The Ultimate Coffee Maker Buying Guide

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Joe. When it comes to coffee makers there are plenty to choose from. Shopping online or walking the aisles can be intimidating, but if you know what you’re looking for it’s less of a daunting task. This guide should help you narrow down your choices and steer you in the right direction when picking out the coffeemaker that perfectly fits your needs.

Automatic Drip FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Automatic drip coffee makers usually make between 10-12 cups but you can find units that make a little as 4 cups and as many as 14 cups. They are your best bet if you drink multiple cups in the morning.
Single-Serve FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Single cup coffee makers are steadily growing in popularity. These one-cup wonders are perfect for those who drink a single cup in the morning or prefer to take their joe on the road. The Single-Serve FlexBrew® also allows you to use either a single-serve pack or grounds for maximum brewing flexibility.
BrewStation FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
The BrewStation is unique in that it doesn’t have a carafe like most automatic drip coffee makers. The BrewStation brews multiple cups of coffee into an insulated tank. A gentle heater keeps the coffee warm while the unit allows for you to dispense a cup at a time.
2-Way FlexBrew FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
The 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffee Maker offers more brewing options than most coffee makers. You can use the single-serve side to brew into a standard-size cup or brew up to a 14 oz. travel mug. On mornings when you want to enjoy cup after cup, the carafe side makes a full 12-cup pot. You can also brew with a single-serve pack or your favorite grounds for maximum brewing flexibility.
French Press FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Making coffee with in a French press is a hands-on brewing method. To brew coffee, place grounds at the bottom of the pitcher and pour hot water over the grounds. Cover the coffee and allow it to brew, then push the plunger down when the coffee is filtered to the strength of your liking and is ready to be served.
Espresso Maker FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Espresso makers are perfect for those who want something other than drip coffee in the morning. You generally see espresso makers at coffee shops, but you can buy one for your home and save big bucks by making cappuccinos and lattes at home.
Iced Coffee Maker FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Some like their cup of joe ice cold instead of steaming hot. Our Iced Tea/Iced Coffee Maker brews hot coffee on top of an ice-filled carafe and leaves you with ready-to-serve iced coffee.
Kettle FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Quickly boil your water in an electric kettle before making your coffee or tea. Kettles are great for heating water to use when using a French press or when making pour-over coffee.
Percolator FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Percolators brew coffee by continually circulating boiling or near boiling water over the grounds until it reaches the strength you desire. Some percolators can be placed directly on your stovetop while some come equipped with their own heat source. If you prefer a strong, robust cup, a percolator belongs in your morning routine.
Coffee Urn FlexBrew Campaign Graphic
Coffee Urns are a great option is you are serving coffee to a crowd. Urns are great to have at family functions, business events, or other large gatherings. The coffee brews inside the urn and you can easily dispense it from a nozzle into a single cup or a carafe for serving.

Whether you prefer boiling your own water to pour over your favorite fresh-ground coffee or waking up to a pot of coffee from a pre-programmed automatic drip coffee maker, Hamilton Beach has a product for your kitchen. Visit our website to shop our entire line of coffeemakers and leave a comment below to let us know which coffee maker is right for you. Also be sure to pin the below image to your pinterest boards top share this handy reference to the ultimate coffee maker buying guide.

Which Coffee Maker is Right for You? An infographic


  1. Roger howard

    I’m still waiting in my replacement has now been 3 months today…I bought this for a Christmas present. Please reply Back to me

  2. I drink coffee everyday. This would look nice on my kitchen counter!!!

  3. Aeropress. Easy and yummy!

  4. Thomas Murphy

    I like the 2-Way FlexBrew

  5. Sandy Davis


  6. Iced Coffee Maker for me. I drink it iced most of the time.

  7. Christella Kwak

    Single cup!

  8. Jenny Ford

    My brewing needs change from day to day, so the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffee Maker would be the best for me.

  9. bethany maxwell

    Full pot – I’m a coffee junkie.

  10. Cheryll Shubert

    I love the two way flex-brew! It’s the best of both worlds and perfect for our house!! I am definitely going to get one…I love it!! Thanks so much for the great info!!

  11. Kristen Lindholm

    Would love the 2-way Flexbrew

  12. teresa scarborough

    2 way flex brewer

  13. I live for my morning coffee! To try it in this would be totally awesome!

  14. Krystal Waters

    I like K-cups but my husband hates them so I’m looking to get something else.

  15. The 2 way Flex Brew is the one for our family. Usually, we make a pot of coffee, but once in awhile we only need one cup. It would be great to have that flexibility.

  16. I Love a Full Pot in the morning and Singles thu-out the day !! Im a Coffaholic! lol

  17. I love it fresh and one cup at a time so none is wasted! Love the single option!

  18. Linda Maloney

    I would love to try an expresso maker. Single brew otherwise

  19. Amber Whitecavage

    2-way flex brew would work great at my house. This way if only one person wants coffee you don’t always have to make a full pot. Would love this.

  20. aaron reck

    French press and espresso features would be really great for me because I need to keep going. Keep pushing on!

  21. I love the kettle or espresso! But a brew station would be nice!

  22. Ida McCarty

    The single cup option is something that I not only want, but need in my life


    I would love to try Expresso. Single cup is the best for me…

  24. Kristen Patton

    I would love the french press and espresso features!

  25. Carol Robertson

    The single cup option is great for me because I live alone, but the full pot option is great when I am hosting guests

  26. I would like to have an expresso maker.

  27. I really need this coffee maker!

  28. Stacey Roberson

    Automatic Drip is all me.

  29. Mrs. Keiko Prichard

    Maximum brewing would be the one for us and thank you for the contest ;-)

  30. Buddy Garrett

    Automatic Drip is perfect for me.

  31. Robin Colon

    This coffee system would work well in my home.

  32. Michelle Corriveau

    Awesome Giveaway!! I really need a new coffee pot!!

  33. The single cup is right for me most days but on long work days i usually make a pot of coffee and that works for me too.

  34. Kristen H.

    The brewing method that is right for me is Multiple Cups To Go. Thanks for the fantastic opportunity to win!

  35. Sarah Cool

    2 way flexbrew is right for me

  36. Drip is good!

  37. Darn, I’m hungry.

  38. Iced coffee or automatic drip for me!

  39. Auto drip and single serve cups are both best in our home.

  40. Alison Matalanis

    Auto drip. Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Auto drip, love the aroma of fresh brewed coffee

  42. Anne Mountain

    My favorite feature is the flexible brewing quantity. I usually drink a cup of coffee but this would be handy when company is over

  43. Jennifer Pruett

    Automatic drip, every day coffee is for me.

  44. Barbara Tryon

    They sound great to me! All of them have their own unique way and I just love Coffee. I would pick the brewing. ‘I Think”

  45. Brewstation Ultimate Cups to Go is perfect for our on the run family.

  46. MMMMMMMMM! The aroma is so great.

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