At a Glance: Our Choices for the Best Sous Vide WiFi Machines (2018)
- Anova Culinary WiFi Sous Vide Precision Cooker 800 Watts
- Joule by Chefsteps 1100 Watts
- Nomiku WiFi Sous Vide Immersion Circulator 1100 Watts
- Gourmia GSV150 WiFi Sous Vide Precision Cooker 1200 Watts
- Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker with WiFi
Note: Some of the links above take you to more information, current prices and customer reviews on Amazon.
Want to spend less time in the kitchen? We will take that as a resounding YES. Sous vide cooking is a low fuss, low stress way to cook. In addition, it creates incredible restaurant quality meal every time. And we can assure that, that if you have a sous vide machine, you will most definitely spend less time in your kitchen. If you are new to sous vide cooking feel free to head to our FAQ or Resources page.
A sous vide immersion circulator or water oven is the kitchen gadget that creates sous vide meals. It is a tool that will revolutionize the way you cook.
But what if we told you that you some vide machines can be controlled with an app on your smart phone or device? Yes, some sous vide machines now come with WiFi connectivity.
This means that you can control your sous vide machine from your smart device. As long as you have an internet connection, you can control your sous vide machine from ANYWHERE. What????
How WiFi technology works with your sous vide machine
In a nutshell, when you purchase a WiFi enabled sous vide machine, you install a companion app on your smart phone. You use that app to control your sous vide machine. So that enables home chefs and cooks and chefs in commercial kitchens to control their sous vide machine on the go.
So you don’t physically need to be in your kitchen to create delicious meals. In fact you could be at work, at the gym or even doing a spot of shopping, and be able to control your sous vide machine from wherever you are. Now that is a new level of freedom.
Experience more freedom with a WiFi connected sous vide machine
Typically you can do all (or some) the following things from the sous vide machine companion app:
- Monitor your breakfast, lunch or dinner on your iO or Android smart device. That means more couch time, more yoga, more doing whatever you want, wherever you want and still having the ability to interact with your sous vide machine
- Control your cooking temperature and time
- Respond to various alerts. For example, the app may have trigger an alarm when your water bath has warmed to the set temperature or to let you know when your sous vide cook has finished
- Trigger “remembered” settings. For example, specific temperature settings from prior cooks
- View sous vide recipe ideas and how to videos. Some companies also offer additional hints and tips via their app
To learn more about technology used in sous vide machines head to our article Do I need a WiFi or Bluetooth enabled Sous Vide?
Sous Vide Machines with WiFi connectivity
Researching sous vide machines that use WiFi connectivity can be confusing and quite honestly, a little overwhelming. We’ve got you covered. Here we are going to run through your best WiFI enabled sous vide machine options. After you have read our detailed analysis of the WiFi enabled sous vide immersion circulators and water ovens on the market, you will be able to make an informed decision about the right sous vide machine for you.
And we are fully aware that WiFi enabled sous vide machines are not for everyone. The great news is that there are still plenty of sous vide machines that you control directly on the machine itself. To see our favorite sous vide immersion circulators that do not have WiFi connectivity here.
Here are the WiFi enabled sous vide machines we are reviewing in this article:
Joule by ChefSteps 1100 watts
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker (WiFi model) 800 watts
Gourmia GSV150 WiFi Sous Vide Precision Cooker 1200 watts
Nomiku WiFi Sous Vide Immersion Circulator 1100 watts
Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker with WiFi
Our #1 Pick
Anova Culinary Sous Vide WiFi Precision Cooker
Our WiFi enabled sous vide machine runners up
Joule to ChefSteps
One to Watch
Mellow Sous Vide Precision Cooker with WiFi
The benefits of using a WiFi enabled sous vide machine
Cooking can be a bit stressful. Whilst you might have a few favorite meals, cooking is time consuming. If cooking is not really “your thing”, then you may have a few meal disaster stories to tell. Well, a sous vide machine could be for you. Sous vide machines make cooking easy, consistently tasty and perfectly cooked…every time. It is a great kitchen gadget for that can be easily used by novice cooks right through to those who are very experienced.
