Farberware Percolator

Presto 12-Cup vs Westbend and Farberware Percolator

Farberware Percolator vs Westbend
Presto Percolator

A Farberware Percolator seems to be the all time standard in this group. So, how does the Farberware Percolator compare to the contenders? I’ll have to admit that I sometimes get overly excited about products without giving them enough time to show me their quirks. I really thought the Westbend Percolator was a great percolator until it showed me it’s dark side – and I don’t mean, dark, as in coffee. The Westbend Percolator was the king of all java until it started exhibiting an annoying habit from time to time.  On a rare occasion, the Westbend Percolator would decide to take time some time off from it’s duties, and just brew piping hot water instead of piping hot coffee.  Imagine getting up at six in the morning, only to have your groggy eyes and nose see and smell nothing but steaming hot, odorless water pouring into your cup. The first time this happened, I figured it must have been a mistake. I must have done something wrong.  However, on a few other occasions, I recalled the coffee was not as strong and robust as it was when I tasted that first, magnificent cup. By the time, my Westbend Percolator decided to perk it’s 3rd, full pot of water, I had to throw the traitor out of my kitchen. It is now sitting in my basement next to my other failed coffee marriage – the Cuisinart-Coffee-Making-Grinder.

Farberware Percolator

Like anyone else, I read lots of users opinions before I decide to buy a new product. Fortunately, there are lots and lots of user reviews on coffee makers and the percolator. The Farberware Percolator has got to be America’s old, favorite stand-by Coffee Percolator, and much of those that reviewed it, agree that it makes a very tasty cup of coffee. One complaint many owners of a new Farberware Percolator share online is that the product is no longer made in the manufacturer’s original plant in America. It is made in China and so the quality and workmanship is noticeably inferior to your Grandma’s Stainless-Steel, heavy Farberware Percolator. None-the-less, most Farberware Percolator owners are still happy with the flavor that comes out of their coffee makers, if not a little bit concerned about the durability. I went to my local kitchen appliance store and took a look at their 8-cup Farberware on display. One noticable difference between the Farberware Percolator and Westbend was that the brewing pipe had a deeper fitting, which seems would make it less likely for it to become dislodged and have the water miss the basket. This is what I assumed happened when the Westbend decided to brew only water.  The average star rating for the Farberware Percolator was 4 as opposed to 3.5 for the Westbend. Could I a higher rated unit than the Farberware Percolator?

Presto. It’s the Presto Percolator

Based on user-ratings, the Presto had the highest star score: 4.5 Stars. Users of the Presto Percolator seem to unanimously agree that this coffee maker consistently makes a strong and flavorful pot of coffee. There were few complaints on the Presto, except once again, those old enough to remember, felt that the construction was not up to the standards of percolators past. Upon first looking at the Presto in the kitchen store, I would have to say that it seemed to be made from the flimsiest materials of the three. The stainless steel components seemed lighter-weight and more aluminum like than stainless steel than either the Westbend or Farberware percolator. The brewing pipe on the Presto, was noticably deeper, though, and I decided it was worth the $45 Sears was asking for it.

Presto 12-Cup Maker Coffee Taste Test

My first cup of Presto Percolated Coffee was excellent, but then, so was the coffee from my Westbend percolator. The difference, however, was that the 2nd, 3rd and 4th time, every cup tasted just as good as the first – and over a week of brewing 10 pots or so, not once did the Presto take a vacation on me. Both the Presto and Westbend make the coffee equally hot – which is light years better than my last Cuisinart, Mr. Coffee and Braun Drip makers were. Despite, the somewhat more aluminum look and feel to it, the Presto does have one huge advantage over the Westbend. It has a very elegant, narrow pouring spout, which not only looks nice, but pours better and keeps the coffee hotter. The Presto seems to take a little longer making 10-12 cups of brew, but I don’t mind that if the result is consistently strong coffee. Now, onto the Presto Percolator Ratings.

Final Ratings

No. I won’t Fall for this Trap Again

Suffice it to say, that the Presto, has so far lived up to my expectations and is the best of the two Percolators I’ve used so far. I will not jinx myself this time with a numerical rating on a product that has not yet stood the test of time. My coffee is way too valuable for that. At any rate, long live the percolator.

Updated: Final Ratings on Presto Percolator

I give the Presto a rating of 84 out of 100. Place your own Rating Below

10 thoughts on “Farberware Percolator”

  1. I’ve had my Faberware Superfast Electric Percolator for about 8 years or more now. It doesn’t seem to be making strong coffee anymore? It still seems hot when I pour it. What could be the reason I am encountering this problem? Thank you in advance for any suggestions. Debbie

  2. My only suggestion is to make sure the filter basket is really, really clean. Scrub it with a brush. I’ve read other complaints that percolators don’t hold up as well as they used to because they are no longer made at the appliance factories in America, but off-shore where it is cheaper. I’m experiencing inconsistency with the Presto now, and think it has something to do with how full the percolator is. I always get a good strong cup of coffee when I’m using 8 cups or less, but anything above that is with mixed results. I also had the experience one time with the Presto Percolator brewing a completely clear pot of hot water. I’m not sure why this happens. I’ll write more about it as I learn. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Thank you for the detailed comparisons. I have been researching for a couple weeks, looking for a percolator to add to my Christmas Wish List. I had decided on the Presto
    12-cup. Your last post indicated some problems starting with your Presto. Can you update us with how it’s going or not going at this point ? Has the Presto been banned to the basement yet ? Or is is still a faithful brewer ?

