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Questions of durability, but makes great meat.
on April 23, 2016
Sous Vide cooking makes for perfect meat every time once you learn the temperature you need for the way you like your meat, and in that regard, this is a pretty good device. It's not "precision" in my opinion, since I do see temps vary +/- 1 to 2 degrees from selected temp, where other units are +/- 0.1 to 0.2 degrees.
Size is a mixed bag. This is the smaller of this brand's units, and while not huge, it takes a lot of counter space in my moderate sized home kitchen and just looks big (because it's so tall). The interior is adequate, and I've cooked 3-4 pounds of steaks or roasts (pork or beef) without issue.
My issue is durability:
1) Just at a year old, and out of warranty, mine has developed serious hard-water scale deposits. I've tried many methods (vinegar, citric acid) to clean it out, but without too much success at completely removing it.
2) LEAKS. The unit just started leaking water, and a fair amount of it. The bath dropped more than 1/8th inch in a 45 minute session, so I'm now afraid to use the unit unattended for a long session like tougher cuts of meat would take. The leak wasn't evaporation, there was water all over the counter coming from under the unit. Inspection of the unit doesn't reveal any obvious holes, but I can only assume that one of the many scale deposits in the thing has caused a leak.
I'm going to switch to one of the stick immersion type devices for my next one, when not in use, much easier to store, I suspect.