Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3

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We looked at the top 1 Coffee Makers and dug through the reviews from 5 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Consumer Reports, The Coffee Concierge and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Coffee Maker you should buy.

Overall Take

For an affordable price, this easy-to-use model turns out a tasty cup of coffee. Some additional features, like an automatic shut-off to keep your coffee from burning, give it an extra edge. After taking this coffee maker out of the box, we noticed its smart design — there's a button that pops open the door for coffee grounds and the carafe fits snugly into the coffe maker. In our analysis of 97 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker placed 3rd when we looked at the top 16 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 3, 2019:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
8.1
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.0
1,240 user reviews
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What experts liked
After considering 17 cheap coffee makers and testing the six most promising candidates, we think that the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205) is the best. For a little more than the price of three bags of specialty coffee beans, you get a machine that reliably makes a solid cup of coffee—even if you’re brewing pre-ground stuff from the grocery store. In addition to winning over our tasting panel of pro coffee roasters, it has a host of user-friendly features that testers loved—like a removable water reservoir and a programmable auto-brew timer. Best of all, it was the cheapest model we tested.
- New York Times Wirecutter
July 28, 2017 | Full review
Highs: Especially convenient to use, based on our judgments of setup, operation, and cleanup. - The carafe was fairly easy to use, hold, pour from and empty. - In a challenging test of coffee makers, we also brewed a full pot using a filter filled nearly to the top, as some consumers might. In this test, this model did not overflow.
- Consumer Reports
This coffeemaker has a timer and clock that can start your coffee before you wake up in the morning, and also has an automatic shut-off after 2 hours to ensure your coffee doesn't burn. The burner temperature can be changed with the push of a button, so you can cool it down to keep your coffee fresh longer. In addition, there are three brew settings that you can change depending on your needs and wants. The buttons are fairly simple to master, and the water reservoir is removable, so there's no more need for other vessels. The filter basket swings out with a release button, meaning you don't have to pull the entire coffeemaker out to open the top lid. On the whole, quite easy.
- The Coffee Concierge
No need to stand by the machine till your cup gets ready. This product gives you automatic pause and serve option, considering your high comfort and ease. Removable water reservoir, filter baskets, and tank for ease of cleaning.
- Espresso Tune
Even though you forget to turn off the device, the machine shuts down after 2 hours.While you pour in your favorite coffee, the default setting of pause and serve is turned on. This keeps you safe after you have lifted the carafe from this place.
- Coffee Maker
August 31, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Low: Fell short of recommended guidelines for brew temperature and duration.
- Consumer Reports
Unfortunately the electronics often break down within a year. It still makes a great cup of coffee, but you'll wish they still worked.
- The Coffee Concierge
It may take a bit longer when it comes to brew a number of coffee mugs. Be careful with the steam it releases, as it may damage the upper surface if it’s too close.
- Espresso Tune

From The Manufacturer

Hamilton Beach 12 Cup coffee makers make consistently fresh, flavorful coffee - whether you're brewing a few cups or serving a large group. Attractive, functional and easy to clean, Hamilton Beach 12 Cup coffee makers help you serve great coffee and look great on your countertop.

Overall Product Rankings

1. OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Cuisinart DCC-3200
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
3. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
4. Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
6. Cuisinart DCC-1200
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable coffee maker
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
10. Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
11. Breville Precision Brewer
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 5
12. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5
14. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 5
15. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Motif Elements
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Coffee Makers

When you rely on a daily cup of coffee (or more!) to get your day off to a good start, a great home coffee maker is essential. While you can certainly still use a French press or even an old-school stovetop coffee maker, these days, most people rely on an automatic drip coffee maker for their day-to-day coffee needs. An automatic coffee maker uses ground beans and filters.

Whether you want a basic model that will simply brew and pour, or something more elaborate like the Ninja Coffee Bar CF094 (capable of making specialty beverages, such as flat whites, lattes and mochaccinos), there’s a coffee maker for every type of drinker out there.

Some other features you may be interested in are the ability to program your maker (essential for those who can’t do a thing before their first cup of coffee in the morning), brew time and adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, the Cuisinart DCC-3200 has an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffeemaker, has an automatic shut-off feature.

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Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee, like the OXO 9-Cup Coffee Maker, which has an automatic pre-infusion cycle. This feature pre-wets the coffee before it begins to brew, which improves the extraction process. The extraction process determines how smooth or bitter the coffee will taste.

Another factor to keep in mind is the size of your maker. Since it will likely have a permanent spot on your kitchen countertop, you want to be sure it will easily fit and match the aesthetic of your space. Many machines these days have a sleek and stylish look that will seamlessly fit in with a variety of styles.

A higher price tag does not always mean a better product when it comes to coffee makers. But like any appliance, quality will determine how long it will serve you. Be sure to check out the warranty options available and factor in how much use you plan to give your maker while deciding how much you’re willing to invest in the right coffee maker.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first drip coffee maker was invented by Melitta Bentz in 1908. However, people have been enjoying bean juice for way longer than that. The Turks were brewing coffee all the way back in 575 AD.

These days, people still love their java. Americans drink an average of three cups of joe a day. About 66 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States per year. While it may seem like everyone heads to their local coffee shop for their morning beverage, a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association found that 79 percent of Americans said they had a cup of coffee at home the previous day. Meanwhile, only 36 percent got their caffeine fix outside the home. Score one for the coffee makers!

The Coffee Maker Buying Guide

  • For the best brew, start with quality beans. A lot of people prefer to grind their own rather than buy already ground coffee.
  • To keep those beans super fresh, be sure to store them properly. That means using a sealed container with a one-way valve or a good, old-fashioned mason jar.
  • You could also roast your own beans. There are a number of methods you can use, like roasting them in an oven or a pan or grill.
  • While it may be tempting to wing it, measuring your coffee will give you better control over its strength and flavor. Try a ratio of about one part coffee to 20 parts water.
  • Speaking of water, the quality of your H20 matters. Try lightly filtered water from the refrigerator or a pitcher with a filtering device.
  • Are you the type to heat up your leftover coffee from the morning when the afternoon slump hits? Although old coffee is unlikely to make you sick, it probably won’t taste that great. That’s because coffee starts to lose its flavor just 30 minutes after it’s brewed. Within about four hours, the oils begin to go bad, which will further compromise the coffee’s taste. Your best bet is to brew a fresh pot.
  • Keeping your coffee maker clean is a key component of maintaining its functionality. Wash removable parts after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher. Your carafe should be cleaned daily as well. On a monthly basis, you should “brew” a solution of vinegar and water to break down mineral buildup.
  • Depending on the quality, the frequency of use and its overall maintenance, a coffee maker can last anywhere from a few years to a few decades. If the water is not getting hot enough, or it’s taking way too long to brew, it may be time to replace your coffee maker.
  • If you want that coffeehouse taste at home, you don’t need a bunch of syrups or a super fancy coffee maker. Instead, you can actually use your traditional drip coffee maker and some common spices that you probably have on hand, such as ground cinnamon or nutmeg. Stirring in a few pieces of chocolate makes for an indulgent treat, too.