Whether you love cooking or not, sous vide machines will change your cooking habits forever. Sous vide cooking has SO many benefits. It’s fuss free, easy, locks in food’s natural juices and creates consistent meal results every time. If you want to learn more about sous vide cooking benefits, head to our article, The Bountiful Benefits of Sous Vide Cooking.
A sous vide immersion circulator or water oven with WiFi enabled connectivity significantly reduces the amount of time you need to spend in the kitchen. This is great news for you if you dislike cooking.
And it is also a winner for those of you who love spending time in the kitchen. Whilst your WiFi enabled sous vide machine takes care of your sous vide cook, you’ll have more time to practice your plating skills, to create other delicious dishes or simply to brush up on the next sous vide recipe you are going to try.
What to consider before you buy a Wi-Fi enabled sous vide machine
New technology can be scary at the best of times. Combine that with a kitchen gadget and many people find themselves lost at sea. Once you have a little practice and some trial and error under your belt, you will easily pick up how to use WiFi technology with your sous vide machine.
Immersion circulator and kitchen pot compatibility
Assuming you are purchasing a sous vide immersion circulator (and not a water bath), it needs to clip easily onto your kitchen pot or any other container you are going to use as your water bath for your sous vide cooking. The key here is to make sure that the immersion circulator has a clip that is wide enough to be attached over the lip of your water bath. Some immersion circulators such as the Joule offer a larger clip if your water bath has a wider than usual lip.
You also need to make sure that your kitchen pot or water container has room for 3 things:
- the sous vide immersion circulator
- water and;
- Your food (in vacuum sealed bags)
If your kitchen pots are not large enough, you can use a larger water vessel like Rubbermaid, Cambro and EVERIE polycarbonate containers and the like. But of course this requires a little more investment.
Does it come with a reliable app?
If you are going to be controlling your sous vide immersion circulator or water oven from your smart phone or device, the companion app must be reliable. If you can only control your sous vide machine from your smart device (Joule by Chefsteps falls in this category), its connectivity to your machine is paramount. If you can’t connect, you can’t cook…at all.
Each sous vide brand offers their own app to support their sous vide machine. The quality of those apps can vary. Sometimes the app itself can be “glitchy”. For example, initially sous viders might have trouble setting up the app and pairing their smart phone with their sous vide machine. Or they might find that the app “drops out” occasionally which can mean that the machine loses the settings for your sous vide cook. This can be really frustrating.
Does the company offer after purchase support?
This may sound strange but cooking has never been more social. Whether you are sharing pics of your latest sous vide meal on Instagram or Facebook or seeking the answer to a curly sous vide cooking question on a sous vide forum, sous vide cooking has developed an amazingly supportive community.
So when you choose a WiFi enabled sous vide machine, you will benefit from any social channels the brand uses. These channels will allow you to trouble shoot any WiFi issues you are having and learn how to get the most out of your WiFi enabled sous vide machine.
Not all sous vide machines are created equal! Some manufacturers have created slick sous vide products where the technology seamlessly helps you with your sous vide cooking. Other manufacturers have not.
Quick technology check
Some apps that support WiFi enabled sous vide machines are only offered for iPhones. So if you have an Android smart phone, you may not be able to connect to some sous vide machine companion app.
If you have an Android smart device, the Android versions of apps are sometimes not as good as their iOS counterpart (Apple smart devices). It is best to check reviews of companion apps for each WiFi enabled sous vide machine to make sure it performs well with the specific smart phone or device you have.
Consider the WiFi coverage in your home
If you have a poor quality WiFi connection in your home, we recommend not buying a WiFi enabled sous vide machine. If your WiFi connection is prone to dropping in and out, this is going to interrupt the communication between the app and your sous vide machine – that equals frustration as your sous vide machine may lose its settings which will complicate your sous vide cook.
Not a patient person?
Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to get set up. Have some patience with yourself (and any product help desk representatives you communicate with!) when you are setting up your app to connect with your WiFi enabled sous vide machine.
Avoid cheap WiFi enabled sous vide machines – they are probably too good to be true
Cheap immersion circulators are not necessarily quality products. Of course from time to time WiFi enabled sous vide machines do appear in the market at competitive prices.
We strongly encourage you to consider proven market leaders where WiFi connectivity is concerned. When technology is integrated poorly in sous vide machines, you will experience significant frustration and you are unlikely to continue using the machine when technology is “glitchy”.
