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Compare Sous Vide Immersion Circulator Cookers: Anova, Sansaire or Gourmia?
Comparing the Selected Sous Vide Immersion Circulator Cookers
The following table compares the features offered by the three sous vide immersion circulators (please read the table notes that follow for a better understanding of the features offered by each) :
Table Notes 1 - 6 Explained:
- Anova comes with an adjustable clamp that can be used to attach the appliance to any pot. The clamp can be moved up or down on the circulator's stainless steel skirt so that the appliance may exactly fit the pot. The minimum water depth needed is 3.5 inches.
- Sansaire and Gourmia do not have adjustable clamps, but are equipped with fixed clips.
Sansair's clip has two settings, but the clip is removable and the unit can also be placed directly in the water without the clip. Therefore, it can be used with just about any pot. The minimum water depth needed is 3 inches.
- Gourmia must always be clipped and requires a pot with minimum water depth of 3 inches. The clip is encased by a heat-safe plastic shield to protect cookware and holds the sous vide pod upright and vertical within the cooking container as the filled food bags cook in the water.
The timer on sous vide immersion circulators should only be used if you plan to be around the unit when the programmed time is up and the unit shots down. That is because when cooking sous vide, for safety, you should never allow the temperature to drop for extended periods of time to dangerous levels that can cause the development of bacteria. This could happen if the unit was allowed to shut down on its own while unattended. And that is mainly why Sansaire does not have a timer. With Anova this is not a real issue, because it supports Bluetooth or Wi-Fi based remote communications, and it will send a message to your smartphone to remind that the cooking time is up and that you should remove the food from the plastic bag to eat it or save it in the fridge for later. And if you are not in a position to reach the unit on time, you can simply extend the sous vide cooking time remotely using your smartphone. The food will still come out just as good, if not better!
With Gourmia, there is no remote control via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Therefore, you should plan to be around the unit when the timer time is up and remove the food from the plastic bag to eat it or save it in the fridge for later.
Finally, keep in mind that sous vide cooked foods safety is a function of both time and temperature: a temperature usually considered insufficient to render some sous vide cooked food safe, may be quite safe if maintained long enough.
These products are made of polycarbonate with stainless steel parts. Polycarbonate is a great material suited well for kitchen appliances. Stainless steel parts prevent rust and corrosion and last for ages.
Anova has a version that supports the 4.0 Bluetooth communication protocol and another version that also supports Wi-Fi, so it can be controlled remotely from your smartphone using the free Anova app.
Note that using the Bluetooth or Wi-Fi communications features are not required to use the appliance properly. The smartphone app is optional and allows you to control the exact same things as you can in the device's built-in screen.
With Anova, you will receive notifications on your smartphone when the device is preheating, brought up to temperature and when time is up.
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So which sous vide immersion circulator to buy?
But for most people remote cooking is not a priority, and one aspect that should be considered is the adaptability of the appliance to various types of pots. As explained above, both Anova and Sansaire can be used with just about any pot. All you need is for the bottom of the immersion circulator to be immersed in about 3 to 3.5 inches of water. This is because Anova uses an adjustable clamp to attach the immersion circulator to the pot, and Sansaire, which has a wider base, can simply be placed into the pot without even using its clip. On the other hand, Gourmia has a fixed clip and must be clipped to the pot, therefore it needs a pot that is deep enough for the appliance to work properly.
Note also that with Anova, the skirt of the appliance (the part that goes under water) is made of stainless steel and is removable for easy cleaning.
Sansaire and Gourmia have no removable skirts.
Finally, note that at the time this article was written, Anova and Sansaire had each received an average rating of 4.5 stars out 5 stars from Amazon customers, while Gourmia had received 4 stars.
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