There are many different sous vide machines on the market; some are just your basic models with no added features and then you have the more expensive ones with features like Bluetooth connectivity and even Wi-Fi. In this Anova immersion circulator review, we look at both the Bluetooth and the Wi-Fi options from Anova. We’ll look what why it’s worth paying a little more for wireless connectivity, some of the negative downsides to using wireless, and if you should buy Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
The App is What Makes It Worth Buying
While you’re probably thinking what use would I get from my cooker having Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capabilities, the answer to your question is many. Anova currently has an app which is available on the iTunes App Store, as well as Google Play. You can use this app to connect to your immersion circulator through either Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi. You will need to have the app installed on a compatible device that also has Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
The app is actually quite useful for sous vide cooking because it will:
- Tell you the temperature of your water.
- Show you the remaining time on your timer.
- Provide a time-temperature guide to help you cook your meats to perfection.
- Allow you to control your immersion circulator wirelessly.
- Tell you when your water is up to temp.
- Tell you when your food is cooked.
Accurate Temperature Control
The Anova sous vide immersion circulator does an excellent job at maintaining water temperature. For most home users, the Anova gets the job done sufficiently. It can keep the temperature to +/- 1 degrees Fahrenheit of your set temperature. This is considered near perfect for sous vide circulators around this price range. In fact, to achieve a higher accuracy than this, you would have to step it up and buy something like the Polyscience instead. For a few, the more precise control of the Polyscience may be desirable, but for people like you and me, this Anova does a perfect job.
A Few Bad Things
Nothing is ever perfect, so as good as these Anova sous vide immersion circulators sound, they do have a few things about them that I would consider “bad”, or “not so good”. Of course, they aren’t deal breakers, but it’s still good to know about them if you’re going to buy them.
A few defective units out there
While looking into these two options offered by Anova, I did notice that a few people had a problem with the immersion circulator heating the water higher than it was set to. A few people also mentioned that the casing melted after a little use. I didn’t have any of these issues with mine, and I couldn’t find any indication that these were a widespread issue. I say they definitely just got defective units; which happens sometimes. If you’re unlucky and get a defective unit by chance, just exchange it for a new one.
The clip that holds this sous vide immersion circulator to your container of choice is made of plastic. The plastic feels sturdy, but I can’t help but feel like it’s likely to be the first thing to break on this thing. There isn’t much movement from the unit itself, so the clip should not break from that. What I can see the plastic clip breaking from is from the very process of putting on and remove the clip. Unless you have sort of dedicated container for sous vide cooking, you’re likely going to be using a pot. And after every cooking session, you’re probably going to have to remove the clip and store the unit until the next time you need it. Do this too often and the chances of the plastic breaking increases. Perhaps if they made the plastic a little thicker, it would ease my worries a little bit.
Pauses if connectivity is lost
I really love the fact that I can control everything from my phone. However, if you set it up with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, once you lose connectivity, the device pauses the cooking process. This is a little inconvenient with the Bluetooth because I wouldn’t be able to leave my house without disconnecting it first and resuming the cook cycle on the device itself.
The Wi-Fi feature is really nice and convenient though. With the WiFi feature, you can cook from anywhere. Plus you can monitor your sous vide cooking from wherever you are. I do question the reliability though because what if something goes wrong while I’m at work or something. I don’t think I would enjoy coming home to uncooked food, when my mind was set on a meal ready to be enjoyed. I’m sure it won’t happen all the time, but it could definitely happen one day.
Buy the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi?
Personally, I prefer the Wi-Fi version. I like that for the WiFi version, you are only paying a little more and you get both features (Bluetooth and Wi-Fi). I think it is definitely worth the money if your budget allows for this wonderful kitchen gadget. If your budget just doesn’t have the room, or you just can’t justify paying a little more for Wi-Fi then the Bluetooth only Anova immersion circulator is still a fine choice. Sous vide was created for passive, unattended cooking anyways, so you don’t have to check up constantly. You only have to set it up correctly before you leave.
The wireless connectivity of these two Anova immersion circulators are well worth it just for the app alone. With the app, I like that I can look up what I am cooking, set the perfect temperature and time, and walk away and the app sends me a notification when my food is done cooking. Because there isn’t as much of a price difference between the two, get the WI-FI version if you can.
I hope the Anova immersion circulator reviews was able to answer some of your questions and help you decide on which one to buy. Buy it on Amazon and come back to share your experience with us in the comments.