Update 2017: They no longer call this model “prime”. I’m not sure why, but I’m guessing it’s just a marketing thing. The stats, construction, etc other things have not changed. There is a version called upgraded that is currently available, but there’s no discernible difference as far as I can tell. Introduction As one of the […]
When I started my whole ‘sous vide experiment’, I started with the Gourmia GSV130. It was one of the cheaper ones that I bought (13 total), so I figured I’d mess around with this one first. It was simple to start using (no wifi or apps), and if I broke it somehow, it wouldn’t matter. It was cheap anyway. I cooked quite a few steaks, salmon fillets, and pork chops before moving on to test the newer models from Gourmia and other brands that offer immersion circulators.
What ended up happening was that the GSV130 served as a base point on which I gauged my future experiences with immersion circulators. The Gourmia GSV130 was such a solid immersion circulator at such an inexpensive price, that I really had to look for reasons why someone would spend more than two times more on an appliance that basically did the same thing.
When I started cooking sous vide I just bought all the immersion circulators that I could find online. I didn’t pay attention to brands or prices – I just wanted to test them all! That’s how I ended up with the Kitchen Gizmo Simplified Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. I had not heard of Kitchen Gizmo before! They make interesting kitchen tools – niche products like an all-in-on avocado slicer tool, magnetic salt and pepper shakers, and a manual coffee brewer for k-cups. Cool stuff!
Their “wired” lineup is quite small, but it’s the electrical side of things that they do. Actually, wired only has two products so far: an electric water kettle and this immersion circulator.
The unboxing of the Kitchen Gizmo immersion circulator was pretty interesting! It was sent a very nice, hexagonal, tall box with the device inside, along with the setup guide, cookbook, and a few other things.
When Sansaire launched it’s Kickstarter campaign, it raised over $800,000. That’s 8x more than their $100,000 goal. It was clearly a popular and highly anticipated device. It’s on the market now, and you can buy it from many different places online, including Amazon. There’s also been a bunch of other new sous vide immersion circulators to come onto the market this year. So how does the Sansaire Immersion circulator compete on the open market? You’ll find out in my in-depth review and comparison.
There are some clear advantages to Sansaire of other brands of sous vide cookers, but also some serious negatives worth considering. While I think some of you would probably prefer this device over others, honestly, it was not my favorite. I tested 11 different circulators in total over the past few months, and while the Sansaire would rank in the Top 5, it would not be in my Top 3 picks.
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 before, so it lives up to the hype of 1200+ reviews on Amazon and an almost five star rating. However, when comparing to other wifi/bluetooth immersion circulators, the differences get more subtle.
In this review I want to cover what the Anova Precision Cooker is, what its strengths and weaknesses are, and how it compares to other similar devices. It’s an awesome tool for cooking. For sous vide fanboys and newbies alike, it’s well worth the money you pay. But is it the best one for you? There are a lot of choices these days as the popularity of sous vide grows. Immersion circulators make it easier and easier to get restaurant quality food in your own home, for cheap, but let’s make sure you get the most value out of your hard earned money.