    • April,

      By all means, put a Presto, 12-Cup Percolator on your Christmas Wish-List. I had one, but only one of those strange incidents where it brewed one pot of pure water. It has never occurred again, since that one time. It really brews a great, strong, hot cup of coffee. I’ve found that I like the coffee best if I perk less than 8-cups. I can get it to taste exactly like a fresh cup of hot, black coffee from Starbucks every time. Here’s the big, big secret. Buy the whole bean coffee from Costco in the green bag that says, Roasted by Starbucks Houseblend, Medium Roast. You will only want to grind it half as long as you would with a drip filter coffee maker to avoid getting grinds in the pot. The Presto-12 Cup Coffee maker is my weekend and holiday brewer. I still use the 12-Cup Mr. Coffee, for the work-week days, but only because it’s programmable. If I really wanted to, I could simply plug the percolator into a timer. The Mr. Coffee just doesn’t cut it next to the percolator.

      Let us know what you think of your new percolator after Christmas.

      Thanks for writing,


  4. Santa was good to me this year and I am drinking my first cup of coffee made in my new Presto 12-cup Percolator ! It is absolutely amazing ! My husband and I are discussing why it tastes so much better than my drip-maker. Why ? I can only guess. I used the paper folding filters in the metal basket for this first pot and am using the drip grind of Caffe Appassionato. Its a dark brew but tastes so clean and free of all bitter, sour and or plastic-ness. Clean, fresh coffee !

    I’ll have to check back in during the New Year to let you know how it’s holding up. I did smell something strange with this first pot and my hsband said it was the heating element. He said he thought it was probably common with any new percolator and to not be concerned.

    Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year !


    • That is great to hear, April. Thanks for stopping by to let us know how much you enjoyed your Christmas Present. Is there anything better than a piping hot cup of percolator coffee on Christmas Day?
      I think your husband is right about the heating element. That odor should go away after you’ve made a few pots. I’m happy to say that I have not had any problems with my Presto Percolator since that one strange morning when it took a day off and perked a pot of clear water. The taste of percolator coffee is just sensational. I think a lot of it has to do with how hot the water gets. It does a better job of extracting the flavor. Don’t you love the long ,stylish spout and the way the Presto Percolator pours? Tip: You can hang a coffee cup over the spout for a few seconds to warm up your cup. Also, make sure to try the house-blend, roasted-by-starbucks coffee in the green bag from Costco. It tastes sensational in the Presto Percolator, and you don’t have to grind it real fine. I don’t even use a paper filter anymore. The few grinds that end up in the cup are small and don’t bother me. I recommend cleaning the filter basket with a brush often to keep the little slots free from coffee grit. It will keep you percolator brewing at top efficiency. Thanks for the holiday greeting and feed back. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


  5. The Farberware pot gives hot water if you get the water level even a hair over the 12 cup mark. I had a Presto pot for 12 years and never had one pot of hot water. Unfortunately, when the cord died I couldn’t find a replacement cord or a Presto retailer anywhere near me. So I settled for the Farberware. I have never been as happy with Farberware as I was with the Presto. Now the Farberware pot base has cracked and it has to be replaced after only 2 years. Does this bother me? No! I am celebrating it’s demise and shopping online for a new Presto.

    • Rikki,

      Thank you so much for the useful commentary on the Presto Coffee Percolator. My Westbend percolator occasionally brewed hot water, so if your Farberware did, then they ALL do it. Thanks for the tip about not filling the water too full. That could certainly be the problem with the Presto Percolator, though it has only happened 3 times in 6 months. I know other people who tried Farberware, and preferred the Presto. They are cheaper, too!

  6. i would like to complain about your presto cerculator costin so much but not lasting over 2 years . either the cord goes bad or the heating element goes bad. that is to much to pay and get up morning and not have a cup of coffee. ann

  7. My wife and I have been using her parents 12-cup Farberware percolator for 10 years now, so with their use, I’d say about 70 years of use. It finally died. I replaced the warming element and thermostat, which left the main element, but I couldn’t find one anywhere. I have carefully stored it away and hopefully I will find an old one that I can cannibalize, but until then I am getting a new one. After reading all the comments, I think I will try the Presto 12-cup. It’s a shame the quality of appliances aren’t what they used to be. I kept my Gramma’s old toaster, which needs some work, but it’s heavy stainless steel and once fixed will probably outlive me. I’ll be back when I try the the Presto – regards, Mike


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