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Coffee Maker Comparison: Hamilton Beach vs. Cuisinart

March 3, 2015
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Over the past few days, DealFinder has put a handful of coffee makers to the test in a series of head-to-head comparisons.

Today, we have another matchup for you. This time we’re comparing a pair of multipurpose coffee maker models, one from Hamilton Beach and one from Cuisinart, to help you decide which one is worthy of your purchase.

Hamilton BeachHamilton Beach

  • Price: $79.85
  • Model: Hamilton Beach 49980A 2-Way Single Serve Brewer and Coffee Maker
  • Serving Size: Single-serve and 12-cup carafe
  • Brews: Coffee
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Features: Brew strength selector (regular or bold), control panel and display, 24-hour advance programming, two-hour automatic shutoff, automatic pause and serve function, keep-hot warming plate on carafe side

NerdWallet takes you shopping: Priced at $79.85, this Hamilton Beach maker affords users two different ways to brew — in single servings or in full, 12-cup pots of java. Choose the single-serve function and you can fill up to 14 ounces in a travel mug, or adjust the maker to fit a shorter cup.

Additionally, suiting drinkers of all tastes, this kitchen appliance allows users to brew up their favorite coffee blends from either grounds or pre-packaged soft pods. Use the model’s brew strength selector to pick your preferred strength and utilize the control panel/display for programmable brewing.

Good fit for: Coffee drinkers who want to brew their to-go cup and family-size carafe, all with the same appliance.


  • Price: $79.99
  • Model: Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Plus 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker with Hot Water System, Black/Stainless
  • Serving Size: 12-cup carafe
  • Brews: Coffee; plus teas, soup, cocoas and more with hot water system
  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Features: Brew pause feature, 24-hour advance programming, self-clean function, adjustable carafe temperature control (low, medium, high), adjustable auto shutoff, hot water system, 1- to 4-cup option for smaller batches, blue backlit LCD with digital clock, indicator lights

NerdWallet takes you shopping: At just 14 cents more than the preceding Hamilton Beach model, this Cuisinart coffee maker is a multipurpose coffee maker of a different kind. Rather than a single-serve and family-size brewer, this machine doubles as a 12-cup coffee maker and a hot water system.

Much like the full pot serving on the preceding model, this Cuisinart coffee maker can brew up to 12 cups of coffee (or less, thanks to a 1- to 4-cup setting). Its brew pause feature, adjustable carafe temperature control and adjustable auto shutoff make operation customizable and hassle-free.

Similar to the last maker, this is a dual-purpose appliance. The maker’s second functionality is a press-to-dispense hot water system that provides users with hot water for everything from tea and hot cocoa to instant soups.

Good fit for: Java lovers who want their coffee maker to double as a kitchen essential.

Which coffee maker should you get?

As in our other coffee maker comparisons, the winner depends on what you need out of your coffee maker. While you’re comparing these Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart models, take a look at our Coffee Maker Buying Guide. Price being nearly equal, our guide can help you determine which specific features will be your deciding factors before you make a purchase.

Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyNerd and on Google+.

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