I love this machine!! It is easy to clean, easy to use, and makes really great coffee. It did take a bit of getting used to by adjusting the amount of coffee that I use, but once I figured that out, I was very happy with the coffee it was making. I've also used the espresso half a lot and it also makes great coffee, and is fairly easy to do. The machine takes up a lot of room on the counter, but really no more room than 2 separate machines and since its right next to the sink its easy to fill. The strength feature is wonderful - depending on the type of coffee I am using it is nice to be able to adjust the aftertaste that it leaves. I use this machine daily - multiple pots on both sides.