Cuisinart PRC-12 Classic Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

Last updated date: June 1, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1

Cuisinart PRC-12 Classic Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 137 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart Classic Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator placed 8th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 23, 2020:
Checkout The Best Coffee Percolator for a detailed review of all the top coffee percolators.

Expert Summarized Score
9.4
14 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,097 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
A stay-cool bottom unit keeps it from scorching your surfaces, and an indicator light lets you know when it’s done brewing, so you don’t run the risk of burning your coffee.
- Reviewed
It also comes with a no-drip spout design alongside a durable stainless steel construct.
- Coffe For Us
This percolator is made of stainless steel. The inner fixtures and coffee filter basket are also made of stainless steel. The handle and the base are heat proof.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
The removable basket comes with measurement markings to correctly calculate the amount of grounds.
- Food Shark Marfa
It brews from 4-12 cups, comes with a non-drip spout and a cool-to-touch handle so that you don't give yourself an unwanted tattoo.
- Love My Coffee Cup
The base of this Cuisinart coffee maker is also resistant to heat, thus it can sit on any flat surface without leaving any unwanted blemishes.
- Brown's Coffee
There is an indicator light you can fall back on to prevent your delicious beverage from burning.
- Koobie's Coffee
There is the knob located on the lid that you can grip with ease whenever you need to refill the container.
- TenBestProduct
This percolator has a detachable cord and a ready-to-serve indicator light. It also has a no-drip spout as well.
- Morning Chores
Recognized as a quiet percolator, you can enjoy the silence as you watch it perc through the transparent, plastic knob on top.
- Coffee Channel
The coffee percolator contains a stay cool bottom, so you never have to worry about burning yourself or damaging the furniture.
- Keep It Hot
It even has an indicator light to let you know once the brewing is complete. Whether you’re brewing 2 cups or 12 cups, it lets you know instantly.
- wiki Espresso Machine
This percolator also has a ready-to-serve indicator light that shows when the coffee is ready to pour and a stay-cool bottom that lets you place the percolator on any surface without leaving any burn marks.
- Boat Basin Cafe
The removable basket includes measurement markers to properly calculate the number of grounds.
- Thefoxe8
What experts didn't like
The Cuisinart proved inconsistent when it came to flavor; batches varied from weak to bitter, with not a whole lot in between.
- Reviewed
The center of the device can get rusty
- Coffe For Us
Holds maximum 4 cups of water
- Fourth Estate Coffee
Center can get rusty
- Food Shark Marfa
One of the biggest drawbacks to the Cuisinart is its inability to keep that Joe hot for extended periods of time.
- Love My Coffee Cup
However, it’s not easy to clean.
- Koobie's Coffee
Some people have problems with product quality
- Morning Chores
Noted as having a short perc cycle, the resulting coffee may be weaker than you expect.
- Coffee Channel
The coffee does not stay hot for a long time
- Keep It Hot
The coffee overflows if you add extra coffee.
- wiki Espresso Machine
The knob has to be handled with care
- Boat Basin Cafe

From The Manufacturer

Cuisinart brings its coffee-making expertise to the 12-Cup model of their classic stainless steel percolator. Piping hot water percolates through the grounds, and pulses up into the knob on top to create the familiar "perk-perk" sound that coffee lovers wait to hear. A detachable cord and stay-cool bottom lets this percolator go anywhere to serve, and it only needs to be plugged in to keep it hot. Cuisinart brings modern touches to traditional coffee making techniques with the Classic 12 Cup Percolator. This beautiful stainless steel coffee maker percolates hot water through coffee grounds up into the transparent knob on top, creating the familiar sound we all love. The stainless steel removable basket features measurement markings that make it easy to know the quantity of grounds you need to make your coffee. With an ergonomic handle, knuckle guard, and no-drip spout, pouring your fresh coffee is simple.

An Overview On Coffee Percolators

Whether you use it to kickstart a busy morning or ease into a lazy Sunday, coffee is seen as one of the simple pleasures of life. But increasingly, it seems like everybody’s favorite brew is anything but simple to make. Browse the kitchen section of any department store website and you’ll find everything from high-priced K-cup espresso makers to artfully-designed pour-over rigs that look like something out of a mad scientist’s lab.

Perhaps it’s predictable that some coffee lovers have joined a sort of mellow rebellion against all this java snobbery by embracing older methods of brewing. And when it comes to brewing coffee, there are few methods older or more satisfying than the percolator.

Among coffee making methods, the percolator has a well-deserved reputation for quick brewing, and strong, bold tasting results. On the downside, it’s easy to come out of the process with burnt and bitter coffee if you let it brew too long. For some, that allowance for a personal touch is part of the appeal.

In a nutshell, percolators function by heating water to such a degree that it becomes steam, traveling up through a tube into a filter section that contains ground coffee. In more traditional “gravity” percolators, the steam then cools back down into a liquid state, infusing itself with coffee while dropping through the filter into a lower chamber to begin the process again. In more modern “pressure” percolators, that steam keeps on rising into an upper chamber to complete its transition into liquid coffee.

As you might imagine, that process is easy to overdo, especially in the case of gravity percolators. That’s why such units typically come with a glass topper, where you can watch the coffee bubble up. The “blurp” noise it makes as the coffee reaches its optimal state is one of the most satisfying sounds a coffee lover can hear.

A word about versatility: One of the main advantages of having a percolator is that the basic mechanism can be used anywhere that you have access to heat and water. Stovetop percolators are the basic units that consist of the pitcher, filter and lid, and they are just as effective on a kitchen stove as they are over a campfire. You can also get electric percolators, which add a heating element underneath the pitcher. That makes it a bit less portable, but there’s a lot to be said for having a reliable way to keep the coffee warm after brewing it. You can expect to pay a bit more for electric units, but on average, the relatively low price of percolators is another big “perk” over other coffee makers.

You’ll want to keep in mind that percolators do need to be cleaned, and in most cases you can disassemble and clean the entire thing in the dishwasher. (This might not be the case with electric models.) That generally includes the filter section. Unlike most other brewing methods, percolators don’t need a paper filter, though some newer models allow you to insert special disc filters or other ways to accommodate finer grinds.

Finally, consider capacity. If you’re brewing for an entire family, you can expect a percolator to brew a consistent strength of coffee whether it’s one cup or 20 – provided your pitcher can hold that much. And though percolator brewing is one of the fastest methods, keep in mind that it will take longer to bring a large pot of water to a boil.

DWYM Fun Fact

Judging by the ease with which you can find a Starbucks in even the smallest towns, you might think that Americans love their coffee more than anyone in the world. In truth, the US just barely cracks the World Atlas list of the top 25 coffee consuming countries. European countries make up most of the top ten, with the highest honors going to Finland by a wide margin. Finns drink an average of 12 kilograms of coffee per year, which isn’t surprising given that coffee is an all-day drink there. Coffee breaks are even required by most workers’ unions.

The Coffee Percolator Buying Guide

How much coffee do you need per cup? The ratio is the same for electric percolators as it is for stovetop models: Use roughly one tablespoon of ground coffee for each cup, adjusting to fit your personal taste. Keep in mind that percolators effectively “double-brew” your coffee, so it will be a bit stronger than normal. And if you grind your own beans, definitely go with a coarser grind. Percolator coffee filters have larger holes and the grinds will get plenty saturated, which means it’s easier for grounds to slip through into the coffee if they are too small.