The Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker is a comparatively recent addition to the Hamilton Beach range, being an update of the 49980A model. The earlier version is still very popular, but it is restricted in that it isn't compatible with K-Cup packs.
That little omission is now fixed. With this model, you have complete freedom to brew either a single cup at one time or up to 12 cups in the carafe, of regular or bold strength, and using either a K-Cup Pack, a coffee pod (for the carafe only) or ground coffee.
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The Hamilton Beach 49983 - Now Fully Versatile and Compatible With K-Cup Packs
If there was one drawback to the Hamilton Beach 49980A it was the lack of compatibility with K-Cup Packs. This is the issue that has now been resolved with the introduction of this model.
It's a very simple process. You have a tray for making individual coffee servings, and this has two inserts - one for coffee grounds or pods and the other for K-Cup coffee packs.
The timer and the auto shut-off let you program ahead, so you can have your morning brew ready as soon as you awake, and there's no risk of wasting energy if you forget to switch it off.
Cleaning is very easy - just use a damp cloth to wipe the heating pad on the carafe side and a paper towel to clean the filter area. The lid stays open at almost any angle, which is a great help. On the single-serve side, take the metal tray out and turn it upside down to fill a short cup, or remove it to fill a big travel mug.
The Same Stylish Good Looks as the 49980A
The 49983 and its predecessor, the 49980A, look very similar. This newer model has a more stylish digital readout and control panel, but they essentially do the same job.
The carafe and the mug placement holder are opposite ways round and there is just the one filler lid for both carafe and mug instead of one for each, so if you regularly prepare for morning coffee the previous evening and then have people pop in for coffee, and you don't mind doing without K-Cups, then the 49980A may be better for you.
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Pros and Cons
Pros: Flexibility - single brew or up to 12 cups; choose from coffee grounds or K-cups; regular or bold strength; easy to clean; fully programmable.
Cons: Some have reported a smell of plastic, though this seems to be in a small minority of cases. Also, you need some space above the unit in order to operate it properly.
Features and Specifications:
- Versatile brewing: single cup or a full pot
- Compatible with K-Cup Packs
- FlexBrew technology allows you to brew a K-Cup Pack or brew up to 14 oz of ground coffee
- Carafe: 12 cup
- Brew a full pot of coffee
- Regular or bold brew strength
- Programmable timer with 2-hour automatic shutoff
- Automatic pause and serve
- 1 cup single serve
- Brews up to 14 oz in travel mug or adjusts to fit a shorter cup
- Brew coffee your way using a K-Cup Pack or ground coffee
- Bell ring on completion of brew
- 3-year limited warranty
- Dimensions: 10.2"L x 10.6"W x 13.9"H
- Weight: 6.4 pounds
- Shipping Weight: 10 pounds
- Model# 49983
The Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker scores an average of between 3 and 4 stars out of five in over 1,570 reviews, at the time of writing. Over 55 per-cent of those reviews give 4 or 5 stars. Overall satisfaction with this product is high.
It's very popular with users who switch regularly between multi-brews and single brews, and who drink a lot of coffee but can't afford a K-Cup with every brew.
Users who have posted negative reviews seem mostly to have trouble with the single serve side. In fairness, it appears from what many of them say that they have difficulty in following the instructions.
The great majority of reviewers are delighted with this highly adaptable coffee maker.
Most users of the 49983 model like how it is a "two in one" coffee maker, with its choice of a carafe or single cup of coffee. The Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker is so far getting equal praise for its versatility and the sheer good taste of the coffee it produces. You can purchase this product in full confidence that it will deliver on all its promises.