Pros: Hammacher Schlemmer's Lifetime Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction
Cons: Coffee is not hot if carafe has not been pre-warmed; filter basket; lid.
I researched (on Epinions.com of course), various coffeemakers as it seems we run through them every few years. My search was finally narrowed down to a Bunn and this one. I liked the Bunn because I know it makes great tasting coffee but my husband did not like the fact it drew on electricity by having to keep the water constantly hot.
So, I ended up with the Zojirushi mainly (to keep my husband happy) and because Hammacher Schlemmer offered a lifetime guarantee of complete satisfaction. In that regard, and because we have been dissatisfied with so many other brands, I only coughed once or twice when paying $99.95 for the unit plus shipping. (In prior years, I have paid everything from $19.95 for my beloved Proctor Silex to $70 something for a Black & Decker. I never thought I would see myself paying $100 for a coffeemaker but with the great guarantee I thought I couldn't lose.)
This model had the main features I was seeking - auto shut-off and a programmable timer. What we didn't realize is that the programmable feature doesn't make sense with a stainless carafe because no one is awake at 5AM to heat up the carafe first to keep the coffee hot. (There is no warming tray with the stainless carafe.) My husband hates this because it means his coffee, although just brewed for his wake-up time, is not hot (since he does not get up earlier to heat up the carafe first) and he has to warm his coffee in the microwave (which doesn't taste great).
This has been a great disappointment to both of us. We have gotten by with it but in all honesty if I can't have a Bunn I will most likely return to my beloved Proctor Silex. (The coffee tasted just as good as in the Zijirushi and for less the price. The main issue with our Proctor Silex was in forgetting to turn it off; and that was years ago so they have probably improved it by now.)
And oh yes, as others have said, properly aligning the filter in the basket of the Zojirushi is a bit of a pain at times as is properly aligning the carafe once the lid is in place.