Hamilton Beach coffee makers: 3 models compared

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Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach is well known for mass-producing affordable small kitchen appliances that give you the most bang for your buck. The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer coffee maker is one such device that can make large batches of delicious coffee, when you want it, without breaking the bank.

Whether you'd like to brew a big pot for your family and friends or to grab a travel mug to take with you to work, the 2-Way Brewer has you covered. Once you get to grips with the options and features, this coffee maker can cater to your every need.

1.Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer (49980A)

Best Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker
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Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, Single-Serve and 12-Cup Pot, Stainless Steel (49980A),...
  • 2 WAYS TO BREW: SINGLE CUP OR FULL POT. Brew a single-serve cup or a full pot of coffee with your favorite ground coffee. Whichever way you brew, the Hamilton Beach Programmable Coffee Maker makes it easy to do both. Not compatible with K-Cup pods
  • SIMPLE SINGLE-CUP BREWING — DOESN'T USE K-CUP PODS. Brew a cup for one using loose ground coffee (not compatible with K-Cup pods). With the included mesh scoop, adding your favorite ground coffee couldn’t be easier: just scoop, place and brew
  • PEACE OF MIND WITH 2 HOUR AUTOMATIC SHUTOFF. How many times have you walked out the door, only to wonder: did I turn the coffee maker off? Now there's no worry or turning around to check, since the coffee maker turns off automatically after 2 hours


  • Two-Way Brewing Option
  • Looks Great
  • Large Capacity
  • Programmable Timer
  • Scoop Filter
  • Easy to Fill Reservoir


  • Single Serve Doesn’t Taste Quite as Good
  • Slow Brew Time
  • It’s Big and Heavy
  • No Filter Provided for Pot Side


  • Genre: Drip
  • Dimensions: 10.63 x 12.2 x 13.7 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 10.06lbs
  • Capacity:  96oz
  • Material: Glass, Stainless Steel, Plastic
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts


Hamilton Beach have outdone themselves with the 2-Way Brewer coffee maker’s design as it ultimately betrays the exceedingly low price point with a high-end appearance.

This superb-looking coffee maker has a nice blend of black plastic and brushed stainless-steel for that professional kitchen look, while the sturdy carafe has been manufactured from crystal clear glass.

The straightforward control panel benefits from a cool pale blue LCD, simple push buttons, and a back-lit brew button. An embossed Hamilton Beach logo on the base of the coffee maker rounds off the whole aesthetic.


As the name of the best drip coffee maker suggests, its capacity works in two ways. For drip made coffee, you have full use of the 12-Cup carafe, or if you want a solitary cup, use the single-serve 14oz setting to brew straight into your travel mug (Hamilton Beach makes it abundantly clear, a travel mug does not come with this appliance).

You can also adjust the single-serve side to fit a smaller, more traditional coffee cup.

The water reservoirs can store a total of 96oz of water to ensure refilling is kept to a minimum.


  • Two Way Brewing: Whether you’re entertaining (or plan on drinking a whole vat of coffee) or just want a coffee to go, the two-way brewing system has got you covered. Choose between a full carafe or a single-serve coffee at the flick of a switch.
  • Programmable Timer: Choose your preferred coffee time with the programmable timer. The Hamilton Beach Two-Way will brew your coffee for precisely when you want it. You can plan up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Scoop Filter: Hamilton Beach has combined a scoop and filter to improve efficiency when you’re brewing with the single-serve function. Scoop coffee grounds straight into the filter, which is complete with measurement markings.
  • Automatic Pause & Serve: If you can’t wait for the pot to finish brewing for your morning coffee, removing the carafe to pour a cup will pause the cycle, and it will resume when you put it back.
  • Two Brew Strength Options: If you like your coffee more fully-flavored, there’s a ‘bold’ brew strength option alongside the regular setting.
  • Auto-Shut Off: Don’t worry if you forget to switch the Hamilton Beach Two-Way off when you’ve finished making coffee; this appliance will switch itself off two hours after its last use.
  • Keep Warm Plate: The keep-warm function will keep your coffee warm for up to two hours. Though this only works on the carafe side of the appliance.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

Despite having dual brewing options, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker is still relatively simple to use and makes delicious coffee. That is once you figure out that each brewing option comes with a separate water reservoir and filters.

