Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, I highly recommend this basic, well-designed coffee maker.

Great coffee pot, it does exactly what i want it to do. There isn’t much else i could ask for it. I initially bummed when i got it that it uses cone filters but actually i like that it does. I feel it helps brew a bolder cup of coffee.

Very good pot for the money.

I had a merlita for 3 yrs which worked good, then died. It is no longer available so i chose this one due to the feedback. It fits nicely under my cabinets, takes a #4 cone coffee filter (which is important to us). It takes awhile to brew, but makes a nice hot pot of coffee. I noticed some reviews say it isn’t 12 cups but it is. It seems the pot is shorter, but is a little wider, so there’s the difference. I like it, fast shipping, good deal.

Key specs for Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Coffee Maker, Programmable (49618):

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  • 3 Brew strength options – regular; bold; and 1-4 cups
  • Easy-pour carafe for no-mess pouring
  • Sleek stainless steel design
  • Cone-shaped brew basket
  • Programmable clock/timer

Comments from buyers

“Very good
, Simple, functional, easy to usecould just use ONE silly little thing.
, Very satisfied. Good coffee. Can make 1-4 cups if desired.

Great replacement for my old coffee maker. Looks great in the kitchen as well.

I had to get a new coffeemaker since a rubber band fell into the water chamber of my 25-year-old krups and melted. I’ve had this unit for a few days now, and it makes very good coffee. I’m drinking some now as i write this review. I haven’t tried the programmable start time yet. More compact compared to others. Pot has plastic ring around the rim which gives more protection if you bump the pot against a kitchen sink spout. Works fine for such small amounts. Note: don’t use the ‘1-4 cup’ setting when making small amount – was a little weak. So i just leave it on bold, even for 2-3 cups. Uses no 4 cone filters, which i prefer.

Nothing fancy but does the job.

Good coffee pot – everything works great and i like that you can change the strength of the coffee and as long as you remember to fix it before you go to bed 🙂 you have hot coffee when you wake up.

This is one of the best h/b coffee makers i have ever had when this one is gone i will be back for manother.

Coffee is ready to go when i am. Even more convenient than my keurig considering my effort level in the morning is literally 0. Didn’t realize it had cone filters, but oh well, my fault.

I bought this coffee maker when our last one finally bit the dust. Rather than spend a bundle for a new one, i thought i’d give this inexpensive model a try. I found that this basic coffee maker does its job as well as the fancier, more expensive coffee makers i’ve owned in the past. No bells and whistles, literally: there is no beeping. Thank you for that, hamilton beach. The lid on the pot is well designed. It stays firmly in place as you pour, doesn’t cause splashing as you pour, doesn’t drip when you set it back on the warmer. The control buttons on the front are intuitive, no need for fiddling around to get your coffee ‘just right. ‘we grind our own beans and find that the coffee from this machine is just as good as, if not better than, what we’ve poured from more complicated and expensive coffee makers. Note that this model takes cone-shaped filters, by the way.

I went round in circles reading coffee maker reviews – looking for a new one after my third cuisinart stopped working. I finally decided “ it is just water over ground beans” and from the reviews about 25% of all brands break in the first year: conclusion – don’t spend too much. Summary of this one:- works fine. – looks attractive on counter ( sorry, yes that is important to me)- i was worried mostly that i could get a very strong brew. In fact am using less beans in this than my previous. – filter is cone but weird oval shape. #4 papers or you can take your cone gold filter and sort of bend it to fit. – plastic taste issue – apparently common. There was a strong plastic smell “ outgassing” aggravated by heating so i understand. I did a vinegar and water brew and then about 5 water brews; thought i still smelled it, so did a lemon juice and water brew followed by 5 water only, the repeated the vinegar brew and 5 waters. I am not smelling or tasting plastic. I am leaving the lid to the back open for a while i think just in case / to help. – carafe doesn’t dribble like cuisinart did. – water reservoir a little small to fill, but no more than old one. I considered a $50 with removable resevoir – that seemed nice but this is okay – especially as the darn carafe is not dribbling. I will update if things change.

