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  • Jfrosty27
    Club Member
    • Mar 2020
    • 748
    • Muskego, WI
    • Current cookers:
      Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
      Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
      Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
      Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
      Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
      Weber Smokey Joe
      SnS Deluxe
      Vortex
      The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
      Blackstone 17" griddle
      Joule Sous Vide circulator

      Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
      Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

    Ready to jump in the pool.

    Hey everyone. I am ready to get a sous vide set up. Best choices for the circulator?
  • USMCCrashCrew89
    Club Member
    • May 2020
    • 62
    • Indiana

    #2
    I don’t know what you’re looking to spend or what features you’re looking for but I have an Insta Pot branded one. I like it because you don’t need a phone to operate it. It doesn’t have wifi, blue tooth, or any of that but at the price point it does what I need it to do well. I picked mine up on Amazon Day sale for about $60.


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    • RichieB
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 1403
      • Western Mass

      #3
      I have the Anova Precision with BT. Has not let me down.

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      • Jfrosty27
        Club Member
        • Mar 2020
        • 748
        • Muskego, WI
        • Current cookers:
          Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
          Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
          Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
          Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
          Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
          Weber Smokey Joe
          SnS Deluxe
          Vortex
          The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
          Blackstone 17" griddle
          Joule Sous Vide circulator

          Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
          Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

        #4
        Budget is no issue. Just want best performance and reliability.

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        • JCGrill
          Club Member
          • Mar 2017
          • 1732
          • Minneapolis / St Paul burbs
          • Charcoal - 22" Weber Kettle
            Gas - Saber
            Smoker - Green Mountain Daniel Boone
            Portable - Charbroil Tabletop Propane Grill

          #5
          I have an Anova as well. Like the simplicity of it. I just put it in the crock of my bigger slow cooker, but if you need an even larger vessel it will adapt to whatever you want.

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          • Sweaty Paul
            Founding Member
            • Aug 2014
            • 1440
            • Hays, KS
            • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
              (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

              Weber Genesis Gas grill
              Weber Kettle grills x 2

            #6
            I have an Anova. I do like it and have no regrets. I’d get another if something happened to this one. Good luck on your search.

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            • rickgregory
              Founding Member
              • Aug 2014
              • 700
              • Seattle, WA

              #7
              I can't recommend Anova for long cooks. I've had mine flake out on them and on high temp (170+) cooks. And mine, which uses a collar that's clamped to the container has had 2 clamps flat out break.

              You ask a bout performance... there really are only two dimensions to this in a SV circulator... 1) How fast can it heat the water and 2) how precise can it maintain a temp? The former isn't that important but it's nice to have water heat up in, say, 20 mins vs an hour. Precision is KEY. that's the whole point of the technique, and so it's what I'd focus on.

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              • MBMorgan
                Club Member
                • Sep 2015
                • 6194
                • Colorado
                • > Weber Genesis EP-330
                  > Grilla Grills Original Grilla (OG) pellet smoker
                  > Pit Barrel Cooker (gone to a new home)
                  > WeberQ 2000 (on "loan" to a relative)
                  > Old Smokey Electric (for chickens mostly - when it's too nasty out
                  to fiddle with a more capable cooker)
                  > Luhr Jensen Little Chief Electric - Top Loader circa 1990 (smoked fish & jerky)
                  > Thermoworks Smoke
                  > 3 Thermoworks Chef Alarms
                  > Thermoworks Thermapen
                  > Thermoworks IR-GUN-S
                  > Anova sous vide circulator
                  > Searzall torch
                  > BBQ Guru Rib Ring

                  > Favorite Beer: Guinness Extra Stout, Fat Tire, Anchor Steam, or Alaskan Amber
                  > Favorite Wine: Klinker Brick Old Ghost Zinfandel or Matetic Corralillo Winemaker's Blend
                  > Favorite Whiskey: Balvenie Double Wood Scotch or Jameson Irish

                #8
                I have the Anova WiFi/Bluetooth (neither of which I use often). It’s been utterly reliable for over three years for all cooks ranging from 2 to 72 hours.

                Don’t sweat the time needed to heat the water. Just start with hot water from the tap and you’ll cut the heat up time down to minutes.

                Heard good things about the Joule, too and, based upon the build quality of our Instant Pot, I imagine it would also be a good choice.
                Last edited by MBMorgan; May 20, 2020, 08:43 PM.

