You’re stuck, and time is ticking away as Christmas gets closer and closer. And getting a loved or friend the same old, boring pair of socks simply won’t do. Why not give the gift of delicious, perfect food?
A Sous Vide is the perfect gift.
People are busy. How many times have you went to McDonald’s instead of cooking at home because you just don’t have time to make a homecooked meal? You’re not alone. Millions of people are suffering from extended hours at work and less time spent cooking nourishing, good food. You know, the food mama would be proud of eating.
The Sous Vide uses water to cook food to perfection, and the flavor hits the taste buds like a rocket each time. It’s the easy way to cook food, and you even see college kids using Sous Vide in dorms because it’s so safe and easy to use.
Two Sous Vide Options to Pick
When buying a Sous Vide, you’ll find two options:
- Standalone Unit: A standalone unit includes a container to cook the food in, and is one complete unit. This model type is the easiest Sous Vide option and doesn’t require additional cookware to get started.
- Immersion Circulator and Essentials Kit: An immersion circulator is often combined with an essentials kit and is just the heating element. The circulator is placed into a pot of water and controls the heat.
Standalone units are optimal if the receiver doesn’t own pots and pans, or if the person will use the Sous Vide in a dorm room or on travel.
Tribest Sousvant SV-101: Our Standalone Pick
Silver, sleek and a complete Sous Vide, the Tribest Sousvant SV-101 is as close to perfect as you can get. This model is easy to clean, and there’s no need for immersion circulators or additional containers to begin using this model.
The all-digital display allows for foolproof cooking with to-the-digit temperature control.
Perfect results every time is the best way to explain this model.
And I encourage you to read our complete Tribest Sousvant SV-101 review.
We cover every detail of this model in our review, but you don’t need to read the reviews to see the advanced features this model offers:
- 1000W circulation system
- Precise cooking temperatures to 0.1 degrees
- Transparent carafe
- Energy-efficient design
- 3-gallon capacity
- Cooks 3.5 pounds of ribeye at once
- 2-year warranty
We recommend this model to our friends and family, so you know it’s one of the best units we’ve every tested.
The quality of the SV-101 is off the charts, and with a two-year warranty, you never worry about a defect ruining the entire experience for you.
If you’re set on this standalone unit, do yourself a favor: click here to see the latest price on Amazon!
All the holiday sales will lead to hard-to-miss deals , so get your hands on it while it’s still available.
Anova Culinary WiFi/Bluetooth Precision Cooker: Our Immersion Pick
The Anova is a top-of-the-line immersion circulator, and it’s one of our favorites. Stable, precise temperatures allow the Anova to cook food – never burn it – to perfection. Most pots can be used with this model, as it’s design allows for small and large pots to be used without any modification needed.
Lightweight at 2.5 pounds, this circulator has a 14.8” length, and a ring clamp affixes the circulator to most pots.
This unit has it all:
- Rock bottom price ($200+ less than most standalone models)
- Sends alerts to your phone on the status of your food
- Auto-cook trigger protects your food
- No additional equipment needed
- Set to cook via Wi-Fi and your phone’s app
- Circulates 2.4 gallons of water per minute
The depth needed to use the circulator is 2.75” to 6.25” deep. Any size container will work, and the built-in safety mechanism ensures the circulator never starts unless enough water is in the unit.
This is the absolute best immersion circulator we’ve tried so far, and it’s so affordable that it’s a good pick for the budget-conscious shopper who can’t afford a standalone unit, but wants to achieve food perfection with a Sous Vide.
Essentials to Get With the Anova Culinary
If you want the complete package, there are a few recommended essentials that make the Anova even better:
Lipavi Sous Vide Rack
Cook multiple items at once with the Lipavi Rack. This rack is 7.8” x 6.4” with a height of 6.6.” Not only is the rack adjustable, but it also collapses with ease.
Lipavi Sous Vide Container
A specially designed container to hold the Sous Vide Rack from Lipavi. I highly recommend the container because it’s able to withstand high temperatures without being damaged.
Lipavi C10 Sous Vide Container Lid
A custom, tight lid that fits the container and is designed for the Anova Immersion Circulator.
Sous Vide Essentials Kit: Get Started ASAP
We reviewed this essentials kit, and we couldn’t live without it if we tried. This kit has everything you need to get started with your Sous Vide as soon as possible.
You know all those little things that you forgot to buy? They’re included with this kit.
The kit includes:
- Hand pump
- 1 bag-sealing clip
- 10 vacuum sealed bags (BPA-free)
- 4 clips
You’re talking about value when you choose this kit. If you have limited kitchen space, this kit becomes even more invaluable. Even the hand pump outmatches vacuum sealing models, yet is far smaller and compact.
The kit provides the essentials needed to keep cooking time down to 10 second prep work, and it does it at a price that’s so cheap you can’t pass it up. This kit is highly recommended for anyone gifting a Sous Vide this Christmas.
Don’t believe me?
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide: The Best Sous Vide Book
There’s no shame in asking for a little help when trying to make your first steak or chicken in your Sous Vide. Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide packs a wealth of knowledge into 295 pages and teaches you how to cook using a Sous Vide.
You’ll be a 5-star chef (in Sous Vide) when you’re done with this book.
A Few Final Words to Help You
We have a wealth of experience with Sous Vide cookers, and we pride ourselves on being experts on the subject. If you didn’t find what you were looking for in our guide or want to learn a little more on how to pick the right model for you, I highly recommend sitting down with a coffee and checking out our home sous vide machine reviews.
The buying guide covers everything you need to know to make a smart decision when purchasing your Sous Vide.
And I almost forgot to tell you that there’s a lengthy comparison chart that covers the main points from all top models on the market this year.
So, check out the guide and let us know if you have any more questions in the comments below.