I didn’t know whether to give this 2 stars or 3 stars. Like other people have said after a couple uses the lid will not close. Unlike other cone filters coffee makers my filters in this one collapse and yes i do know about folding the seam. I would be willing to pay much for for coffee pot that does the job and will last. Manufacturers take notei have found a little trick to keep the filter from collapsing. I had a gold filter basket from a previous one and i installed the basket and still used a filter because it’s easier cleaning. Don’t ask me why but this solve the problem of the filter collapsing.

Wow, very nice machine, especially for the $$. Makes an excellent cup of brew as outlined in great detail by other reviewers. Very nice quality machine, nice carafe, etc. My suggestions:-use the cheap brown filters from the grocery store. The ‘permanent’ mesh filter does let the water out too fast and weakens the brew. This seems to extract max flavoronly thing to be aware of:-fill the water tank first. It’s easy to splash cold water on your grounds.

I had one before i bought this one and loved it; i just wanted a new one. This one makes great coffee but there is a problem with the top, it won’t close all the way. Since that doesn’t affect the way the coffee is made i’m ok with that. I don’t like mr coffee products and this is the best one out there for the price.

Only thing i don’t like is the cone filters.

High quality machine, regular or bold brew, keeps coffee hot, oval shaped filter basket-no permanent filter, good looking.

Really nice and great price. Works well and looks good on the counter.

I hate this coffee maker more than hate itself. I’m giving 3 stars because it does indeed make coffee, the timer works, the auto shutoff after 2 hours is nice, but it leaksevery time i pour coffee, whether fast or slow, with the lid closed or holding it open, it drips coffee all over the counter. I don’t mean just a few little drips. It leaves a lake of coffee so bad that we’ve had to start holding it over the sink to pour it. If i knew then what i know now, i would definitely not buy this coffee maker.

I purchased this after i broke the coffeepot on my cuisnart coffee maker. I’m very pleased with this coffee maker. I actually like it better than my old cuisinart. The brew options make for a great cup of coffee. This offers the options of a 1-4 cup, bold brew, regular brew. I also have a keurig and it is not getting much use now. Excellent product and great price.

Very nice pot for the price – new kind of filters, though, so you have to purchase those, too.

The front metal plate had rust spots, a slight dent, and was surprisingly greased up for a new product. After inspecting the inside it appears the innards are new but maybe the product got that way during the final packaging step. We decided to keep it since the blemish doesn’t affect the coffee machine functions, but i wondered about the quality control. The coffee maker can be easily disassembled for cleaning, which is great for the family member who occasionally forget to take out the coffee ground until it starts molding. The three drip options also brings subtle flavor changes, which was appreciated.

Terrific, perfect product, great price. Hard to find cone filter pots, so glad to find this one.

If you like coffee, buy coffee maker.

BUNN HG Phase Brew 8-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Excellent Coffee Maker – Great Value

I think this unit makes a better tasting cup of coffee which is why i bought it. The only problem i have with it is the carafe. I cant believe the folks at bunn put this carafe in production. I’ve seen some other comments on this too. You have to pour so slow in order not to drizzle coffee all over your counter (more so when full). I thought at first, maybe i forgot how to pour coffee. Lol but everybody who pours from it, same thing. Other things to consider is that it is very tall.

My krups aroma control type 229 coffee maker has been running strong now for 12 years, but i thought it time to change up my brewing station. I ordered this bunn hg phase brew coffee brewer based off of reviews i read online. This machine made two incredible batches of coffee and then broke by the third time. Not much more i can say about this other than bunn customer support is fantastic.Within 2 minutes on the phone with their customer department, i had a new unit sent out to me and a pre-paid return for the broken item. I am giving this unit 2 stars due to faulty quality control and/or design. I hope the next one works better. For now, i’ll continue using my 12 year old krups. Update:i received my new bunn hg phase brew 8-cup from bunn. As mentioned earlier in my review, they replaced my broken unit, no questions asked.

