Best Sous Vide Machines

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 2, 2018
Have you ever wondered how some restaurants are able to cook dishes to perfection, whereas those cooked at home often turn out very different? The explanation for this is that many restaurants use sous vide machines for cooking. Take a look at our reviews for five of the best models of these machines for experiencing restaurant quality cooking at home. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The built-in pump circulates water at a rate of 1 - 1.2 GPM, and the thermostat works with a high degree of precision, providing an ideal readiness over the entire thickness of the cooked piece of meat or vegetables.

CONS

Power cord is very short.

OUR VERDICT

The Anova Culinary Sous Vide gives you the opportunity to cook a variety of dishes of consistently high quality every time. This cooker allows you to accurately control the temperature and cooking time remotely thanks to a proprietary mobile app, in which you will also find more than 1000 interesting recipes for tasty and healthy dishes.

detailed parameters
Power

900 W

Temperature Range

77°F to 210°F

Controls

LED touchscreen for accurate time (up to 99 Hours) and temperature, can be controlled remotely with smart devices (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth), Anova App with 1,000+ Recipes compatible. Conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit

Security

Safety-grip handle, adjustable clamp, Bi-Metal Fuse

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The exclusive function of the Joule mobile app Visual Doneness allows you to see how the prepared dish will look even before cooking begins. All cooking can be easily controlled through the app, giving a great degree of freedom.

CONS

No display.

OUR VERDICT

The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is in a smooth, compact case, cooking is launched and works through a mobile application, and its settings can be set even by voice through Amazon Alexa. This machine is the best choice for everyone who wants to cook food while preserving the untouched original taste of the ingredients.

detailed parameters
Power

1100 W

Temperature Range

208°F Max

Controls

LED indicator light, Remote control with smart devices (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth), Joule app with Visual Doneness (TM) feature compatible. Works with Amazon Alexa. Conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit

Security

Thermal cutoff protection, high current protection, adjustable clamp

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This device is absolutely safe to use thanks to a non-slip handle, a large and sturdy clip that will not let it slide, and an auto power off feature for when the water level is low. A very ergonomic design that is comfortable to use.

CONS

Instructions and set-up are a bit confusing.

OUR VERDICT

The Kitchen Gizmo thermo processor is an excellent choice for any family which likes tasty and healthy food. The device does not require special skills in operation - use the scroll wheel to set the desired temperature and cooking time (Free cookbook included), place the device in a tank with water and then you can do your own thing.

detailed parameters
Power

800 W

Temperature Range

194°F Max

Controls

LED screen, Scrolling Wheel for accurate time and temperature, Conversion between Celsius and Fahrenheit

Security

Safety-grip handle, auto shut off mechanism, adjustable clamp

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With the help of this Chefman Sous Vide machine, you can cook meat ranging from very rare to well done, and in any case, thanks to the 360 ° directional pump and PTC heating, it will turn out to be tender, juicy and evenly cooked from edge to edge. The same goes for fish, poultry, vegetables and other dishes.

CONS

The cooking finished signal is quiet.

OUR VERDICT

The Chefman Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is a great device for cooking in a vacuum with a touch screen and precise control of temperature and cooking time. The desired dish will not be ready to eat quickly, but your expectation is compensated by its unrivaled taste and aroma, and the food will be both tasty and nutritious.

detailed parameters
Power

1100 W

Temperature Range

203°F Max

Controls

LED touchscreen for accurate time and temperature, can be controlled remotely with smart devices (Wi-Fi + Bluetooth), Chefman Sous Vide App with Recipes compatible. Conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius

Security

Safety-grip handle, adjustable clamp, auto-shut off

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device is attached to any container by means of a removable adjustable ring clip, which allows the machine to be attached as tightly and vertically as possible to the side of the cooking pot.

CONS

Scroll wheel is not very sensitive.

