There’s nothing like a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning to wake you up and get you ready to take on the day. But whether you are able to start your day out right depends on whether you have found the best coffee maker.
If you enjoy strong coffee, and you are looking for the most adaptable brewing solution around, a high quality percolator may serve you better than a drip coffee machine. This is a type of coffee maker which you can use at home or when you are traveling or even camping.
But not all percolators are equal. Some are much simpler to learn how to use than others. It can also be easy for coffee from a percolator to come out tasting burned or bitter. A higher-quality percolator can reduce unwanted flavors. Put to good use with practice, it can produce a cup of coffee which is not only strong, but also delicious and complex.
To help you in your search for the most suitable percolator, let’s take a look at some of the best options which are currently on the market. Below that, we’ll discuss what to look for in a quality percolator.
1. Farberware Classic Teakettles Farberware 8-Cup Stovetop Percolator
The Farberware 8-Cup Stovetop Percolator has an 8 cup capacity, but a 12 cup capacity model also is available for a higher price. This stovetop percolator will take you some time to learn to use if you are new to percolators, but should be intuitive if you have one in the past. You should be able to get your coffee ready within around 20 minutes for the entire process.
- Aesthetically, this percolator is nice to look at with a stainless steel body.
- Because it is stainless steel, this is a durable percolator which should be able to take a lot of use.
- The lid is well designed for a nice, tight seal. You can look through the top of the clear plastic knob.
- The interior features non-reactive materials. This means that even with hot water inside, nothing will be leached from these materials into your water. This is better for your health as well as the flavor and aroma of the coffee.
- You can immerse this unit in water to clean it. You can wash it by hand or put it in your dishwasher.
- The knob of the percolator is (usually) made out of plastic rather than glass. While this might sound like a negative initially, those who are experienced using coffee percolators know that a plastic knob won’t dump dangerous shards in your coffee if it breaks, and is thus a better long-term option. Plastic is also less likely to break than glass if you are carrying the percolator with you in your camping pack.
- With its low price point, this percolator is a good budget purchase and a nice starting option for beginners.
- For some reason, this product can ship out with inconsistent knob materials. They usually seem to be plastic, but occasionally are glass.
2. Coletti “Bozeman” Percolator Coffee Pot
The name for this percolator, “Bozeman,” is a city in Montana. The name reflects the inspiration behind the product, which is supposed to be rugged enough to last through plenty of use. To ensure that this is the case, its designers opted to use stainless steel instead of plastic or aluminium in its construction. It has a 9-cup capacity, but a 12-cup model also is available.
- The best thing about this coffee pot is that it is made out of fantastic materials. The heft of it is excellent; you can really feel how sturdy the steel is. A lot of competing percolators simply cannot match this. If your intent is to purchase a percolator to take with you on backpacking expeditions, you really are going to be hard-pressed to find a better option.
- 20 Filters come with your purchase of this percolator. Most percolators do not come with filters.
- The company is owned by veterans and literally every dollar you spend on any of their products is donated right to charity. That is a pretty awesome bonus.
- The handle is partly made of metal, but also partly made of wood. The wood looks really fabulous, but obviously will not hold up as well to repeat washings as the metal elements. On the plus side, gripping wood is much more comfortable than grabbing onto hot metal.
3. Presto 02822 6-Cup Stainless-Steel Coffee Percolator
This electric coffee percolator has a 6 cup capacity, with a 12 cup capacity model available to purchase as well. Running on 500 W, it has a detachable cord and a helpful indicator light. It comes backed by a one-year limited warranty.
- If you want to enjoy your coffee the moment it is ready, the indicator light will let you know when it is done. Don’t have time to grab it right away? An automatic keep-warm mode ensures that your coffee will still be hot and delicious when you are ready to pour a cup.
- The bottom, knob, and handle are made of plastic so that they will be cool and comfortable (and safe) to grip. Keep in mind that a plastic knob is arguably superior to a glass one since it will not break and drop shards of glass into the pot.
- The design of the spout helps to reduce dripping.
