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The Tuxton company is a leading supplier of high quality ceramic dinnerware, ovenware, and stainless steel cookware products to retailers and restaurants worldwide. They are now marketing products under the name "Tuxton Home" with the tagline, "Bringing restaurant quality to the home...and guaranteed for a lifetime". Their first foray into the sous vide arena is their Chef Series Sous Vide Pot, which they sent us one so that we could evaluate it.
The Sous Vide Pot it is a high quality, 9.8 quart specialty stockpot. The thing that sets it apart from other quality stockpots is the unique lid which allows it to be an efficient water bath for sous vide cooking. This multi-use capability is what's touted the most by Tuxton and its features include:
The pot itself has several great features such as:
The Tuxton also looks more "kitchen-y" than a plastic container of water, which might be more to your style.
The Tuxton Sous Vide Pot is better than most stock pots for sous vide cooking, but like all stock pots it does lack a few features that we enjoy from our recommended sous vide container systems. With the metal sides you can't look in on the food as it is cooking, both to ensure it is below the waterline and hasn't opened. The round shape also fits less food than the more common rectangle containers.
The Tuxton is also less efficient than many of the polycarbonate containers because it radiates more heat, which slightly affects both energy consumption and heating speed. Most energy comparisons in sous vide are dealing in cents per day, so it's not a big issue but is still something to be aware of. The radiating heat also means that for hot cooks you have a 150°F to 185°F piece of metal on the counter, which can quickly scald if bumped.
The Tuxton Pot is also very expensive at $120 for the pot and lid, about triple most other containers systems.
If you really like the look of a stock pot on your counter over a polycarbonate container, or have a small kitchen and need to consolidate your sous vide container into something you can use for multiple purposes, then the Tuxton Sous Vide Pot should work out great for you. However, for most sous viders there are many less expensive, and in several ways better, options for water bath containers.
If it sounds right for you, buy one today!
Have you used the Tuxton Chef Series Sous Vide Pot? Let us know what you thought of it!