OUR VERDICT

The Gramercy Kitchen Sous Vide will prepare for you and your loved ones any food with the preservation of taste and aroma. Easy to clean thanks to the Removable sleeve, takes up a minimum of storage space, and also comes with a storage bag. Time and temperature guide is available for download.

detailed parameters
Power

800 W

Temperature Range

104-194 °F

Controls

LED touchscreen and scroll wheel for accurate time and temperature, Conversion between Fahrenheit and Celsius

Security

Safety-grip handle, adjustable ring clip, auto shut off mechanism

Warranty

1 year

Anova Culinary A3.2-120V-US

Cook With Precision

The ability to cook with precision is probably the main thing that sets sous vide cooking apart from all other methods. Being able to cook at the precise temperature necessary and ensuring that all parts of the food are cooked at this temperate is what produces cooking results that are simply not possible with any other method of cooking. Sous vide machines are often able to cook very close to the desired temperature, but not all machines are able to get the exact precision with a temperature that some may need.

The Anova Culinary A3.2-120V-US Sous Vide Precision Cooker is one machine that is renowned for its absolute cooking precision. This suvee machine gives you the ability to cook at the precise temperature that you indicate, and also ensures that all portions of the food being cooked are done at this same temperature. The machine features a stainless steel body and disks, which allows for prolonged use without any worry of corrosion or rust, and is also very easy to clean. This means that repeated use is not a problem, and it can be cleaned and ready to go again in minutes, giving you the ability to quickly cook a full meal. Not many home cooking devices can give you restaurant quality food and such a cooking experience like this one.

Review of Anova Culinary A3.2-120V-US Sous Vide Precision Cooker

Control from Anywhere

The precision abilities of this portable sous vide machine are quite good, but it also has a lot more to offer. The machine contains a display on the end of the handle that shows the desired temperature and the actual temperature, and you will notice that both temperatures will match perfectly once the machine has been running. The controls on the display are minimal, but not to worry. The machine is mainly controlled through the Anova app, which can be downloaded and installed on your smartphone or tablet, giving you the ability to control the cooker from anywhere within your home. The app connects to the device via Bluetooth and allows you to set everything necessary for the machine, as well as to monitor the cooking process even while in another room.

The app gives you unprecedented control over the cooker, but it also gives you access to over 1000 recipes from top chefs that give you plenty of ideas of different dishes to try preparing with your sous vide machine. The machine itself is quite easy to operate through this app. Also included on the machine itself is an adjustable clamp that ensures that the machine is firmly attached to the side of the pot, as well as a rubber safety grip handle that prevents any risk of burns. With all of these features packed into such a small device, you certainly get a lot for your money.

Anova Culinary A3.2-120V-US Sous Vide Precision Cooker in the use

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ChefSteps 4186JW120B

Powerful Sous Vide Machine

One thing that is well known to many highly experienced chefs regarding sous vide machines is that not all models are the same. They will often range wildly in features, and more importantly, in power, which can really limit what can be cooked with such a machine. As a rule, the more powerful the sous vide machine, the higher the top cooking temperature, so chefs who want to maximize the number of dishes they can cook will often opt for the more powerful models, while not forgetting the needs of cooking with precision.

The ChefSteps 4186JW120B Joule Sous Vide Machine is one such model that is well known for its power, operating at 1100W and with a maximum cooking temperature of 208 degrees F. This gives it the power to cook even the toughest dishes while still retaining a wide temperature ranging, giving you the flexibility to cook almost any type of dish that you could want. The high power of this device also ensures that water is brought to the operating temperature within minutes, so there is no need for a long wait for it to get going. Despite its high power, though, the device itself remains relatively small, being just 11 inches tall and weighing 1.1 pounds, which ensures that it is small and light enough to store anywhere while not in use.

Review of ChefSteps 4186JW120B Joule Sous Vide Machine

Easy to Control

Although this souvee machine is powerful, it is also quite easy to use. The machine itself has no controls or display on the body, which can be a negative for some, but it is fully supported with the Joule app for smartphones and tablets, with which all settings for the Joule Sous Vide machine can be controlled. Setting it up is quite easy and it takes just a few seconds to get it ready to cook. Furthermore, the app includes many other features, including the Visual Doneness feature, which allows you to see exactly how your food will be cooked with the settings that you are using. This gives you unparalleled control over the cooking process, and you will find that food that you cook will look exactly the same as seen in the app.

The app also includes more than 100 recipes and cooking guides that give you step by step instructions on how to prepare award-winning dishes that are sure to please anyone. The app can use either Bluetooth or WiFi to connect with the machine, so those who don't have one or the other aren't left out in the cold. In addition, the device is fully compatible with Amazon Alexa, giving you the ability to control it by voice for times when your hands are otherwise occupied. With this wide range of features, this souvee machine is sure to win you over in no time at all.

