Summary: The coffee-maker is great! But, if you live in an apartment (like I do) without a lot of counter space it's a bit of a pain. The lid on top (where you put the filter/coffee) opens upward as opposed to outward. Since I have cabinets located directly above the coffee-maker, I have to scoot the whole thing out to the edge of the counter to put the filter/coffee/water in.
Summary: We upgraded from the Hamilton Beach 47665 after a few years. This brewstation fixes the flaws in the older model and make coffee prep an ease. My two complaints are the lights from the LED i VERY bright and makes for a restless night on the couch when my wife makes me sleep there. Also, the heating element is quite loud. There is a noticeable hum when it is on. I do like the cold brew features, and the adjustable time for the heating element.
Excerpt: This is the perfect coffee maker for our household. After trying two Keurigs...both of which had to be returned because of malfunctioning water release.....purchased this one. It has been excellent for almost two years now....nothing malfunctions, coffee keeps hot, carafe doesn't leak( as noted in a couple of reviews), all features work as described. The pot vs single cup feature is the best part of the product.
Summary: We had a Hamilton Beach BrewStation Coffeemaker that we loved and that lasted for years. When it finally wore out after several years of daily use, we never considered any other brand or type of coffeemaker, just bought another HB BrewStation. Sadly, the changes incorporated in the new model have produced a very poor quality product.
Summary: How can a coffeemaker be problematic? This answers the question. It works fine, just it is designed, and therein lie the problems. There is a reservoir underneath the holding tank to catch condensation. It is on both sides, and needs to be emptied all the time. In my home there is no easy way to do that (the sink is too far and the cord is quite short). Everyday maintenance that I would rather not do. To get coffee one must press the cup against the release switch.