Best Sous Vide cookers: 6 great models compared

BEST OVERALL
Breville Joule Sous Vide

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the most expensive appliance on our list is also the best. The Breville Joule Sous Vide Cooker is the most compact device, yet it packs the biggest punch.

It has duel connectivity (WiFi and Bluetooth) and can be controlled from wherever you are (as long as you have your phone handy). The mounting features make it simple to fit this appliance to almost any container. The Breville Joule will consistently help you deliver delicious meals with minimal effort.

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BEST VALUE
Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide

If the Breville Joule is not within your budget, or you want to give Sous Vide cooking a try, then the Instant Accu Slim cooker is worth your consideration. This Instant device can cook high-end meals for a low-end price point.

As it's a more affordable appliance, it doesn't come with any connectivity, and the fixed clamp limits the types of pots you can use, but that's a small price to pay when you pay a small price.

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Sous Vide may seem like a complicated cooking method, but these specialist appliances make it very easy. Today, we’re going to look at 6 of our favorite Sous Vide cookers to find out which is the best overall and which is the best value for money (and four alternatives).

We considered affordability, reliability, ease of use, connectivity, and appearance to determine our favorites. All 6 of these appliances perform to the highest standards and keep the water temperature within a tenth of a degree to ensure you never overcook a meal again.

1. Breville Joule Sous Vide Cooker

BEST SOUS VIDE COOKER
Breville CS20001 Joule Sous Vide,White Polycarbonate
  • Smallest, sleekest sous vide tool available at just 11 inches tall and 1.1 pounds, with streamlined white body and finishes.
  • Saves space: Half the size of other sous vide machines, it’s small enough to slip into a top drawer.
  • Heats up fast: 1100 watts of power for hyper-fast water heating. Operating Requirements: Frequency 50 to 60 Hz, single phase

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 13 x 4 x 4.1 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 1.28lbs
  • Clamps: Clip and Magnetic Base
  • Connectivity: WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Available Colors: White
  • Wattage: 1100W

Things To Love:

  • Perfect Results: All the devices we’ve chosen to be on our top 6 list have one thing in common; they are at the top of their game when it comes to producing stunningly delicious food every time. Never overcook again with the Breville Joule Sous Vide Cooker.
  • Heats Up Fast: The Breville Joule heats water on average 2 minutes faster than the very popular Anova Nano (which also features on our list), which saves you time in the kitchen.
  • WiFi & Bluetooth Connectivity: Many of these handy devices feature some form of connectivity, be it Bluetooth or WiFi. The Breville Joule has both options, so you will never lose connection with your cooker, and you can start cooking from anywhere at any time.
  • Sleek & Compact Design: At only 11 inches tall and weighing in at a little over three pounds, the Joule is compact and easy to store. It has a minimalistic appearance reminiscent of many Apple products, giving it a sleek and stylish look.
  • Mounting Clip & Magnetic Base: There are many variations of clamps, clips, and mounts for Sous Vide cookers. The Breville Joule comes equipped with a simple hook that can fix to the side of most containers, while the magnetic base can hold the appliance firmly in place on the bottom of any metal pot or pan.
  • App Functionality & Simplicity: The app that controls the Breville Joule is incredibly simple to use and, for the most part, self-explanatory. It has many recipes that can be implemented at the touch of a screen and even has pictures for you to select your meat’s doneness. You can also use Alexa to issue voice commands and ask for cooking advice.
  • It Runs Almost Silently: Assuming your container’s water level is above the water outlet (more on that later), this device is super quiet.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Expensive: Frequently, the best kitchen appliances are the most expensive. The Breville Joule is no different.
  • App-Only Control: Because the Breville Joule has its feet firmly rooted in the modern age, it does rely on outside influences to use it. The Joule has no displays, dials, or buttons, and is controlled entirely by an app you will need to download onto your phone. If your battery dies, or god forbid you lose or break your phone, the Breville Joule becomes an attractive, expensive, paperweight.
  • High Water Outlet: The Breville Joule has a water outlet approximately three inches from the bottom of the appliance to circulate the water in your container. While the device is perfectly functional if the water level is below the outlet, it will give out a sound of trickling water throughout the cooking cycle, which can be a little irritating.

Final Remarks:

It may have a high-end price point and only be operated via an app, but this incredibly simple Sous Vide cooker is the very best of this kind of appliance. For a device that only has one goal, it is very functional and intuitive which helps you cook perfect meals every time.

