Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Percolator Review

The Presto 12 Cup Stainless Steel Percolator may be categorized as “classic” but don’t let the name fool you. With the features and performance found in this machine, the classic percolator design associated with it comes packed with modern technology and innovation.

In fact, this small, machine is so amazing in both its design and performance; it is used by many restaurants around the country who serve table top coffee.

From its beautiful design to the great tasting coffee it produces, the Presto 12 cup percolator (model number 02811) is the perfect coffee maker for any occasion!

Size Is Beauty
If counter top space is an issue for you, there is no need to worry with this small device. This stainless steel percolator is a lot smaller than traditional drip coffee machines, and can easily be stored in any corner of your kitchen. It even would fit snug in a cupboard! Instead of a bulky design with multitude compartments and unnecessary assessors, all the features needed for this machine are packed into one single instrument.

Powerful Performance
For those unfamiliar with what a percolator is, it is a simply a pot that makes coffee for you. It consists of a pot with a small chamber at the bottom for one to fill up with water. This bottom chamber is located directly over the heating source. The coffee grounds are then placed in an upper chamber.

Unlike traditional percolators that required you to produce your own heating source such as a stove or campfire, the Presto 02811 is electric. Once the water reaches a boil it is forced up the perk tube where it than infiltrates the coffee. This process guarantees the freshest cup of coffee every time. Although small in size, the performance of this machine is superior to some drip coffee makers on the market today.

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Keep Your Coffee Hot
This electric percolator comes with the technology to guarantee that your cup of coffee stays at the perfect temperature. With traditional models, keeping the percolator hot without scorching your coffee was nearly impossible. If the pot sat on the stove top for too long the coffee taste would become bitter and undrinkable. With electric models like this one, the coffee stays warm and also holds that amazingly rich coffee flavor we all love.

Removable Cord
One unique feature of this amazing machine is its removable cord. It makes it not only easier to store, but also the perfect coffee pot for business owners who run a busy diner or restaurant. Everybody loves coffee! With the removable cord, you can put the pot on the table and let your customers think it’s a traditional coffee pot while it keeps the coffee warm for them. With its classic design, it’s sure to be a hit for any restaurant business.

Brewing Power
This little machine comes with amazing brewing power as well. Jammed with over 120v of power, the Presto 02811 12-cup percolator can create up to 12 cups of coffee in 12 minutes! If 12 cups isn’t for you, it can also create as little as two cups of coffee. For those in a hurry in the morning, this powerful device is guaranteed to brew one cup per minute thanks to the amazing technology and design put into the perk tube and heating eliminate.


Single Light Indicator
With this machine’s single light indicator, you will always know when your coffee is ready! There’s no need for guessing games with this handy device! Simply plug it in, turn it on, and wait for the light to turn red.

Stainless Steel Finish
The percolator is made out of a beautiful stainless steel finish along with the filter basket and perking tube. It will not only give your counter top a modern and sophisticated look, but it also makes the machine durable and long lasting.

Stainless Steel Sprout
With an easy to pour stainless steel sprout, the Presto 02811 makes pouring coffee that much easier. There is no lid to twist off or button to push. Just lift and pour! It’s really that simple!

Easy To Clean
With it being one instrumental design, it is extremely easy to clean. While it is recommended that one never fully immerse the machine in water, it can easily be rinsed off. The perk spout and filter basket also are easy to clean with a simple brush or pipe cleaner.

Although it may be classic in some ways, the Presto 02811 is anything but old fashion. This small machine takes the process that everyone used to love about a good percolator and turns it into a modern and innovative device. With its stainless steel design and easy to use features, the Presto 02811 is sure to brighten up any kitchen. Percolators have been known to brew some of the best coffee ever tasted and with the added modern features found in this device, you are sure to get that perfect and tasty cup of coffee every time!


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  • JUDY September 8, 2014 at 10:51 am - Reply

    I have had two of these and they are great coffee percolators. Right now I need a new cord to go with mine. The percolators last a long time but the cords don’t.

  • Jack September 15, 2014 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I have a question on this presto 12 cup coffee maker. I have used both types of filters with this coffee makes and I have lots of trouble with coffee grounds going every where. It is a real mess. I don’t remember ever using filters with another coffee maker. Can any body explain the problem. Maybe you don’t need to use a filter.


    • Rich March 5, 2015 at 10:23 am - Reply

      @ Jack:
      If you have grounds falling into the coffee you need to go to a coarser ground. Something pre-ground (like Folgers) will definitely fall in. I’d either try the “grind your own” at the supermarket using a coarse setting, or go coffee-geek and buy a burr grinder at home (not a blade grinder – you’ll get the same problem) and start buying whole bean.

      Also, don’t use a filter — it’ll soak up the oils from the beans and you won’t get that “oil slick” look on a cup of coffee that you should get.

  • Joanne December 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Hi, Jack:

    I have used this coffee maker for 3 years now with Melitta “wrap coffee filters” and have had no mess. Everyone I serve from this pot loves my coffee.

    I use “Zero Water” filtered water, “New England” brand breakfast blend coffee and this pot… and always receive compliments.

    Melitta USA Inc 627402 White Wrap Coffee Filter

    The Melitta filters are square, with a hold in the middle for the stem, as well as a hole in each corner. Once the filter and coffee are in, the corners of the square filter fold over and fit over the stem, as well. The result is “wrapped” coffee grounds. I buy the filters at Amazon…

    The filter takes some practice, but the results are worth it.
    Hope this helps.

  • kellye burt April 19, 2015 at 10:45 pm - Reply

    There is a round little well in the bottom of the percolater…is it aluminum because it looks like it is.

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