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Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Nano Review

This top-notch immersion circulator has impressive heat stability and costs less than many other premium models
Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Nano
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Price:   $129 List | $128.26 at Amazon
Pros:  Exceptionally convenient to use, impressively stable in our test
Cons:  Not the quickest to heat up, slightly inferior circulation
Manufacturer:   Anova Culinary
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  Aug 23, 2021
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  • Temperature - 40% 8
  • Circulation - 30% 7
  • Ease of Use - 30% 9

Our Verdict

The Precision Cooker Nano is a great option if you don't want to make too many concessions concerning performance and don't want to spend top dollar for a premium product. It provides a powerful amount of circulation and did very well in our temperature accuracy tests, particularly impressing us with how stable it held the water bath temperature throughout our hour-long test. If you are trying to limit your spending, it shouldn't disappoint, though it is a bit slower to heat up water than some of the competition.

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Pros Exceptionally convenient to use, impressively stable in our testIncredible circulating skills, extremely easy to useGood price, strong circulation performance, decent accuracyPowerful circulating pump, solid thermal stabilitySuper stable at holding a temperature, fairly inexpensive
Cons Not the quickest to heat up, slightly inferior circulationPricey, mediocre results in our stability testAttachment clip is far from our favoriteBulky design, somewhat priceyNot the most accurate in our tests, subpar circulation
Bottom Line This top-notch immersion circulator has impressive heat stability and costs less than many other premium modelsThanks to its exceptional all around performance, it's our first choice when looking for the best of the bestIf you want to try out sous vide cooking without spending a ton of cash, this is a great choiceAn overall solid and affordable machine that boasts an excellent price but isn't quite on par with premium modelsIt 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
Temperature (40%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Circulation (30%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
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Ease Of Use (30%)
9.0
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Specs Anova Culinary Prec... Anova Culinary Prec... VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Wancle Thermal Imme... Gourmia GSV115
Clamp/Mounts Fixed screw clamp Adjustable and removeable screw clamp Removeable fixed plastic clip Fixed spring clamp Fixed screw clamp
App Control Yes Yes No No
Wattage 750W 1000W 1000W 850W 800W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Precision Cooker Nano gave some of the best results in our...
The Precision Cooker Nano gave some of the best results in our temperature tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

Temperature


First and foremost, we rated and scored each product's temperature accuracy and heating abilities, which accounts for 40% of the final score for each product. When it came to determining scores, we looked at how well the Precision Cooker Nano did at maintaining a stable temperature over an hour, how accurate it is, how long it took to initially warm up the bath, and how quickly it regained its set temperature after you added cold food to the container.


The Anova Precision struggled a little bit when it came to heating up 9.5 quarts of cold tap water to 147°F, taking just shy of an hour to accomplish this task, with the fastest models only taking about half of that. The Anova Precision Cooker Nano did recover decently well when we dropped 3 frozen burger patties in the sous vide bath, returning to 135°F after three minutes or so.

Some of these products were more accurate than others in our tests.
Some of these products were more accurate than others in our tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Precision did thoroughly impress us in our stability test, maintaining an essentially perfectly stable temperature water bath over the course of an hour. We measured this with an iButton data logger vacuum-sealed into a sous vide bag, which measures to a resolution of 0.1°F. It also did very well in our accuracy tests, with the temperature shown on its display only differing from our lab-grade thermometer by an average of 0.38°F when the temperature was set to 135°F and 0.19°F when set to 147°F.

The Anova Precision Cooker Nano didn't take long at all to evenly...
The Anova Precision Cooker Nano didn't take long at all to evenly distribute the dye.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Circulation


Our second metric focused on how well the Anova circulated water throughout the vessel, which makes up 30% of the final score for this appliance. We evaluated performance by timing how long it took for the measured quantity of dye injected into the bath to become a consistent color throughout. It has quite an impressive amount of circulation.


This product only took 48 seconds to evenly disperse the dye throughout the water bath — much faster than the two or three minutes it took some of the slower models. However, it was still considerably slower than the fastest models, which distributed the food dye in approximately 15 seconds.

The Anova Nano is very easy to operate.
The Anova Nano is very easy to operate.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Use


Next, we evaluated how convenient and easy to use the Precision Cooker Nano is, which is responsible for 30% of the total score for each product. Scores were based on the interface for each sous vide — including its companion app if there is one — and how easily each product can attach to different containers. The Precision Cooker Nano did exceptionally well.


The Precision Cooker Nano has basic manual controls — touch buttons and a digital screen — that are responsive and intuitive. They make a good backup option if you don't feel like using your smartphone to control the sous vide or if someone who hasn't set up the connected features needs to make an adjustment while cooking is underway.

The Precision Cooker Nano by Anova can be controlled remotely...
The Precision Cooker Nano by Anova can be controlled remotely through a smartphone app.
Credit: Laura Casner

The companion app is also very convenient and straightforward to use, but we occasionally found it to be a little glitchy if the wifi wasn't the best or swapping networks. We liked that you can start or stop the Precision Cooker Nano remotely, look up recipes in the library, and automatically have your sous vide follow them, or even create and save custom recipes to get repeatable results once you have fine-tuned your dishes.

The clamp spins very freely, making it easy to attach to a variety...
The clamp spins very freely, making it easy to attach to a variety of containers.
Credit: Laura Casner

It clamps to the side of the container with a screw action clamp. The screw spins freely and quickly lets you mount it securely to all sorts of vessels.

Value


This product is a great option if you are shopping for a top-tier sous vide and hoping to save some cash.

Conclusion


The Precision Cooker Nano is one of our all-time favorite sous vide machines, pairing excellent temperature accuracy with impressive circulating power all in a much more affordable package than many of the other top-tier models. It is compatible with the Anova app, so you can remotely start or stop your sous vide right from your smartphone. This app also offers you a handy set of pre-configured recipes that you can send right to the machine or an option to create custom recipes to make it easier to cook your favorite meals again and again.

Michelle Powell and David Wise