Lakeland Retro Stovetop Coffee Percolator UK Review
Thanks for taking the time to read our UK review of the popular Lakeland Retro Stovetop Coffee Percolator. Two things make this a great choice if you like making your coffee the old fashioned way. Those are:
- It makes great tasting coffee
- It has fully adopted the "retro" look
As the manufacturer rightly describes this percolator, it does look like it has come straight out of a 1950's American diner. The good news is that you can use this on any stove or hob, and that includes induction hobs.
In this article we do a full review and we have also summarised the wide range of buyer reviews, to see what they had to say about this Lakeland percolator.
The Lakeland Brand
Lakeland are a kitchen company who have been around for 50 years. They are a UK home shopping company. They make a range of kitchen products (over 4,000) that include everyday utensils, cookware and electrical goods.
They were founded in the 1960s, and they are a a family-owned business with 67 stores nationwide stretching from Aberdeen to Truro
How Buyers Rate the Lakeland Retro Stovetop Percolator
- 72% of all buyers gave this percolator the full 5 star review
- 4% of all buyers gave this a bad review
Overall, and when compared to other percolators of a similar price point, this Lakeland model rates very well. The actual number of buyer complaints is low and some of these are really more about preference choices, than anything being wrong with the product.
What Buyers Say About the Lakeland Retro
In this section we take a closer look at what real life online buyers had to say. We looked at the different online websites who sell this product. We then summarise what buyers, who have taken the time to leave a review, actually had to say about their purchase.
We have then summed those opinions up in the table below.
Buyers really liked the fact that this percolator makes plenty of coffee with a 4 mug capacity
They also liked the fact that this was very easy to use and also easy to clean
They liked the fact that it has a permanent filter basket which avoids having to buy paper filters
They also stated that this percolator makes great tasting coffee.
Need to use medium to coarse ground coffee as fine grains just fall through the permanent filter
A few buyers though it took too long to brew
A couple of buyers complained about a leak near the spout
Lakeland Percolator Specification
- Made from stainless steel
- 1.2 litre capacity which makes enough coffee for 4 mugs or 8 cups
- Suitable for all hob types
- 3 year warranty as long as you have a proof of purchase
- Measures 23.6 x 22 x 17.8 cm
- Weighs 1.2 Kg
- No glass parts so no breakage
- Has a plastic lid
It is worth noting that some buyers said this product could be washed in the dishwasher. The manufacturer states in their handbook that it should not be put into a dishwasher.
The best way to clean any percolator, and especially a stainless steel one, is to wipe the outside with a damp cloth, and rinse out the inside with hot water.
The real cleaning with any percolator is of course going to be the filter basket. For those we recommend emptying out the used grounds, and then rinsing the basket under a hot tap.
The grounds can go into the recycling bin or can be used on a compost heap, if you are into gardening.
It really is a pity that they used a plastic lid as a stainless steel one would have been a better option. No buyer really complains about this though.
Our Verdict on the Lakeland Retro Stovetop Coffee Percolator
As the name would suggest this is a good quality stainless steel percolator, where the coffee is made by brewing this on your stove or hob.
The reviews are overall very good and buyers liked the large 1.2 litre capacity.
If you are someone who enjoys the aroma of coffee, and also enjoys that pleasant sound of a percolator gurgling, then this is a good choice for you.
It is also we believe good vale for money.
Almost every buyer liked this "retro" style, which does of course also sit well in contemporary kitchens.
There are a few grumbles about this percolator, but with just 4% of people complaining, there really isn't a lot to complain about.
The only thing we didn't like about this one was the spout, and that it is badly designed and may lead to a little dripping.
Like any percolator, this one is also easy to use. You put the grains (medium to coarse grain) into the filter, fill with water and place it on the hob until it percolates. The coffee is then good to go.
You can then keep it on a low heat setting to keep the coffee warm.
Generally speaking stovetop percolators are hard to come by, as most people prefer to use an electric version. The stovetop is however a cheaper option, and they can be more portable and can be used almost anywhere you have a heat source.