ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide - 1000W
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- Smallest, sleekest sous vide tool available at just 11 inches tall and 1.3 pounds, with streamlined white body and solid stainless steel cap & base.
- SAVES SPACE: Half the size of other sous vide machines, it's small enough to slip into a top drawer. IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi compatible 2.4 Ghz only
- HEATS UP FAST: 1100 watts of power for hyper-fast water heating. System requirements: iOS 8.0 or later, Android 4.4 or later, internet access required for some features
- PERFECT RESULTS: Visual Doneness (TM) feature in the Joule app displays exactly how food cooks. Dinner comes out predictably perfect, every time.
- WIFI AND BLUETOOTH READY: Works with iPhone or Android-connect with Bluetooth alone, or cook from anywhere with WiFi.
ChefSteps Joule Sous Vide Machine | An In-depth Product Review
The ChefSteps Joule immersion sous vide circulator is quite possibly the best-known sous vide machine on the market today. From culinary experts to home cooks, it's a versatile tool in anyone's hands. ChefSteps proudly advertises it's an excellent mobile app to control the device. However, you are required to use their app to cook with the Joule.
At first glance of the Joule in person, I am pleased to realize how tiny the circulator really is. It could more than easily fit in most of my kitchen drawers. However, I personally store mine in the box it came in. The shape of the device is a cylinder topping out at about 9 inches in length. With a chrome cap and a magnetic base. The magnetic base is what makes the joule so special in my opinion. Allowing it to clip onto pots is one handy feature. But allowing it to sit on the base of the pot is just a step ahead of the rest of the competition. You could use this circulator in about 1 inch of water if you wanted to.
For its tiny size, it is important to note that power is still there. This unit can output 1100W and with that, you can expect to heat up 2 gallons of water in about 15 minutes from 68°F to 120°F. If you're one to do a lot of cooking, this can be very helpful in saving time. However, there are downfalls to the Joule as well. For instance, there is currently no way to run multiple Joules from one android or apple device. This means for each circulator you want to run consecutively, you must also have a device connected to it. At least for now, as there are plans with no release date however to update this feature into the device. I would also like to include that although I enjoy having the clip on the side of the device for pot attachment, I wish the clip was removable.
- Quick to heat water
- Can fit any pot
- Extremely quiet
- Magnetic Base
- Mobile App Interface
- Relatively Small Device
- No manual interface
- Wifi or Bluetooth capability is required
- Inoperable without mobile connection
- Not multi-unit compatible
- Wifi failure can ruin your food
Want a breakdown of how we scored our review? Keep reading below.
The Joule circulator is one of my popular go to options when I want to cook something at home. The reason being is quite obvious from my review above, but to briefly state it again. The device is quick, sleek, and easy to set-up. Not to forget that it’s quiet. I like that I can use the product’s packaging as a way to safely store the device (as I prefer not to store it in my kitchen drawers). I also enjoy the mobile app provided for free from ChefSteps. It is what allows you to control the device. But also offers the option to look up recipes and begin cooking from there. Even cooler, short video clips and plenty of photos are offered on just about every step within these recipes. Plus, there is a doneness feature that allows you to select the temperature needed to cook your meat to a predictable internal temperature.
If however, you are looking for your first or maybe your next circulator to buy. But would prefer to have the option to manually control the device without your phone or tablet, then maybe look elsewhere. Such as the Anova Culinary circulator I recently reviewed.
For a further breakdown of the Chefsteps Joule, keep reading below.
The Review Breakdown
Overall Review Score: 9
The Joule immersion cooker by ChefSteps scored a 9/10 in our review today. Below, you will find our detailed breakdown for each supporting factor. I broke this tool down into six review categories: Affordability, Design, Performance, Ease of use, Features, and the Ability to Heat water. All of which we believe can better impact your buying decision.
I agree that culinary tools are expensive and circulators don’t have to be that exception by any means. However, I do believe that when you buy the Joule, you are paying more to use their app’s features (although you can use the app without their sous vide for completely free). I scored the affordability at a 7.5/10 because, at $200.00, you are getting close to what the anova can provide to you. That being said, the joule does have a few other tools involved. Such as the magnetic base, the only circulator like it with this feature. As well as wifi and Bluetooth capabilities, not to mention the 1100w of power it provides.
To review the design of a sous vide machine, I first consider if this is a product I can leave on my counter-top without creating an eyesore. The Joule scored a 9.5/10 here, because of its sleek 9″ cylindrical design, boasting a chrome finished bottom and top end cap, chrome accented side clip, and a flexible white power outlet (120V). The main part of the cylinder is built from a durable, glossy white plastic casing. The device is also affixed with a magnetic base to provide the universal benefit to any small or large pot. Because this device is made for mobile usage, there are no physical controls, but simply a single led indicator. Less, however, can often be more and the design surely is beautiful.
The Joule scored a great 10/10 under the performance category. This can be chalked up to a plethora of reasons. The stunning visual app, designed to better your cooking experience. The amazing ability to get water hot fast. Or the fact that this unit is extremely quiet, just to name a few. The output of performance this small device packs is overall astounding and I am very happy to use my sous vide every time.
Ease of Use: 7.5
So I’m not too happy about how to use the Joule and its ability to be easy to use, this is why it scored a 7.5/10. I find the lack of a manual interface on the device is one reason I will often resort to using my Anova. Granted, I would say that with the creative way to browse and view recipes through the app they may have potentially dominated the recipe market. But, this app although can be great, can also pose a problem for me when I need to update my device. Which can often take anywhere from 5-30 minutes. On the bright side, the Joule can fit into any pot via the magnet or clip which does help when I need to find a container to cook in.
Features make the world-go-round just a bit smoother. ChefSteps acknowledges this and so they scored a 9.5/10 again! You can expect out of the box, the ability to plug and play. Because of the magnetic base, this circulator can work in any of your pots at home. And if you would prefer to use a clip-on device, it has that capability too. Now although above I knocked the rating down for the Joule not having manual controls, I am considering the app as a feature to the device. Sadly, one problem I found with the current firmware on the Joule is that if you own more than one, you won’t be able to cook using them at the same time. That is, unless, you have multiple devices. The joule works as a 1 device per user, or mobile device rather. This is supposedly going to be addressed in a future update but has yet to been implemented.
Ability to Heat: 10
The Joule device earns a great 10/10 for the ability to heat water. This is because of the 1100 watt capability. For example, to heat a total of 2 gallons from 68°F to 120°F, you should only need to wait about 15 minutes. This is very beneficial to me so that I can start my cooks that much sooner.