Even WiFi technology cannot withstand acts of nature
If a super huge storm blows through your neighbourhood, and knocks out your WiFi, this will mean connectivity will drop out between your sous vide machine and the companion app. Sometimes mother nature intervenes in life…remember there is always Uber Eats when all else fails!
How to trouble shoot problems with your WiFi enabled sous vide machine
When buying a new kitchen gadget, there is always a learning curve. Manufacturers and re-sellers usually provide you with instructions, user manuals or online resources to explain how the product works.
No one wants to buy a kitchen gadget that is so difficult or confusing to use that you put it in the back of your cupboard, never to be seen again. But before you give up, there are a bunch of resources you can access if you run into trouble with using your WiFi enabled sous vide machine. Here are just a few of them:
Get familiar with the sous vide machine brand’s website, app and forums
Gone are the days of only learning about a product’s features via a brochure included in a new kitchen appliance box. There are now so many ways to learn about how to set up and use any WiFi enabled sous vide machine:
- Often websites offer hints and tips, product update information and how to guides
- Companion apps provide delicious recipes and visual prompts to walk you through recipes step by ste
- Online forums cover everything from first time user advice right through to trouble shooting very specific issues with your sous vide machine
Look for feedback from other sous viders who use the same WiFi enabled sous vide machine as you
There is no substitute for feedback from others who have used a product you are considering. You can glean feedback through a range of social channels. These include YouTube Review videos, online sous vide forums, sous vide specific Instagram accounts and Facebook groups. Head to our Resources page to see a range of our favorite sous vide websites, forums and social accounts that will up your sous vide cooking game.
Make sure that is some form of after sales support
As we mentioned earlier in this article, it is really handy when the brand you purchase from has a dedicated customer service line, email or online forum. When you are getting used to a kitchen gadget using new technology, you may need some hand holding through the set up process.
Best WiFi enabled sous vide machines – 4 of our favorites
The following brands and models of WiFi enabled sous vide immersion circulators and water oven are our top picks.
Socials Support: Website | Companion App | Dedicated Anova online forum | Reddit | Facebook Groups | Customer Service Line |
Handy specific instagram hashtags for the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker: #anova #anovaculinary #anovafoodnerd #anovasousvide
Anova Culinary is one of the leading sous vide brands. They have developed not only a sous vide machine but also a large community via their website. This includes a well utilized online forum and an extensive recipe library. Anova Culinary have two immersion circulators. Their Anova Culinary Sous Vide Immersion Circulator 800 watts is controlled via buttons and controls on the unit itself. The model listed here is their WiFi enabled model.
- Comes with a very handy double clamp; one with a knob to attach the clamp to your cooking vessel, and a second knob to secure the cooker in the clamp. The majority of people report that it’s pretty durable and holds the cooker rock steady
- Has an adjustable collar which allows you to use it on different pots
- The unit is compact and stores easily
- There are buttons on the unit itself if you would prefer to control the device directly
- The detachable stainless steel skirt and disk are dishwasher safe
Anova Precision Cooker WiFi related sticking points:
- It’s not compatible with some routers (eg 5Ghz). You need to be using a 2.4Ghz network
- At times you may experience a flaky connection – sometimes it connects and then drops out. Sometimes you cannot connect at all. This is not a problem that is unique to the Anova Precision Cooker of course. Nevertheless it is a major frustration for some Anova users
- You are limited to connecting the precision cooker with just one (1) device. So that means if there are two or more of you who cook meals, you cannot access the app at the same time from different phones
To resolve this, when you would like to switch from one smart phone to another, you actually have to complete the Wi-Fi connection setup from scratch…every time. This is the case regardless of whether or not that phone and app have connected to Anova sometime in the past
- Your WiFi password cannot include special characters, symbols or spaces. You need to have a very simple password to create WiFi connection between your smart phone and the Anova precision cooker.
The problem with this is that simple passwords can jeopardize your network security. It also means you need to change the password on all the other applications in your household after changing the router password. If you are a multi person household that can feel like a seemingly endless line of changes for cellphones, computers, Xboxes, Google Chromes, tablets and more, to update with a new WiFi password.
