Coffee Maker Reviews – What To Look Out For When Reading Them

coffee maker reviewsWhat I'm saying here doesn't just apply to coffee maker reviews. But since I'm here to help you in your search for a good coffee maker I'll focus on them mainly.

People write coffee maker reviews (and other reviews) on Amazon and other such sites for all kinds of reasons. Many reviewers genuinely intend to help others considering the purchase of the product reviewed or one like it. Others may have ulterior motives.

I  find it fascinating to read the coffee maker reviews and note the scores. Often there are many 4 and 5 star reviews from enthusiastic owners who are delighted with their coffee maker. But at the same time, there may be several negative reviews giving one or two stars. These are usually from owners who make the product sound as if it's little short of shoddy rubbish.

So how come there can be such divergent views on the same product?

Coffee Maker Reviews – Quite An Equation

 

In the case of coffee makers, you have special considerations. There are many differing views as to what constitutes a perfect cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate, etc.). Then bring into the equation the fact that coffee makers and espressos have to deal with hot water. Water is a surprisingly corrosive substance over the long term (even if filtered). Then there are your coffee granules, tea leaves, chocolate powder, and a variety of other beverage related substances.

The whole process of making your favorite brew can be surprisingly messy. This means cleaning up afterward. Some people don't mind that aspect and take it in their stride. Others expect not to have to bother with it and blame the product for causing the mess. They are more likely to leave a one- or two-star review in the coffee maker reviews.

Economy versus Deluxe

Some coffee makers are economy models and don't do much more than make your coffee. They make it to a standard size, with not much if any variation in strength, and not particularly quickly. There's nothing wrong with that. Some people only want a basic machine, or can only afford something that does the bare essentials.

Look out for any such model, and read the reviews. It's almost certain there'll be at least one review, giving one or two stars, from someone complaining that the machine doesn't do things that only products in a higher price bracket do.

It's also amazing how many reviewers will point out that their coffee maker can't do A, B and C, when the product description just a few paragraphs above states specifically that the product doesn't do those things. Often there will be comments on the review pointing that out.

For example, one of the reviewers of the BUNN MCU coffee maker complained that it was very difficult to clean. In fact, it was so bad that it negated any good points about it. If you click through to the replies you'll see that several people have responded to challenge this. Apparently, the cleaning process is actually quite easy if you just follow a few simple, common sense rules.

Skewing the Results

But there's a problem These unfair one- and two-star reviews are still taken into account when the average rating of the product is calculated.

And what about the time when the review is posted? Some reviewers post five-star reviews while excited about their new coffee maker, not having found any faults in it yet. Other owners can post negative reviews in the immediate aftermath of an unfortunate experience with the product and when, up to that time, they were quite likely very satisfied with it.

No product, no matter how good and how much it gives great value for money, will have all four or five-star reviews. There's always someone who posts a negative, sooner or later.

Look A Little Deeper at Coffee Maker Reviews

But before crossing the product off your list just for that one bad review, look a little deeper at it. Are the criticisms justified? Do these people complain about something that the product description never included anyway? Are there any responses to that post that may cast a different light on the situation? Did they buy the product new or used? Sadly, you seldom see this information in the review.

There will always be cases where some negative reviews are justified. If the product has enough of them then its average rating will be well down to three stars or less. The chances are that, with many such reviews, that score will be a fair one.

But, provided you focus on products that have a good rating then you are probably safe. As a rule, products with scores of 3.8 or higher out of at least 70 or 80 reviews, are good. By all means, read the negative coffee maker reviews. But always cross reference what the reviewer says against the product description and any replies to the post.

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BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer Review

The BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer is almost identical to the BUNN BXW . The main difference appears to be that the BXW is available only for US residents, whereas the GRB can be shipped to selected countries overseas. Be that as it may, both coffee makers come from a company that is synonymous with coffee makers and that has an excellent reputation not only for producing high-quality merchandise but also for providing outstanding customer and after sales service.

Note: Although this model is still available on a limited basis, it has been replaced by the BUNN-O-MATIC. Read our review of the BUNN-O-MATIC by clicking this link (opens in a new tab).

BUNN GRB review
BUNN GRB review
Table of Contents
Volume Use
Quality By Design
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

If by any chance the product you purchase is defective in any way then BUNN will replace it quickly and at no cost to you. Will you need to keep this reassurance in mind when considering this particular coffee maker? Let's see.

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The BUNN GRB Coffee Brewer - Great for Volume Use

Like so many coffee makers, this model works well when it is used how the manufacturers intended. Some products are meant for occasional use, and some for heavy use. This is for heavy use.

That means the warming plate that keeps the coffee in the carafe hot is on all the time. Indeed, it has to be. Likewise, the hot water tank is always keeping the water in the reservoir hot so you can produce a piping hot cup of joe within three minutes at any time the machine is on.

But if you only place a demand on it of three or four cups a day then you'll be paying to keep the water (and the coffee in the carafe) hot all day, which is unnecessary and expensive. The water in the tank may evaporate, and the coffee in the carafe become too hot, affecting the taste. If you think that's a danger for you, perhaps the BUNN MCU would be a better choice.

