Hamilton Beach FlexBrew: 2016 best single serve coffee maker

Best Single Serve Coffee Makers 2016: Hamilton Beach FlexBrewThe Hamilton Beach FlexBrew gives coffee lovers the convenience of k-cup brewing, but also provides hot water on demand.  The FlexBrew answers that question, “What if you wanted tea?” 

You might overlook the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew system if all you want is a single serve coffee maker.  The FlexBrew systems don’t have the brand awareness of Keurig, Cuisinart, Nespresso or even DeLonghi brands when it comes to the single serve k-cup coffeemakers.  But they offer a unique feature — hot water on demand — that adds a new convenience to home coffee makers.

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew® was designed to compete with the Keurig brand and actually utilizes the same k-cup technology and generally costs about 20% less.   The brewing option brings water to a 176° and holds it there for 30 minutes.   The LED programming screen lets you choose between a regular and bold settings, and an on-board clock is programmable for “wake-up” coffee.   Although each reservoir holds only 14 or 16 ounces, the time necessary for the next refill to come to temperature for a repeat brew is only about 90 seconds.

  • Hamilton Beach Flexbrew Programmable Single-serve Coffee Maker With Hot Water Dispenser Makes Fresh, Delicious Coffee Using Your Favorite Blend Or Using Single-serve Cups
  • Accepts Both Single-serve Pack Or Ground Coffee; Compatible With Any K-cup
  • Adjustable Cup Rest Fits Cup Or Travel Mug
  • Brews Up To 14 Oz. Into A Mug (coffee reservoir capacity)
  • Dispenses Up To 16 Oz. Of Hot Water For Tea, Hot Cocoa, And Cereal

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew: Unique featuresThe Hamilton Beach FlexBrew system (model 49988 shown left) has an adjustable shelf/tray to accommodate many cup sizes and even travel mugs up to 16 ounces.

This unit can brew up to a 14 ounce cup of coffee (although remember that the more water  you use the more diluted the strength of the coffee).  The coffee brewer is adjustable between regular and cold strengths and will dispense accurately the correct amount of water.

The hot water ready system will dispense up to 16 ounces of hot water for tea, hot cereal, hot chocolate or other drink mixes.  You can still use the k-cup hot chocolate, tea and cider products on the coffee brewing side of the unit, but you have to clean out the water stem after use.

The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew can be used with refillable k-cups when you want to choose your own coffee types.


Best Single Serve CoffeemakersLike it’s competitors, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew puts the reservoir at the back of the unit.  If you use this on your counter top it might require that you pull it out for each fill up.  There are two separate reservoirs — the coffee side holds up to 14 ounces; the water side holds 16 ounces.



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Product: Hamilton Beach Single-Serve FlexBrew Coffee Maker

Price: About $80.00

Summary: This a completely programmable, single cup coffee system with a separate hot water dispenser for making soups, cereals and other drinks. It is easily k-cup compatible at a considerable price savings over competitors.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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K-Cup Brewing and Separate Hot Water Dispenser with the FlexBrew
Two separate water reservoirs for custom coffee brewing or for hot water.

Programmable Wake Up Brewing
On board clock and programmable timer for brewing that first morning cup.

FlexBrew’s Consistent Brewing Temperature Control
The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew has a unique automatic feature that heats water to 176 F and holds that temperature for up to 30 minutes.

FlexBrew Use K-Cups or Refillable K-Cups for your own blends

This coffeemaker offers the choice of regular or bold brewing strengths. If you typically purchase coffee described as “bright, breakfast blend, or mildly flavored” and are not fond of espresso, your taste buds will be more at home with the regular setting. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to dark roast coffee beans at the store and look for coffee adjectives such as “bold, deep, or rich,” choose the bold brew setting.

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Warranty and Service

1-year warranty provided by the manufacturer.

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Customer Reviews

Read more CustomerReviews and see why others bought this coffee maker.

Amazon Rating: 2.9

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Video Demonstration

Pros & Cons

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  • Custom coffee brew settings for regular or bold strength
  • Programmable “wake-up” coffee settings
  • Separate water dispensing for hot drinks, soups and cereals
  • Two completely seperate reservoirs for hot water and coffee brewing reduces clean up
  • Small compact footprint / weighs just 4.8 pounds
  • Automatic turn off after 30 minutes



  • Small reservoir capacity.



The Hamilton Beach FlexBrew is sold at many kitchen supply stores and generally the price is $79.00 everywhere. Since the item is new we found it selling at varying prices among retailers.


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