The pros are you get a great morning starter coffee when travelling. I run water thru the pod twice to give me a long black rather than an espresso and since a pod machine at home runs much more water thru 1 pod I thought 'why not'... and I'm very satisfied with the result. The con's are there are so many separate parts to clean and some can be very difficult to separate, needing muscle. Also if you don't screw the top down tight enough it doesn't pierce the pod properly. Overall I'd recommend and I'm fussy. It's the best travel substitute than getting dressed to go buy one.