5 Top-Rated Sous Vide Machines for Perfectly Cooked Food
Ready to take the sous vide plunge? Here are the top tools to do it.
Its French name might throw you off, but it’s no exaggeration to say that cooking with a sous vide immersion circulator is idiot-proof. Whether you’re preparing delicate lobster, fall-off-the-bone brisket, or velvety cheesecake, the process is exactly the same: Put your ingredients in an airtight bag or jar, place in a temperature-controlled water bath (that’s where the immersion circulator comes in), and set a timer. Voila, you return to perfectly cooked food. Every. Single. Time.
Here are five models to consider adding to your kitchen, some of which are even on sale.
Breville Joule Sous Vide
Why it’s so great: When our editors tested three top-rated sous vide machines, they loved the Joule for its efficiency and “cooking for dummies” functionality. One of the first WiFi and Bluetooth-enabled circulators on the market, the Joule and its app master the art of explaining sous vide cooking to beginners. The app holds your hand with easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions, prompting you to select how you’d like your dish cooked visually then automatically setting the temperature and cook time.
To buy: $200; amazon.com
Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide
Why it’s so great: It’s no surprise that the maker of one of our favorite kitchen gadgets also produces a top-notch sous vide. This immersion circulator from Instant Pot features a touch-screen digital control panel to clearly display cook time and temperature so you can keep continuous tabs on the progress of your dish. Plus, its 2V DC motor is not only powerful enough to tackle heavy-duty dinners, but also durable enough to last for years.
To buy: $80; amazon.com
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker
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Why it’s so great: The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker promises to free you from being glued to the stove. Designed to work with any pot in your kitchen, the cooker has a comprehensive app with time and temperature guides, thousands of recipes, and the ability to control everything from your mobile device.
To buy: $89 (originally $99); amazon.com
All-Clad Sous Vide
Why it’s so great: This stainless steel option from All-Clad uses a strong clamp to attach to any pot, and its easy-to-read LCD screen clearly displays cook time and temperature. What’s more, its 1000-watt motor and five-gallon circulation capacity can handle even the most heavy-duty dinners.
To buy: $200 (originally $300); williams-sonoma.com
Monoprice Strata Home Sous Vide Precision Cooker
Why it’s so great: Selected as Wirecutter’s Budget Pick, the Monoprice Strata Home Sous Vide Precision Cooker is a great entry-level sous vide that won’t break the bank. It doesn’t have a wireless connection, but still gets temperatures up quickly and holds them consistently for a delicious, evenly-cooked meal in no time. And priced at $70, it’s basically a steal.
To buy: $70 (originally $160); walmart.com
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