Rated 5 out of 5 by 1CampingGrandma Perfect
I ordered this for our truck camper. I had been using a one-cup electric "personal" coffeemaker. Our new camper has solar panels, so my husband and I do a lot of "dry" camping.
This percolator does the job it's supposed to. For easier clean-up, I use paper cone filters and snip off the tip at the bottom to fit over the stem. I prefer these cone filters over the flat filters which do not come to the edge.
November 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by NewHampshireShopper Quality percolator, has replaced my coffee maker
I bought this percolator to use at a rustic cottage, and with the idea of taking it camping. To my surprise, it has become my every day coffee maker, replacing two much more expensive machines. I always brew 4 "cups" for myself - this makes two good-size mugs, or one large travel mug of coffee. I grew up visiting grandparents who made their morning coffee in a stovetop percolator, and my father continued the tradition until recently, using an inherited 1940s percolator. Coffee aficionados complain about the quality of coffee made from percolators, but to me it is its own thing, and seeing my pot perking away on the stove feels homey and conjures up good memories. I enjoy the simplicity of the process which doesn't require boiling water in a separate container, and like knowing that even if the electricity goes out, I can still make my coffee. I appreciate the fact that this pot is almost 100% stainless steel, something I've started looking for in all my cookware. It's well-made and durable and should last a long time, even if bumped around. After indoor use, it cleans up well in the dishwasher, and comes out shiny. The purist in me wishes that the handle were also made of stainless steel, and the knob made of glass. If that were the case, I believe this product would practically last forever. But, I do like the fact that the silicone handle stays relatively cool to the touch at all times. I have also noticed that the knob loosens, but it hasn't been much of a problem. It's always loose when I take it out of the dishwasher, and I have to tighten it, but can't turn it too far because it will become loose again. But, it's a simple quarter turn of the wrist and then everything works fine. A tip - there are ways to make perked coffee more palatable. The continuous cycling of the coffee can give it a burned taste, but if you turn the heat down to low as soon as it starts perking strongly, and brew for only a few minutes, the coffee is quite smooth. The coffee will continue perking even with the water below the boiling point.
September 24, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by swick nice little percolator
I'm the only family member who drinks coffee, so when it was time to replace our old percolator I thought I'd give this one a try. It perks just about the right amount of coffee for my breakfast, it doesn't take up a lot of space, and it's made of stainless steel. Works great on an old Coleman two-burner.
Some folks have complained that the perc bulb comes loose. Mine did , too. Well...I tweaked the metal lip that holds the bulb ever so slightly with a pair of pliers, and now it's in there solid.
August 17, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by SHOELESSMAN MAKES GOOD COFFEE, much better than "Instant"
This is a great little pot for making up to 24 ounces (2 large mugs) of coffee when you don't have electricity and want something better than instant coffee. Of course, you can use it WITH electricity (if you have it) and you want the old-fashioned perked taste. There are normally a few grounds at the bottom but not enough to be a problem for me. Timewise, it's a bit slower than making the same amount of coffee in an electric drip coffeemaker, but the taste is comparable to what you get from a good drip machine--definately better than instant. I use the amount of coffee recommended by the maker, which is 2 heaping TABLESPOONS for each 6 ounces of water. This makes a good, strong, richly flavored taste. The single negative: The handle is not big enough to allow all four of my fingers inside it (my hands are large), so it feels a bit awkward when I pick up the full pot from the stove. Smaller hands should have no problem. Overall quality seems quite good, just make sure the little cap at the top is closed tightly before you begin perking.
August 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by ratsfish solid product
Appears to be a quality product. Very compact and well built. I will be interested to see how it holds up over a camp fire.
March 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JCcats very good
Sturdy construction easy to clean and the size is just right. The lid is attached and flips open and the filter and stand do not come apart which is convenient in that you won't have to worry about keeping track of all the pieces. I do suggest using a paper filter to help keep the grounds out of the coffee. All in all a good product. I would recommend this to my friends.
October 4, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by kayakman44 coffee pot
Absolutely love this coffee pot. We bought it to use as we camped in Acadia National Park. Brewed delicious coffee. Simple to use and clean.
August 8, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by dreamquest Percolator for my sailboat
This a quality product we use in our sailboat. We chose it because of its marine grade stainless-steel and design.
It makes very good coffee.
July 25, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by adkparkcamper Fantastic! LL Bean Has Listened to the Reviews!
After much searching, I choose this percolator for the coffee needs of those in my camping party who enjoy and need their morning coffee. I was worried based on other reviews; however it appears that LL Bean listens to what others have to say. The label now comes off in one large piece with no leftover reside. The only thing that leaves any residue is the piece of tape they use to secure the lid closed for transport. A little goo gone does the trick. The plastic knob is nice and tight fitting - screws into place, the metal seems very study and lightweight.
The only part I worry about is the hinge, but as long as you are not picking the thing up by the lid, it will survive the life of the product.
I did find the help of a fellow review very helpful - putting a coffee filter in the center percolator part, folding it over the edges and then putting the top part on it to hold it in place (I cut a small slit in the center of the filter to slide it over the center post to make a tight fit). This prevented the regular grounds from getting in the coffee (Note however, if you make the full pot, some will still make their way down no matter what you do, so perhaps coarser grounds would work better?
Very happy with it during week long trip in ADK's! Thanks LL Bean for listening to us!
July 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by randi1190 more than what I expected!!
Good bargain for the price! I really thought I was getting a flimsy percolator, but when it arrived, I was very surprised! Has all metal construction, the only thing is that it takes a while to heat if you are using an electric stove. Also, the plastic top(where you can see coffee percolating) is a little loose. Overall, very good stove top percolator!!
May 31, 2012