It holds a little under 6 cups of water. No idea where they got 8 cups from. I was so excited for this to be larger than the one that just broke on me... but it's about the same size. The handle is all attached to the base and the ring around it near the top and it's flimsy. As long as you handle it with care it should be fine. if your making coffee on the run, might not be a good idea.
I bought this press mainly because it is made in USA. Because of that, I expected good quality but was sorely disappointed. #1-it doesn't sit level on counter. One foot bent. #2- the filter on plunger is smaller than carafe and grounds get past and into coffee cup. I was really excited about the red color-so pretty. Long story short........I bought my previous brand again.
Oh my god! It's absolutely horrible. When I opened box I almost have a heart attack when I saw this mess of broken glass and even the red paint disappeared from the top. I never ever saw this kind of delivery for my big experience of ordering online. Very disappointed.