This Black & Decker 12-cup coffee maker is a very good buy for the price. I was looking for a coffee maker that just brewed ground coffee and got a real bargain with this coffee maker. It has a programmable clock-timer that allows me to have fresh brewed coffee when I awake in the morning. It also has an auto shutoff so if I leave the house and forget to turn it off, it does that for me. The interrupt feature also allows meto grab a cup while coffee is still brewing if I get up before the entire pot is perked. I especially like the hot plate that maintains the coffee''s temperature until the carafe is empty. Brew Performance I am always happy with the coffee now that I have decided just how much ground roast to use. Since it has the timer, I get my cup of coffee just how I like it, when I want it. Could not be happier with the brew performance. Ease of Cleaning I guess no coffee maker is something anyone wants to clean. The only way it would be perfect is if you could put it in the dishwasher. Being that you cannot do that, it is relatively easy to just rinse it out and wipe with a cloth to get the coffee off the area around the basket. Ease of Use Does not take any training since it is just add water and coffee and press start. Even if you want to set the timer, it is self-explanatory so it is an easy task. Design I chose the white since it matches the kitchen appliances and am happy with it. Durability Since this coffeemaker is used daily, it is holding up well and I do not expect to have any problems with it in the near future. Black & Decker is a reliable brand.