This is my very first coffee maker ever and got it because it was so much cheaper than the mini. Have it in mater bedroom/bathroom so I can make cup of coffee without having to make special trip downstairs to kitchen in the morning. Deciding which outlet to use was hardest part. Turns on automatically when you open it to put coffee packet in. Yes, the water tank is small and I fill past the fill line to the top. After one cup made, I reuse the same coffee packet (cuz they are expensive) and fill another half cup of water to the tank then add to first cup for about 10-12 oz worth of coffee. Other than having to run it twice, taking about 6min total, it's great. I don't mind the extra time because I'm busy getting myself presentable for new day.