Overall Score: 18/20

2. Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide Cooker

BEST VALUE SOUS VIDE
Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide, Immersion Circulator with digital touchscreen display
  • Creates quality dishes: ACCU slim sous vide immersion circulator prepares high end restaurant quality dishes at home, turning home cooks into gourmet chefs
  • Consistent cooking: ACCU slim sous vide immersion circulator creates and maintains an even and accurately controlled cooking water bath for perfect cooking results each and every time
  • Sous vide cooks easily, cooking times range from 10 minutes to 72 hours and temperature ranges from 104f to 195f/ 40c to 90c

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 2.55 x 4.6 x 12.9 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 1.65lbs
  • Clamps: Fixed
  • Connectivity: N/A
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Wattage: 1100W

Things To Love:

  • Affordable: The Instant Accu Slim is the joint most affordable appliance on our list. It allows you to give Sous Vide cooking a try for minimal cost.
  • Consumer Confidence: An incredible 95% of Amazon customers rate this appliance at 4 to 5 stars (85% at five stars). There are a minuscule number of complaints about this device and almost no unit failures.
  • Instant Pot Compatible: If you already have an Instant Pot Pressure/Multi-Cooker, the Accu Slim will clamp on to the side, giving you a ready-made container in which to Sous Vide.
  • Simple Touchscreen Control: Unlike the Breville Joule, the Instant Accu Slim comes with a simple yet striking touchscreen LCD. This responsive control panel is straightforward to use, visually attractive, and the large digits make it easy to read.
  • Removable Skirt: When your Sous Vide cooker needs cleaning, simply remove the stainless-steel skirt (that only part used for cooking) for ease of cleaning.

What’s Not To Like?

  • No Connectivity: This Sous Vide appliance does not have any Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity, so there is no option to use the Accu Slim with an app on a phone.
  • Fixed Clamp: This non-adjustable clamp means you’ll always have to use a relatively deep pot when using this Sous Vide cooker.
  • Short Power Cords: Unless you have multiple power outlets in your kitchen, you may struggle to use this appliance conveniently, thanks to a less than optimal power cord length.

Final Remarks

If you fancy getting involved with Sous Vide cooking, the Instant Accu Slim Sous Vide Cooker is the way to go. It is one of the most affordable appliances; it’s one of the easiest to use and won’t be beaten on reliability and performance.

Overall Score: 16/20

3. Anova Precision Cooker Nano

Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano | Bluetooth | 750W | Anova App Included
  • PERFECT RESULTS EVERY TIME: Never over or undercook your food again. The Anova Precision Cooker Nano sous vide (pronounced “sue-veed”) circulates water at the exact temperature required for perfectly cooked meals, no matter what's on your menu. Use the Anova App to access thousands of free recipes and monitor your cook from your phone via Bluetooth.
  • WHAT TO COOK: Sous vide cooking s the perfect level of doneness for nearly any food of your choosing. Chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, beef, lamb, pork and more are all ideal candidates for sous vide circulation. The ability to lock in flavor and moisture during the cooking process results in texture and taste that is second to none.
  • SMALL BUT MIGHTY: At almost 2 inches smaller than the original Anova Precision Cooker, Nano is small enough to fit into your kitchen drawer for quick and easy storage, but powerful enough to prepare food for a table of four. Nano easily attaches to any stock pot or container with a fixed clamp, and is constructed of super durable plastic that's easy to clean.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 4.1 x 2.2 x 12.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 2.79lbs
  • Clamps: Fixed
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth
  • Available Colors: Black
  • Wattage: 750W

Things To Love:

  • Great Looking: The Anova Nano Sous Vide cooker is one of the sleekest looking appliances on the market. Made from a matte black plastic with a crisp and clear LCD, the Nano will slot seamlessly into most kitchens.
  • Intuitive Controls: Simplicity is the name of the game with the Anova Nano, and the touchscreen LCD is very easy to use and responsive.
  • Useable With Existing Anova Containers: Anova have a series of containers and lids that specifically have Sous Vide cooking in mind. The Nano works perfectly with these, and they can all be stored easily together.
  • Water Resistant: There’s always a worry when combining electronics with water that the two will combine and, at the very least, break your appliance. The Anova Nano is water-resistant, so there’s no need to worry if you drop it in the pot. Your device, and more importantly, you will be safe.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Fixed Clamp: The fixed clamp limits the different styles of pots you can use as there is no adjustability for different-sized pans.
  • You’ll Need To Use a Lot of Water: Despite being named the “Nano,” the design of the appliances (along with the fixed clamp) means you’ll need a high water level to ensure this device is cooking optimally. 
  • Connectivity Can Be Hit and Miss: Some consumers report having issues with the Bluetooth connectivity with the Anova Nano, and it can be hit and miss as to whether it will connect each time.

