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Pricewise, percolators run a bit more (per cup)than ADM's but are well worth persuing.
Most ADM's go from anywhere starting at $19.95 for a generic name brand to $139.95 for a Krups. All these are 12 cup ADM's, industry standard. Percolators can run from $14.99 for a glass 8 cup Simex stovetop model to $79.99 (actually less than a ADM) for a 12 cup Cuisinart Brew Centrel Electric Programmable Coffee Maker.
When it comes to replacement parts, however, percolators have ADM's beat. Most only need to have glass tops replaced and they run as little as $1.99 each. Glass carafes for ADM's can start at $29.99, in some cases, more than an entire coffee maker and more than double cost of an 8 cup glass stovetop model percolator.
So how do you choose? If you already own a state-of-the-art ADM, you have half battle won. You already know how well this type of machine performs, so your next step is to try out a reasonably priced percolator to see difference. If stovetop variety leves you a bit on nervous side, a nice electric model by Farberware can run you about $34.99 and will last quite a long time, if well maintained.
Cathy O is a successful author who provides coffee maker tips and information for http://www.a1-coffee-makers.com.