We review some of the best coffee percolators available on the market in this post.
We have done the research for you, and given you a place to start, on some of the best coffee percolators on the market. Hopefully, our reviews will help you with an idea of what to look for in a good percolator.
Our reviews are based on information painstakingly gathered from various independent and trusted sources as well as our own experience.
The comparison table below table briefly lists some of the best coffee percolators for 2020.
Best Coffee Percolators – Comparison Table
Best Coffee Percolators – Reviews
Our best pick is the Farberware 47053 Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 12-Cup Coffee Percolator. It is versatile, easy to use, and a classic. Take it anywhere to make a great cup of percolated coffee.
Our next pick would be the Maxi Matic Elite Platinum 12-Cup Percolator.
It has a useful swivel base and is easy to use. Plus it has a massive 1000 Watt power.
There are many other features and personal preferences that you may like to consider.
However, I hope that the information we have provided for you in this post information helps you make an informed decision on the best coffee percolator for you!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Are Coffee Percolators Experiencing a Revival?
If you use Google Trends and type in ‘coffee percolator’, then you can see that the search trend for this phrase has gradually increased from October 2008. Google Trends is a tool you can use to show you the popularity, and the trend, of words that people type into Google Search. In this case, more and more people are using the phrase ‘coffee percolator’ to search Google (the inverted commas are just my way of identifying the phrase). It is also interesting that the peaks in the graph occur about November and December each year – maybe people looking for Christmas gifts?
Source: Google Trends using the phrase ‘coffee percolator’
Some people may think that percolating your coffee is an old-school brewing method, but it is still a great way to get a strong cup of coffee. And Google Trends does seem to show that coffee percolators are experiencing a revival – especially around Christmas!
Is it a Coffee Percolator or a Moka Pot?
People often get confused between a coffee percolator and a Moka pot. What is the difference between a percolator and a Moka pot? You will often see a Moka pot labeled as a percolator (but not often the other way around). Both can sit on the stovetop (or have an electric version) and use hot water to extract ground coffee, but the brewing method is different.
The following table briefly compares the difference between a percolator and a Moka pot.
Comparison of Coffee Percolator and Moka Pot
A coffee percolator consists of two interconnected chambers: a bottom chamber containing water and a perforated top chamber containing the ground coffee. A percolator brews coffee by recycling boiling water through coffee grounds using gravity (see image). The strength of the coffee can be varied by adjusting the time of the brew.
A Moka pot consists of three chambers: a bottom chamber containing water, a middle chamber containing ground coffee, and a top chamber containing the final coffee brew. The bottom and middle chamber are interconnected as are the middle chamber and top chamber. There is no direct connection between the bottom chamber and the top chamber.
A Moka pot brews coffee by passing pressurized hot water through ground coffee (see image). The strength of the coffee is not usually adjusted by the time of brewing because the water never returns to the bottom chamber. The coffee made by a Moka pot may be considered espresso because a pressurized chamber is used to initiate the flow of hot water through the ground coffee to extract the coffee.
For a quick tutorial on how to make your coffee with a Moka pot see our other post here.
The following diagrams show you how a percolator and a Moka pot work to brew coffee.
How to use a Coffee Percolator?
All coffee percolators have the same method of making coffee and that is by recycling hot water through ground coffee.
All percolators also have similar components such as the two interconnected chambers, the coffee basket, spreader, and stem (or perk tube). The percolators differ in their design, the materials (e.g. stainless steel), and their heat source (electric or stovetop).
- Take out the inner basket, spreader, and stem
- Put 1 cup of water in the bottom chamber of the percolator for each person
- Grind your coffee beans (medium to coarse). You need about 5 to 7 g (0.18 to 0.25 oz) of coffee beans to give one tablespoon of ground coffee.
- Put about 1 tablespoon of coffee in the basket for each cup of water you use to make the coffee
- Replace the inner basket, spreader, and stem
- Put the lid on and then apply heat (electric or stovetop)
- Wait until there is a regular percolation. You can see the percolated coffee in the transparent knob in the lid.
- Wait another 5 to 10 minutes for the water to completely soak the coffee grounds and brew the coffee.
If you wait too long for the brew, then the coffee will probably taste bitter. If you wait too little for the brew, then the coffee may not have the flavors you want from your coffee. It is trial and error until you find the right combination of the type of coffee, the grind of coffee, amount of coffee, the coffee to water ratio, and coffee brewing time.
The video below shows the process using a Presto Coffee Percolator but the preparation method is the same with all coffee percolators.
Source: Better Kitchen Reviews
What coffee is best for percolators?
You can choose any type of coffee beans you like! Just remember to use a medium to coarse grind for your coffee. We like medium roast brews but many people like dark roasts and brew their coffee strong. It is completely up to you and your taste.
What do I need for brewing percolated coffee?
Well, you obviously need a percolator and any one of the percolators in this review will be just fine. The other things you will need are as follows:
A. Your favorite coffee beans
See our article on the 10 best-selling coffee beans.
B. Filter paper
You may or may not want filter paper depending on whether you like to have bits of coffee grounds in your brewed coffee.
The filter paper can be inserted into the basket before the coffee. This filters out the fine coffee grind so you have a grit-free brewed coffee.
Remember to buy filters with a hole so that it fits over the stem of the percolator.
C. Post Brew Filter
You can use this to filter out any fine grinds of coffee from your brewed coffee if you didn’t use paper filters during the brew.
You can also use some of these filters for pour-over coffee.
D. Coffee Grinder
A hand-held coffee grinder can give you a bit more control over your grind but it takes a bit of elbow grease to get it done.
Electric grinders are easier to use and save you energy! The following are some popular coffee grinders.
E. Balance to weigh coffee beans
If you want to accurately and precisely weigh your beans then a good balance is necessary.
Why weigh your coffee beans? If you want to replicate a good coffee then it helps to record as much information as possible and the weight of your beans is one component you can easily measure.
You can use any reasonable electronic balance and a few of the most popular are shown below.
F. Timer to track brewing time
Again recording the time you brewed your coffee will help you replicate the good cup the next time.
A simple egg timer would do if you are not too fussy, but if you like gadgets then an electronic timer will be just what you want.
A few of the most popular timers are shown below.