Hamilton Beach Flexbrew vs 2 Way


Coffee is one of the most popular drinks we often enjoy at home, at a café, or even at the office, especially if you are an avid coffee drinker. For those who also drink at home, Hamilton Beach FlexBrew vs 2 Way are two ideal machines to help you with the brewing process without having to make each cup manually. For those who are also eyeing these coffee maker, see what they can offer below before shopping so then we can choose better.

In this article we are going to give you information about:

  • Which Brewing Methods do you Like
  • What is Coffee Maker Machine
  • What are Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way
  • What Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way Look like
  • What Beverages can we make with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way
  • What else Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way can offer
  • How to Brew Coffee with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way
  • Hamilton Beach FlexBrew vs 2 Way

Coffee Brewing Methods

We are sure that almost all people have taste coffee in their life even though not everyone is going to love the flavor at the end. In the past, coffee are popular among adults and elderly people to help them stay awake and to accompany while socializing as well as spend some time with family and friends but today, it is the go to drink of almost everybody and almost at every corner, we see new coffee shops are sprouting in especially the last decade.

While coffee shops does offer fancy beverages with their professional brewers and machines, they are also quite expensive when compared to our regular coffee brewed at home. When enjoying coffee at home, we can use hot water and steep the coffee grounds as the simplest method to brew or use different, more convenient brewing methods; the most popular being drip coffee or pour over. This method is also the one being used by the coffee maker/machine because its process is the simplest among all.

Another method to brew coffee at home are by using pressing pot, AeroPress, and moka pot which are similar but also different and as you may already know, each one of them will also produce different results that may suit your palate the most of not as much.

Coffee Maker

For those who are not very fussy about their coffee beverage and just want to enjoy a piping hot brew in the morning, drip coffee and pour over will probably be the simplest. This method is the same being used by coffee maker which is also the first coffee machine was invented to help the regular drinker to brew several cups at once, automatically or at once. Among few other coffee machines, they are also the most affordable and used by many households especially people with family.

Coffee maker brewing system is the same as when brewing coffee with cone because it will need hot water which then will be poured over your coffee grounds to wet and then extract the coffee aroma as well as taste. The liquid then will drip from the cone shaped filter to the cup or carafe below slowly as it seeped passed through the filter material. Compared to when steeping in cup, it is easier to enjoy for there is no coffee grounds waste on the cup anymore.

It is also more convenient for more than one drinker at home drinking more than a cup of coffee each day because we can make several cups at once and with the proper machine, all of these processes can be done in minutes depending on how much serving being brewed.

About Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way

Because they are very popular and being used by many households in different places all around the world, it is not surprising to see how many manufacturers are offering the products in the market. It is great to allow us to shop more freely and pick those that match our needs but it also means that we have to spare the time to choose one. If besides delicious coffee you also want to get a machine which features are among the best, Hamilton Beach is one of the ideal picks.

This brand is offering quite the amount of kitchen appliances including coffee maker but, not all of them are the same so it is better to still seek some related information first before deciding on your pick. There are coffee machines with the capability to perform carafe brewing such as Hamilton Beach 49980A Vs 49980Z but there are also those that we can use to brew single coffee as well and if this convenience is what you are looking for, the FlexBrew and 2 Way will fit the house the most.

They may sound very similar to each other but are actually not because they are forming different family and while at the core they can brew coffee ground with the same carafe, the additional feature is not the same. As the name suggests, the FlexBrew is boasting the flexibility of the machine which mean besides brewing from coffee grounds or soft pods, the machines in this line can also brew with hard coffee pod like K-Cup from Keurig for the single serving side.

On the other hand, the 2 Way brew is not capable of using K-Cup pods because there is no adaptor or pod holder on the single serving side yet, it is still able to brew per cup or single with coffee grounds or soft pods which is why  the machine is called as “2 Way”. 

