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Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 Review

By: Kelly Burgess on October 11, 2017

Bottom Line

The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 is a highly affordable coffee pot with the basic convenience features that most people want -- a programmable timer, pause and brew and auto-shutoff. It also makes a hot, tasty cup of coffee.

Pros

  • Good array of features
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Brews at optimal temperatures

Cons

  • Carafe can leak
  • Some durability issues
Our Analysis
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Breaking it down

Performance

Optimal temperature for great coffee. In testing at ConsumerReports.org, the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49465, which is identical to the 49467, 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.

Features

Has the features most people want; no more, no less. While the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 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 timer, 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 49467 uses disposable #4 cone coffee filters; a Medelco #4 Cone Permanent Filter (Est. $5) is available that makes this coffee pot both more environmentally friendly and cuts down on ongoing filter costs.

Ease of use

As simple as it gets. Thanks to its lack of confusing settings, programming and using the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 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.

Appearance

Does it really matter? Quite frankly, no one purchases the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 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.

Our Sources

Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

Editors of ConsumerReports.org test and a number of drip coffee makers, including the Hamilton Beach 12-cup Programmable 49465 coffee maker, which is identical to the newer 49467. Testing methodology includes brew performance, convenience and carafe handling. Recommended coffee makers are named, along with Best Buy selections.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of October 2017

The Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker 49467 garners nearly 810 reviews here, earning an overall rating of 4.2 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 durability issues and leaky carafes when pouring.

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