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5 Best Immersion Circulators
Sous Vide refers to a method of cooking whereby food is put in heat resistant plastic pouches and cooked with hot water or with steam.
This ensures that food retains it’s delicious moisture and evenly cooked at a controlled temperature.
A circulator is a type of immersion cooker shaped like a pod where the chef can put it in a position where it is securely submerged in the water, regulating heat for optimal cooking… the Sous Vide way.
Here are some of the best immersion circulators in the market today.
1) Anova Culinary A2.2-120V-US
This is one of the flagship products of Anova Culinary.
Instead of connecting via WIFI, it connect to the mobile app via bluetooth. This eliminates any problems a user might experience when the WIFI is not up to scratch.
- 14.8 x 2.8 x 2.8 inches
- 2.5 pounds
With it’s slick design packing 800 watts under the hood, it can look posh in any kitchen with the performance to match.
An adjustable clamp allows the user to use it on almost any types of cooking pots and containers.
While the app can be programmed to send important notifications, be mindful that because it only connects via Bluetooth, the connection range will only be approximately 30 feet in an open area.
The skirt and dish is made of stainless steel and detachable, making it easy to clean too.
But what it really stands out with is it’s price.
For the amount of features this immersion pod has, the affordable price simply makes it the best value Sous Vide cooker for the regular consumer.
However it must be noted that many users report that it heat up water slower than others.
I guess slow and steady wins the race for precision cooking.
2) ChefSteps Joule
The moment you lay your eyes on ChefSteps Joule, you will notice what makes this item stand out from the rest.
This is the only sous vide immersion circulator that we have reviews that is available in fully white in color.
There is the option of going with white plus stainless steel. But why do that?
Even the heating part which is in contact with water is white instead of the predictable silver or black.
In a way, it’s appearance makes it the iPhone of immersion cookers.
That’s form factor for you.
- 11 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
- 1.28 pounds
With 1100 watts, it is considerably more powerful than other competing models and heats up pretty quickly.
All these power is done while being the smallest sized among it’s peers!
Control via the app works with both WIFI and bluetooth.
If that’s too tedious to do, then connect it to Alexa and politely ask her to execute your order 😀
3) Gourmia GSV130
Gourmia has a very impression range of immersion devices. And everyone of them has it’s own following of fans.
Among them, our favorite is the Gourmia GSV130.
This is the original first generation immersion pod that helped the brand make significant inroads with housewives all over the country.
Just clip it on a bucket, pot, or pan, add water and food in heat-safe bag, then start cooking like an expert.
The Gourmia Sous Vide Pod is available in 3 colors namely black, gold and white respectively.
While newer models have been released to improve on it, how much consumers are still going for this model means that the company will be crazy to stop production of it.
- 5.5 x 3.8 x 14.2 inches
- 2.3 pounds
Even as an older model, it’s no slouch with 1200 watts of power.
It’s not just about the heat. Home immersion circulators also do the task of circulating the water to ensure that the temperature is evenly spread out in the whole cooking pot.
The digital LCD display control panel makes it super easy to command it to do what you want.
And at a price of under $100, it is easily the best budget immersion circular you can find. Maybe partly because it has no app controls.
However, if you have any preference to other models sold by Gourmia, every one of them will deliver a level of performance that will not disappoint you.
For mobile app control, look at the model Gourmia GSV150.
4) PolyScience CREATIVE Series Immersion Circulator
This model have a unique look to it that distinguishes it from the competition.
It’s not that the design is slicker… but actually more square!
While pods on this list are shaped like a thick rod, this model from PolyScience is shaped like an oversize peg.
Yet I can see a lot of chefs preferring this design compared to others.
This has one of the most accurate temperature controls among those we’ve tested. Probably because of it’s size.
- 3.5 x 7.1 x 13.7 inches
- 4.6 pounds
This sous vide cooker will easily handle the cooking of larger servings of food, which can be handy for larger families or when there are guests.
The digital controls are enough to operate it efficiently. Meaning that it lacks an app.
However, who really needs an app for that.
5) Wancle SVC001
The Wancle SVC001 is a dependable thermal immersion circulator that is fairly priced.
Packing 850 watts, it also comes with a recipe e-cookbook to help guide users how to best use it to cook healthier food with it.
- 14.2 x 8.5 x 4.7 inches
- 3.08 pounds
What we really like about the Wancle is that it’s digital interface looks like a smart watch interacting with you.
Amazingly quiet when running, this model is one of the most practical and comes at a low price.
What features to consider
From our reviews, we’ve become real fans of these water immersion cooking appliances.
And here are some features you should consider before choosing one to buy.
Firstly, it’s the form factor.
There’s no point denying that you don’t care about how this cooking device works. That’s like denying that you don’t love your iPad because it looks gorgeous.
The ChefSteps Joule kills it in this area.
Secondly, how well does it perform?
If there is a particular range of temperature that you desire, make sure to check out the technical specifications. You don’t want to purchase one that is unable to cook the way you expect it to.
Even then, will it be able to deliver proper circulation?
In this aspect, we found that the model from PolyScience has the best performance.
Thirdly, it’s undoubtedly the price.
To tell you the truth, we found that all the models we have tested easily performed the cooking tasks we tried on them.
So if you have a budget to work within, the Gourmia, Anova, and Wancle models should be able to meet and even exceed your expectations.
But of course, if you need the form factor, ChefSteps Joule is just looks too good for anyone to ignore.