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way Design

There are more than one machines on both of these families by Hamilton Beach but we are not going to talk about all of them and we will pick only one machine from each line. From FlexBrew we are using the most popular 49976 machine while from 2 Way we are picking the equally well-known 49980Z. In a glance they may look similar and they do have the same height as well but when you place them side by side, the 2 Way brewer is slightly bulkier.

They are made mostly from plastic with some stainless plating at the front, probably for fashion and there is a set of buttons as well as small display to operate the machine. They will be packed with glass carafe with the same capacity at 12 cups and there are two water tanks inside FlexBrew machines for the carafe and single serving so it is not sharing the clear water compartment.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way Beverages

When shopping for any beverage dispensing or maker, our first part to consider is mostly about what kind of beverage they can make and since both of Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way are coffee maker, we can enjoy freshly brewed coffee anytime from any kind of coffee blends you prefer the most. They can use coffee grounds or if picking the 2 Way we can use Senseo soft pods as well but, as a higher model, the FlexBrew will also offer you a capability to brew from K-Cup pods.

This means we can drink almost anything with the machine because K-Cup pods are widely available and it carries various drink mix not only coffee such as tea and hot chocolate as well. However, it can’t be used with Nespresso pods for the original machines despite having many similarities to K-Cup.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way Features

On the additional features part, there is one feature that in our opinion will suit those who prefer their coffee to be a little bit stronger because any of these machines have the “Bold” setting on their brewing mode and it is used to increase the strength of your beverage but it may need some more time compared to the regular brewing mode. In addition, the Hamilton Beach FlexBrew have pause function to let you take the carafe before the machine finish brewing.

On the programmable part, we can adjust the waking and brewing hour or even auto shut-off when needed so the user don’t have to wake up early to prepare the drink which is very convenient and less time-consuming.

Brewing with Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way

Despite having some different features, Hamilton Beach FlexBrew and 2 Way are quite the same when it comes to brewing process because almost all of the process are still the same. First fill the water tank with adequate water especially for 2 Way machines so it won’t overflow and put the carafe or cup into the tray or heating plate. Then plug the machine and put the coffee grounds or soft pods in 2 Way or when using FlexBrew we can use K-Cup option for single serving and press the “Bold” setting when needed.

The next step is pressing the brew button on each machine and then wait for them to finish brewing then, we can start enjoying the beverage. As for FlexBrew, we can take the carafe before it finishes since the machine will pause the brewing when the carafe is removed.


These two close brothers are very similar to each other because as you can already guess, most of the functions remain the same with a single prominent exception on the capability to take K-Cup pods which is only possible with FlexBrew machines like 49976. This machine is also featured with automatic pause function that will stop the brewing process for a few seconds before resuming it again when you need to take the carafe before its finished the brewing process.

Hamilton Beach Flexbrew vs 2 Way

- TWO WAYS TO BREW: Brew a full pot using your favorite grounds on the carafe side, or make a cup for yourself using a K-Cup* pod or grounds on the single-serve side with this 2-in-1 coffee maker.
- SINGLE-SERVE: BREW WITH K-Cup* PODS OR WITHOUT. Pod holder and single-serve grounds basket are included. Features cup rest that adjusts to fit tall mugs and doubles as storage. pod-piercing needle removes for easy cleaning to prevent clogging.
- 12-CUP CARAFE SIDE. Features programmable timer, auto pause and serve and 2-hour auto shutoff.
- BREW TWO WAYS: Enjoy either a single serve cup (travel mug not included) or full pot of coffee with the 12 cup carafe
- FULLY PROGRAMMABLE: Wake up to a hot cup of coffee with fully programmable functionality and auto shutoff
- ADJUSTS TO YOUR CUP: Can brew directly into the carafe, a travel mug (not included) or a short cup


We are sure at this point you can already pick which machine to bring home because the difference is quite important and in general the FlexBrew is a more capable machine so if we are to choose, we do prefer this model over the other for convenience.

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