5 Stars By Gadget Guy on 2017-01-31
This thing is Awsome!
I have been Sous Vide cooking for a while using a Paragon. While it worked just as well as this one it required a lot of space to store. This new Joule is smaller than I imagined and it really gets the water to temp quick. I purchased the LIPAVI container and tailored lid...they fit like a glove! I like Sous Vide since it only takes 5 minutes to set up and 5 minutes to clean up everything when done...does not disrupt my workflow and I eat better...win win!
Just dropped in a Flat Iron steak...mouth watering already.
Just purchased a second one so I can do steaks at two different temps...these things ROCK!
5 Stars By K. Darling on 2017-04-01
My favorite circulator.
I have an Anova One and the Joule. I bought the Joule because the Anova has shorted on me a few times when steam enters the vents, which is frustrating. When you compare the two, the Joule wins, hands down. Better design, water resistant, less hassle to use, easier to store. Sure, the Anova has a display, but there's not that much value to having a display. Highly recommended.
5 Stars By Cuzinvinny on 2017-01-31
Very good quality. I love the app
Does everything that they advertise. Very good quality. I love the app. It's really easy to use. No problems. I want to try making custards and patte. Made a 24 hr chuck steak. Was super tender. I like that it's easy to store when I don't need it. Very cool tool for beginners to consistently make perfectly cooked juicy tender meat. The only drawback that I can see is not with this product but with sous vide in general and that it does take quite a while longer to cook food than traditional ways, however. It always comes out perfect. That's the trade-off. But Joule easily gets 5 stars. Great product, great videos by chefsteps. Love it!
5 Stars By Jeffrey on 2017-04-05
Could not be easier to learn to sous vide
For anyone who is tech inclined, especially those who enjoy smart home technology, this is an amazing product. It's one of the easiest smart home products I've setup (10+ smart home products) and it works great with Alexa/Echo.
The Joule heats water quickly but the ChefSteps App really sets this device apart from others on the market. With videos that display the cook (rare,med/rare,medium....etc) and how a protein looks when cut, gives peace of mind when cooking for such a long time. Although the recipes on the app are limited, protein cook temp videos really make this an easy choice.
Highly recommend this as a first unit to learn to Sous vide. If I wanted a second unit, I would purchase a different due to the cost.
5 Stars By Mom of 4 on 2017-08-02
New favorite kitchen tool!
Has revolutionized our cooking experience! I was skeptical about this thing, and had heard the hype over the last year, and had decided last year not to purchase due to price. However, this year during kitchen remodeling, we don't have the use of our appliances like we did before, until everything is done - I decided to purchase this to see if it would make it easier to cook without a kitchen, and it does! Works perfectly every time, and I love that I can control it when I'm not even home! Made a pulled pork to die for, and has cooked our chicken and steaks perfectly. Next up is going to be salmon, as I've heard it literally melts in your mouth! Chicken legs are the absolute best using this, compared to how they taste otherwise, and come out juicy and perfectly flavored every time! Love this addition to our kitchen and highly recommend!!
5 Stars By Jeff B on 2017-03-11
I grill steaks at least once a week and I have NEVER cooked a piece of beef that turned out as good as with the Joule
My joule arrived and I tried it out on beef tenderloin - following the instructions on ChefSteps. I grill steaks at least once a week and I have NEVER cooked a piece of beef that turned out as good as with the Joule. The meat was done to perfection and it was incredibly tender. Can't wait to use it again.
Pros: It is brain-dead easy to use. No mess to clean up. Major plus - the meat will not overcook. No need to stress about timing side dishes to finish when meat is done. When side dishes are ready - pull the meat.
Cons: The only negative at the moment, is preparing meals when guests have different preferences for doneness. I prefer med-rare but my wife prefers med. Just have to finish hers in a pan for a bit longer.
4 Stars By Mark A. on 2016-12-31
Love my Joule Sous Vide
This is the first review I've written for a product I've bought on fan-key. The Joule is exactly as advertised and performs nicely. Cooked several steaks and they were PERFECT. I was skeptical on the whole "it will taste better" claim but after several steaks (ribeye and filets) on different occasions - It really does taste better. It fits perfectly in my drawer. Looks nice and is really quiet. I paired it with my fan-key Echo and now I can ask Alexa questions about temp, etc.. Only one minor issue and why I deducted 1 star: the Joule app keeps forgetting my device after I'm all done. I need to re-pair it each time. Only takes a minute to do that but kinda wish it didn't do that. Thats a software issue with the app and not the device. Hoping they will work that out. (Yes, I updated my firmware and app beforehand). I do love my Joule and despite the software glitch thing, I like it much better than the Anova unit I had - which will be donated now.
5 Stars By Satisfied Grandma on 2017-07-22
Great Purchase for me!
I was hesitant when I purchased this (cost) but I have absolutely NO regrets. The recipe book I purchased to go with it suggested using a lid to keep the water from evaporating, especially for long cooking times. I had some silicone lids that I had purchased and cut one to fit the Vide - it's perfect! Now I can start my tougher meats in the morning and go about my day without worrying about dinner. Near dinner time, I start my vegetables and whatever else I'm making, brown the meat, and serve. Perfectly cooked every time. I really love that it works from my iPhone. I can set the temperature and timer from anywhere. I get the food in the Vide, and if I need to be out when it needs to be started (at work, shopping, a friends house), no problem! I use my iPhone to get it started. Makes my life easier.
5 Stars By Frank H. Steinmueller on 2017-03-14
The best $200 I have ever spent in my kitchen
Sous vide turns out to be the easiest, most dependable way to get absolutely worry free perfect results with any cut of beef, pork, lamb and poultry. From fried chicken to steak, corned beef to turkey legs, sous vide is the way to cooking perfection, and Joule is the best engineered home sous vide circulator on the market. It is sleek and beautiful, and setting it from an app which includes more and more recipes every week encourages me to try new things.
5 Stars By JTA on 2017-06-08
Best steak I have ever cooked at home and SO easy to use.
So, joined ChefSteps and found that it was incredibly easy to make the most delectable steak I have ever cooked at home. Also was able to name my Joule "Hagrid" so there is another win. I was actually controlling the device while at the dog trainers several miles away. How cool is that?
So literally, get out large pan, fill with water. Put "Hagrid" in the water and attach to pan. Put steak in ziplock with salt, pepper and whatever herbs and place into water. Your app allows you to set the temp according to how you like your steak and set the timer.
After one hour, pull out steak and sear in a pan or grill for a few moments. BAM. Steak that taste as if it is from Smith and Wollensky! WOW. I am so excited to try other dishes with "Hagrid"