Removable parts are all dishwasher safe. Each brewing function has its own visible water tank, which is easy to fill. Coffee can be brewed at regular strength or bold. Carafe hot plate keeps coffee warm for two hours, then automatic shutoff kicks in.
Only the carafe side can be programmed. As it's a larger machine, it may not fit on smaller countertops.
Removable and clearly marked reservoir makes it easy to add just the right amount of water. Features a 12-cup carafe. Programmable to shut off after up to four hours, twice the time of similar coffee makers. Coffee can be poured mid-brew and made in regular or bold strength.
When the lid is flipped up for removing the tank or refilling coffee, it may not fit under low cabinets; entire machine will have to be moved.
Filter not needed for the single-cup side, as it includes a removable brew basket for ground coffee or soft coffee pods. Adjustable height on the single-serve size to accommodate cups and tall travel mugs. Can set timer for up to 24 hours ahead.
Cannot be used with K-Cups. No permanent filter included on carafe side, so will need extra filters.
Mesh filter doubles as a coffee scoop and stores on the side of the machine. Customizable brewing for regular strength or bold coffee. Lower height fits under most kitchen cabinets. Easy to fill the reservoir, so fresh water is used for each cup. Heats quickly and has auto-shutoff.
Brews up to 14 oz., so larger travel mugs won't fill completely. Some users prefer to use paper filters, thinking the taste is better.
Water reservoir is located at the front of the unit, and basket slides forward so not a lot of space is taken up under cabinets. Controls are simple to program and use. There's a reminder when it's time to clean the machine and change the filter.
Some users have to constantly move their coffee maker, as their cabinets are too low for lid to flip up completely.
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For some, a coffee maker is the most important countertop appliance, a device used daily to make the most delicious and energizing of morning drinks. Indeed, a coffee maker is a vital piece of kitchen equipment, and Hamilton Beach makes some of the best coffee makers around.
Hamilton Beach, founded in 1910, has become one of the most trusted names in kitchen appliances. Its versatile coffee makers cater to a wide range of coffee drinkers, from those who just want a quick joe on the way to work to coffee aficionados who savor every cup.
Before choosing a Hamilton Beach coffee maker, it’s a good idea to take a look at the features these machines offer. There are many excellent machines with intuitive combinations of features available.
One of the first considerations when buying a coffee maker is the number of people who will be drinking coffee—and how much coffee they will drink each time.
For one person who drinks a cup at a time or likes to grab a brew on the go, a single-serve machine will do quite well. For households in which two or more people will enjoy two or more cups of coffee at a time, you may be best served by a machine with a 10- or 12-cup capacity. These machines are also useful when a full pot of coffee is needed for guests. You can always make less coffee in a larger machine, but making more coffee in a smaller machine means more time and work for you.
Do you prefer ground coffee or hot coffee that comes in pods? Those who buy whole beans and grind their own coffee or use pre-ground coffee may like a traditional machine, while those who prefer the efficiency and ease of pods should look for a machine that uses them. When it comes to cost, purchasing whole beans or ground coffee costs less per cup than pods.
While most Hamilton Beach coffee makers brew coffee in a pot, thermal carafe, or glass carafe, they do have a couple of other options that affect price and convenience.
Single-serve coffee makers dispense the coffee into your cup or thermos, and this is generally the cheaper option. Some larger models don’t include a carafe or pot, storing the brewed coffee inside the machine instead. Pressing a lever dispenses the coffee. This type of machine can keep the coffee hot and fresh longer than dispensing it into a pot.
Not all Hamilton Beach coffee makers accommodate K-cups. If you’re a K-cup fan, keep this in mind as you shop.
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew coffee makers are versatile brewing systems that cater to two of the most popular ways of enjoying coffee: ground coffee beans and single-serve pods.
FlexBrew machines give you the option of brewing a cup or a carafe of coffee using ground beans in a filter or using pods, like the popular K-Cup pods by Keurig that offer single, easy-to-brew cups of coffee, cappuccino, espresso and more.
There are a few different options when it comes to storing the brewed coffee in Hamilton Beach machines. Most of them use a glass coffee pot, but there is a more efficient option. A thermal carafe is a popular and more advanced choice that can keep your coffee hot and fresh longer. The carafe may come with the coffee maker you select or be bought separately. The only downside to a thermal carafe is that it’s harder to know how much coffee is left in the pot.
For under $40, you can buy single-serve Hamilton Beach coffee makers that use either ground coffee or pods. This price range also includes simple automatic coffee makers with few features.
For between $40 and $80, you’ll find more specialized and larger-capacity machines. These may be single-serve machines with both pod and ground coffee options or bigger automatic machines.
For over $80, you’ll find FlexBrew options that are the largest and most versatile of the Hamilton Beach line. These use pods or brew up to 12 cups of ground coffee, with additional features available.
If you have low cabinets in your kitchen and hope to place your new Hamilton Beach coffee maker on the counter, take note of your available space and the vertical dimensions of any appliance you are considering.
A. Most Hamilton Beach coffee makers are relatively easy to clean, with parts that are simple to remove and wash in the dishwasher. Some more advanced options have an automatic self-cleaning cycle. While you should rinse the filter after every use, the machine itself can be washed once or twice a month, depending on how often you use it.
A. You can only brew one of the two options at a time with these two-way coffee makers. The single-serve side takes a couple of minutes to warm up for brewing pods, but it’s the faster of the two brewing options.
A. In general, about 6 ounces of water per 2 tablespoons of ground coffee make an average cup. Many carafes or water reservoirs in the machines have cup line indicators. If your machine has a feature to make your coffee stronger, the machine will add less water per 2 tablespoons of coffee. If your machine doesn’t have this feature, you can add more or less water to make the coffee weaker or stronger as you prefer.