We've been very pleased with this coffee maker so far. We've had it for about a month and it is used daily (although mostly for making tea!)... The functions are all clear and nicely planned, and the design is beautfiul and clean (I especially love the toggle switch, which feels pleasantly solid and mechanical versus a plastic one). I really like the option to tell it you are brewing 1-4 cups, as well being able to adjust the temperature of the warming plate. We have well water, so the water filter is a nice feature as well, and I found it easy to insert the filter system.
The unit is rather tall, which could be an issue for some. Our cabients are low though, so we'd have to pull the unit out to fill it regardless of the model. We've had no issue filling the water reservoir, and it can be cleaned with a long scrub brush. I can see where for someone who isn't very tall, the lack of an exterior water level meter could make it difficult to use *if* -and only if - you don't use the markings on your carafe to gauge the water level. When I fill the carafe up to ten cups, I assume that what gets into the coffee maker is 10 cups minus a few drops, so I don't look at the meter anyway!
The only thing I would change is probably based in part on habit from our old coffee maker and in part on durability: I wish the lid to the Cuisinart cafare was hinged so you could just press to open, rather than having to snap the lid off and on when filling with water. While being able to remove the lid makes it easlier to clean the carafe, all that off and on seems like it will eventually cause the plastic lid to break. I'm thinking about trying to order a replacement lid now just in case.
As for price, we bought ours with a gift certificate so our out of pocket cost was about $30. I'm not sure, at full retail price of $150, that I would have bought this coffee maker, but the cooking.com price of $80 seems quite reasonable. As long as this one lasts for a few years, I'd gladly by again at that price.