The Hamilton Beach “2-way” is one of my favorite coffee makers because it serves as both a single serve brewer and an actual coffee maker. If you want a quick cup of coffee, you’re good to go. If you have guests drop over unexpectedly, you’ll be able to brew 12-cups of coffee with the same coffee maker – it’s very convenient.
The exterior features a stainless-steel plated exterior that is both durable and aesthetically pleasing.
Design & Features
For an entry-level model, this coffee maker includes a lot of top-end features that make your coffee brewing even easier. Plus, how often do you come across a coffee maker than can brew two at once?!
- Two-way brewing.
- 12-cup glass carafe
- One-time filling reservoir.
- Pod holder.
- Regular or bold brew strength.
- 24-hour brew programming.
- 2-hour shut off.
Fast and easy to use. This model allows you to use coffee pods and even comes with a pod holder. Users that don’t like pods will be happy with the mesh filter that allows for ground coffee to be used.
A digital display allows you to schedule a brew 24-hours in advance. For anyone that loves hot coffee once they come home from work, you’ll love this feature.
When it comes to brewing, it’s fast and simple. Simply choose the brew strength: regular or bold, and then choose the size: single or carafe. This is an amazing option because you can brew a 14-ounce cup of coffee quickly if you don’t need to brew a whole pot of coffee. Or, you can choose to brew a 12-cup pot of coffee. The single-serve size does have a multilevel cup rest, so any cup will fit under the spigot.
I also appreciate that Hamilton Beach uses a glass carafe due to plastics leaving an off taste.
Easy Maintenance and Cleaning System
There isn’t a fancy cleaning cycle or any filters to change with this model. Instead, you’ll only need to clean the exterior and the pod or ground holder. The mesh coffee filter comes out and can run right under the sink. The glass carafe can also be cleaned with a sponge.
Durability & Longevity
Simple in design, Hamilton Beach models are known to last for years. Many users still use this model daily after 4 years of ownership. For the price, you really can’t expect much more in the durability and longevity department.
Expect to pay several hundreds of dollars for this model? You’re way off. This model costs just under $80.
- Dual brewing technology.
- 24-hour timer.
- Adjustable spigot.
- 2-hour safety shut off.
- Slow single-size brew.
I love the design of this model because it gives you the utmost in brewing options. The one area where I was slightly disappointed was the actual time it took to brew the single serve cup. Maybe I am spoiled by the 1 – 2 minute models, but I did expect it to be a little faster.
However, very few coffee makers offer this dual-brew option. For me, I am impressed with Hamilton Beach. This coffee maker never burns the coffee, extracts the utmost in flavor and comes at an unbeatable price.