BUNN Coffee Maker Showdown (Best Brewers 2017)
Are you currently shopping around for a new BUNN coffee maker and finding yourself confused with all of the different types offered by BUNN then you’ve landed on the right page. I can understand how you might be confused, BUNN has been around for what seems like forever, and in that time they've churned out an enormous amount of both commercial and home coffee makers. I still have one of their coffee makers from over 20 years ago which is still brewing coffee even to this day!
Many years ago when I worked in the hospitality industry, the BUNN commercial coffee makers were the number one choice for almost all high-scale restaurants and hotels, they had no problem churning out pot after pot of piping hot coffee. They were then, and they still are a workhorse when it comes to brewing coffee.
One of the things I love about BUNN brewers is that they do what they were designed to do, brew great tasting coffee. Their simplistic approach in design means that they don’t clutter each machine with failure-prone beeping brew settings or over complicated timers which are often found on other coffee makers.
Best BUNN Coffee Makers For Home or Commercial Use 2017
In this selection of BUNN coffee maker reviews, I've picked out 6 of the most popular BUNN home brewers. I’m confident that there's a BUNN coffee brewer for home or commercial use below. Grab yourself a coffee and let's take a closer look and some of the best of the BUNN range.
BUNN BT Velocity Brew
The Velocity Brew BT may look basic but don’t let the minimalistic looks fool you because this BUNN coffee machine is a real cinch to operate and can brew 4 to 10 delicious cups of coffee in under 3-minutes (wowser!).
The Velocity Brew isn’t like other automatic drip coffee machines that sit dormant and idle until you fill them with water and coffee and hit the on-switch, this machine is always primed and ready for action. The BT Velocity Brew holds double the amount of water that other automatic coffee brewers (around enough for 20 cups of coffee) can. The water is constantly being kept at the optimum temperature so that you can brew a cup of coffee at a moments notice without having to fill and then wait for the water to reach temperature.
The BT comes with a double-walled vacuum insulated carafe that can keep your coffee warm (and palatable) for up to 2-hours. The spray head evenly delivers waters over your coffee grounds for a more even extraction.
Sure the BUNN Velocity Brew BT isn’t going to win any competitions on its looks alone, but when it comes to performance, it makes light work of blasting out 10-cups of great tasting coffee in the shortest amount of time I've ever experienced from any other drip coffee machine.
BUNN MCU Single Cup Home Coffee Brewer
With BUNN’s MCU line of coffee makers, they promise quick and easy coffee brewing. The MCU is pretty much the Swiss Army knife of drip coffee brewers and can adapt to almost any brewing situation, from fresh ground beans to K-Cups and everything in between.
When it comes to the design BUNN have kept with their distinctive industrial looks, which doesn’t really comes as a surprise seeing as almost all of the BUNN brewers are typically produced for cafeterias, restaurants, and industrial kitchens.
Operating the BUNN MCU is pretty simple from when you plug it in it literally takes 2-minutes to heat up the water and with a touch of a button, you can have your coffee brewing. The MCU is capable of brewing up to 4 14-ounce servings, and the smart Pulse Brew feature extracts a bolder flavor ensuring your coffee is the best it can be at all times. The removable drip tray is a smart idea, and it allows you to fit in your favorite thermal travel mug so you can take you coffee with you wherever you go.
The BUNN MCU single-cup home coffee brewer is a versatile, affordable, and durable coffee maker that's super easy to use with the ability to brew K-Cup coffee packs, any ground coffee, tea bags, and even loose tea - I told you it was versatile!
BUNN Pourover Commercial Coffee Brewer
The next BUNN coffee maker is for the serious coffee addict; it brews up to 3.8 gallons (14.4 liters) of coffee every hour which is probably enough coffee to keep a small army wide-eyed and jittery. However, it's better suited for an office environment or commercial restaurant because the BUNN Pourover is a coffee brewing beast.
Don’t let its massive size fool you because this BUNN commercial coffee brewer is completely portable and requires no additional plumbing. Just plug and play, and you’ll have “gallons” of coffee in under an hour.
Unlike other mainstream coffee makers that are destined for the scrap heap once a part fails, the BUNN Pour over can have every part replaced or repaired, and there's no reason it won't last a lifetime if properly maintained and cared for.
If you're a serious coffee drinker this coffee brewer is for you, its built to last and is a real workhorse in the kitchen.
BUNN 10-Cup Speed Brew
With the 10-cup speed brew, BUNN has tried to lose the industrial look and have designed a coffee maker that is suited to home coffee brewing rather than a commercial environment.
Operating the Speed Brew is really simple, and in fact, there are only two switches, one switch turns on the water tank heater and the other turns on the hotplate. Unlike other coffee makers, there is no clock, auto-off, timer, or built-in coffee grinder. Its spartan design is reassuring because there is less that could potentially break on the unit.
However, under the hood, the Speed Brew has some smart features such as a water spray head that ensures a more uniform water delivery over your coffee grounds for better extraction. Once plugged in the water tanks keep the water heated to a temperature of around 180-degrees, this isn’t ideal, and it should ideally be closer to 200-degrees but for shop bought pre-ground coffee this temperature is doable.
For those of you looking for a coffee maker for your home that’s made in the USA, your search ends here because this BUNN is American made.
The Speed Brew is a durable coffee maker that is a beast compared to similar brewers within the same price range.
BUNN NHS Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer
The NHS Velocity Brew is touted as BUNN’s fastest coffee maker and brews a full pot of coffee (up to 10-cups) in under 3-minutes, pretty impressive!
Using the NHS is super easy, just fill the filter basket with your favorite pre-ground coffee, pour in water, close the lid, and the BUNN will start to brew immediately without any other button being pressed.
Just like the above Speed Brew, the Velocity Brew uses a multi-stream spray head that distributes the hot water evenly over your coffee for a better overall extraction. The NHS also incorporates a large flat bottomed coffee filter and funnel which gives your coffee a much better interaction which leads to a better tasting final cup.
This is probably the fastest drip coffee machine you can currently get and is perfect for those of you who don’t like to be kept waiting for their morning brew.
Bunn VPR APS Air Pot Coffee Brewer
Designed for small offices and other locations where coffee is served in bulk. The BUNN Air Pot Coffee Brewer is a portable coffee maker that requires no additional plumbing, as long as there's a power socket you’re all set.
What sets this BUNN apart from the other brewers in their range is the supplied thermal 1.9-liter Air Pot which will hold your coffee piping hot for hours keeping work colleagues and even church goers fully caffeinated.
Just like the other BUNN coffee makers, the construction of the VPR-APS is durable stainless steel. The spray head is designed to spray the water evenly over your coffee grounds for a more even extraction, which is also a predominant feature in most of their other coffee brewers; it does do an excellent job at evenly coating your coffee grounds.
A good commercial machine without the bells and whistles often found on other branded coffee makers; it does what its designed to do, and it does it well – brew great tasting coffee. Simply pour in your water, add your coffee, and the machine will take care of the rest, there are no other buttons to press.
With the ability to brew up to 3.8 gallons (14.4 liters) per hour the BUNN Air Pot coffee maker is the perfect portable brewer for almost any occasion.