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Hamilton Beach 46201 coffeemaker

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Summary: This Hamilton Beach 12-cup drip model has:
  • auto-shutoff
  • a removable reservoir
  • a cupcake-type filter.
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Type: 8- to 14-cup drip coffeemakers with carafe
About - Hamilton Beach 46201

The Hamilton Beach 46201 is part of the coffeemaker test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, drip coffeemaker models like the 46201 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Brew performance:
The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing.

Reflects ease of filling the reservoir, placing the filter, gauging the amount of coffee remaining, and cleaning up. It also reflects how clear we judged the controls.

Carafe handling:
Covers handle comfort, tendency to drip while pouring, balance of a full carafe, and how easy it was to empty the last liquid. Models with no score here brew into single-serve cups or are brew-and-dispense models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
About This Brand

Hamilton Beach is a major brand in small countertop appliances. Models include pods, single, and multiserve coffeemakers that are sold by almost all major retailers. This brand offers products from the lower to upper mid-price tier. Prices range from $15 to $180.

Features & Specs - Hamilton Beach 46201
info Programmable Yes
info Thermal carafe/mug No
info Small-batch setting Yes
info Brew-strength control Yes
info Dispenser-style No
info Dimensions H x W x D (in.) 14 x 8 x 11
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User Reviews - Hamilton Beach 46201
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Another one bites the dust
They Just Shut Off And Do
Best Uses
Wife got the first one for me as a gift. It made great coffee but after 4 months it shut off and never came back on. Hamilton beach said cut the cord and take a pic and they sent a new one. Great! Easy! However here we are 4 months later and the new coffee maker did exactly what the other one did. It's 5 am and I want my coffee and there is dead coffee maker! No error code. The outlett is fine. I think they are just junk. So I pull out the mr. Coffee circa 1986 and make a nice cup o joe. i am going to keep using my 30 year old coffee maker because it's just better than the new stuff. Period.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
Failure - less than a year old
Removable reservoir
Quit Functioning
Best Uses
What a shame as I liked the design with the removable reservoir; so easy to fill. But started getting occasional EA2 error messages in the display area about 4 months in. Would unplug to reset and it worked again. Now getting 19:19 error message about a minute into the brew and it just stops brewing. Tried reset and tried cleaning. Used it correctly and used filtered water as well. Not about to spend more money to ship it back.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Failed in 2 two months
Brews Quickly
Easy To Clean
Easy To Use
Large Pot
Multiple Settings
Best Uses
My unit failed after two months of daily use. In order to receive a replacement under warranty, I had to pay a $15 shipping and handling fee because the warranty doesn't cover shipping and handling. How bogus. If their coffee maker fails under warranty they shouldn't charge me for a new one. I wonder how long the new one will last.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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