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  • TheCountofQ
    Former Member
    • Apr 2015
    • 503
    • Tulsa, Oklahoma

    Purchase Options?

    It seems, from my internet research, that the Anova brand is the "BIG" brand that most are buying. Although they maintain a 4ish star rating on Amazon, the consistent negative reviews do concern me.

    Are these really the best choice for a home cook? What others do y'all use?

    Recommendations and reviews, comments, & reviews please.....

  • DWCowles
    Founding Member
    • Jul 2014
    • 9760
    • Smiths Grove, Ky
    • Hi, my name is Darrell. I'm an OTR truck driver for over 25 years. During my off time I love doing backyard cooks. I have a 48" Lang Deluxe smoker, Rec-Tec pellet smoker,1 Weber Genesis 330, 1 Weber Performer (blue), 2 Weber kettles (1 black and 1 Copper), 1 26" Weber kettle, a WSM, 8 Maverick Redi Chek thermometers, a PartyQ, 2 SnS, Grill Grates, Cast Iron grates, 1 ThermoPop (orange) and 2 ThermoPens (pink and orange) and planning on adding more cooking accessories. Now I have an Anova sous vide, the Dragon blower and 2 Chef alarms from Thermoworks.

    #2
    You very rarely going to get a perfect 5 star rating on anything on Amazon. Just can't pleased everyone. 🙂
    BTW... I only used my Anova for steaks and I really like it.
    Last edited by DWCowles; June 25th, 2016, 07:08 AM.

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    • MBMorgan
      Club Member
      • Sep 2015
      • 5934
      • 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

      #3
      The Anova works great. You (or at least I) really don't need the WiFi version (which I have). The new mounting bracket pretty much solves all the problems that the first version had.

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      • Histrix
        Club Member
        • May 2016
        • 446
        • 757

        #4
        I have these sous vide devices - an Anova, a Nomiku, an Oliso Smarthub, and a PID controller for a crockpot. They all do the job.

        The Anova I have is the one with just Bluetooth (which I never use). I wouldn't pay extra for Wifi. I'm not familiar with the reviews on Amazon - what are the major complaints?

        I have never had any problems with the Anova and it is very easy to setup and use. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend one.

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        • TheCountofQ
          TheCountofQ commented
          Editing a comment
          The complaints that stand out are shutting itself off during the cook, total failure after a handful of cooks, and terrible customer service when either of these occur.
      • scottranda
        Charter Member
        • May 2015
        • 1613
        • Charlotte, NC

        #5
        Love my Anova

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        • IPADave
          Charter Member
          • Jun 2015
          • 19
          • Massachusetts

          #6
          I have 2 Anova's, the original model and the newish WiFi model. Both have performed flawlessly.

          -Dave

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          • Breadhead
            Banned Former Member
            • Jul 2014
            • 1

            #7
            I have 2 Bluetooth Anova circulator's and never use the Bluetooth feature. I've NEVER had a problem with either of them. My next purchase will be the Joule from ChefSteps because of the smaller size.

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            • fuzzydaddy
              Charter Member
              • Nov 2014
              • 4949
              • Winchester TN
              • Hardware
                Slow N Sear Deluxe Kamado.
                22" Weber Kettle.
                Slow N Sear, DnG Pans/Racks, Easy Spin Grates, Elevated Cooking Grates.
                Chimney starters.
                PartyQ.
                Joule.
                GrillGrates, GrateGriddles.
                Maverick XR-50 [my favorite].
                ThermoWorks Smoke & Gateway, Thermapen, Thermapop, ChefAlarms, DOT, probes

                Consumables / Favorites
                KBB (short cooks), Weber (long cooks)
                Ribs (beef & pork), Pork Butts, Chuck Roasts, Pork Tenderloins.
                SnS Grills salt free rubs: Not Just for Beef & Rocky’s Rub.
                MeatChurch Holy Cow. MMD, BBBR, S&G, Herbs de Provence, SPOG.

              #8
              I have 1 Anova WiFi and have not had any problems with it.