- When pairing your smart phone app with your Anova you are asked to get the Anova Precision Cooker within 5 feet of the router which may be tricky for some people to arrange. You don’t often store your routers that close to the kitchen!
- The mobile app (at least for Android) is prone to glitches. If you happen to do the “wrong thing” your cook may stop altogether. As an example, if you browse other recipes whilst your cook is underway it may change the temperature of your current cook without you even selecting it.
There is some flexibility offered with the Anova WiFi enabled precision cooker if you purchase a WiFi enabled version and then realize it is not for you. Unlike the Joule, you can drop back to using Bluetooth technology or the precision cooker directly and ditch using the WiFi capability.
The Joule is not for traditionalists – there are no buttons on the Joule. You must control it from your smart device.
Socials Support: Website | Companion App | Dedicated Joule online forum | Reddit | Facebook (can be controlled with Facebook Messenger) | Online Customer support – response time 24-48 hours |
Handy specific instagram hashtags for the Joule Sous Vide Immersion Circulator: #joulebychefsteps #joulesousvide #chefsteps (although this # is not exclusively for their Joule product)
- Small – this means you can easily pop it into a drawer when you are not using it
- Quick to heat water and holds a consistent water temperature during the cook
- It can handle large vessels of water with ease
- It’s quiet – some people actually say that it’s quiet whirring sound makes them feel calm. Look at that, a meditation tool and a sous vide cooker in one!
- Super stable – there is a magnet at the bottom of the unit so you don’t have to clip the Joule on to the water vessel you are using if you don’t want to
- Technology savvy reviewers LOVE the app – it’s easy to navigate, contains step by step recipes and instruction videos
- Comes in a couple of styles – all white or white/stainless steel
- Pricey – Check the current price on Amazon here
- The clip that comes with Joule doesn’t work on all tub types. However, there is a Big Clip available from ChefSteps at an additional cost.
- Use outside North America voids warranty (works with 120V outlets only) – sorry folks in other parts of the world!
Cons of the app*:
Technically these cons are not about the Joule itself. Nonetheless the feedback is important for those who are considering a Joule purchase given the only way to make it work is via technology (not buttons on the immersion circulator itself)
- It’s no good in a storm! Big storms can equal disruption of your WiFi coverage. No WiFi = no din dins, because the Joule must have WiFi to work
- Some have noted that meals don’t work quite as well when they source recipes elsewhere (but it does work REALLY well with the recipes on their app)
- You cannot set a time at which the Joule starts cooking
- You cannot set a duration for cooking once the Joule hits its target temperature (you have to set the timer when you set the machine to start)
- The Joule does not turn off once the duration has expired. It DOES send you a message to say that the timer has expired…but it keeps cooking
- You cannot set the time, temperature or set a start of the cook on the Joule remotely (ie start a cook when you leave for work and have dinner waiting when you get home)
- If you are using Alexa, it can’t do timers (this is more of a limitation of Alexa itself rather than the Chefsteps Joule Sous Vide)
- Reviewers have occasionally had trouble with the smooth loading of app video clips on Android devices
- The app can be “very hungry” for space on your smart phone. But you can shut off the video guide to reduce it’s hungriness
This Nomiku sous vide machine comes with Wi-Fi integration, which allows the device to be controlled via Tender, its dedicated app. The app not only allows you to control your sous vide machine but also offers a trove of delicious and interesting sous vide recipes.
