For the past 170+ years, BUNN has designed numerous coffee makers with more than a handful available today. They’re loved across the USA with all kinds of drip coffee makers for home, work and even high altitudes, all operating faster than nearly all other coffee makers on the market.
That’s enough with the history lesson. Brand reputation aside, when you visit the office you always hope it’s a BUNN coffee maker simply because they make great coffee. To quote Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda lyrics, we “don’t want none unless you got BUNNs, hun”.
After a long and careful consideration, we’ve determined that the BUNN HB Heat N Brew is the overall best BUNN machine for home use.
Below you can find our full reviews and comparison of all 8 BUNN coffee makers that made our top list. Enjoy!
Best BUNN Coffee Maker Comparison Table
BUNN HB Heat N Brew
When the user manual starts with “Congratulations on the purchase of this Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) certified Golden Cup home coffee brewer” you know it’s going to be good.
The BUNN HB Heat N Brew is a programmable 10-cup countertop coffee maker for your home. Fill it up to the max with 50oz of water, add 6tbsp (80g) of coffee in a flat-bottomed paper filter, then press start. In 10 minutes, you’ll have a full carafe of coffee that will stay hot for 2 hours on the hot plate before auto-switching off.
When full, it takes 6 minutes to heat the water and 4 minutes to brew the coffee. Of course, you can make as little as 20oz (4 cups) to fill a travel coffee mug – about the same size as a Starbucks Venti. It doesn’t make single 5oz cups, being designed for a steady stream of coffee over the day.
The programmable brew start is easy to use with large icons instead of annoyingly small and fiddly buttons. Set it up the night before and you can wake up to fresh coffee in the morning.
Our stand-out feature for this BUNN is the drip-free spout on the carafe. Although oddly reminiscent of a reptile’s tongue, it does an excellent job at pouring a single stream directly into your cup or travel mug. Yes, we know it sounds a little silly to have this tiny feature as the stand-out… but honestly, this is an across-the-board excellent coffee maker with all features being at least industry standard.
BUNN GRB Velocity Brew
It may be the best cheap option of all the BUNNs, but it’s also the fastest! It can brew a full 50oz/10 cup carafe in just 3 minutes.
The BUNN GRB Velocity Brew has many similar features to our best choice option, including the 20oz minimum capacity, 50oz maximum capacity, and identical carafe with no-drip spout. What makes it different is the super-fast brew time! It always achieves this by having hot water ready on demand.
While the HB Heat N Brew takes 6 minutes to heat the water and 4 minutes to brew the coffee, the GRV Velocity Brew just needs 3 minutes to brew the coffee using the hot water that’s already there. Of course, you’ll need to have turned on the coffee machine in advance to get the water hot and ready… so is it just 3 minutes when you add the prep work?
Regardless, it IS fast, and it does have all the standard features you’d expect. Besides the speed, there’s no extra fancy features to bump the cost up. This is a budget BUNN that’s ideal for home use when you need a cup quick. It won’t stay hot for long without a hot plate, so we advise brewing in 20oz amounts.
There are no timing functions or auto-off, or anything like that. It’s a simple on-demand service that requires you adding the coffee in a tall BUNN filter (generic brand filters aren’t tall enough and will overflow, so don’t risk it), adding water and pressing start.
If you need cheap and basic, this is the best BUNNdle coffee maker deal on the list.
BUNN 13300.0003 VP17-3SS3L
The best commercial option can keep up with a large office of coffee lovers with the capacity for 3 full carafes kept toasty warm on 3 individual hot plates. Carafes aren’t included so we recommend picking up a standard BUNN glass carafe (or you could pick a superior, more expensive Borosilicate glass option if you trust your co-workers not to smash it) which is compatible with the hot plate sizes.
The reservoir holds approximately 160oz, which will fill 2.5 carafe sizes. To use it, you fill the reservoir completely, then brew 1 carafe. For each new carafe you want to brew, you add 1 carafe worth of water to the reservoir which keeps it hot for instant brewing. It brews a full 64oz carafe in 3 to 4 minutes and can brew up to 3.8 gallons of coffee per hour.
They describe it as easy to clean, but let’s be honest it’s going to be neglected quite a bit in the office. There’s also a splash guard to stop busy workers getting burned when they hastily pour a cup. We also like that it can be used anywhere there’s a plug – it doesn’t need to have a water connection as you fill the reservoir manually.
There are a few features that are missing – there’s no light to indicate if the water is at the correct temperature, and it doesn’t shut off unless you unplug the machine. If you leave it plugged in, it will keep the water hot and much will have evaporated out by the next morning.
Not to be confused with Wallace and Gromit’s BunVac 6000 (check out Curse of the Were Rabbit), the BUNN-O-MATIC is a sturdy coffee making unit credited as one of the fastest coffee makers in the USA – according to BUNN.
Like the best models, it features 3-year warranty, a glass carafe with non-drip design spout, plus 4-minute brew time for a full 50oz carafe. Again, the minimum volume you can brew is 20oz.
Expect the same spray head design, paper filter requirements (25 included in the box), and on-demand service as the other models. The BUNN-O-MATIC doesn’t have any timer or auto-off features, instead it has a commercial grade stainless steel water reservoir that keeps water at just the right temperature for an impromptu cuppa joe.
