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on September 28, 2017
After only a couple months of occasional use, my Kitchen Gizmo sous vide has already broken. I stayed up late preparing goat meat that needed to slow-cook for at least 18 hours for ideal tenderness. My sous vide woke me up early in the morning beeping and displaying the same error code that corresponds to low water. The water was fine, and no amount of restarting the equipment fixed it.

I immediately called Kitchen Gizmo to report the issue, and they never called back. I finished the meat by braising it for 12 more hours in my oven. This happened 3 weeks ago and they haven't attempted to contact me in any way.

TLDR: Inferior product, deplorable customer service.
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on December 1, 2016
Over the past year, I've seen Sous Vide immersion cookers being used on multiple food shows, & I was really curious how it'd would work in reality. On Black Friday I finally got around to buying one. Result: life changing. I cooked a steak in a vacuum sealed bag at 129. I let it sit for almost two hours. I then removed it, rubbed with olive oil and some salt & pepper, and threw it on the griddle to mark. I have NEVER had a steak so tender. I finally understand the term "it was like cutting butter". After using this, I don't know why anyone would ever cook meat by any other method. I give the product a solid 5 stars.
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on November 24, 2016
Pleased with this product. Firstly, it is very easy to set up and operate. It runs cleanly, works well and as described. Clean up is also a snap, no mess of course. This product looks and feels like a quality item, and so far I haven't found anything I don't like about it.
Notes: - It honestly takes pretty long to cook anything, so plan in advance. Leave larger things overnight, just makes sense with the timing.
- Meat tastes just fine without having to 'brown' it over a grill or oven, don't know what people are complaining about.
- Leave the plastic cover on the bottom while cooking to allow for proper circulation
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on February 26, 2017
I was looking at the more expensive/popular models (Anovo and Joule) and was having a hard time making up my mind and pulling the trigger spending so much on something I had never used before and then I saw Kitchen Gizmo on sale for $79. I figured for less than half the price it was worth a try to see if I even liked Sous Vide cooking and how much I would use it. So glad that I did. This guy is super easy to use. The directions are clear, the display is easy to read, the temperature is accurate and my first two meals (Salmon and then Pork) came out absolutely delicious. I can't imagine that the other models have anything I need beyond this one - Bluetooth/Wi-Fi wasn't something I cared for or needed and this machine is sturdy, accurate, has great circulation, heated up quickly, clamped easily on the container I was using, etc.

Also, for those who are new to sous vide like me and are wondering - it definitely is worth trying. The results are delicious and the process is very, very easy with the bonus being that once you get it setup you can pretty much forget about it.
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on December 4, 2016
We absolutely love this new product we got. Its excellent if you need something to be cooking for an exact amount of time with the exact temperature. I don't worry anymore about rushing home to turn off flames so my food won't burn. This device shuts off automatically when you set it.
We also like it when we don't want to bother getting our pots dirty. We just throw some food in a cooking bag put it in a pot of water and have this gizmo do the rest of the job.
We've made corn on the cob,cooked eggs and salmon and the results were fantastic.
Its great for traveling too! Can't wait to bring it on our next family trip.
Highly recommend this product.
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on November 20, 2017
I previously owned a Sansaire 1100 watt Sous-Vide Immersion Circulator, and my wife and I loved that machine. After three years of heavy use (used 3 or 4 times per week), it died. I tried to save a few bucks when replacing it, so I bought this item by Kitchen Gizmo since it is about half the price of the Sansaire.

Upon arrival, the machine looked quite nice and was easier to clean than the other machine. However, it had several flaws which made it either frustrating to use, or plain nonfunctional.
- The dial for adjusting the temperature or timer was very stiff and difficult to turn.
- The circulator does not circulate the water evenly throughout the cooking vessel which leaves cold spots in our cooking vessel. This has the unfortunate effect of not cooking our food completely. On multiple occasions, half of the chicken breasts I put in were raw when the cooking time had finished. Now, since I always finish food in the pan or on the grill after sous-vide, this didn't cause any food-safety issues. But if I were slow-cooking something like a brisket or pork butt, I'd be really disappointed.

For me, the two flaws in this device make it unusable as a Sous-Vide Circulator. I am returning this one and I will be replacing it with another manufacturer's product.
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on February 11, 2017
I am new to the art of Sous Vide cooking, but an ardent fan. Using this immersion heater allows me to cook meats, vegetables, fish and more without the fear of overcooking the food. This immersion heater will heat 1 gallon of cold water to 135 degrees in about 7 minutes.

The Kitchen Gizmo Immersion water heater allows temperature control to within 1 degree Fahrenheit, although the user can use it in a Celsius mode as well. It also incorporated a timer that stops the cooking after a preset time. The included cookbook offers some very good recipes (I've tried many) instead of the seemingly requisite recipes for the likes of "heated peanut butter and jelly sandwiches" that other manufacturers seem to offer. I suggest the pork loin with maple syrup and mustard as a first recipe to try.

Finally, if the user sets the temperature to 70 degrees, a pound of hamburger defrosts in about 12 minutes with no cooked edges!
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Top Contributor: Cookingon October 16, 2017
Update - 6/13/2018
I'm still very happy with this Sous Vide Circulator. It has been, for me, quite the workhorse. I've challenged it on cooks up to 72 hours (melty shanks!) and it's come through like a trooper. Still happy with my purchase, and I'd buy it again.

How is this even possible? I paid about a third of the price for this than I did for my last sous vide machine. This is gorgeous, looks very high-end, and I am very pleased with its appearance. What really bowled me over was the packaging. Classy looking. That said, whoever wrote some of the information on the side of the box could spend a little time with spellcheck. But that’s nitpicking. Naturally, I started using it right away, and I couldn’t be happier.

The key will be if it lasts the year that it is warranted for. My last one, although it cost $300, had to be replaced once because it died after eight months. When the second one started malfunctioning after about 10 months, the company became, shall we say, *reluctant.* I decided that stressing out over the longevity of an expensive machine just wasn’t worth it, cut my losses, and started looking elsewhere.

As a woman “of a certain age,“ I know how to take care of my belongings. My kitchen is the most important room in my house. I love to cook and my dishes and creativity reflect it. This “Gizmo” is exactly what I need. No bells or whistles – do I really need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth for anything in my kitchen? - and I’m more than happy not to pay for stuff I don’t need. All I want is functionality. Ease of use doesn’t hurt, either!

Thanks for offering something that gives me the function I need and the silliness I don’t. If necessary, I will update. Here’s hoping that I won’t have to.
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on August 26, 2017
I have used this sous vide a lot. I have bought 4 of them. They work great till they just die. They need some type of water proofing on the electronics to keep them from coroading.
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on November 7, 2017
I have had this circulator for a few weeks now and used it several times. It is simple to use. There is a dial setting for temperature and time. The unit is sturdy and the clip to hold it to the pot is secure. The water comes to temperature pretty quickly. I know there are a lot of choices out there, but I can't think of anything I would want that this circulator doesn't do. I mean, you need water kept at a certain temperature, right? This does that handily.

As for the results, I have been cooking for many years and consider myself very competent in the kitchen, but I have never produced such succulent, tender meat by any other cooking method. Fillet Mignon steaks are tender perfection in an hour or so. Tough cuts retain their flavor and yet tenderize beautifully with a long cooking time. (We did a skirt steak for 12 hours and added a new favorite to our menu rotation.) Thick pork chops were heavenly. Root vegetables, such as carrots and beets, retain their bright color (and their vitamins) and emerge tender, but not mushy. Nothing overcooks, because you never exceed the ideal temperature. This is a game-changer for cooking at our house.
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