We purchased this because it was, quite frankly, one of the cheapest coffee makers available when we moved. I liked that it showed you how much water you poured in from the side. This came in handy if you sploshed water over the side accidentally as you filled it. I liked the simplicity of the filter system and my favorite feature was that we could program it to have our coffee ready in the morning. I did always worry that the water or coffee would spill a bit into the buttons and interfere with that function. One morning it did when the carafe wasn't fully in the coffee maker, but in enough to allow the coffee to run. The program feature never worked again, but my biggest complaint was the volume level. Even though our bedroom was at the opposite end of the house from the kitchen, each morning I would wake up thinking that a rocket was launching into space nearby. The coffee maker builds to such a rumble that the kids would wake up when the coffee went off. It got so bad we had to switch brands.