While BUNN themselves have marked this model for domestic use, it is ideal for serving an office full of people, as well as a large family, or in any environment where people are regularly helping themselves to a brew.

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Quality By Design

Probably the most distinguishing feature of the BUNN GRB coffee maker is the spray-head, which ensures the coffee grinds are evenly sprayed with water at the optimum temperature to bring out the best taste.

The stainless steel tank, with its internal thermostat, and the porcelain-coated warming plate do the rest to ensure the production of up to 10 cups of coffee of the highest quality.

Features and Specifications:

  • Brews 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 -ounces) in about 3 minutes
  • Glass carafe and porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch
  • Unique sprayhead ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
  • Stainless steel internal hot water tank keeps water heated to optimal brewing temperature of 200 degrees F
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Height: 14-7/8"
  • Width: 7-1/8"
  • Depth: 13-7/8"
  • Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 8 pounds
  • Item model number: GRX-B
BUNN GRB review
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Pros and Cons of the BUNN GRB Coffee Brewer

Pros: Free and quick replacement if product is defective; instant hot coffee whenever you need it; spray-head ensures optimum flavor.

Cons: Expensive to run if used for only one or two people.

Customer Ratings

Scoring over 4 from over 1,620 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing (February 2019), the BUNN GRB has attracted the full 5 stars from the vast majority of its reviewers there. Most of the reviews have gushing praise.

What about the negative reviews? These tend to focus on part failures and the cost of keeping the reservoir water boiling hot and the carafe contents warm for periods when they're not required (but hey, this IS a 10 cup model, remember?).

Following the instructions to the letter when setting it up appears to be more important for the BUNN GRB than for most coffee makers, and this is something that some negative reviewers seem to have neglected.

In fairness, this model does seem more suited to heavy, regular use, rather than just one or two people wanting an occasional brew, so bear that in mind when making your buying decision.

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Summary

Provided you're going to give the BUNN GRB Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer a fair amount of use, and you like your coffee brewed to perfection, then this product deserves a place on your short-list.

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BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer Review

The BUNN MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer is from the company that introduced paper coffee filters back in the 1950s. With this product it has reminded us how it still has innovative ideas. That's what enables it to produce a coffee maker that is simple in design yet versatile in its capabilities.

What exactly are its capabilities? Read the rest of the review below, to find out.
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Table of Contents
Simply Versatile
Fast & Perfect Brewing
Features & Specs
Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings
Summary

It's unfortunate that outstanding products often look just like more ordinary products, be they coffee makers or anything else. The BUNN MCU, in unoriginal black and stainless steel, is just such an example.

Simply Versatile

The BUNN MCU can brew your coffee in under a minute, in sizes of from 4 to 14 ounces. Bear in mind that with this machine what you put in is what you get out. It has no reservoir, so don't put in more water than your cup can manage or you'll get overspill.

The feature that separates this coffee maker from the others are the four brewing trays that come with it. You get a Cup Drawer (for K-Cups), a Ground Coffee Drawer, a Pod Drawer, and a Hot Water Drawer. A simple yet brilliant idea that in effect makes the BUNN MCU four machines in one.

And don't forget the pulse feature if you're partial to a richer taste. This is particularly useful if you're using K-Cups, which have a fixed amount of coffee suitable for a 10-oz cup, and you're brewing more than that.

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Fast and Perfect Brewing For Just One Person?

One thing you may have noticed about the BUNN MCU is that it is a one-cup-at-a-time brewer. It's ideal for you if you live alone. But if you have a large family this may not be the machine for you. Instead try the Keurig K65 or Keurig K75.

If there are two of you and you like your coffee a little at a time then try this. Brew the largest capacity available (14-oz) and then pour it into two cups of about 7-oz each.

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The BUNN MCU - Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 13.5 x 16.5 inches
  • Weight: 11.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Item model number: MCU
  • Single cup brewing
  • Brew your own flavorful coffee or tea if preferred
  • Dispenses hot water for more uses
  • Brewing time for Coffee or Tea is under a minute
  • Pulse Brew option to extract bolder flavor
  • Servings: 4-14 ounce
  • Removable drip tray allows room to use your favorite cup or mug

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Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Speed - it brews in under a minute
  • Four brewing trays mean four machines in one
  • Pulse feature for a richer taste

Cons:

  • Control Panel confusing until you've studied the User Manual

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Consumer Ratings for the BUNN MCU

This BUNN MCU has an Amazon score of nearly 4 from over 2,760 reviews at the time of writing (February 2019) and is an Amazon's Choice product. Many reviewers compare it favorably with other coffee makers they've previously owned and the majority have given it 5 stars.

What many reviewers love about this model is how it produces water of exactly the right temperature in one minute. And, of course, makes a perfect brew of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

As ever, I'm going to remind you to be wary when reading coffee maker reviews. It does pay to study the instruction manual for a few minutes before using it for the first time. This makes it much easier to use the controls to produce your favorite beverages exactly how you like them.

Most people appear to like the coffee drawer concept and the convenience this product offers, to say nothing of the great taste.

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Summary

The BUNN MCU is a quality coffee maker at a reasonable price. As long as you don't mind the limitations of brewing one cup at a time then you'll most likely be delighted with your purchase. Click on the Buy Button below for the latest on pricing and availability at Amazon.
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