The Breville Joule Sous Vide cooker is a fantastic, high-tech immersion circulator that has distinguished itself from the competition to become a best-seller.
In contrast to its large and bulky competitors, it is small and sleek. Its size is extremely convenient, and I don’t always require large pots or containers.
One of my favorite sous vide cookers is the Joule. It’s small, but with 1100 Watts of power, it packs a punch. The clean, modern design complements the overall look and feel of my home.
However, there is one drawback: it can only be controlled via the mobile app. There are no physical controls, nor is there a touchscreen.
BREVILLE JOULE SPECIFICATIONS
Let’s start with the nuts and bolts of the Joule Sous Vide Cooker:
- Dimensions of the product: 11 x 1.9 x 1.9 inches
- 1.28 Pounds Item Weight
- Breville is the manufacturer.
- 1100 Watts of heating power
- Bluetooth Smart 4.0 and Wi-Fi are the wireless technologies used.
- iOS and Android are the mobile app platforms.
- Max. 40 liters (10.5 gallons) of water
- Min. Depth of the water: 3.8 cm
- Max. 20.3 cm water depth
- Max. The temperature is 98 degrees Celsius (208 degrees Fahrenheit).
The Joule comes in two varieties. The model shown is the Breville CS10001 Joule Stainless Steel.
There is a different Breville CS20001 Joule White Polycarbonate model available (pictured further below).
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
The essential task of any sous vide cooker in terms of operation is to heat the water to a precise temperature and maintain that temperature for a precise amount of time.
Unless you’re a professional chef working in a restaurant, you won’t need to cook at a low temperature for more than 6 people most of the time.
COMPACT AND BEAUTIFUL
The Joule is similar to, dare I say, Apple products. Beautiful, sleek, compact, and well-constructed. The design is simple and sleek, which sets it apart from other immersion circulators.
Take a look at this photo, which was taken in a pot alongside three other top sous vide cookers. The Joule manages to pack a lot of power and features into a small package (much like Apple):
My favorite features are the minimalistic design, small size, and design. The Joule is compact enough to fit into a kitchen drawer.
The Joule is only 27 cm/11 inch tall and slightly larger than 5 cm/2 inch in diameter. The Joule is available in two finishes: stainless steel and all white. Take a look and tell me which one you think is more elegant and/or modern.
LOTS OF POWER
With 1100 Watts of power, the Joule brings the heat. This enables you to heat up to 20 liters of water in an open pot or 40 liters / 10 gallons of water in a closed sous vide container with lid.
Why is 1100 watts of power so important? Rapid heating to your desired temperature for the hot water you require.
The Joule can heat the water to the desired temperature faster, allowing you to start cooking sooner. It won’t shorten your cooking time because sous vide cooks at low temperatures for extended periods of time, but you’ll be waiting a lot less time for your water to heat up.
The maximum temperature of the Joule is 208o F, which is adequate. However, with sous vide cooking, you won’t need to reach such high temperatures. It’s also accurate to 0.2°F / 0.1°C, so you won’t have to worry about temperature swings.
Most sous vide cookers require a connection to a sous vide container or pot, as shown in the image of the various immersion circulators above. The majority of them have a clamp or clip that allows them to be attached to the walls of the water bath containers. The Joule, on the other hand, has a magnetic foot covered in rubber silicone.
The magnetic base of the Joule cooker eliminates the need for clips or clamps. It uses a powerful magnet to keep the device stable while cooking food in your stainless steel or cast iron pot (as long as it’s magnetic).
This new method of repair is not only more aesthetically pleasing, but it is also simpler to use. Instead of fighting with the clip or attempting to figure out how to keep the Joule upright, you simply place it in the center of the pot and forget about it.
If you have a large pot, being able to place the Joule in the center is ideal. It aids in keeping the water temperature consistent throughout the pot.
EASY TO USE
The Joule does not have a touchscreen; instead, all of the device’s functions are controlled via an app on your mobile phone. That’s fine for almost everyone, but if you don’t have a smartphone that supports it (iOS or Android), the Joule isn’t for you. There are numerous other excellent options.
