* Restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own kitchen
* No need to be a trained chef to cook like one
* Compact, easy to use and achieves near-perfect results every time
Sous Vide literally translates to “under vacuum” in French and is the process of vacuum sealing food in a bag or glass jar, then cooking it in a water bath at an accurately regulated temperature. This method of precise cooking yields results that are impossible to achieve through any other cooking methods and will create restaurant-quality, tastier and juicier steaks, chicken, fish, vegetables and basically anything else you wish to throw in the pot.
If those weren’t enough reasons, then here are some more: Cooking with these precision devices retains more nutrients and vitamins than other methods, ensures food safety — as sous vide cooked food is pasteurized and safe from foodborne contaminants — and provides consistently good results, which means no more undercooked, chewy or burnt food.
While there are a number of well-reviewed sous vide devices in the marketplace (it was one of the most popular gifts over the holidays), below are a few of our favorite sous vide cooking devices all under $100 that are great for the multitasking cook who doesn’t want to be a slave to the food and just wants perfectly cooked results every single time.
1. Alcok Sous Vide Cooker
Create juicy, healthy and delicious food with the Alcok Sous Vide Cooker. This simple-to-use kitchen appliance will add that je ne sais quoi to your cooking without having to slave away in the kitchen for hours. This cooker is able to control the cooking temperature to any degree under the boiling point of water, while heating and keeping the food at a constant temperature which is actually the best way to cook.
Easy to use with a simple two-button, one-knob operation, this reliable cooker also uses powerful circulatory heating to heat the water quickly to get it to the desired temperature. A timer delay, reliable and quiet operation and rigorous safety features make this a great option for any aspiring chef.
2. Malaha Sous Vide Cooker
The Malaha Sous Vide Cooker is a Michelin restaurant-level immersion cooker that makes everything from meat to vegetables to even chocolate. This cooker is incredibly easy to use and has an accurate and easy-to-read digital control panel that allows you to cook any type of food you like while retaining more nutrients and vitamins.
Made from easy-to-clean stainless steel, this cooker is also quiet and reliable with a gentle, soothing sound. The Malaha is also super easy to use: simply attach it to a pot, set time and temperature to your desired level of doneness, put food in a sealed bag and clip it to the side of the water pot. Finish by searing, grilling or boiling to add a crispy golden exterior if you so desire.
3. Wanacle Sous Vide Cooker
The Sous Vide Cooker by Wanacle provides high-accuracy cooking to ensure professional quality results. This easy-to-use cooker has a simple design, an exclusive circulating system which keeps it almost silent during cooking, provides ultra-precise and accurate measures, and heats water quickly. It is also made with a convenient and portable design making it suitable for all types of containers and one-handed operation. Cooking meat and seafood with this device will never be the same as it slowly cooks your protein from edge to edge in order to avoid both the drying out and overcooking of the meat, keeping it moist, juicy and tender.
4. Anova Precision Cooker Nano
The Anova Precision Cooker Nano is a smaller, quieter and connected, lab-grade sous vide precision cooker. Perfect for the newbie cook or professional chef, the Nano allows anyone to cook restaurant-quality meals at home with consistent control and precision and takes sous vide to the next level with its smart device control and cooking notifications.
It can be remotely controlled with your phone, allowing you to leave the kitchen (up to 30 feet away via Bluetooth) while you cook by simply downloading the Anova app. You can then easily monitor, adjust or control the cooker from your smart device and will also receive notifications letting you know when your food is ready. The Nano is also ultra-compact and can easily stow away in your kitchen drawer, keeping your counters neat and uncluttered.