Indeed, the carafe side of this coffee maker does not come with a filter of any kind and requires you to buy your own, while the single-serve side comes with the scoop/filter combo.

However, because you’ll be using two different filters, your coffee won’t taste the same from each side. Indeed, many consumers report the single-serve taste is inferior to the machine’s 12-cup side, which suggests the scoop filter is not up to the quality of regular disposable filters.

Overall build quality is good, though there are reports of carafe fragility, with some units having a cracked pot on arrival. However, it’s difficult to tell if the damage occurred because of fragile glass, or it just happened in transit.

Cleaning is relatively easy, though you might need to pay particular attention to the scoop filter as it tends to get coffee grounds wedged into the mesh.

Should you buy the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker?

Hamilton Beach offers a lot of variety for a relatively low price point with the 2-Way Brewer coffee maker. It’s perfect for homes with coffee addicts and those people in a rush (as long as you plan ahead).

This is a substantial unit, though, so make sure you have enough space in your kitchen before buying it.

2. Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Thermal (49966)

Best Hamilton Beach Thermal Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Thermal Coffee Maker, Single Serve & Full Pot, Compatible with K-Cup Pods or...
  • Two ways to brew: Brew a full pot using your favorite grounds on the thermal carafe side or make a cup for yourself using a Keurig k-cup pod or grounds on the single-serve side with this 2-in-1 coffee maker
  • Stainless steel, 10-cup thermal carafe: Thermal carafe keeps coffee hot and fresh. Features programmable timer, auto pause & serve and auto shutoff
  • Single-serve-brew with K-Cup pods or without: Pod holder and single-serve grounds basket are included. Features cup rest that adjusts to fit tall mugs and doubles as storage. Pod-piercing needle removes for easy cleaning to prevent clogging


  • 12-Cup or Single Serve Options
  • K-Cup Compatible
  • Thermal Carafe
  • Programmable Timer
  • Removable Drip Tray Doubles as Storage
  • Easy to Use Control Panel
  • Pause & Serve


  • Looks Dated
  • Slow-ish Brew Time
  • No Filter Provided for the Carafe Side


  • Genre: Thermal
  • Dimensions: 13.6 x 14.5 x 15.13 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 8lbs
  • Capacity:  10-Cup
  • Material: Plastic
  • Available Colors: Black – Black & Stainless – Black & Silver – White
  • Dishwasher Safe: Selected Parts


An appliance’s appearance doesn’t affect the performance in any way, but you don’t want to look at an ugly coffee maker whenever you go into the kitchen. Hamilton Beach’s design team has gone for an 80s throw-back aesthetic with the FlexBrew, and as a result, it looks a little dated.

The black plastic and stainless-steel unit appears utterly devoid of imagination, and the thermal carafe would look more at home on a camping trip than it does in the kitchen. The buttons, too, have the appearance of those on an old VHS recorder, though they are clear, concise, and easy to read.


Technically, the FlexBrew is two separate coffee makers. The carafe side boasts a 10-cup container that will actually produce around five average-sized cups of coffee, while the single-serve side can make anything up to a 14oz brew.


  • Thermal Carafe: As this coffee maker comes equipped with a thermal carafe, your coffee will stay hotter for longer. So you can savor your brew while saving energy simultaneously.
  • Programmable Timer: Like any coffee maker with a programmable timer, you’re able to set the precise time at which you’d like your coffee to be ready. Please note, however, that the timer only works on the carafe side.
  • Coffee Strength Options: The FlexBrew Thermal coffee maker has a default setting for a ‘Regular’ strength coffee, while one click of a button can give you a ‘Bold’ brew for a more robust, fuller flavor. It will take a little longer to make, though.
  • Removable Drip Tray & Storage: Not only is the drip tray removable, which makes it easier to clean, but the top also comes off so you can store the single-brew basket or a K-Cup or two inside. Taking the drip tray out also leaves room for a travel mug.
  • Pause & Serve: Like the 2-Way Brewer, the pause and serve feature on the Flexbrew stops the brew cycle when you remove the carafe and starts again once it’s been replaced.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is one of the most simple-to-use K-cup Pod coffee maker on the market. Everything from filling the reservoirs, selecting what kind of coffee you’d like, to cleaning has been made incredibly straightforward by its well thought out design.

The efficiency of the design is hampered somewhat by a slower brewing time. The FlexBrew isn’t the slowest on the market by any stretch of the imagination, but neither will it quickly brew your coffee.

