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 quickly becoming a staple of the home cook and with this trend they are becoming more affordable and easy to utilize for precise and consistent cooking. Enter the immersion circulator. This small device is designed to turn even the most rudimentary vessel into cooking wizardry of the highest degree. Sous vide is […]
Sous vide is a really interesting cooking technique that not only sounds cool, but can create some amazingly tasty meals with relatively little preparation. And because this is a website dedicated to “quick” cooking methods, I couldn’t resist using and reviewing some of these sous vide machines. The only bummer about these devices is that […]
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 […]
One of the most important decisions that you have to make for sous vide cooking is which immersion circulator to get. Now, for the most part, any immersion circulator will perform the same role. This focuses on heating the water and circulating it through the container. As a result, you will get good food, regardless of the specific immersion circulator you choose.
However, there are many different models to choose from and there can be significant differences between them. This does mean that some options are going to be a better choice for your situation than others.
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.
I started learning about sous vide and testing immersion circulators a few months go. After buying 13 of them and testing them, I’m still wondering why someone would pay so much for a PolyScience product. There are so many cheaper alternatives to PolyScience sous vide immersion circulators that I can’t figure out why someone would pay 3x-10x more for a device that does the same thing. I wanted to take a look in the details PolyScience to see exactly what was up. Are they truly better? Do you get more value for your money? Unfortunately, from what I can see, you do not get added value for your extra dollars. It seems you’re just paying for a brand name. We’ll take a look at some details below to confirm what I mean.
To be fair, most PolyScience immersion circulators do have stronger pumps, so they can circulate more water, and control the temperature of a larger volume of water. But the difference between 5 and 8 gallons is not that much, and most home chefs will be cooking for themselves, up to a small family. Most of us are not serving 12 people at a time! I just want to take a look at some details of the currently available PolyScience models, so you can get an idea of what they off. Then we’ll dig into some comparable, cheaper alternatives that can help you get started cooking sous vide without breaking the bank.
Sous vide is an old technique, but it has been growing in popularity in recent years. In this post, I’m going to cover all the sous vide tools you absolutely need, and a few you probably want, so you can have some fun in the kitchen making amazing food. A while back, an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign funded the Sansaire Sous Vide machine. The raised more than eight times their goal – almost a million dollars to bring this machine to life!
Since then, a number of newer, smarter devices have come onto the market. They’ve gotten smaller, more powerful, and many can now be operated by smartphone of even by voice. So you wanna cook sous vide but aren’t sure what tools you need? I completely understand. Pretty much every tutorial I watched when I got started had a bunch of things I had no idea where to buy, or what they were called.
Gourmia sous vide devices have slightly different names, and are sold under different titles depending on where you by. Sometimes they are called immersion circulators, sometimes immersion pods, sometimes sous vide pods, and any combination of the words above.
Despite the varying descriptions, what they do is all the same. They are an immersion circulator for cooking sous vide. This means you can get the same professional quality sous vide cooking of expensive restaurants in your own home. You don’t even have to buy one of those $700 water ovens. All you need is a pot or heat safe container and some Ziploc bags to get started.