Hamilton Beach 49996 FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker, Black

Hamilton Beach 49996 FlexBrew Programmable Single-Serve Coffeemaker, Black

For brewing a personal cup of coffee at home or on-the-go, nothing's better than a single cup coffeemaker. The FlexBrewSingle-Serve Coffeemaker with removable water reservoir allows the flexibility of brewing freshly ground coffee one minute or a single-serve pack the next. A removable water reservoir lets you brew several cups without refilling with water every time. With its revolutionary method of brewing, the FlexBrewSingle-Serve Coffeemaker is the ideal solution for coffee drinkers who value flexibility in their morning routine. A new favorite among coffee enthusiasts for its convenience and user-friendly features, it makes fresh and delicious coffee using your favorite blend for and also has a single-serve pack holder for making a quick cup. Single-serve brewing lets each person have their favorite kind of coffee. Fast brewing means you can quickly make a hot and delicious cup to go before you head out in the morning.


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Very surprised to find how much larger this maker is, as compared to the Black & Decker single serve we own.
This maker is as large as many 14 cup brewers and nearly as big as our Kitchen Aid stand mixer (photos)
> But = if one can spare the space this brews a good cup of coffee = in 3 minutes,
hotter than can be drank - and when it stops - no dripping.

> This programmable maker accommodates single serve packs/compatible with any K-cups, and ground coffee.
It comes with two holders/baskets = a single serve pack holder with piercing needle & mesh basket for ground.

> Even thought the reservoir holds 44oz of water (after loss in steam etc = four 10oz cups) it's best to brew one cup at a time.
The mesh basket (to fill line) holds the right amount of coffee grounds for 2 cups, but the first cup will be strong
the second (with pressing the 'bold' button) = medium.

> Choose size amounts of 8oz - 10oz - 14oz. with one touch, plus regular or 'bold' brewing.
The brew cycle can be stopped at any time to switch to a smaller cup size.

> A neat feature is the 2 1/2" tall removable cup/coffee cup rest insert.
It's base will hold up to 12oz of over flowed liquid (photo)
When used it allows 5" of clearance for coffee cups.
When removed - can use 6 3/4" travel cup - with 1/2" clearance.

> The letters on the LED clock are 1/2" tall and easy to see = but back-light goes off after coffees brewed.

> The maker is nearly 14" tall - 7 1/2" wide (at widest point) - 10 1/2" deep.
If used under a cabinet it'll need to be at least 5" out from wall to get finger tips under the handle
on the 4" thick reservoir to pull it out of it's 4" inset nest in the back of the maker.

> The reservoir has 2 hooks at top which pull up off maker housing to remove (photo)
It seems these may need cared for to not brake them off, as they hold the reservoir secure in it's nest.

> The pot brews coffee steaming hot = to 185 degrees (photo)
Water reservoir holds 5 1/4 cups water = 44oz.

> Will need occasionally thoroughly cleaned = when the reservoir is empty,
the base of the maker itself still holds 2 Tablespoons of water.

Uses = 1450 watts.
Interesting warranty = covered for 5 yrs from date of purchased in Canada - 1 yr U.S.A.

I have a previous FlexBrew that I really love and will keep just in case. However, this unit goes beyond my hopes in ease of use, accurate measurement of water and lack of steam rising in the brew process. With less than a week of use, I can't comment on longevity, but hope it lasts a couple of years at least.

P.S.: My first impression stands - nice unit. Started having trouble with the needle needing to be cleaned. The type of Kcup I was using could well be the cause of that. However, today it started overfilling. I unplugged it and am hoping that clears its brain. If not, I still have the box and could send it back.

I'm not sending this unit back. One brand of Kcup seems to clog the needle more than the others - not buying that brand anymore. The water dispensing situation was resolved when I stopped fiddling and settled on a consistent size cup to brew. I also need to keep track of how many cups I have brewed so it doesn't run dry in the middle of a cup. Adding water then can cause an overflow.

I've been using this now for about 6 months since my Keurig died on me.

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is a nice and much cheaper option for K-Cup coffee as well as brewing your own coffee grounds.

Compared to anything but the single-cup Keurig machines, the FlexBrew is narrower, but taller. It takes up slightly less counter space as a result, and this was a plus in my book.

The interface for the machine is icon-based, and simple for even the most technophobic users. As long as you don't outright unplug the machine, it will remember your prior choice for brewing size and strength, meaning you only have to hit the big brewing button to get coffee.

I do not use the programmable function, but setting the clock was fairly simple.

The FlexBrew earns its name by having two ways to make coffee, either using standard K-Cup style pods or by inserting a small reusable filter basket. The K-Cups work with no problem, and the filter basket just involves spooning in some coffee, emptying after use, and rinsing the basket. The design of the basket could be a little easier to clean, but it's not bad. This is a nice change from having to use a refillable pod (though you can still use this with this device).

The overflow tray at the bottom is removable, so you can brew a travel mug-sized coffee. The reservoir for water sits at the rear of the machine, is removable, and is much easier to handle for refilling than a Keurig machine.

