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ChefSteps Joule

  • Price: $200
  • Amazon Ranking: 4.4 stars from 1274 reviews
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  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi
  • Temperature Range: 68°F (20°C) to 208°F (98°C)
  • Heater Output: 1100 Watts
  • Has Circulator: Yes

For a full look at the ChefSteps Joule please check out our detailed ChefSteps Joule Review.

Joule is an immersion circulator designed and manufactured by ChefSteps. It has both a Bluetooth and WiFi connection to a smartphone which is required to control the unit.

ChefSteps Joule Articles and Reviews

For a full look at the ChefSteps Joule please check out our detailed ChefSteps Joule Review.

Have you used the ChefSteps Joule? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Basic ChefSteps Joule 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 ChefSteps Joule
Tube Diameter 1.85" (4.7 cm)
Height 11.0" (28.0 cm)
Width 1.85" (4.7 cm)
Weight 1.28 lbs (0.58 kg)
Min Immersion Depth 1.5" (3.8 cm)
Max Immersion Depth 8" (20.3 cm)
Min/Max Spacing 6.5" (16.5 cm)
Min Pot Depth ~2 or 6.0" (5 or 10.3 cm)
Has Timer Yes
Voltage 120 VAC
Type of Clamp Universal clip
Max Clamp Opening ~0.75" (1.9 cm)
Wetted Part Material Polycarbonate body/SS bottom
Remaining Material Polycarbonate body/SS top
Cord Length 42" (106.7 cm)
Cleaning Remove foot for limited access
Price $200
Made In China

ChefSteps Joule 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 ChefSteps Joule
Lowest Temperature 68°F (20°C)
Highest Temperature 208°F (98°C)
Temperature Variability 0.2°F (0.18°C)
Temperature Granularity 0.1°F or 0.1°C
Has Circulation Pump Yes
Pump Speed 6 L/min
Can Direct Pump Output Yes
Maximum Water Capacity 2.5-10 gallons (9.5-40 L)
Heater Output 1100 Watts
Water Level Sensors Thermal/High current protection
Amazon Rating 4.4
Amazon Review Count 1274

ChefSteps Joule 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
ChefSteps Joule
Display Type Single Multi-color LED
Buttons Power
Other Inputs None
Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi
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
ChefSteps Joule
Room Temp Start Time 20:20
Hot Tap Start Time 05:10
Low Temperature 139.5°F
Low Temperature Maximum 139.6°F
Low Temperature Minimum 139.5°F
Low Temp Variation 0.1°F
Temp Rise Time 16:10
High Temperature 182.8°F
High Temperature Maximum 183.0°F
High Temperature Minimum 182.8°F
High Temp Variation 0.2°F
First Hour Power Use 0.42 kWh
Total Power Use 0.91 kWh
Sound Adjacent 54-59 dB
Sound 12" Away 50-55 dB

2012 Benchmark Test Results

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

Have you used the ChefSteps Joule? If so, let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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