Ok, so I've only owned it one day...but I researched percolators after the carafe cracked AGAIN on my BUNN machine. I've always liked how fast BUNN machines make a pot...but I also just took mine apart to get the water out and GROSS...that isn't sanitary!!! So, after looking up many online, my local store had this one in stock. I've only made 2 pots of coffee now, but it was flawless, and hands down smoothest best tasting coffee I've had in years. This coffee is BETTER than what you get at a coffee place. I just used my stand by favorite canned coffee (Chock full of Nuts brand) and the directions do say to "wet" the filter basket to prevent sediment. We didn't even do that and there were no grounds out in the coffee. I like that you don't need to burn your hand prying the guts out to avoid the grounds, the spout is positioned below the grounds, so you won't get a mess in your cup. I did buy the replacement plan for $4 since websites mentioned percolators as a whole wearing out early. It was worth it to know I'd get a replacement if anything happens. Honestly, most drip machines only last 2 years anyway, even the pricier grind and brew with high end names only give you 3-4 years.