I tried them all, Percolators are the best! GE Immersible 1970

by Steve
(Hamilton, NJ)

Electric Coffee Percolator

Electric Coffee Percolator

I always had a hard time making a good cup of coffee at home. I grind my own beans, filtered water etc. I had many different coffee makers Bunn pour over, Bunn Pod, French Press and all of the coffee was just OK.

I don't care what what the so called coffee experts say about percolators, for example the coffee is bitter or burned. They are all wrong!! Trust me on this, I've tried everything. I went and purchased a 1970 GE immersible percolator and it makes the best cup of coffee!! The coffee is very hot, smooth and rich. Try to find a vintage percolator, one from the 60's or 70's. DO NOT BUY THE NEW JUNK FROM CHINA, many reviews say that they burn out in a few months. Don't fall for all of the modern bull.

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Jul 18, 2009
by: pistachio

I agree,, Universal had a great pot and it poured So Fine from a Swans Neck spout,, quiet and
S m o o t h....

I ALWAYS thought Perc had merit,, its in the taste not in some aristocratic bs......


Mar 17, 2010
Percolators Obsession
by: Eric

I think people who use percolators are a bit of a special breed. We have persisted, or converted, despite the percolator's detractors. GE's Immersible is what I would call the 'Cadillac' of percolators. It's elegant, timeless design has attracted fans for decades. And one of these made in 1970 likely will still work today. I know mine does, and it's well used. The new found popularity of the percolator could be its own worst enemy now, as these days everything is made in China. Yes, most modern day percolators only last a year or two. Farberware's are probably the best quality, and you can replace the heating element should it ever burn out. But, nothing can beat the GE Immersible for looks and quality.

Mar 28, 2010
Electro-perk the only way to go.

Nothing makes better coffee the elctro-perk. Drip filters out too many acids and is never hot enough. Also, electro perk does not actually boil water. In-spite of what the evil drip mafia would have you believe. Electro-perk is rich, smooth and flavorful. Dreaded drip coffee is weak and luke warm.

Also an electro-perk takes up much less room and is far mor portable.


Mar 29, 2011
Coffee filtered through paper? Yeccch!
by: Gray

I agree that the percolator method is a better method than the drip. I have never been able to understand why some people cannot tell the difference between a paper filtered cup of coffee and the percolator method.

It just stands to reason that a paper filter has got to be trapping some of the very necessary oils in the coffee grounds that are essential to the flavor. And you would think that there has to be some kind of transfer of molecules from the paper, as white paper cannot be entirely pure and chemical free.

Sep 19, 2011
Vintage GE Potbelly Percolator Wins My Vote On Percolators
by: GJ

I remember when I was still a toddler and Mother had a nice shiny brand new GE potbelly percolator that sat on the kitchen counter,it may have been the Model I3P30 from the late 1950s-early 60s.Back then those where a good top of the line percolator costing probably between $29 & $35+ back then. Waking up to the smell of the coffee(Hill's Brothers) from perking was like music to my nose even though I was too young to drink coffee. Just recently I had found one of these vintage percolators at a flea market,it was complete and in great condition for its age. I normally prefer coffee by by "vacuum" method, but since I got the GE percolator,I have become spoiled now to making my coffee in it.One things for sure: "Some Things Are Better,And Taste Better" when made with a vintage small appliance of yesteryear.

Nov 19, 2011
by: Russell

I agree there is no comparison between a percolator and the new coffee pots. I have been using my grandmothers Immersible for the last 10 years. It had been sitting on a shelf collecting dust when my newer version coffee pot started going out after less then a year of use. I just happened to look in the filter and realize that my grandma actually left the plug in there. Over 40 years old still perking like a champ. Coffee is always super hot, and rich with flavor.

Apr 09, 2012
GE Immersible
by: Annette

Does anyone know where I can get a basket cover for my GE Immersible? I have tried to find one for years and all I ever found were those awful plastic baskets. I need the "cover" for the basket. Any ideas?

Oct 19, 2012
Instructions For Use?
by: Anonymous

I wonder if someone can offer instructions for using these older models?

Coffee to water ratios, do they have a "warm" setting, do they shut off automatically when the coffee is ready, etc... etc... ?

Thank You.

