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Want to like it, might, we'll see
October 13, 2018
I'm coming from a Cuisinart that I'm tired of its heating plate rusting. I want to like this Hamilton Beach. Nice design. Front access is a great idea and works well. I'm not sure the "optional" charcoal filter is big enough to actually do anything. Its like really? Cuisinart's is also not that big and you have to change it regularly for it to be effective. This one's charcoal "filter" is even smaller. Not going to mess that that as an option.
Does Hamilton Beach not understand the idea of HOT? I have replacement coming and hoping the first one has some defect. The water is not up to the recommended temperature for making coffee of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. The temp is in the 160's. Its fast to brew but given it doesn't heat the water up to the right high temp no wonder.
Replacement here Sunday. We'll see. Might be going back for full refund. Really wanted to like this thing. Looks good, front fill design nicely done. But appearance and design is quite useless if it doesn't make a good HOT cup of coffee!
Edit: New one arrived Sunday, yesterday. Coffee this morning same problem. Its not hot folks. Sorry but when the coffee starts out warm by the time you get half way through the cup its cool. Going back. How hard is this Hamilton Beach?