Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Review

Anova Sous Vide Review
Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker

With immersion circulators now available for less than $200, sous vide has recently moved from being a technique exclusively used in professional kitchens to one enjoyed by countless home cooks. By maintaining a temperature-controlled water bath for countless hours, these circulators allow users to prepare perfect meat, seafood, vegetables, and more with very little oversight needed.

Simply set the desired water temperature (usually the desired degree of doneness such as 130-135°F for a medium-rare steak) on the unit, seal the food in an air-tight resealable bag or vacuum sealed bag, then allow the ingredients to cook in the bath for an extended period of time in order to maximize their flavor, tenderness, and moistness.

Most exciting about the rise in home cooks ownership of sous vide immersion circulators is something we refer to as Sous-Vide-Que, the ultimate marriage of water and fire in which foods are prepared to perfection in the sous vide water bath then finished on the smoker and grill in order to take the taste over the top. You can check out all of our Sous-Vide-Que recipes and tips here.

As for the sous vide units themselves, among our favorites is the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, a Bluetooth enabled self-contained heating and circulation unit that can be set manually or remotely up to 30 feet with using the Bluetooth enabled Anova app. The unit features an adjustable clamp, allowing it to fit on most large pots or sous vide containers.

According to the manufacturer, and confirmed by our own rigorous testing, the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker produces “perfect results, every time - precision cooking enables you to produce results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking method. No Dry edges and no rare centers. Juices and flavors don’t escape. Food comes out perfectly moist and tender. Continuous temperature control provides reliable and consistent results every time. Perfect for vegetables, meat, fruit, cheese and much more.”

The units is also simple to clean, with a detachable stainless steel skirt and disks are dishwasher safe.

If there were any complaints about the Anova unit, it would be that it isn’t quite as compact as our other favorite, the Joule which is reviewed here. Otherwise this is the perfect inexpensive addition to any modern kitchen!

Clint Cantwell

Clint Cantwell is's Senior Vice President, charged with creating recipes, writing articles, shooting photos, and a little bit of everything else. Cantwell was was named one of the "10 Faces of Memphis Barbecue" by Memphis Magazine and was the winner of Travel Channel's "American Grilled: Memphis".

About Our Ratings, Reviews, Buying Guides

We use third party services to sell ads and our reviewers are never involved in the process. We disclose our material relationships, policies, and business practices. We do not do sponsored articles, paid articles, or accept junkets. We always present our honest opinions to the best of our ability. We own our words. Even if we occasionally have to eat them. No ketchup allowed.

Start Your Shopping Here

Large Searchable Databases

  • Grills And Smokers. This searchable database has hundreds of cookers tested by our full-time grill and smoker tester.
  • Food, Grill, Oven Thermometers. More than 150 of these crucial safety and quality control tools have been tested by our electrical engineer and our cooks.

Ratings & Reviews Of Tools, Toys, Accessories, More

What You Need To Know Before You Buy A Grill Or Smoker


Related product



Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our links and purchase from them. On Amazon it works on everything from grills to diapers, they never tell us what you bought, and it has zero impact on the price you pay, but has a major impact on our ability to improve this site! And remember, we only recommend products we love. If you like, please save this link and use it every time you go to Amazon

...some HTML for the first variant...



Get Smoke Signals, our free e-letter. No spam. Guaranteed

Enter your email:

If you love barbecue and grilling, get a FREE 30-day membership in our Pitmaster Club. We can up your game.

  • FREE 30 day trial membership.
  • Sneak previews of Meathead’s new book.
  • We block ads from members.
  • Real community. No politics. No flame wars.
  • Monthly newsletter.
  • Video seminars with famous pitmasters.
  • Weekly podcasts with Greg Rempe.
  • Weekly BBQ cartoons by Jerry King.
  • Comprehensive Temperature Guide Magnet ($10 retail).
  • Monthly giveaways of Gold Medal grills and smokers worth up to $2000.
  • Discounts on products we love.
  • Support for!

Lookit what our members are cooking:

Post comments and questions below


1) Please try the table of contents or the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can't help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.


Click to ask questions and make comments