I have been wanting to buy a Sous Vide for the past year or two, but I could not bring myself to spend $75+ on something that I was not sure would work well for me. Yes, the majority of the reviews sing the praises of the Sous Vide but I was still hesitant.
Earlier this year I found a Great Deal on a Sous Vide Cooker and decided to give it a try to see if it is really worth using or not. This review is a general review of Sous Vide Cookers and not a brand specific review. The one that I purchased was an off brand/no-name brand and not one of the popular brands out there like Anova Culinary. One thing that you need to keep in mind when using a Sous Vide is that you do need a large enough container that you can fill with water and cook your meat in, and I recommend a container that has a lid (see links below for suggestions)
I must say that after using my Sous Vide for a few months I am in Love!! It is very simple to use and to borrow a phrase from an infomercial you just Set It and Forget It!! In the past we had a hard time making pork loin or pork roast and keeping it moist and juicy. That problem is now gone. With a Sous Vide, you can cook your meat to the desired doneness and not worry about it over cooking or drying out. The first pork loin that I cooked came out perfect and very tender. I have also used the Sous Vide to cook pork steaks, beef steaks and beef roasts to perfection. With each of the meats that I have cooked I do one of two things to finish off the meat after it has been cooked, and before serving it. For roasts I will coat the meat in a little avocado oil and add some more seasoning to it and cook in under the broiler for a few minutes on each side to give it a nice crust. For steaks I will heat up a little oil in a pan on the stove top and sear the meat in the pan (you can also do this with a roast if you like).
There is a little bit of a learning curve to using a Sous Vide, but do not be intimidated by that. What I did was to google search what I wanted to cook followed by Sous Vide. For example: Pork Loin Sous Vide, and several recipes and cooking times and temps will come up for you. Once you know what you like it is very easy to repeat the results over and over again.
The other advantage that I have found with the Sous Vide is that my wife is much more comfortable cooking different cuts of meat that she was not comfortable with in the past. Pork Loin is one of the best examples of that as it is very easy to dry out if you do not cook it correctly. With the Sous Vide that problem has been solved.
If you have been considering buying a Sous Vide and not sure if it is worth the investment, I Highly Recommend that you buy one and try it out. If anything happens to my current Sous Vide I will definitely be buying another one to replace it.
When you look at Sous Vide cookers there are some that work with apps and bluetooth. My Sous Vide does not have any app and I personally do not see the need for this option. Just my two cents worth.
Here are a few links to various Sous Vide Cookers along with the container that I purchased for cooking with the Sous Vide:
Lid for the Container: With this lid you will need to cut one of the corners out for the Sous Vide to go through. You can see what I did in the picture at the top. You can purchase a lid with a spot already cut out, I just did not want to spend more money for that.