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Hamilton Beach 46201 Digital Coffeemaker Review

 
Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital Coffeemaker
Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital Coffeemaker
Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital Coffeemaker

 
Overview
 

Coffee Type:
 
Type: Programmable
 
Capacity: 12 cups
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Appearance
 
 
 
 
 


 
User-friendliness
 
 
 
 
 


 
Value for Money
 
 
 
 
 


 
Taste
 
 
 
 
 


 
Total Score
 
 
 
 
 
4.5/ 5


 

Product Features


  • Programmable.
  • 2 hour automatic shut-off.
  • Easy to read control panel.
  • Swing-out brew basket.
  • Wheeled base.
  • Removable water reservoir.
  • Bold, regular, and 1-4 cup brewing options.
  • BPA-free.
  • 1 year limited warranty.


  • Brief Summary

    The Hamilton Beach 46201 is a great coffee maker with a sleek design and a number of useful features which makes it an attractive purchase for those who love a quick and great-tasting cup of coffee. With a design that makes preparing easy and fast as well as some more basic features. This coffee maker has some impressive qualities that are worth taking a closer look at. Those who are looking to get a new coffee maker will certainly want to see what this one has to offer.

    Posted July 17, 2014 by

     
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    lthough it may look just like any other coffee maker at first, the Hamilton Beach 46201 is actually quite a convenient device for those who want to be able to make coffee quickly and easily each morning. Some of the features make this coffee maker very convenient to use, I will discuss these in detail below.

    My first impression of the building quality is excellent. The front has a nice brushed stainless steel look, even though it is made of plastic, and the front part of the sides has a polished black finish which fits perfectly in with the rest of the appliances in my kitchen.

    There is really nothing about this coffee maker that looks or feels flimsy, which is a huge plus. I have owned quite a few coffee makers that looked and felt cheap, but this is definitely not one of them.

    In the past I have had to deal with a strong plastic smell with new coffee makers, but that was not the case with this one. When I unpacked the coffee maker it of course had the new plastic smell, but it disappear fairly quickly and my first cup of joe didn’t have any strange taste.

    As all of Hamilton Beach’s products, the 46201 is made of BPA-free plastic in all areas where water or coffee can be in contact with. For all of us that care about our health and not want a cup full of toxin every morning this is great news.

    convenient swing out basketConvenient Features

    It is really the features that make this Hamilton Beach 46201 stand out from the rest of the drip coffee makers. When you use your drip coffee maker daily or maybe several times a day, you will appreciate some of these features which make the whole process of preparing and making coffee faster and easier.

    The first feature I would like to mention is the wheeled base which lets me place the machine underneath my cupboards (the machine is about 16 inches tall). The coffee maker has two wheels which makes it easy to pull the whole machine forward to be able to access the water reservoir. Even though the machine is standing on two wheels it still won’t move on its own.

    Filling up the water reservoir was easy and hassle-free, which is certainly not always the case with all of these machines. The water reservoir can be completely removed, simply by lifting it straight up. This allows you to fill it underneath the tap or with bottled water. The reservoir also has markings (1 to 12 cups) which let you fill to your desired level without any second guessing. A water filter can also be fitted in the reservoir, but unfortunately this does not come with the machine when you buy it.

    Hamilton Beach 46201 removable water reservoir

    Fill up the water reservoir conveniently under the tap.

    By pushing the chrome button on the right hand side of the coffee maker the basket swings open. This makes it extremely easy to put the actual ground coffee in the standard sized 12 cup filter.

    The electrical cord is about 24” long and the excess cord can be rolled up and stowed away in a small compartment for a tidier counter top.

    Programmable

    The Hamilton Beach 46201 is fully programmable which let you prepare the machine in advance and set the time you want the coffee to brew. It is very easy to set up, simply use the program button and set the desired time on the display.

    Another thing I like about the display is that I can easily see it even though the room is dark. It is not backlit, but has bright blue numbers which are clearly visible.

    Brewing and Serving

    When you have added water in the reservoir and coffee in the basket you can choose the strength of the coffee to either regular or bold. This is a great feature for us that love a strong cup of coffee in the morning. There is also a 1-4 cups option, which will optimize the brew cycle when you only have 1 to 4 cups of water in the reservoir to make sure the coffee taste the same as when you brew a full pot.

    This coffee maker brews quickly and my coffee was done slightly before I expected it to be, which was definitely nice. I timed the brewing time of a full 12 cup pot of coffee and it took about 10 minutes on the regular setting which is not bad at all. With the bold strength setting it will probably take a couple of extra minutes. It seems like the 900 wattage heating element does a great job of boiling the water fast and efficiently.

    Hamilton Beach 46201 12 Cup Digital CoffeemakerIf you can’t wait that long, the machine has a “brew pause” function which let you remove the carafe and pour a cup while it is still brewing. But remember to replace the carafe before the basket overflows.

    When I first turned it on and started brewing coffee, the first thing I noticed was how loud it was. While the noise this coffee maker makes may be tolerable, I definitely would have preferred one that was a bit quieter. The machine makes some random gurgle noises when brewing, which my previous coffee maker didn’t make. I am not too fussed about it, but I thought I should mention it.

    I didn’t have any issues at all when it comes to using this machine the first time around and serving the coffee itself from the glass carafe was very easy as well with absolutely no spillage.

    The coffee was very hot when it came out and I have had absolutely no problems with the temperature as of yet. I tested the temperature after it had been sitting for a few minutes and it was about 175°F. The heating plate for the carafe does a good job of keeping the coffee hot and it even has a 2 hour automatic shut-off function if you forget to turn your machine off before leaving the house.

    Cleaning the coffee maker

    This coffee maker is also very easy to clean by removing the water reservoir and basket. I am not sure if you can wash the reservoir and basket in a dishwasher, but the glass carafe can be at least be washed in the dishwasher.

    Conclusion

    The Hamilton Beach 46201 coffeemaker definitely has quite a bit to offer in the way of convenient features as well as a nice-looking and sturdy design. The exterior of the coffee maker is very nice with a modern-looking design.

    The coffee that this machine makes is always hot and tastes great, so I have absolutely no complaints there. I especially liked the wheels on the base which allows me to place it underneath my cupboards. I gave this coffee maker a well-deserved full score on the user-friendliness for its features and ease of use.

    Those who are looking for a semi-compact sized coffee maker this might be your best option. I have purchased a lot of coffee makers over the years and this one is by far one of the best investments I have made.

    Pros

    • Large Capacity.
    • Brews Quickly.
    • Inexpensive.

    Cons

    • Slightly noisy.

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