I received the Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker as a gift and I love the convenience of it. I love the fact that the carafe can keep coffee hot without scorching it for hours. My family has lots of different start times for our days so it makes it nice that the first person up can make coffee and it's still fresh and hot for the next person that gets up a few hours later. Now the downside. I'm not sure if all of the carafes leak or not. But mine certainly does. It leaks only when I'm pouring the coffee so I'm not sure if mine has a crack that isn't visible near the top or not, but it's leaked since the first day that I got it. The other thing that I don't like is the difficulty I have in cleaning the carafe. The neck of the carafe is narrow so it's difficult to get inside to give it a good cleaning. I did purchase one of the dishwashing sponges that are on the end of a plastic handle and that fits inside and cleans it nicely.