Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker Review

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.

Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker
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Versatile & Compatible Stylish Good Looks
Pros and Cons Features & Specs
Consumer Ratings Summary

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.

Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983

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Hamilton Beach 49983

 

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.

View this video for another independent review:

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.

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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
Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983

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Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983

Consumer Ratings

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.

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Summary

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.

Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker

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Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983
Hamilton Beach 49983

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-Way (49980A) Review

If you're looking for a versatile coffee maker that can brew just one cup at a time or a carafe of up to 14 ounces, whether of premium brew or instant, then look no further than the Hamilton Beach 49980A. Made largely from stainless steel, it is both good looking and durable. You get a 14-ounce stainless steel travel mug with lid as well as the glass carafe (that has volume markings and pours without dripping) in a package that gives you great value for money.

Hamilton Beach 49980A
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Affordable
Two in One
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
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The impressive looking backlit LCD readout displays the time and the program settings keyed in. A simple knob is used to switch from carafe to single serve and back.

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The Hamilton Beach 49980A - Affordable and Low Maintenance

At just $129.99, this product is not the most expensive of coffee makers, yet has many features normally found only on more expensive coffee makers. These include a hot plate to keep the coffee in the carafe hot that has auto shut-off after two hours, and the capability to program up to 24 hours ahead.

And it really is low maintenance. For example, the filter pulls out easily for emptying and washing under the tap. And having the option of making a single cup or a carafe means that if you only brew for one then you don't have a large coffee pot to clean afterwards.

Two Coffee Makers in One

Remarkably for such a low price, the Hamilton Beach 49980A gives you two completely separate ways of brewing your coffee or other hot drink. The carafe makes up to 12 cups at a time - ideal for office use, entertaining guests or catering for a large family - and the single serve setting, with its multilevel cup rest, sill suits those of us who drink our coffee alone. And they each have their own reservoirs (holding 60 and 14 oz respectively).

The Regular/Bold setting gives you further control over the strength of your brew.

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Features and Specifications:

  • Programmable: Yes
  • Thermal carafe/mug: No
  • Small-batch setting: Yes
  • Brew-strength control: Yes
  • Dispenser-style: No
  • Dimensions H x W x D (in.): 14 x 12 x 10
  • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds
  • Two ways to brew your coffee - single serve or full pot
  • 12 cup glass carafe included or brew into a travel or regular sized mug using single serve function
  • Uses ground coffee - unique scoop measures and filters ground coffee for the perfect cup every time
  • Brew strength function for bold or regular coffee and fully programmable with auto shutoff
  • Durable stainless steel construction
Hamilton Beach 49980A
Hamilton Beach 49980

Pros and Cons

Pros: Travel mug included; easily switch from carafe to single serve and back (with separate reservoirs); program up to 24 hours ahead; auto shut-off; accepts senseo pods and coffee grinds as well as K-Cups.

Cons: If you like your coffee strong you may need to use the Bold setting.

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Here's a decent video review of this coffeemaker:

Customer Reviews and Scores

Well over 4 stars from over 3,050 reviews is the impressive score of the Hamilton Beach 49980A, with over 80 per cent of them being 5 or 4-star, at the time of writing.

What many people particularly like about this product is that it brews the Senseo pods, which are largely considered to be superior to the K-Cups in taste, as well as cheaper. Not only that, but it also accepts coffee grinds, making for even closer control over the exact taste of your brew.

The fact that you can choose the single brew option whenever you want, instead of potentially wasting coffee by brewing in the carafe, also goes down well.

Some reviewers have reported that this coffee maker produces weak coffee, though it's unclear whether they took advantage of the Bold setting that strengthens the brew. If they were using their own coffee grinds then it may be that they weren't putting enough in the filter. More enquiries need to be made on that aspect. Overall, though, this coffee maker is a hit with its users.

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Conclusion

The Hamilton Beach 49980A Two Way Brewer proves that you really can find a coffee maker not too expensive in price, with features on a par with much more expensive products, AND that has excellent reviews and a high overall score. To say nothing of its ability to serve up delicious coffee. Click on the Buy button below for more information.
Hamilton Beach 49980A
Hamilton Beach 49980A

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