It’s worth remembering that you can only use one side of the coffee maker at a time, and each side has its own reservoir that will brew all of the water you put into it. So pre-measure your water ahead of time.

All removable parts are solid in construction, so they should last a while, and they’re easy to clean as you can put them on the top rack of your dishwasher.

Should you buy the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Thermal Coffee Maker?

If you’re looking for an easy to use appliance that brews delicious coffee and you don’t mind a more retro feel, this coffee maker is worth your consideration. However, despite being smaller and less pretty than the Hamilton Beach 2-Way, it still holds a similar price tag.

3. Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve (49981A)

Best Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker
Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker, Fast Brewing, Stainless Steel (49981A)
  • Brew your own ground coffee with single-serve scoop filter.
  • Fast brewing: Brew an 8-ounce cup in less than 90 seconds and a 14-ounce travel mug in under 2.5 minutes.
  • Flexible: Uses a mesh scoop filter so it can be brewed with your choice of coffee grounds.


  • Stylish Appearance
  • Easy to Use
  • Fast Brewing
  • Scoop Filter
  • Auto Shut-Off


  • Initial Plasticky Taste


  • Genre: Single Serve
  • Dimensions: 8.35 x 6.7 x 8.67 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 5.58lbs
  • Capacity:  14oz
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Available Colors: Stainless Steel
  • Dishwasher Safe: No


Stainless-Steel appliances are so popular among consumers, partly because they’re reminiscent of industrial, professional kitchen appliances, and the Hamilton Beach Scoop Single-Serve coffee maker is dressed from head to toe in stainless-steel.

That’s impressive for a coffee maker with a price point that is this low. And make no mistake, the Scoop isn’t good-looking for a low budget appliance; it’s good-looking, period.

Even the embossed logo looks high-end and betrays the exceedingly low price point.


Because this coffee maker is a single-serve appliance, it doesn’t need an enormous capacity and/or water reservoir. In fact, the Hamilton Beach Scoop comes with the industry-standard 14oz capacity for average-sized travel mugs.

As there is no size selection feature on this device, it will brew the exact amount of water you pour into the tank.


  • Bold Strength Coffee: As well as regular strength coffee, the Hamilton Beach Scoop has a bold strength setting for people who prefer a more full-flavored cup.
  • Scoop Filter: The scoop and filter have been combined as one in this coffee maker, thus amplifying this machine’s simplicity.
  • Double Filter System: The brew basket/scoop hybrid forms the primary filter, and there’s a secondary filter built-in to the holder for a smoother flavored cup of coffee.
  • Reversible Drip Tray: In the standard position, the drip tray will comfortably hold a 14oz travel mug. Reverse the drip, to elevate your smaller coffee cup, and lift it closer to the dispenser.

Ease of Use, Build Quality & Cleaning

Smaller coffee makers generally have the advantage over larger, more complex machines in that their lack of features makes them super simple to use.

The water reservoir is straightforward to fill thanks to a large lid that opens past 90 degrees so that you can get right in there with a jug or bottle. One note of caution; the fill lines in the tank are made of the same black plastic as the tank, so they’re difficult to see, so fill carefully.

There are only two buttons on this machine. ‘Regular’ and ‘Bold,’ so once you’ve filled the tank and put coffee in the filter, you have a simple choice to make.

Using the machine from cold, you’ll still have a hot cup of coffee in under two minutes, though you won’t get the temperature of the brew past 170 degrees.

One drawback to this coffee maker is a problem that will eventually go away. Out of the box, you’ll likely get a plastic taste/smell with your first few uses, so it might be a good idea to run a couple of cleaning cycles first.

Speaking of cleaning, that’s an absolute breeze thanks to the removable parts. As they’re stainless-steel, we’d recommend against putting them in the dishwasher, but they’re super easy to clean by hand, so it’s nothing to worry about.

Should you buy the Hamilton Beach Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker?

Everything about the Hamilton Beach Scoop Single-Serve coffee maker is tailored towards simplicity and ease of use. Considering the surprisingly low price point for such a stylish appliance, the Scoop is punching way above its weight and offers some of the best value for money of any other coffee maker out there.

It’s perfect for people on the go, those on a tighter budget, or someone looking for a superb entry-level appliance looking to dip their toe into the world of filtered coffee.

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