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SO-VIDA is a relatively new company that is focused on making sous vide easier for home cooks by providing a number of innovative sous vide accessories. The SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat is their second product offering.
We also have a more detailed article: SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat Review.
The sous vide insulation bands and mat have a very similar function to the SO-VIDA Sous Vide Container Sleeve. Both products insulate the water bath to keep the heat in and also are positioned under the water bath in order to protect the work surface.
The sous vide insulation bands and mat are designed to be used on metal pots that are being employed as a sous vide water bath container. The insulation band is quite long and fits the vast majority of pots. Similarly, the mat is of a sufficient diameter to insulate most pots from the work surface.
The SO-VIDA Sous Vide Insulation Bands and Mat have numerous benefits. Perhaps the most important is that it protects the work surface from deterioration from the extended periods of heat that emanate from a metal sous vide container. They also provide a minimal reduction in the amount of power used and the length of time required to achieve the target temperature.
There is really not much not to like! However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer you can certainly provide similar benefits to this product by using other insulating materials such as bath towels, etc.
For sous viders who are using metal pots as their sous vide container, this product provides several benefits, while at the same time looking good. It is also quite flexible such that it could fit a wide variety of pot sizes you may have. And if the mat protects your work surface from breakdown due to the heat, it could be a real lifesaver.
If it sounds right for you, buy one today!
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