ChefSteps 4186JW120B Joule Sous Vide Machine in the use

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Kitchen Gizmo KG-SV1

Restaurant Quality Food

As much as some people love home cooked meals, there is no denying that some restaurants are able to consistently cook dishes that simply can't be matched at home. Restaurants, by and large, have an experienced staff led by an experienced chef that utilize kitchen tools and appliances that simply aren't available or practical for the average person's kitchen. So, it should be no surprise that many home cooked meals simply can't approach those from top-end restaurants.

The Kitchen Gizmo KG-SV1 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator helps bring that restaurant quality cooking experience to the home. This sous vide cooker has all of the features that are typical of even high-end sous vide machines of restaurant quality, including the ability to cook food at precise temperatures, yet is available at a price point where it is available to most everyone. Featuring a state-of-the-art design with a stainless steel body, this device can cook your food at precise temperatures at up to 194 degrees F with a very small margin of error, ensuring that all parts of the food are evenly cooked. The stainless steel sleeve gives it a durability that will make even the most cynical cook happy, yet remains very easy to clean.

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Great Features

The precision cooking of this cooker isn't all that it has to offer. This sous vide cooker includes a strong clamp that will attach it firmly to the side of almost any pot, without the risk of falling off, and the safety rubber grip handle shields even the most sensitive hands from the heat generated by the device. On the end of the handle are the display and controls, with operation being handled through a simple-to-use scroll wheel that lets you easily and quickly choose your desired settings, along with a touchscreen panel. The display shows bright blue characters that let you check the status of the device at a glance, and a blue LED light on the front will show you when it is powered on and cooking.

Other features include the automatic safety shutoff that powers the device off automatically when it is not in water. This helps make the device safe to use, without any risk of burning yourself by mishandling the device. Included with the sous vide cooker is a cookbook that contains a curated collection of top-end recipes that are of the highest quality. You will never be bored or out of ideas of what to cook with this device. For anyone who wants to have top restaurant quality food at home, this Sous Vide machine will quickly become your favorite kitchen companion.

Kitchen Gizmo KG-SV1 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator in the use

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Chefman Programmable Digital Touch Screen Display

Professional Grade Cooker

Not everyone is a professional chef, but having professional quality appliances in the kitchen can go a long way towards getting professional quality results. The Chefman Programmable Digital Touch Screen Display Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is one such device that can give you a meal that stands toe to toe with anything you could find in a high-class restaurant. This device is quite simple to use and can get your food cooking in a few short minutes, thanks to the PTC heating technology used to quickly heat the water to the desired cooking temperature. No longer do you need to wait for an hour or more to preheat an oven just to cook something.

This sous vide machine features easy-to-use controls located on the end of the handle, which is equipped with a touchscreen LCD display. Here you can set the device for the desired operating temperature as well as the cooking time, and from there you can let the device do the cooking on its own. The built-in smart sensors ensure that the heated water is evenly distributed with its 360-degree water pump and operating at the exact desired temperature. This will result in your food being completely evenly cooked with no risk of the edges or bottom burning.

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A Few Easy Steps

Cooking a meal with this device can be done in just a few easy steps. The food that you want to cook should be placed in a food grade sealed bag with as little air trapped inside as possible. Something like a vacuum sealer can work wonders for this. The sous vide machine can then be clipped to the side of the cooking pot, which will be extremely secure and without any risk of falling off thanks to the strong and durable clamp. You then set the desired operating temperature and time, insert your food into the water, and let the cooking commence. Once it has finished, the alarm will beep to inform you that the food is fully cooked. Few other devices can make cooking so simple.

Along with the device itself is the Chefman Sous Vide app, available for both iOS and Android, that gives you a multitude of different recipes to check from your smartphone or tablet. The recipes also include cooking tutorial videos that help you learn how to get the best results from your sous vide machine. You even get access to the Club Chefman online resource which means you will have a neverending supply of recipes and cooking tips available at the tip of your finger. With the total functionality of this device coupled with the extras, this sous-vide machine will give you top quality food in the comfort of your home.

