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Another great option at the smaller end of the water bath models is the VonShef Premium 8 Liter Sous Vide Water Oven.
This little appliance (with a long name) still provides everything aspiring sous vide home chefs could need to perfectly cook reasonable amounts of food at a reasonable price.
Though the VonShef is the least expensive of the models reviewed, it includes many of the features of the more expensive models (i.e., see-through lid, LCD display) without sacrificing the quality of the food prepared.
It may be considered one of the best options for those wanting to experiment with sous vide water baths without making a large initial investment.
Specs at a Glance
- Compact and precise
- Holds up to six pouches (rack included)
- Top LCD display
This VonShef model offers a similar design to the Gourmia GSV900, with controls on the top of the unit for easier access but on a smaller scale and with a smaller price tag. The 8-liter capacity still comfortably holds (and accurately cooks) up to six pouches of food which is generous for a small meal. As with most of the small capacity water baths, the VonShef’s weight makes it more portable and easy to move into a cabinet after use; however, the dimensions of the unit are less space-efficient than other models which might make it less able to negotiate small spaces. The classic stainless exterior makes storage less of a necessity from an aesthetic standpoint, though. The lid seals tightly in place to retain heat and has a smaller but still adequate see-through area in the middle.
The temperature control on this model ranges from 0 to 99 degrees Celsius but can only hold the desired setting for a maximum of 24 hours. This should be sufficient time for most purposes but is a consideration for those with different needs and/or intentions to prepare food for longer cooking times. A custom stainless steel rack is included that ensures enough space is between the food for even cooking. VonShef does recommend using only vacuum-sealed packets, which eliminates some flexibility afforded with other models.