I'm constantly getting asked what type of sous vide circulator someone should buy. This used to be an easy question to answer because there were only one or two reliable machines but now there are several options, all of which are generally comparable and can get the job done.
I decided to put together this article to help people quickly get an overview of the top circulators. I've focused on the major deciding factors I think are important such as heating power, how loud it is, and the price.
To help with this, I reference a few of our sous vide benchmark tests such as Heating Power (how fast the circulator can heat the water), Sound Level (how much noise does the machine make), and Power Consumption (how much power does the machine use).
There's been a whole lot of talk about ChefSteps' new Joule sous vide immersion circulator. Between the lack of a physical interface (hello, smartphone controls!) and the small size, there's a lot of talking points.
For me, the most important aspects are how well it heats the water, and how much noise does it make...hey, I live in a small New York apartment and even a little noise fills the whole place!
We decided to take the Joule and put it through our sous vide benchmark tests to see how well it compared to the other major brands out there. Spoiler alert...it did pretty dang good!
The first set of tests determine how quickly the circulator can heat the water. It went from room temperature to 140°F (60°C) in only 20 minutes and from hot tap water to 140°F (60°C) in just over 5 minutes.
This is a detailed equipment review of the Joule, an immersion circulator manufactured by ChefSteps. They just recently released this WiFi enabled immersion circulator which, when attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking.
If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, especially if you are interested in a circulator with WiFi, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Joule is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
This is a detailed review of the Anova Precision Cooker WiFi, an inexpensive immersion circulator manufactured by Anova Culinary LLC. This circulator is essentially identical to the original Anova Precision Cooker except that the capability to communicate via WiFi has been added.
This circulator, attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking. If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Anova Precision Cooker WiFi is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
The addition of the WiFi feature to the Anova Precision Cooker provides several benefits - the most noteworthy are the capabilities: 1) to delay the start time of your cook and 2) to provide remote communication with your sous vide machine. Depending on your lifestyle you may decide that WiFi on your sous vide machine would be a "nice to have" but you don't envision that you would use it often. Or you may determine that WiFi is a "must have" to simplify your life as a sous vide cook.
Lately there have been more and more sous vide machines entering the market every month. Each one has its own specifications, and pluses and minuses. Depending on what is important to you, different machines might meet your needs better than others.
To help showcase the differences between the sous vide machines, and let people know which machines perform better at certain tasks, we created our Sous Vide Benchmark Tests. We run sous vide machines through a specific set of tests so the results can be compared across machines.
This is a detailed review of the Gourmia GSV130 Digital Sous Vide Pod, an inexpensive immersion circulator manufactured by Gourmia. Near the end of 2015 they released this low-cost immersion circulator which, when attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking. If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Gourmia is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
Sansaire has just announced their KickStarter campaign for their next iteration of their immersion circulator, the Sansaire Delta. Their campaign has also been fully backed already, with more than 900 backers so there is no risk of it not being funded.
With several of the other brands coming out with WiFi enabled devices I was expecting to hear something soon from Sansaire and I wasn't disappointed. The first thing that jumps out about the new unit is the unique design they decided on. Instead of the typical "stick" circulator, they went with a cool looking Δ shape. They say the end footprint of the circulator is smaller than the original Sansaire so hopefully it doesn't take up too much room in the pot.
I also liked that the control panel has been moved to the front. This takes it out of the way of steam from the pot (some other brands have been known to short circuit due to steam) and making it easier to reach and change the settings on.
With WiFi becoming available on the latest version of many sous vide machines, the important question is, "Do I need to have WiFi on my sous vide machine?" This article will help you answer that question. You may decide that having WiFi on your sous vide machine would be a "nice to have" but you don't envision that you would use it often. Or you may determine that WiFi is a "must-have" to simplify your life as a sous vide cook.
On this website, as well as other places online such as the sous vide subreddit, there are often questions regarding the power consumption of sous vide cooking. Questions like the following:
How much power is used for a typical sous vide cook?
How much impact does the water bath insulation have on sous vide power usage?
How do water ovens compare to sous vide immersion circulators on power usage?
Is sous vide power usage something that we really need to be concerned about?
Motivated by this and our own curiosity, we decided to define and run a Sous Vide Power Consumption Benchmark to gather some empirical data on this interesting topic. Hopefully, this article will answer some of the questions you have regarding power usage during sous vide cooking.
This is the first of a number of vacuum sealer reviews we will be doing in the months ahead. This one is particularly exciting since it is on a chamber vacuum sealer - the PolyScience 300 Series Chamber Vacuum Sealer. This unit has nearly unlimited uses for both food storage and food preparation, especially for modernist cooking techniques such as sous vide and infusion.
We were quite fortunate to have PolyScience Culinary provide us with their 300 Series Chamber Vacuum Sealer for this review. They characterize this Vacuum Sealer as a "Maintenance-free design which provides professional-level features at a home cook's price." The short 2 minute video below will give you a quick introduction to the PolyScience unit.
One of the more intimating sides of exploring sous vide is picking the right equipment. Different places will give you different advice, but this article is designed to break it all down into an easy-to-understand format where you can easily determine what sous vide equipment you actually need, and what is right for you.
There are 3 main tasks in sous vide that you need to accomplish, and can buy equipment for. The first is to seal your food, the second is to heat your water, and the third is to sear your food. There are many different ways you can accomplish these tasks, from using Ziploc bags and a beer cooler to purchasing highly-priced professional machines. I dive into each task below and provide information and links that will help you get the right equipment for you. For more information, you can also view all of our sous vide equipment articles.
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This is a detailed review of the Nomiku, an inexpensive immersion circulator initially funded by an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. This circulator, attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking. If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Nomiku is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
Check out all the sous vide machine benchmark information you've been curious about.
With the wide range of sous vide machines available there are definitely differences in performance. Here is our look at how all the various machines respond to a specific set of tests.
As I have performed detailed reviews on numerous sous vide machines I thought it would be informative to have some objective information regarding their performance. So I decided to define a benchmark that I could put each sous vide machine through and gather some useful information regarding its performance.
This is a detailed review of the Anova Precision Cooker, an inexpensive immersion circulator manufactured by Anova Culinary LLC. This circulator, attached to a suitable container, will provide an excellent water bath for sous vide cooking. If you are interested in getting involved with sous vide cooking, this review will give you all of the information you need to determine if the Anova Precision Cooker is the right immersion circulator for your needs.
Sous vide is one of the most popular modernist techniques and one that is pushing modernist cooking into the mainstream. From fancy chefs like Thomas Keller and hit television shows like Iron Chef America and Top Chef to everyday restaurants like Panera, sous vide is popping up everywhere.
Due to the increasing popularity of immersion circulators I thought it would be useful to present a variety of options for the sous vide water bath container. For each type I will cover the advantages and disadvantages as well as indicate where they can be purchased.
There are many different types of sous vide machines available for the home and professional cook but they all have one purpose: to keep the cooking temperature consistent. They do this in different ways and each way has pluses and minuses.
Provides a detailed analysis of inexpensive immersion circulators used for sous vide cooking including the Anova, Nomiku and Sansaire. The article focuses on the differences between the units and then makes a recommendation of the best unit.
One common question people ask about different sous vide machines is "How long does it take to heat up the water"? We decided to tackle this question as part of our Sous Vide Machine Benchmark Tests series.
One of the questions we often get asked is "How much energy does sous vide use"? We never knew the answer to this question so we decided to look into it. Energy consumption with sous vide is complicated because it differs greatly based on the device you are using, where in the sous vide process you are, and how much water you are heating.
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