We had a Cuisinart coffee pot for many years, which finally needed to be replaced. I thought this was the same style but when I got it I see there was a change. What I liked about the other pot was that it sat on a base which plugged into the wall and when you served coffee you were able to remove the pot without any wire attached and return it to the base where it kept warm. This pot has no separate base and you must plug it into the black area at the bottom. When you serve it you have to unplug it, and when finished plug it back in. I preferred the first method which had the flexibility for guests to refill their coffee without bothering with the plug in plug out situation. It makes good coffee, however.