Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Review

Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Review
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Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer: QUICK OVERVIEW

Capacity

Durability

Aesthetics

Affordability

What We Like

  • Single serve or full pot
  • 12 cup glass carafe
  • Fully programmable with auto shutoff

What We Don't Like

  • Missing some features that the coffee aficionado would find useful

Many coffee drinkers seem to have forgotten that coffee can be brewed at home, which means they end up spending close to $50 a week on the hot stuff.

With the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer, you can rediscover the joys of brewing your own coffee while saving yourself hundreds of dollars in the long run. Easy to use and almost bafflingly affordable, this machine will change the way you think about coffee, forever.

Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Review

Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Coffee Maker, Single-Serve and 12-Cup Pot, Stainless Steel (49980A), Carafe

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer makes it possible to brew great tasting coffee in a variety of strengths and flavors in a matter of minutes and boasts a single-serve side brew basket as well as a 12-cup pot, so you can make coffee for yourself and/or a group of friends. This brewer was first made available online in 2013 but it remains among Hamilton Beach’s most popular coffee makers.

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In the years that have elapsed, the brand has released updated models, including the FlexBrew 2-Way Brewer, but the differences between this machine and its successors are minimal and will likely go unnoticed by the average coffee drinker.

Who is this product for?

The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is ideal for those who have grown tired of the long lines and intimidating selections of the average coffee shop. It requires very little effort to maintain and can be pre-programmed a full 24 hours prior to brewing, so it’s ideal for those who live busy lives and don’t have the time to make themselves a cup of coffee every morning.

Typically selling for less than $70, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is a great choice if you’re shopping on a budget and don’t have $200 to spend on a coffee maker. Of course, for the low price you have to sacrifice a couple of features that you would find on more expensive alternatives, such as a built-in grinder or the ability to produce cappuccinos and lattes. 

What’s Included?

When you unbox the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer, you can expect to find it packaged with a 12-cup capacity jug along with a removable single-serve side brew basket, which will come in handy when you want to brew yourself a single cup of coffee.

This coffee maker also comes packaged with a pod holder that can be used to brew coffee from soft pods, although K-Cup lovers should look elsewhere as they are not compatible with this machine. Finally, when you purchase the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer, you will receive a comprehensive instruction manual for easy installation. 

Overview of features

The aforementioned single-serve side brew basket is among the most commonly touted features of the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brew as it makes it possible to brew a lone cup of coffee, saving the water and energy required to fill the accompanying 12-cup pot. It also features a brew strength selector, which allows you to brew regular and strong cups of coffee according to your preferences.

The pre-program feature designed to automatically make your coffee can be paired with the machine’s keep-hot warming plate, which will continue to heat your coffee for up to two hours after it has been brewed. 

Tutorial

Despite its many features and functions, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer can be mastered in just a couple of minutes. Below, you will find a brief video from the good folks over at Bed Bath & Beyond that will take you through the process of brewing a cup of coffee using the machine. 

Alternatives

If you don’t foresee yourself brewing coffee for more than one person at a time, there is no reason for you to go with the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer over a more affordable single-serve option.

The brand also offers the FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Maker, which brews lone cups of coffee exclusively. Unlike the 2-Way Brewer, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Maker can brew coffee from both grounds and K-Cups, which will no doubt give it a distinct advantage in the eyes of Keurig devotees. 

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Conclusion

Although missing some features that the coffee aficionado would find useful, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer is one of the finest casual coffee makers in its price range. Its major selling point is its single-serve side brew basket and 12-cup jug which is complemented by its ability to brew coffee from soft pods and the ease with which it can be operated.

Cappuccinos and lattes require time and precision to brew, so most coffee makers that offer them as flavor options won’t be of much use to people who find themselves in a hurry every morning.

By offering only black coffee, the Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer streamlines the brewing process and will have your piping hot cup of coffee ready for you the moment you roll out of bed so that you can start your day off right!

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