Experts and owners give the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 high praise for its simplicity and for its ability to brew an excellent cup of coffee. In spite of its tiny price, it has the features that are most popular on coffee makers -- programmable timer, pause and brew and auto shutoff. The carafe and filter basket are dishwasher safe, and an optional Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Filter (Est. $6) makes it even more affordable.
Optimal temperature for great coffee. In testing at Consumer Reports, the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 was the only coffee maker to earn both Recommended and Best Buy status, earning an Excellent for brew performance. That means it "met recommended guidelines of 195¡F or more, maintained for five or six minutes." Owners agree, saying the coffee is piping hot and it stays that way long enough for them to finish the pot. The one issue we did see is that it's slow, however, those who make their coffee in advance and use the programmable timer seem to be happier than those who prepare the brew when they first wake up in the morning.
Has the features most people want; no more, no less. While the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 has just a few features, owners say that's a plus, not a minus for them, because they're not looking to be overwhelmed with choices. In fact, a few say it's overly-featured. Still, for most folks, the programmable time, pause and brew and 2-hour auto shutoff is plenty of bells and whistles in a coffee maker. Also, the lack of electronics means there's fewer things to stop working. One nice extra in this price range, although it's optional: while the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 uses disposable #4 Melitta Cone Coffee Filters (Est. $20 for 480), a Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Filter (Est. $6) is available that makes this coffee pot both more environmentally friendly and cuts down on ongoing filter costs.
As simple as it gets. Thanks to its lack of confusing settings, programming and using the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 couldn't be easier. Most say they don't even need to use the owner's manual to figure it out. The clock is small, but the push buttons are reported as easier to use than most touch-screen controls. We did see a few complaints about drips and leaks when pouring from the carafe, but the vast majority say they have not experienced that at all. The carafe, filter basket and optional permanent filter are all dishwasher safe.
Does it really matter? Quite frankly, no one purchases the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 for its looks; not that we saw, anyway. It looks like a coffee maker, with a black plastic housing that owners like because it wipes clean easily and doesn't show smudges. In spite of its plastic construction, we did not see any complaints with this coffee pot of a "plastic-y" taste or smell as we see with many coffee makers. We did see some complaints of durability issues, and a few leakage reports when pouring from the carafe, but surprisingly few at this very low price point.
Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and a number of drip coffee makers, including the Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465 coffee maker. Testing methodology includes brew performance, convenience and carafe handling. Recommended coffee makers are named, along with Best Buy selections.
The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 garners nearly 100 reviews here, earning an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars. The vast majority of owners are more than satisfied, saying this coffee maker is a great value that makes very good coffee. There are some complaints of leakage when you pour from the carafe and various durability issues. Many of the complaints seem to be from people who were expecting $150 coffee maker performance from a $15 coffee maker.
In more than 120 customer reviews, the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465 earns a rating of 4.3 stars out of 5; with 88 percent of owners saying they would recommend it to a friend. Users say it's easy to use, and they like how simple it is. The programmable function (at this price point) comes in for particular praise. There are scattered durability complaints.