I have used a lot of Presto products and have been happy with every one of them. When I purchased this electric Presto 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffeemaker O, I continued to be very happy. This is a nice choice for an alternative way to make coffee when you want something besides a conventional drip coffee maker. All the numbers that indicate water level are very easy to read. The basket that goes inside is very durable and easy to use. I do fill the basket up outside the coffee pot and then set it inside after filling the coffee maker with water. I do this to keep any unprocessed coffee grounds from falling into the water. The lid fits tightly on top. The handle is very sturdy and designed so that it can be picked up, coffee poured and then set the coffee maker back down using one hand. The balance is just right. The electrical cord is long enough and stays plugged into the base of the coffeemaker while I am using it. The pour spout has a nice angle on it to allow easy and precise coffee pouring. The whole unit is very easy to clean and is very durable.