It does have a hot plate, thankfully, setting it apart from the cheapest BUNN models. You’ll also notice that the dimensions are slightly different (12.5 x 7.8 x 14 inches) making it slimmer than the previous models – a good option if you’re short on kitchen space and need to make every inch count.
There are a couple flaws to be aware of – the carafe is hard to clean with the odd-shaped lid and you MUST remember to turn off the machine when you go on a prolonged trip.
Besides that, the performance, usability and ease of cleaning the unit is identical to the other models on this list. We’d recommend this as a budget option if you want a few nice features (hot plate and quick brewing) without spending a large sum.
The BUNN BT Velocity Brew is the model most focused on keeping your coffee at the optimal temperature. It features a stainless steel internal hot water tank that keeps a steady 200°F (93°C) and a double-walled vacuum stainless-steel carafe that keeps your coffee hot for 2 hours – like a hot plate but without energy. It takes about 15 minutes to bring the water up to temperature from cold, but once hot you can brew a full carafe in just 3 or 4 minutes.
The carafe is excellent at keeping your coffee hot, our only complaint here is that you can’t tell how much is inside without opening the lid.
The unit is designed to stay on, hot, safely for days on end. It’s built for this, so you don’t need to worry about it blowing up overnight because you left it on. Nevertheless, there is a vacation switch at the back for you to flick when you plan to go away or not use the BUNN coffee maker for at least 3 days. When you turn it on again, you’ll need to follow the initial set up steps.
The standard tall paper BUNN filters work well for this machine, but theirs is a gold-plated reusable metal mesh filter available if you can hunt one down.
Overall, a solid performance from a sturdy maker for those that like their coffee hot.
BUNN Speed Brew
The BUNN Speed Brew is quite pretty. One of the most attractive and modern on the list… unfortunately, it’s not the fastest! The speed is identical to almost all the BUNN makers on this list, around 3 or 4 minutes. This is average across all BUNN coffee makers and is one of the fastest speeds ever… but don’t go buying this model just for the speed without checking the others first!
With that out of the way, let’s focus on what this coffee maker can do.
It has the standard 20oz to 50oz capacity that filters down into a glass carafe with drip-free spout design. It’s the spray head where the magic happens though. The BUNN-designed showerhead style spray head that disperses water over the coffee (coarse ground is best) in an even layer, is lime-tolerant. It prevents minerals building up, which is particularly important seeing as there’s no water filter included.
This means less cleaning, less de-scaling and a longer life of the coffee maker overall. Although, with the standard 3-year warranty from BUNN that doesn’t matter much. Most coffee makers on the market come with 1 or 2 years.
Finally, there’s a hot plate that works well with the glass carafe. You can buy other carafes to fit on the plate (as there are no sides, any size will work if the lid aligns with the coffee dispense) like BUNN’s thermal double-walled vacuum stainless-steel carafe.
The BUNN VPR is the kind of sturdy coffee maker that’s relied on to churn out cup after cup of great coffee at the next church event, hotel parlor or staff meeting. It’s commercial style with a no-fuss performance – literally. There are no timers, not start up procedures or tricks to getting it up and running. Literally, just plug it in and fill the reservoir and filter basket. It heats up immediately and stays hot until you unplug it again.
It has 2 warming plates to keep 2 full carafes (up to 64oz) toasty warm – one below and one above the dispenser arm. The carafes aren’t included but you can use any that are compatible with hot plates – the standard glass BUNN carafes are perfect, although there are more heat retentive options available if you shop around.
Just like the BUNN 13300.0003 VP17-3SS3L with 3 warming plates, it has a splash guard to prevent anyone getting burnt when refilling the carafes. The real danger, however, is being hit with steam when you open the always-hot reservoir to top it up. Make sure you stand back and wait for the steam to pass before refilling.
There are some reports of it leaking – don’t forget that you have 1-year warranty with BUNN and Amazon’s standard 30-day return policy. Even if you’re not using it immediately, we recommend starting it up when it arrives to check there are no problems with it.
BUNN CSB3TD Speed Brew
A coffee maker designed solely for use at high altitudes (above 4,000 feet) and frequent use. If you need a cup every hour or so, this is ideal! Once heated up, the 50oz stainless-steel, plastic-odor-free reservoir keeps the water at the perfect temperature. The brew process takes 4 minutes to make a full carafe.
The carafe included is double-walled vacuum insulated stainless steel. It keeps the coffee burning hot for about 2 hours, less if it is only half filled (you can brew as little as 20oz/4 cups). For this heat retentive property, you have a few downsides. Firstly, you can’t see how much coffee is in there, so if you’re sharing with others make a rule to refill it if you have the last cup. The other problem is trying to wash it – ideally this needs to be done by hand. You’ve better luck attaching a sponge to a long stick than trying to wiggle your fingers in through the tiny lid.
Performance is epic. It makes hot, good, fresh coffee even when it’s been sitting there for a little while. But bear in mind that with these always-hot reservoirs, performance is nonstop. You’ll need to refill it regularly and keep the carafe under it to catch any drops. To turn the unit off, you need to unplug it, or it will keep heating the water all day and night long.
As with most BUNN coffee makers on this list, it’s designed for all-day use rather than a single coffee wakeup call in the morning.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.