Vintage 1974 Proctor Silex Starflite Percolator

This magnificent percolator was a thrift shop find. When I spotted it among several inconsequential artifacts on the top shelf in the back of the store, I couldn’t believe it was in such pristine condition. On my tiptoes, I pushed my way through a couple of naked troll dolls and a used Flowbee to grab it. A couple of bucks later, it was mine.

David once told me that his beverage instructor at culinary school said that the best way to prepare coffee was in a percolator. I hadn’t used one since college, and when I did use it, I didn’t have the proper grind, so it tasted strong and gritty. I wanted to give it another try. Unfortunately, I don’t own a burr grinder, so David bought a bag of Peet’s House Blend and ran it through the one at Kroger.

After washing my new prize several times, I got ready to prepare a fresh pot of coffee. I was a bit nervous that maybe this fabulous find was just beautiful on the outside, an immaculate gadget that didn’t actually work.  I carefully poured water in the pitcher, anticipating a leak. Nope. It held. Next, I filled the basket with coffee and stationed it back inside the pitcher. Again, it held. Lastly, I unraveled the cord and plugged it in. Almost instantaneously, tiny bubbles shot upward and the gurgling started. Woo-hoo!

It was good! Certainly better than the standard coffee maker version.  Most people don’t use percolators anymore, but even if you have a nice Keurig, I recommend trying a percolator. It allows you to slow down and savor the brewing of a fine cup of stump water (as my dad calls it).

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3 thoughts on “Vintage 1974 Proctor Silex Starflite Percolator

  1. Lisa: I have a proctor silex coffee pot which was received as a wedding gift in 1976. A few months ago, the basket cover was accidentally thrown away in the trash. I would very much like to find another plastic basket cover. This pot brews 8 cups max … I think. Any idea where I could find this missing critical part?

  2. Hi Bob,

    Wow–it’s great that you’re still using it. And what sentimental value! I have only three suggestions. I hope they help.

    1. Contact Proctor Silex at and ask if they still carry parts.
    2. Google search the make and model plus the word “parts” or “basket cover” and see what comes up.
    3. Check your local thrift shops–you never know. They may have one.
    4. Check out eBay periodically. You’ll be amazed what you can find there.

    Best of luck! Please let me know if you find it!

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