sous vide anova

The Anova Sous Vide Machine is the best all around sous vide machine you can buy. It’s priced right, looks great, performs with the best of them, and adds a little tech with Bluetooth/wifi and an app to make your life easier. This is the one home cooks are dreaming about adding to their arsenal! I’m here to help you make that dream a reality. If you just want to find the best deal, I’ve got you covered. Check out the hot listing I found on Amazon for the new 900 watt model – I haven’t been able to beat it anywhere online. I also found this great deal at Target. If you want a little more info to help you with your choice, scroll down and take a look at my full report. I’ll show you why the Anova Precision Cooker is the best sous vide machine on the market today. Click here for my great deal on the previous 800 watt model!

If you’re looking for general info about choosing the best sous vide machine check out my top 3 picks here. Scroll down that page and you’ll find lots of insider tips to help you make the best choice for your kitchen. But first, The Anova!

Amazon Price: $199.00 $179.00 You save: $20.00 (10%) (as of March 28, 2017 9:40 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

FREE SHIPPING! Bring restaurant perfection home - with the convenience of WiFi control. Steak, chicken, pork, fish, veggies - even dessert. Sous vide cooking will take your kitchen to the next level.

ALL NEW! Anova bumped it up to 900 watts of power plus a higher pump speed of 2.4 gallons/minute. That means increased cooking speed!


See Price At Target!
Amazon Price: $149.00 $129.00 You save: $20.00 (13%) (as of March 28, 2017 3:11 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

STILL A GOOD UNIT! Great price for the previous excellent model.


I’m gonna suggest a few add ons that you’ll want to consider, too. Right after, we’ll get to my report.

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Mariano’s Report On The Anova Sous Vide

When it comes to thoroughly testing kitchen equipment, America’s Test Kitchen is awesome. They run their products through rigorous procedures that are based on real everyday cooking activities – and they do it over and over again! So when they took a range of sous vide machines through their paces you can bet they found out the pros and cons of each one. Anova won the competition with what was their top of the line model. Well, the Anova sous vide is the new kid on the block and it delivers in ways the old model couldn’t.

sous vide anova

Getting Started
You need an even surface and they don’t recommend marble, Corian, or other heat sensitive materials. No problem there since you can easily use a trivet or two as protection. You also need to be near an outlet to plug the unit in – not usually a problem in most kitchens and definitely not mine.

Here’s a demo from TechHive. It’s really a “how-to” rather than a review.

Size
As you can see from the photos the Anova sous vide is a wand shaped immersion circulator. It measures 15” x 3.5”. That’s easily storable and/or transportable. Speaking of transportable, it would be cool if Anova had a foam lined stainless steel carry case for this baby. Very James Bond.

 

sous vide anova

The Clamp
A nice, easy setup. It’s got an adjustable ring clamp that will fit onto pretty much anything you want – as long as it’s under 1” think. That should work with any stock pot or dutch oven type container you have in your kitchen. If you want, you could even use it with a cooler or other kind of thermal container. Once you’ve tightened the clamp onto your pot with the bottom knob, you slip the circulator into the clamp ring and turn the top knob tight to lock it in. No muss, no fuss. Keep in mind that the clamp is plastic, so over-tightening could make it crack.

 

anova sous vide immersion circulator

Functionality
It’s all touch control on the face of the display. There’s a scroll wheel right below it to select the time or temp of your choice. It takes a little getting used to the “press and hold” timing but it’s not rocket science. The display is clear and easy to read. You can choose C° or F° by holding the Play/Start button for 3 seconds. Once you set it, the unit will remember the next time you turn it on. Smart!

 

anova sous vide immersion circulator

Temperature Control
Precise. Very precise. The circulators are calibrated to what’s called a “scientific platinum primary standard”. That basically means they’re far more accurate than a typical thermometer you can buy in a store. As far as using it goes, you have the choice of setting it up or down in increments of .5°

 

anova sous vide immersion circulator

Capacity
Most immersion circulators max out at 5 gallons and the Anova Sous Vide is in the same club. The motors just aren’t designed to manage more than that. Believe me, 5 gallons is plenty. I would guess you could fit 15-20 steaks into a container of that size. Use gallon size Ziploc bags and you can do whole rib eyes on their sides. You can use a much smaller pot if you want. Just make sure the water comes up to the minimum depth level of 3”.

