Clearly marked volume measurement lines can be read from inside or outside the canister. A dripless toggle faucet is positioned so that almost every last drop will pour out--no waste. In addition to brewing coffee, it can heat water for instant beverages or tea. To reheat cold coffee or other beverages by remove basket and filter, refill canister at least up to the 12-cup mark, and plug the unit in; the green "ready" light will come on when it's been reheated.
Cleaning the coffee maker is important for consistent coffee quality. Wash basket, stem, and cover in hot soapy water, then rinse and dry completely. Coffee stains can be removed by using a non-abrasive cleanser. Do not wash the parts in dishwasher; it may discolor them. Clean outside of unit with a soft cloth or sponge. Clean the inner heating well by using the metal cleaning tool provided with a scouring pad. The coffee maker measures 12 by 16 inches (including lid and handles). It includes a one-year West Bend warranty against defects and comes with a detailed booklet of instructions and tips. --Garland Withers