I bought one of these about 5 years ago until the hinge broke however it was used everyday. When I received this one it feels like the weight of the unit is about half of the older unit. I still gave it a shot and see no difference in performance. The older unit would take a break every now and then from beeping but the new one has never missed a beep when its ready to drop batter or retreive the waffle. overall i"d buy it again but the jury is still out if this one will last up to 5 years of continuous use.