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Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator Review

An overall solid and affordable machine that boasts an excellent price but isn't quite on par with premium models
Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator
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Price:   $100 List | $89.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Powerful circulating pump, solid thermal stability
Cons:  Bulky design, somewhat pricey
Manufacturer:   Wancle
By Michelle Powell and David Wise  ⋅  Feb 14, 2022
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#5 of 9
  • Temperature - 40% 6.0
  • Circulation - 30% 9.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 5.0

Our Verdict

In terms of overall results, the Wancle Immersion Circulator finished in the upper portion of the sous vide group. It's a decently good sous vide machine, but it couldn't quite clinch an award. It did alright in most of our tests, displaying particular prominence in our circulation metric, but was generally overshadowed in most aspects by one of our high scorers. It can cook some awesome food and won't disappoint in your kitchen; it's tough to beat if you're looking to save money and still have decent performance.

Editor's note: This review includes more details on the products we'd recommend to friends looking for a great sous vide machine. It was updated on February 14, 2022.

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Pros Powerful circulating pump, solid thermal stabilityGood price, strong circulation performance, decent accuracyProficient at maintaining temperature, good circulation performanceMaintains very stable temperature, recovers quickly when food is addedSuper stable at holding a temperature, fairly inexpensive
Cons Bulky design, somewhat priceyAttachment clip is far from our favoriteRelatively expensive, took a very long time to recover in our testBelow average performance in our circulation attempt, so-so interfaceNot the most accurate in our tests, subpar circulation
Bottom Line An overall solid and affordable machine that boasts an excellent price but isn't quite on par with premium modelsIf you want to try out sous vide cooking without spending a ton of cash, this is a great choiceWe found this fairly run-of-the-mill to be disproportionately expensive given its mediocre performance in our evaluationsIt's far from our favorite sous vide and costs a bit more than other higher scoring productsIt received one of the lowest scores of the entire group and we wouldn't readily recommend it
Rating Categories Wancle Thermal Imme... VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Aobosi Sous Vide Co... Instant Pot Accu Sl... Gourmia GSV115
Temperature (40%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
6.0
Circulation (30%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
2.0
2.0
Ease of Use (30%)
5.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Wancle Thermal Imme... VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker Aobosi Sous Vide Co... Instant Pot Accu Sl... Gourmia GSV115
Clamp/Mounts Fixed spring clamp Removeable fixed plastic clip Adjustable and removeable screw clamp Fixed screw clamp Fixed screw clamp
App Control No No No No
Wattage 850W 1000W 800W 800W 800W

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - most of the work with these machines is in the food preparation phase.
Most of the work with these machines is in the food preparation phase.
Credit: Laura Casner

Likes


The Wancle Immersion Circulator's most noteworthy performance was our circulation metric, which accounts for 30% of its overall score. In this test, we added a small amount of food coloring to the corner of a 9.5-quart water bath, then awarded points proportional to the amount of time it took for each machine to disperse the dye enough that a uniform color was achieved. It only took the Wancle 14 seconds to do this, when it took the slowest models over ten times as long — 196 seconds.

Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - the wancle moved dye very quickly throughout the container.
The Wancle moved dye very quickly throughout the container.
Credit: Michelle Powell

The Wancle Immersion Circulator also performed well in our temperature recovery and stability evaluations. This sous vide only took two minutes or so to regain its set temperature of 135°F after we dropped in three vacuum-packed frozen burger patties. Points were awarded based on the amount of time the Wancle Immersion Circulator deviated from the steady-state temperature as monitored by our thermochron temperature loggers. These data loggers measured down to the tenth of a degree. This product only showed deviations from the steady temperature for 3.33% of the hour — one of the better showings we have seen.

Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - the wancle does a great job of holding a stable temperature.
The Wancle does a great job of holding a stable temperature.
Credit: Laura Casner

The Wancle Immersion Circulator did slightly above average in our initial heating test, raising the temperature of 9.5 quarts of 48°F tap water to 147°F in 51 minutes. The fastest models did this in just over 35 minutes, but you can always start with hot water if you don't feel like waiting this long.

Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - there is quite a bit of variation between the interfaces and...
There is quite a bit of variation between the interfaces and controls of each product.
Credit: Laura Casner

The interface on the Wancle isn't the easiest to use but wasn't too bad. It's easy enough to read the display; the control wheel isn't too finicky when it comes to setting the timer and the temperature.

Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - we used a calibrated thermometer to rank and score the accuracy of...
We used a calibrated thermometer to rank and score the accuracy of each product.
Credit: Laura Casner

Dislikes


Regrettably, the Wancle Immersion Circulator delivered less than impressive results in our temperature accuracy test. We checked the temperature accuracy using a precision thermometer to measure the temperature in six different locations for two different setpoints, then averaged results. Each sous vide was given ample time to come up to the set temperature and reach stable conditions before we started measuring. This product averaged 0.70°F under the set temperature of 135°F and almost a full 2 degrees — 1.73°F — when the temperature was set to 147°F.

Wancle Thermal Immersion Circulator sous vide machine - the spring action clamp of the wancle is a little less versatile...
The spring action clamp of the Wancle is a little less versatile than the screw action models but quicker to use.
Credit: Laura Casner

We also found the spring clamp that attaches the Wancle to the side of the sous vide container to be a bit cumbersome, particularly if there was a lip.

Should You Buy the Wancle Immersion Circulator?


The Wancle Immersion Circulator isn't a bad sous vide by any means, but it just can't match the performance of the top-tier sous vide machines. It's a great bargain option, usually offered at substantially less than its list price, and gets the job done. One aspect of the Wancle that made it stand out from most other sous vides is how bulky it is, with a significantly larger carrying handle than most models. It also can be a little pricey given its performance, with top-tier products costing about the same but offering more functionality in a smaller package. If you are shopping for a sous vide on a limited budget, then we think the Wancle is a worthy option for your kitchen appliance lineup.

What Other Sous Vide Machine Should You Consider?


We also like the VPCOK Sous Vide Cooker if your budget is tight. This machine has similar performance and price to the Wancle, but with slightly better performance in our temperature tests. If budget is less of a concern, or you find good sales, the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker Nano can be purchased for about the same price. This option has better test performance in our temperature and ease of use metrics. Depending on your cooking goals, and possible online sales, it could be the better choice for your needs.

Michelle Powell and David Wise
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