I love this coffee maker for a lot of reasons and after much research i’m very happy with my choice. Like many i was tired of replacing cheaper units every couple of yrs. That only made mediocre coffee. As a school bus driver up at 5am i need my morning coffee hot and ready to go into a travel mug and this one delivers. I’m the only coffee drinker in the house and the 8-cup brew size is perfect for me. It does make a little noise getting the water temperature just right before starting the brew cycle but not a deal breaker. For a full brew cycle and doesnt have a pause feature. To be honest i’ve never understood the need for the sneek-a-cup option since the coffee is not completely done brewing anyway. When my old coffee maker broke i had to use my back-up french press which makes the best coffee of any brew system but is not very convenient.

Key specs for BUNN HG Phase Brew 8-Cup Home Coffee Brewer:

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  • Brews 4 to 8 cups (20 to 40 -ounces)
  • Glass carafe and stainless brew funnel
  • 6-Minute heating phase + 4-minute brewing phase = 10 minutes to better coffee
  • Programmable auto-start, easy to read LCD display, time-to-clean indicator, and warmer that automatically shuts off after 2 hours
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards

Comments from buyers

“Big improvement over BUNN Velocity models.
, Mixed Review – I Own Two
, Love Bunn Products and Especially Their Customer Service and Warranties

I don’t beleive you can find a better coffeemaker for the price. Simple in design and easy to use, this bunn makes a great cup of coffee with no fuss or bother. Could one ask for more?only downside i found is that the carafe is designed so that it doesn’t empty fully of water after being washed so it requires a wipe down. I may try the optional thermal carafe sold on the bunn website as see it this resolves the issue. A very good overall product.

Even after five months of daily use, the coffee tastes like plastic if i leave water sitting in the reservoir or if the reservoir lid is closed between uses. I can’t detect any plastic taste if i pour water in immediately before brewing, so i do that. If you need to let your water off-gas overnight to reduce the chlorine, you’ll have to do that in the carafe. This also means that the clock and timer are worthless to me. The other electronics work oddly too. It frequently flashes its bright, annoying cleaning request just after i’ve cleaned it. Or two days later, just for a half-hour. Sometimes the reservoir heater kicks on an hour after brewing has finished. One time after a power outage the reservoir heater wouldn’t turn on at all.

This coffee maker promises to make delicious, hot, flavorful coffee. And on that promise, it deliversthe water is heated to the perfect temperature before brewing (if it’s too cold, it leaves flavor behind; too hot, it makes coffee taste bitter). Measure out a good amount of coffee grounds, pour in the water, wait about 10 minutes, and you have one of the best cups of coffee you’ve ever tasted. It rivals all the best coffee makers – biggby, starbucks, caribou, pancake house, whatever you love. You can match the quality or get even better with this machine. Here’s why i gave it only 4 stars:i love the shape, design, and size; i was actually looking for a pot that brewed about 8 cups so it worked out perfectly for me. I never thought i’d be questioning the quality of a product made by bunn, but there are a few issues with it. A bunn carafe actually begins to leak when pouring coffee. Maybe i’m pouring my coffee to fast – i don’t know – but it starts to drip down the glass and on the table or floor while i’m pouring it. Second:there’s no drip stopper under the filter. I know you should let the coffee fully brew before pouring a cup, but this coffee maker takes a full ten minutes or more to finish (it warms the water to the ideal temp – like 210 degrees – before it begins the drip cycle) and it seems to continue dripping for a few minutes after finishing. So when i get impatient and pull the pot out to pour myself a cup it drips all over the hot burner and sizzles a little.

Metal filter-basket, no crappy plastic drip-stop nozzle — the coffee drips directly down into the carafe. Cons: the carafe is a bit smaller than most kitchen coffee makers. 8 cups is the absolute top-line max. Also, the reservoir in which water is poured, and heated, appears to be plastic. Notes: doesn’t store preheated water, like most of the commercial-grade bunn machines. You pour water in, it heats up, then brews.

