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looking for first cirulator sous vide--anovo or anovo mini or joule?

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  • fzxdoc
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 5087
    • My toys:
      Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
      Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks)
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      Weber Jumbo Joe Premium 22" (a weird little 22" kettle mutant on 22"-long legs) (donated to local battered women's shelter.)
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      Fireboard Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
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      Shun Classic 8" Chef's Knife
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      Shun Classic 3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

    You're going to love that Joule, Jon Liebers . I even take mine when we travel to visit the kids because they love sous vide steaks, breakfast egg cups (like Starbucks), etc. I bought a second Joule so I could do meat and veggies at the same time (different pots). Then I bought one for one of our daughters. She loves it for salmon especially. This Xmas our other daughter is getting one from us. So the whole famdamily will be sous viding on Joules. And now my Joules can stay at home.

    That Joule app is the best thing since sliced bread. All the times, temps, and recipes are literally at your fingertips. No brainer. No worries with running it from my smartphone or iPad. In fact I prefer it that way. I can see what's going on with it wherever I am.

    BTW, Joule was running an Xmas special. Don't know if it's still in effect.

    Have fun with your Joule when it arrives.



    • Jon Liebers
      Jon Liebers commented
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      oh I know I don't "need it" just wondering if those that have it find it very useful or not.

    • Potkettleblack
      Potkettleblack commented
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      Once you have it, it’s hard to tell if a recipe is only for premium or not. The courses are generally premium content, but I haven’t looked at one of those in a while.

    • Jon Liebers
      Jon Liebers commented
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      you are so right. Been loving the Joule!
  • cap10casey
    Club Member
    • Oct 2018
    • 14
    • South Florida
    • 4 out of 5 voices in my head say GO FOR IT!!

    Have the Joule, never experienced any other one as that was the one I ordered from recommendation from a chef (close personal friend)…. great success, did the job fantastic!


    • DavidNorcross
      Club Member
      • Nov 2017
      • 1530
      • Virginia
      • Rec Tec RT-680
        Coleman RoadTrip LXX
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        More Cast Iron than I care to admit

      I have the Anovo. Very pleased.


      • Mark Swarbrick
        Club Member
        • Nov 2018
        • 6

        Originally posted by CaptainMike View Post
        My only experience is with the Anova and it is a fine, easy to use appliance that gets used 2-3 times a week. We have 2 and will likely get a third for the RV. A regular 'ol soup pot works great as a SV vessel, but I recently upgraded to a couple of Lipavi SV containers w/lids. It's simply a cleaner process and negates any evaporation issues.
        Could you elaborate?


        • CaptainMike
          CaptainMike commented
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          On what, Mark, the Anova, the vessels, or the SV process? I'm a believer and I'd love to share my experiences.
      • Old Glory
        Club Member
        • Feb 2018
        • 905
        • Northshore MA
        • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
          XL BGE
          DCS Gasser
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          Weber Performer

          Slow & Sear
          Ceramic Grill Store Reducer Ring
          Woo Rig;
          Adjustable Rig
          BGE Pizza Stone
          Pit Bull Fan
          Griddle Store Griddle

        Saw you went with Joule. I've had mine for over a year. Works great. I went with it because of power and Cooks Illustrated Recommendation.


        • Bighorn Dave
          Club Member
          • Aug 2018
          • 243
          • Nampa, Idaho

          When shopping for a circulator I was stuck between the Joule and the Anova as I believed they both are very good units. I ended up getting the Joule for these reasons. Smaller, more wattage, magnetic foot and USA built and ChefSteps is a local company (Seattle Washington). No regrets. A few weeks ago I did have a failure. I contacted ChefSteps, went through the troubleshooting steps, they determined it was bad and sent me a new one free of charge even though I purchased it through Amazon. Customer service is among the best I've ever had. So my insignificant vote is for Joule but Anova is a winner also.


