Being a senior, I prefer simple functionality to bells and whistles. So when my old Braun coffeemaker died, this Cuisinart seemed like a good compromise. And the quality of the coffee is good. But I really dislike the small opening for the water reservoir and the pronounced lip on the carafe. They necessitate my standing on tip-toes to fill the reservoir and still spilling water over the side. I decided to use a measuring cup to fill in the water, and that works much better. In addition, I can then measure the water exactly, which is very difficult to do when measuring it into the carafe. Overall, I wish I had heeded comments about filling the reservoir and perhaps looked at models at the store instead of just ordering online.