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.
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.
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
Programmable Programmable models have a clock and can be set to brew at a specified time.
Thermal carafe/mug Keeps coffee warm for about four hours; thermal mugs don't hold heat as well.
Small-batch setting Claims to let you make a partial pot without compromising coffee quality.
Brew-strength control Adjusts water flow to make weaker or stronger coffee.
Dispenser-style Dispenser models, which we call brew-and-dispense, hold the brew in a heated tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.
Dimensions H x W x D (in.) The height, width, and depth of the coffeemaker, in inches. Measurements are rounded up to the next whole inch.
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:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Greenville, MI
Easy To Use
Long Brew Time
Less than a year old and takes an hour to brew. Started out working great and downhill from there. I have ran cleaner thru it and it still does not help. I use filtered water also. Will not buy another Hamilton Beach product.