I have to say that it only takes one or two episodes of spilling hot coffee on yourself or burning your kitchen counter to become very particular about your home coffee maker. This is one item in the household that I feel you should never skimp on as it costs a lot more to fix your kitchen counter (not to mention skin burns) than it does to buy a good, quality, coffee pot. I drink a lot of coffee on a daily basis and have been very pleased with the KitchenAid JavaStudio 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker. The capacity is more than adequate (10 cups per fill) and it doesn't have problems with leaking, etc. It is also very easy to use---I have had some coffee makers in the past that seem to be almost impossible to program correctly, but this one is quick and easy and I can wake up to nice, hot pot of coffee every morning without getting burned in the process! I highly recommend this coffee maker.