The 8 Best Coffee Percolators of 2019

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Coletti "Bozeman" 9-Cup Percolator Coffee Pot at Amazon

"Will keep your hands safe from heat when you’re pouring."

Best Budget: Primula Today 9-Cup Coffee Percolator at Amazon

"This is lightweight yet safe to use on the stove or when you’re camping."

Best Electric: Presto 6-Cup Stainless-Steel Coffee Percolator at Amazon

"Lets you know when brewing is done with an indicator light."

Best for Camping: Coleman 12-Cup Stainless Steel Percolator at Amazon

"It’s sturdy for travel and safe for use around the fire."

Best Stove Top: Farberware Classic Coffee Percolator at Amazon

"Has a glass top knob so you can watch the coffee as it brews."

Best Design: Medelco 8-Cup Glass Stovetop Percolator at Amazon

"Lets you watch the color of the coffee as it transforms."

Best Small Capacity: Rapid Brew Percolator at Amazon

"This makes just a few cups of coffee so you won’t have any waste."

Best Large Capacity: Capresso Perk 12-Cup Percolator at Amazon

"This 12-cup coffee maker is great for families."

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    Best Overall: Coletti "Bozeman" 9-Cup Percolator Coffee Pot

    Coletti

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    The 9-cup size of this pot is generous while not overly large, and the pot itself is attractive, with a shiny stainless steel surface and a dark rosewood handle that will keep your hands safe from heat when you’re pouring.

    While filters are not necessary with this percolator, some people prefer a filter to keep the finest powdery grounds out of the coffee, so 20 paper filters are included so you can give them a try to see if you like them. When you’re done with your morning coffee, this is dishwasher safe, so cleaning is easy.

    This company that makes this pot is veteran-owned, and all profits go to charity, so you can feel good about your purchase.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best coffee makers.

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    Best Budget: Primula Today 9-Cup Coffee Percolator

    The price is right on this 9-cup percolator. The pot, lid, screen filter, and basket are all made from aluminum, so this is lightweight yet safe to use on the stove or when you’re camping. However, it won’t work on induction cooktops. The clear top knob lets you watch the brewing process, and the plastic handle stays cool while you brew.

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    Best Electric: Presto 6-Cup Stainless-Steel Coffee Percolator

    If you don’t want to monitor your percolator while it brews on the stove, this electric model automates the process. It can brew from 2 to 6 cups of coffee and lets you know when brewing is done with an indicator light, and then it switches to a keep-warm mode so the coffee stays warm without overcooking. The cord is detachable, so it won’t get in the way when you’re serving.

    The spout is designed for elegant, mess-free pouring, so you can serve with style. This does not have an on/off switch, so it turns on when you plug it in, and it turns off when you unplug it.

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    Best for Camping: Coleman 12-Cup Stainless Steel Percolator

    You might know the Coleman name from their camping stoves, but they also make a wide variety of other camping and outdoor related products, like this percolator. It brews up to 12 cups of coffee and is safe for us on either your home stove or on an outdoor grill over an open fire. It’s made from stainless steel including the handle and has a glass top knob, so it’s sturdy for travel and safe for use around fire since there’s no wood or plastic that could burn.

    This pot is designed to be lightweight, so it won’t add a lot of weight when you’re carrying it on a trip. It’s easy to keep clean, too, so there’s not a lot of fuss required when you’re camping.

    If you're looking for another alternative to make coffee, check out our reviews of the best drip coffee makers available on the market today.

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    Best Stove Top: Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator

    This classic looking Farberware percolator looks like it would be at home in a 1950’s kitchen, yet it’s not so retro that it would clash with a modern kitchen. It has a polished stainless steel exterior, a black handle that stays cool, and a glass top knob so you can watch the coffee as it brews.

    You can brew from 4 to 8 cups of coffee with this pot. The filter basket is designed so you don’t need paper filters, so you won’t need to buy anything but coffee. When you’re done brewing, this is dishwasher safe, for effortless cleaning.

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    Best Design: Medelco 8-Cup Glass Stovetop Percolator

    While a clear top knob lets you watch the brewing process, this glass percolator lets you watch the color of the coffee as it transforms from clear water to perfectly brewed coffee. If you prefer a lighter brew, this also lets you stop the process early, when the coffee is the color you prefer. This brews up to 8 cups of coffee.

    The glass is borosilicate, so it’s resistant to thermal shock and safe on the stove. The handle made from phenolic plastic and is designed to stay cool during cooking, so you can pour safely. The lid is made from the same material as the handle, so it also remains cool during brewing and serving. A heat diffuser is included with this pot so it can safely be used on coil-style electric stoves. When cooking is done, this is dishwasher safe.

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    Best Small Capacity: Rapid Brew 2-3 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator

    Great for couples, small kitchens, and for people who simply don’t have storage space for a larger pot, this makes just a few cups of coffee (about two to three) so you won’t have waste from brewing too much. This is made from stainless steel with a glass top knob and a laminated wood handle with brass rivets, while the pump and basket are aluminum. There are internal markings so you won’t have to measure the coffee, so your morning will be easy. 

    Take a peek at some of the other best small coffee makers you can buy.

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    Best Large Capacity: Capresso Perk 12-Cup Percolator

    This 12-cup coffee maker is great for families who want more than just a cup or two of coffee, or for serving a cup after a dinner party, but it can also brew as little as 4 cups when you don’t need a full pot. It’s made from stainless steel and has an automatic keep-warm function, so you can get the pot set up before dinner and it will wait until guests are ready for their after-dinner brew. If you need a second round of coffee, this brews a pot in less than a minute.

    This makes it easy to set up, since there are markings inside for coffee and water amounts, so you don’t need to measure. When it’s time to serve, the cord is detachable, so it won’t get in the way, and the spout is designed to be drip free. This should be hand washed.


Our Process

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the best coffee percolators on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 16 different percolators to buy overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 8 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 0 of the coffee percolators themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.