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  • Pequod
    Club Member
    • Apr 2016
    • 480
    • Crozet, VA
    • Gear
      • Medium Konro

    Which Circulator?

    My ol' ANOVA Bluetooth Circulator is dying. No longer hits higher temps and the temperature reading itself is failing (measured 5 degrees low this AM). Looking to replace. What's the consensus on Joule vs. the fancy new ANOVA Precision® Cooker? Joule appears to be slightly more powerful (1100 vs. 1000W), but controllable only via app?
  • jfmorris
    Club Member
    • Nov 2017
    • 3572
    • Huntsville, Alabama
    • Jim Morris

      • Slow 'N Sear Deluxe Kamado (2021)
      • Camp Chef FTG900 Flat Top Grill (2020)
      • Weber Genesis II E-410 w/ GrillGrates (2019)
      • Weber Performer Deluxe 22.5" w/ GrillGrates & Slow 'N Sear & Drip ‘N Griddle & Party Q & Rotisserie (2007)
      • Custom Built Offset Smoker (304SS, 22"x34" grate, circa 1985)
      • King Kooker 94/90TKD 105K/60K dual burner patio stove
      • Lodge L8D03 5 quart dutch oven
      • Lodge L10SK3 12" skillet
      • Anova
      • Thermoworks Smoke w/ Wifi Gateway
      • Thermoworks Dot
      • Thermoworks Thermapen Classic
      • Thermoworks RT600C
      • Whatever I brewed and have on tap!

    Hmmm. I have never thought to check the water bath temp with my Thermapen or my Smoke probes, and have been trusting the Anova readout until now. I have the Wifi model of Anova, so cannot comment on the other circulators, but I will be double checking the Anova temps with a Thermapen next time I use it.

    That said... I cannot recall the last time I actually used my Anova! Probably 18 months or more...


    • rodkeary
      Club Member
      • Jan 2017
      • 213
      • Pacific Northwest
      • Weber Genesis
        Bradley Smoker

      I use the Joule myself and I'm very happy with it. I also purchased a circulator made by Instant Pot which performed admirably albeit without the bells & whistles. I passed if off to my son who uses it on a regular basis and loves it.

      I don't have any experience with the Anova so I can't compare.

      Good luck!


      • BruceB
        Founding Member
        • Aug 2014
        • 222
        • Des Moines WA
        • Grilla Silverbac Original -2020
          aobosi Sous Vide device - 2019
          Weber Original Kettle Premium 22" Copper - 2015
          Pit Barrel Cooker - 2014 - retired Sept 2020
          Brinkmann 4 burner gas grille (very old, stout, and still working well!)
          Slow 'n' Sear for 22" kettle
          Grill Grates for the gasser
          CDN DSP-1 dual sensor probe therm
          Maverick ET-732 therm
          Thermapop digital therm (x2 red and white)
          Thermapen - orange
          Little Chief electric cold smoker (lots of salmon thru this!)

        I bought an aobosi brand circulator from Amazon a few years ago. No fancy phone and app needed to control, just good old operator panel. Has worked fine, and at a quarter of the price. Water temp seems to be within one degree when checked with the Thermapen.


        • mgaretz
          Founding Member
          • Jul 2014
          • 885
          • San Ramon, CA
          • Mark Garetz
            Rec Tec pellet grill
            Weber Genesis Gasser
            Maverick ET-732 and Thermapen and others

          Love my Joule. Yes it's only app controlled, but if you have an Echo you can also control it with Alexa. The app is great though, and has a new Turbo mode for steaks. It also alerts me on my Apple Watch.


          • theroc
            Founding Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 833
            • Altadena, CA
              • Camp Chef 24" Smoke Vault
              • Buckaroo Chunk Wood Grill
              • Weber Summit Gold D Gas Grill
              • Fireboard
              • Thermapen MkIV

            I'm very happy with the Joule. Frequent testing with my Thermapen shows the two usually agree to within 1 degree F. I've had no issue with bringing up to temp fairly large baths (~20 lt), and holding them.


