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.
Sous vide is an less common approach to cooking and it can seem confusing at first. But, it doesn’t have to be. Instead, the process can be extremely simple once you get the hang of it.
At the same time, there are many great blogs out there that specifically focus on sous vide cooking. These often have a wide range of recipes for just about every type of dish that you can imagine. It can look a little overwhelming to make a fancy French sauce when you can’t even make basic stuff! Likewise, you can find many cookbooks out there, but they tend to teach the extravagant and unique rather than beginner stuff (although some do focus on beginners.
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.