The Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer is a versatile, sleek, and affordable auto drip coffee maker. Introduced in May 2011, this is still a relatively new model that has already established itself as one of the top value coffee makers currently on the market.
For those of us who commute daily, enjoy a post-meal cup of joe, or frequently host dinner parties, this is a coffee maker that can do it all with no extra hassle. Additionally, you don’t even have to be a big coffee drinker (shame on you) to enjoy this machine, as it is also a great option for making tea, hot chocolate, or any other hot drink that you can think of.
So what are some of the best features of the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer? Keep reading!
Please note: Although I am reviewing this top rated coffee maker, I have no experience using it. Instead, I summarize all of the most helpful reviews on this coffee maker from around the web. I do my best to make the reviews completely unbiased, making sure to cover both the positives and negatives of every coffee maker I review. Visit the about page to learn more…or feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
- Makes hot coffee.
- Can brew a single cup of coffee, or 12 cups of coffee. It’s up to you!
- Single-cup brewer holds coffee mugs and thermoses of practically any size.
- No-spill carafe.
- Auto shut-off after 2 hours.
- Uses Senseo® pods or your own ground coffee.
- Includes travel mug/thermos, permanent filter (for single-serve), and 16 coffee pods.
- BPA free
- Removable reservoir.
- Many parts are dishwasher safe.
- Not compatible with K-cups.
- Hot plate doesn’t keep coffee hot for very long.
- No hot plate on single-serve side.
- Can’t save multiple program settings.
- Included filter leaves fine grounds at bottom of cup.
- Lots of steam and moisture emitted.
- No paper filters for single-serve side.
Hot coffee, but drink it quickly!
One of the most frequently cited benefits of the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer is its ability to produce hot coffee. That is, comfortably hot coffee. Ironically, one of the number 1 complaints about this coffee maker is that the coffee it makes it not hot enough.
So here’s our take: depending on whether you are brewing your coffee on the single-serve side or on the 12-cup side, your results will vary. The consensus on this coffee maker is that the coffee comes out piping hot no matter which side you are brewing on. However, if you are using the single-serve side the coffee will cool off considerably faster, as there is no hot plate on the single-serve side.
Still, not many consumers have raved about the hot plate on the 12-cup side, so if you are looking to drink your coffee half an hour after brewing, this probably isn’t the machine for you. Good news is that with the included travel mug, your coffee will stay warm if you do happen to wait half an hour before drinking it.
Finally, no spills
If you have ever owned any kind of coffee maker, you are far too familiar with the mess that comes with it. No matter how slowly/quickly you pour your coffee from the carafe, a spill or drip onto the counter is always around the corner.
Fortunately, that is not the case with this coffee maker. The folks at Hamilton Beach did a great job with the carafe, and this is one of the most highly cited benefits of this coffee maker.
No K-cups, but tea and hot chocolate make up for it
K-cup® fans out there will be sad to see that this machine is only compatible with coffee pods and ground coffee. However, this also includes the added benefit of using tea bags and hot chocolate pods for easy alternative single-serve options.
Given the absence of K-cup® functionality, this machine really makes up for it by offering so many single-serve drink options.
Breaking down the ratings one by one, the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer is one of the best coffee makers I’ve reviewed so far. Let’s take a look.
At $79 the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer is a bargain when compared to similar models. For a machine with this much versatility, you could do much worse for a price like this.
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Score: 4 stars
The Coffee Quality
It’s always tougher to make a great tasting cup of coffee with an automatic drip coffee maker. Fortunately, this is not an issue with this coffee maker. The consensus is that no matter which side of the machine you use, you will get great tasting coffee.
Score: 5 stars
The Coffee Maker Quality
This well-designed coffee maker only has a few fallbacks in the quality department. For one thing, the built-in filter isn’t perfect, often leaving behind coffee “sludge” at the bottom of the pot. The inconsistencies in maintaining a hot temperature on both side of the coffee maker also detract from the overall score. Otherwise, this is a top quality coffee maker.
Score: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use
Given all of the bells and whistles this machine comes equipped with, you would think that the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer would be difficult to use. Fortunately, that is not the case. The majority of reviewers have remarked how it is easy to use.
Score: 5 stars
Almost ever reviewer noted that this is an easy to clean machine. Additionally, the included parts are dishwasher safe.
Score: 5 stars
The majority of reviewers have had no issues with their machines as far as dysfunction goes, but there were still a number of reviewers who reported problems in short time periods. Good news is that the machine is covered by warranty and Hamilton Beach should send you a new one if something goes wrong.
Score: 3.5 stars
While this is 100% subjective, I feel that this machine looks pretty nice. I’ll leave it up to you to decide for yourself.
Score: 4 stars
You can get a single serving or a pot of coffee in under 5 minutes if you know what you’re doing. But a typical brew time will more likely fall in the 5-7 minute range. Let us know if you disagree.
Score: 4 stars
Not Made in USA
While I believe this coffee maker was originally made in the USA, it is now manufactured in China.
The Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer is best known for its ability to brew a single serving or an entire pot of coffee. The machine is also programmable, features a timer, auto shut-off, and includes a travel mug/thermos. All of this while maintaining an easy-to-use feel, this machine is a versatile as it gets.
Score: 5 stars
Watch the Two Way Brewer in Action
The Bottom Line
Currently, this is one of the top rated coffee makers out there for its price. After just one year on the market, the reviews for the Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer are overwhelmingly positive. My opinion is that even if you have a few doubts about the machine, it is probably worth giving it a try.
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