I was a little apprehensive about this brewer – the reviews aren’t quite as great as other bunn brewers – but it’s been great so far. It appears that they’ve corrected the carafe dripping issue and it brews nice hot coffee. I decided to go with this brewer because bunn has such a great reputation but i didn’t want the continuously heated water – i don’t mind waiting the additional 6 minutes the machine takes to heat the water. Based on the reviews it appears that bunn’s customer service is also really good so i figured i had nothing to lose. The unit looks cool but it’s a bit bigger than i expected. I can find bunn filters for much cheaper than amazon at both our local grocer and wal mart. My only complaint, similar to other reviews, is that it is hard to see the water level in the window at top.

I don’t think this model has even been on the market 3 years, and this model comes with a 3-year warranty. I went on the bunn website, emailed them about my concerns, and 2 days later got an email saying they’ve ordered a replacement unit to be shipped to me. The only thing wrong with mine was the paint peeling off of the warming tray; it functioned perfectly otherwise. Bunn uses items that fail during the warranty period as research items to determine how they can improve their product. I’ve had to use their warranty service more than once in my life and they’ve always been very gracious. No arguments, no hassle returns, just the way i like it. I’m so pleased with their customer service, i bought their single-serve machine directly from their website the same day they addressed my phase brew issue. I will continue to support them as they have supported me through the years. Some reviewers here are new to the product and don’t get the concept of how to properly use this machine. If you’re using the bare minimum amount of water, more than likely it won’t brew.

I have been using a bunn nhbb velocity brew 10-cup home coffee brewer for about 6 years. It makes good coffee, and it does it fast (approximately 3 minutes). The reason it is so fast is because it maintains a tank of heated water, so when you press brew it uses this already hot water to brew, and then takes the water you just added and heats it up in preparation for the next brew. Despite the fact that you got good coffee fast, there were a couple bothersome points with this strategy:1) it was an energy hog, constantly maintaining a tank of hot water even though you might only use the maker once a day. 2) the amount of coffee made is not based on how much water you poured into the maker, it is based on how much water was added on the previous brew. So if you poured in 10 cups yesterday, and you want to only make 4 cups today – sorry, you will get 10 cups now, but next time it will be 4. 3) if you don;t use the brewer for a few days, the heated reservoir tends to evaporate, delivering less that the expected amount on the next use. I recently replaced this older model with the bunn hg phase brew 8-cup home coffee brewer. They have managed to correct all of the problems i had with the older brewer. 1) the water you pour in is used to brew the coffee.

Makes a great cup of coffee, nice and strong, very hot. Requires less coffee to get a good cup of coffee than any other unit i have tried. Not as fast as i would like (10 minutes is a long time to wait for my coffee 🙂 )the bad. The carafe leaks when you pour like a sieve. No matter what i try i end up pouring coffee all over the counter. Come on bunn, can’t you design a better carafe?????.

I bought this coffee maker to replace an aged cuisinart maker. As usual with anything i buy from amazon, it was delivered a lot faster than expected. Setting up this unit was a breeze and within minutes, i had it set up to brew my first pot of coffee on auto timer which i am enjoying right now. It is the first hot, straight out of the pot, cup of coffee (bunn, if you use this ‘great line’ for your ads, i want royalties) i ever had from a home coffee brewer. Great job with this coffee maker bunn.

I had a bunn years ago but i switched teams and i’ve a owned few different coffee makers the past few years. The last one was a cuisinart that failed in less than three years. I love the brew that bunn produces but i could not give it five stars. Just as my old unit did, the carafe still drips and spills when you pour. I also have problem with the fill window. It has a ‘frosted’ finish which makes it difficult to see the water level and i have to shake the unit a little to see how much it’s filled. In addition, be sure to stock filters because the bunn brand fits best and is not readily available in local stores. One other thing is the four cup minimum brewing. Although it fills my largest mug with a half cup wasted, this adds up over time to money wasted. What i love about bunn is the water distribution so all of the grinds get wet.

