I researched coffee pots like crazy before buying this one. I ultimately prefer the Hamilton Beach one that dispenses and has no carafe, however, after years of owning them, the slow dispense got to me and I decided to go back to having a pot I can pour. I don't want to wait a minute and a half for one standard sized cup of coffee to dispense. There are times I want to have one cup of decaf in the evening, etc, which is why this one caught my eye. I had several questions and posted them at walmart.com and surprisingly I did receive quite a few answers. It is $69 at walmart.com but I chose to look at my local Walmart first; it was not in stock. I took a trip to Target and it was on sale for $59 so that's where I bought it. (Regularly $79 at Target#. I've had it for one day and so far this is what I can say about it. First, this coffeemaker is larger than most, as it takes more counter space but the fact that it has the extra single serve side makes sense on why it does. Also, #and this has been with every Hamilton Beach I've owned, which is about 6# the clock intermittently works. I thought, at first, it was lit only when it brews, but that's not the case. I can't figure out a pattern on when it's lit or unlit. If you use your coffee pot as your kitchen clock you won't like the clock on this one. I had asked if you can use a standard size coffee mug on the single side or if it had to be the tall to-go ones. I was answered yes, and this is true. What the description fails to tell you is that the little part the cup sits on flips over so it's taller, therefore making your mug higher and closer to the brew, eliminating splashing. Very nice, it works great. Also, the little part the cup sits on is not a warmer, so you can use any cup on it, even something like styrofoam. This morning was my first whole pot of coffee to brew and first of all, the resevoir is a small, skinny one in the very back, so it's not easy to fill, and the level indicator so you can see how much water you've put in is on the right side in the very back so you can't see it. I can't see it at all because of where my coffee pot has to be on the counter, I need mine to be on the left and obviously, I would prefer it in the front. I did notice just now, though, that there is a level on the inside to fill 12 cups (but no markings for less than that), and as long as you're tall enough you can see it while you are pouring in the water. I don't use my pot to pour the water in, I dispense it out of the faucet #I have one of those faucets that extends). Anyway, it took 20 minutes to brew a 12 cup pot. Not too bad but in the past, when I've had brand new coffee pots they brew much faster and I do have a concern of once this gets a little older how long it will take. Also, there is no sound or any type of indication when it's done brewing, you just have to know. The coffee warmer stays on for 2 hours. My other Beach Hamiltons have had the option of choosing 1, 2, 3 or 4 hours. Overall, I'm happy with it. It's up to you, obviously, if the functions and/or features are what you are looking for or what you want to stay away from.
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