This is hands down the best coffee maker I‘ve ever owned, and I‘ve owned lots, from generic Mr.Coffee knockoffs to some of Krups‘ finest.
The construction is solid and well conceived. Hats off to the Cuisinart engineers who designed & built this tribute to Rube Goldberg. Put beans and water in one end, and get hot delicious coffee out the other. It just plain works, and works well.
While the grind-n-brew is complicated to disassemble and clean, it‘s impossible to reassemble it wrong. It‘ll even beep at you if you try to turn it on without all the pieces in place.
Unfortunately, because it *is* such a pain to clean, I‘ve gotten lazy and have sometimes neglected to tend it properly after each cycle... but dispite this abuse, the Grind-n-Brew continues to crank out wonderful joe after 13+ months of daily, multiple-pots-per-day use. The original gold filter is still pristine, and while I‘ve kept my eye on it for signs of wear, I‘ve not been moved to replace it yet.
If you REALLY let things go, it‘ll eventually flash a "Clean Me Now" LED at you, which means it‘s time to run some standard coffee-pot cleaning solution thru it. It even has a "self clean" mode to make this process relatively painless.
HIGHLY recommended, assuming you‘ve had experience assembling Lego toys. If you think a regular Mr.Coffee is complicated, run away now.