These baths are temperature controlled and are used by the leading top Michelin type chefs. The purpose behind this is to cook very slowly, at temperatures that are lower than normal, and also to retain all of the moisture and flavours, and cook right the way through.
It is of course a special type of cooking. In many ways it is a more sophisticated form of poaching food. You will find this style of cooking done in the higher end restaurants and by chefs like, Heston Blumenthal or Thomas Keller.
Well that used to be the case anyway, but now more and more professionals are turning to this method.
Now if you are here on this page, you probably know a lot about this style of cooking. However for those that are not familiar, we have included a video below from the British Michelin star chef Tom Aikens In this he shows how to cook a lamb fillet, using the Sous Vide method.
Sous Vide Water Bath Ovens
Now of course to be able to do this, you will need a water bath. These range in price from between £60-400, so affordable enough at the lower end, especially if you want to try out this particular method of specialised cooking.
We think if you are new to this, that it is better to start at the lower price point, and if it is something you then enjoy and can master, you can always upgrade later.
Below we have reviewed the top rated Sous Vide baths that are currently available in the UK. We have placed these in order of the highest rated first so as you get an indication of what is actually out there.
Top 10 Sous Vide Cookers
- ChefSteps CS10001 Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps (94%)
- Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker (92%)
- Lacor Multi-Function Sous Vide Cooker (91%)
- Klarstein Jacuzzi Sous-Vide Cooker (90%)
- Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker and Sous Vide Water Bath (90%)
- SousVide Supreme SVS09L Demi (86%)
- Caso Germany "Sous Vide Cente SV900 (86%)
- Klarstein Tastemaker Sous Vide Cooker (84%)
- Tribest sousvant SV-101 Complete Sous Vide Circulator 82%
- Sous Vide Tools Compact 28 Litre Water Bath 80%
Our Top Rated Sous Vide Choices
ChefSteps CS10001 Joule Sous Vide
This is one of the smallest, sleekest sous vide tool available, at just 11 inches tall and 1.3 pounds. It has a fast water-heating capability and very precise temperature control, precise to 0.2 F / 0.1 C. It also has a magnetic base and side clip that works in any pot. Also works off an app and your voice with Amazon Alexa.
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker
The Anova Precision Cooker allows anyone to cook a restaurant quality meal at home. This model allows food to be cooked with no dry edges and no rare centers. It provides continuous temperature control and can be controlled remotely with smart devices, using the Anova app. Attach the precision cooker to any pot, add water, drop in desired food in a sealed bag or glass jar.
Russell Hobbs 25630 Slow Cooker and Sous Vide Water Bath
3 ways to cook - sous vide, slow cooker or temperature probe. Sous vide - the professional chefs’ cooking secret; simply drop in your ingredients, choose your setting and you’re ready to go. Can also be used as a slow cooker. Also has a temperature probe to make sure your food is cooked to perfection.
SousVide Supreme SVS09L Demi
This model comes with an insulated lid, to prevent heat and water loss due to evaporation. The temperature controller and double-wall insulation keep the water bath within 0.5°C. Has a 9 liter capacity (2.4 gallons), similar in size to a slow cooker. The temperature ranges from 30°C to 99°C.
Klarstein Tastemaker Sous Vide Cooker
This model has a removable, anti-stick coated 6-litre aluminium inner pot with temperatures between 40-90 ° C to ensure successful and gentle heating of the food. Cooking temperatures can be adjusted in steps of 1 ° C and are kept constant by the device. The cooking time can be set in 10 minute increments from 1 to 24 hours - perfect for achieving exactly the desired cooking results.
Tribest sousvant SV-101 Complete Sous Vide Circulator
This is an all-in-one design and does not require additional containers, immersion Circulators, unnecessary installation, or DIY jobs. It has very precise temperature controls for perfect results. Uses a 1000 watt thread system that rapidly heats water. It also has a transparent carafe that lets you monitor the cooking progress without opening the unit.