Sous vide units- what's good and what's not

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  1. Dec 18, 2018 #1

    Nemo

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    Hi all,

    Picking the KKF collective brains again-

    I'm thinking of getting a circulating sous vide unit (I'm in Oz FWIW).

    What features do I need to look out for?

    Anova gets a lot of mentions. What's good about them? Are there any worthy competitors? Any thoughts on comparative durability?

    Anything else to know?

    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. Dec 18, 2018 #2

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    CAnt go wrong with the joule, although you need a smart device to control it.
     
  3. Dec 18, 2018 #3

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    Joule- OK thx. I'll have a look.
     
  4. Dec 18, 2018 #4

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    I have a first edition Anova. Still works perfectly!
     
  5. Dec 18, 2018 #5

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    The simplicity of 1st gen Anova makes it bullet proof. Find one used and save money.
     
  6. Dec 18, 2018 #6

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    My Sansaire is from the initial batch and is still going strong.
     
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    I have a first gen anova, and as said, it works. The techie in me wants a joule, but the fact that my anova works so well, I just can’t bring myself to getting it. That said, if I were starting from scratch, I’d go with the joule.
     
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    have tried anova, sansaire, and joule... the joule is my favorite of the bunch by far. The only feature i wish it had was to circulate without the heat on. I used to use my anova to circulate ice water for ice baths, but the joule tries to heat it up because its colder than the min. temp it can set.
     
  9. Dec 18, 2018 #9

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    I've used the Joule for a year now, works great. I was a little nervous about the need for a smartphone to control it, but it's been fine with the house Wifi using the Android app on my phone. There is also a Bluetooth fallback if the Wifi goes out.

    I know there are arguments for having direct control like the Anova as a fallback, but I haven't missed it so far. It's very convenient to be in a different room in the house, and get the alert on my phone that the water bath has come up to temp. On a long 21 hour cook like fake BBQ pulled pork, I can check in the bedroom before going to sleep that the temp is still on the mark.
     
  10. Dec 18, 2018 #10

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    I've had this puppy since it first came out. Doesn't get used much but when I need it its a horse.

    SOUS VIDE PROFESSIONAL IMMERSION CIRCULATOR CHEF

    Jon, I like using with cold applications too, great as a beer or wine cooler ;-)
     
  11. Dec 18, 2018 #11

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    Thanks guys, I'll have a look at Joule as well.
     
  12. Dec 18, 2018 #12

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    I have and like the Anova One (original) and a couple of the BT models. Also have one of the Nano. The Wi-Fi model fixes a problem that nobody has (But it has WIFI!). The Nano is designed to be produced cheaply. Seems to me that Anova wants to own the housewife market and have a pot for every chicken. Were I buying today I would go with another BT model or look to the more professionally designed Joule.

    Time will tell but Anova may have lost the opportunity to be the leader in this field by appealing to the Walmart shopper.
     
  13. Dec 18, 2018 #13

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    Looks like Joule is not available for Oz 240V electricity supply. It is made for UK 230V but warranty won't be honoured outside EU.
     
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    I want to try Joule but it doesn't seem available to Asia Pacific... at the end I bought an Anova Nano and working fine so far.
     
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