BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable Review
Pros: High brew quality, sleek design, mess-free pouring
Cons: Tall, small carafe handle, water backsplash while filling
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|Pros||High brew quality, sleek design, mess-free pouring||Easy cleaning, simple design, can use pods||Large brew capacity range, good water distribution, coffee filter included||Inexpensive, automatic brew feature||Simplistic interface, easy to clean|
|Cons||Tall, small carafe handle, water backsplash while filling||Small water tank opening, fill to brew volume||Bulky, confusing interface||Hard to fill, bulky||Poor brew quality, no automatic shut off, short carafe handle|
|Bottom Line||This model offers great brew quality; however, its additional height may pose a challenge fitting it between your countertop and cabinets||The combination of features and affordability make this a great budget option||A great option for coffee drinkers looking to brew larger batches of coffee||The most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffee||A decent budget option if you like the simplicity of a single-button brewer|
|Rating Categories||BUNN Heat N' Brew P...||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr...||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Mr. Simple Brew 12-...|
|Brew Quality (30%)|
|User Friendliness (35%)|
|Ease of Cleaning (20%)|
|Specs||BUNN Heat N' Brew P...||Hamilton Beach 2-Way||Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr...||Black+Decker 12-Cup...||Mr. Simple Brew 12-...|
|Brew Temp (°F)||169.04||166.14||176.94||161.98||160.36|
|Energy Usage||1300 watts||950 watts||1050 watts||975 watts||975 watts|
|Dimensions (H x W x D)||16" x 8.5" x 10"||13.9" x 12.2" x 11.1"||14" x 8" x 9"||8.2" x 12.2" x 11"||12.3" x 9.3" x 13.8"|
|Weight||5.9 lbs||5.0 lbs||9.5 lbs||4.75 lbs||2.8 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Bunn Heat N' Brew Programmable makes a great quality coffee. More than anything else, the high water temperature of this brewer allows the Heat N' Brew to produce an excellent tasting cup.
The Bunn Heat N' Brew Programmable brews excellent quality coffee. This powerful brewer reaches industry recommendations for brew temperature and the effective spray head helps facilitate superior-tasting coffee. Precise water temperature and even saturation is essential for brewing great coffee, and the Heat N' Brew excels in this metric.
Another key element in making properly brewed coffee is water distribution. The Heat N' Brew did incredibly well at evenly distributing water across the grounds. Good water distribution gives the coffee a better chance of evenly saturating and creates better-tasting coffee.
The Bunn Heat N' Brew was not as user-friendly as we had hoped. The Bunn reaches proper brew temperatures but at an alarmingly slow rate. This brewer takes five and a half minutes to heat before brewing starts. If you are looking for the quickest cup of coffee possible, we again recommend looking at other models in our review.
The brew button on the Heat N' Brew is the largest and most prominent feature on the brewer, making it easy to find, even before you put on your glasses. Increasing its visibility, the brew button is backlit. Bunn offers a separate button for an autostart feature. Autostart is intuitive to use, and you can even customize your desired brew times under this setting.
The carafe on the Heat N' Brew may pose a challenge to some. The handle on the carafe has a built-in spout, making for a clean pour. Measurement on the outside of the carafe makes it easy to fill to your precise needs. Unfortunately, the small design of the carafe handle is limiting for anyone with larger hands.
Filling the water tank also proved to be challenging. The plastic grate over the reservoir's opening causes some backsplash when filling the water tank.
Ease of Cleaning
The Heat N' Brew was quite easy to clean in most respects. The brew basket and carafe are entirely removable and dishwasher safe. The open design and absence of a backsplash make the Heat N' Brew easy to clean. There were no signs of coffee drips on the hot plate during testing.
An extra-large handle on the brew basket makes it easy to pull out and dump out grounds with one hand. We just wish the carafe handle was this convenient.
This coffee maker could have been more consistent. In this metric, we brewed five back-to-back pots of coffee and analyzed the results. We found that the Bunn Heat N' Brew struggled to keep temperature consistency in back-to-back brewing. From the first pot to the fifth, the brew temperature significantly fluctuated by three degrees.
The Heat N' Brew takes five and a half minutes to heat before a single drop of coffee comes out. Once the coffee noticeably stops brewing, it takes another two minutes for the LCD to register that the brew cycle has completed.
The Heat N' Brew meets industry standards for brewing temperate at a reasonable price. This brewer matches the ability to reach the proper temperature at a third of the price compared to some of the higher-end models in our coffee maker review. This brewer is a great option for those looking to brew a larger batch of coffee at a price that won't break the bank.
Above all else, the Bunn Heat N'Brew brews excellent coffee through proper brew temperatures and effective water distribution. In order to reach the industry-standard brew temperature between 195-205 degrees, this brewer takes an additional five and a half minutes before brewing. This model is a great option for anyone who has the extra time to spend on quality brewed coffee.
— Liz Nelson
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