Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Brewer Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

Last updated date: June 16, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Brewer Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

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Overall Take

Want your coffee waiting for you the moment you wake up? This coffee maker is programmable, which means you can set it to brew the exact hour you plan on waking up. It's also able to brew in both a 14-ounce travel mug and a 12-cup coffee pot. In our analysis of 132 expert reviews, the Hamilton Beach Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer Stainless Steel Coffee Maker placed 3rd when we looked at the top 20 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 16, 2020:
Checkout The Best Coffee Maker for a detailed review of all the top coffee makers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.0
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
14,172 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Filter not needed for the single-cup side, as it includes a removable filter basket for ground coffee or soft coffee pods. Adjustable height on the single-serve size to accommodate cups and taller travel mugs. Can set timer for up to 24 hours ahead.
- BestReviews
With a variety of volumes to choose from, the two different brewing methods also create more options to choose from.
- Roasty
The programmable timer is easy to work and everything about this machine is designed with ease of use in mind. The ease of use, great tasting coffee and sleek design make a fantastic buy.
- Dripped Coffee
Most parts are dishwasher safe
- The Coffee Concierge
Other features of the Hamilton Beach 2 in 1 coffee maker include durable stainless steel, carafe-side water reservoir with extra large capacity and measurement markings, adjustable drip tray, brew strength selector with easy to use control panel display, minimal bench-top space required.
- Creators of Coffee
The Hamilton Beach 49980A is compact, simple to operate, and capable of delivering single serve or full pot coffee brews. In addition, you can choose between ground coffee or pods.
- Coffee Dorks
It allows you to select the brew strength from regular and bold.
- Joe Coffee Beans
There’s the programmable timer that also has a neat auto shutoff feature that triggers if the coffee machine has been sitting idle for 2 hours straight.
- Coffee Lifious
I also liked how the single serve side of the 49980A comes with a mesh basket filter which eliminates the need for filter papers. This filter is also compatible with both coffee grounds and coffee pods.
- Full Moon Cafe
Makes bold, delicious coffee.
- Nerd Wallet
What experts didn't like
Cannot be used with K-Cups. No permanent filter included on carafe side, so will need extra filters.
- BestReviews
Unfortunately, the Hamilton is not able to brew both the carafe side and the single-serve side at the same time.
- Roasty
The only real downside to this machine is that the pod holder isn’t compatible with Keurig K-cups which are probably the most popular and easiest pods to get hold of.
- Dripped Coffee
Lots of steam and moisture emitted.
- The Coffee Concierge
Hard to clean
- Coffee Dorks
You cannot adjust the temperature.
- Joe Coffee Beans
The pod holder is not compatible with Keurig K-cups.
- Full Moon Cafe
Bulky, too tall for low cabinets.
- Nerd Wallet

From The Manufacturer

Brew two ways: enjoy either a single-serve cup (travel mug not included) or full pot of Coffee with the 12-cup carafe. Fully programmable: wake up to a hot cup of Coffee with fully programmable functionality and auto-shutoff. Adjusts to your cup: can brew directly into the carafe, a travel mug (not included) or a short cup(not included). Convenient single-serve: brew a cup for one Using loose, ground Coffee. Smart features: includes brew strength Selector (regular or bold), Keep-hot warming plate and more. Note: Travel mug or cup not included.

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BLACK+DECKER CM1160B Programmable Coffee Maker
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Expert Reviews: 5
Mr. Coffee SK13-RB 12-Cup Coffee Maker
5. Mr. Coffee SK13-RB 12-Cup Coffee Maker
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 6
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
6. Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker (46205)
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 5
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8. Bonavita Metropolitan
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
OXO On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
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Cuisinart DCC-1200
10. Cuisinart DCC-1200
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Ninja Coffee Bar CF085
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Bunn Heat N’ Brew 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
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Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 7
Breville The Grind Control
13. Breville The Grind Control
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 5
Pour-Over Coffee Brewer
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Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 4
Bonavita 1900
15. Bonavita 1900
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 9
Breville Precision Brewer
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Overall Score: 7.3
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Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
17. Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker (KF7150BK)
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6
Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
18. Bonavita BV1901TS Connoisseur
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Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
19. Black + Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker (CM2035B)
Overall Score: 6.5
Expert Reviews: 6
Motif Elements
20. 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.

“Electric coffee makers take the guesswork out of making a perfect cup of joe,” explains culinary expert Julie Chernoff, food journalist, dining editor of Better magazine and member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. “For us creatures of habit — which describes pretty much any coffee drinker that takes time to make coffee at home — it’s all about consistency, reliability, and speed. And given the price of coffee today, you want to know what you’re getting every time. Considering you can brew a 10-cup pot of coffee at home for less than what you shell out for a single coffee at the local café, it’s also a money saver.”

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

First, look at how much capacity you need. How many coffee drinkers live in your house, and how much of it do they drink? You may need just a small, one-cup brewer. Or, if you have multiple people who love their cappuccinos, you may wish for a fancier alternative with more options.

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 ability to adjust the strength of your brew. Many makers also have convenience features. For example, one model may have an adjustable keep-warm temperature-control function, while another is equipped with an automatic shut-off feature.

“An automatic shut-off timer is essential as a safety feature to help avoid evaporation and scorching,” Chernoff says, especially if you like to grab coffee while heading out or if you prefer to drink your coffee over the course of a few hours. “Timers that allow you to set up your coffee the night before and pre-determine when brewing starts in the morning are a lovely option. All-in-one machines that offer built-in grinders as part of the coffee-making process are not essential, but an added layer of luxury that you may or may not need.”

Other models are designed to perfect the taste of your coffee using 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. Measure your space before you purchase, especially if you need to fit your coffee maker under a cabinet.

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 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.

DWYM 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.