Looking for a budget-friendly sous vide cooker that’s easy to use, has 850 watts of power, and doesn’t require fumbling with a mobile app to start cooking?
The Wancle Sous Vide Cooker just might be the immersion circulator for you.
Let’s review the Wancle immersion circulator’s specifications, features, and performance to see how it compares to other sous vide cookers and if the Wancle is a good fit for your sous vide needs.
First, let’s quickly go through the specs of the Wancle cooker.
- Product Dimension: 14.2 x 8.5 x 4.7 inches
- Item Weight: 3.54 Pounds
- Manufacturer: Wancle
- Heating Power: 850 Watts
- Power Input: 120V
- Wireless Technology: None, Back to Basics
- Water Volume Capacity: 15-19 Liters (~4-5 gallons or ~16-20 quarts)
- Max. Time Setting: up to 99 hours 59 minutes
- Pumping Speed: 7-8 Liters/min.
- Temperature Range: 25 – 99.9°C (77°F – 211.8°F)
- Temperature Accuracy: +/- 0.1°C (0.18°F)
Features and Benefits
Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, let’s talk about the features and benefits the Wancle brings you.
Precision Temperature and Timing
Sous vide is all about cooking at precise temperatures and time to achieve perfectly cooked food. The Wancle provides a wide temperature range to cook all sorts of food to the doneness that you want.
While Wancle reports temperatures are within +/- 0.1°C accuracy, some users report up to 0.2°C variance. That’s still not too bad for a budget sous vide cooker. Some of the more expensive devices will also vary a little as well, so the Wancle isn’t a bad deal.
Is the Wancle’s temperature range of 77°F – 211.8°F any different from other sous vide cookers?
No, it’s not. But what’s good to know is that in a budget cooker like the Wancle, it’ll give you the same temperatures to more expensive cookers with similar temperature accuracy.
You don’t need to worry about cooking your steaks, chicken, pork, fish, egg, pasta, vegetables, or anything else. You’re able to set the same time and temperatures that professional chefs set in their restaurant kitchens.
The Wancle’s timer is like other cookers in that you can set hours and minutes. Not much to write home about.
Touchscreen and Dial Controls
Setting the time and temperatures is simple. The touchscreen has time and temperature icons as the Function button to select what you want to set.
There’s a Start / Stop cooking button.
That’s it for buttons.
There’s a dial on the right-side of the touchscreen that you roll up and down to set the time and temperature. The dial is much easier to set time and temperatures than the +/- buttons that take a lot of pressing.
It can be easy to miss the exact temperature you want if you scroll quickly, but slowing your roll when you get close is all that’s needed.
Simple and Easy to Use
Technology has made our lives better and more efficient in many ways. Can you remember what life used to be like without your smartphone?
Life was simpler back then.
Wancle’s making their immersion circulator “not smart” by not adding any WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities. That means no mobile app with step-by-step recipes and doneness images like the Anova Precision Cooker series.
Even though it lacks the smart features, it actually adds in efficiency and getting right to cooking. There’re no app connection issues that other cookers might experience. All control is on the Wancle itself.
One-Hand Handle Clamp
The Wancle thermal immersion circulator has a unique design that I haven’t seen before, but there’s a perfectly good reason. The handle makes it easy to pick up and set in your sous vide container or pot with one-hand operation.
If you’ve used other sous vide cookers before, you know that it always takes two hands to clamp the cooker onto the side of the container.
The only other cooker that you can place in the container with one hand is the Breville Joule. The magnetic foot allows you to put it in the middle of a pot. But if you’re using a plastic polycarbonate container that most use, the Joule’s magnetic foot doesn’t really have an advantage.
Show Me the Power
At 850 watts of power, the Wancle sous vide cooker offers good power for the money, even if not the highest at the price point.
The Kitchen Boss G300 and G310 offer 1100 watts for similar prices to the Wancle.
The 850 watts is more than enough to reach your desired cooking temperatures, so there’s no concern there. The lower wattage just means it’ll take more time to get up to the desired temperature before you can put your vacuum sealed food into the container. It could be 10-20 more minutes depending on how high the temperature is you want.
The 850 watts is also good for containers up to 20 quarts of water. That’ll be good for cooking food up to about 6 adults.
Silent Water Circulation
For all the wattage power, the Wancle is super quiet. Listen to this Wancle as the YouTuber cooks his pork chop.
Super quiet, right? The Wancle’s water circulation helps to keep it quiet, as if it’s not even cooking at all.
The Wancle has minimum and maximum water level markers on the circulator’s stainless steel sleeve. Most sous vide cookers have these water level lines to help us home chefs with ensuring good water levels.
If the Wancle senses that the water level is too low or too high, it’ll automatically shut off for safety.
You may think that you start off with enough water, but if you don’t have a lid or cover of some sort to keep the water evaporation in, your water level will get low. So be sure to use a container lid, saran wrap, or even ping pong balls to prevent water from leaving your container or pot.
The Wancle Sous Vide Cooker is a good option for those on a budget and for sous vide beginners.
I like how easy the Wancle is to operate through the touchscreen, dial, and the single-hand handle clamp.
The hundreds of 4-5 star positive Amazon reviews is also confirmation of the value you get with the Wancle.