My daughter bought a Hamilton Beach 6-Cup Brew Station for herself not long ago. Not even a month after the purchase we were in Wal-Mart together when she announced that she wasn’t happy with the coffee maker. She must have been reminded of it because we happened to be in the coffee machine aisle. Coffee is very important to her, she said, so she might as well invest in a better machine. She sighed saying, “I guess you get what you pay for.” I looked at the sample of the coffee maker she was not happy with, the Brew Station; it was only $17.00.
I asked her why she wasn’t happy with the coffee maker. She told me that the pot didn’t keep the coffee hot and that it made weak coffee. To compensate, she adjusted the amount of coffee she was adding to the coffee receptacle, but coffee is expensive so that wasn’t a good situation. So it made sense to her to ditch the inexpensive coffeepot, save some money on the amount of coffee she had to buy and invest more money on a better coffee making system.
I went to Amazon.com to read the reviews on this pot. The reviews on the Hamilton Beach 6-Cup Brew Station were all over the place. There were 35 five and four-star reviews and 27 three, two and one-star reviews. In other words, there were more customers that liked the pot than not, but not by a great margin.
The four and five star reviewers said things like “excellent coffee maker for single coffee drinker, piping hot, generous amount, no plastic taste, 4-cup filters work fine, perfect for me, great coffee maker, great value for a small coffee maker, it’s okay.” One person liked the picture instructions under the lid and had no problem with the manual. Other positive features are that the pot is attractive and doesn’t take up much room on the kitchen counter.
The three, two, and one-star reviewers had more specific and inventive statements about the pot. A three-star reviewer stated that the manual was unsatisfactory and the coffee was weak using the manufacturer’s recommended measurements. Another reviewer said that the amount of coffee the pot held was more like 6 teacups instead of 6 cups. Several said that the pot leaked on their counters and one reviewer was afraid of sparks because the cord was sitting in liquid. Another said that he/she regretted this purchase and another called it a “50-cent yard sale bit of junk.” One person said, “I want my Mr. Coffee back.” A couple of reviewers detected a plastic taste. Another complaint was that the pot scooted on the counter as the coffee mug or cup was pressed up to the dispenser.
To buy or not to buy is the question. It depends on what you want in a coffee maker and how much money you’ve got to spend. I hope this review helps you make up your mind if you’re thinking of purchasing this coffee maker.