Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker Review

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The Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker is created for home use.

It’s very easy to use and you can use any ground coffee you have available with it. No messing around with K-cups, coffee pods or other prepackaged coffee, just scoop, place, brew.

You have the option to choose between two cup sizes: 8 or 14 oz. Since it brews one cup of coffee at a time you can easily choose between flavors and settings for each cup of coffee.

Let’s look at what else I found during my research below.

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Description | Coffee Making Process | Type Of Coffee | Other Beverages | Filters | Water | Amount of Coffee Per Serving | Brewing Time | Controls | How To Clean | Warranty | Features | Dimensions | Power | Accessories | Pros | Cons | User Tips | Consumer Reviews | Price | Conclusion

Description Of The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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The Hamilton Beach 49981A is a popular single cup drip coffee maker that brews a cup of coffee in 90 seconds. You can choose for a bigger size of cup, which will take two and a half minute to brew. If you prefer bold coffee, it will take a little bit longer, but still within a reasonable time frame.

Basically the Hamilton Beach 49981A is a single cup drip coffee maker which allows you to brew any flavor or brand of your choice that is of standard drip coffee maker grind. If you want to adjust the strenght of your coffee, you can easily do that by adjusting the amount of water you use, or the kind of grind your coffee has. Keep in mind that very fine grinds may cause the machine to overflow. A coarser, looser grind is recommended by the manufacturer.

Since it’s a single cup coffee maker, the water reservoir isn’t so much a reservoir, as it only holds enough water for one cup of coffee (8oz, or 14oz for travel mugs). You need to add water for each cup of coffee once you are finished with brewing the previous cup of coffee.

How To Make Your Coffee With The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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Once you have your Hamilton Beach 49981A set up, you should run one or two clean water cycles through the machine before first use. This will help in removing any bad or “new appliance” taste you would otherwise have.

To make your coffee, the following process is followed:

  • Make sure that your coffee maker is plugged in.
  • Use the cup or mug you will use to measure the water you need.
  • Lift the lid to the water reservoir and pour the water in  (make sure you don’t go below the minimum or above the maximum level). Close the lid.
  • Adjust the cup rest so your cup is close to the dispensing nozzle.
  • Scoop coffee grounds in the scoop filter. Look at the markings for the 8oz and 14 oz cup of coffee (make sure you don’t fill it above the MAX fill line).
  • Place the scoop in the machine.
  • Close the lid and choose “Regular” or “Bold” to start your coffee.
  • Regular: standard automatic drip coffee.
    Bold: flavored, decaf, finely ground and premium brand ground coffee.

I found a video that will show you exactly how to use the Hamilton Beach 49981A to brew your cup of coffee. You can use this in addition to the explanation above:

What Types Of Coffee Can You Use With The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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The Hamilton Beach 49981A doesn’t need pre-packaged K-Cup packs or coffee pods. This will keep the extra costs for this single cup coffee maker much lower in comparison with other brands. It comes with a mesh scoop and lets you choose whatever flavor (hazelnut, vanilla, etc.), brand and strenght (regular or bold) you want.

Other Beverages The Hamilton Beach 49981A Makes

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While you can’t exactly make other beverages with the Hamilton Beach 49981A, you can use it to heat water for tea, hot chocolate and such.


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You do not need to purchase additional filters for this coffee maker. There are two scoop filters included that fit perfectly.


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It’s recommended to use bottled or filtered water for a better tasting coffee. However, you can just as easily use regular tap water.

Amount Of Coffee Per Serving

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With the Hamilton Beach 49981A you have two options: 8oz and 14oz. The machine accommodates a mug that is 7” tall or less. If you adjust the cup rest to the high position, it’s perfect for a cup that is 4″ tall or less.

Brewing Time Of The Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

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For a regular 8oz cup it takes 90 seconds to brew your coffee. For a 14oz travel mug you need to count 2 and a half minutes. Choosing for the Bold setting will also take more brewing time, as well as the grind you choose for your coffee. A finer grind takes longer to brew.


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The controls are very easy. You have two buttons: “Regular” and “Bold” and one LED light which indicates the brewing process has started.

