On switch/off switch, one color choice. Simple. Our coffee doesn't taste burned sitting on a too-hot heating plate like our old maker. Of course, if you wait too long it will cool down but it's still drinking temp for us. How boiling hot do you need to burn your mouth? Forgot once that the maker was on for four hours and poured the coffee out into a cup. It tasted fine. Other no-automatic-shut-off coffee makers would've burned the house down. Our old machine had a 2-hour shut-off feature but the coffee was so burned up it tasted horrible. A full carafe, just like our full tea kettle, will dribble when pouring so we only make 8 or 10 oz and have no problem pouring. We never get grounds overflowing out of the paper filter into the coffee carafe like our older expensive maker. We have no problem taking the filter basket in or out. To open out, slight pressure downward on the basket it comes out. Slide back in with the same slight downward pressure - no problem! We use BrewRite from Walmart for cleaning the unit once a month to cut down on mineral buildup and to clean out stains. Doesn't leak while brewing. Had a brew station type before this that leaked condensation all over the counter, the back of the electrical cord, and leaked profusely when the basket lid opened for cleaning. This Rival is a joy to use after that station mess. Did I mention? - under ten bucks! At this price we bought two in case we ever clumsily break the carafe, we'll have a backup.
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