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Anova Precision Cooker AN500

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  • Price: $200
  • Amazon Ranking: 4.5 stars from 22 reviews
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  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
  • Temperature Range: 32°F (0°C) to 197°F (92°C)
  • Heater Output: 1000 Watts
  • Has Circulator: Yes

The Anova Precision Cooker AN500 is the latest offering in the Precision Cooker family of circulators from Anova Culinary. They have taken their very successful WiFi Precision Cooker and redesigned it for optimal performance in three areas.

The power has been increased to 1000 W and pumps water at 8L per minute. This allows the AN500 to heat water faster and improves the capability of the circulator to be used with larger capacity water baths.

The Anova PC AN500 is splash, steam and water resistance. It has been steam tested for over 1000 hours at 90°C. It also has an IPX-7 rating for complete submersion up to 1 meter deep for at least 30 minutes. In other words, if you have an accident in the kitchen, there's a good chance the circulator will survive!

Despite all of the improvements in the unit, they have been able to reduce it to a more compact design, almost 2" (5cm) smaller than its predecessor, similar to the Anova Nano. This makes it much easier to store in a drawer or on a shelf.

Anova Precision Cooker AN500 Articles and Reviews

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Basic Anova Precision Cooker AN500 Specifications

For the basic specifications of a sous vide machine we look at several things. Not only the dimensions, such as the height and weight, but also the min and max immersion depth, as well as the material it is made out of. All values are supplied by the manufacturer.

Basic Specifications
Parameters Anova Precision Cooker AN500
Tube Diameter 2.2" (5.6cm)
Height 12.8" (32.5cm)
Width 3.1" (7.87cm)
Weight 1.6 lbs (0.7kg)
Min Immersion Depth 2.5" (6.34cm)
Max Immersion Depth 5.9" (15cm)
Min/Max Spacing 3.4" (8.6cm)
Min Pot Depth 3.5" (8.9cm)
Has Timer Yes
Voltage 120 VAC
Type of Clamp Screw
Max Clamp Opening 1.1" (2.8cm)
Wetted Part Material SS skirt and plastic cap
Remaining Material Polycarbonate
Cord Length 38" (96cm)
Cleaning Skirt and cap can be removed
Price $200
Made In China

Anova Precision Cooker AN500 Performance Specifications

The performance of sous vide machines is probably the most important consideration. It includes the heating power, temperature variability, pump speed, and the circulation method. All values are supplied by the manufacturer.

Performance Specifications
Parameters Anova Precision Cooker AN500
Lowest Temperature 32°F (0°C)
Highest Temperature 197°F (92°C)
Temperature Variability 0.2°F or 0.1°C
Temperature Granularity 0.5°F or °C
Has Circulation Pump Yes
Pump Speed 8 L/minute
Can Direct Pump Output No
Maximum Water Capacity NA
Heater Output 1000 Watts
Water Level Sensors Auto shut off
Amazon Rating 4.5
Amazon Review Count 22

Anova Precision Cooker AN500 User Interface

The sous vide interface has two main components: 1) are there on-device controls such as buttons or wheels? And 2) is there WiFi and/or Bluetooth connectivity?

User Interface
Anova Precision Cooker AN500
Display Type Capacitive touch screen, LEDs
Buttons Current & Target Temp, Timer, Start/Stop, +, -
Other Inputs None
Connectivity WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz
Smartphone Control iOS and Android
Info And Recipes In app

2015-2016 Benchmark Test Results

We run all sous vide machines we can through our benchmark tests. For a full explanation of the tests, please see our article Sous Vide Benchmark Tests.

Benchmark Results
Anova Precision Cooker AN500
Room Temp Start Time 26:40
Hot Tap Start Time 08:30
Low Temperature 140.4°F
Low Temperature Maximum 140.5°F
Low Temperature Minimum 140.4°F
Low Temp Variation 0.1°F
Temp Rise Time 31:20
High Temperature 183.4°F
High Temperature Maximum 183.6°F
High Temperature Minimum 183.4°F
High Temp Variation 0.2°F
First Hour Power Use 0.43 kWh
Total Power Use 0.87 kWh
Sound Adjacent 59.00 dB
Sound 12" Away 54.00 dB

2012 Benchmark Test Results

This machine was either not available in 2012 or we did not test it.

Have you used the Anova Precision Cooker AN500? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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