- Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
- Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
- Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking loses none of its volume.
- Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
Types of Sous Vide Machines
Before you get your hands on any sous vide machine, it is important to find out what is available in the market today. There are basically three types of sous vide machines you can check out:
Sous Vide Immersion Circulator
Immersion calculator is a standalone sous vide machine that heats water and circulates it around the pot to maintain precise temperatures evenly. Because of their design, immersion calculators are very affordable and easy-to-use. They take very little space in the kitchen and so easy to clean after use. It can be clamped on any pot you already own so you can use it as a water bath. No need to buy additional equipment. The Anova Precision Cooker is a type of sous vide immersion calculator. You can check the review of the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, WIFI 2nd Gen vs Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker below.
Sous Vide Water Oven
Water ovens are often referred to as countertop water baths. They are fully-contained, sous vide devices that are about the size of a microwave and are more expensive than immersion calculator. Sous vide water ovens heat water, but unlike immersion circulators, they do not circulate the water. This can lead to inconsistencies in the food’s resulting texture. Examples of water ovens include SousVide Supreme, AquaChef, and Gourmia. Multi-use cookers like Oliso, Gourmia and Instant Pot also offer sous vide appliances.
Sous Vide Supreme Water Oven
SousVide Supreme is an expert in manufacturing sous vide machine. Hence, the Supreme Demi Water Oven SVD-00101 is also expected to wow users.
Cooking capacity: Volume at maximum fill line is approximately 9 liters / 2.3 gallons. Approximately 12 four-ounce portions, 60% cooking capacity of the SousVide Supreme for single food pouches: leg of lamb, roasts and more.
Dimensions & weight:
Exterior: 11.3″H, 10.96″W, 12.99″L
Interior – 6.5″H, 8.75″W, 11″L, 9.8 lbs (About the size of a Crock-Pot®)
Built: Exterior is coated steel shell. Available in black. Polished aluminum lid. Interior is anodized aluminum interior.
Rating: UL certified for household use
Detachable power cord
Perforated bottom grill designed to generate thermal convection
User Manual, Recipe book with 16 delicious recipes, and cooking temperature and time chart
The Universal Pouch Rack, included to separate food pouches to maximize the number of portions the water oven will hold and also helps to keep food pouches submerged.
Wattage: 500 watts
- Holds up to 8.7 liters of water
- Easy clean-up
- Energy use is equivalent to a 60-watt bulb
- Doesn’t come with a vacuum sealing machine
- Lacks a countdown timer
- Material seems a bit flimsy
The Supreme Demi Water Oven is an at-home sous vide chef’s dream. With the ability to cook anything from leg of lamb to a fruit infused wine syrup, how can you go wrong? The ability of this unit to take an inexpensive cut of meat that typically is tough and turn it into something that tastes like a filet mignon will have your guests requesting to come back to dinner at your house for years to come! With cooking that is as easy as throwing on some seasoning to your desire, sealing in a vacuumed bag, and placing in a simmering water bath, it is not hard to imagine why many homebuyers love the simplicity of sous vide cooking that the Supreme Demi Water Oven offers.
Joules Sous Vide
A new product by ChefSteps. Weight 1.3 lbs and has a stainless version that will keep it clean.
Features and Specs
Clip: The Joule is equipped with a simple wire form clip that fits on almost any kitchen pot or container, but it also features a powerful magnet that attaches to any steel or induction-ready pot, meaning you can run the Joule clamp-free.
Display: There is no real display on the Joule, just a little light that flashes yellow when the water is heating, green when it’s ready to cook, and red if there’s a problem. I actually missed having a digital readout on the device itself and didn’t love the fact that I couldn’t control the Joule at all without opening the app, but that may be because I am terrible at keeping my phone charged.
Power: 1100 Watts.
Maximum temperature: 194F/90C, but ChefSteps is still testing safety features at higher cooking temperatures.
Maximum volume: 20 liters in an open pot or container, 40 liters in a closed, insulated system such as a cooler.
Immersion Depth: 1.5 inches-8 inches
Just like its hardware, the Joule app is sexy and sleek. Aside from allowing you to set temperature and time your recipes, the Joule has a “visual doneness” scale for most foods. Meaning, you can cook the foods depending on how you would like the cooked product to look like. Take eggs for example. You can choose how the egg whites and yolks will look after cooking. Moreover, you have an option to choose “fresh” or “frozen” for the meats. If you have a frozen steak, you can cook it directly in the Joule sous vide.
The guides are divided into “basic” and “ultimate,” but you can also search by type of food. Sadly, the app doesn’t contain every sous vide recipe ever perfected by ChefSteps. To find those, you have to go to the ChefSteps site, which makes some amount of sense, considering how often ChefSteps releases a new sous vide recipe
Which to choose?
If money is not an issue, go for the Joule Sous Vide. You get a sleek and high-tech sous vide machine that will make you an instant gourmet chef among your peers. However, if you are tight on the budget but still want to create perfect meals, the Sous Vide Supreme is a better alternative. It may be a bit on the bulky side, but you get a water basin and a circulator so you don’t have to worry much.