Final Remarks:

The Anova Nano is popular amongst consumers thanks to its compact design, simplicity of use, and top-quality performance. The fixed clamp limits the functionality of this appliance somewhat, and it has a mid-range price point.

Overall Score: 16/20

4. Wancle Thermal Immersion Sous Vide Cooker

Sous Vide Cooker, Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator, with Recipe E-Cookbook, Accurate Temperature Digital Timer, Ultra-quiet, 850 Watts, 120V, Stainless Steel/Black
  • Sou Vide Cooker Brings Professional Restaurant Cooking Technology To Home: Michelin restaurant level quality, cook everything from Beef, Chicken, Pork, Seafood, Egg, Pasta, Chocolate, Baking, Salad, Dessert, Breakfast, Cocktail to Vegetarian. No fuss, no noise, no overcooking anymore, best deal to bring professional cooking to home.
  • PERFECT DONENESS AND ACCURATE TIMER: Digital control panel makes the temperature accurate to 0.1°C and time to minutes. Wide range of temperature (25-99.9°C)(77°F-211.8°F) and timecontrol (Max 99h 59mins) allows you to cook any type of food you like and Sous vide cooking retains more nutrients and vitamins than other cooking methods. Cooking at home with sous vide ensures and increases food safety.
  • INCREDIBLE EASY TO USE: Unlike other immersion circulators, those with WIFI and Bluetooth feature are thought as over-complicated and increase your cost. focus on the core functionality of the sous vide cooker itself. Stainless steel sleeve makes it extremely easy to clean and dry out. No need for other fancy equipment.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 14.2 x 8.5 x 4.7 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.54lbs
  • Clamps: Adjustable
  • Connectivity: N/A
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Wattage: 850W

Things To Love:

  • Easy to Use Clamp: The easy to use trigger-style clamp makes this device a lot more versatile than other appliances. Just pull the trigger and fix it to the side of your pot. It has various notches, so the Wancle can easily fit almost any pot, pan, or container.
  • Adjustment Dial: Adjusting times and temperatures couldn’t be more straightforward thanks to this handy dial. Roll it slowly to make more precise adjustments, or be a little more vigorous to make more considerable changes in times and temps.
  • It’s Quiet: Nobody wants a loud, obnoxious appliance that disturbs your peace and quiet. The Wancle Sous Vide cooker is quieter than a church mouse.
  • Heats Up Fast: While Sous Vide cooking isn’t all about speed, it is a bonus that this cooker heats the water quickly, so you can get on with making your meal.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Big & Bulky: This is easily the largest and chunkiest device we’ve looked at today. So, you might have a little trouble fitting it in your kitchen drawers.
  • No Connectivity: Having the ability to connect your appliance to an app and control it from your phone is not the be-all and end-all when considering Sous Vide appliances (especially if there are connection issues). But the convenience of setting up your cooker via an app is a bonus this device does not have.

Final Remarks:

The Wancle Sous Vide cooker is a dependable device and a good alternative if you don’t fancy any of the other appliances. It hasn’t been complicated by features and functions and will cook delicious food with minimal fuss. It is massive, though, so dedicated storage space will be needed.

Overall Score: 15/20

5. Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Precision Cooker

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Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi), 1000 Watts | Anova App Included, Black and Silver
  • Perfect results every time: never over or undercook your food again. The Anova precision cooker sous vide (pronounced “sue-veed”) circulates water at the exact temperature required for perfectly cooked meals, no matter what's on your menu. Use the Anova app to access thousands of free recipes and monitor your cook from anywhere via your smartphone.
  • What to cook: sous vide cooking s the perfect level of doneness for nearly any food of your choosing. Chicken, fish, vegetables, eggs, beef, lamb, pork and more are all ideal candidates for sous vide circulation. The ability to lock in flavor and moisture during the cooking process results in texture and taste that is second to none.
  • New and improved: now with more power, faster heat up times, and improved Wi-Fi connection all in a smaller and more durable body, The Enova precision cooker is the perfect option for any home chef. It easily attaches to any stock pot or container with a fully adjustable clamp, and is water resistant for when accidents happen in the kitchen.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 3.1 x 5.3 x 12.8 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.14lbs
  • Clamps: Adjustable & Removable
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love:

