In this this Gourmia sous vide review, we’ll will look at the Gourmia GSV130 and how it fares as a more affordable sous vide immersion circulator. We’ll first take a look the good things it has to offer you. After that, we’ll go through the bad things that may or may not make you consider a different option instead. Read through all of them to know if this is the right immersion circulator for you.
Even though this is a budget option, it still has a long list of good things about it.
Decent design & color choices
The decently sleek design of the Gourmia Sous Vide Immersion Circulator is what really piqued my interest about this circulator. It comes in three very nice colors: white, gold, and black. Online, I did notice that there was a little bit of difference in price based on the color you chose. But hey, if you really like a particular color more then it may well be worthwhile to pay a few extra dollars for your favored color. The packaging is also very nice and the product seems to be well made (especially for the price range).
Easy to operate
The interface is pretty simple and easy to operate. It features a rotating wheel to set the temperature. I’ve initially found this to be a little odd since the temperature display is an LCD screen. But after having used these wheels for a while, it actually makes a lot of sense. It would be more annoying trying to push a button or something. I can just flick the wheel up and down to increase/decrease the temperature. The back-lit display is easy to read. It displays both the set temperature and actual temperature.
Convenient clip on design
It has a sleek clip on design so that allows you to clip it right onto any suitable pot or container you already. This makes it way easier to use because you don’t have to adjust any screws or knobs to hold it in place (like some other sous vide immersion circulators). I do wish the clip had a stronger hold, but that’s not really a problem. The hold is good enough and it doesn’t move around while cooking.
Heats up quickly & circulates well
It maintains water temperature well enough for sous vide cooking at home. It also heats up quickly and circulates the water well. I’d really starting off with a warm pot of water to cut down on heating time. You cannot adjust the flow of the circulation like on some other immersion circulators, but I there isn’t really problems with the flow on this one.
Easy to store
Storage is a breeze with the Gourmia GSV130 since you can store it away in a drawer until you are ready to use it. You can use it where ever you have the space. It does not take up any unnecessary counter space and it leaves your burners open to cook other items.
Despite being one of the more affordable, or rather, cheaper options available, this thing is actually pretty quiet. The fan noise is there, but it isn’t so noticeable. Most of the time when you cook sous vide, you’re not in the same room for long anyways, so the slight fan noise wouldn’t bother you much for long.
There are some drawbacks to being a cheaper option, but none of these are enough to make me say this is a bad product. A few minor cons doesn’t necessarily make a product bad because you’ll find at least one or two bad things about a product regardless of which kitchen gadget you’re looking at. It’s up to you to decide if one or more of these is enough to break the deal for you. If they are, it may be worthwhile to consider a slightly more expensive immersion circulator with less drawbacks.
Lacking fancy features
This immersion circulator in particular doesn’t have any particularly special features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but in my opinion, those don’t really make cooking with it easier. It is just as easy to look at the display as it is to locate your mobile device and load the app. Unless you just spend a lot of time cooking away from home, these features aren’t necessary for sous vide cooking.
The Gourmia sous vide immersion circulator doesn’t feature a built-in timer, nor does it have any built-in notification capabilities. Again, these aren’t really necessary. You should already have plenty of timer options available including your oven time, and your phone. It’s just as easy to set your kitchen timer as it would be to set a timer on this interface.
Potential issue with display
I did notice a couple of reviews saying there were problems with the display and the steam from the cooker ruining. But as long as you don’t enclose the cooker in anything, I don’t see how steam could infiltrate the display.
Less accurate over 160 degrees F
There are also some reports saying once you go over 160 degrees Fahrenheit, the water temperature would be one or two degrees off. If you ask me, what difference does one or two degrees make when you are cooking above that temperature anyways? Everything is pretty much well done beyond the 160 mark, so it won’t make much difference for us home chefs. For the price this thing is going for, 1 or 2 degrees is something I would be willing to live with.
Manual could be better
You will find that the manual is very basic as well. It tells you how to operate the product, but not much else. Leaving you on your own when it comes to cleaning and maintaining your product. This is a little inconvenient, especially if you live in an area where there are high mineral levels in the water because then it builds up on your device over time.
However, on the other hand, it really isn’t that hard to do a search in your web browser for such info. Rest assured, someone somewhere has figured out the tough questions and has posted it on the internet for you to learn how to use your device easier. It’s just a little inconvenient that you have to go searching for it.
Buy the Gourmia GSV130?
In conclusion to this Gourmia GSV130 sous vide immersion circulator review, this immersion circulator is a great option for you if you’re just starting out with sous vide. Sometimes, when you’re just starting out, it’s always a safer bet to buy something more affordable and learn the ins and outs first. Then when you’re ready, you can step up to something of higher quality like an Anova, or even a Polyscience. Or if your budget is open for something that costs a little more, I would recommend starting out with either the Anova, or the Joule instead.