If you love the smell of coffee in the morning, you may have fond memories of stovetop percolators. In fact, when brewed properly a stovetop percolator is the best way to brew a hotter, more robust cup of coffee. So, if you love your coffee, you owe it to yourself to try a stovetop percolator.
Amazon has about 22 stovetop percolators available. The glass stovetop coffee percolators are particularly fun because you can watch the whole process while it happens. However, stainless steel stovetop coffee percolators also have much to offer. For starters, they are more likely to last you much longer. If you make a lot of coffee, you should certainly consider stainless steel. However, if you feel like you need to watch the process to get a better quality cup of coffee, then glass is your way to go.
So, out of 22 stovetop coffee percolators, which one do you buy? Here is a list of Amazon’s 4 top rated and bestselling percolators to choose from.
1. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Yosemite 8-Cup Coffee Percolator
This Farberware percolator is quite popular. It can make 8 cups of coffee at a time. The stainless steel is hardy and ready for a good beating no matter how much coffee you drink, or how quickly. And you can keep a good eye on the strong and clear plastic knob on top to know when percolation begins. Then you can gauge the best time to pull it off the stove. One of the best things about this percolator is the steel filter. You will never need to worry about paper filters ever again. The interior of the percolator is entirely non-reactive. That means the water you fill it with will not absorb any trace odors or tastes. Plus, it is easy to clean either in the sink completely immersed or even in your dishwasher. This is one of Amazon’s highest rated percolators with 4.5 stars (from 3,890 customer reviews!), and it is their number 1 best seller. It will cost you less than $20. Also, it does not work with induction hobs, but it will work with a glass stovetop.
2. Kabalo 350ml (6-cup) Espresso Stovetop Coffee Maker – Continental Moka Percolator Pot Aluminium
If you prefer espresso to Americano, you might want to think about this Kabalo percolator. It is another highly rated percolator on Amazon also with 4.5 stars from only 2 customer reviews, and it will cost you less than $10 with shipping. This percolator is made from 100% aluminium, and it has a steel base. It does not work with induction hobs. Since it is specifically designed to brew espresso, you will be able to quickly make a cappuccino if you can froth your milk and even a mocha if you have powdered chocolate. It makes up to 6 cups of coffee.
3. Copco Brushed 4 to 8-Cup Stainless Steel Stovetop Percolator
This Copco percolator is very similar to the Farberware percolator mentioned above. It is brushed stainless steel. So, both of them are quite durable. Like the Farberware, the Copco has a plastic lid so you can keep tabs on the percolation. And both are dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Also, neither of them work on induction, and both work fine on glass stovetops. Although the Copco has a slightly lower rating on Amazon at 4 stars from 48 customer reviews, it also costs another $10 above the Farberware.
4. Medelco 8 Cup Glass Stovetop Percolator
The Medelco has the same rating as the Copco, 4 stars from 642 customer reviews, but it is less than half the price at slightly less than $12. This one is the first glass stovetop coffee percolator on this list. So, again, the reason you might want this is because you will be able to watch the whole process. If you are a bit of a coffee nerd, you probably should be eyeing this one. It is made from lab-quality borosilicate glass. What does that mean? I have no idea, but it is thermal shock resistant which is definitely a good thing. Basically, you can safely move the percolator from the stove to the table or even to the fridge without cracking it. As you can see in the title, it will brew up to 8 cups of coffee. It is also dishwasher safe along with the other 3 on this list. However, unlike the other percolators this one specifically mentions that the handle stays cool because it is heat tolerant. Does that mean that the handles on the others gets hot? I doubt it, but it is probably a nice feature all the same. It should only be used on electric range coils or gas stoves. And this is a key difference from the others on the list.
Bonus Perc: Vintage Pyrex 6 cup Glass Stovetop Percolator Coffee Pot
That’s right. It’s vintage, baby! And, it is Pyrex. Maybe you still watch Mad Men episodes, or maybe you are just old enough to remember what these things were. Or just maybe you still have a manbun. Well, all you hipster coffee fiends can get your fix in style. It is an almost entirely glass stovetop coffee percolator. Only the top and bottom of the filter basket are aluminium. Oh and there is an aluminium band around the outside of it. The photos on the Amazon listing do not include the filter. Since these are vintage, all of them are used. So, some of them may be missing important parts like the filter basket. And you should also be very careful using them on electric stoves. Being older glass, they could easily crack. If you fear you may leave it on the stove too long, you will need to move is as soon as possible because electric stovetops take too long to cool down. You should be able to put it in the dishwasher with no worries.
Stovetop percolators, especially the glass stovetop coffee percolators fell out of favour when the electric drip coffee makers hit the market in the 70s. They seem to be making a comeback now, but I’m not sure exactly why. One thing for sure is that people either love them or hate them. And most of the customer leaving reviews love them. If you like your coffee the way you like your guard dogs, strong and black; then you should give one of the above percolators a go. Besides, considering how inexpensive they are, you will not be out of pocket much if you decide you do not like it.