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Hamilton Beach 2-Way Flexbrew

Special Model 49957 Now available at Costco

Costco likes to stock up on just a couple items in each category. That’s why one coffee maker goes out and another one takes its place.

Last week I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the Hamilton Beach 2-in-1 Flexbrew. We did a review about 3 years ago and it got good marks all around. It’s a versatile machine that brings the best of both worlds to your kitchen and fits under kitchen cabinets. 

Read on to find out what we liked and what else we thought were drawbacks.

Java Groove's Choice

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach has found a way to make everyone in the house happy with their 2-in-1 coffee maker.

We feel it’s one of the best coffee makers at Costco. It has all the basic features you look for under a reliable brand name you can trust. Not to mention Costco’s price is lower than anyone around by at least 10%. 

FlexBrew Features

  • Auto pause and serve
  • Brews up to 10 oz. with K-Cup®* pack or 14 oz. with ground coffee
  • Includes single-serve pack holder and brew basket
  • Programmable with 2 hour shutoff
  • Carafe side with programmable timer and auto shutoff
  • Brew a single cup or a full pot
  • Use a single-serve pod or ground coffee
  • Compatible with K-Cup Pods
  • 2 easy-fill reservoirs and easy-view water windows
  • Brew cup or remove storage area for travel mug
  • Bold or regular brew strength options
flexbrew dimensions

A Gift & a Curse

Since K-Cups use a different type of brewing technology there is a separate water tank for the single service. This has some benefits and drawbacks. 

The good thing is that you can fill it up and use that water immediately, forcing you to use fresh water every time, which is important to get a great tasting cup of coffee.

The downside to that is it isn’t possible to program the K-Cup. Which usually shouldn’t be a problem, but the reservoir isn’t kept warm all the time like many other machines.

While this does save energy, it does take anywhere from 4-6 minutes to brew a cup from the time you push the button to coffee getting in your cup.

While this does save energy, it does take anywhere from 4-6 minutes to brew a cup from the time you push the brew button to a full cup of coffee getting in your cup.

Is the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Easy to Clean Up?

The ease in which to clean up is probably one of the best features of this coffee maker. It comes with special tools to clean up those hard to reach parts. Most of the time you can simply rinse out the K-Cup basket.

That being said, there were a few reviews that complained the machine clogged and leaked water. To combat this issue the company explains to clean the pack-piercing assembly tool regularity. We feel if you keep it clean you’ll significantly reduce the chance of this happening.

Cleaning can be done by running a half and half vinegar to water through. Once it’s done let it sit for 30 min. Run water through the machine several times until the you can’t taste the vinegar anymore. Usually about 2 times.

If you have more questions about this coffee maker you can check out the official user manual here.

FlexBrew User Manual

If you have more questions about this coffee maker you can check out the official user manual here.

Pros

  • Self-Cleaning Feature
  • Fits under kitchen cabinets
  • 2 reservoirs - 2 heaters
  • Storage area under single cup serving
  • Use K-cups or your own coffee

Cons

  • Only brews one at a time
  • 5 min brew time for K-Cup
  • 2 reservoirs to clean

Hamilton Beach Flexbrew Replacement Parts

Costco doesn’t offer replacement parts in the store or online. Lucky Amazon has them for cheap and they are widely available. The ones listed here fit the Flexbrew and will arrive quickly.

Replacement Carafe

flexbrew replacement carafe

Gold Tone Replacement Filter

flexbrew filters

Conclusion

If you live in a household where some K-Cups are preferred and sometimes regular coffee is, then this is something to consider. Especially if there are times when you want 1 cup, and other times when you need 12.

Like any coffee maker there are drawback. You should consider them when making a purchase and if they aren’t deal breakers then I would recommend this product.

Availability at Costco

Availability at Amazon

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