"If you’re looking for an affordable coffee machine which allows you to entertain a group of people or simply make a great coffee for yourself, take a look at the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew."
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976) is a remarkably innovative coffee machine considering it has a very affordable price of between $80 and $120. This coffee machine really stands out amongst its competitors as it has the dual function of creating both a single serve or a 12-cup carafe of coffee. You can even use both pods or ground coffee with this device. If you’re looking for an affordable coffee machine which allows you to entertain a group of people or simply make a great coffee for yourself, take a look at the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976).
The FlexBrew (49976) is pretty compact considering its versatility, measuring in at 13.9 inches tall and 10.24 inches wide. It comes in a plain black finish which would suit most modern domestic kitchens. Unfortunately, the casing is plastic however, this is an understandable way in which Hamilton Beach have kept costs low. Especially considering the fact that it will not affect the quality of the coffee that the machine produces.
The cup rest on the single serve side of this device is adjustable, which is always a good feature as it allows for either a cup or a mug. There is even room to accommodate an 8oz travel mug with the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976), so you can dash out if you’re running late in the morning. There is even a digital display on this great-value coffee machine, and its seamless design gives it a contemporary touch. The display shows you the options you’ve chosen as well as doubling up as a handy clock when the coffee machine is not in use.
The coffee customization options on the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976) are its greatest feature. One side of this coffee machine can be used for single serve coffee and the other for a full 12 cup carafe, this makes it perfect for entertaining as well as for a quick cup in the morning. The carafe side requires ground coffee, but you can also choose to use ground coffee on the single serve side. This will be great news for those of you who prefer the authentic taste of ground coffee, plus it helps to keep costs down as it is the cheapest form of coffee to buy.
Unfortunately, the carafe can only be completely filled, there is no option for a smaller serving. However, this is where the single serve comes in handy. You can choose between 8oz or 14oz on that side, so that you can match the size to your needs. There is no milk steamer on the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976) as it has been designed to create Americanos only. At such an affordable price though, you cannot expect it to do everything. Another surprising feature of this great-value coffee machine is the fact you can choose between regular and bold strengths, so you can create a coffee to suit your palette.
Ease of Use
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976) has some brilliant programmable features which is impressive for a budget-friendly coffee machine. For example, you can programme the timer and you can pause in the middle of a cycle. This can be handy if you fancy a cup of filter coffee part way through the carafe being filled. There is an auto-shut off feature after two hours of inactivity. You cannot choose the time for this like you can with a lot of other devices however, it is still a great environmental feature of this great-value coffee machine. You cannot programme the single serve side of the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976), but you wouldn’t really need to as it has such a simple function.
Other handy features include a drip tray that doubles up as a pod storage area, so you don’t have to search for pods every time you make a drink. The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976) also comes with ground coffee holders which help you to measure out the ideal amount of coffee. Paper filters are also required, but you will need to stock up on those yourself. In terms of cleaning and maintenance, the FlexBrew (49976) has a removable pod piercer, meaning it can be easily rinsed and you can avoid the system becoming clogged up. This, in turn, improves the longevity of this device, so its important to do.
The controls on this easy-to-use coffee machine are very straightforward. There are only 6 simple buttons, each with clear labeling, so you know exactly what you need to press depending on what you’d like the machine to do. Some might say the simplicity of the design reflects its low cost however, it has also been made this way on purpose in order to be straightforward to use. There are also two separate water reservoirs in the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew (49976), one for each function, and they each have obvious water level indicators. These are really handy features as they stop you from over or underfilling the water, which could cause a problem. The brew time has been described as a little slow by some users, but it is still fast enough for a quick morning coffee. Hamilton Beach even offer a one-year guarantee, in case you’re not happy with the FlexBrew (49976). However, we think this device ticks a lot of boxes and produces some great coffee.
To conclude, there are a surprising number of additional features that Hamilton Beach have included in their impressive FlexBrew (49976) coffee machine. Features like the pause function, coffee measurer and water indicators show how they have made sure they don’t cut corners when it comes to designing a budget-friendly coffee machine. This a great all-rounder, suitable for any occasion, that you can really rely on.