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Anova's sous vide solution is well doneThis $200 device wants to help you cook like a top chef.
[MUSIC] Hey, CNET, it's Ry Crist, and today we're gonna take a look at Anova One. This is a immersion sous vide circulator, and that means you're gonna stick it down into the water of your pot. It's gonna heat the water up and offer sous vide cooking. Now if you don't know what sous vide is, it's a high-end cooking technique used by professional chefs and five-star restaurants. And what it does is, it heats water to a very even temperature. And then you submerge vacuum-sealed ingredients into that hot bath for a prolonged period of time. Now Anova pulls it off with this stick-like design that goes down into the water. It's got a heating coil that heats the water. It has a little fan to circulate the water and keep it right on target. Once you've got it in place and got it plugged in you'll push the button on the back to turn it on then it'll wake up and you'll set the temperature and it'll start heating to that temperature. A short time later you'll be ready to cook sous vide. Of course the best thing I can say about a NOVA is that food it cooks tastes really good. All of it is good, we had steak, we had eggs. Salmon filets. We made pork spare ribs. All of it was just perfect. So [UNKNOWN] seems to be completely legitimate and the Nova gets you there for just $200. That's a lot of money but that's a lot less than Nomecu which sells for $300. Another thing I really liked about a Nova is that it did a great job holding that consistent temperature. Take a look at this graph, this is showing the temperature of the water of all three cookers that we tested. Anova, Nomiky and Dorkfood that green line is the Anova's temperature over about a 24 hour period and the target temperature there is 135 degrees fahrenheit as you can see, Anova sits right on that line at 135 doesn't deviate. It only dips down that one time at the end of the day when I added water to the pot. And all in all did a fantastic job. Just very consistent. A lot more so than Nomiku or Dorkfood. Both of those did well, too, but Anova had the slight edge. Functionally, this is a really tough product to criticize. It works as advertised. It delivers on sous-vide's promise of great-tasting food. But that said, sous-vide is a very young and rapidly evolving category in the kitchen. There are a lot of other devices out there, some which cost less, and there's a lot of new devices coming out soon. It might make sense to wait until 2015 to see how those options play out and maybe go with one of those. But if you're looking to buy a sous-vide cooker right now I think a Nova makes since. That $200 price point is just about right and if you wanna go even cheaper I think Dorkfood is a good buy too. It'll turn your old crock pot or rice cooker into a sous-vide cooker and cost a lot less. Thanks for watching. Be sure to check out my full review of the Enova one at Cnet.com as well as my reviews of the other Suvie products that we've tested. For Cnet appliance I'm Rye Chris. [MUSIC]