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                • Hulagn1971
                  Charter Member
                  • Dec 2014
                  • 1017
                  • NC, The Triad
                  • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

                  #9
                  I've had the Anova for about 5 years now. Never malfunctioned and have used it a lot. Even 72 hour cooks. Treat it well and it will reciprocate. Don't torque the set screw to the pot and you'll be fine. It won't come loose and swim away.

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                  • rickgregory
                    rickgregory commented
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                    Yeah, well I've had mine that long and it's fritzed out on some long cooks, the steam freaks out the electronics and I know how to clamp it. I've had it shatter *twice* through use that in no way was rough. I'm glad you've not had problems. I have and I"m not alone if you google about the clamp.

                  • Hulagn1971
                    Hulagn1971 commented
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                    rickgregory sorry to hear about your experience. Certainly doesn't seem like a positive one.
                    That "fritzed out" comment though 😆
                    You got me!
                • willxfmr
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2017
                  • 166
                  • Fondy

                  #10
                  I've used the Anova for several years, and will buy another one if this one should fail.

                  A quick note on having the unit flake out on higher temp cooks. I had this problem a couple of time as well, but finally traced the problem back to user error. Before I had a Frankencooler, (https://anovaculinary.com/sous-vide-cooler-guide/) I would use a large stockpot as my vessel. In an attempt to reduce evaporation, which is a real problem at higher temps, I would cover the top of the pot with either foil or plastic wrap. That helped seriously curtail the evaporation problem, but caused a larger more serious issue. Since it is almost impossible to get either foil or plastic wrap to seal tightly around the circulator itself, the only place the moisture can escape is directly below the controls for the circulator. while this has never caused a long term problem, it has caused mine to shut down mid cook a couple times.
                  With the cooler however, I can run a 160 degree cook for 12+ hours, lose no meaningful amount of water out of the cooler, and the control top is completely dry.

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                  • Skip
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 3314
                    • Blue Earth, Minnesota
                    • MAK Pellet Grill, Large BGE, Weber Kettle with SnS, Weber Gasser, Pit Barrel Cooker, Cast Iron Pans & Griddle, Grill Grates, Mostly Thermoworks Thermometers

                    #11
                    I've had an Anova for a few years. No Wifi or Bluetooth. No problems either. Don't need to complicate things by running it through my phone IMO. I also Agree with MBMorgan on the issue of heating water-just start with hot tap water and you'll soon be up to desired temp. I'd buy another Plain Anova if mine fails.

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                    • scottranda
                      scottranda commented
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                      Same exact here!
                  • 58limited
                    Club Member
                    • Dec 2018
                    • 874
                    • SE Texas
                    • "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." ~Benjamin Franklin

                    #12
                    I bought the Anova a couple of years ago mostly because I could use it manually. I had an old flip phone so I could not use the bluetooth features and the Joule could only be used that way. So far I have had no problems with the Anova.

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                    • willsands
                      Club Member
                      • Mar 2019
                      • 18
                      • West central West Virginia
                      • Avogadro, I've got your number.

                      #13
                      The Anova works well. I have an Anova and a Sous Vide Supreme. I prefer the Supreme for higher temps (vegetables) because of the insulated enclosure. Both have been flawless for my use.

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                      • Davek8282
                        Club Member
                        • Mar 2016
                        • 76
                        • Prince George, B.C.

                        #14
                        My first Anova WiFi/Bluetooth was involuntarily gifted to my daughter where it is still performing flawlessly, I purchased when the WiFi/bluetooth model came out so it is getting up there. I of course replaced the gifted unit almost immeaditly and that one is also performing and I do both proteins and vegetables with it. I always liked the Anova because you can control manual or with your phone whichever is your preference for a particular cook. I hear great things about the Joule but I prefer to have the manual option.

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                        • Jfrosty27
                          Club Member
                          • Mar 2020
                          • 748
                          • Muskego, WI
                          • Current cookers:
                            Rec Tec RT700 "Bull" pellet cooker
                            Smokin-It model 2 electric smoker w/ Maverick 732 temp monitor and cold smoking kit
                            Weber Genesis 3 burner gas grill w/ rotisserie
                            Charbroil Grill2Go gas grill
                            Weber 22" Performer Deluxe kettle grill w/ThermoPro TP-20S temp monitor
                            Weber Smokey Joe
                            SnS Deluxe
                            Vortex
                            The Orion Cooker convection cooker/smoker (two of them)
                            Blackstone 17" griddle
                            Joule Sous Vide circulator

                            Favorite beer: Anything that's cold!
                            Favorite cocktail: Bourbon neat

                          #15
                          Ok guys, looks like the Anova is the way to go. I like the Frankencooler thing too. Thanks!

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