I had a Cuisinart Grind-n-Brew for about 9 years. The LCD went, and the thing was a pain to clean, so I upgraded to this one. I have had it for about 3 weeks, and so far, I like it. It is a snap to clean daily, and the chute for the grounds from the grinder to the filter is easy to access and clean weekly (I use a paper towel to wipe it out). The controls are self explanatory, and I did not need the included DVD to figure out how to work it -- a 5 minute review of the manual is sufficient. The only real negative is that the design of the thermal carafe makes you tip it almost upside down to get the coffee out of the spout. But, this is a small price to pay for a carafe that will keep a half pot of coffee hot without burning for 5 hours.