            • Old Glory
              Club Member
              • Feb 2018
              • 1328
              • Northshore MA
              • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill
                XL BGE
                DCS Gasser
                Humphrey's Cabinet Smoker
                Weber Performer

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

              Love my Joule! Love the app makes it super simple to use.


              • surfdog
                Club Member
                • Mar 2016
                • 1229
                • Sunny SoCal
                • Cooking gadgets
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grill Center
                  Weber Summit Platinum D6
                  Blue Rhino Razor
                  Dyna-Glo XL Premium Dual Chamber
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV along with their Artisan Pizza Oven 90
                  Anova WiFi

                  Thermapen Mk4 - ThermaQ High Temp Kit - ThermaQ Meathead Kit - ThermaQ WiFi - ThermoWorks IR-GUN-S - ThermoWorks Signals & Billows - ThermoPop -ThermoWorks ProNeedle - ThermoWorks TimeStick Trio x2 - and a Christopher Kimball timer - NO, I do not work for ThermoWorks...I just like their products.

                  Other useful bits...
                  KitchenAid 7-qt Pro Line stand mixer
                  A Black & Decker food processor that I can't seem to murder
                  A couple of immersion blenders, one a "consumer" model & the other a "high end" Italian thing. Yes, the Italian one is a bit better, but only marginally
                  Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus 8-qt + accessories like egg-bite & egg holders
                  All-Clad pots & pans, along with some cast iron...everything from 7" Skookie pans to 8.5qt Dutch ovens
                  Weber GBS griddle, pizza stone, and wok
                  Knives range from Mercer to F. Dick to "You spent how much for one knife? One knife?!" LOL

                I have, and like, the Anova. I got it specifically because it could be controlled without an app.
                I’m probably one of the most connected people ever...but I also think that “everything” doesn’t need to be...and since I need to fill the container with water, attach the unit, add the food, etc...I figure that’s it’s easy enough to spin a dial while I’m standing there.


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              • fzxdoc
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 5397
                • My toys:
                  Weber Summit Charcoal Grilling Center (WSCGC) aka Mr. Fancypants
                  Pit Barrel Cooker (which rocks), named Pretty Baby
                  Weber Summit S650 Gas Grill, named Hot 'n Fast (used mostly for searing and griddling)
                  Weber Kettle Premium 22" named Kettle Kid, eager to horn in with more cooks in the future
                  Camp Chef Somerset IV 4-burner outdoor gas range named AfterBurner due to its 30kBTU burners

                  Adrenaline BBQ Company Gear:
                  SnS, DnG, andLarge Charcoal Basket, for WSCGC
                  SnS for 22" Kettle
                  Elevated SS Rack for WSCGC
                  SS Rack for DnG
                  Cast Iron Griddle
                  Grill Grate for SnS
                  Grill Grates: five 17.375 sections (retired to storage)
                  Grill Grates: six 19.25 panels for exact fit for Summit S650 gasser
                  2 Grill Grate Griddles
                  Steelmade Griddle for Summit gas grill

                  Fireboard Gear:
                  Extreme BBQ Thermometer Package
                  Additional control unit
                  Additional probes: Competition Probes 1" (3) and 4" (1), 3 additional Ambient Probes. 1 additional Food Probe
                  2 Driver Cables
                  Pit Viper Fan (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Pit Viper Fan new design (to pair with Fireboard Fan Driver Cable)
                  Thermoworks Gear:
                  Thermapen MK5 (pink)
                  Thermapen MK4 (pink too)
                  Thermoworks MK5 orange
                  Temp Test 2 Smart Thermometer
                  Extra Big and Loud Timer
                  Timestick Trio
                  Maverick ET 73 a little workhorse with limited range
                  Maverick ET 733
                  Maverick (Ivation) ET 732

                  Grill Pinz
                  Vortex (two of them)

                  Two Joule Sous Vide devices
                  VacMaster Pro 350 Vacuum Sealer

                  Instant Pot 6 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker
                  Instant Pot 10 Quart Electric Pressure Cooker

                  Charcoal Companion TurboQue
                  A-Maze-N tube 12 inch tube smoker accessory for use with pellets

                  BBQ Dragon and Dragon Chimney

                  Shun Classic Series:
                  8" Chef Knife
                  6" Chef's Knife
                  Gokujo Boning and Fillet Knife
                  3 1/2 inch Paring Knife

                Joule--best sous vide app ever. I never have to search the internet for the best temp for almost anything I sous vide. I just go to the app, click the temp, and see a mini-video of what the end result will look like. Select temp. Select recommended time. Boom. Done. It's almost too easy.