BREVILLE JOULE SOUS VIDE APP
The Joule sous vide app is very good. In their smartphone app, you can easily program the temperature and time required to cook using their sous vide recipes.
The app contains recipes, fundamental concepts, and advanced sous vide techniques. You can program and follow their recipes.
You’re looking for a medium-rare steak or pork chops? They’ll show you pictures of how well done you want your meat, and you’ll just have to pick one and follow the instructions.
If you aren’t a professional chef, the app’s cooking guides and recipes will come in handy. There’s no need to look up cooking temperatures or time guides to cook the perfect steak because the app has it all.
With an Echo 4, you can also control the Joule with voice commands via Amazon Alexa. When your hands are busy chopping garlic or preparing another dish, voice control is ideal.
The following are the top features of the Joule mobile app that make easy sous vide cooking even easier:
- Visual Doneness – displays various doneness images on the screen, allowing you to choose exactly how you want your food. Joule manages the time and temperature to achieve the desired level of cooking.
- Fresh or frozen – this tells the program whether or not it needs to factor in defrosting time.
- Step-by-Step Recipe Guides – no need to combine recipes from various sources. The app will walk you through the steps of the recipe from beginning to end. Another fantastic feature is when the food is done cooking. You might not be able to get to it right away, which is fine because it tells you how long your food can stay in the water without affecting it.
YOU DON’T NEED A LARGE VOLUME OF WATER
The Joule makes use of a brand-new water circulation system.
The propeller-free motor powers a turbine, which draws water through a bottom opening and routes it through the heating element.
Then it’s removed through a small opening in the side of the cooker. What we like best is that the output does not need to be submerged for the sous vide to function.
Because the magnet allows the immersion circulator to be fixed at the bottom of the pot, it only requires 4 cm of water to operate.
Much less than any other sous vide device for low-temperature, vacuum-sealed cooking.
Because sous vide cooking is done in water, all sous vide cookers should be waterproof. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The Joule, fortunately, is waterproof and will provide you with perfect temperature controlled water baths.
The Kitchen Boss G300 and G310 sous vide cookers, which we also reviewed, are also IPX7 waterproof.
Waterproof immersion circulators are fantastic because they are simple to clean and wash. You can take it to the sink and rinse it if necessary.
Because the cooker is only exposed to the water tub, there isn’t much cleaning when it comes to sous vide cooking.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you enjoy sous vide cooking, the Joule is an excellent choice. It’s unlike anything else. If you’re new to sous vide but intrigued by the concept, this is a great place to start. Using the ChefSteps app will greatly simplify your learning process.
You’ll need a large, hot water-safe container for your water bath if you’re using an immersion circulator like Nomiku. Most standard stock pots will work fine, but not only will you lose a stock pot during those three-day sous vides, but you’ll grow out of it.
The Best Sous Vide Machine and Accessories
This is our selection. Anova Nano Precision Cooker. The best circulator for sous vide.
Runner-up. Joule by Breville. Small but potent.
Budget option. The 800W Monoprice Strata Home Sous Vide Precision Cooker is an entry-level sous vide cooker.
That is also fantastic. TS8000 Bernzomatic. A strong torch for searing food.
Meats with a higher tensile strength. It’s important to remember that a ‘tougher’ or ‘cheaper’ cut of meat doesn’t always imply a ‘worse’ cut. Eggs. For a variety of reasons, eggs are one of the most popular foods to cook sous-vide.
This is easily one of my top two sous vide cookers, the other being the Anova Precision Cooker.
If you have the funds, the 1100 Watt Joule cooker is an excellent choice due to its streamlined design, compact size, safety features, and voice control compatibility.
The app is visually appealing, small, and simple to use, with many useful features such as the Visual Doneness selection option.
It quickly heats the water, saving me a lot of time waiting for the water to boil as they say (even though the water never gets to boiling in sous vide).