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Gourmia GSV115 Review

It received one of the lowest scores of the entire group and we wouldn't readily recommend it
Gourmia GSV115
Credit: Laura Casner
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Price:   $50 List
Pros:  Super stable at holding a temperature, fairly inexpensive
Cons:  Not the most accurate in our tests, subpar circulation
Manufacturer:   Gourmia
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  Aug 23, 2021
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45
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RANKED
#9 of 9
  • Temperature - 40% 6
  • Circulation - 30% 2
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5

Our Verdict

Receiving one of the lowest sous vide scores to date, the Gourmia GSV115 certainly is not our first choice in the fleet. This product did exceptionally poorly in our circulation tests, wasn't particularly fast at heating up water, and scored below average in our accuracy assessment. It did keep a very constant water temperature but this wasn't enough to redeem its otherwise lackluster results.

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Pros Super stable at holding a temperature, fairly inexpensiveIncredible circulating skills, extremely easy to useExceptionally convenient to use, impressively stable in our testGood price, strong circulation performance, decent accuracyPowerful circulating pump, solid thermal stability
Cons Not the most accurate in our tests, subpar circulationPricey, mediocre results in our stability testNot the quickest to heat up, slightly inferior circulationAttachment clip is far from our favoriteBulky design, somewhat pricey
Bottom Line It received one of the lowest scores of the entire group and we wouldn't readily recommend itThanks to its exceptional all around performance, it's our first choice when looking for the best of the bestThis top-notch immersion circulator has impressive heat stability and costs less than many other premium modelsIf 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 models
Rating Categories Gourmia GSV115 Precision Cooker AN... Precision Cooker Nano VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Thermal Immersion C...
Temperature (40%)
6.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Circulation (30%)
2.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Gourmia GSV115 Precision Cooker AN... Precision Cooker Nano VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Thermal Immersion C...
Clamp/Mounts Fixed screw clamp Adjustable and removeable screw clamp Fixed screw clamp Removeable fixed plastic clip Fixed spring clamp
App Control Yes Yes No No
Wattage 800W 1000W 750W 1000W 850W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Gourmia GSV115 received one of the lowest overall scores we have...
The Gourmia GSV115 received one of the lowest overall scores we have seen to date.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


There was only a single one of our tests where the Gourmia delivered a particularly noteworthy performance: temperature stability. This sous vide delivered an essentially perfect performance in our stability test, maintaining a steady temperature within 0.1°F over 60 minutes. We tested this by vacuum sealing a data logging thermochron in a bag held in the center of the water bath and recording the temperature every minute for an hour. Points were awarded based on the amount of time each sous vide held the water at a stable temperature, with our data logger showing no variations whatsoever.

If planned properly, you can cook multiple types of food...
If planned properly, you can cook multiple types of food concurrently in the same water bath.
Credit: Laura Casner

Besides that, this product's interface and clamping system aren't amazing, but they are perfectly passable. The touch buttons are decently responsive, but the controls aren't terribly intuitive, forcing you to hit the key with a "play" symbol to start it heating and to start the timer counting down once the water is preheated.

We didn't love the interface on this machine.
We didn't love the interface on this machine.
Credit: Laura Casner

It has the typical screw action clamp mount, but it doesn't spin freely, so it can take a bit longer to get it mounted securely than other products.

The clamp on the Gourmia is fairly standard.
The clamp on the Gourmia is fairly standard.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dislikes


The Gourmia scored average or below in the remainder of our tests. It didn't heat water or recover its set temperature impressively fast, taking 56 minutes to heat 9.5 quarts of cold tap water to 147°F when other sous vides took less than 40 minutes. It also didn't do particularly well in our accuracy tests, having an average error of 0.89°F under when the temperature was set to 135°F and 1.12°F under when it was set to 147°F . We measured this by taking the temperature with a calibrated precision lab-grade thermometer in six different locations throughout the water bath.

The GSV115 didn't do the best in our accuracy tests.
The GSV115 didn't do the best in our accuracy tests.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Gourmia also delivered an uninspiring performance in our circulation evaluation. We ranked and scored each sous vide machine by how long it took to disperse a small amount of food coloring injected into the corner of the water bath throughout the entire vessel to achieve a constant color shade. It was one of the slowest we have seen to accomplish this, taking over three minutes. The fastest models did this in 15 seconds or less.

Value


It's one of the least expensive sous vides we tested, but it also delivered one of the lowest scores. We don't really think this makes it a great bargain buy, especially since we have found other models that score better and cost less.

Conclusion


All in all, we didn't find the Gourmia GSV115 to be a particularly inspiring sous vide machine. You can use it to cook a tasty meal, but it pales in comparison to other models that cost less and is considerably worse than other products that don't cost that much more. We generally would suggest you check out alternatives to this product when shopping for a new sous vide. To be fair, it did cook more than acceptable meals on many occasions, but it just can't compare to the premium models.

Michelle Powell and David Wise