Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker Review

Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker is an upscale, adequately featured, reasonably priced coffeemaker that makes consistently fresh, full-flavor coffee, regardless of whether you are brewing a couple of cups of coffee for you and your wife or are entertaining a group of friends. It may not be called a Rolls Royce, but sure is a Honda SUV among contemporary digital coffee making machines. (The comparison of cars comes into my mind as I am also a car freak)

Hamilton Beach 46201 Digital Coffee Maker

Features of Hamilton Beach 46201

Trendy, practical and easy to clean, this 12-cup coffee maker is priced by many for its compactness, stylish looks and user friendly features, some of which are outlined below.

Detachable Water Reservoir :

 To fill the reservoir with tap water, all you have to do is to turn the unit a little over 90 degrees, hold it by the handle provided for the purpose and lift it out of the machine. Filling the reservoir at the sink and putting it back to place then is a child’s job. This, no doubt, is a great advantage, as compared to majority of coffee makers that fills up from the top which involves pulling the unit out from underneath the kitchen cabinet, lifting the lid and pouring water through a small opening; a knotty manoeuvre indeed, especially for overage users.

Frontal access to coffee ground basket:

 The coffee ground basket which is located above the decanter can be made to swing out to the front which gives easy access to put the coffee and the filter. This is also an advantageous departure from the top loading system, common with most coffee makers in this price range. Also, the user friendly button situated on the right side of the coffee maker, when pushed releases the basket to swing out for the purpose, while a spring loaded device at the bottom of the basket checks the flow of coffee if you happen to pull out the decanter during the brewing process.

Temperature control device saves the taste:

 Closer look at the front of the Hamilton Beach 46201 coffee maker reveals a button that can save the flavor and taste of your coffee by way of controlling the burner temperature. In fact, all you have to do is to reduce the burner temperature after the coffee is fully brewed by using this button that sets the burner temperature as otherwise the coffee will have a burnt out taste, along with total loss of flavor.

Regular, 1-4 Cup or Bold:

 Whichever you may prefer, Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker is ready to serve you through its settings. The bold setting, for instance, releases the water at a slower rate as compared to the regular and as a result the coffee gets a bold flavor and taste.

Dribble-free Decanter:

 Unlike other 12-cup Digital Coffeemakers whose decanters invariably dribble whenever you pour a cup of coffee, the Hamilton Beach is totally free of this distasteful trait.

Programmable clock and Timer:

Helps you wake up to a freshly brewed, full flavor cup of coffee to start your day, while coffeemaker’s 2-hour auto shutoff device ensures that the unit will be automatically switched off if you happen to rush out in a hurry to keep a business appointment in the office or elsewhere.


However, the only flip-side, often cited by Hamilton Beach 12-cup Digital Coffee Maker 46201 users comprise two issues:

  • Takes too long to brew even smaller quantity of coffee, and
  • A slight Plastic odor


It would be a bit difficult to satiate coffee epicures with the Hamilton beach 46201 coffee maker, but hold on, this coffee machine brews up a delicious cup of Joe that is difficult to resist.  Unarguably, it is one of the leading drip coffee makers, given the features and price category. So I would strongly recommend it in case you are seeking for an affordable and faultless coffee maker with good features. Hamilton Beach 46201 Coffee Maker is one of the most reliable and affordable coffee machine in the market and one can trust this brand.

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Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Digital Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel (46201) (Discontinued Model) (Kitchen)


  • Easy-access design for fast, easy filling
  • Adjustable brewing with bold, regular and 1-4 cup options
  • Programmable clock with 2 hour automatic shutoff
  • Swing-out brew basket with release button
  • Wheeled base for fast, easy access to the water reservoir. Refer user guide below for trouble shooting steps

List Price:$49.99 USD
New From:$44.99 USD In Stock

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