Chefman Programmable Digital Touch Screen Display Sous Vide Immersion Circulator in the use

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Gramercy Kitchen 800 Watt, Digital Display

Become a Gourmet Chef

There are plenty of people who love cooking, and many of them have probably always dreamed of becoming a gourmet chef. While going through culinary school might not be practical for many people, the tools that they have available nowadays makes it easier than ever to learn how to improve your cooking skills from the comfort of your own home. And no better tool for this exists than the Gramercy Kitchen 800 Watt, Digital Display Sous Vide Immersion Circulator Cooker.

This sous vide cooker can give you gourmet quality meals at home, as it is essentially the same as most sous vide machines found in countless high-end restaurants. Featuring a beautiful and ergonomic case, this model is very easy to use and does not require a Bluetooth or WiFi connection to operate. The controls and display are located on the end of the handle, featuring bright green characters with easy-to-use touch controls. You don't have to be a tech expert just to cook your food. Simply prepare the food in a sealed plastic bag, clip the sous vide machine to the side of the pot, and quickly set the cooking temperature and timer. Cooking with any other device or using any other method is rarely ever so simple as it is with the Gramercy Kitchen Co Sous Vide Immersion Circulator .

Review of Gramercy Kitchen 800 Watt, Digital Display Sous Vide Immersion Circulator Cooker

Great Features for a Low Price

Buying this Sous Vide machine won't cost you an arm and a leg, but for the low price you also aren't sacrificing quality. This machine is quite durable and will stand up well even after prolonged use. The machine is very easy to clean, requiring only a minute to two to soap up and wipe down, and will dry quickly. For times when it is not in use, a high-quality storage sleeve is included that allows you to safely store it without any risk of scratches or other types of damage. There is even a special shielding included within the device to prevent water damage to the electronics, a feature that is, unfortunately, missing from many other models.

Along with the device, you get access to a downloadable time and temperature guide that gives you the ins and outs of cooking with a sous vide machine. You also get access to a growing library of great recipes for an almost endless number of dishes that you can cook with this device. All of this is available for free with the purchase of the machine, and it gives you virtually everything you need to learn how to become a master of sous vide cooking. With the wealth of information that you get along with a high-quality sous vide machine, you can get that there are few - if any - cookers on the market that can match its overall value.

Gramercy Kitchen 800 Watt, Digital Display Sous Vide Immersion Circulator Cooker in the use

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What Is a Sous Vide Machine?

Have you ever wondered how many top restaurants are able to cook outstanding dishes with unrivaled taste so consistently? Many people have often wondered this, marveling at the ability of the chefs to deliver such great meals each and every time. The secret of their success has been what is known as a sous vide machine. These machines ("Sous Vide" is "under vacuum" in French, pronounced like "Sue-Veed") have been a staple in many high end restaurants for years, and have been tried and true workhorses for many of the highest rated restaurants.

What was once only available in high end restaurants, however, has recently become a fixture in many homes. Sous vide machines are renowned for cooking ingredients evenly and thoroughly, delivering a taste and aromatic experience that is simply not possible through other means of cooking. They work by placing the heating and circulation element under water in a pot, the top sticking out, placing food sealed in a plastic bag in the water, and then programming the machine to cook at the exact desired temperature. The machine will then heat and circulate the water in the pot, ensuring that the entirety of the ingredients is cooked at the exact same temperature. This means no more half-cooked, half-burned food, and the results of the cooking are unlike any experience through other cooking methods.

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What Features to Compare

Anyone new to the sous vide way of cooking will not know exactly what to look for when trying to find the perfect machine. There are a number of different characteristics that are going to be important to know before buying one. Most sous vide machines look and operate in a similar manner, but not all of them share the same characteristics. Many of them will vary on their abilities, their size, and how they are controlled, as well as many other important aspects. Below are some of the most important factors to consider when trying to find a great sous vide machine for your kitchen.

Power

The total power of a sous vide machine will often directly correlate to the maximum cooking temperature. This is a very important consideration, as many dishes may require cooking at a temperate higher than some Sous Vide machines are capable of producing. If you want to cook dishes that require a high cooking temperature, then getting a high powered sous vide machine is a must.

