Hamilton Beach 40616 Electric Percolator: QUICK OVERVIEW
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Percolators, both electric and non-electric were a big hit in the 20th century. It was quite hard to find a household that did not have one of these pots. They made brewing easy at home and on the road because of how popular non-electric percolators were among camping enthusiasts.
It’s no surprise that these pots are making a comeback. Like most things retro, owning a percolator today is not uncommon. They make flavorful coffee and most of them also have a high water capacity. Here’s a closer look at one of our favorites, the Hamilton Beach 40616 electric percolator.
Hamilton Beach 40616 Electric Percolator Review
The 40616 electric percolator by Hamilton Beach has been a popular choice since early 2003. However, its longevity on the shelves is not the only thing that makes this the best coffee percolator. The construction, the quality of the coffee brewed, and the price tag all contribute to make this a great kitchen appliance.
The one-pound percolator is easy to handle and it also doesn’t take up much space. Out of the box, it measures 10.3 x 6 x 13.8 inches. Add that to its capacity of 12 cups and the Hamilton Beach 40616 is a percolator that fits any home, large or small.
Who Is This Product For?
One of the most important aspects of this electric percolator is its brewing speed. It averages one cup per minute which is quite fast, especially for a percolator. The 40616 is a great appliance to have for people that are always busy.
If you want a quick cup of coffee before leaving for work in the morning, then the 40616 will give you just that. It’s also worth noting that the speed doesn’t take away anything from the taste. The same high quality coffee you would expect from Hamilton Beach products is produced by the 40616.
You may also enjoy this product if you’re a fan of retro decorations. When you see the 40616 electric percolator, it looks like something straight out of an “atomic era” commercial.
If you like serving coffee at the dinner table from a percolator then this model is for you. Its detachable cord makes it so that you can bring the 40616 to the table and pour each guest a hot cup of Joe. Its looks should make for a nice conversation starter if you have as guests other coffee enthusiasts or retro admirers.
The Hamilton Beach 40616 doesn’t come with accessories. That being said, you can opt to get ring filters too. Here’s a look at what’s inside the box and what you should expect the percolator to have:
- Detachable AC cord
- 12-cup capacity stainless steel pot
- Ready-to-serve light indicator
- Stainless-steel filter basket
- Drip-free spout
- Cool handle
- Instruction manual
Overview of Features
The big advantage of the 40616 electric percolator is its excellent heat distribution. That’s no surprise since electric is always superior to gas when it comes to cooking or brewing speed. Although it may not be your first choice for a carry-on percolator, it’s still probably the best one to have at home.
The pot itself is a masterpiece that combines durability, utility, and a retro design. The stainless steel construction with chrome finish is both long-lasting and great to look at. You can always keep it on display in the kitchen as the 40616 doesn’t take up much counter space.
A 12-cup capacity is no joke. What’s even more impressive is how fast the 40616 can brew at full capacity. It usually only takes around one minute to brew per cup. Because the process is so quick, once done, the percolator stops and switches to a ‘keep warm’ setting. This is great if you’re worried that you might forget about your coffee.
How to Use
Using the 40616 is not complicated at all, especially if you follow the instruction manual. You just have to fill it with as much water as you need and put the ground coffee in the filter basket. After that you just turn it on and wait a couple of minutes, depending on how many cups you’re making.
The tricky part is all about the maintenance. Although the 40616 is easy to clean it’s important to understand that it’s a hands-on process. Due to its electrical components, you cannot fully submerge it in water, nor can you put it in a dishwasher. If you remember this, then you will enjoy quality coffee for a long time.
If you want a percolator that’s dishwasher safe and that you can also take with you on camping trips anywhere in the world, the Yosemite 8-cup percolator by Farberware might be a better choice. Some even say that stovetop percolators brew coffee with a richer flavor.
The Yosemite is indeed less hassle when it comes to cleaning. You can soak it in water or put it in the dishwasher without any worries. The downside is that it only holds 8 cups as opposed to the 12-cup capacity of the 40616, and it also has a slower brewing process.
The Hamilton Beach 40616 electric percolator is the best coffee percolator in its price range. It brews one cup per minute and has a maximum working capacity of 12 cups.
The design is a throwback to the 1950s with a nice mirrored chrome finish on a very durable stainless steel pot. It gets the job done in record time and takes up almost no counter space.