Hamilton Beach 40616 Stainless Steel Quick Brew Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

Last updated date: June 1, 2020

DWYM Score

8.5

Hamilton Beach 40616 Stainless Steel Quick Brew 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


In our analysis of 123 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Quick Brew Coffee Percolator placed 11th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Experience the taste of bold, flavorful coffee with the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12 Cup Percolator. Before single serve and automatic drip coffee makers, there was the percolator. Remember the perking sounds of freshly brewing coffee? Better yet, how about the bold, hot coffee it produced? Coffee brewed in the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 12 Cup Percolator is still just as satisfying but takes a lot less time to brew than the percolators of old. Hot, Flavorful Coffee Fast Brews 12 cups in less than a minute per cup. Dishwasher-safe stainless steel permanent filter basket is included. Keeps Coffee Hot Ready-to-serve light indicates coffee is ready and gentle keep warm setting has begun. Easy Pouring Cool touch handle and drip-free spout for easy pouring. Detachable Cord Easy tabletop serving and storage with detachable cord. Easy Filling Measurement marks on the inside make for clear and easy filling. Versatile: Not Just For Brewed Coffee! Heat 12 cups of water for tea, hot cocoa, or instant coffee.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.7
13 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.0
1,697 user reviews

What experts liked

The detachable cord makes this so much easier to stick up in the cupboard when not using it.
- Get A Coffee Maker
Is able to brew up to 12 cups of coffee within 10 minutes.
- Kitchen Aria
Other upsides of the unit include a ready-to-serve indicator light, an angled, drip-free spout and detachable cord (which is a little bit on the short side), it keeps the coffee warm automatically, and has a cool-touch handle.
- Reviewed
The automatic “keep warm” feature is a plus on the device, as well as its “stay cool” handle.
- Coffe For Us
Hamilton percolator is multi-functional. You can not only brew the coffee but you can also use it for making tea, hot cocoa and instant coffee.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
The light also indicates that the automatic keep warm mode has started and will maintain the hot temperature for a while with the gentle heater.
- Food Shark Marfa
The retro design and twist-lock lid are unique features in this category. The latter is very useful to keep the top down.
- Koobie's Coffee
The indicator light lets you know when the brewing process is complete, and the plastic handle helps prevent burns. With a detachable cord, it's also easy to serve away from the kitchen.
- Little Coffee Place
It makes up to 12 cups of coffee, has a detachable cord, is made from stainless steel, and has a drip-free spout.
- Morning Chores
The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Electric Percolator is a well-constructed, dishwasher-safe model with a short brewing time of less than a minute per cup.
- Coffee Channel
The top handle and pouring handle stay cool and dry.
- wiki Espresso Machine
The pot has a dishwasher-safe stainless steel permanent filter basket for easy cleaning.
- Boat Basin Cafe
The percolator features indicator lights that let you know when your coffee is ready to serve or is the automatic warm mode has started.
- Best Coffee Mag

What experts didn't like

Power cord is a little short, and 3-prong plug can limit where you can use it
- Get A Coffee Maker
Needs to be handwashed; it is not dishwasher safe.
- Kitchen Aria
The Hamilton Beach was the heaviest unit we tested though, which, while hardly a deal breaker, knocked it down a peg in terms of portability, and how comfortable it is to use and hold.
- Reviewed
Dishwasher unsafe
- Coffe For Us
Cord is short.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
Not dishwasher safe
- Food Shark Marfa
Has plastic parts that could break down
- Little Coffee Place
Has had complaints about long-term durability.
- Morning Chores
Interior thermostat issue
- Coffee Channel
No automatic shutoff feature.
- wiki Espresso Machine
No on/off switch
- Boat Basin Cafe
Not dishwasher safe
- Best Coffee Mag

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.