The BUNN-o-Matic Corporation has been in the beverage game since 1957 — that’s 60 years of experience creating durable, reliable products.
An industry leader, many firsts can be traced back to BUNN.
They were the first to use the pour-over method of brewing most commonly used in commercial machines. With this method, a whole pot of hot water is poured over the grounds at once, ensuring optimal extraction and a strong cup of coffee.
But while BUNN has always been a commercial-first company, they’ve also developed some of the most durable, fastest and overall best home coffee makers of the last decade.
You won’t find any cheap plastic Keurig machines in BUNN’s product line.
Not by a long shot.
BUNN definitely isn’t finished innovating either.
- BUNNlink technology allows for remote usage monitoring
- BrewWise technology provides superior brewing and extraction
And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
For either home or commercial applications, you can’t go wrong with a BUNN coffee maker.
Which is the Best Coffee Maker?
That’s what we’re here to answer. In this review I’ll break down the best BUNN has to offer in 2 different categories:
- Best BUNN Home Coffee Maker
- Best BUNN Commerical Coffee Maker
If you’ve ever used these machines and wish to chime in, comment below!
1. BUNN Velocity Brew Check Current Price
Your search for the best BUNN home coffee maker begins and ends here with the top-ranked line: BUNN’s Velocity Brew.
BUNN has 4 primary versions of this series: GR, BX, BT and NHS.
(There are variations of these model names such as GRW and GRB where the last letter corresponds to unit color, white and black, respectively.)
These are the 4 primary models in the Velocity Brew series:
All of these models have the same features common among all Velocity Brew machines, so how do you choose between them? Try this simple guide:
- Do you want the cheapest model? Pick whichever has the lowest price, probably the GR.
- Do you want to save as much energy as possible? Pick the BX or BT.
- Do you like to keep your coffee hot for long periods of time? Pick the BT’s thermal carafe.
- Do you want the convenience of the swivel lid? Pick the NHS and save that vertical space.
- Do you live at high altitude? BUNN has a specific model for that — the BTX-B.
Click here for the BUNN Velocity Brew user manual.
2. BUNN Speed Brew Check Current Price
Speed Brew and Velocity Brew — those are the same thing, right?
BUNN’s Speed Brew line is their encore to the successful Velocity Brew line, and they’re virtually identical. These are the notable changes:
- The unique sprayhead has been modified to provide longer contact time with water and coffee grounds
- Slight change to shape of filter basket to aid in smooth pouring into the carafe
The Velocity Brew series above gets the nod as the best BUNN home coffee maker solely because of how many slightly different models there are — there’s something for everyone — but that doesn’t mean BUNN only has one Speed Brew model for you.
Nope, BUNN has the following incredibly awesome Outdoorsman model Speed Brew. Complete with camouflage and offered in either black or brown, it’s the official coffee maker of Buck Commander. Take a look at it’s awesome design.
(Sarcasm? You be the judge.)
Click here for the BUNN Speed Brew user manual.
3. BUNN My Cafe MCU Check Current Price
BUNN’s multi-functional single serve brewer, the My Cafe MCU is a compact, versatile choice for those who don’t want to brew a full 50 oz pot.
The MCU’s signature — and pretty much only — feature is its drawer attachment system.
- K-Cup pod coffee
- Coffee grounds
- Tea bags or ESE soft pods
- Plain ol’ hot water
The My Cafe MCU has a drawer attachment for them all.
The 2 year warranty for the MCU doesn’t quite match the 3 year guarantee BUNN gives with the Velocity Brew series, but it’s still one of the best warranties you’ll find among single serve brewers.
In fact, that 2 year promise was good enough for me to name the My Cafe MCU the 2nd most reliable brewer on our Best Single Serve Coffee Maker list.
Is the MCU right for you?
- If you’re into single serve and pod coffee, yes.
- If you want volume and performance, go with the Velocity Brew.
Read the full BUNN My Cafe MCU review.
Click here for the BUNN My Cafe MCU user manual.
1. BUNN VP17-1SS Check Current Price
Best Commercial Use: Diners and restaurants
The BUNN VP17-1SS is best suited to commercial uses that don’t require mass quantities of coffee to be available at once — think diners and restaurants.
BUNN states that this machine brews up to 3.8 gallons (14.8 L) per hour.
Is this actually the case?
In my testing this unit took about 15 minutes to heat up enough to brew a large 3.0 L airpot. To brew the next airpot you need to wait another 15 minutes.
To get BUNN’s fully advertised 14.8 L of coffee per hour, you’ll have to diligently sequence your brews so as not to miss a single second. More realistically, you’ll probably brew about 12 L per hour.
Like the other commercial coffee makers listed, VP17-1SS doesn’t come with the decanters, but it will work with any standard 64 oz decanter. You can find them for around $10-$15 apiece on Amazon.
The warming plate is extremely hot, so you won’t have a hard time keeping your coffee scalding hot, but you’d better make sure you don’t leave less than half a pot there for very long.
Click here for the BUNN VP17-1SS user manual.
2. BUNN Infusion Series Automatic Brewer Check Current Price
Best Commercial Use: Large self-service halls such as cafeterias
The cafeteria at my office has to support the 2,000 employees who work there every day, and they have 5 of these running at almost all times. Given that this model brews up to 11.9 gallons (45 L) of coffee per hour, you can see why my company chose the BUNN Infusion Series.
With BUNN’s BrewWISE intelligence with pre-infusion and pulse brew (aside: I love how companies brand their technology) you get maximum extraction of your coffee grounds.
And as someone who consumes coffee from one of these behemoths every day, I can attest that this is just about the highest quality mass-volume coffee maker you’ll find.
Tech-wise, this model is compatible with BUNNlink. No, that’s not a new dating app — it’s BUNN’s machine-to-machine monitoring program. With BUNNlink your machine’s usage data will be transmitted to BUNN for monitoring and analysis, leading to better customer service by BUNN and their service techs.
Read more about BUNNlink here.
Unlike the other two commercial models shown here, this one does require plumbing:
- 20-90 psi (138-521 kPa)
- Supplied with 3/8″ male flare fitting
It’s dual-voltage adaptable and can operate at 120V/15 amp or 208-240V/20 amp. The 120V model requires 2 wires plus ground service rated 120V, single phase, 60 Hz. An internal terminal block is configured for connection to a 3 wire plus ground.
At 48 lbs it’s massive, but you’re buying this unit to sit stationary somewhere. You want the weight. It’s evidence of the supremely high quality stainless steel construction this machine proudly boasts.
You’ll need to purchase the airpots separately.
Click here for the BUNN Infusion Series user manual.
3. BUNN VPR-APS Check Current Price
Best Commercial Use: Cafes, hotels and small office break rooms
BUNN’s compact and completely portable commercial brewer, the VPR-APS is perfect for keeping moderate quantities of coffee hot for self-service purposes.
This model is compatible with BUNN airpots ranging from 1.9-3.0 L (0.50-0.79 gal) but unfortunately, the airpot serving containers are not included in the listed price. They go for upwards of $45-$50 per container.
With durable stainless steel construction, the VPR-APS will withstand the wear of being moved around but has some heft to it. A 29 lbs it weighs more than the 24 lb commercial brewers BUNN produces to brew a typical 64 oz pot, such as the VP17-1SS above.
Overall, the BUNN VPR-APS is a great choice for its high quality, durable construction. Just make sure it’ll keep up with the volume of coffee you need.
Click here for the BUNN VPR-APS user manual.