So, I was walking through Target a couple months ago with my kids, minding my own business, when out of the corner of my eye I saw something that looked strangely like the Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. But that can’t be, I said to myself. There’s no way that sous vide cooking has become mainstream enough for the machines to be featured in a store like Target. I walked over and stood in front of the display. Sure enough, the Anova Bluetooth sat on the shelf at an affordable price of $149.00.
I take this as a sign of progress. I want every home to have one (or two) of these amazing machines and seeing it in such a mainstream place like Target means that this may happen sooner rather than later. Progress is a good thing! To help spread the good word, I decided it was my responsibility to buy and review this model. Spread the good word, and such. It is the only responsible thing to do after all. I swear. This is what I told my husband, did you buy it? Neither did he. Luckily he loves me enough to get away with it.
THE ANOVA SOUS VIDE IMMERSION CIRCULATOR REVIEW
|Dimensions||14.75 in x 2.75 inches|
|Communication and Control||Bluetooth Smart 4.0 wireless technology|
|Maximum water temperature||210°F / 99°C|
|Temp. Accuracy||± 0.01°|
|Minimum Water Depth||2.5 in / 6.35 cm|
|Maximum Water Depth||7.25 in / 18.415 cm|
|Bath Size||4-5 Gallons (15-19 Litres)|
Like the Sansaire, the Anova is a take out of the box, plugin and go device. The removable collar that holds the hook needed to be secured, but otherwise it was good to go. You absolutely can set-up the Anova to work with bluetooth, but for the review, I didn’t do that.
The Anova is heavier with what feels like a sturdier plastic body. Anova has a removable, stainless steel skirt that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. I love the circulator on the Anova. I love the ability to adjust the flow direction of the pump. This lets me point the output towards the food when I want to force as much heat towards an item as possible or towards the wall of my container to gently cook items such as eggs.
I love the clip on the Anova. Compared to Sansaire’s large adjustable metal clip and Joule’s less than impressive clip, the screw mount is far more secure. I need to experiment with different size containers to see if the adjustable collar will allow me to secure them.
Temperature is set by scrolling up and down on a wheel which lights up a pretty blue. The temperature displays on a beautiful LED display, which displays the current water temperature and below it, the target temperature. The start button doesn’t scream “start” to me, but without anything else to push – I gave it a try and it started. It is simple enough, but, in my opinion could have been designed a bit better.
The only other “buttons” on mine are the bluetooth button itself and a button to set the on board timer. I’m so used to having my timer on my phone, I didn’t bother with it – I set the temperature and walked away. This makes me wonder why it was a feature people cry isn’t there on the Sansaire and the Joule. Maybe it is just me, I’m very tech minded anyway, but – I don’t find it to be something I would miss if it wasn’t there now that I have it.
SPEED & ACCURACY
Today, I was cooking my Sous Vide Greek Beef Roulade. I filled my water bath with hot tap water, and set the temperature of the Anova to 129 degrees Fahrenheit. The tap water came out at 134 degrees, so the water bath didn’t have to heat up, but instead – cool down. That was new. But, as soon as I dropped my roulade in the water, which had been in the fridge overnight, the water dropped all the way to 126.8 fairly quickly. I sat and watched as the water struggled to reheat. I covered the container and went back to cleaning my house. About 5 minutes later, my son came in and told me the temperature had recovered and was holding steady. Compared to the Joule’s 10+ gallon limit and Sansaire’s 6 gallon limit, the 5 gallon limit is disappointing, but good enough for most home cooking projects. And there are ways around even that (which I will show you in another post, coming soon!)
IN CONCLUSION: 1 COOKING PROJECT LATER
I enjoyed using the Anova. It is a perfectly good device and will allow anyone to cook their food to an accurate temperature just like the Joule or the Sansaire. It is gonna heat water up a bit slower, but will hold the water temperature just as well. I’m proud to have this Anova in my arsenal and will use it quite often. And with the price point, I hope that everyone who is curious will go out and purchase it themselves.