I wanted the same coffee maker as my sisters and finally found one at an excellant price (refurbished). I'm only using it a month now and thought there was something wrong with it because there seemed to be a little water on the counter after washing the carafe. I finally figured out that the top lid would drop condensation down the back of the machine while removing the strainer basket. My sister said hers does that too. I still like the coffee it makes..nice and hot.