Update: The Anova Nano is out now. It’s a compact, less-powerful version than the Gen 2 model. Anova Review: Slick, Quiet, Affordable In continuing with my reviews of wifi-enabled sous vide immersion circulators, I bought and tested the Anova Precision Cooker. In short, this is clearly one of the best immersion circulators that I’ve tested […]
Update: They now offer a completely white version, which looks pretty awesome. The white one sells for a discount because the bottom is not stainless steel, like the one you see in the title Image. Click the link to check the current price. Joule Review: The Apple of Sous Vide Simply the best of the […]
Sous vide is a fantastic way to cook food. It can be very healthy, or decadently delicious, and you can end up with many meals that you simply couldn’t create any other way. Additionally, the cooking technique lets you create consistently good food, without having to worry about it burning or drying out. Cooking sous vide at home is a perfect way for a “terrible chef” to make consistently delicious food, or an already-good chef to step up their game and impress their friends, family, and self.
After reviewing 13 other immersion circulators, one more popped up on my radar recently…the Sous Smart SSV2700. I was pretty excited to review this one because it was really cheap – in the sixty dollar range when I bought it. Since then, the price has gone up. Bummer! But the good news is that it makes my decision to NOT recommend this device very easy.
Though it’s still cheap compared to some of the pricier immersion circulators I’ve reviewed over the past couple months, it’s currently no the cheapest. Considering it has a number of design flaws that make it difficult to use, it’s just not a great choice for most people. It does have some good reviews racking up on Amazon, as someone who’s tried many sous vide circulators, I don’t think this is the best one you can get for the price!
The line between bluetooth sous vide appliances and ones that connect to WiFi is blurred. As of 2017, there’s only one “bluetooth only” device on the market, though you do need to have bluetooth in order to use the the WiFi-enabled ones. Usually, it means you’ll pair the device via Bluetooth, then connect the device to your WiFi signal through your smartphone.
Bluetooth is quite limited in range, so without an additional WiFi feature, you’ll be limited to being as far as “the next room” before you’ll lose remote control. That means other than monitoring your sous vide steak while watching TV (which is still pretty cool), you’ll basically have a regular immersion circulator. I’ll dig into that a bit more below when talking about the only bluetooth sous vide device, but I just wanted to clear up what we’ll be talking about in this post. Yes, it’s going to include the WiFi devices as well.