I received the Wasserstein cooker for free to review, and I will do my best to review it objectively. In this review of the the Wasserstein Sous Vide Precision Cooker, I'm going to cover the basics of how it works, my personal cooking experience (with future updates), and how it compares to similar immersion circulators.
The features offered with the Wasserstein Precision Cooker are very basic. It heats your water to temperature. That's it. There's not even a countdown timer, and no notification system when it reaches the correct cooking temperature. You must time your cook manually!
Of course, this product is offered at a significantly lower price than some other premium models, so you may be willing to live without this feature. However, some discount models like the GSV130 or Nutrichef to offer countdown timers and alert sounds to help you cook more accurately and easily.
The best feature of the Wasserstein cooker is the design. It's very unique compared to other immersion circulators, with a square interface and black + gold design. It has a very high end feel to it as well, with a matte black, soft-textured case. It seriously looks pretty slick compared to most other sous vide cookers I've tested. The only other one that I think can compare with “high end” feel on a budget price would be the Kitchen Gizmo model.
Though the interface looks quite cool and the feel of the machine is good too, I thought the unite size was quite large compared to similar models. It's a little bulky when you compare it to something like what Chefsteps has put out!
The basic features of Wasserstein means that it's easy to get started with. There's a power button, a temperature display button, and +/- for temperature settings. Just select your temperature, let it blink a few times, and you're off to the races.
I cooked some chicken breasts with the cooker. They turned out a little dry for what I was expecting. One user commented that the temperature setting was off a bit, and also experienced dry meats, but I will have to do more testing to see if I agree. There's a lot of room for user error when cooking!
Note: I received sous vide balls from Wasserstein too! I haven't tried them yet, but will update when I do.
- Unit Size Size: 16 x 7 x 3.9 inches
- Temperature Range & Precision: +/- 1ºF
- Power (Watts): 1000 watts
- Pump Circulation: ?? GPM
1000 watts is quite good, and the water was heated to the proper temperature very quickly. This is the advantage to having a powerful heater on an immersion circulator. Unfortunately, this can also create a very loud motor sound on some models. I found the Wasserstein to have a very high pitched, noticeable sound while heating the water. After it reached the appropriate temperature the sound stopped, but I was quite surprised at how loud it was.
Also unfortunately, the temperature precision could only be measured to about 1ºF or 1ºC. There was no 10th of a degree precision like most other cookers offer. For most people, this is not an issue. The difference in flavor and texture of your meat is not going to change much from 149º to 150º. However, it's worth noting that you do lose this accuracy that is offered with other brands.
Comparing The Wasserstein Other Immersion Circulators
If you want to compare the Wasserstein to other similarly priced immersion circulators, there are a few main ones to look at. All Gourmia models are quite inexpensive for what they offer, and have a 1200 watt heater which can compete with the Wasserstein brand. The GSV130 doesn't look as nice as Wasserstein, but I think the GSV140 looks quite nice, and has a variety of colors to choose from. Another good model is the Nutrichef that I mentioned above.
There are a few other cheap ones not worth mentioning because they were made by fly-by-night Chinese companies white-labeling junk products, or other which are not available to purchase online any more.
With higher-end models, not all provide the same amount of power as the Wasserstein, which is its main strength! The two that do, however, are the Anova and the Joule, both of which are great products, but do cost double or more what you'll pay for Wasserstein.
Who Is The Wasserstein Immersion Circulator Best For?
If you like this particular design, are on a budget and prefer your immersion circulator to have some serious power, then the Wasserstein is a good choice. If you want a quiet machine, a countdown timer, wifi-connectivity, and other premium features, then I would consider a different brand.
Personally, I liked this one. I would not be my first choice, but it is definitely worth the price it's currently listed at. (The price may change over time)
- Great black and gold design
- High-quality feel
- Powerful 1000 watt heater
- inexpensive compared to similar brands
- loud while heating water
- no timer
- no alert beeps
- not a well known brand
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