- It is pretty easy to clean the coffee percolator, but keep in mind that you will need a wire brush or a chemical cleaner to unplug the holes in the basket about once a month. This basket does a great job filtering your coffee, rendering a paper filter unnecessary. The result is that you get richer, bolder flavors than you would using a paper filter to brew your coffee.
- While this coffee percolator has a lot of great features, one drawback is the aluminum nut. Over time, corrosion of this part is possible.
4. Cook N Home Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator Pot
The Cook N Home Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator Pot is a stovetop model with an 8 cup capacity. While it is not induction compatible, you should find that it is suitable for use on any other type of stovetop you might have.
- The stainless steel used to manufacture this coffee percolator has been polished to a mirror-like shine. This makes it visually appealing and an enhancement to your stovetop or countertop.
- Stainless steel also is the most durable material to build a coffee percolator out of, so this model should last you a long time with proper maintenance.
- The clear knob allows you to look inside and watch as your coffee percolates. The lid seal is tight, making for effective percolation.
- You can pull out the stainless steel filter basket to wash it separately, keeping cleaning easy and effective.
- The handle will not get hot, so you can comfortably and safely pick up the percolator and pour your coffee. You will notice that the handle angles outward from the pot. This means you are less likely to burn your fingers on the side of the pot itself while grabbing the handle.
- Non-reactive materials ensure that you will not have compounds transferring to your coffee along with odors and flavors which should not be in your coffee.
- There seems to be a tendency for the metal of this percolator to warp. Most units seem to function well without this happening, but the problem does affect some of these coffee pots.
5. Farberware 2-4-Cup Percolator
This Farberware electric coffee percolator runs on 1,000 W and offers a four cup capacity. Designed to meet North American Electrical Standards, it is a convenient solution for brewing coffee anywhere you have access to electricity and a flat surface.
- The percolator is made out of stainless steel to maximize its lifetime. This includes both the exterior and the coffee basket. The basket works well enough to render paper filters unnecessary. This improves the flavor of the resulting beverage.
- An automatic keep-warm mode keeps your coffee perfectly heated between cups, allowing you to take your time enjoying your beverages.
- The handle is designed to be cool to the touch so that you can pour your coffee safely. The lid knob likewise will not burn your fingers.
- This model of percolator offers fast performance. It only takes around one minute to brew a single cup of coffee. Many competing products do not offer this kind of speed. If you get everything ready to go the night before, you should be able to have your coffee ready in just a few minutes in the morning. This is great for those who need to run out the door to commute.
- The cord is detachable, which makes it easier to move the percolator or store it without crushing the cord against the back wall of a cabinet.
- There may have been some shortcuts taken with the materials and build of this percolator, because units seem to have a tendency to fail prematurely.
Considerations When Buying a Coffee Percolator
One of the most important factors to think about when buying a coffee percolator is whether quality materials have been used in its construction. If you will be taking a coffee percolator with you on the road or while camping, you want it to be made out of materials which are durable enough to take a few knocks.
The materials used in the interior of the percolator are also essential to consider. Some materials may disperse unwanted compounds, flavors and smells into the coffee. Others will not do this. It is worth paying a bit more if it means better-tasting coffee, and fewer potentially unhealthy compounds in your morning cup of joe.
How easy or difficult is it to clean the coffee percolator? Can you submerge it in water? Can you put it in the dishwasher?
In general, how easy is it to use the coffee percolator? Pick a model with an intuitive design, especially if you are a newbie. Also consider ergonomic factors such as the shape, placement and material of the handle. This is especially important with higher-capacity, heavier models of percolators.
The capacity of a coffee percolator tells you how many cups of coffee you can brew at once. In general, models with higher capacities tend to cost more than those with lower capacities, but this is not always the case. Sometimes you will pay double for a model which brews half as much coffee as another. The other factors in this list can also impact price.
5. Heat Source
Another major consideration when choosing a coffee percolator is where it gets its heat. There are two main types of percolators:
- Electric percolators do not require an external heat source. They do need to be plugged into an outlet, however.
- Traditional percolators do not require electricity, but do require a stove or fire for heat.
You will need to weigh the pros and cons of both, and decide which is the most suitable fit for where and how you will be using your coffee percolator.