              • jgreen
                Charter Member
                • Oct 2014
                • 2742
                • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
                • Cookers:
                  Broil King XL
                  Broil King Smoke
                  Weber Kettle 26
                  Grilla Pellet smoker
                  Capital 40 natural gas
                  Napoleon Pro 22 kettle

                  Maverick 733
                  Thermapen (ok..4 thermapens)
                  Thermo works DOT (or two)
                  Fireboard (probably my favourite)
                  Thermworks Smoke (or two)

                  SnS (original, plus and XL)
                  DnG pans, 6 or 7 of these
                  and, maybe some other toys as well

                Joule and the related app work really well for me. Either my phone or iPad can be used to control it.


                • Ernest
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 3436
                  • Dallas, Texas
                  • Pit Barrel Cooker AKA The Chicken Whisperer, WSM 14.5 AKA Smokey, WSM 22.5 AKA Big Worm, Weber Performer Platinum. KARUBECUE

                  Something is going on with the latest joules. I have gone through 6 circulator since March. They all had the same issue with motor not spinning.
                  Having said that, I thing joule is probably the best circulator on the market


                  • Ernest
                    Ernest commented
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                    fzxdoc yeah I had 3 Anova circulator when joule was still in its infancy. So I held off. I beat up my Anovas to death. But they're still working. I just got my 7th joule replacement.

                  • tbob4
                    tbob4 commented
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                    Yikes - that is good info. My Anova is still going strong but when it doesn't I'm putting this info into my memory bank. Thanks, Ernest.

                  • Ernest
                    Ernest commented
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                    tbob4 oh yeah my Anovas are all taped up LOL. The camps are in pieces, the plastic body cracked but still still heats accurately
                • Thunder77
                  Founding Member
                  • Jul 2014
                  • 2874
                  • Halethorpe, MD
                  • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                  I have the Anova nano, and I like the functionality of it, but Anova REALLY annoyed me by putting the clamp in a fixed spot on the barrel. You can’t slide it up or down.


                  • Dewesq55
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                    The first generation of Anova was like that, but then they changed to the adjustable clamp. Are you saying they went back to the fixed clamp? If so, that was monumentally stupid.

                  • Thunder77
                    Thunder77 commented
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                    Yes they did. At least on the Nano they did. And I agree; it was very stupid.
                • willxfmr
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2017
                  • 538
                  • Fondy

                  I have been using my Anova for years, and love it. If I changed brands now, I have to buy and retrofit a new frankencooler, so I'll be sticking with Anova. I also agree that not all things need connectivity.


                  • Bkhuna
                    Club Member
                    • Apr 2019
                    • 654
                    • Merritt Island Florida

                    I have had an Anoka since it first came out. The water temperature is within one degree of panel setting.

                    I have no desire to purchase an app driven circulator, coffee pot, toothbrush, etc.


                    • tRidiot
                      Club Member
                      • Dec 2015
                      • 757
                      • NE OK
                      • Traeger BBQ124
                        Yoder YS480
                        Chargriller Duo gas/charcoal side-by side

                      I have 2 Joules, love 'em. Also another cheap one I got off Woot I use only rarely if I'm doing 3 temps of steaks for guests.




                      2021 Meat-Up In Memphis Canceled - Rescheduled for March 2022

                      We've unfortunately had to cancel the 2021 Meat-Up in Memphis. We are rescheduling for March 18-20, 2022. More details and re-booking info coming soon! For now click here for more info.
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