The Best Sous Vide Machines/Immersion Circulators

sous-vide machines are sleeker smarter

and more straightforward than ever

and adam's here to tell us which brand

is best was that your sous-vide saunter

okay there are two types of sous-vide

machines for home use there are water

ovens which are generally pretty big and

then they're the ones that you see right

in front of you here these are

immersion circulators i love these our

testers have some experience with these

they also did a little preliminary

testing and they much preferred the

immersion circulators because you can

use them with a wide range of vessels

they're smaller they're quick and so

that's what we focused on

there's a lineup of seven different

immersion circulators the price range

was 129.99

to 274.95 that's not bad

it's actually not too bad especially for

what these things will do

now we put them through a battery of

both pure cooking and performance tests

the cooking tests were performed in

vessels of different sizes including a

four quart saucepan

seven and a quarter quart dutch oven an

eight-quart plastic container and a nine

and a half gallon cooler

sous-vide machines are meant to cook

food to a very precise temperature so

accuracy mattered testers used

lab calibrated temperature tracking

software and thermocouples

to monitor the water temperatures while

food cooked and while the circulators

heated an

empty six-quart water bath for three

hours first at 149 degrees and later at

190 degrees which is the highest

temperature a lot of these machines will


testers also track the time it took for

the machines to heat up these water


now most of them were accurate to within


average of a degree or two which is

pretty good

that is pretty good the white one down

at the end was the most accurate of all

at .2 degrees both temperatures over

three hours

wow that was really impressive testers

also wanted to evaluate the ease of use

by checking out all of the controls

setting temperatures and timers

reading displays toggling between

fahrenheit and celsius

noting the alerts and the alarms that

the different models offered

and checking the functionality of wi-fi

pairings and companion apps if that was

something that the models offered

some of the machines were fairly easy to

use others were needlessly frustrating

and complex to use

the most complex was this one there one

tester said that trying to get this

thing going was like a logic puzzle

because if you press buttons in the

wrong order it would send off this

cascade of chirps and beeps and alarms

that you couldn't turn off

it would switch it between fahrenheit

and celsius or it would just turn the

machine off altogether so it's like a

mensa test

exactly which is not what you want from

your sous-vide machine

once they got this going this thing

actually churned the water while it


so roughly that it jostled eggs inside

of the container

hard enough that when they hit the side

of the container the eggs cracked

oh goodness so testers really preferred

a machine that was simple to set up

simple to use

easy to understand what was going on and

that heated the water both

quickly and gently so that you're not

cracking eggs in there right no white


no white caps now testers also weighed

them and measured them because you

want them to be reasonably small for a

couple of reasons number one you can use

it with a wider range of pots

number two once it's in the vessel it

leaves you the most room for food

and number three it's easy to store yeah

that's what i was thinking yeah

exactly you can just chuck a small one

right in the kitchen drawer and you're

good to go

now when you cook in a water bath if you

don't cover it and even sometimes when

you do if you don't cover it tightly

there's some evaporation over time and

you have to monitor the water level

all of these machines have a minimum

fill and a maximum fill and the water

level has to stay between those two

lines they're usually noted somewhere on

the machine

the minimum one ensures that there's

enough water to heat and to circulate

through the heater ports

the maximum makes sure there's not so

much that gets close to all the

electronics at the top which you

definitely don't want to do

makes sense most of these had about a

three and a half inch span

which is fine that white one down at the

end had a

six and a half inch span that just made

it that much easier to use because you

didn't have to think about refilling if

the water evaporated

that one is the winner that is the jewel

it's 179

and testers loved it for a couple

different reasons number one it was the

most accurate

it has that really wide range between

the maximum and the minimum fill lines

it's sleek it's small it heated the

water quickly but

gently now that one you have to pair

with wi-fi and a smartphone or a tablet

and the companion app which isn't that

hard no it's pretty intuitive

it put testers off at the beginning but

the more they used it the more they

really came to appreciate the fact that

you can set it up in the morning

go to work turn it on from across town

monitor the water level

change the time and the temperature it's

really really convenient

start your dinner on your commute i love

that how can you not love that

now if that does put you off though and

you want one that operates both with


and old style buttons this is the anova

precision cooker

it's 199 dollars so it's a little bit

more but

you can use buttons if you want to all

right so there you have it if you're in

the market for a new immersion


check out the jewel at just 179

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