  • Adjustable & Removable Clamps: One of the largest complaints surrounding Sous Vide cookers is the lack of adjustable clamps. The Anova AN500 can be used with almost any container thanks to the adjustable and removable clip.
  • More Powerful: While the Anova Nano is more popular amongst consumers than the AN500, this appliance has more power and heats water more quickly and efficiently than its smaller sibling.
  • Responsive Control Panel: The control panel on the Anova AN500 is incredibly responsive and straightforward to use.
  • Removable Skirt: The skirt on this device is removable to make the cleanup process (when there is one) a lot easier. 

What’s Not To Like?

  • Difficult to Connect: While WiFi connectivity is generally considered a bonus on these devices, it can be tricky to get this appliance to connect.
  • Unintuitive App: Once you finally connect your appliance to your phone, the app isn’t exactly intuitive. Especially if you’re less technologically inclined.

Final Remarks:

The Anova Culinary AN500-US00 Precision Cooker is the larger brother to the Anova Nano. And while the Nano is a slimmed-down, more streamlined version, this appliance still has plenty to offer. It is more powerful and easy to clean, giving you another option to consider if the Nano isn’t precisely what you’re looking for. 

Overall Score: 16/20

6. Inkbird WIFI Sous Vide Cooker

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Inkbird WIFI Sous Vide Cookers, 1000 Watts Stainless Steel Precise cooker, Thermal Immersion Circulator with Recipe, Digital Interface, Temperature and Timer for Kitchen, ISV-100W
  • ★ 【2.4GHz Wifi Sous Vide Cooker】---This wifi immersion circulator will free you and cook everywhere, stay up-to-date on your cooking status without being in the kitchen. What’s more, a nice design of this slow cooker is you can share the device with family or friends on App, no limit for multi people connect. And preset values will be saved when power off. The basic setting procedure also can finished on the sous cooker.Only support 2.4GHz router.
  • ★ 【Precision Temperature and Timer】---Temperature range and accuracy of this sous vide circulator are 77°F~210°F (25ºC~99ºC ) and 0.1℃(1°F ), -10F~+10F calibration range could keep the high precision after a long period of using. The max timer range is 99 hours 59 minutes, start timer when the temp reach your settings, let your cooks get enough and accurate . Also readable LCD screen: (W)36mm*(L)42mm ,128*128 Dot Matrix LCD.
  • ★ 【Uniform and Fast Heat Circulation】---1000 watts of this sous vide machine let the water circulation heats water fast and make full meat tender and moist. Fits on any pot and suit for vegetables, meat, fruit, cheese, egg and so on, you can choose recipe both from APP on your phone and on the instant pot sous vide LCD screen.

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 17.6 x 5.04 x 3.9 inches
  • Appliance Weight: 3.25lbs
  • Clamps: Fixed Clip
  • Connectivity: WiFi
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Wattage: 1000W

Things To Love:

  • Affordable: The Inkbird WiFi Sous Vide cooker is one of the more affordable appliances on the market, letting you try out this style of cooking, relatively risk-free.
  • Simplicity: There isn’t much to this appliance, but that’s how some people like it. Just a simple Sous Vide device that helps you cook consistently delicious food. It’s this lack of features that help keep the price down too.
  • Water Level Alarm: The water level is an important consideration when Sous Vide cooking. The Inkbird will close itself off and signal an alarm if the water falls below the required level.

What’s Not To Like?

  • LCD Is Very Small: If like me, your eyesight isn’t the best, you might struggle to read the smaller text and digits on the LCD.
  • Fixed Clamps: Not for the first time today, we’ve mentioned the frustrating fixed clamps that limit the variety of pots you can use when cooking.

Final Remarks:

This remarkably simple device is as refreshing as it is affordable. It performs its duty precisely as it is supposed to and cooks tender foods with minimal fuss. It is widely available thanks to a relatively low price point. But if you wear glasses, make sure you’re wearing them while cooking, or you’ll struggle to read the LCD.

Overall Score: 15/20

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