- Unique strong grip clip fits universally on a wide variety of pots and pans
- Temperatures of up to 194 degrees can be reached
- Sleeve on the outside of the product can be easily removed for quick and efficient cleaning
- Both the temperature and the time can be quickly calculated by simply scrolling the wheel on the side
The masses are flocking to sous vide cooking! And there is no doubt why. Why wouldn’t you want to experience restaurant level meals from the comfort of your home? The truth is, that like any product, not all sous vide equipment is created equally. Each product heats and circulates water differently, on top of plenty of other factors.
Here, we will be taking a look at the Kitchen Gizmo Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. By the end of this review, we hope you’re one step closer with deciding upon the right sous vide cooker for you.
- Included with the Kitchen Gizmo is a sous vide recipe book
- Gives the cook the capability of crafting restaurant style sous vide dishes
- Operates quietly while in use
- Product is available in a variety of colors: red, grey, and blue
- Product seems to have something of a lifespan for use, and has been seen to eventually altogether fail
- Control panel has a tendency to be somewhat unresponsive
- Control panel does not remember whether you cook in Fahrenheit or Celsius each time it is powered up
Overall, this is a capable sous vide cooker. It seems to do a good job for what it’s worth, but it does have an apparent lifespan. This is certainly a drawback in terms of durability. While you cannot expect every product to last a lifetime, this Kitchen Gizmo sous vide cooker should last longer than it does.
The temperature wheel on the side of the device is easy to use, making finding the correct temperature and time a quick process. There is a protective sleeve on the side of the product, which is easily removable. Less time can be spent cleaning, and more time cooking and enjoying sous-vide meals. Enjoy cooking meals at up to 194 degrees F, which is more than enough for just about any meal.
The universal strong grip used to attach to pans fits on just about any size pan. Chances are, whatever pans you already have at home that you intend to use for your sous vide cooking will be compatible with this cooker. The LED screen on the outside of this device is easy to read, and gives the cook all the necessary information while a meal is being prepared.
Comparison: Wancle Sous Vide Precision Cooker
If you are looking for an alternative to the Kitchen Gizmo, one good product to take a look at is the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker. One good look at it, and you can tell that it’s a sturdier sous vide cooker. It runs at a uniquely quiet pace, and is powered with an 850 watt motor.
For the serious sous vide enthusiast, this seems like a better, more dependable product. It doesn’t seem to have any of the drawbacks that the Kitchen Gizmo does. For example, the LED control panel is highly responsive, and remains illuminated throughout the entire cooking process without fading.
For those looking for a technologically-advanced sous vide cooker, the Wancle is the cooker for you. It can be both connected to WiFi and paired via Bluetooth. This is perfect if you are looking to somewhat distance yourself from the cooking process.
If you have work to do you can simply pair your cooker to your phone, and monitor the cooking process from afar. This makes the Wancle great for busy types, or for parents with children who want for a meal to be prepared while not having to devote their full attention.
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a good short-term sous vide cooker, then the Kitchen Gizmo can be a solid investment. It does what you want it to, but the only drawback to the product’s name seem to be the lifespan. This, of course, affects every buyer differently, but it does seem to be the case.
What’s good about the product is that you can count on it to be versatile enough to connect with whatever pan you intend to use. Some sous-vide cooks have gone on to purchase cookers that are simply not universal enough to connect to a variety of pans, which is not the case with the Gizmo.
Both the heating conductor, as well as the stirring function seem to be more than effective to cook food evenly. Cheaper sous vide cookers seem to have this problem. They may heat the water efficiently, but they don’t stir it well enough, or vice versa. This cooker seems to be able to handle both tasks.
It is also great for being able to cook a variety of dishes. Not only can common meats be cooked with this sous vide cooker, but veggies as well as a good amount of dessert dishes. If you’re looking to branch out your knowledge of sous-vide recipes, this could be a good tool to do so.
You may have to reprogram the device to whether or not you want to cook in Celsius or Fahrenheit each individual use, but this only takes a couple seconds and ultimately is not a strong detriment. Other than that the only notable issues with the control panel, as touched upon above, are occasional unresponsiveness.
Aside from that, the LED screen seems to be quite handy. Also, for a sous vide cooker, this cooker is extremely quiet. Most cookers run at a low hum, or are brazenly loud.
If your goal is to give this cooker to someone else as a gift, you will be pleased to know that as described above, the cooker comes in a variety of colors. On top of that the cookbook that comes with this cooker makes it great for the beginning sous vide chef. The recipe book is comprehensive enough to get anyone up and running with a few delicious sous-vide recipes.