Oct 20, 2012
for Annette
by: Anonymous

ok,, I bet it will take you a while to find the basket top but eventually you will,, so,, in the mean time find some stainless steel screening,,, maybe at the hardware store or a hospital supply and most definitely you can cut up a kitchen strainer..... so,, cut the circle as an outline of the top of the basket and maybe just a bit bigger,, then make an X in the center and cut the inside points off the X - I am sure this will stop any splashback so you will not get grains in the coffee....ok,, not the most appealing 'fix' but it will work......pistachio

Mar 07, 2013
I've a Universal Percolator
by: Anonymous

Percolators make a wonderful pot of coffee! I've tried many of the better drip coffee makers (some quite expensive). But a quality percolator makes the best coffee IMHO. I've heard people say that a percolator will just take all the flavor out of the beans, well I guess it does, and that flavor goes right into my cup. I think percolators got a bad reputation when they started making cheap plastic percolators and when people used preground robusta beans.

Mar 14, 2013
vintage percolators
by: loving old school

I never drank coffee until my wife bought a vintage farbarware 8 cup percolator at a flea market last Spring for five dollars. She brought it home and fired it up. I tried the coffee and I was hooked. I started looking for my own percolators at thrift stores, yard sales, and on Ebay. I now have 40 units. I especially like the stainless steel ones. I like all the different designs from the 40's on. The industrial designers were very creative. Our daily users are the Farbarwares - a 12 cup for the morning and the 8 cup for the evening. The Farberwares are very clever in their design because many of the parts are interchangeable between the different size pots. Very durable units. Thrift stores and yard sales are the cheapest, but you can get wonderful ones on Ebay. Expect to pay as little as a couple of dollars to $30.00 or more with shipping on line. I find the coffee to be very tasty. It is smooth and rich. It's a great, cheap hobby.

Dec 23, 2013
by: Anonymous

I have a never been used 9-cup GE percolator and want to know if anyone is interested in purchasing it. Make offer.

Jan 24, 2014
Percolated Coffee is the Best!
by: Cerridwen Grainne

Many moons ago when I was a kid, both sets of grandparents had percolators. I remember the wonderful aroma that filled the house when we went to visit. Now that I'm retired, I realized that after so many years of rotten coffee from plastic coffee drip machines and stupid paper filters, I deserved better. So, off to ETSY I went and purchased a new (hardly used) GE Electric 8 cup Percolator. WOW! I was suddenly thrust back 50 years as the aroma of my childhood filled the house. My husband and I have given up on China made crap, and are now seeking out lightly used appliances from the 50's,60's, and 70's when American workmanship counted for something. P.S. We also have a Roto Broil 400 that is the love of our kitchen.

May 09, 2014
Great Coffee
by: Anonymous

I am totally hooked on vintage percolators. I've purhased 4, and the latest being the GE Immersible. I don't think I could ever go back to using a made in China percolator. The GE percolator makes a great strong cup of coffee, however, I am having problems with keeping the brew basket still while scooping coffee grinds into it. Even so, I'll keep practicing scooping the coffee grinds because this percolator is terrific, along with my two vintage Westbend percolators, and my vintage Farberware percolator.

Mar 11, 2015
Best Vintage Percolators
by: Anonymous

I have an assortment of vintage Percolators,the one I use often is from the late 50's, made by Universal,it's the "Coffeematic" with the Brew Select lever at the bottom, (light-medium-dark)setting. Just about all of the Stainless Steel Chrome Percolators, had this brewing system back then.the G-E 10 cup is also an excellent Pot,one's made towards the early 70's were Emersible. Sunbeam and Proctor-Alex are also good buys, the Proctor-Alex has a removable glass carafe for easy cleaning,and some models featured two night lights recessed in the base, the lights stay lit during the brewing process, you can actually see the water turn to coffee, it's one unique coffee Percolator, by far the nicest from that era!

Apr 25, 2015
Sears 1960ish Perk
by: Anonymous

My wife is an avid yard saler, she recently found a Sears immersible ten cup percolator. I must say I totally agree with you. This old machine made me the best cup of coffee I've had in years. Smooth super hot coffee and no bitterness. My hat is off to the designers of this percolator. Sometimes it's the old things that work best.

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