It’s the perfect size and style for a medium sized, modern kitchen. I make coffee at home every day and the 4-cup amount is just the right amount for a large mug or my travel mug. But from day 1 of having this brewer it has said ‘cle’ on the display and despite following cleaning instructions i can’t get that to go away. It doesn’t seem to affect anything so i’ve just been trying to ignore it so i don’t have to go through the hassle of a return. But now i’m also noticing that the warming plate absolutely not does keep a pot of coffee warm for 2 hours; try 30 minutes max. I am disappointed but it still does what i need it to do so i’ll probably keep it rather than deal with a return or warranty situation.

I have bought two of these brewers in the last two months, one for my mother and one for me. I read the plethora of negative reviews after i bought the first one and was quite concerned as my 80 year old mother who lives alone would be disappointed if hers started malfunctioning, leaked, or quit working. We’ve had great success and everyone raves over the coffee we brew. I had a kuerig previously-no comparison, the bunn is a ‘coffeemaker’.As to the people who get the ‘clean’ display often-you must be living where the water is awful. We use reverse osmosis water and have yet to see the ‘clean’ prompt. As for the dribbling pots, i have yet to spill a drop. Well, it’s not silent – set it to come on 5 minutes after your alarm as a snooze alarm, if the sound doesn’t get you up the aroma a few minutes later will.

When it comes to the features of this brewer it’s possible to find some faults, but in the end, there’s no denying that it simply makes a good cup of coffee that isn’t bitter. I think this is because they got the brew temperature and brew time about right. I measured the stream flowing into the pot at 200 f with a thermopen, which is in the recommended range. We’ve only had it one week, but we haven’t seen any of the reliability problems or cleaning issues described in other reviews. Our carafe pours great without any leaks or dripping. It does make noise when the water is being heated. It’s comparable to the noise other drip makers during their brewing cycle, possibly a little more, but we don’t find it intolerable. However, it’s definitely there. Once the heating phase is done there is no noise during the brewing cycle. Put a smidgen less than 4 cups of water into the system, and the water will heat but nothing will come out.

Definitely makes hot coffee. It is also very easy to use, compared to a cuisinart i was using before which had a couple of extra parts that had to be messed with when making coffee. The coffee pot definitely drips when pouring. Always have to pour over the sink. Refuses to make 4 cups, when i put the water to the 4 cup line, it just heats the water without ever advancing to the brew stage. As soon as i up the water to the 6 cups line, it starts brewing. Timer button sticks sometimes, which is a problem because it thinks i am trying to set the time on the timer rather than turning it on. Overall, makes a good cup of coffee, but definitely has some minor defects.

Over the last 20 years, i’ve owned several home coffee makers and this one has brewed the best tasting coffee; however, my experience has been it requires about 10% more coffee than i was using in my delonghi brewer. Brew times are under 10 minutes, which is good. At first, i had a hard time pouring coffee without spilling a little, and this due largely to how the pour spout is designed on the carafe; this is no longer a problem now that i figured out to pour a lot slower than i’ve been used to. I also like the very modern looking design of this unit–it’s much better looking than most of the other bunn home brewers i’ve seen. Lastly, my hope now is this appliance will be reliable and last for several years. If so, i will stick with bunn.

I purchased this particular brand and unit because of the prior reputation of the company’s products and their supportive customer service and easy parts repairs; and also for the small size serving we preferred. It arrived quickly and worked the first two days as expected and then the heating element failed to work. I called the customer service center at bunn, explained the problem and they shipped a new replacement model the same day. A small chip was defective on the unit and they simply replaced it with a new one. No problems what so ever with their support. This unit is great for the size cups we wanted. It makes a louder sound initially than prior models when it heats the water but the resulting extra hot coffee is simply great. The clean see through design and engineering is what makes this better than most others i reviewed. I happen to be an engineer by education and wanted a well designed product with great customer support and parts availability when ever needed.

