Hamilton Beach 40911 2-Quart Electric Iced Tea Maker, White
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- Measures 17-1/2 by 11-1/2 by 4-1/2-inch; wash only by hand.
- Slim, 2-quart pitcher fits in refrigerator door
- Indicator light and automatic shutoff
- Adjustable brew-strength selector
- Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
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We had a Mr Coffee tea maker for years. It was fine at first, but increasingly problematic.
First, physical weaknesses: The pitchers crack and warp slowly but steadily, so won't last forever. You can replace them for about ten bucks, but with shipping that's half the cost of an entirely new unit. And you can't put them in the dishwasher, so you'll probably want at least several up front anyway, so that you can clean them.
Second, cleaning problems. Unlke the Hamilton Beach tea makers, the Mr Coffee bags go in the brewing housing, which has to be removed and cleaned separately from the pitcher. And if you forget to do that, you'll have yucky (even moldy) tea bags the next time you go to make tea, even if that's within two days.
Hamilton Beach instead keeps the bags' brewing area inside the pitcher itself, which you can refridgerate and prevent yuck and mold from occuring. Plus, the Mr Coffee station drips TEA on the counter as soon as you remove the pitcher, whereas the Hamilton Beach only drips WATER since the tea process is all contained in the pitcher itself.
Further, the Mr Coffee series requires that the pitcher get very close to the brew housing station, with the tea just BARELY getting into the spout, or else you'll get tea dripped on the counter WHILE brewing. That messiness increases as the pitcher begins to warp and crack. Hamilton Beach bests that both by including a pull-out tray that HOLDS the pitcher in the correct position, and by having the tea drip directly to the center of the pitcher rather than milimeters from the edge of the spout.
Above all, the Hamilton Beach series simply makes better tea.Read more ›
Thanks to this new iced tea maker, I did not grieve long! Based on the sensational reviews that I read here, and the fact that the reviewers noted the same problems with their Mr. Coffee's as I did, I purchased this one and received it last week. I've spent the last week perfecting the process and am totally satisfied with the product and with the tea.
It is very easy to keep clean. Because only water goes in the tower, there's no need to worry about cleaning it with soap and water. I often felt the need to clean out the tower of the Mr. Coffee because the brew basket leaked into it, and was always careful with the cord. No such problem with this one.
Having the brew basket inside the carafe has completely eliminated the leaking I noted with the Mr. Coffee. I have Corian counters and often found the need to scrub them after brewing with the Mr. Coffee due to leaking.
As another reviewer noted, the tea is dark and vibrant as soon as dispensing starts. With the Mr. Coffee, it did not retain the water and tea long enough for brewing to truly to get underway. I always used the Mr. Coffee on the strongest brew setting just to get medium-bodied tea. Not so with this Hamilton-Beach. I use the medium and get medium tea.
The size is a plus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am addicted to ice tea. I don't drink coffee or colas and am very particular to the quality of tea that I drink. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sunshine46
I was so happy to receive this. I had an old one but it leaked and it makes the best tea so I just had to have another one. It came so quickly which I was very happy about.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
My one star is NOT for the iced tea maker, it's for the ridiculous price being charged for it. The iced tea maker is fine, I own one now and I've had several over the years. Read morePublished 7 months ago by RPHNOCK