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              • PaddyMcTexan
                Charter Member
                • Dec 2014
                • 13
                • Cypress Texas

                #9
                I have 2 Anova Bluetooth units and they are great. 1 Dorkfood controller a fish tank heater and wave pump for my large ice chest cooks and 2 Chef Step Joule on order ( One for my son who is going to Texas Tech this fall thats moms face) and one for me just because I like my cooking gadgets,!!!

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                • badf00d
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2016
                  • 227

                  • Cookers
                    • Karubecue C-60 [aka KBQ]
                    • Weber 22" Performer Kettle [Red gen1 with stainless steel]
                    • Slow 'N Sear
                    • Lodge Sportsman's Grill
                    • Weber Genesis Silver-B [old gasser]

                    Sous Vide
                    • ChefSteps Joule

                    Other Tools
                    • VacMaster PRO380 vacuum sealer
                    • VacMaster VP215 vacuum chamber
                    • Thermapen Mk4
                    • ThermoWorks Smoke
                    • ThermaQ with smoke house and high temp air probes
                    • IR gun
                    • BBQ Dragon

                  #10
                  Also worth a look - Joule (ships in September), Nomiku WiFi, VacMaster SV1.

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                  • TheMeatGuyJapan
                    Former Member
                    • Aug 2015
                    • 48
                    • Nagoya

                    #11
                    I have an industrial sous vide, but right now I'm cooking a roast in a cooler box on my kitchen floor. If I crank up my hot water heater, I get 58C from the tap. If the temp drops below 55 in a few hours I add a pot of boiling water from the stove. While the precision of a dedicated unit is nice for some things, it's not really necessary. A brief spike in temperature will not have any noticeable effect on the outcome, and so long as it doesn't drop well below 54 for any length of time, safety is not a worry. I know that my big cooler only looses about a half degree per hour.

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                    • Breadhead
                      Breadhead commented
                      Editing a comment
                      You're absolutely correct! One doesn't need to spend a lot of money to try sous vide cooking.
                  • Dr ROK
                    Charter Member
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 1349
                    • Morrill, Nebraska
                    • Retired high school teacher and principal
                      Dr ROK - Rider of Kawasaki &/or rock and roll fan
                      Yoder 640 on Husker themed comp cart
                      Cookshack Smokette smoker
                      Antique refrigerator smoker
                      Weber 22 1/2" kettle w/ GrillGrates AND Slow and Sear
                      Rec Tec Mini Portable Tailgater w/ GrillGrates
                      Plenty of GrillGrates
                      Uuni wood pellet oven, first generation
                      Roccbox Pizza Oven
                      Meater Block
                      "Go Big Red" Thermopen instant read thermometer
                      Ultrafast instant read thermometer
                      CDN quick read thermometer
                      Maverick ET-732 thermometer
                      Maverick ET-735 thermometer
                      Tru-Temp wireless thermometer
                      Infrared thermometer (Mainly use for pizza on the Uuni and Roccbox)

                      Beverages - Is there really anything other than Guinness? Oh yeah, I forgot about tequila!

                    #12
                    I have a bluetooth Anova and one day it just stopped working. This was after around 5 cooks. I emailed tech support and they shipped me a new one asap. Had it in three days I believe.

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                    • Atalanta
                      Club Member
                      • Jul 2016
                      • 430
                      • Barnsley's Ford
                      • Grills: 22" Weber (wood handles) (another Weber on the way), Lodge Sportsman "hibachi"
                        Smoker: None yet, part of why I joined
                        Thermometer: 10+ yr old Taylor digital thermometer with remote
                        Sous Vide: Anovo Imersion Circulator (1st gen)
                        Coffee Roaster: Hot Top Coffee Roaster
                        Adult Beverages: Fighting Cock Bourbon, Leinny Shandy, Troegs Mad Elf

                      #13
                      I have an Anova, guess it's a model 1. No wifi or bluetooth. LOVE IT. Hey, if anyone has a model 1 they want to get rid of, let me know. Haven't had any issues with it (knock wood) and we use it almost weekly.

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