Farberware FCP412 Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

Last updated date: July 23, 2020

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9.5

Farberware FCP412 Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

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We looked at the top Coffee Percolators and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Percolator you should buy.

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

Overall Take

Those who like a stronger cup will enjoy the circulation function of this percolator, which keeps the grounds saturated with water. After the brew is complete, an automatic warming plate will keep it toasty. The design makes things easy to handle throughout.


In our analysis of 123 expert reviews, the Farberware Farberware Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator placed 3rd when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Rediscover the robust aroma and taste of percolated coffee with the Farberware 2-12 Cup* Stainless Steel Electric Percolator. This premium unit produces about one cup per minute, so there’s no waiting around for delicious coffee. The automatic 'keep warm' function gently warms coffee after perking, and the detachable cord makes for easy pouring and storage. Premium percolator constructed with stainless steel for a durable appliance that looks great in your kitchen. The durable basket is designed to extract maximum coffee flavor from your favorite grounds. Once brewing is complete, the kettle automatically switches to its “keep warm” function. The lid features a rounded knob that’s easy to remove. The handle is designed for safe transport and pouring. Perk coffee for small groups or large gatherings. *Cup equals approximately 5 ounces (varies by brewing technique). Serving is simple thanks to the detachable cord that simplifies moving and pouring the kettle.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

10.0
10 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.4
2,153 user reviews

What experts liked

Satisfies a lot of needs for hardcore coffee fans: 2-12 cup capacity; strong, hot brew; a warming plate that keeps coffee at a solid 195°F.
- BestReviews
The Farberware has all the basics we look for in electric percolators, including an automatic keep-warm mode, a cool to the touch lid, base and handle, and a detachable cord.
- Reviewed
The best feature of this product is it circulates the water continually through the grounds while it’s brewing. This process makes the coffee a little bit stronger than normal.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
It also has a cool tap handle informative coffee level indicator, non-drip spout, steel double creel filter and wind off top that locks it into a secure place.
- Love My Coffee Cup
Stainless steel is still the main construction material of this percolator, which is great for containing boiling blends.
- Brown's Coffee
On a closer look, I happened to notice that the edges of the percolator are rolled for easy and safe handling.
- Koobie's Coffee
Even though it has a much larger capacity, the whole brew will still stay warm during its automatic keep warm function.
- The Top Pro
The keep-warm feature is helpful.
- wiki Espresso Machine
Plastic handles make it easy to grab the pot or lid without having to use a hot pad
- Kitchen Zap
The automatic keep-warm function automatically switches on to gently heat the coffee after perking is done.
- Boat Basin Cafe

What experts didn't like

One of the pricier electric percolators on the market. Modern paper filters need to be modified before use.
- BestReviews
The plug is short, the coffee it produced was bitter, and it has the only clunky, spill-free spout of the bunch.
- Reviewed
The coffee pot gets hot
- Fourth Estate Coffee
Not the best to prepare less than 10 cups.
- Love My Coffee Cup
The thermostat feels a bit flimsy.
- wiki Espresso Machine
It has a very shot cord that is around 2 feet long, which limits where the pot can be placed when you are brewing or warming coffee.
- Kitchen Zap
No on/ off switch
- Boat Basin Cafe

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.

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.