1. We love our new Hamiton Beach Flex Brew! I love the option of caraffe or cup. Works great with a houseful of different tastes and times of coffee drinkers. However we have one question: sometimes we still want to keep the pot warm after two hours. Can we just press the power/brew button? We were afraid it would try to heat up water in the reservoir (that isnt there) and damage the coffeemaker. Can you help us with this question? Thank you, Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa… Glad that you are enjoying the new Hamilton Beach Flex Brew. Yes, you can just turn the switch back to the pot and turn it on. It will try to heat water again but if this concerns you just add a small amount of water to the tank. That would not be enough to dilute your coffee and will keep your coffee hot for another two hours. If the coffee has sat there for two hours it might need a little diluting anyway. Thank you for commenting.

  2. Deb cleversy says:

    I have the cuisinart two way coffe brewer and when using the single serve side the water is not hot enough,my question is how and when does it heat the water?it seems when we put in pod and push cup size it starts to brew right away. How does the water get hot?? Thanks other we love it just enjoy very hot coffee


    1. Hi there Deb,

      I am glad that you are enjoying your Cuisinart Coffee Maker. The Cuisinart has an on/off switch which should be kept on in order for the elements to be ready to brew hot coffee. You only need to turn it off if the pot is empty and the warmer plate is still on. I will turn mine back on if that is the case so it will be ready to brew hot coffee instead of waiting. The machine will delay a brew slightly if it needs to warm up but your coffee will be hotter if you have it on to preheat first.

      Also, I can tell you that it makes a difference as to what kind of cup you brew it into. If you are using an ordinary ceramic cup, you might want to consider prewarming that cup with very hot water before brewing your coffee. The reason for that is the cup takes away some of the heat from the coffee if it is cold.

      On the Pot side there is an option for keeping the carafe warm by selecting either low, medium or high. Of course, there is no need to keep the cup warm. You just want it to be hot enough to start with. If you add milk or cream to your coffee trying heating that in the microwave and then brewing your coffee. I do hope this helps as it is indeed a great coffee maker.

  3. Kim Kennedy says:

    I purchased the Cuisinart coffee duo system. I was so excited when it arrived, but the single serve side was awful! Back to the store it went. The liquid would spray all over the place! And yes, I did read the instructions and yes, I lined up the arrows!

    1. Hi Kim,
      Thank you for your feedback. Jay already had a Cuisinart but neither of us had this particular model. Your note prompted us to purchase this model and do our own testing. You had a right to be upset. I also thank you for providing more information about how you set the machine up so that we could duplicate what you did.

      As you can see, we have created an additional post (https://www.smartchoicesforthehome.com/before-you-buy-a-cuisinart-coffee-center/) documenting my own experience with the Cuisinart Coffee Center. We took our time testing it out as we did not know if any further problems would develop. We were able to determine the cause of your problem and found a simple solution that enables me to enjoy some delicious coffee without having a mess on my hands. I do hope that you found a replacement that made you happy.

      We have contacted Cuisinart about the problem and made suggestions for their future instructions plus recommended that they also sell a raised platform with this model.

  4. Robert Parker says:

    I have the Hamilton Beach dual coffee maker and about every third time we brew a single cup it spews coffee and grounds all over the front. I have cleaned it and done everything you showed in your video, but it is still a problem.

    1. Hi Robert,
      Thanks for the feedback. For it to spew coffee grounds and coffee over the front there are two or three possibilities. The most likely possibility is that the pod holder has not been placed in the machine correctly or that the needles have clogged. When you are cleaning it are you using a paper clip to clean out the needles? That helps.

      Also make sure that when you place the capsule in the holder, that it is all the way down before closing the lid. When you close the lid and the pod is not fully down then that can cause problems. Just closing the lid to push it down can cause the needle to tear a hole in the foil lid of the pod that is larger than needed. You also may not have as large a hole in the bottom of the pod. When water flows in then it will fill the capsule with water and coffee and grounds can come out the front.

      Sometimes it is just a defect in the pod itself when the seal is not as secure as it should be around the rim. This is more likely to happen with cheaper made store brands than with name brands.

      If the machine itself was faulty then it would be every time no matter how you placed the pod inside. I sincerely hope that this helps you to get the coffee you enjoy without problems.

  5. Mary mauck says:

    Comparing Hamilton Beach 49976 with Hamilton Beach 49980z. Which is newer?

    1. Hi Mary,
      The model numbers can be confusing. However the 49976 is the newer model and is compatible with both the k cups and your own ground coffee. The older 49980z model is not kcup compatible. Hope that this helps.

  6. Stephanie Garewal says:

    I am considering purchasing the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew 2-Way Black Stainless Coffee Maker model # 49958. It appears to be similar to model #49976 only a stainless version?? I do want the option to use k cups and my own ground coffee. Can you tell if these models are similar?

    1. Hello Stephanie,
      I am not familiar with model #49958 and cannot find a reference for it. Were you perhaps referring to model #49968 instead? That model is a great choice as well as long as you do not want the 12 cup carafe. It is for single cups in 8, 10, or 14 ounce sizes. You may use either pre-made pods or your own favorite ground coffee just like in the #49976 model. The only other difference is that this one also has a 40 ounce reservoir.

  7. Ellen Hayes says:

    Hello, Thank you for your reviews of these coffee makers. They are very helpful.
    My question is about flavored coffee vs. regular coffee from either brand. Will there still be a hint of flavor in your regular coffee, either a carafe or single serve, if you made flavored coffee prior to making regular? I have had that experience in other coffee makers.

    1. Hello Ellen,
      I am glad that our reviews are helping you to find the information that you need. Regarding the flavored coffee vs. regular coffee, Whichever you use, the key is to wash the components thoroughly in soapy water before changing from one to another. Sometimes people forget that there are more components underneath the filter itself, (in some machines) that also is touched by the coffee dripping down. Be sure that these are also cleaned.

      It would be much easier to keep the flavors separate using the single serve function. That is because you can purchase additional reusable filters for use only for the flavored variety. For instance, In my Cuisinart I have additional filters that fit in my machine just like a coffee pod. I use the Ekobrew brand that you can find in most grocery stores. Amazon has them too here. They fit the Cuisinart but not the Hamilton Beach. It is made a little differently.
      You also could simply use the provided reusable filters that come with both machines.

      Anytime you change from coffee to tea or a flavored variety in any machine, it is best to use equipment that is easy to wash and rinse to avoid having the flavors linger over to the next style.

      I do hope that this helps you and you are able to enjoy your own choice blend without hindering someone else and theirs.
      Take care now.

  8. Looks like the Cuisinart would be my choice except for the reusable filter. Can you use a paper filter with the Cuisinart? I hate the mess of washing out the reusable metal filters in those type of machines.

    1. Yes you can and that is what I usually do as well. I prefer to use the Melitta brown paper filters with my machine. It uses the #4 cone filter.

  9. Paul Marchand says:

    I’m really interested in the hamilton beach 49976 but amazon.ca sells the 49950c. any difference? maybe just a year of manufacturing? there is a big difference in price. 139$ and 90$ my 2 years old ninja machine is giving me headaches. stops 6-7 times while brewing 3 cups of coffee.

    1. Hi Paul,
      They are the same coffee maker. The only difference is the permanent filter which is included in the 49950c. I checked on the Canadian website and the cheaper version without the permanent filter is available now. With the permanent filter you don’t need to use paper filters but a lot of people don’t use that anyway. It is a personal choice.

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