After six months of use with mineralized water, the machine started brewing short sizes. This was due to mineral build up in the machine that resulted in the next cup being too full and overflowing. This was entirely my fault, as I didn't bother using anything but tap water.

This was easily fixed by running a handful of brew cycles with 1/4 white vinegar to 3/4 water, slowly replacing the mixture with just water until what comes out no longer smells like vinegar and has no mineral deposits. It took about 10 minutes of effort total, with 15 minutes of waiting in between the first set of brew cycles (to let the vinegar do its job).

This coffee maker is perfect for me. I'm single and I drink two cups of coffee every morning. I can use either bagged coffee or coffee pods. One thing I really love is that the coffee is hot. I can make a large (14 oz.) cup of coffee or a smaller (10 oz,?) cup of coffee. It's the perfect size for my counter and I don't have to pull it away from the wall to fill the reservoir. Just remove the reservoir from the back, fill it and pop it back in. The only thing I wish it had is a larger reservoir but then the coffee maker would be too big. I haven't owned anything by Hamilton Beach for many years. I hope it lasts a long time. I love it!

Update 6/2/2016: I still love this coffeemaker after 6 months of use. It brews every cup perfectly. There's only one thing that I don't like too much and that is that the coffee grounds seem to travel up and around the tip where the water comes out. I never overfill it and I never use the same grounds twice. If I don't clean it every day or so, it accumulates quite a few grounds up in there. I'm not sure what causes it but I wonder if the water pressure is too great and it causes kind of a splash effect that pushes the grounds out and up. It's not bothersome enough to return it or stop using it because it makes great coffee which is very hot.

I have waited to review. I have been using this coffee maker for about a month now and i am happy with it. I gave it only 4 stars because of two reasons. First, the color to me isn't like a true red. it is more like a dark mauve. If it wasn't such a bother to return for a different color i would have done so. Second, it does brew by regular brew, but i don't care for the way it brews it. You must be very aware of the grind of coffee you are using. I think mine was too fine, in turn it would go through the filter. I bought this to stop using k cups and make it cheaper to have coffee. This would probably work if the grind was not so fine. The things i did like is the price was very good, it is programmable, so unlike my keurig i wake up to a nice cup of coffee, something i missed when using my keurig. I went back to the k cups for the convenience, but nice to know i have the option to use without k cups. The size is not smaller than the Keuring, just different. Keurig is wide, HB is long. For me it wasn't a problem, i just put it in place of my Keurig.

We have had our unit about 6 weeks and have really been loving it! I had a Keurig before, the older model that you pour one cup of water in and then it brews (no selection on volume of coffee or bold/light, just plain jane Keurig). The Keurig we had was nice, but we really wanted the option of 1) selecting bold/light brew, 2) selecting coffee volume, 3) easier option to use regular coffee grounds, and 4) not having to pour water (usually spilling) in every time we wanted coffee. This brewing system does everything we want it to! I love that you can store the extra filter/pod holder in the little stand to put your coffee mug on when not in use, love that the stand is easily removed for taller mugs/travel cups, it is really simple to switch between pod and grounds, water storage tank is removable for easier filling, fast-brewing and consistent with whatever selections you choose. I feel like you just can't go wrong with this machine! I was considering getting one of the newer keurigs but now they scan the coffee pods and if you don't have the right type it won't work. How silly is that? We often buy variety pod packs on amazon and I don't want to ever worry if my coffee maker will be compatible. Fantastic machine for the price (I would have even spent more to get all of the features this has)!

This machine gets it done both ways. Pods, or your own favorite coffee. Three cup sizes, two brew strengths, and a fairly quick two minute turn around. Easy to clean, and holds about four cups of water. Beans get evenly and thoroughly saturated. The eight ounce setting works best. If you want 10 ounce use your own coffee, and fill the basket to the top of the max line. The coffee comes out at the perfect temperature.

Excellent, consistent, and dependable good coffee.

This Flexbrew is replacing my old Keurig. I didn't want to be told what brand K-cups to buy. My husband and I are thrilled with this brewer! It not only uses K-cups but can brew coffee grounds of any brand. Easy to fill and use and adjust your cup size and have a bold or light cup. So far so good!

We bought this machine on Aug. 22, 2016 and it has been our go to since. It serves the purpose of having coffee at will. Also, since it came with the "ecobrew" basket, we can use our grounds in it and not have to buy k-cups all the time (me being the frugal one in the house tends to do this more often...) And do not have to have exclusive Keurig k-cups... it will take any brand.

It is probably not a "complete" cost saving tool, as the cost of liquid coffee daily is more per pod than a full brewed pot, but we do waste less. This "on demand" method of coffee seems to be the way to go (at least for our family.)

I recommend this brewer. One draw back - I would have lowered my review to 4 1/2 stars if I could - wish the water reservoir was a little bigger.

So far so good it works well and the coffee is very hot. The best part is it's programmable. I love waking up to fresh hot coffee next to my bed without having to get out of bed.

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