 

anova sous vide immersion circulator

Circulation
The Anova sous vide has a cool feature on the bottom of the immersion end. It’s a plastic cap that you can rotate to point the direction of the water flow. If you have a crowded pot you can turn it to the side. This way you can prevent your plastic bag from getting sucked in and blocking intake. If you’re making something delicate like eggs, you can send the water flow directly against the side of the pot so it doesn’t jostle the food. Cracked eggs in a water bath are no fun! A nice feature for sure.

 

anova sous vide immersion circulator

Clean Up
It’s a breeze. First off, it’s only supposed to go in water and never in direct contact with food. When it needs a clean, the stainless steel skirt is easily removable. It just twists off. You can throw it, and the plastic pump cap, right into the dishwasher. If the circulator needs cleaning, just apply a little dish soap with a soft tooth brush and some TLC then rinse. Just make sure it’s cooled off before you touch it! And remember, don’t get the top part of the circulator wet. It’s got sensitive electrical stuff inside that could get damaged and void your warranty. If you live somewhere with hard water it’s a good idea to disassemble and clean after use to prevent build up.

The App
Now this point gets mixed reviews. There are those who have used it happily and those who haven’t. It has limited information and functionality. I think Anova would admit themselves that the app needs work to become more relevant. The sure fire way to get the results you want is to simply use the unit’s control display to control it and set a separate timer. With that in mind, it may work beautifully for you. You can use it for iOS or Android.

 

anova sous vide review

Remote Use – Bluetooth and wifi
It’s a nice feature, but not really that important. Bluetooth is only good to around 33ft away from the source, so if you roam too far, it just stops working – the circulator keeps going, but your device will lose connection and reset. The wifi feature should work better but it’s a little more money. Spring for it if the remote concept is really that important to you, but all you need is a timer any way, so I wouldn’t get hung up on it.

Tech Specs
Temperature Min °C Room Temperature (lower with ice bath)
Temperature Max °C 99 ºC
Temperature Stability °C ± 0.01ºC
Heater Power: 800 W Max (120V), 800W Max (220V)
Circulation Pump: 8.2 LPM Max
Input Power: USA: 115-120V
EU: 220-240V

It’s a plastic housing. But anything that can get wet is made of either stainless steel (skirt), or polypropylene (pump cap).

 

anova sous vide review

Product Support
Most people who’ve reported returns on Amazon have had excellent customer service from Anova. They have a 1 year warranty (or 5000 hours of operation, but who’s counting?). That warranty doesn’t cover damage if you drop it in water or if you use deionized water, so be warned. There’s a link to the manual on Anova’s site, too. It’s got a trouble shooting guide to help you with common problems from strange operating sounds to app issues to display functions. There’s also a maintenance guide that includes tips on dealing with hard water.

What’s In The Box?
The Unit
Clamp

Final Thoughts
I love this unit. It’s everything I could ask for in a sous vide machine today. It would be great if Anova included a cook book and/or general guidelines for sous vide cooking. It’s not a big deal as there’s lots of online resources for that.

I hope you got some insights to make it easier for you to decide on buying the Anova sous vide. Here’s one more chance to get it at the best deal. Just scroll down and happy cooking – Mariano

Amazon Price: $199.00 $179.00 You save: $20.00 (10%) (as of March 28, 2017 9:40 am - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

FREE SHIPPING! Bring restaurant perfection home - with the convenience of WiFi control. Steak, chicken, pork, fish, veggies - even dessert. Sous vide cooking will take your kitchen to the next level.

ALL NEW! Anova bumped it up to 900 watts of power plus a higher pump speed of 2.4 gallons/minute. That means increased cooking speed!


See Price At Target!
Amazon Price: $149.00 $129.00 You save: $20.00 (13%) (as of March 28, 2017 3:11 pm - Details) Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Amazon site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

STILL A GOOD UNIT! Great price for the previous excellent model.


US FlagHot Deal Click here for the best deals on vacuum sealers and bags.

US FlagHot Deal Modernist Cooking Made Easy: Sous Vide Cookbook

US FlagHot Deal Rubbermaid Commercial 12 Quart Container.

If you want to see more about sous vide just click on the links below:
http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/how-to-cook-sous-vide-at-home
http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/duck-sandwich-a-la-sous-vide-0226123.html
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/222209/sous-vide-new-york-strip-steak/