I bout one off of eBay, brand new. It lasted three weeks before it would not brew. I had to restart every 5 seconds until it filled. They replaced it and this one lasted about six weeks until the same crap - says I need to clean it already, but it will not even do that. I was better off with $20 junk; at least I get 3-4 years out of them.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Well, just over a year ago we bought ours at BJ's. It started out fine, the light came on to clean, so I followed the instructions. I was still filling the pot, then the pot only filled up halfway, so I had to fill half and pushed the brew button! A lot of steam was escaping out from the top, meaning most of the water was boiling off into steam! It ended up only doing a quarter pot, that is when I decided to deposit it into the recycle bin and off it went to the dump this morning! And yes, it had great features, however the heating system and computer I think got fried. And of course, I went to the local store and purchased another coffee pot for $28. Most all coffee makers are made offshore. I tried to contact the company and you only get an 800 number and guaranteed to speak to a person who hardly speaks English. So this chicken ninja company puts all the barricades in front so you land in the FAQ's and you cannot directly communicate with them, letting them know their product fails terribly.