Description

Hario took the classic pour over kettle and gave it a modern twist. Meet the Hario Buono Kettle in striking stainless steel. Designed for pour over enthusiasts and beyond, the long and narrow spout allows for accurate and precise pours. The end result? Incredible tasting coffee!

Pros
  • Great Design - The Hario Buono Drip Kettle has an iconic style with modern-meets-industrial touches
  • Stovetop - We recommend using this Buono Drip Kettle on an electric stovetop to prevent possible discoloration
  • Excellent Build Quality - The same Hario quality that you've come to expect is evident in the Buono
Cons
  • None!
How Does it Compare?

This 40.5 oz (1.2 L) capacity Hario hot water kettle is a little smaller than other kettles and that helps you direct your pour, more so than with a larger, heavier model.

Tips and Tricks

A Note About Coffee & Cups

Let us break it down for you: Although 8 ounces equals a cup in the baking world, a US cup of coffee is measured at 6 ounces and a European cup of coffee is measured at 4.25 ounces. This is why we sometimes list ounces to paint a more accurate picture of capacity.

Additional Information

Model Number VKB-120HSV
Width 12.0 inches
Depth 6.0 inches
Height 6.5 inches
Product Weight (lbs.) 1.2750
Size 40.5 oz | 1.2 L
Material Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Hario

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Are these made in Japan or China?
Fred M on Nov 15, 2015
Best Answer: Made in China.
Reply · Report · Samantha BStaff on Nov 22, 2015
is this one made in japan or china?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2015
Best Answer: The Buono kettles that we currently carry are made in China. Hario made a small change to their manufacturing location, but they have assured us that the high quality we expect remains with these kettles.
Reply · Report · Miranda GStaff on Dec 9, 2015
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Hi-- Can you boil water in the Hario V60 Buono Kettle on an electric (coil) burner? We are wanting something to boil water and then pour over a Chemex to make coffee. Thanks in advance!
Wayne on Jul 31, 2012
Best Answer: Hello-

