Pros: Well Built, Simple Touch Based Controls, Easy to Clean
Cons: Bit Bulky
Keep an eye out for discounts, I purchased two of these units and one of the two I was able to score a coupon code for a $50.00 discount!
Sous Vide gear has been consistently coming down in price to the point that it is readily available now to the home enthusiast. The Anova Sous Vide immersion circulator is one of the units now in the family of sub $200 products. I researched quite a few of these units and the Anova unit was the only one that offered a simple and easy to use LCD touch screen.
The product came packaged very nicely and is essentially ready to go right out of the box. The only thing you may prefer to do is go into setup and select fahrenheit if you do not wish to use celsius. There is a single, well manufactured power cord that is plugged into the back of the unit. The unit has a very sturdy feel to it. All of the parts appear to be well manufactured and strong.
The weight of the unit allows it to be placed free standing in hotel pan, or it features a screw based clamp that allows you to attach it to the side of most larger pots. The unit is rated to maintain temperature for up to 5 gallons of liquid.
In my initial tests using this unit, it was extremely easy to get things setup and running. The unit brings the water up to temperature relatively quickly. You can shave time off of that if you fill your container using hot water. The circulation seems very adequate and results from my soft boiled egg trials matched those of the charts I had viewed online for much more expensive units.