Nomiku's the right sous vide cooker at the wrong timeWith cheaper competition and a compelling, less expensive next gen cooker coming soon, think twice before buying this culinary contraption.
[MUSIC] Hey I'm CNET's Ry Crist and today we're taking a look at Nomiku. This is a sous vide cooking device here that clamps onto the side of your pot and keeps the water from the inside, keeps it to a very consistent temperature. And then you can drop in vacuum sealed bags of food or eggs or whatever you want really. And cook it really precisely. Now we first saw Nomiku come up on Kickstarter back in 2012, and it did very well, raised a lot of money, and kinda brought sous vide into the spotlight with a lot of tech enthusiasts. After that, we saw a whole host of competitors emerge, with sous vide being this exciting new cooking category. And how does [UNKNOWN] stack up to those? Well the good news is [UNKNOWN] does very well. In all of our tests it's cooked fantastic food. I really can't stress that enough. The eggs were perfect and [UNKNOWN] exactly as poached as we liked. The steak we cooked was edge to edge pink and was very, very flavorful. We all really enjoyed that. The salmon I cooked. Was great, I am terrible at cooking salmon normally, but with Nomiku it was really easy. The thing is those other Sous-Vide cookers did well too, so it's not unique in that it offers Sous-Vide cooking that other products can't offer. Also those other products have kind of brought the price down. Nomiku still costs $300, while those often retail for $200 or even $99 like the Dorkfood DSV. With all those competitors I'm not sure that Nomaco is the best value on the market, although it's still a very good cooker. The good news is that Nomaco's coming out with a new device in March of 2015 called the new Nomaco, it's really just a remade Nomaco that's got Wi-Fi built into it and best of all, a lower price point at $200. So, we're looking forward to that, I think that might be the product you want, not the original. I really like the design. The way that it clamps onto the side of the pot with this kind of thick, rubber clamp here is very good. It holds pretty well. It slides down a little bit but then rests. What's even better is this design up here on the top. You just touch the face to turn it on and then spin the dial. To set the temperature that you want. And it's really nice in capacity. If I spin fast, I can go up ten or fifteen degrees at a time. If I spin slow, I can go by point one degree at a time. A lot of other cookers, Dorkfood and Nova, they can't. They only set to a whole degree. If you want precision cooking, that's a nice, nice feature. It makes a little bit of noise, less than a desk fan, didn't bother me at all, but if you want a silent household that might be a point of consideration for you. Thanks for watching. Make sure you check out my full review and all the other reviews we've done over at cnet.com. For CNET Appliances, I'm Ry Crist.