The Hamilton Beach 46205 coffee maker is a relative newcomer to the marketplace. The company is evidently anxious to prove that it can still produce desirable, quality products at an economy price.
This coffee maker, under $50 at the time of writing, certainly looks stunning. It has a stainless steel and dark plastic finish, a digital readout, push button controls and a generously sized carafe.
So is it worth considering for your next coffee maker? Or does it have some downsides that you ought to know about?
|Table of Contents|
|Ease of Use||Does The Coffee Taste Good?|
|Oh Yes, The Cleaning||Who Is It Made For?|
|Features & Specs|
|Accessories||Pros and Cons|
Is The Hamilton Beach 46205 Easy To Use?
The short answer is yes. Hamilton Beach has gone well out of its way here. Let's start with the water reservoir. You can fill this using the carafe or other container, or you can remove it to fill from the tap. And the top lid opens wide, so there's no danger of missing the target. The whole coffee maker swivels around on little casters to make re-positioning effortless. You have to marvel at the brilliance of the design.
Next is putting your grinds in place. I really like this feature. There's a button on the side that you press to make the upper part of the front swing out. Behind it is revealed the little basket holder and filter to put your grinds into. Very neat. If you keep your coffee maker under a wall cabinet with little space above, this feature will be very useful.
The Control Panel has just six buttons, but you use them in combination to program the coffee maker. You can control the heat level of the warming plate, and the strength of the brew. You can set the time displayed and pre-program for specific on and off times.
The warming plate is non-stick and the spout of the carafe is non-drip. As the full name implies, the water reservoir holds enough water to make 12-cups. But if you want less, just choose the "1-4 Cup" selection. The other two options are Bold and Regular, giving you fingertip control over the strength of your brew.
And there's a really useful "Auto Pause and Serve" feature. This lets you pause the brew in order to pour a cup for yourself, with no spillage. So no mess to clean up. The brew then continues as if nothing had happened, a feature more often found in more expensive machines.
Does This Mean The Coffee Tastes Good?
Having a coffee maker that's easy to use is all very well, but it's not so good if the coffee tastes like dishwater. Fortunately, that's not the case with the Hamilton Beach 46205.
A little trial and error is usually necessary before you get things right. But you'll soon discover the right settings for you. If you only want a small amount of coffee you'll select the "1-4 Cup". After that, it's just a question of Bold or Regular, and that depends on the coffee grinds you use and your palate.
The warming plate will keep the coffee in the carafe warm for up to two hours. Exactly how warm can be set by you on the Control Panel.
This machine makes coffee as strong as you like, or just regular if that's what you prefer. And it makes it hot, which is what we all like, I'm sure.
Oh Yes, The Cleaning
It's a fact of life that everyone who owns one needs to know how to clean a coffee maker. And they need to do it too. So how does the Hamilton Beach 46205 measure up for ease of cleaning?
Overall, it measures up very well. We've covered how easy it is to remove the water reservoir (just lift it an inch and a half and then slide it to the rear). That can be rinsed under the tap.
If you have a permanent filter then that can be rinsed as well, as can the carafe. The lid of the water reservoir can just be given a wipe with a clean rag.
Once a month or so, according to how much use it gets, you should clean more thoroughly, using white vinegar.
Who Is The Hamilton Beach 46205 Made For?
This is a 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker in steel and black. It would suit a family of four or six or an office of ten or twelve people. Just two people living together would find the "1-4 cups" setting useful.
It would probably not be suitable for larger numbers of people or a busy environment, such as a reception area. In such a case you'd have to spend a little more than $40 - $50.
Features and Specifications:
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.4 x 13.8 inches
Item Weight: 5.3 pounds
Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
Item model number: 46205
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Pros and Cons
- Easy to use
- Swivel brew basket enables you to fill your grinds from the front
- Easily maneuverable with little casters on the bottom
- Fill water reservoir from carafe or tap
- Fast and quiet
- Taller than most coffee makers, so space under wall cabinets may be a problem
- Difficult to empty carafe completely owing to lip around the top
- Some units have a smokey colored reservoir, making it difficult to see the water level
At the present time, I've been unable to find a suitable video guide to the Hamilton Beach 46205. As soon as I've found one I'll post a link to it here.
The Hamilton Beach 46205 is hugely loved by many owners. On Amazon at the time of writing around three-quarters of reviewers have awarded the full five stars. The most popular feature is probably the removable water reservoir, followed by the swiveling brew basket. The way you can move the coffee maker around on a kitchen counter using the little castors is also appreciated.
One or two people have found that the temperature settings on the warmer plate were rather high. Others don't like the smokey glass of the water reservoir as they can't see the water level. But these are comparatively minor issues and other users haven't found any problems with these things.
The Hamilton Beach 46205 must be one of the most value-for-money coffee makers available. Most reviewers love it, and for all kinds of different reasons, from the hot and flavorsome coffee it produces to the quietness and speed, and general ease of use.
It has a small footprint, though a trifle taller than most, and it just looks great on any kitchen counter. It's reliable, from an established manufacturer of coffee makers, and it produces great tasting coffee. What's not to like? Check out the latest price on Amazon now.