I've had my Capresso for a long time, maybe 8 years. A few months ago the hinge in the plastic lid broke. I can still hook the lid in so it's held open for filling but have to be careful to hold the lid when pouring lest it fall off. Now I'm getting tired of doing this and will buy another kettle. I've read descriptions of all the "best" kettles, but the simplicity of the Capresso is really what I like and want. I would not mind paying more if Capresso upgraded to a stainless lid and hinge (which would probably mean it would last decades), but 8 years seems a pretty good lifespan for something I use every day. As others have said, it's functional and attractive. The bells and whistles on other kettles are nice, I suppose, but not important to me. If the water level isn't quite high enough and the kettle switches off too soon, I hold the button until I see the water boiling as I want it. This forcing does not seem to harm the mechanism of the on/off switch. The kettle holds enough water to fill a fairly large teapot, enough to satisfy two avid tea drinkers (in my family, anyway). It's easy to clean. And visitors who see it comment on how attractive it is. What's not to like? I'm getting another.