Sunday, May 27, 2018

BUNN 10-Cup Velocity Brew NHS

BUNN 10-Cup Velocity Brew NHS Review

Coffee Makers

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Best Feature:
Brews full pot in 5 minutes
Worst Feature:
Construction feels cheap
Best Uses:
Quickly brewing successive pots of great coffee
Pricing:
$129.99
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Price
$85.10
$99.00
$119.99
$150.00

Overview

The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS is known to be fast; you can brew a 10-cup carafe of coffee in 5 minutes. If you are looking for hot water on demand, or to brew successive pots of coffee, this machine is worth a look. We felt like the biggest drawback to this machine was the quality of its construction. The materials and design felt cheap, which we were surprised by because BUNN products are known for their durability.

The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS offers on-demand hot water and can quickly brew successive pots of coffee.
The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS offers on-demand hot water and can quickly brew successive pots of coffee.
Credit: Mary Griffin
You can compare the BUNN Velocity Brew NHS Coffee Maker to other coffee makers in the Coffee Maker Review.

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The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS offers on-demand hot water and can quickly brew successive pots of coffee.
The BUNN Velocity Brew has on-demand hot water and features manual operation.
Closing the swivel top of this BUNN water tank initiates the brew cycle.
The BUNN features a glass carafe and warming plate design.
It's recommended that you only use BUNN brand flat-bottom paper filters.
The brewing temperature was challenging to measure, but the hottest temperature we recorded was 194°F.
We were not impressed with the construction of the BUNN carafe.

 
This Product
Overall Winner
Overall Score
69%
94%
93%
Our Awards
Date Reviewed
July 2016
July 2016
July 2016
Pros
Fast brew time; coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; easy-fill tank; on-demand hot water
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; excellent warranty; brew-through lid and internal mixing tube
Coffee brewed at optimal time/temperature; SCAA certified; programmable; includes pre-infusion step; brew-through lid has internal mixing tube
Cons
Not programmable; requires a lot of energy; requires BUNN filters; no brew stop
Very expensive; not programmable; no auto-off
Expensive
Brewing Quality (30%)
Taste Test Results (35%)
Construction and Design Quality (20%)
Ease of Setup/Cleanup (15%)
Bonus Points - Extra Features (+10)
Type
Automatic Drip
Automatic Drip
Drip and Pour Over Technology
Brewing Capacity
50 oz
40 oz
45 oz
Price (MSRP)
$129.99
$340
$199.99
Warranty
3-year Limited
5-year Limited
2-year Limited
Product Width
9.1"
12.8"
14.2"
Product Depth
11.6"
6.8"
6.7"
Product Height
13.7"
15.3"
15.2"
SCAA Certified
No
Yes
Yes
Tested Brew Temperature
196°F
198°F
198°F
Tested Brew Time Until Empty Water Tank
5 minutes
5 minutes 30 seconds
7 minutes and 45 seconds
Carafe Temperature After Brewing
181°F
177°F
177°F
Carafe Temperature After 1 Hour
164°F
163°F
167°F
Filter Design
Requires BUNN flat bottom paper filters
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Recommends using a #4 disposable, cone-shaped filter
Carafe Style
Glass
Thermal
Thermal
Programmable
No
No
Yes
Automatic Brew Strength Settings
No
No
No
Automatic Off
No
No
Yes
Brew Stop
No
Yes
Yes
Built-In Water Filter
No
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
No
No

Product Background

The BUNN Velocity Brew is designed with a stainless steel water tank that keeps water constantly heated to the optimal brewing temperature of 200°F. This feature bypasses the need to preheat water and allows the NHS to successively brew pots of coffee in 3 - 5 minutes all day long. The BUNN Velocity Brewer utilizes a 10-cup capacity glass carafe that sits on a porcelain-coated warming plate. The lighted warmer switch is located on the front of the machine and needs to be manually turned on and off. Since the BUNN is designed to remain on, and keep water hot and ready for brewing at all times, the vacation switch provides the flexibility to turn off all electric parts of the machine if you plan to be away. Once the brewer is switched back on, it will take about 15 minutes for the water temperature to reach 200°F. The water tank lid conveniently swivels to the side for easy refilling.

