Hamilton Beach - FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker - Black/Silver

Enjoy a fresh-tasting cup of coffee with this Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 49963 coffeemaker, which features a 10-oz. brewing capacity and an adjustable cup rest, so you can fill your cup or travel mug. Enhanced coffee extraction provides rich flavor.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffeemaker
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (242 out of 307)

Features


10-oz. capacity

Lets you make a single serving of coffee.

Designed for use with ground coffee or most K-Cup packs

So you can enjoy your favorite blends.

Enhanced coffee extraction

Ensures robust flavor.

Adjustable cup rest

Allows you to brew coffee into a cup or travel mug (travel mug not included).


Overall customer rating

Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars with 307 reviews

79%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Keurig Replacement

    Posted
    Adam
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Like many people, I got this as a replacement for a dead Keurig. I looked at a lot of machines out there, and I was specifically looking for something that could brew K-cups, coffee grounds or coffee soft pods. Most of the machines that could do this were expensive ($100+). This product though, it's only half that, and it can do the same thing, and it does the same thing very well. One nice thing about the Keurig was that it was very fast, as it pushed the hot water through with a good amount of pressure. This resulted in a quick brew, no doubt, but when using my own coffee grounds, it was not very easy to find the perfect sweet spot that made GOOD coffee. K-cups, they were usually perfect. This unit, however, is the slightly slower 'drip' method, and instead of ~1.0 min for a cup from one of the Keurig model, this one takes ~2.0 mins for a cup. However, because the water has contact with the coffee for substantially longer, the coffee made with my own grounds is absolutely better with this machine than the Keurig. The K-cups are just as good, no better or worse than a Keurig machine (which is a good thing). So, what it boils down to is that the coffee takes maybe a minute longer to brew, but it does so with the drip technique rather than the forced-water technique. This results in the same taste for K-cups, but BETTER taste when brewing your own coffee. And unlike the Keurig, you don't have to buy a separate piece of equipment to use your own coffee grounds. Also, you get the added bonus (over the Keurig) of being able to buy/use coffee soft pods, which is awesome. Much like the K-cup world, there are a lot of coffee soft pod makers out there with some fantastic coffees in ready-to-go little pods. End result, I'm actually extremely satisfied and a little surprised by this great little machine. I don't have any negative things to say about the Keurig, but honestly, this seems just as good, for less money, and more functionality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Coffee splatters everywhere and unit leaks

    Posted
    casualgamer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I don't use this unit often as i'm an occasional coffee drinker. When I do use this machine, it leaks from the front of the tray and the water coming out of the lower spout trickles in a way that coffee splatters all over the machine and its surroundings. To deal with the situation, I have numerous paper towels covering the area around the machine during use, hardly convenient. I have read the user manual multiple times to figure out what went wrong and even consulted the manufacturer site to find more details, but this machine is just designed poorly. My 45 day return period for being elite plus was not enough so now i'm just stuck with it. Looking to just cut my losses and buy something else. This might be good on an RV or something or outdoors where you don't care about the uncontrolled stream of coffee, but it's not good for a normal kitchen counter. Yes, I have used the bottom tray in multiple in the two heights and even used something else to place the mug as close to the spout as possible, but the tray leaking all over the place is unacceptable. BTW. I am only using real K-cups. I wish BB would let me exchange it for a better machine. Come on BB i'm at day 53!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love the flexibility!

    Posted
    stonecat
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We got this for Christmas and I love it! My husband brews alot of coffee, and it's usually the same kind each day. I prefer a little more variety. This allows me to brew my own cup and just the right amount based on the size cup that I want to drink without wasting a whole pot. I've tried both the kcup mode and the ground mode and I get a great cup every time! I did have an issue with some coffee that was very finely ground when I just added grounds (it overflowed) but we also bought some refillable k-cups so I tried the finely ground coffee in the k-cup (removing the k-cup insert so it wouldn't puncture the cup) and and it worked perfectly. I've also used the refillable k-cups to add loose tea and it was delicious. I love that the machine turns off automatically when it's done brewing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    Posted
    HappyinRI
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    This coffee maker is exactly what we were looking for. My husband drinks regular coffee and I drink decaf. Additionally, I wanted the ability to use K-cups from time to time and he did not want anything to do with K-cups (thinks they are too costly to use compared to using ground coffee). So, when I saw the Flex-Brew model advertised on Hamilton Beach's website, I definitely wanted to buy it. Turns out that Best Buy beat Hamilton Beach's price by $10, and free shipping, so it was the right deal at the right time. If you buy one, you definitely MUST follow the instructions explicitly. You CANNOT use finely ground coffee, or put in more water than stated in the instructions, or you will definitely have a mess on your hands. Follow the manufacturer's directions regarding it's use and you will love it!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Makes good coffee - sometimes

    Posted
    gcamp

    If you are only going to use grounds this maker is probably okay for you. If you are going to use K-cups, then keep shopping. The needle quite often gets clogged with grounds and you have to use a paperclip / toothpick to unclog it (sometimes getting hot water spewed on you). I called Hamilton Beach customer service and their solution was to use the paperclip and clean the maker with vinegar. We use RO water, so the maker stays quite clean. And it's clogged on K-cups since it was first opened - I don't believe a dirty unit is a contributing factor in this instance. I was really disappointed in HB that they acknowledged the problem, but just shrugged it off as "that's just the way it is." So, if you are looking at this maker as an alternative to a Keurig, then keep shopping. This is not the maker you are looking for....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great budget price coffee maker

    Posted
    BobEssex
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I wanted a Keurig style machine but not at Keurig prices. I checked other reviews and decided to give this a try. So far I have not been disappointed. Using k-cups the machine is simplicity, just pop in the pod, push down and turn on. You can adjust the strength by adding more or less water. I found a dark roast makes a nice cup of strong coffee. Using the included mesh filter you can use your own favorite coffee and again make it as strong as you want. Using the filter is easy but I found you need to make sure the tray holder is properly in place to avoid some dribbling from the side as the machine finishes its cycle. The auto switch off function is good. Overall I think this is a good machine for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great one-cup machine!

    Posted
    Masmics
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this for a gift and my husband loved it. In my opinion, k-cups are a gimmick and pretty wasteful, although with effort they can be recycled (by peeling off the foil top, emptying the cup and completely tearing out the paper filter), but this maker doesn't require them! It comes with its own, regular metal mesh filter, so the k-cups are completely optional. I included a box of good quality k-cups with the gift just for fun, and he does use them once a week or so if he has an extra rushed morning. His favorite travel mug fits perfectly in the maker, and the stand converts to hold a regular sized mug without splashing coffee everywhere. It works pretty quickly and the coffee is delicious!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally, a different coffee maker that uses K-Cups

    Posted
    tdmort

    I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee and have been wanting the "expensive" brand coffee maker for sometime now. However, I couldn't justify spending a huge amount of money on making coffee at home. I saw this online at a fraction of the cost of the "expensive" brand and bought it. I couldn't be happier. Not only is the cost of this coffee maker in my budget, it makes a great cup of coffee using K-cups. I also like that I can use my own ground coffee as well. Do not waste your money on the "expensive" brand that seems to never go on sale. This coffee maker is a breeze to use and the taste is great!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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