You can stop the brewing process by pushing the “Regular” or “Bold” button anytime during the brewing process.

If you forget to add the water before starting the brewing process, the coffee maker won’t start. The LED light will blink and the machine will turn off automatically.

Hamilton Beach 49981A Cleaning And Maintenance

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It’s recommended to clean your Hamilton Beach 49981A coffee maker once a month. If you have hard water you should do it every week. This is how you should clean it:

  • pour a mixture of white vinegar (1/2 cup) and cold water (1/2 cup) into the reservoir.
  • press the button for regular or bold once.
  • 30 seconds in the brewing process, push the button again to stop the process and allow the vinegar to clean.
  • after 30 minutes allow it to finish the brew cycle.
  • when the brew cycle is finished, wait for the unit to cool.


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There is a one year warranty for the Hamilton Beach 49981A. You are responsible for all costs associated with returning the product. However, if you use the coffee maker for other than single-family household use or subjected to a voltage other than specified the warranty will become void.

You can find a copy of the warranty here.

Features Of The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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  • Low price per cup compared to leading competitors’ single-size packshamilton beach 49981a
  • Automatically shuts off after brewing
  • Brew your favorite choice of coffee
  • Choose between a 8oz cup or 14oz travel mug
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Less than 90 seconds to brew a 8oz cup of coffee
  • Wide drip tray on base acts as a spill-resistant drain for excess coffee
  • No need for paper filters, stainless steel mesh scoop filter is included
  • UL rated for Household Use Only

Dimensions Of The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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Width: 7.6 in

Depth: 9.8 in

Height: 13.5 in

Weight: 5.6 lbs

Cord: 24 inches with a two-pronged plug


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Max Power Consumption: 1300 W

Voltage: 120 V

Frequency: 60 Hz

The Hamilton Beach 49981A shuts off automatically after brewing, which helps in saving energy.

Accessories For The Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

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On the site of the manufacturer the following is available:

  • travel mug
  • a replacement mesh scoop
  • filter basket
  • filter holder
  • multilevel cup rest


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  • easy to operate
  • it’s small size makes it perfect for small kitchens, dorm rooms, home offices, …
  • you can use any brand or flavor of ground coffee
  • different settings for different coffee strenghts
  • more economical than single cup coffee makers that use K-cups or coffee pods
  • good flavor of coffee


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  • no reservoir so you need to heat and brew each cup of coffee seperately
  • overflow can happen when you use finely ground coffee, too much coffee or too much water
  • coffee may drip for several minutes after brewing
  • no auto start feature

User Tips For The Hamilton Beach 49981A

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While I went through all the information available on the Hamilton Beach 49981A, I collected a few tips users shared. I hope this will help you brew the perfect cup of coffee when you purchase the Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker:

  • Different reviews suggest that you might need to experiment to find the perfect combination for your taste: reduce the amount of water, add coffee, different brand, …
  • If your coffee isn’t hot enough after brewing you could rinse your cup with hot water before you start brewing. Or you could use room temperature or warm water for brewing.
  • On the other hand, refrigerated water will reduce the heat of your coffee, so it’s not recommended to use it to brew your coffee.

Consumer Reviews

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At the time of writing this review, the Hamilton Beach 49981A is a bestseller on Amazon. It’s ranked as the number6 Single-Serve Brewers bestseller. With 2276 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.1 stars it comes highly recommended.

Most users love the fact that they use their favorite brand of coffee and are not required to use special and expensive K-cups, coffee pods or capsules. However, it’s messier to clean up this way. Few people have complained about this, but the overall impression is good.

You can read more consumer reviews here on Amazon.


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The Hamilton Beach 49981A is reasonably priced for a single serve coffee maker. You can check the price over at Amazon.com.

Check the price here.


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The majority of people who bought and reviewed the Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker are happy with their purchase. While I agree that it’s a great purchase for home use you might want to keep in mind that it can take a little bit of experimenting before you find just the right way of brewing coffee for you. Also the fact that it’s a bit messier to clean up compared to other single cup coffee makers is something to keep in mind.

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