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How to Choose a Good Coffee Percolator

Having a good coffee percolator at home is an essential aspect of any kitchen and even if you have other coffee machines, this should be a standard feature. When choosing the best coffee percolators there is much to consider as not every percolator is made equal, there are many makes and models on the market to choose between and today we are going to give you a helping hand in what you should be thinking about when you are looking to invest in a great percolator.

Let’s take a look then at some of the options you have in front of you.

Stove Top or Automatic Percolator?

The first thing to consider here is whether you will go for a traditional stove top percolator or a more modern automatic variety. There are key differences between these two types, firstly you should consider that an automatic machine will have a keep warm setting, but that may occasionally reduce the quality, the stove top variety of course is removed from the hob when it is ready. Stove top percolators are not the best when it comes to getting clean, something else to bear in mind.


Coffee is very much one of those industries where you get what you pay for and this is why choosing the right brand is going to be important. When you are choosing the brand make sure that you keep in mind how much you are going to be using the percolator, as there is little point in shelling out on a high priced machine which is going to end up sat in the cupboard gathering dust. If of course you do plan on using the machine a great deal then you will be right to invest in a great brand which offers high priced and high quality percolators.

Speed and Preparation

Another key feature to keep your eye out for when you are searching for a coffee percolator is how long does it take to get to temperature? What kind of times are you looking at before it is ready and how easy is the whole thing to prepare? You’ll find this information out from customer reviews and really the sweet spot is around 3 and a half minutes, any longer than that and you’re better looking elsewhere.


Cleaning a coffee percolator after you have left the coffee inside can be very tricky, and before you suggest that you wouldn’t leave the coffee in there, let’s face it, we’ve all been there. This is something else of course to bear in mind as you want a percolator which is super easy to clean.


The size of the percolator is important for two reasons, the first is that the bigger the percolator the more coffee it can make, which you may or may not need depending on who’s drinking it, and the second reason is storage. The last thing a kitchen needs is an oversized percolator which you need to find storage for.

If you are looking for a coffee percolator, these are the things you should be thinking about.