2-Way FlexBrew Coffeemaker
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Versatile, two-way coffeemaker uses K-cups, pods, and grounds

If you can’t decide between a single-serve coffeemaker that uses K-cups, pods, or grounds, you can have it all with the Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew coffeemaker. With one side designed to fill a carafe and the other for single cups, you can brew coffee for a party or just yourself. This article will highlight the FlexBrew’s many strengths and also some flaws with the product.

Brew single serving or pot

When you’re up by yourself and just want a cup of coffee or tea, the single-serve side of the brewer 10 ounces of a fresh, hot beverage. This is great for everyday when just you or a few others want coffee. The other side is reminiscent of a traditional coffee maker and brews up to 12 cups.

Works with K-cups, soft pods, and ground coffee

The 2-Way FlexBrew is capable of making coffee and tea three different ways. It comes with a basket that uses traditional coffee filters for any kind of ground coffee you like. A tray for individual servings of ground coffee or coffee pods goes in the single-serve side, while the other insert is for K-cups.

Programmable

You get full control over this brewer. The easy-to-use menu comes with a programmable timer and a choice of regular or bold brew strength for coffee. You can set the coffeemaker to begin brewing coffee so when you wake up, it will be ready for you.

Strengths

Versatile

The Hamilton Beach 49983 is very versatile and is perfect if you can’t make up your mind. Choose from coffee grounds, K-cups, or soft pods as well as the full range of hot drinks, from tea to hot cocoa to coffee. You also have the ability to make coffee for one or two, or twelve.

Easy to clean

Cleaning the 2-Way is very easy, which is especially important when you’re dealing with messy grounds. The brewer is made from strong, stainless steel that is easily wiped clean, while the filters are removable and dishwasher-safe.

Convenient

There are lots of features that make the 2-Way a convenient machine. The coffeemaker automatically shuts off when the brew cycle is complete and the cup rest is adjustable, so you use regular mugs or taller ones for traveling. When you first get your coffee maker, setting up is easy with the Quick Start guide and step-by-step brewing instructions.

Weaknesses

Only one single-serve size

The single-serve side of the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew only holds about 10 ounces, which is a pretty small cup for most people. The other alternative would be to make a full pot, which is also not super convenient.

Can’t brew pot and cup at same time

Though you do get the two-sided feature, you can’t use both at once. This is only a problem if you want to brew a pot of coffee and then another drink for a non-coffee drinker, but it’s just as easy to brew a single cup and then make the fresh pot.

Overall Review

The Hamilton Beach 49983 2-Way FlexBrew coffeemaker lets you take full advantage of all the different ways that various brands have been creating coffees, teas, and other hot drinks. When you’re finished, clean up is easy and most of the parts even go into the dishwasher. Using pods, cups, or grounds, you can make a wide range of hot drinks for you, your family, or a big dinner party.