I love love LOVE this coffee maker! I've been using this almost daily for about 2 years. I use both the carafe and the single serve side frequently and they're both amazing. I debated for a long time before purchasing this unit. I did a lot of research, and I went back and forth between this and a few other models. I'm SO HAPPY I MADE THIS PURCHASE! It gets used as much or more than any device in our house...I've gotten my money's worth several times over! This specific coffee maker is fabulous for a variety of reasons. First, the carafe is pretty standard. It makes an entire pot of coffee and it stays HOT for 2 hours. It has an auto shut off after 2 hours (which is awesome if you forget to turn it off before leaving the house). If you want the coffee to stay hot longer than 2 hours, just turn it back on after the auto shut off. Just the simple press of a button! This also has a timer, so you can set it to start making coffee at a specific time every morning. Just load the filter, water and grounds the night before. Set the timer and turn it on. That's it! You'll have delicious hot coffee waiting for you at your chosen time. And by far my favorite feature - the single serve side!!!! When my husband leaves early for work and I'm solo with the kiddos, this is the perfect thing for me. I don't have to make 4+ cups of coffee and throw half of it out. I can make any amount of coffee I want up to 2 cups! It's ridiculously easy to brew just 1 mug of coffee. Or, if you want a little more, I can fill my Yeti on the single serve side. It's soooo easy. I've had the same filter for almost 2 years and haven't needed to replace it. I just throw it in the dishwasher every few times I use it and it's still working really well.