Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49983 12-Cup Coffeemaker: Kick off your day or get through your afternoon with a flavorful, aromatic cup of coffee. With selectable brew strength, you can prepare coffee to your liking with regular or bold flavors. The 12-cup capacity enables you to make enough to serve to your friends, family member and other guests.
The coffeemaker quit working after 5 weeks of use
Posted by: CHARAE from: Hammond, IN on
The coffeemaker quit working after 5 weeks of being used "sparingly". I contacted Hamilton Beach and will be getting a new replacement product but, I have to pay for the shipment of the replacement. Needless to say, I am less than happy. It just quit brewing completely, from both sides of the product. Am unable to get the water out of the pod side of the unit.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
great idea for keurig+ coffee lovers
Posted by: thearchitect from: new york, ny on
i loved the idea of having a coffee maker that could be compatible with keurig k-cups and regular coffee. however, having to refill the water reservoir with exactly one cup per k-cup to be used, is NOT really friendly, in fact, it's really inconvenient, and if I had known this little quirk, i would have NOT purchased this coffee maker. it was much more expensive than other coffee makers, and frankly, the idea of having a keurig is to be able to make your coffee without having to RELOAD every single time the water with exactly one cup of water to avoid overloading the reservoir and ending up with an error given by the system when you put too much water and thinking the unit is bad. my advice is: if you want to use k-cups then buy a keurig coffee maker. period. buy a regular coffee maker, and save the other $65 and spend them in the real thing. a good idea, but it could be greatly improved.
19 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Best of both worlds
Posted by: Daddy4 from: on
This is not our first Hamilton FlexBrew. We had bought one at Lowe's and it broke. It was $10 cheaper at Best Buy, so we decided to buy it here. My husband makes a half pot of coffee every day, and I usually drink a k-cup, so this works for us. If you are used to the Keurig, then the k-cup part of this machine will seem flimsy to you. However, we still like it because we always use both the coffeepot, and the kcups. What takes getting used to is that there needs to be the exact amount of water needed to make the k-cup. There is no water reservoir like the keurig. We have found that we fill our coffeemug with water, then dump it into the reservoir and it turns out great.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Love this coffee maker!
Posted by: LAROO from: on
After reading other negative reviews on leaking and bad/plastic tasting coffee, I was a bit nervous. I decided to go ahead, since it still seemed to the best option for us.
We've used it for a couple of months now and we haven't had any problems. I think I figured out why others probably had those issues though. First, the cleansing of the new machine has to be done as listed in the instructions. We did that, and there's not been any 'bad taste'. Actually, it's really good tasting! I know that not cleaning it before its first use would have been their problem because the pots of water made by the cleaning process did smell like plastic.
The leaking issue for others could have come by them either overfilling the pot or by not locking down the pod side of the maker when making a full pot. Again, both of these situations are stated in the instructions as how to ensure best operation of the maker. We followed the instructions and we haven't had any leaking issues.
I would highly recommend this maker, and would hope others just read the info that comes with the maker. Then they could have a great maker too!
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great for big coffee drinkers or single K-cup user
Posted by: Desi1024 from: on
I had a basic $10-15 coffee pot for a long time from Wal-mart that was great, and then the glass carafe broke, so it was time for a new coffee maker and we were thinking of getting a Keurig for the convenience of making just a cup at a time for myself instead of potentially wasting a whole pot of coffee. We bought a basic Keurig and enjoyed it, but then saw the Keurig 2.0 at Target and returned our Keurig for the 2.0 since it was able to make pots of coffee (for my boyfriend) as well as single cups for myself. Best of both worlds, right? Until we realize that we have to use only K-Cup brand cups for the pot of coffee and can't use the reusable container with our own grounds. We also were unable to use store brand K-Cups (think Stop n Shop brand) which sucked as the cups are digitally read and will reject them if you attempt to use them. We were able to hack the machine so that we could use any cup we wanted but that became tiresome, and we then came across the Hamilton Beach Flex Brew and fell in love We can make pots of coffee with our own grounds and use ANY brand K-Cup. It was also cheaper then the Keurig and was a win/win for us. We love it!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Hamilton Beach 2-way FlexBrew (#49983) coffeemaker
Posted by: Jessica from: on
I loved that this coffee maker has both options - single-serve and 12-cups in one machine. The single serve uses pretty much any k-cup brand and also uses the pods as well. I was very pleasantly surprised that it also came with a reusable single-serve filter so I didn't have to purchase a separate reusable single-serve filter when I wanted to use my grounds instead of using a k-cup (this filter can also put those pods in it - giving it another option of using another form of single-serve and the pods tend to be cheaper than the K-cups but still more expensive than buying just the grounds). Just fair warning that when using the single-serve side, it comes out very hot (personal preference, but I like it coming out really hot as I'm one of those people who can have a cup of coffee sitting out for a while and when I get back to it, it is still pretty warm).
The only downfall that I can see with this coffee maker is that you cannot fill up the water reservoir and then using the single-serve side. It is not smart enough to stop once it hits the one-cup mark when single-brewing and leave the remaining water for future uses, so I often put water in right before I make my coffee (single-serve or the carafe side).
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Good single or pot use
Posted by: craftylady from: Green Bay, WI on
Bought to replace my dead Bella coffee maker, I had researched coffee makers before purchasing and liked the idea of being able to make just 1 cup instead of a full pot. I decided on the FlexBrew due to price and matching both wants. I love it! Workes fine and I had no problems with K-cup use. The single cup adjustable stand was a bit confusing to use at first, but seems solid enough with a 12 oz. ceramic mug. It does take up a bit more counter space than 1 unit, but still less space than having 2. Would buy again.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
It does the job, but don't expect a Keurig
Posted by: MrFredericksburg from: Fredericksburg, VA on
Over-All it's a great idea, instead of having two coffee machines, you have one that does the job. A side for a large pot of coffee and a side for the individual cup, what a great idea. It does have a few great features, such as clock, timer to wake up to coffee, fits the keurig pods and you can use your own coffee with the included filter/pod. I really don't like a few aspects, including: You can't fill up the water container, you only can put x amount depending on what your using: 10oz for keurig pod, 14oz for own coffee pod and something different for pot of coffee.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Maybe mine is defective
Posted by: manyhelicopterman from: on
Using the K-Cup option, it only brewed half a cup. When the K-cup holder was removed, the remaining water then dribbled out (but obviously not brewed).
Single server basket worked OK
Both times, the coffee tasted awful - very strong plastic taste, not what I know the grind normally tastes like.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Rickiwm from: on
I love this coffee pot. i have not had a bad k cup experience with it.
Pros: kcups, pods, loose leaf tea, coffee grounds, 12 cup pot, no mess poor with 12 cup pot
cons: having to refill reservoir every time for single use