Sous Vide (sue-veed), meaning “under vacuum,” is a process to cook food precisely and exquisitely with very little manual work — and it’s taking the home cooking scene by storm. The sous vide method has been used by professional chefs for many years, and now the technology to achieve it is available to the general public. Despite sous vide being such a precise manner of cooking, the process by which it cooks food is quite simple.
If you don’t know what sous vide is, it’s a method by which you can cook perfect food with little effort. The sous vide cooker is first placed into a pot of water. The food one wishes to cook is placed inside of a plastic bag, which is then sealed, hung into the water, and clipped to the side of the pot. The sous vide cooker is then set to the temperature and level of doneness that you’d like your food to achieve — and then it does all the work. It circulates and heats the water to the correct temperature and for the exact amount of time required to cook the food. After the food is cooked, you can then grill or broil the food to create a beautiful outer layer as a finishing touch.
Now that you know how the sous vide cooker functions, let’s look at two products from the same brand: Anova Culinary. Anova is a leading brand in smart home cooking appliances. And today, we’ll compare two of their leading sous vide cookers: the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker (Bluetooth only) and the 2nd Generation Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker (Wifi + Bluetooth).
Anova Wifi vs. Bluetooth — Differences
Difference #1: Convenience – Depending on how you like to cook, how busy you are, and other factors, how you choose between the Wifi and Bluetooth Sous Vide cookers will differ. Overall, the convenience is similar. You don’t have to be in the kitchen keeping a watchful eye over the Sous Vide cooker with either option. Once you install the Anova app on your phone, you can use it to control the temperature of the cooker and the time you want your food to cook. The difference in convenience matters most when it comes to how far away from the kitchen you will be.
The Anova Bluetooth option will require you to stay within a certain range of the cooker in order to maintain control of it. Specifically, the bluetooth only cooker requires the phone that is connected to it to remain within 33 feet of the cooker in order for it to operate and be controlled. You are bound to the confines of the bluetooth range in order to monitor the food that you are cooking. This is an ideal setup for someone who will remain close to their kitchen while the food is being prepared. If you need to move farther away while maintaining a connection to your sous vide cooker, the bluetooth option alone will not meet your needs.
The Anova Wifi option allows you to control the cooker from nearly anywhere because it’s connected to your home’s Wifi instead of directly to your phone. By connecting to Wifi, your phone doesn’t need to be in close range to the cooker. You can run errands away from home while using your phone’s cellular data or local Wifi in order to access control to the app that connects to your Anova Sous Vide cooker.
Difference #2: Connectivity – The big difference between these devices is that one uses Bluetooth and the other uses Wifi or Bluetooth in order to operate. Both can connect to the Anova smartphone app from which you start, stop, and control the cooker. However, the Bluetooth only option requires you to remain within approximately 33 feet of the cooker in order to control it. For this reason, the Wifi option edges out the bluetooth option when it comes to connectivity.
Difference #3: Smart Home Integration – An upside of the Anova Sous Vide Wifi cooker is that you can connect and use it with your smart home devices. Using Alexa, you can ask Anova to change temperatures, ask how much longer your food has to cook before it’s done, or even ask for sous vide recipes to help you create a delicious meal. The Bluetooth option alone does not integrate with smart home devices, so the Wifi + Bluetooth option is the better choice if you would like to connect and use your Sous Vide cooker with your smart home appliances.
Difference #4: Heating Power – There is a slight difference between the heating power of the Anova Bluetooth and Anova Wifi+Bluetooth cookers. The Wifi + Bluetooth option has 900W of power whereas the Bluetooth option alone has 800W. While it is not a huge difference, the former option bests the latter. And this wattage difference allows the Wifi + Bluetooth model to prepare food for 10–12 people, while the 800W Bluetooth model only from 7–8. If you are searching for the option with, what we’d deduce as, larger area of effect heating, the Anova Wifi + Bluetooth Sous Vide is the better option.
Difference #5: Anova Culinary App – The Anova app is compatible with both appliances. It lets you control what you are cooking by starting, stopping, and monitoring the appliance, changing the timer and temperature, and providing detailed recipes and pictures of how food should look. The app also allows you to set reminders, share recipes with other people who use the app, and watch video tutorials of some of the recipes that they provide. With the Wifi + Bluetooth model, you’ll need to create an Anova account, but with the Bluetooth model, no account is necessary.
Difference #6: Reviews – Reviews by people who have purchased either the Bluetooth or the Wifi + Bluetooth cooker, and sometimes people who have purchased both, reveal mostly very satisfied customers. As far as complaints, a common issue that arises is that of connecting the Wifi cooker to the owner’s Wifi. Some people who own the Anova Sous Vide Wifi + Bluetooth cooker complain that they can only use the bluetooth feature because the Wifi feature is either too hard to connect or does not connect at all. This malfunction makes the Bluetooth only cooker more desirable based on product reviews shared by multiple users.
Difference #7: Cost – There’s around a $50 difference for the ability to have Wifi connectivity. If you’re looking to try an Anova Sous Vide cooker on a budget, the Bluetooth only cooker will be the better option. However, if you have a little more wiggle room in your budget, the Wifi + Bluetooth cooker is a great investment.
Anova Wifi vs. Bluetooth — Comparison Chart
|Anova Bluetooth||Anova Bluetooth + Wifi|
|Pump||2.1 – 2.4 GPM 7-8 LPM||2.1 – 2.4 GPM 7-8 LPM|
|Maximum Temperature||210°F / 99°C||210°F / 99°C|
|Minimum Temperature||77°F / 25°C||77°F / 25°C|
|Preheat Time |
from 75F to 135F
|24 minutes||19 minutes|
|Power input||110-120VAC |
|Connectivity||BLE 4.0||BLE 4.0 and 802.11 Wi-Fi|
|Length||2.75 in / 6.98 cm||2.75 in / 6.98 cm|
|Width||2.75 in / 6.98 cm||2.75 in / 6.98 cm|
|Height||14.75 in / 36.8 cm||14.75 in / 36.8 cm|
|Immersion Depth||7.25 in / 18.415 cm||7.25 in / 18.415 cm|
|Max Clamp Opening||1.25 in / 3.175 cm||1.25 in / 3.175 cm|
|Minimum Immersion Depth||2.5 in / 6.35 cm||2.5 in / 6.35 cm|
|Weight||2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg||2.5 lbs / 1.1 kg|
|360° Directional Pump||Yes||Yes|
|LED Backlit Scroll Wheel||Yes||Yes|
|Set Timer for up to 99 Hours||Yes||Yes|
|Can Serve||7–8 people||10–12 people|
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Anova Bluetooth vs. Wifi — Our Thoughts
Overall, both of these Anova Sous Vide products are extremely similar. The results that they produce when you cook with them will not vary much. The main difference that stands out is their connectivity. How you choose to communicate instructions to the sous vide cooker will determine which version will better suit your needs. If you have smart home devices that you’d like to pair your sous vide cooker with, or you’d like the freedom to move around the house (or even start it up when leaving work), the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker Wifi + Bluetooth is the choice for you. If you are on a budget and want to try the sous vide cooker, the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Sous Vide Precision Cooker is a great place to start. It may not have the same distance capabilities as the Wifi option, but it still provides advanced cooking technology at a fair price.
Want to see how other sous vide machines stack up? Check out our Compare Sous Vide page.