Hamilton Beach Two-Way Coffee Brewer Review

A Versatile Machine

As of this writing, I have owned this Hamilton Beach Coffee Brewer for three years and it is like having two coffee makers in one! One of its best features is that it allows me to brew from one to twelve cups of coffee into a regular mug, travel cup, or the included glass carafe. I can choose from the regular setting or the bold, use premeasured coffee pods or freshly ground coffee beans.

I can even set a timer to have my coffee ready for me when I wake up; how cool is that? (Or should I say, “hot”?)

About the Machine

Product: Hamilton Beach Two-Way Coffee Brewer

Model: 49980A

Serving size: Single serve or Carafe

Coffee Type: Pods or ground coffee

Color: Black/Stainless Steel

Material Type: Plastic

Dimensions (inches): 13.9 H x 12.23 W x 11.08 D


It’s so easy to brew by the cup

Photo by Alexandru G. STAVRICĂ on Unsplash

Brewing great coffee at home has never been easier. Most of the time, we brew coffee directly into our insulated travel mugs like this:

  1. Fill the clean travel cup with water.
  2. Pour the water into the appropriate reservoir.
  3. Insert coffee pod or ground coffee into pod holder.
  4. Push the “brew” button.

That’s all there is to it! Almost immediately, the delightful scent of my favorite coffee infuses the air and fills me with anticipation and begins to prepare me for the day ahead without having to wait in line and spend money on bitter or overly sweetened coffee-shop coffee. (I save that for special occasions and usually walk away feeling guilty or disappointed.)

Need a whole pot?

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It’s just as easy to brew a whole pot or even half a pot, or however much you need. Here’s how:

  1. Fill the empty carafe to the line for the number of cups you want, from 2-12 cups.
  2. Pour the water into the large reservoir.
  3. Insert filter and ground coffee into the brew basket.
  4. Select “regular” or “bold”.
  5. Push the button.

Some additional features

  • Includes free Amazon tech support.
  • Easy to clean.

Single-serve side also includes 

  • Pod holder snaps onto the single-serve brew basket to hold soft pods.
  • Mesh filter for ground coffee if you don’t want to use the pods.
  • Brews up to 14 ounces in a travel mug or adjusts to fit a shorter cup.

Carafe-side also includes

  • Brew strength selector for brewing Regular or Bold preferred flavor/strength.
  • Nonstick, keep-hot warming plate on carafe side.
  • Programmable brewing time for up to 24 hours beforehand.
  • Carafe side reservoir has markings so you can pour directly from a jug or filter pitcher.
  • Automatic pause & serve feature for pouring a cup from the carafe while still brewing.
  • Programmable in case you want a pot of coffee ready for you when you wake up.
  • Automatic shut-off after two hours in case you forget to turn it off.

Some things you need to know

  • The travel mug is not included.
  • This coffee brewer is not designed to use K-cups.

My closing thoughts

This is an excellent, space saving, and versatile coffee brewer with many nice features at a reasonable price. I have been exceedingly happy with mine and it has over 5,000 ratings on Amazon. Click on the link below to purchase or to find additional information.

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. ~Theresa




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12 Replies to “Hamilton Beach Two-Way Coffee Brewer Review”

  1. Hi Theresa,

    First of all what a nice, clear and crisp site you have here, really pleasing to the eye, so to speak! Secondly COFFEE… So many of us need it eh? I like your post on the Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker, lots of relevant information. I may go for a look……

    Thanks, interesting post



  2. Hi Theresa, This Hamilton Beach Two-Way Coffee Brewer Review is helpful as it points out how Versatile it is. I can brew directly into a cup, travel mug or glass carafe. If there is only one coffee drinker in the house being able to brew right into a coffee mug is great idea. I’ll keep this one in mind.

  3. Hi Theresa, mmm I can almost smell your coffee post, from where I am in New Zealand. The Hamilton Beach 49980A single serve coffee maker, may be just what I am looking for, since I am the only coffee addict in my household (thank goodness!) – I love the fact that it can be timed upon my waking up 🙂
    Just one small question, is it quite light to carry? I can set it beside my bed and set it so that I can wake up to a lovely brew and aroma. I do a lot of work on my laptop and what better way to wake my brains each morning, sure beats a noisy alarm. Thank you for the review…I am going to def look into buying one.

  4. Hi Theresa! Thank you for this review!
    I love coffee to start with. I always have this idea that when i make my coffee, it is just for me, single serve in other words. But this Hamilton Beach sounds interesting coz you can brew for one or for 5 or more cups.
    I think, i am going to check it out.
    All the best!

    1. Hi Hannah! I really love the 2 in 1 brewing options that this Hamilton Beach Coffee Brewer offers. We use the single-serve option throughout the day but on occasion, it is nice to brew a whole pot.

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