Starting the morning with a fresh and flavorful cup of coffee is one of the best things in the world. Brewing coffee in a percolator is a very old school and cool way of getting that cup of coffee. Today I’m going to help you find a percolator that makes you an amazing cup of coffee. 

Choices When Picking The Best Coffee Percolator 

Type of Percolator 

Before choosing a percolator, you should identify how and where you’re going to be using this percolator. If you’re going to be using the percolator at home an electric percolator or manual percolator will work fine. But, if you’re planning on taking it with you somewhere, like camping for instance, you’ll want a manual percolator. 

Capacity

The biggest consideration in choosing a percolator is how much coffee it can brew. If you’re someone who drinks 1-2 cups of coffee, you’d probably want to choose a smaller model. Now, if you brew coffee for a large number of people pretty often, a 12-14 cup percolator will much better fit your needs. 

Glass or Plastic Lid Knob?

This might not seem like a big consideration to most, but it is to some people. The lid on a percolator lets you see into it during the brewing process. Glass knobs tend to look better and don’t form a cloudy substance on the interior compared to plastic ones. They are more fragile though, so you will have to handle them with more care. 

You can be a little more lax with plastic knobs, but that doesn’t mean they won’t break if they’re handled roughly. They’re a little harder to clean compared to glass also.

Material

Percolators can come in a variety of materials: aluminum, steel, enamelware, and even glass. 

Aluminum percolators heat up very quickly, but can dent easily. They’re not as durable as some other materials, but they work well. 

Stainless steel ones are more heavy duty and quite durable. They tend to last the longest among all of the materials. They do heat slower than other materials. 

Enamelware, if you didn’t know, is metal that is coated in porcelain enamel. They have great looking designs and can last years if you properly take care of them. The outer layer of porcelain on enamelware percolators can chip though.

Glass percolators are the most fragile of the material. I would recommend handling these with care at all times. I do like them though, because they let you see into the entire brewing process in the percolator. 

Programming 

Like most other coffee maker machines, the percolator can come in models that you can program. Setting the time your percolator will start brewing coffee for you in the morning is a really convenient feature. They are more expensive compared to non-programmable models, but worth it if you want to wake up to freshly percolated coffee. 

Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator 

The Farberware Classic Yosemite is my top pick out of the percolators on this list. It is made of heavy-duty stainless steel, with a polished mirror finish. This’ll be a great addition to any kitchen. The clear glass knob lets you peek into the percolating process, which I think is kind of fun to do. 

This percolator has a permanent filter basket, which’ll save you some money, from having to buy paper filters. The Farberware Classic Yosemite is also dishwasher safe and you can fully immerse it under water. 

My favorite feature about this percolator is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. One thing I always look for before buying a product is the warranty length. The length of the warranty usually indicates how well something is made, although a product still might have it’s problems. 

One small issue that might not affect everyone, is that it brews a little slower compared to other models. This brews in about 10-15 minutes. If you don’t mind waiting that long, you’ll enjoy some flavorful percolated coffee. 

ProsCons
Makes delicious and strong coffee Brews slower than other models, 10-15 minutes
Classic stainless steel look Markings are kind of light on the water container
Sturdy and durable feel
Easy to clean after using

Presto 6-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker 

Next on our list is the Presto Stainless Steel Coffee Maker that makes up to 6 cups of coffee. This model does come in other sizes, if the 6-cup model doesn’t fit what you need. This is an electric percolator. It has an indicator light, to let you know when you can brew. The power cord is also detachable, so you can carry it somewhere else without having to drag it around. 

This electric model comes with a nice drip free spout, kind of like a kettles. I do like how this model comes with a keep warm mode. The handle and lid knob are both made of a material that doesn’t get hot. Letting you easily pick up and handle the percolator. 

The Presto Stainless Steel Coffee Maker does take a little more time to clean than others. Another issue with this percolator is that you have to pour very lightly, so that the grinds don’t accidently mix in with the coffee. If you can remember to do that, then you’ll get really good tasting coffee consistently. 

ProsCons
Has a very small countertop footprintYou’ll have to spend a little more time when you clean it
Makes really good and consistent coffee It has to be poured gently, so that the grounds don’t mix with the coffee
The coffee comes out really hot

Cuisinart PRC-12 Classic 12-Cup Stainless-Steel Percolator

Another electric percolator on the list, the Cuisinart PRC-12 Classic Percolator. Like most electrical percolators, this one comes with an indicator light to let you know when it’s done brewing. The Cuisinart Prc-12 has long tapered pour spout, to prevent any spilling. 

This percolator comes with a very long detachable power cord that comes at 36 inches. This is very awesome if you have that much space underneath your cabinets. 

Now a few annoyances that this machine has. The percolator does have to be plugged in if you want it to keep your coffee warm. The long power cord does help make this a little easier to deal 

with, in some situations. 

Coffee does come out really hot though. Sometimes it comes out hotter than you’d expect. If you like really hot coffee, then this is a great choice for you. 

ProsCons
Has a very stylish and attractive design The keep warm function only works if it’s plugged in
Heats up pretty quickly Hard to find filters for and you’ll need to find coarser grounds for this machine
This thing makes some tasty coffee Coffee could come out a little bit hotter

Café Brew Glass Stovetop Percolator Coffee Pot

Cafe Brew glass Stovetop is a very large glass percolator. It can brew 8 cups or about 40 ounces of coffee. This percolator works great with gas and electric ranges.

Like most of the other percolators, this one features a drip free spout. The glass is really easy to clean and stain resistant. The manufacturers include a metal heating trivet that must be used on electric range coils. 

This thing looks really nice, but it has a problem with the lid. The lid does tend to melt easily. You’ll have to be extra careful if you choose to get this percolator. You’ll probably want to keep it on a very low heat, so that the lid doesn’t melt. 

ProsCons
You can easily tell when your coffee is ready Plastic lid melts easily
Easy clean and stain resistant Best Coffee Percolator
Cool to see your coffee being percolatedBest Coffee Percolator

Primula Today Aluminum Stovetop Percolator 

The Primula Today is an easy to use aluminum percolator. It provides even heat distribution to enhance the flavor and aroma of your coffee. It’s equipped with a black heat resistant handle, so you don’t have to worry about burning yourself when you pick it up. 

What’s great about this percolator is that it has a pretty large chamber for holding your coffee grounds. This thing will make you pretty decent coffee and at a very affordable price. It’s great for taking with you any place that you can a heat source, whether it be your work, home, or camping. 

This does have it’s very noticeable problems though. Most aluminum percolators and other coffee makers tend to get damaged easily. The Primula Today is constructed a little flimsy, which lets it get dented easily. Now this is on my list, because it’s extremely cheap. This is perfect for those who are beginners and you want to experiment with one before getting a more expensive model. As I said before, you can take it camping with you and you won’t worry about banging up this percolator as much. 

ProsCons
Large basket for coffee grounds Dents easily
Makes pretty decent coffee for its price You have to use a filter with this percolator
Heats up quickly Pretty flimsy construction

Conclusion 

My top pick out of the 5 percolators that were reviewed is the Farberware Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator. This percolator looks great with its polished stainless steel finish. I love how it has the glass knob on top to give you a peek into the percolating process.

This percolator comes with a permanent filter, so you can save some money on filters. It is completely dishwasher safe and easy to clean. 

As I said before it does come with a lifetime warranty. It really shows how much they back the construction of this product. All those reasons add up to it being the best coffee percolator out there right now for me.

Hopefully you found a percolator you like!

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