This is a wonderful coffee maker! It's the easiest to set the time, and to program the time you want it to start brewing. The little green light will let you know when the auto-program is on. All you need to do is add the right amount of water, a filter, and your favorite coffee.
This unit uses #4 cone filters. Some might see this as a drawback. I see it as a plus. I've tried coffeemakers that use basket filters(which cost less than cone). Sometimes, the sides of the basket filter would tip over during brewing. This usually resulted in the grounds and water overflowing onto the coffee pot and the hot-plate. I don't have this happen with cone filters. I like the auto-pause feature. This allows you to pour a cup of coffee before the brewing cycle is finished.
This pot will automatically shut off in two hours, which is another feature I really like.
If you are not going to use all the coffee you brew within 30 minutes or so, it's best to pour the finished coffee into a thermal pot. I also recommend you let the pot cool before washing, and wash it using a sponge or cloth-nothing that could score the insides and cause it to crack later.