We use ours with a gas stove, but since it is just a kettle, like any other pot used to cook, I'm sure it will work just fine on an electric stove. The difference between the Hario and others is the design of the spout and not how it is heated. My husband uses his daily and loves it.
Reply · Report · Karen M on Aug 5, 2012
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Do anyone in here know if the kettle works on a induction stove - is the bottom magnetic?
Thank you...
Mikkel
Mikkel O on Dec 28, 2013
Best Answer: I have not tried it on an induction stove, but yes a magnet sticks to the bottom of this Hario Buono Kettle, so it should work for you.
Reply · Report · Teri KStaff on Dec 28, 2013
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What is the diameter of the bottom?
Alan K on Apr 8, 2012
Best Answer: The diameter of the bottom of the Hario Buono coffee drip kettle is roughly 5.75 inches.
Reply · Report · Kaylie KStaff on Apr 16, 2012
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I'm coming from a teakettle that rang out when the water was hot. How do I know when the water is hot enough for pour over with the Hario? I'll be using it on a gas stovetop.
MICHAEL S on Nov 19, 2014
Best Answer: Hi, I have a gas stove top as well. I put the kettle at the center of the smallest burner of the four on my stove, and set the dial to 7, 10 being the highest. The water boils fairly quickly, maybe 3-4 minutes when half full, so I just tell by the sound it makes when the water starts to boil, and often the lid will start to jiggle. Then I wait about 30 seconds or so, and pour . Works perfectly. To protect the pot, when I have finished pouring , I remove the lid and shake out any excess water in the pot, and then let it stay on the counter with the lid upside down, to be sure it is dry for 15 minutes or so, before I put it away. I have had it for over a year I think and no evidence of rust or anything.
Reply · Report · sam f on Nov 19, 2014
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I have some white scaling on the inside of my Buono (and I use a Pur water filter...) . Anyone have any ideas for cleaning it out safely?
A shopper on Dec 1, 2013
Best Answer: We've been living with the same white scaling on our kettle for about a year now and I haven't bothered to do anything about it because it hasn't seemed to affect the quality of our coffee (we also use filtered water). However, I came across a natural, homemade cleaning solution for hard water and tried it on our kettle and it seems to be taking the scaling off with minimal effort:
Fill a small spray bottle with a solution containing about 50% vinegar, 25 % lemon juice, and 25 % dish soap (I just eyeballed the amounts).
The spray bottle helps get the sides of the kettle coated pretty well, but I ended up just dumping some of the solution in since the bottom of the kettle was scaling a little worse. Wait as long as you need to and scrub with a soft sponge.
Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Dana F on Dec 5, 2013
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What kind of water do you recommend? And how do you keep the kettle and spout free from mineral build-up? Thanks!
A shopper on Jun 25, 2012
Best Answer: I use water that passes through the filter on my refrigerator. I do not have any mineral build-up in my Hario because I do not heat the water directly in it. I use it only for controlled pouring when doing a pour over style brew method.
Reply · Report · J Mark C on Jun 26, 2012
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what is the grade of stainless steel? Is the inside of the kettle the same stainless as the exterior? Are there any linings?
A shopper on Sep 18, 2014
Best Answer: The steel feels very light and the outside is same as inside. There are no linings. At first I was worried that it must be poor quality.
But it works beautifully. The water boils very quickly. I have a gas stove and I keep the kettle in the center of the burner and heat no higher than 7 out of 10. And it is true, wait about 30 seconds and then pour over the grounds and makes a perfect cup of coffee. I had read that the lid falls off when you pour. I could see how it might but it is not an issue and I just keep a light finger on the the lid when I am pouring.
When done, I remove the lid and shake any excess water out , and leave it on the counter to completely dry, only needs like 5 minutes , before I put it away.
I like coffee very hot, and make about 2 cups in the morning, so I found that If I use a pyrex measuring cup, and add hot water to it to pre heat it, then use the cone drip filter on the pyrex cup, the coffee stays hot. If making more than 2-3 cup, s then I like the Melita coffee urn which has a glass lining, and pre heated it keeps the coffee hot for a good hour. It is the same brewing pot as one sold with a coffee system, but you can buy just the pot. Hope this helps. Feel free to ask anything else you want.
Reply · Report · sam f on Sep 18, 2014
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where is this made?
A shopper on Jul 15, 2016
Best Answer: Mine was Made in Japan. I had received one from "another place" that was stamped Made in China.
Reply · Report · Fredrick F on Jul 17, 2016
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After heating the water in the kettle how does one ensure that they are pouring water out at the correct temperature for the different beans types (light, medium and dark roasts)? I heat my water in my ceramic cup to 203 degrees to make dark roast coffees in my french press. It seems as though the kettle would not be able to maintain a constant temperature.
Thomas P on Aug 11, 2016
Best Answer: Depending on elevation, water boils at about 212 degrees F. The water in the kettle will begin to cool as soon as it is removed from the heat source, but not significantly in the time it should take you to make coffee. Put it back on the heat source between pours if you are concerned. Use a candy thermometer if you really need to know. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Walter K on Aug 12, 2016
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What is the width of the bottom of the kettle? I would like to use it on a Wolf gas stove, but am concerned that the flame would be beyond the actual kettle.
Sandra M on Apr 6, 2016
Best Answer: The width of the bottom is approximately 5 and 5/8 inches. I use a gas stove and I just adjust the flame. I also have 4 burners of different sizes. It's a great pot. I wish it had a whistle like a tea kettle so I'd know for sure when the water is boiled, but otherwise I love it. Been using it for a year and a half and it's in perfect shape. Super easy to clean as well. Good luck.
Reply · Report · MICHAEL S on Apr 8, 2016
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Where is this kettle made Japan or China?
Thanks!
A shopper on Nov 9, 2015
Best Answer: Japan
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Dec 6, 2015
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I have this model that I purchased from amazon, but it is rusting in the inside bottom lip. I don't know if where I got it was bogus, or that I wasn't taking care of it correctly. Do these tend to rust? I have used it since but its starting to concern me.
A shopper on Aug 13, 2015
Best Answer: It's only going to rust if you leave water in it without using it for a long time, otherwise, it should not be prone to rusting
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 13, 2015
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I left the kettle on the stove for too long and the interior is now stained blue, purple, and red. Do you think this is still safe to use?
chaser85 on Jul 15, 2015
Best Answer: Yes, it is still safe to use
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 10, 2015
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How do you know when the water has reached boiling point with this kettle?
Champagneknight on Jul 6, 2015
Best Answer: It will shoot steam straight out of the vents in the top. You will hear it if you're nearby, but not if you're in the other room. It boils pretty quickly, so within about 5 minutes.
Reply · Report · Michele BStaff on Aug 11, 2015
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Resources

Warranty Information for the Hario Buono Coffee Drip Kettle

What it Covers:

Pour over coffee makers and grinders

Length: 1 Year
Who Supports the Warranty: Sungarden Tea
Warranty Contact Information: 626.202.0323
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? No

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Reviews

Actually makes a differenceReview by Patrick
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Most things I research and buy make little or difference in my real life, but this does. The goose neck kettle makes it easier to accurately pour water into my Kalita pour over dripper. I also like that the kettle does not whistle and wake up my family if I'm not near the pot when it boils. Quality is also top notch.

I have not found better prices than SCG, and their selection and reviews/information are excellent.

