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Sousvide Art 850W Immersional Circulator Review

Delivered an acceptable set of results but is far from claiming one of the top spots
Sousvide Art 850W Immersional Circulator
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Price:   $110 List | $109.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Practically perfect at holding temperature, very accurate
Cons:  Lackluster circulation performance, average interface
Manufacturer:   SOUSVIDE ART
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  Aug 23, 2021
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RANKED
#7 of 9
  • Temperature - 40% 7
  • Circulation - 30% 4
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5

Our Verdict

Delivering an overall lackluster and uninspiring set of results in most of our assessments, the Sousvide Art 850W Immersional Circulator is far from our favorite sous vide machine. While we did award it excellent scores in our temperature accuracy and stability evaluations, it didn't deliver awe-inspiring results in the remainder of our tests.

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Pros Practically perfect at holding temperature, very accurateIncredible 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 Lackluster circulation performance, average interfacePricey, 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 Delivered an acceptable set of results but is far from claiming one of the top spotsThanks 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 Sousvide Art 850W I... Anova Culinary Prec... Anova Culinary Prec... VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Wancle Thermal Imme...
Temperature (40%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Circulation (30%)
4.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
Ease Of Use (30%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Sousvide Art 850W I... Anova Culinary Prec... Anova Culinary Prec... VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Wancle Thermal Imme...
Clamp/Mounts Fixed screw clamp Adjustable and removeable screw clamp Fixed screw clamp Removeable fixed plastic clip Fixed spring clamp
App Control No Yes Yes No No
Wattage 850W 1000W 750W 1000W 850W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


This fairly uninspiring sous vide costs a bit more than we would...
This fairly uninspiring sous vide costs a bit more than we would expect.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


As mentioned above, the main things that stood out to us about the Sousvide Art 850W are its top-tier temperature accuracy and how well it can maintain a steady-state water bath. We tested and measured the stability of each sous vide by encasing a digital temperature logger in a vacuum-sealed package inside the water bath and having it measure the temperature to the tenth of a degree every minute for an hour. Scores were based on the percentage of the hour that the thermochron data logger showed a discrepancy from the steady-state temperature. It earned top marks, with the logger showing the same temperature for the entire hour.

The Sousvide Art makes it easy to poach perfect eggs for a crowd.
The Sousvide Art makes it easy to poach perfect eggs for a crowd.
Credit: Michelle Powell

We evaluated accuracy by setting the Sousvide Art 850W to a temperature (135°F) and measuring the water in six different spots with a precise digital lab-grade thermometer and averaging results. We repeated this process with the Art 850W set to 147°F as well. It displayed an average temperature error of 0.05°F above the set temperature of 135°F and 0.33°F under when it was set to 147°F.

The bulk of our testing focused on the temperature performance of...
The bulk of our testing focused on the temperature performance of each appliance.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Art 850W delivered mediocre results when it came to initially heating up water. This machine took just under an hour to heat a full container (9.5 quarts) of tap water to 147°F — a bit slower than the fastest time of 36 minutes.

The SousVide Art was one of the slower models when it came to...
The SousVide Art was one of the slower models when it came to circulating the dye.
Credit: Michelle Powell

Dislikes


It did disappoint us a bit in our circulation metric, which was a fairly significant test that accounts for 30% of the total score for each product. We assessed the performance of the Art 850W by adding some water tinted with food dye using a syringe and tube into a corner of the water bath while the circulator pump was operating and then timing how long it took for the entire bath to become evenly colored. The best models took 20 seconds or less, while the Sousvide Art 850W required a whopping 2:16 to achieve the same level of dispersion.

The interface on this appliance isn't our favorite.
The interface on this appliance isn't our favorite.
Credit: Laura Casner

We also didn't find the interface on the Art 850W to be all that intuitive, as you need to tap a button to get it started preheating the water and hit it again to start the timer. The mounting bracket and screw clamp to hold it to the side of the container are fairly typical, but we did wish it spun a little easier to speed up installing or removing this sous vide.

This model has a fairly standard screw clamp.
This model has a fairly standard screw clamp.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


Overall, we didn't find this to be a high-value product. It has a list price that is comparable with some of the top-tier products but scored close to the back of the group.

Conclusion


While the Sousvide Art 850W did have a noteworthy combined performance when you looked at both its stability and accuracy, we found its flaws to be too significant to earn it an award. It gets the job done, but some of our all-time favorite models cost about the same, so we think it makes sense to stick with one of those if you are going to spend the same amount on a new sous vide. It did do very well in our accuracy tests and earned top marks in the stability test, so it could be a good choice if you care about accuracy above all else. However, this could vary between machines, so you may want to double-check with your own baseline thermometer if you truly need accuracy with a few tenths of a degree.

Michelle Powell and David Wise

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