My husband and i love our fresh morning coffee, ground in a burr grinder and brewed at the perfect temperature to extract the maximum flavor from our beans. We just purchased our second phase brew coffee brewer. The first one still sits on the counter at our primary residence where we use it daily. The second one sits at our secondary residence. We use it daily when we are here. I have mixed feelings about this appliance. First of all, it does brew coffee at the perfect temperature. It makes the best tasting pot of joe i’ve ever had. But there are a couple of downsides.

I have used my bunn hg phase brewer for 8 months now and have really been pleased with this product. It is an unconventional looking coffee brewer and at 15 1/2 inches high it could present storage problems in some kitchens. I choose this model over the other bunn velocity models because i did not want to use more energy in keeping a 10 cup or more container constantly hot so that there could be ‘instant’ coffee brewing (in 4 minutes or less). With this model i grind and prepare my coffee the night before and use the convenient ‘auto start’ button to set the timer to start brewing in the morning at about the time that i wake up. It generally takes about 8 – 10 minutes to prepare hot, delicious coffee that is at just the right temperature. As other reviewers have mentioned it is somewhat noisy as it heats up the water prior to dispensing but i have come to actually enjoy the sounds which are then followed by the aroma of fresh coffee in the mornings.

I originally gave this coffee maker five stars, because it simply made what i can honestly call the best coffee i’ve ever had. Unfortunately, that was, to quote camelot lyricist alan jay lerner, ‘for one brief, shining moment. ‘ in less than a year, the heating element died, and bunn does not make any repairs on home coffee makers. The coffee maker was still under warranty, and i will give bunn credit for having an outstanding customer service team, but sadly they were no longer making this model. Apparently for americans on the go, 10 whole minutes to make a superlative pot of coffee was just too darn long, so bunn discontinued it. They did replace my phase brew with another of their models that makes a pot of coffee in 3 minutes, by keeping a tank of water at brewing temperature constantly, 24/7, a concept i’m not fond of. Worse, the replacement coffee maker does not make coffee as good as the phase brew, and i am nowhere near as enthusiastic with the final product as i had been. The customer service rep said she had heard that they might start making something comparable to the original phase brew in the near future, but that hasn’t happened yet. The one original phase brew maker amazon has lists at something like three times the price i originally paid, and since they conk out so quickly, it’s just not worth it. I hope all those fast-paced americans whose impatience spelled the death of this maker make good use of those 7 extra minutes they have gained.

After having this coffee maker for 2 month it failed. Nothing lights up on the display. When the ‘brew’ button is pressed, you can hear the click but the heating element never comes on. The phase brew makes good coffee when it works. Wish i had not recommended it to my friends now. Contacted bunn and they sent me a new phase brew before i sent them the broken one. They also paid for all shipping. Good companymay 2011 update: 2nd phase brew heating element failed may 10, 2011. Bunn sent me another new phase brew in two days. I still like this bunn coffee maker and the company.

I ordered this coffee brewer after reading other reviews online about it about how hot the coffee is and the good taste. My main goal for coffee is for it to be very hot which in my experience never happens with home coffee brewers. This phase brew is the hottest coffee i have made from a home coffee brewer but, in my opinion, i would like it even hotter, but, i know that is probably not possible. A lot of the reviews said that the coffee was strong but, i found it to be just regular and not strong which is fine. The carafe is as other reviewers stated two cups smaller than a regular size which fine unless you have company over or you drink more than four large mugs of coffee. A full carafe will make about 4 large mugs of coffee. The height is no problem as it fits under my kitchen cabinets. I did have a problem with it as the ‘clean’ message started coming on a week after i purchased it which meant i was supposed to clean the minerals, etc. So, even though it was one week old, i cleaned it and the light came back on.