Hamilton Beach 40911 Iced Tea Maker – Full Review
The Hamilton Beach Iced Tea Maker brews up a fresh pitcher of tea in less than ten minutes. The large two quart pitcher holds enough tea for family gatherings, picnics or just to keep in the fridge for a refreshing drink any time of the day. The brewer brews the tea according to the strength settings you select and pours it into the pitcher. Fill the pitcher with ice before brewing so that the tea cools as it flows over the ice cubes. You can also use plain water instead of ice cubes, if you like.
Full instructions on how to make tea with this machine are imprinted on the slide out receptacle, so you never have to worry about losing the manual. The pitcher can be put onto the heating unit for compact storage. The slim design of the pitcher allows it to fit neatly in refrigerator doors. The lid fits snug to prevent leaks. Once you have added the tea and water, push the button and wait for the cycle to complete. The machine automatically shuts off when brewing is done.
- Slim, two quart pitcher.
- Indicator light.
- use tea bags or loose tea.
- Auto shut off when cycle completes, for safety.
- Adjustable strength selector.
- Electric powered.
- Hand wash only.
- Directions imprinted on the slide out receptacle.
- Brews a pitcher in about ten minutes.
- BPA free.
- Measures 17 ½ x 11 ½ x 4 ½ inches.
Hamilton Beach Iced Tea Maker FAQ’s
“How many family sized tea bags does it take to make a pitcher full of iced tea?”
About two family sized tea bags should do, but it depends on how strong you like your tea.
“I usually make tea in my coffee maker. Is there any advantage in using this machine instead?”
You will get the same results for hot tea with either machine. This machine is specifically designed for iced tea, which you can’t make with a coffee maker.
“How does this machine work? Do you put the bags in the basket or the pitcher?”
It is quite simple to use. Place the tea bags or loose tea in the basket. Fill the white part with water to the fill line. Fill the pitcher with ice to the fill line. Add flavor or sugar to the ice. Make sure the machine is plugged in and push the start button.
“Is this machine known to leak or did I get a dud?”
The machine is not known to leak.
“Can you make iced tea without putting ice in the pitcher?”
Technically, yes. Instead of ice, fill the pitcher part with water. This will dilute the tea to an iced tea level. To cool it down, put it in the fridge for a few hours.
“What size tea bags should be used?”
That depends on how strong you want the tea. One family sized tea bag equals about 3 regular tea bags, so most people use 2 family sized or 6 regular size.
“Will this machine fit under the kitchen cabinets? Does it steam a lot?”
It fits nicely underneath kitchen cabinets. No, it doesn’t seem to steam at all.
“How much loose tea do you use?”
The manual says to use about the equivalent of six tea bags.
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