What do you like best?
TypePad is an easy-to-use, if limited, blogging tool. I really appreciate the ease of use, UX and features. I use it to publish several blogs. WYSIWYG interface is intuitive. Pricing is not too bad.
What do you dislike?
I know enough to be dangerous with tools like WordPress. I wish TypePad offered advanced features - as the WP tools are important but difficult to use. I specifically wish TypePad offered redirect tools and an ability to create more robust menus. I also wish I could archive/back-up my posts more effectively. All of that said, I continue to use TypePad as WordPress is difficult for me to use.
Recommendations to others considering the product
If you're looking to host your own site, for advanced SEO features, TypePad might not be robust enough for you. It's certainly easy to set-up, requires no maintenance, and I love the WYSIWYG interface. I do wish it had some of the more advanced features of WordPress, like menus and advanced SEO (redirects, specifically). That said, it's my go to choice for basic blogging.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
Blogging for personal and small business use. Quick deployment of blogs.