Highly recommended. (Posted on 8/10/2014)
Wish it was Larger.Review by Ms lorette
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I love this kettle because of the control I have and I do not scorch my hand when pouring. I wish there was a larger version of this. (Posted on 4/1/2014)
Superior kettle Review by MCH
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I use this kettle at work (coffee shop in Seattle area). We have both this and the Bonavita variable temp kettle. Despite not having a variable temp base, this is a superior product (as we have come to expect from Hario). The control it gives you over your pour is second to none. Highly recommend! (Posted on 9/24/2013)
Most controllable pourReview by JoshW
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This is the best kettle I have found for pour over methods. It allows for the most control out of any hand pour I've seen/tried. You can place the water right where you need it and in the exact quantity desired. I know you might be tempted to go with the Bonavita at half the price, but the quality of this product will impress you. I once accidentally left it on the stove, boiling, for over an hour -- finally remembered to check on it, thinking it would be damaged by the heat, no marks or anything and I still made a great cup of coffee. You WON'T be disappointed. (Posted on 1/20/2013)
Great Tool - Huge ProfitsReview by Arab I. Cacoffee
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No fault of SCG, they sell the Buono cheaper than anyone on the net. This tool is a must have for controlling your pour - engineering magic. However, somewhere someone is laughing all the way to the bank. (Posted on 9/11/2012)
Good PurchaseReview by CDR
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I purchased this item mainly to use with a newly-acquired manual pour-over cone (porcelain). The pin-point accuracy of the spout is a must for this and works perfectly well. The steel construction of this kettle is quite thin, but certainly substantial and adequate for heating the water. I feel that it was a good purchase, and SCG has the lowest price. By the way, a local gourmet foods store where I live had this kettle on "sale" for $75!! Yeah, right! (Posted on 8/13/2012)
Perfect PouringReview by Gavin
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I wanted better control for the pour over with my Chemex, this kettle definitely provides that. It doesn't whistle when it reaches a boil, but that's fine by me. It is relatively small, you can boil a liter of water but it will start to spit out of the spout a little. The base is fairly small as well, so larger burners on high heat will create flames that reach up the sides of the kettle (which will discolor the kettle). Adjusting the burners so that flames don't lick up the sides results in a slower boil, but the extra pour control is worth it. (Posted on 7/3/2012)
Great ProductReview by May
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Been wanting this kettle for more control in pour over brewing. It works perfectly. Seattle Gear's site is the best deal on the internet for the kettle. I've read not to heat water in it on the stove top, but I have been (keeping the flame from going up the sides of the kettle) and have had no problems or discoloration. Looks great in the kitchen as well. Very happy with the purchase.

Pros:
Nice Looking

Cons:
none (Posted on 5/1/2012)
Great kettle!Review by Lola
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Works quickly, looks good. Use for coffee tea etc. Bye bye electric kettle.

Pros:
Clear Boiling Indicator, Comfortable Grip, Boils Quickly

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(Posted on 4/30/2012)
Excellent kettleReview by Farmer Lisa
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Water pours out perfectly for making pour-over coffee.

Pros:
Boils Quickly, Comfortable Grip

Cons:
Kind of small (Posted on 4/24/2012)
The only way to flyReview by John
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This kettle is the perfect tool for pourover coffee. It's also great for tea. If your timing is right, SCG has the best price for this little gem. Btw, please watch the great vids that Gail & Kat have on YouTube (Seattle Coffee Gear Channel). I learn alot just by watching them demo different items and methods of making a delicious cup of java! Lastly, you can't go wrong with the Hario Buono kettle.

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Comfortable Grip, Boils Quickly

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(Posted on 4/5/2012)
Nice Kettle DesignReview by arborrider
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Kettle functions as described. Good control of pour, rapid heating of water, stable design. Lid stays put when pouring yet still easy to remove.
Size is fine for 1-3 cups (8oz servings). For the price I hope this is a real high quality stainless steel that will last.

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Boils Quickly, Comfortable Grip

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(Posted on 2/2/2011)
For fans of the perfect pour overReview by Anne
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Great for achieving a perfect drip pour over. Suggest not using it to boil water.

Pros:
Elegant Design, Comfortable Grip, Precision pour over

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(Posted on 1/20/2011)
The straight on pouringReview by zendiego
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Ultra light, metal beehive shape with whimsical spout that pours a fine line of hot/cold water exactly or more like precisely where its needed. This is great for a certain Blue Bottle style of drip coffee making that of course makes coffee that tastes magical!Oh, and mucho thanks to SCG...for carrying this fine product [...]....I could not wait to make that ultimate cup of joe.....

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(Posted on 10/28/2010)
really goodReview by grasshopper
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This is an agile lightweight kettle, great quality and design. Miles above the big clunky hand burning kettles most people use. The only con is that it does not come in a larger size for those who prepare several cups at a time.

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Comfortable Grip, Boils Quickly

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(Posted on 10/11/2010)
Great Kettle for CoffeeReview by David
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This kettle is great. I was on the fence, literally for years, on whether or not it was worth the price, [...] I could not say no. While this may be a specialty item, it does its job wonderfully, and that is to help in making your pours very precise. If you use a Hario V60 or a Chemex, or any other dripper with just a big hole, you know how important precision is while pouring. The quality of the kettle is top-notch and the ease of use is superb. It should be noted that the stainless steel is thin, but that is good for something that is made for heating water, as a thicker sheet would increase boil times. Another fact about the kettle is that you can use it on a gas burner, which I do, as well as induction, or electric coils/glass-top. I highly recommend this kettle for anyone who is on the fence, like I was, it is a joy to use, and looks good just sitting on the stove top.

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Great Looking, Easy To Use, Easy To Clean

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(Posted on 4/21/2010)

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