I'd love to hear your verdict when you try it.LadyGeek wrote: ↑Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:14 pmGreat timing, as I just bought an Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Bluetooth, Immersion Circulator, 800 Watts, Black for $99. My friend uses this one and he recommended it. It will be a Christmas present for my husband, who loves to cook.
We're both engineers, so when I asked him to explain the concept, it only took a minute. "Vacuum" is just using water pressure to push the air out of the zip-lock bag. The immersion heater is a water circulation pump to keep the temperature constant. OK, got it.
I wasn't crazy about a bluetooth device to control a simple immersion heater, but it works.
After reading some reviews, there's no way I'm getting the wi-fi model. A google search for "sous vide anova wi-fi security ssid" suggests that security is not a high priority for this company. I suppose this par for the course for an Internet of Things device.
I'm not convinced that it is not just the latest trendy expensive kitchen gadget that people will be giving away in yard sales in 2022.....I may be one of those people. It sure is slow and complex compared with grilling a steak or cooking an egg. And sort of soul-less. How many people still use their crock pots?
And I have to ask the same question that I asked when amateur runners were all buying Five Fingers minimalist running shoes a few years ago, yet I didn't see any of the top runners running in them in the New York marathon. If it is really that great, then why do the majority (if not all) of great steak houses still grill their steaks? Especially if they could just prepare them hours before the crowds came and leave them in water baths, only requiring an instantaneous searing with a torch at dinnertime. I'm questioning the wisdom of my recent purchase.
That said, I'm not too worried about the security issue, given that the nature of the information mined by Google, Apple, Amazon etc (and any finance apps favored by the Boglehead community) seems so much more sensitive. If random politicians and corporations learn that I prefer my steaks medium-rare, in this world of lack of privacy I think I can live with that.