After years of using a basic coffee pot, my boyfriend and I decided to get one that actual had more than just an on and off switch. We found this coffee pot on sale, so it was fairly inexpensive for us. The coffee pot has an okay looking design - it could be better but it could be much much worse. It is very simple to use and all of the controls are clearly marked. Put your grounds and water in and hit start, boom, done. Our FAVORITE part of this coffee pot is the delayed brew setting though. You can place your grounds and water in the night before and set it for whenever you wake up. It is amazing to be able to wake up to fresh coffee without having to do anything first thing in the morning. There is a beep so you can hear when your coffee is done. After two hours our pot shuts itself off and it will beep to notify you of that too. We have had a few problems with the coffee pot. The first problem is the amount of grounds that SOMEHOW get into our coffee. We have no idea why this keeps happening, we have switched coffee filters and cleaned the machine about 20 times. Normally the grounds just settle in the very bottom of the pot so we know to just avoid the last bit of coffee. The second thing we have noticed is how fragile the actual glass pot seems to be. We have broken 2 pots by simply bumping them on the sink and then once on the sink faucet. I have never had such a fragile pot! We are on our third one and hopefully we do not shatter this one any time soon.