There are 8 models available by the manufacturer in the VP series. Sam’s Club offers 2 models. The BUNN VR series has a cord attached & does not need plumbing. You have to add water yourself. BUNN claims that the VP series is best for serving up to 15 lbs of coffee a week.
The BUNN VP17-1 at Sam’s Club isn’t completely stainless steel on the outside. The VPR model is actually the VP17-1 Stainless Steel model. Sam’s Club seems to come up with their own naming scheme. More accurate description of the stainless steel model is on Amazon. Jump to this section if you want to read about more differences between the 2 models below.
You’ll never have a plasticky taste in your coffee with either model.
The only thing plastic is the SplashGard Funnel. You can find a stainless steelfunnel on Amazon here.
Nonetheless, you don’t have to worry about coffee touching the plastic coffee funnel, it’s only for a short amount of time. The reservoir tank in a coffee maker is what you should be concerned about. Many cheap coffee makers make reservoirs out of plastic & cover the outside in stainless steel. This is why you get a plasticky taste due to the water being heated in plastic.
The VP17 models available have a simple on/off switch for the warmer. There isn’t a power switch for the coffee machine itself. It must be unplugged to turn off.
Pro tip: Don’t unplug while it’s heating water or sparks will fly. Consider getting a power strip with a power switch on it.
It’s possible to make a few cups at a time. It completely empties the water in the tank to make a pot of coffee. As soon as you add water to the machine it starts. Make sure you have the carafe already in place & coffee grinds in the funnel.
The VPS model #04275.0031 is more of a side-by-side setup. Which may free up some valuable counter space. The VPS doesn’t require special plumbing.
The cons of the VP series seems to be the same as the VPR. It may be too loud for some while heating up the water. It doesn’t have any auto-shutoff or power switch. It takes around 10 – 15 minutes to heat up the water in the reservoir but only 3 minutes to brew a pot of coffee.
There were a couple of reviews written that the water isn’t hot enough. Others claim the water is hot enough. BUNN says that brew temperate is 185, which is at the low end of the spectrum according to the National Coffee Association. There are several DYI methods to fix this, which require a separate thermostat and some electrical wiring knowhow. For commercial use it’s not necessary.