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BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable Review

This model offers great brew quality; however, its additional height may pose a challenge fitting it between your countertop and cabinets
BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable
Credit: BUNN
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Price:   $130 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros:  High brew quality, sleek design, mess-free pouring
Cons:  Tall, small carafe handle, water backsplash while filling
Manufacturer:   BUNN
By Liz Nelson ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 29, 2022
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  • Brew Quality - 30% 7.7
  • User Friendliness - 35% 4.8
  • Ease of Cleaning - 20% 6.9
  • Consistency - 15% 4.6

Our Verdict

The Bunn Heat N' Brew Programmable is a great option for anyone looking to brew a pot of coffee with exceptional cup quality. It reaches the industry standards for brew temperature allowing this coffee maker to produce a highly flavorful pot of your favorite bean. With no backsplash, the sleek design allows for easy cleaning. The Heat N' Brew also provides some programmable features that allow you to wake up to freshly brewed coffee. And if you want to sleep in, the hot plate will keep your coffee warm while you hit snooze.

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Pros High brew quality, sleek design, mess-free pouringEasy cleaning, simple design, can use podsLarge brew capacity range, good water distribution, coffee filter includedInexpensive, automatic brew featureSimplistic interface, easy to clean
Cons Tall, small carafe handle, water backsplash while fillingSmall water tank opening, fill to brew volumeBulky, confusing interfaceHard to fill, bulkyPoor 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 cabinetsThe combination of features and affordability make this a great budget optionA great option for coffee drinkers looking to brew larger batches of coffeeThe most affordable and straightforward coffee maker that consistently brews decent coffeeA 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%)
7.7
6.0
5.2
5.6
4.4
User Friendliness (35%)
4.8
6.3
6.1
5.1
4.3
Ease of Cleaning (20%)
6.9
7.5
7.4
6.0
7.3
Consistency (15%)
4.6
6.5
6.0
7.1
7.1
Specs BUNN Heat N' Brew P... Hamilton Beach 2-Way Cuisinart 14-Cup Pr... Black+Decker 12-Cup... Mr. Simple Brew 12-...
Cup Capacity 10 12 14 12 12
Single Serve No Yes Yes No No
Automatic Brewing Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Brew Temp (°F) 169.04 166.14 176.94 161.98 160.36
Preinfusion No No No No No
Filter Shape Flat Flat Cone Flat Flat
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.

Performance Comparison


BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker
Credit: Laura Casner

Brew Quality


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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the bunn heat n' brew excels at reaching industry standards for...
The Bunn Heat N' Brew excels at reaching industry standards for proper brew temperature.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

User Friendliness


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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the brew button is the most prominent feature on the bunn heat n'...
The brew button is the most prominent feature on the Bunn Heat N' Brew's interface.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the handle on the heat n' brew carafe is surprisingly small.
The handle on the Heat N' Brew carafe is surprisingly small.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - this grate over the water tank causes some water backsplash when...
This grate over the water tank causes some water backsplash when filling the reservoir.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the heat n' brew is designed for easy cleaning without a backsplash.
The Heat N' Brew is designed for easy cleaning without a backsplash.
Credit: Laura Casner

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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the large handle on the brew basket allows you to dump grounds...
The large handle on the brew basket allows you to dump grounds easily with one hand.
Credit: Laura Casner

Consistency


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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - the heat n' brew takes additional time to reach temperature before...
The Heat N' Brew takes additional time to reach temperature before brewing, giving you some extra time to prep your coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


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.

BUNN Heat N' Brew Programmable coffee maker - a beautiful design that produces quality coffee.
A beautiful design that produces quality coffee.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


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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