Closing the swivel top of this BUNN water tank initiates the brew cycle.
Closing the swivel top of this BUNN water tank initiates the brew cycle.
Credit: Mary Griffin

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Specifications

Performance Comparison

Brewing Quality

The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS is a reservoir style automatic drip coffee maker. The NHS has a flat bottom brew basket, and it is designed with a unique spray head that distributes the hot water all at once to quickly and fully saturate the coffee grinds. You can only use trademarked BUNN paper filters that have a fluted shape and taller sides because other flat bottom filters may collapse under the water pressure. We did find, however, that despite using the recommended amount of coffee and brand specific filters, our coffee grounds overflowed the filter a few times. However, the grounds did not get into our coffee pot. It just made for more clean-up. During our test, we weren't able to measure the brewing water temperature, but the coffee flowing from the brew basket mid-cycle was 194°F. Immediately after the brew cycle completed, the coffee was 181°F, and after an hour on the heating plate, it was 164°F.

The brewing temperature was challenging to measure, but the hottest temperature we recorded was 194°F.
The brewing temperature was challenging to measure, but the hottest temperature we recorded was 194°F.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Taste Test Results

We conducted a blind taste test using 31 coffee drinkers to rate samples of black coffee on overall taste, flavor, body, acidity, and color. The BUNN was not a standout, ranking just 7th out of 10 machines. It scored its highest marks on color, and the lowest marks on body and overall taste. To learn more about how we tested the BUNN Velocity Brew NHS against other coffee makers, please read our How We Test section.

We were not impressed with the construction of the BUNN carafe.
We were not impressed with the construction of the BUNN carafe.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Design Quality

We felt that the BUNN had low quality construction overall. The tank and brew basket seem well made out of adequate materials, but the carafe had a lightweight and loose feeling to it. It felt almost as if the parts didn't fit well together. It was our least favorite carafe system in design and build.

The BUNN Velocity Brew has on-demand hot water and features manual operation.
The BUNN Velocity Brew has on-demand hot water and features manual operation.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Ease of Set Up and Clean Up

The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS is easy to use once it is set up. Since it stays on (the water is always hot), the machine is ready to brew at any time. With that said, we found that the paper filter occasionally overflowed, creating a bigger mess in the brew basket than some other systems that we tested. This made cleaning the BUNN more challenging.

It's recommended that you only use BUNN brand flat bottom paper filters.
It's recommended that you only use BUNN brand flat bottom paper filters.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Bonus Features

The BUNN Velocity Brew NHS isn't programmable and doesn't have a brew stop. It operates with 2 manual on/off switches. The machine features a high altitude brewing option as well as easy access to hot water at any time.

The BUNN features a classic glass carafe and warming plate design.
The BUNN features a classic glass carafe and warming plate design.
Credit: Mary Griffin
Best Uses

The BUNN Velocity Brew is fast; you can have a pot of coffee in just 5 minutes. It's best for large, continual production of coffee with an on-demand hot water spigot built in.

Value

For $130, with a 3-year limited warranty, we find the BUNN to be a good value. However, because it needs to continually heat water, it is a power hog and expensive to operate. Given that BUNN brewers have a reputation for longevity, operating costs may catch up with the savings of owning the brewer for the long haul.

Conclusion

One of the distinguishing elements of the BUNN Velocity Brew NHS is the hot water reservoir that keeps water at the perfect brewing temperature and ready to use 24/7 as long as the coffee maker is turned on. We love the convenience of having pretty much on-demand coffee, but we don't love the price to continually heat the water. This was not one of our award winners for several reasons, including the poor construction and fit of the carafe components. We also didn't feel like it was the most flavorful or robust coffee that we tasted during testing. However, if you value speed and quantity in your coffee maker, this could be the machine for you. For more information about the coffee makers we tested, and our award winners, check out our Coffee Maker Overview.

Alternatives

Cuisinart®14-Cup Perfect Temp Programmable Coffeemaker DCC-3200

  • $100
  • Large Capacity
  • Programmable

Mr. Coffee® Optimal Brew™ 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker BVMC-PSTX91

  • $100
  • Best Buy Award Winner
  • Programmable

Kenmore 12-Cup Programmable Aroma Control Coffee Maker 367101

  • $50
  • Programmable
  • Pre-Infusion Function
We suggest that you check out our Buying Advice for Coffee Makers to get an idea for what machine will best suit your needs.

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