There is also unique spin on sous vide cooking with a Nomiku sous vide. Don’t feel like cooking? Nomiku also offers ready made sous vide meals to some parts of the US (check the Nomiku website to see when delivery is available in your area)
Socials Support: Website | Companion App (Tender) | Blog | Reddit | Facebook page |
Handy specific instagram hashtags for the Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator: #nomiku #eatnomiku #sousvideathome #nommeals (for their ready made meal service)
- 1,100-watt heating element, which means it will heat water quickly
- An accuracy of ±0.2 degrees Fahrenheit and a range from 32 F to 203 F
- 12 inches tall, which is slightly shorter than comparable sous vide machines
- This unit comes in two colors: black and white
- Both color versions include a wide 2.4-inch touchscreen display, bordered by a green knob to adjust settings
- Large water level range of 4 inches and an 8-gallon capacity
- Designed and manufactured in the USA
- It’s a little bulky. At a width of 4 inches and depth of 2.7 inches, this unit is nearly twice as thick as some other sous vide immersion circulators
- The unit is short. So it won’t work in a tall, skinny pot
- The clip is hard to get over some water container lips
- You need to type in the WiFi password by selecting letters on the rotary knob which is clunky (but you only need to do this once so it is not a showstopper)
- If you use the starter timer on the unit itself and then connect to the app, the timer is prone to reset
- There is no alert issued when the water is up to temperature or when the timer hits it’s set limit
- Customer service has been a bit hit and miss for some reviewers
- The app does not offer different temperature and times for different grades of meat
As is the case with the Anova WiFi enabled sous vide precision cooker, you can use the Nomiku without the WiFi if you want to
Socials Support: Website | Companion App | Reddit | Facebook Page | Online Customer Support (no phone number) |
Handy specific instagram hashtags for the Gourmia GSV150 Sous Vide Immersion Circulator: #gourmia (although this # is not exclusively for their sous vide immersion circulator – Gourmia sells a range of other kitchen products)
Gourmia has 3 sous vide immersion circulators on the market. The Gourmia GSV150 is equipped with WiFi technology which allows you to interact with your device.
- Downloadable app with 100 bonus recipes
- The Android app works well (which is often not the case for WiFi enabled sous vide machines)
- Reliable brand
- 1200 watts of power means fast water heating
- 1-degree margin of error
- Toggles between Celsius and Fahrenheit
- Comes with their exclusive ACT (Active Thermostat Control) system
- Pretty quiet
- Can use it with standard pot sizes through to 10 gallon capacity
- LED control display
- Comes with a cookbook and manual
- Easy travel
- Two color options
- Temperature alarm
- Sleek design
- Holds temperature after cook time finished
- 1 year warranty
- Some reviewers find the unit to be large, but at 1200 watts of power you should take into account its capacity level
- App not as user-friendly as the Joule by ChefSteps and the Anova
- You can start your sous vide cook remotely but when it gets to a set temperature you need to be there to put your food pouches in your water bath
- Noisier water activity than other brands
- Casing not removable which makes it a little difficult to clean
The Joule and the Anova sous vide immersion circulators have significantly more reviewer feedback than the Gourmia GSV150. And the vast majority of feedback for those models is positive.
We would certainly opt for the Joule and the Anova ahead of the Gourmia GSV150. This is because, beyond the app, Gourmia lacks the after purchase support that both Joule and Anova offer.
However we recognize there is a large price difference as the Anova and Joule by Chefsteps units are more expensive than the Gourmia. If you do not seek a lot of support for your sous vide cooking, then this may not be a show stopper for you.
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Socials Support: Website | Companion App | Reddit | Facebook Page | Online Customer Support (no phone number) |
Handy specific instagram hashtags for the Mellow Sous Vide WiFi Precision Cooker: #mellow #cookwithmellow
The Mellow countertop sous vide machine is one of the newest sous vide machines around. It compares with brands such as SousVide Supreme and Oliso given it is a self contained water oven. It’s key difference from those products is its built-in refrigeration element. This means that you can schedule and control your cook from your smart device wherever you are, without having to worry about your food pouches sitting in luke warm water all day.
Given the Mellow is a new player in the sous vide machine market we are still collating reviewer feedback. Once the body of reviews have grown further, we will be able to more comfortably report on its pros and cons.
As far as social channel presence goes, the Mellow has a website, a companion app and an Instagram account (Mellow). The hashtag #cookmellow is building but is not as popular as the hashtags for the Anova and the Joule.
With a small investment of time in reading about the best WiFi enabled sous vide machines featured above, you will be able to choose the perfect WiFi enabled sous vide immersion circulator or water oven for you.
And if, through reading this article, you have realized that a WiFi enabled sous vide machine is not for you, there are many other sous vide machines to choose from. Click here to see our favorite sous vide machines that do not rely on WiFi connectivity.
A sous vide immersion circulator will, without doubt, change the way you make meals forever. It creates delicious and nutritious meals every time you use it. And you will be creating restaurant quality meals any day of the week in the comfort of your own home. Gotta love that.
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