This Polyscience sous vide immersion circulator review will look at the top toy a home chef cooking with sous vide can have. Sous vide cooking has revolutionized the way we cook meat. Honestly, I have never had a steak more tender than the one I cooked with my sous vide immersion circulator. Just that experience and the guarantee that I can continue to eat that perfect steak over, and over again is worth the hefty price tag on this top of the line sous vide machine. If you’re in the market for a new immersion circulator, it’s time to prioritize quality over quantity and buy a Polyscience. Read on to find out why.
The Polyscience brand is the most popular high end brand name. I’m not going to lie; the CHEF version is expensive, which in all honesty turned me away from it for a minute. I couldn’t see paying that much for a cooker, but then I kept thinking about the first bite of that steak and I came to the conclusion that it was definitely worth it. It is worth every single penny. Plus, this thing is almost near perfect. Just take a look at the long list of pros.
Super precision cooking
For the cheaper immersion circulators, the thermostats tend to be off by a bit. In other words, they/re good, but they aren’t as absolutely accurate as the Polyscience. The Polyscience will keep the water a consistent temperature to within .07 of a degree of the set temperature.
The thermostat in the Polyscience are also calibrated using a traceable thermometer; which has been calibrated against a government standard. That means they take the extra step to make sure this thing is crazy accurate.
Less waiting time
The Polyscience sous vide immersion circulator heats 3 gallons per minute and can heat up to 8 gallons. It heats up the water way faster than a cheaper version like the Anova. It cuts your waiting time in half, or even faster.
Commitment to quality
These people truly go above and beyond when they make these immersion circulators. With every single one, they reassure you that each machine is tested for accuracy and air dried before being packaged. This attention to detail and commitment to quality really gives me peace of mind.
This thing is high quality. Most of it is made of metal and the few plastics that is used doesn’t feel fragile one bit. You can be confident in the fact that the machine will work straight out of the box and it will continue to work for a very long time.
Having gone through many reviews myself, I didn’t find one review where the customers had any problems with their machines. That speaks well for their commitment to quality. The Polyscience sous vide immersion circulator is well worth buying for the quality alone.
Easy to store
It comes with a carrying case–which I think is awesome—to make storage as easy as possible. If you don’t have much counter space to begin with, don’t worry because the Polyscience fits easily into a deeper kitchen drawer without any fuss.
Super easy to use
The large back-lit LCD screen makes it easy to see your temperature and set it. It also has a very long cord! It’s almost twice as long as my Anova. No more stretching the cord trying to plug it in.
Liquid circulation control
This sous vide machine also offers a feature none of the others have: liquid circulation control. You can adjust the flow so that if you are cooking a lighter item, you don’t have to worry about the circulator pushing it to the top. I love this feature because that means I don’t have to clip down my vegetables anymore.
This thing is as close to perfection as it can get, so minor things are not a deal breaker. However, if you’re going to spend this much, you should be aware of them.
A little louder than some
This unit is a little noisier than the Anova I had, but it’s pretty much a mini commercial product, so with so much more performance, you should expect a little more noise.
Vacuum sealer needed
The one biggest downside to this circulator is you’ll have to use vacuum sealed bags, requiring an additional purchase of a vacuum sealing machine. However, if you’re like me, and you already have one then it’s not a problem at all. True sous vide cooking should be done with vacuum sealed bags any ways, so if you’re serious enough to buy a Polyscience then it only makes sense to do it properly and truly vacuum seal your food before cooking it sous vide.
The clip could be a little better
I do wish the clip that you use to secure it to the side of a pot/container was a little better though. But for how great the product is, I cannot complain.
All in all, this product is sure to surpass your expectations (which should be pretty high considering the price). Go ahead and save yourself some trouble; skip buying all the cheaper brands because they are exactly that, CHEAP. They are fragile and they either fall apart or stop working altogether in time. You buy once and cry once because the Polyscience sous vide immersion circulator will be the only one you ever buy. Check the price on Amazon and buy it if you’re budget says it’s okay. You’ll thank yourself later down your journey of reaching perfection with your cooking.