We actually have a very old version of this coffee maker. We have had 2 of them and still have the carafe from the first one. It comes in really handy when we have extra people over. We can brew one pot and immediately brew the next. We really like the coffee maker, and especially like the thermal carafe which keeps the coffee warm for a long time. And, the quality is really good, because we've had ours for several years, and it is still going strong.