Cooking Temperature Range

As stated above, the power of the machine will often dictate the highest temperature at which it operates. However, not all dishes require cooking at high temperatures, with many having the best results produced at a lower temperature. Buying a sous vide machine with a great cooking temperature range will ensure that you are able to cook the highest number of meals possible.

Controls

Most these machines look alike, but many of them operate in different manners. Many of them will have a display and controls on the end of the handle that allows you to adjust the settings of the machine, such as the cooking temperature and time. However, many recent models also include mobile apps that allow you to program the machine from your smartphone or tablet, which gives you a very simple and easy way of doing so without having to deal with small buttons and a difficult to understand interface on the machine. With a sous vide machine, the method of control will often dictate the ease with which it is to operate.

Safety Features

Sous vide machines are usually cylindrical in nature and operate by putting one end into the water while attached to the side of the pot. Due to this open operating nature, some safety features are important both for the safety of your food and yourself. Such safety features generally consist of auto-shutoff features after a certain period of time, an adjustable clamp that is easy for using even while the machine is working, and a safety grip handle that lets you adjust the machine without burning your hand.

Clamp

One of the most important, but often overlooked, features of a sous vide machine is the side clamp which is used to hold it steady on the side of the cooking pot. The size and shape of this clamp is important, as well as the ability to adjust it. Since a sous video machine works by clamping it to the side of the pot, it is vitally important to have a machine with a clamp that will work well with your existing pots. After all, a sous vide machine that won't fit on your pot easily is not going to be of much use.

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How Sous Vide Works

Sous vide cooking works so well, some people may think it is magic. Being able to get the best possible flavor from cooked foods while ensuring that all parts of the food are evenly cooked seems impossible to some experienced cooks. However, there is nothing magical about sous vide cooking. It all comes down to some very simple facts mixed in with common sense. If you are new to sous vide cooking, then it would probably be helpful to know exactly how it works in order to get the best possible results from your new sous vide machine.

There is a very simple premise that guides sous vide cooking: ensure that all parts of the food are cooked evenly at the exact same temperature. While other cooking methods such as baking or broiling tend to get close, it is simply impossible to ensure that all parts of food are getting cooked at the same temperature at these methods, which can result in undercooked or overcooked portions of the food, or worse. Sous vide, however, accomplishes this by using water to completely surround the food being cooked, and then ensuring that the water is heated at the exact same temperature.

Food that is cooked by a sous vide machine is placed inside of a sealed plastic bag to ensure that water is not seeped into the food, while also trapping the food's natural juices inside of it. While a vacuum sealed bag often works best, you can still get great results from just using a regular Ziplocked plastic bag. The food is then placed in the water, and the sous vide machine is set to the desired temperature. The sous vide machine then heats the water while using its built-in circulator to constantly circulate the water through the pot. A temperature regulator is also included to constantly measure the temperature of the water that is circulated to make sure it is at the desired temperature. This results in food always being cooked at the same temperature throughout all parts of it.

How to Get Best Results

With your new sous vide machine, you are probably wondering how to get the best results possible from it. Thankfully, getting great results through sous vide cooking is actually quite easy, and takes very little work. Regardless, there are a few things to keep in mind while cooking with your sous vide machine that will ensure the best possible results for your cooking.

  • Make sure you are cooking your food at the exact temperature needed for that particular kind of food. Since Sous Vide machines are able to regulate the exact temperature throughout the cooking process, make sure that the temperature you are using is appropriate for the food you are cooking. Many Sous Vide recipes will tell you the exact temperature required for certain types of food, so it is best to check that before you start cooking.
  • Seal the food with as little air inside of the bag as possible. The best way to do this, of course, is through vacuum sealing. However, vacuum sealing may not be practical for all purposes or for all people. When using a ziplock bag, place the food inside of the bag, seal it partially, and then push out as much air as possible before you seal it completely. The more that the bag hugs the food contained inside of it, the better that food will be cooked.
  • Use bags specifically for sous vide cooking. While many other plastic bags will often work well for most people, some people have complained about certain types of food having a "plastic" taste to it after being cooked. Many bags made specifically for sous vide cooking are made of silicone instead of plastic, which reduces the chance of an artificial taste being transferred into the food.

Following these few simple steps should result in cooked food that tastes unlike anything else you have ever cooked before!

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Publish Date: 2018-08-02 13:13:39