Hamilton Beach (49980Z) Two Way Brewer Coffee Maker – Full Review






Making coffee at home sure beats wasting all that time standing in line at the cafe. It is much cheaper, too. Having your coffee ready and waiting for you when you get up in the morning is even better. With the Hamilton Beach Coffee maker that is just what you get – great tasting coffee hot and ready to enjoy.




This low-maintenance coffee maker is the best one on the market in this price range. The best part is that you can chose to brew just one cup in a travel mug for days when you don’t have time to drink your coffee at home. You can choose from basic to premium brews, and many other options.



Lets take a close look at more of the fabulous features this coffee maker has to offer:

  • Super fast brew times.
  • Durable stainless steel construction.
  • Large 12 cup carafe.
  • Separate brewer and water reservoir for 14 ounce stainless steel travel mug – included.
  • Individual serve side comes with a mesh coffee filter and has multiple levels so you can use a variety of different coffee cups or mugs. It also has a pod holder for soft coffee pods.
  • Brew selector lets you choose the strength of your coffee.
  • Super sleek control panel that is very easy to program.
  • Brewing can be set to start up to24 hours in advance.
  • Automatically shuts off after 2 hours.
  • Pause and serve feature allows you to grab a cup or two before the cycle is finished brewing.
  • Warming plate on the carafe side keeps coffee hot for up to 2 hours.



  Makes super hot coffee.
  Individual side is also great for a cup of tea.
  Look great in any kitchen.
  Easy to program.
  Very reliable.
  Carafe pours without dripping.
  Great price.



  The lid is permanently attached making it hard to clean.
  The ridges in the filter are hard to clean.
  There is no back up battery to keep the clock going during a power failure.
  Hot plate doesn’t keep the coffee very hot.
  It brews much slower when set on strong brew.



Questions and Answers

  “Does it hold the programmed time?”

It holds the time, but you have to make sure to turn it on so that it will begin to brew at the right time.

  “What size is the individual serving side?”

The individual serving side is adjustable to varying coffee cup or mug sizes, the maximum being just under 7″.

  “Can I use the single serve and carafe sides at the same time?”

No, only one side can be used at a time.

  “How long does it take to brew coffee?”

The individual serve side takes about 2 minutes and the carafe side takes about 10 minutes.

  “Do you have to use bottled water?”

No, ordinary tap water works just fine.

  “Can I use K cups?”

No, you have to use coffee ground or pods. To use K cups, you have to open the pack and pour the coffee into the filter.

  “Can you program the individual serve side?”

Yes, you can program either side, just make sure the switch is on the side you want. If you accidentally have the switch on the wrong side, it will not start.

  “Does it make a lot of noise when it’s brewing?”

No, it is very quiet. Unless you are sitting right next to the machine, you won’t even hear it.



The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Coffee Maker is a great machine. The single serve is perfect for people in a hurry. The large 12 cup carafe is great for larger families or for entertaining. The solid construction means that it will last for many years, and the price is incredible. It is like getting two high quality coffee makers for less than the price of one.



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3 Responses to “Hamilton Beach 49980Z Two Way Brewer – Full Review

  1. By: Tracey Evans
    Date: April 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm
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    I prefer coffee makers with a cone filter, so I was a bit disappointed to find that this one had a flat bottom. However, much to my delight, my cone filter fits in the basket quite nicely. It doesn’t fit snug, but it fits.

  2. By: Will Newsome
    Date: September 2, 2015 at 4:50 pm
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    I went out on a limb and chose this coffee maker after having some trouble deciding whether I’d like a new drip machine to replace my old one, or a single cup coffee maker. This one provides the best of both worlds, letting you use Senseo pods or whatever kind of ground coffee happens to be your favorite. It’s really convenient when I want just one cup of coffee, and it still gives me the option of making a big pot on rainy Saturday mornings. It would be nice if this machine took K cups as the other pods are a little hard to find. Otherwise no complaints, the coffee maker works wonderfully and we enjoy having it.

  3. By: Robin Rinier
    Date: December 20, 2015 at 1:33 pm
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    I have had my 2 way coffee maker for exactly 2 years now and loved to just recently. A few weeks now it has been leaking water out the bottom. Cleaned it at least once every two months. Not happy with this product at this point.

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