I'll cut to the chase. The SousVide Supreme does exactly what it says it's going to do. It brings water up the the precise temperature you set it for and it will hold the water at that temperature for a very long time, with very little fluctuation. What more do you really want a "water oven" to do?
Two advantages that the SousVide Supreme has over traditional immersion circulators is it's lid and the mechanics, or lack of. The lid just helps with heat retention and water evaporation. Probably not a huge deal, but still nice. The real cool trick is that it uses the currents within the water to keep the temperature stable instead of using a pump to move the water around. This results in a completely silent operation.
The biggest drawback to this unit has to be the price. Just like microwave ovens when they were first introduced, this unit is going to be cost prohibitive for many. Some may find it costly, but will find it's usage justifies the price. Others will not. That's why I recommend first determining if sous vide is right for your needs and if a dedicated water oven is the best solution.
The other thing I see people mention in reviews is more of a bit of a poke at the name. For all the marketing that I'm sure when into this, the one thing the SousVide Supreme doesn't do is...sous vide. I've been told that the company hopes to have a vacuum sealer in the near future to resolve that.
I would give this an extra point for every $50 in price that this drops from the original $450 that it initially sold for.
Sur La Table no longer has an exclusive distribution agreement for the SVS. You can now also find the SousVide Supreme on Amazon.
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