OK... we wanted a single-serve coffee maker that would use regular grounds. After reading the reviews here, we decided to take the plunge and purchase this one. Well, I will start with the good or at least the adequate things about this maker.
First, it's attractive for what it is.
Secondly, it does brew very fast.
Thirdly, the cost isn't bad.
Now for the bad and the ugly...
First, it is a pain to clean. You have to clean the scoop, the scoop holder and the main basket along with the cover than holds all of it in place. The seal MUST be wiped each time of you risk the thing not brewing correctly the next cup.
Secondly, it DOES splatter no matter what size cup you use or how you position it. No matter what anyone else says, my wife will attest to the splatter mess it makes each and every cup! The cup holder has only one upper position which is simply inadequate. I used a cup that overlapped the basket height to try to reduce the splattering (which it did some) but then if you make a full cup, you can't angle it enough to get it out from under the basket without spilling it. So you are forced to use a cup that's just below the basket which leads to more splattering (unless you want less than a full cup of coffee that is). The cups I used were 12 oz. and 14 oz. The 14 oz. is too tall. The 12 oz. was a good height, but didn't eliminate the splattering. If you use a regular 8 oz. cup, forget about it... you will have more splattering.
Thirdly, and lastly... the water is heated so fast that it's not as hot as a conventional coffee maker. So, you better heat your cup or at least run hot water in it if you want your coffee to stay at a good temperature.
One bit of advice... if you get this item, this may help you a little bit. I like a strong cup of coffee, not "espresso" strong, just a good hearty cup of coffee. I found that if I used regular/coarse ground coffee, I got a weak cup of coffee on regular brew. It got a little stronger if I brewed it on strong though. I also used a premium fine ground coffee and found that it takes less coffee to make a good cup, but, be prepared for the fine "dust" that will be in your cup along with the oils from the premium blends. The "micro filters" are metal and are NOT fine enough to remove the "dust" grounds from the premium brand coffees.
And oh, BTW, if you are accustomed to having more than one cup of coffee at a sitting, then you will NOT want this item. It's simply not worth the hassle, at least to us.
Overall, we were so disappointed in this little maker that we returned it to our neighborhood store. We would NOT recommend this to anyone unless you like to clean your counters, clean the entire maker between cups, and don't care about the overall quality of your java. Other than those things, this thing was OK!