This is the sous vide I got for Christmas. Chad had been researching them for a while and this is the one he thought was best.
The Anova Good: It has wifi. I can live without that but it’s nice to be sitting by my phone, check the temp, raise or lower the temp getting up, check to see how much time is left for the cooking.
The Anova Bad: There were a lot of complaints in the reviews about the noise. They were right. The first week, mine was fairly quiet. Now, while it isn’t terribly noisy, it’s a constant, shrill humming noise. I almost don’t hear it in the family room but I’m betting it drives Rita nuts. I moved it all to the laundry room where I can close the door but it’s just a pocket door and it probably still bothers her. Once it’s not so cold and the little gizmo doesn’t have to work so hard to keep the temp right, I’ll move it all out into the garage.
From reviews, not from personal service, Anova’s customer service isn’t going to rate them any 5 stars.
When Chad bought the sous vide for us, it was $139 at Amazon with a $20 discount so he got them for $119 each. I looked at them the other night and they were either $184 or 189. Today, they’re $174.50. Ridiculous price jump!
This one looks impressive. It’s made by Instant Pot and who doesn’t love Instant pot. I messed up one of my Instant Pot pressure cookers and it was my fault. Vince called them to see about ordering a part and they aid “It’s under warranty” and sent me a replacement part.
I did order one of these because I think two would be good to have. There have been several times already when I could have used two. See my next blog post where I’ll be doing an extensive review of the sous vide in general.
I can’t say much about the good vs. bad on this Instant Pot sous vide because it isn’t here and I haven’t used it but the price is $79.99 right now, with free shipping (not Prime). Always check the price! It seems to change rapidly at Amazon. It has 3,200+ reviews and, though there are a couple of lower star ratings, overall, it has 5 stars.
It does not have wifi or bluetooth but that’s fine. I’m always home and I’m in and out of the kitchen all day.
I will do a full review of this one after I’ve used it a couple of weeks.
For those of you wanting a sous vide, the price is right and the brand is one I trust.