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    Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew 49983 Coffee Maker

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    2-Way FlexBrew 49983
    This Hamilton Beach coffee maker has a drip-style with a carafe on the left side, and a single-serve brewer on the right. But Consumer Reports found the unit's carafe-warming plate to pose a potential hazard that was not present in the other tested dual-use coffee makers and has judged this product a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk." See our blog, which includes the company's response.
    Description
    This Hamilton Beach coffee maker has a drip-style with a carafe on the left side, and a single-serve brewer on the right. But Consumer Reports found the unit's carafe-warming plate to pose a potential hazard that was not present in the other tested dual-use coffee makers and has judged this product a "Don't Buy: Safety Risk." See our blog, which includes the company's response.

    Ratings Scorecard

    Test Results

    Brew performance

    Brew performance

    The ability to reach 195° to 205° F for five or six minutes, the industry standard for optimal brewing and an indication of the coffee's concentration.

     /  5
    Convenience

    Convenience

    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.

     /  5
    Carafe handling

    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 self-serve models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.

     /  5
    Brew time

    Brew time

    Our measurements of time, rounded to the nearest minute, to brew a pot of coffee in its regular cycle, using 40 oz. of water in those models that make 8- 14 cups of coffee. The one- or two-mug drip models are based on 10 oz. of water.

     /  5

    About

    The Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew 49983 is part of the Coffee Makers test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Drip Coffee Makers models like the 2-Way FlexBrew 49983 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 and an indication of the coffee's concentration.

    Convenience 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 self-serve models. The latter hold the coffee in a tank; you fill your cup by pressing it against the dispenser lever.