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Expensive but Exceptional – Review Geek


  • 1 – Absolute hot garbage
  • 2 – Sorta lukewarm garbage
  • 3 – Heavily defective design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptable imperfectly
  • 6 – Good enough to to buy in the trade
  • 7 – Great, but not best in class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money [19659004] 10 ̵
    1; Absolut Design Nirvana

Price: $ 199

  The Chefs Joule in a Stainless Steel Pot

Sous-Vide is the rage for all who love cooking and appliances. While the Anova Precision Cooker is causing a lot of pressure, we are putting its lean competitor ChefSteps Joule through its paces.

Here's What We Like

  • Small enough to store easily
  • Very easy to use app [19659004] Great results
  • It's faster than other sous vide devices.

And what we do not

  • There is no display on the device
  • Much more expensive than other options

What Is Sous Vide Again?

When we reviewed the Anova Precision Cooker last year, we looked at the details of Sous Vide. Sous Vide is actually a chic French word meaning "under vacuum". You put food in a plastic bag or a glass and then in water.

Then the sous vide set the water temperature and the food is boiled down the water bath, slowly and evenly. The appliances are very precise, so your food is constantly cooked every time. Compared to a stove (where the 375 degrees you dial are actually not 375 degrees but instead 382), choosing 132.5 degrees on a sous vide unit will give you that.

That sounds like something picky, do not confuse the precision with complications. It is a method that is as complicated as you wish. ReviewGeek's editor Jason is a big sous vide fan and owns several Anova devices and accessories. He will, however, be the first to tell you that you do not have to do everything to benefit. You can also throw some food into a Ziploc bag, slowly let it sink into the water to naturally squeeze the air out, and leave the Sous Vide device to do all the hard work for you. It's up to you.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide wants everything you need and is your first choice over the established Anova Precision Cooker. How did it work?

Getting Started: Simple and easy

  The Joule package is open to display joules on a work surface.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide looks smaller and slimmer than the Anova precision cooker. It almost seems as if Apple has come up with something, to the intuitive and friendly-looking packaging. It is only 11 inches tall and weighs about 1.3 pounds. She's actually small enough to throw in a drawer or closet without getting in the way. It's definitely a little smarter than the Anova, but that has a price.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is totally dependent on app connectivity. There is no display on the top of the device as on the Anova. So if you want to look or adjust a setting, you'll need to dive into your phone's Joule app. This is not a big deal if your phone is always with you, but there is something to keep in mind (especially if several people in your household are going to use it or you want to use it without ever having to pick up your phone.)

The setup is very simple. Just plug in Joule Sous Vide's ChefSteps and download the Joule app. In the app, there is a button to pair the new Joule. The app and the device do most of the work for you. All I had to do was enter my Wi-Fi password. You also have the option to name your Joule. This can be useful if you use multiple devices. A 5 minute update later, I was ready to cook.

The first cooking session: Juicy Chicken

  Joule App

The Joule app recommends some special startup options. Simple things like chicken breast, burger, pork chop or steak are the perfect starting point. How often do you end up cooking as usual or how often? Sous Vide really comes into its own when cooking meat and makes something like a chicken breast juicy and delicious while being cooked safely. As a jerk of the red meat (I'm sorry) I took as the first test a chicken breast from free-range.

The app recommends topping up a pan with warm or hot water, but you can also use cold water. The only difference is that the heating up takes longer. You can clamp the joules on the side of the pan or do what I did, relying on the magnetic base that holds them firmly to the bottom of the pan. From there it is a short process in the app to set a temperature. For chickens you can choose between 60c / 140f to 80c / 176f. For each temperature there is a small description like "tender and juicy" or "firm and fibrous". The app suggests the optimal temperature for you. As I said, it is absolutely safe.

The warming up of the water took at most a few minutes. The app calmed you down with slow but steady increases in temperature gauge. A performance of 1100 watts means that the process is much faster than that of Anova's 800 watts. Perfect for impatient cooks like me, as I spent that time seasoning the chicken with some garlic olive oil, sea salt, and smoked paprika.

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Once the bag is submerged, just hit the Start button in the app, and that's it. Walk away until the app tells you that it is done. For my chicken I was told that it would take about 90 minutes. That was right. 90 minutes later, the app suggested a notification to my Apple Watch and I went back to the kitchen.

The results were surprisingly perfect. Sure, the chicken looked a bit plain and well cooked, but it did not taste that way. I decided to chop it down and put it in a pan of peppers and onions before using a quesadilla. It was delicious and far superior when I roasted chicken roast and cooked too long, making it a dry shell.

Future Steps: It's Getting Better

  Chicken Quesadillas
Jennifer Allen

Those were some pretty cautious steps from someone who's a weakling in kitchen experimenting, but you know what? The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide supports you. After this cautious first step, explore the Joule app more and see what can be achieved. Perfectly cooked vegetables soon became one of my favorites, along with a juicy steak (if not for me) that looked as good as anything the Anova could produce.

Finally, I was able to cook steak as people wanted, rather than being blind, hoping for the best and, inevitably, not quite right. It's effortless enough that it's perfect for a dinner party because you can cook it while you prepare other things.

The app also offers dessert ideas, although this obviously requires a bit more effort than just packing the ingredients. Sous Vide is the ideal starting point for a different kind of dessert than usual.

It's easy a way of cooking that grows on you. At first it may sound a bit tricky and nerdy, but then you get the hang of it. It's like slow cooking, only better.

The big question: Anova or Joule

  ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide

What's the best option for you? Are you going with the Anova Precision Cooker or ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide?

The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is by far the fastest of the two. The extra 300 watts make a big difference, and you do not have to wait long for the water to warm up (even though the Anova can heat up to a higher temperature altogether). However, they are only dependent on the app. The app is great and very easy to use, but sometimes you even want to change something on your device instead of pulling out your smartphone.

ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide lacks the Google Home support provided by Anova Although both have Alexa features, this is certainly a good help if your hands are not clean. The ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide is also much easier to store and has a slightly higher capacity.

It is also more expensive. The white stainless steel we tested costs $ 199 compared to the Anova price of $ 119. The $ 80 difference you save by buying Anova is just the perfect amount of money to stock up on accessories.

The Anova is still just ahead of ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide. However, if you can save the extra money, it is difficult to suppress the elegance of Joule. After all, it's a bit like choosing between Mac or PC. Both do the job admirably. Only in a slightly different way.

Regardless, once you eat sous vide meat, it will be difficult to return.

Here's What We Like

  • Small enough to store easily
  • Very easy-to-use app
  • Great results
  • Heats up faster than other sous vide devices.

And what we do not

  • There is no display on the device
  • Much more expensive than other options. 19659071]! Function (f, b, e, v, n, t, s) {if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function () {n.callMethod? N.callMethod.apply (n, arguments): n.queue.push (arguments)}; if (! f._fbq) f._fbq = n; n.push = n; n.loaded =! 0; n.version = & # 39; 2.0 & # 39 ;; n.queue = []; t = b.createElement (e); t.async =! 0; t.src = v; s = b.getElementsByTagName (s) [0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore (t, s)} (window, document, & # 39; script & # 39 ;, & # 39; https: //connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js&#39;); fbq (& # 39; init & # 39 ;, 1131193656460433 & # 39;); fbq (& # 39; track & # 39 ;, & # 39; PageView & # 39;);
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