Maxi-Matic EC-120 Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

Last updated date: June 1, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3

Maxi-Matic EC-120 Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator, 12-Cup

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 133 expert reviews, the Maxi-Matic Maxi-Matic Stainless Steel Coffee Percolator placed 6th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Coffee Percolator for a detailed review of all the top coffee percolators.

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
838 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The pot can be lifted off the heating element completely for seamless, cordless serving, then returned to its base, where it will be kept warm automatically.
- Reviewed
The Elite Platinum EC-120 Maxi-Matic is a budget-friendly version brewing up to 12 cups at a time.
- Coffee Channel
The pot has calibrated measuring marks to check the amount of water in it. It can make a minimum of 2 cups of coffee and a maximum of 12 cups.
- Fourth Estate Coffee
The Maxi Matic also comes with a removable base providing a cord-free serving.
- Love My Coffee Cup
Moving on to the spout design, it conveniently blocks coffee grounds escaping from the water chamber from entering your cup.
- Koobie's Coffee
The percolator lifts easily from the power base and you can serve your coffee without having to detach any power cords.
- Good Coffee Place
It has all of our preferred percolator elements such as separate power and ready-to-drink indicator lights, its comfortable-to-hold, heat-resistant handle, and a thin, curved spout that aids in pouring and prevent drips.
- USA Today
The heating element is accurate and effective. The base and handle keep everything steady.
- wiki Espresso Machine
The pot also has a removable stainless steel filter which is easy to wash!
- Boat Basin Cafe
Smart safety feature such as boil dry that prevents it from heating once there is no liquid inside
- Crazy Coffee Crave
What experts didn't like
Longer than average brewing time
- Coffee Channel
Handle and base are made of plastic
- Fourth Estate Coffee
Warmer makes the coffee overcook.
- Love My Coffee Cup
I just didn’t like the lack of a dishwasher-safe label. Had it been there, the complete experience would have been flawless.
- Koobie's Coffee
The big problem with this percolator is that there is no shutdown button. You can only shut it down by shutting off the switch at the power socket or pulling the plug.
- Good Coffee Place
It can feel too lightweight or flimsy.
- wiki Espresso Machine
Filter needs improvement
- Boat Basin Cafe
The knob of the lid is very delicate
- Crazy Coffee Crave

From The Manufacturer

Brewing hot beverages the old fashioned way has never been easier with the Elite Platinum 12 Cup Automatic Tea & Coffee Percolator. This lightweight, portable unit brews up to 12 delicious cups of your favorite coffee or tea. It features an easy to wash removable stainless steel filter, power and ready indicator lights which let you know when your beverage is ready to be served, an automatic keep warm feature, and a comfort grip heat resistant handle making serving safe and easy. With a convenient 360° swivel base providing cord-free serving and stylish stainless steel finish. Boil dry safety feature. Transparent brew progress knob and classic precision pouring spout. Cord storage and non-slip feet for safety. This percolator makes the perfect addition to any home or office.

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.