Don't settle for this. Either buy something cheaper or go Technivorm and never have to deal with it again.
Positive Product Points
Decent cup of coffee. Looks nice.
Negative Product Points
You better drink it fast, because that thermal carafe isn't going to keep it at a drinkable temperature for more than 45 minutes. If I had lived through the WWII this would have caused severe trauma - waking up to a very long air raid siren every morning as the grinder does its thing. Why did I pay $100 for this thing?
It arrived by UPS around 3:00pm. Not too late for coffee. So I set it up and watched it go. I was startled at the sound of the grinder. It really is unbelievably and unacceptably loud. For a drip machine it produced an all right cup of coffee. My roommate and I gave it the thumbs up. I had worse at my mothers. ("I brewed it yesterday. Just stick in the microwave.")
BUT after a few days we were able to admit to ourselves our $100 purchase may have been a mistake. We both were very disappointed with the thermo pot. It kept the heat a little better than our glass French press. And I must say, I was worried about waking the neighbors every morning, as I live in a condo. It had to go back.
I was thinking about trying the burr grinder version, but after reading reviews on this site I was won over by everyone's raging praise for the Technivorm. I wasn't ready to spend that kind of money, but hey, it was Christmas time, your supposed to max out your credit cards. I'm so glad I shelled out the $230 for my Technivorm. $100 is a lot of money for this Cuisinart. It is a generic drip coffee maker wrapped in stainless steel with a grinder attached and a trustworthy name stamped on it. After returning this I realized that just because a company makes one product that stands out above the rest (Cuisinarts food processors), doesn't mean all of their products do.
p.s. I hate my Cuisinart toaster too. But I still love my Cuisinart Food Processor.
It arrived quickly and was returned without any problem.