Anova Culinary Precision Cooker AN500-US00 Review
Pros: Incredible circulating skills, extremely easy to use
Cons: Pricey, mediocre results in our stability test
Manufacturer: Anova Culinary
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|Pros||Incredible circulating skills, extremely easy to use||Exceptionally convenient to use, impressively stable in our test||Good price, strong circulation performance, decent accuracy||Powerful circulating pump, solid thermal stability||Super stable at holding a temperature, fairly inexpensive|
|Cons||Pricey, mediocre results in our stability test||Not the quickest to heat up, slightly inferior circulation||Attachment clip is far from our favorite||Bulky design, somewhat pricey||Not the most accurate in our tests, subpar circulation|
|Bottom Line||Thanks to its exceptional all around performance, it's our first choice when looking for the best of the best||This top-notch immersion circulator has impressive heat stability and costs less than many other premium models||If you want to try out sous vide cooking without spending a ton of cash, this is a great choice||An overall solid and affordable machine that boasts an excellent price but isn't quite on par with premium models||It received one of the lowest scores of the entire group and we wouldn't readily recommend it|
|Rating Categories||Anova Culinary Prec...||Anova Culinary Prec...||VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker||Wancle Thermal Imme...||Gourmia GSV115|
|Ease Of Use (30%)|
|Specs||Anova Culinary Prec...||Anova Culinary Prec...||VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker||Wancle Thermal Imme...||Gourmia GSV115|
|Clamp/Mounts||Adjustable and removeable screw clamp||Fixed screw clamp||Removeable fixed plastic clip||Fixed spring clamp||Fixed screw clamp|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Our series of temperature evaluations are the most significant of our entire testing process, with this metric responsible for 40% of the final score for each kitchen appliance. We evaluated and scored how well the AN500-US00 recovered the temperature once food was added, how stable it held the set temperature, its accuracy, and how long it took to heat up water initially.
While the AN500-US00 isn't the fastest to heat up, it did fairly well in the recovery test. This sous vide machine took just under an hour — 55 minutes — to warm up our test container of cold tap water to 147°F. However, it only took around three minutes to heat the water back up to 135°F after we dropped in three frozen hamburger patties in a bag.
This immersion circulator also proved to be one of the more accurate models in our tests. It only had an average error of 0.12°F when the temperature was set to 135°F and 0.06°F when it was set to 147°F.
Unfortunately, this model did show some temperature fluctuations in our stability test, spending 18% of the hour off of its steady-state temperature. However, it never wavered too far, only having an average error of 0.16°F throughout the 60 minutes.
Next, we compared how well each sous vide moved water throughout the container, which helps ensure everything is cooked to the desired temperature, and there aren't any hot or cold spots. We measured performance by introducing a concentrated amount of food coloring into the container, then timed how long it took each product to mix the dye and water until an even temperature was achieved, accounting for 30% of the final score.
The Anova only took around 15 seconds to completely disperse the dye, which is one of the fastest times we have seen to date. The slowest machines took over three minutes to complete this task.
Ease of Use
Finally, we ranked and compared each immersion circulator's overall ease of use and user-friendliness, which accounts for the residual 30% of the total score. We awarded points based on the interface and features of each sous vide and how easily it can be attached to different vessels. The AN500-US00 again delivered top results.
The Anova can be controlled through its companion smartphone app or the controls right on the device. The interface through the phone and from the device itself is very easy to use, though it can occasionally be a little glitchy through the app. This was never really a problem, simply forcing us to close the app and restart it to regain the connections.
The touch buttons are also very responsive and are paired with an easy-to-read digital screen, making the interface on the device itself just as easy — if not easier to use than the companion app. The app also gives you the option to browse recipes and send the prescribed cooking time and temperature directly to the machine and create custom profiles to reproduce your favorite recipes once you have them dialed in.
It has a clamp that makes it quick and easy to attach to the sides of most containers as long as the walls aren't too thick, with a screw action that rotates freely without resistance.
While the AN500-US00 is an excellent sous vide machine overall, it is a little on the more expensive side. It's the best of the best in our fleet, but we did also get tasty results from machines that cost quite a bit less.
If you are looking for a top-notch sous vide machine, it's hard to go wrong with the Anova AN500-US00. It's easy to use, accurate, and circulates water well, making it one of our all-time favorite products in this category. It even has a companion smartphone app that can be used to browse recipes and send them directly to the machine or even start or stop it remotely. Anova has been one of the leading companies when it comes to bringing sous vide to the masses and provides tons of helpful information and is a great resource overall if you are just starting out, further increasing our opinion of this machine.
— Michelle Powell and David Wise