" This formidable coffee machine stands out from the crowd with its slim stainless-steel design and produces great quality coffee at a very low cost."
If you’re looking for a no-fuss, top-quality coffee machine with style, look no further than the Hamilton Beach 49981A. This formidable coffee machine stands out from the crowd with its slim stainless-steel design and produces great quality coffee at a very low cost. Hamilton Beach have cut down on any unnecessary bells and whistles, meaning you can get your hands on a Hamilton Beach 49981A for between $40 and $70. In return, you’re getting an easy to use, great-value coffee machine which will give you a perfect cup of coffee every time.
The Hamilton Beach 49981A exceeds its competitors in the race for best coffee machine, with its eye-catching design. The 49981A is made entirely from shiny stainless steel with a couple of unobtrusive bands of black plastic. The overall design is very simple, with even the control buttons being in-keeping and subtle. Compared to other coffee machines on the market the Hamilton Beach 49981A has an elegant, professional look, which would give an expert touch to any domestic kitchen.
If you’re often out and about, it will be good news to you that the 49981A is travel mug compatible. You can even get travel mugs to match, with a black and steel finish. This stylish coffee machine also measures up at only 7.6 inches wide and 5 inches tall, meaning it will barely impact on your kitchen counter space. Another great style feature from this great value coffee machine.
The Hamilton Beach 49981A is a single serve coffee machine. For this reason, the 49981A may not suit bigger families or entertaining larger groups of people however, it creates some top-quality coffee, and fast. You can choose between two size settings, an 8oz or 14oz cup, so you certainly won’t be left feeling thirsty. This top-quality coffee machine also uses ground coffee rather than pods. Not only does this help you to save money as ground coffee is the notoriously less expensive option, but it also gives you a more authentic coffee taste experience. Ground coffee is available from many different brands and in many different strengths and flavors too, so you’re not missing out. Be careful when using finely ground coffee such as de-caff however, as this can sometimes cause the reservoir to overflow.
There is no steam wand on the Hamilton Beach 49981A, so you cannot make milk-based drinks like cappuccinos or lattes with it. However, there are plenty of separate milk steamers available to buy, if you really want to be able to do this. In terms of flavor, the 49981A has a setting which allows you to choose a bolder tasting coffee if that’s your preference, which is a great feature not found in many low budget coffee machines. Also, the temperature of the coffee once brewed is ready to drink, which a lot of people really appreciate. This does, however, mean that it does not last quite as long in a travel mug.
Ease of Use
The 49981A has some brilliant features designed to make it a very easy to use coffee machine. Controls have been kept to an absolute minimum with just two buttons; keeping things simple for the user. This really helps during those morning rushes. The coffee reservoir also has a very basic, flip-up lid which allows for easy insertion of coffee grounds. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Hamilton Beach have also included a number of additional features which make this a great-value coffee machine. For example, the integrated drip tray helps you to keep things mess-free, and the integrated adjustable stand means you can use anything from an 8oz cup to a 14oz travel mug with this machine.
The 49981A also has some eco-friendly features such as an automatic shut-off after each brewing cycle has completed. So, you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of treating yourself to great quality coffee. The entire brewing process from start to finish, for an 8oz cup is just 90 seconds. This is about average compared to its competitors however, it is still quick. This is another feature designed to help you speed up your morning routine. Hamilton Beach have included a coffee scoop in the price of this great-value coffee machine too, so that you can measure out exactly the right amount of coffee grounds each time.
Due to cutbacks that Hamilton Beach have made to get this top-quality coffee machine down to an affordable price, there are a couple of areas which require a little more effort from the user. For example, they recommend rinsing the filters after each use to keep things running smoothly and to avoid any blockages. Furthermore, to make sure the machine is compact, the water reservoir also only has a 14oz capacity. This means you will need to top it up after every cup.
Lastly, the Hamilton Beach 49981A has excellent build quality thanks to its durable stainless-steel composition. This coffee machine would be a long-lasting addition to your kitchen, helping you to save even more money. The 49981A even comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s guarantee, giving you further reassurance that this really is a reliable, top-quality coffee machine.
The Hamilton Beach 49981A coffee machine is a perfect example of how to balance price and functionality. The 49981A has some brilliant features to help keep the brewing process simple, quick and easy for you during that morning rush. However, there are a few extra steps needed compared to most of the competitor models, such as re-filling the water reservoir and rinsing the filters regularly. Overall, the Hamilton Beach 49981A produces great-quality coffee for a much lower cost, without sacrificing too much.