I’ve been very interested in sous vide cooking for a long time but the price tag for a nice immersion cooker has just been too high to justify. Recently I received a Wancle Sous Vide Precision Cooker that forgoes the wireless connectivity found in higher priced models to deliver an alternative that’s also easier on the wallet at $109.
This thing is super low-maintenance and incredibly easy to use: Use the squeeze-clip to attach it to the side of a pot or cooler (or if you’re fancy a nice polycarbonate container), plug it in (there’s no on/off button), then use the dial to the right of the LED display to input your desired temperature and timer (there’s a touch control to toggle between the two).
There’s no Bluetooth or WiFi connection — so you can’t operate this thing from your phone — but I’m ok with that. Sometimes simplicity is better, less stuff that can break, and I really don’t need another device specific app on my phone anyway.
The cooker gets water to temperature very quickly and maintains it perfectly.
What’s really astounding is how much of a culinary game changer sous vide really is. If I’d known, I might have been an early adopter at a much higher price point. I started with Kenji Lopez-Alt’s instructions for notoriously hard to cook pork chops using his chili rubbed pork chop recipe and the results were outstanding. Perfectly cooked, juicy chops with no fuss. I also poured over his instructions for cooking steak and made some incredible New York strip steaks. Overall, I’m very impressed. I can’t wait to try something a little more ambitious like a 3 day brisket.
If you need more validation, check out the plethora of 5-star reviews over at Amazon. For $109, I can’t think of a a bigger impact on at home cooking.