The Mr. Coffee ECM21 is a great machine for those on a budget. It brews up to 8 cups of coffee and up to 4 cups of espresso.
It's great for everyday use and for entertaining house guests. It has some of the features that you would need in a coffee maker: pause and serve, removable reservoir, dishwasher safe carafe and removable drip tray, etc.
This unit, however, does not have a programmable timer nor a heating plate. These missing features can be overlooked though, given the affordability of this machine.