I really enjoy using the Melitta 10-cup Perfection Cone Filter Manual Coffeemaker. I especially the cone design of the coffee filter holder. Even though the filter basket is made out of a plastic type material, I find it to be very durable. It is easy to clean. The handle on the side is perfectly balanced for placing or removing the coffee filter basket. I prefer the cone shape over a round filter shape because the filter stays in place better which results in less spillage of coffee grinds into the carafe. This glass carafe is very durable also. I have bumped and banged this carafe several times and each time I have had no chips, cracks or breakage. The handle to the glass carafe is strong and very durable also. The handle is designed so there is plenty of room to keep you hand or fingers away from the carafe when picking it up or sitting it down. The top that snaps into place for the carafe always fits snug and is easy to remove and clean.