This coffee maker is pretty easy to use and is convenient, especially if you have to go someplace quickly. After turning it on you just wait a bit, then press your mug against the button and it pours right into your cup. No extra pot needed for this. The flavor station can be useful if you need that, but I don't use it all that much. You pour the flavoring in the dispenser so its there. Doesn't take up too much extra space, but it isn't really all that necessary. Brew Performance Stays warm and comes out well. I love the smell, which most of these have. Ease of Cleaning Very easy to clean as there is no extra pot that needs to be cleaned after every time you brew it. Ease of Use You just push the mug underneath and there it is. Design Nothing special. The digital screen seems to have a lot of problems with the clock though. It keeps skipping ahead on my unit to the wrong time, not sure why. Just a minor thing though, you aren't buying it for the clock. Durability No issues of any kind just yet.