The water bath found in many restaurant kitchens is a great benchmark against which to test immersion circulators. It holds heat extremely well, something combatted only by plastic wrap or custom-cut lids among the immersion circulator set. It also beeps when the desired temperature is reached, which, mysteriously, none of the stand-up models do. In a home kitchen, one of the Supreme’s greatest assets – spaciousness – works against it. Unless your kitchen is sprawling enough to have the counter space for another appliance with a footprint about the size of a KitchenAid mixer, there’s little reason to get a dedicated water bath.
get-gadget Plenty of space in the bath.
TIRED Too much space on most kitchen counters, especially when an immersion circulator can slide into a drawer. It’s also awkward to empty when the tank is full.
The rating for the SousVide Supreme is based on home use. It would have scored higher if we were judging it for use in a commercial kitchen.
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