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The SSV800 Accu Slim immersion circulator is the second offering by Instant Pot. It is a relatively simple circulator designed for the low-cost end of the market.
The Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim is a smaller and lighter version of the Instant Pot SV800. It has a removable sleeve for easy cleaning and the part in contact with the water is stainless steel. It is also relatively inexpensive coming in around $80.
Performance wise it's nearly identical to the SV800 and holds the temperature very steady. The Accu Slim is quite simple which makes it easy to use. It is also manufactured by a well-respected brand of kitchen appliances.
Since the Accu Slim is only 800 W, it is one of the slower circulators at heating water up to the target temperature. Another issue is that the timer is always in use, with the default time set at 4 hours. If you are doing a longer cook, and forget to increase the time on the timer, an unsafe situation could occur.
The spacing between the min and max water levels is really small at 2.0", which is about 1.5" smaller than the Anovas and more than 4" less than the Joule. It does have a nice clamp, but it is fixed, which limits the height options of the containers it works with. These combined together means you need to stay on top of evaporation to prevent the machine from turning off during medium to long cooks.
We do feel that the Instant Pot SSV800 Accu Slim is a better choice than the SV800 since it is smaller and has similar performance characteristics. But we are concerned with the way that the timer operates, since it is a hassle to remember to set, but more importantly, could result in unsafe situations and ruined food. It is inexpensive, but we feel that there are other options in the same price range that we prefer.
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