This is a wonderful coffee maker!
I received this as a gift a few months back as well (I love getting gifts). I must say I was impressed by the Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker. I don't think I'd ever drink 12 cups in a day but I like having that option just in case guests decide to stay overnight.
My favorite feature about this coffee maker is the additional filter. I have very hard water in my part of Northern California and this filter makes a huge difference in taste! I only need one additional paper filter and that's good enough to keep the coffee grounds out of my pot.
The timer on the Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Coffee Maker is pretty easy to set, too. I also like the option of making a stronger brew in the morning. You can set the coffee maker to automatically make a stronger brew, and then turn the dial to make it even stronger. Sometimes you need to be a little more alert in the morning!
The self-cleaning feature works o.k. The instructions say to use undiluted vinegar and run it through a couple of times. I did it twice and ran water through it twice. I needed one more time to get the vinegar smell completely out.
Overall, this is a very good product. I would recommend this as a gift to someone who occasionally drinks coffee or wants the option of serving it to guests. It is fairly inexpensive and is good quality for every dollar spent.