Although immersion circulators were previously a tool reserved for chefs, recent advancements in technology have made them much more accessible to home chefs. Immersion circulators heat up a bath of water to a specific temperature and can keep it heated at an even heat. The consistent temperature leads to some quality cooked meats that are far more attainable and require less finesse than more traditional heating methods.
This style of cooking, sous vide, eliminates the possibility of overcooking or undercooking, and this combined with the ability to “set it and forget it” has led to a big boom in demand for immersion circulators. But which model should you go with?
Sansaire vs. Nomiku — Differences
Difference #1: Design – From a design standpoint, these models are decently different. Nomiku is one of the only models on the market that offers a front facing clip. These clips aren’t as strong as some of the turn clamps available on other popular models like the Anova, but they’re pretty convenient and more sturdy than the clip from Sansaire.
The Nomiku sous vide system has a 2.4″ LCD screen with two buttons: a menu button that pulls up the device options, and an action that physically selects whatever is highlighted.
A notable difference with the Nomiku that sets it apart from the competition is the iconic fluorescent green design featured in their branding. There’s a vibrant green dial on the top of the device that serves as the main selection mechanism for the cooker, and this touch makes the system both functional and beautiful.
Sansaire offers fewer control options. You simply turn it on, set the temperature with a ring, and then turn it off when the food is finished cooking. Simply spin the ring to the desired setting, press the power button and start heating up your water.
Difference #2: Circulation Capacity – With a similar power rating of 1100W, it may seem intuitive that the devices heat up at a similar speed. Something to take into account, however, is the fact that the Sansaire model has a better circulation capacity at 3 gal / 11 L per minute vs the 1.8 gal / 7 L per minute of the Nomiku.
This increased capability results in the Sansaire heating the water at a faster speed than the Nomiku.
Difference #3: Detachable Cord – The Sansaire has a detachable power cord, which makes it easier for cleaning and general maintenance of the machine. Being able to keep those electric aspects safe from water when necessary is a great perk.
The Nomiku lacks a detachable power cord, which makes it look a little sleeker from a design standpoint, but the lack of utility is a questionable tradeoff. Being able to pull off the cord for cleaning and storage would be a major plus.
Difference #4: Plug Configuration – The Nomiku only supports USA power supply. International (240V) orders should look into pre-ordering a WiFi Nomiku for delivery later this year (we’ll keep this updated as more details come out).
Sansaire has the advantage in this section, with three different power options: 110v USA/CA, 220v AU/New Zealand, and 220-240v EU plug. These added choices definitely make this model the more versatile of the two.
Difference #5: Control – Unfortunately, the Sansaire can only be controlled manually. Conversely, the Nomiku offers support for the Tender app which offers a different mechanism of control. While this isn’t the same as integration with a smarthome hub like Amazon Alexa or Google home, it’s still a cool feature to have.
Place your food in the pot in advance before leaving for work and then turn on the sous vide remotely via the Tender app to come back to a delicious dinner. The app also allows you to check on the food and turn the system off remotely, allowing you to keep tabs on your meal from a distance.
Difference #6: Timer – A major difference between the two models is in the presence/absence of a timer. When you turn on the Sansaire, it will automatically heat up to the correct temperature. However, you’ll still be responsible for turning off the system when the cooking is done. In practical terms, this isn’t too much of an issue, but it still detracts from the “set it and forget it” aspect of this style of cooking that’s so convenient. If safety is a concern, however, you can rest assured that the device will automatically turn off if the water level drops too low.
The Nomiku sous vide, on the other hand, offers support both for manual timer programming or timing via the Tender app. With this convenient feature, you’ll get a perfectly cooked meal whether or not you remember to turn the device off. The device will turn off automatically and notify you when your meal is complete.
This notification comes via a pairing with the EatTender smartphone app. As mentioned above, this app can also adjust the time and temperature remotely. Safety alerts are also delivered this way, and you’ll be made alert if the power disconnects or the temperature drops too low.
Sansaire vs. Nomiku — Comparison Table
|Display Control||No||LCD Touch Screen |
|Control Type||Manual||Manual |
|Width||4.0 Inches||4.0 Inches|
|Height||15 Inches||12.0 Inches|
|Weight||4 lbs||4.8 lbs|
|Power||1100 Watts||1100 Watts|
|Minimum Fill||2.75 Inches||1.5 Inches|
|Maximum Fill||6.5 Inches||5.5 Inches|
|Type of Clip||Adjustable-width Clip||Front-Facing Clip|
|App||N/A||iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome|
|Power Input Options||110v USA/CA |
220v AU/New Zealand
|120v USA/CA |
220v EU/Korea (Pre-order)
|Pump||3 GPM / 11 LPM||1.8 GPM / 7 LPM|
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Sansaire vs. Nomiku — Our Thoughts
Both the Sansaire and Nomiku offer access to quality sous vide cooking, but they’re not without their drawbacks. Both models are rather large and pretty terrible to try to store. If your storage space is at a premium, you may want to look into a more compact model like the Joule.
When choosing between these two models, it’s pretty clear that the Nomiku has an advantage. The Sansaire model forces you to turn off the system manually, and this aspect alone is enough to cost it major points in this sous vide comparison.
If you value a smart device with a more hands-off approach, the Nomiku will serve you well. Whatever decision you make, however, will result in some seriously tasty meals that even the least cooking inclined can accomplish. Do your research, and go for a sous vide option that will suit your needs.
Want to see how other sous vide machines stack up? Check out our Compare Sous Vide page.