          • fracmeister
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1249
            • Sprang, TX
            • Dances with lemmings

              (and smokes on a Yoder 640, raises bees and shoots a .408 WIndrunner) "come la notte i furti miei seconda"

            I'm happy with the Joule but my wife's new insta pot thing has a sous vide mode that worked great for some spare ribs.


            • johnec00
              Charter Member
              • Aug 2014
              • 573
              • Orlando, Florida
              • Equipment:
                '88 Vintage Fire Magic gasser with over 3000 cooks to its credit
                18 Inch Weber Kettle (Rescued from neighbor's trash)
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                Anova Sous Vide
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                2X Thermoworks cooking thermometer
                DIY 4 channel bluetooth thermometer
                LEM grinder, sausage stuffer and meat slicer (all gifts)

                Favorite Beer:
                Key West Wheat

              My Anova is a totally acceptable piece of equipment. To me the Joule is utterly useless as I don't want to play with a "phone".

              I was also gifted a Slaiya, came with vacuum bags, clips, and hand pump for ~$60. Conveniently, it also has a nifty twentieth century device called an on-off switch. It also works just fine for my purposes.


              • Bighorn Dave
                Club Member
                • Aug 2018
                • 243
                • Nampa, Idaho

                Originally posted by johnec00 View Post
                My Anova is a totally acceptable piece of equipment. To me the Joule is utterly useless as I don't want to play with a "phone".

                I was also gifted a Slaiya, came with vacuum bags, clips, and hand pump for ~$60. Conveniently, it also has a nifty twentieth century device called an on-off switch. It also works just fine for my purposes.
                So let me get this right. Because you don't want to mess with your phone the Joule is useless?


                • johnec00
                  johnec00 commented
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                  My post said useless to me, the Joule only works with a "smart phone" . . . Don't have a "smart phone", don't want one, and certainly have no use for a kitchen appliance that can only be operated with one.

                • EdF
                  EdF commented
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                  Personally, this is why I prefer the Anovas. I have a hand tremor and like the idea of manual controls over using the phone. But really, it's a personal thing. Both are fine brands.
              • h12mike
                Former Member
                • Aug 2014
                • 26
                • Highland Village, TX

                I have a Sansaire & Joule but default to the Joule. I love the wifi and use it concurrently with my ThermaQ Blue which is on the BGE so I can monitor two separate cooks with one device.


                • Huskee
                  Pit Boss
                  • May 2014
                  • 15051
                  • central MI, USA
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                  I only have 1, and haven't had others so I can't compare 1 being better. I have the Anova 800W with Bluetooth. I like that the unit has its own controls and isn't dependent on an app, but can still be used & controlled with an app. Personally I don't like the idea of something that HAS to be run with an app, but that's me. I also won't buy a BluRay player or TV that doens't have its own buttons, what if I lose the remote? Same deal in my mind.


                  • Murdy
                    Club Member
                    • May 2018
                    • 464
                    • North-Central Illinois

                    Any other brands worth considering? When I search it on Amazon, I get a lot of Gourmia, ChefSteps, and Wancle in the results.


                    • Potkettleblack
                      Potkettleblack commented
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                      ChefSteps is the Joule.
                      Gourmia and Wancle are, IIRC, Chinese companies that have basically stolen designs from Anova, Nomiku and Sansaire. But I think they are functional devices that work acceptably. But Anova and Joule are the market leaders.

                    • Potkettleblack
                      Potkettleblack commented
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                      I will say this: Given the price of the Wancle, I'd just get an Anova on sale. The Gourmia stick is offered at a remarkable price.

                    • Murdy
                      Murdy commented
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                      Thanks for the reply. We were looking at dehydrators to give as a gift before Christmas, and ran across Gourmia for the first time. Never heard of it, but it reviewed well, as I recall. Ended up going with a Magic Mill, though.
                  • MBMorgan
                    Club Member
                    • Sep 2015
                    • 6194
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                    It would seem that the Instant Pot folks have jumped into the sous vide game, too: https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-S...stant+pot+sous


                    • Potkettleblack
                      Potkettleblack commented
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                      I feel like Breville will be jumping on the bandwagon any minute now.



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