This Gourmia GSV 550 9 Quart Sous Vide Water Oven Cooker review will examine the features and benefits of the cooker, and will summarize the advantages and disadvantages of this machine as stated in real customer reviews.
The Gourmia GSV 550 has a self contained sous vide machine which is ideal for those people who do not want all of the fuss of using an immersion circulator, and connecting it to a cooking pot. It is available for less than most of the top immersion circulators, and is much cheaper than the top of the range combined sous vide cookers.
The water oven can hold up to 9 quarts of water and it has a power output of 520 Watts. This means that several food items can be cooked at the same time. It is possible to cook up to 12 four ounce pouches of food at a time, which should be more than enough for the average family.
The Gourmia GSV 550 is supplied with a set of tongs and a stainless steel rack which is ideal for separating the sous vide food bags during the cooking process. The rack is recommended, as the unit does not have a water circulation pump; it uses convection to circulate the water. The heater is located at the bottom of the unit, so it is important that none of the plastic food pouches touch the heating element as the food could be overcooked.
It has precise temperature controls and a digital timer that will enable you to perfectly cook your food sous vide. The precise temperature control will ensure that your food is cooked evenly every time. The digital control panel has a powerful LED powered backlight so you can see it clearly under all lighting conditions.
The temperature range on the unit is from 113°F (45°C) and 194°F (90°C) which is suitable for most sous vide cooking situations. You can change the temperature display to either Fahrenheit or Celsius. The Gourmia GSV 550 has a claimed temperature stability of ± 1° F which is very good. A digital timer is included, and this will allow you to set cooking times between 30 minutes and 3 days (72 hours). This long cooking time is ideal for roasts or cheaper cuts of meat.
When the required cooking temperature is reached an audible alarm will sound, so you will not have to waste your time watching over it. There is also an audible alarm with the timer, so you can set and forget your sous vide cooking.
With a stainless steel case and a non stick water oven it is a well made cooker and looks stylish. It is very easy to clean. The Gourmia GSV 550 also has a multipurpose lid than can be used to hold the cooked food or as a drip tray.
It is smaller than a number of the other combined sous vide cookers measuring just 18.4 inches wide, 9.9 inches deep and 14 inches high. This creates a smaller kitchen footprint and it is pretty portable too, weighing in at just 9.4 pounds when empty.
The Gourmia GSV 550 is very easy to use. All you need to do is add water to the bath and then set the cooking temperature. While the water is heating up you can prepare your food items and add them to individual food grade sous vide bags. These should have all the air removed from them and then sealed with a vacuum sealer. Add the pouches to the water bath, set your timer and that’s it.
Some Other Things We Loved!
The advantages highlighted here are summarized from actual customer reviews:
“The price is really good” – there were several customers who commented on how reasonable the price was, especially when compared to the better known brands. A lot of customers chose the water oven instead of an immersion circulator.
“It cooks the food really well” – a high percentage of the positive reviews commented on how well the Gourmia GSV 550 cooked their food. Some people have been using the cooker every day since they bought it because they are so impressed.
“The cooker is very easy to clean” – quite a number of customers were happy with how easy it was to clean the water oven.
“It is very easy to use” – most of the customers felt that the Gourmia GSV 550 was very easy to use. The controls had a positive feel to them, and the display was very clear. You could view your cooking from a distance.
“It is a good quality cooker” – a few customers mentioned the quality of the sous vide cooker and said that they were happy with it overall. Most of the customers had no issues with the quality of the unit.
“It cooks steaks really well” – quite a few customers had used the cooker to cook their steaks and had been very pleased with the results. Quite a few remarked that their steaks had turned out to be “restaurant quality”.
Things We Didn’t Love..
The negative comments below have been summarized from real customer reviews:
“The cooker is poor quality” – there were a few customers who thought that the cooker was poorly made. There were a couple of complaints about rust and the non stick coating bubbling. This was not the view of the majority of the customers that had purchased the cooker.
“Temperature stability is not as precise as claimed” – some customers stated that the temperature control varied more than the ±1°F stated. This was not a large fluctuation, but they thought that it was a problem as sous vide cooking needs to be precise. This was a minority viewpoint and the majority of customers did not mention this.
“The operating instructions are not clear” – a couple of customer felt that there was not enough information to clearly explain how to use the timer and other controls. Most people said that the cooker was easy to use so this is not considered to be a major issue.
Out of all of the customer reviews, the Gourmia GSV 550 received 56% of 5 out of 5 star ratings and 21% of 4 out of 5 star ratings which is 77% overall. There were a few negative reviews but these were not seen as major issues.
The price of this sous vide machine makes it ideal for those who are just starting out with sous vide cooking. There are higher quality self contained water ovens out there, but they will cost a lot more money. The Gourmia GSV 550 represents great value for money and is recommended.
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