Pros: Timer/auto-start feature. Automatic off in 2 hours. Filter easy to clean.
Cons: Buttons too narrow. Carafe tends to 'dribble' unless poured carefully
Ah, finally... An automatic coffee pot that would have my nectar of life ready when I stumbled to the kitchen! And even better, if I forget to shut it off in my mad dash to get the boys to school then it would do it for me!!
Overall, this is a nice coffee maker. It has a large 12 cup capacity. Brewing time is reasonably short even for a full pot. The DeLonghi has the permanent filter which is fairly easy to clean. Just remove the basket and dump the grounds (or save them for compost, rose gardens...). the basket does need to be rinsed out to remove all of the grounds. This works for the best since you no longer need to buy the paper filters. Economical and environment friendly. The cone holder for the filter basket also comes out for cleaning. However, since it is white it is permanently stained a lovely taupe shade on the inside. Both are dishwasher safe.
The 12 cup carafe has a nice, solid feel to it and has a metal band around the top. The lid lifts up by the top of the handle in a smooth, easy movement. This can also come off for washing but retains the coffee stains. The downside to the carafe is that it is a dribble pot - not bad but there is some leakage when you pour into the water tank. I keep the bottom edge of the carafe at the right side of the water tank and pour into the the left side. The drip seems to be average for a full pot or half pot. The water tank has a level ball and cup indicator on the side of the pot. The ball doesn't always go up with the water without a tap but the water remains clearly visible in the indicator.
The digital timer buttons are the real downside to this pot. They are roughly 1/2 inch long a just about 1/8 inch wide. They can be awkward to hold down and set. I vehemently recommend that you set the brew time first. To do this, you hold down the BREW button and then use the hour and minute buttons. Once this is done, then set the time. It is easy for a finger to slip off of the narrow buttons and have to start all over. To set the coffee pot to auto-brew, you press the start button once and a red light comes on. To brew without the timer you press the start button twice and a green light comes on. The auto-shut off feature works for both regular brewing and timer brewing. The coffee pot stays on for 2 hours and then turns off.
In spite of the buttons, this is a very good coffee pot. Easy to clean, with no more crevices than the standard pot. I do enjoy it!