Hamilton Beach Digital Coffee Maker Review, Stainless Steel (46201)

Editor rating

8/5 on July 12, 2016

User's rating

2,612 reviews


  • The feature which would make this a good choice is its ease of use.
  • The display is clear and large enough to read easily.
  • The buttons given to choose various options are easy to operate and understand.
  • The automatic pause and serve option means that you can stop the drip at any point and serve coffee.
  • Adjustable keep warm option prevents waste of coffee as you need not throw out previously prepared coffee.
  • The programmable clock and auto brew feature mean that you can get ready coffee when you wake up in the morning.
  • There is a 2 hour automatic shutoff feature which increases the safety of the machine.
  • Easy storage for electric cord within the body of the coffee maker.
  • Adjustable brewing options to make regular, bold and 1-4 cups of coffee.
  • Attractive design which can fit in well with your kitchen design themes.


  • Only ground coffee can be used in the coffee maker.
  • Also if the coffee is too finely ground; it will pass through the filters quicker and may lead to a very watery brew.
  • The clock may sometime need to be reset after a power outage leading to a need to program your functions again.
  • The reservoir needs to be filled after making 12 cups of coffee each time.
  • Water filter is optional and may be needed in areas with hard water.

Today we are going to review the Hamilton Beach Digital Coffee Maker. Hamilton Beach is known worldwide to make quality home appliances and customer-friendly products. Let’s dive into the review and see if it’s true in this case too.

Hamilton Beach digital coffee maker: It has all the features you can ever think of!

Accessories Included

The Hamilton Beach 46201 comes with very little accessories. If you are expecting goodies along with the product, you will be disappointed. But for us, it contained most of the things needed for the operation of the coffee maker straight out of the box.

You will receive the box having these in it:

  • Hamilton Beach Digital Coffee Maker
  • The Carafe
  • Filter Basket
  • Removable Water Reservoir
  • Warranty
  • User Manual

For some areas, the water filter might be a necessity due to hard water which can make the coffee taste weird.

Key Features

The Hamilton Beach digital coffee maker being reviewed is elegant in design and form and comes with a plethora of features. None of these features are complicated to use and one can learn how to operate the machine in a couple of minute’s time. Key features of the product include:

  • Easily removable water reservoir and coffee filter basket
  • Programmable clock with a feature of 2-hour automatic shutoff
  • Automatic pause & serve coffee to make your other hand free
  • Swing-out brew basket with an easy release button
  • Nonstick warmer plate to save energy
  • Keep warm feature due to the presence of hot plate on the bottom of the machine
  • Programmable machine clock to auto brew coffee

Coffee Making Process

First, you need to plug the electric cord into the socket. Then you need to fill in the water reservoir and place it in back in the machine. Next, you need to add ground coffee to the filter basked after placing a paper filter in it. The default coffee strength is regular and one needs to change it if one wants a stronger flavor. The Bold option can be used to get a stronger flavored coffee. For smaller quantities, the 1-4 cups option needs to be used. All these options are available on the same button and one needs to press it and cycle through the options to select the desired one. The carafe is placed on a hot plate. As a result, once the coffee is brewed, it can be kept warm by activating it. The KEEP WARM button switches on the hot plate. Both the coffee brewer and KEEP warm are programmable options which help in creating presets on the machine.

The Coffee Quality

The coffee quality that we got in our review of the Hamilton Beach 12 cup digital coffee maker was excellent. The BOLD option will be a favorite for anyone who likes stronger coffee. For others, the regular option should suffice. The keep warm feature is useful in keeping the coffee warm for hours after it has been brewed. But the longer the coffee was left to be warmed in the carafe, we felt that the taste deteriorated.

The Coffee Maker Quality

The Hamilton Beach 12 cup Digital coffee maker that we reviewed was sturdy and really well made. It had a silver-colored faceplate with a big display unit on top of it. The Buttons felt soft and responsive to the touch. The swivel base of the machine was used in moving it without lifting it off the surface.

The swing out basket for containing the ground coffee had an easy release switch on the side of the machine. We loved this design choice as you can’t press the button by mistake if it was along with the other buttons. The warmer plate was coated with a nonstick compound which made cleaning easy.

Ease of Use

The Hamilton Beach 12 Cup digital coffee maker we used for our review was a breeze to use. The buttons and interface are easy to understand and intuitive to use. Filling the reservoir and coffee basket was easy due to the buttons to take them out. Cleaning the parts was easy as they were machine washable. You can put your carafe and filters in the dishwasher to clean them easily.


Warranty Details

The Hamilton Beach Digital coffee maker has a 1-year warranty. We felt during the review that it could have been made 2 years and would have made the product a more attractive one.

Replacement Parts Availability

One fantastic aspect of buying a Hamilton Beach is the availability of replacement parts on their website. They generally support replacement parts for all their models and even if a part is not in stock, it is replenished quickly.

Final Thoughts on the Hamilton Beach Digital Coffee Maker

To conclude, our review of the Hamilton Beach 12 cup digital coffee maker we are highly impressed by the product. For its price point, it’s an absolute steal. You can trust the quality of Hamilton Beach products and with it, you don’t have to worry about buying the best coffee maker anymore.

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