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SideKIC Kitchen Immersion Circulator

3.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Accurate temperature management to 0.5 degrees
  • Easy to use control system and bright display
  • Works in Fahrenheit or Celcius
  • Works with bowls or pots you already have
  • Cook in up to 10 quarts of water
  • Note: you will need a vacuum-sealing system (not included)

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Product Description

The SideKIC is the easiest way to get started with sous vide cooking at home! It's an immersion circulator - it keeps water at an exact temperature, and uses a pump to flow water around food you're cooking. The SideKIC works with bowls or pots you already have, so it's compact and easy to store.

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Product Dimensions 13 x 8.4 x 3 inches
Item Weight 2.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds
ASIN B006X4GNAI
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3.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #333,557 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#4,875 in Kitchen & Dining > Small Appliances > Specialty Appliances
Date first available at Amazon.com January 13, 2012

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By Chris Hennes on February 8, 2012
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(NOTE May 4, 2014: I've revised my rating from 4 stars to 2 due to persistent longevity issues: many people, including myself, have experienced pump failures after anywhere from a few uses to a few dozen uses. The motor used in this product is apparently unable to withstand the constant running in high-temperature and high-moisture environments. There are several new entries in the field that have proven more reliable, albeit somewhat more expensive: Anova Sous Vide Immersion Circulator (Black), Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator (120V), and PolyScience Discovery Series Sous Vide Immersion Circulator DSC-5AC1B)

Original review follows:

This is a brand-new device (at the time of this writing) just released by ICA Kitchen: this is a review of the first version of the product. (Update March 2, 2012: I've added a few notes on the latest revision of the device to the end of this review).

The SideKIC has a very simple user interface: just a single clickable wheel and a color display screen. It is designed to hang on the edge of a stockpot or other cooking vessel: the depth of the pump outlet is not adjustable, and is quite shallow compared to other immersion circulators on the market. If you've been eyeing the
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UPDATE: 5/13/13 It's a shame but I think the manufacturer may have gone out of business. Does anyone have more information?

In my opinion this is the best option for cooks interested in a low cost sous vide circulator, at least at the time of this review (April 2012).

While this is an exceptional value, I couldn't quite bring myself to give it 5 stars because of the relatively low wattage heater and the short immersion depth of the heater. These issues don't prevent you from using the unit but contribute to slow warm-up times and additional care needed for long cooking times.

To give you some perspective, I've tried several different devices over the past 3 years. In 2009 I was lucky to score a laboratory grade circulating water bath with digital controls on eBay for $65. I still use this unit but gave up hope of finding another at such a low price once sous vide became popular. My next unit was the DIY $75 design from the seattlefoodgeek.com site (and recently featured in Make Magazine). I built two of these and am pretty happy with them. After introducing friends and family to sous vide cooking last year, several of them bought commercial units that I have used. These include the Sous Vide Supreme and PolyScience Sous Vide Professional. A few weeks ago I purchased a SideKIC from Amazon to check it out. Of these I strongly recommend the PolyScience unit, the seattlefoodgeek.com DIY unit, and the SideKIC. I don't think the Sous Vide Supreme is a good value and it's not likely you'll find a lab grade circulator for a good price any more. PolyScience makes a nice unit but at $700 it's too spendy for me.
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First one came out of the box with the heating element broken, so while the water circulated, the built in temperature gauge told me that the water wasn't getting any hotter. Amazon promptly refunded my money after I returned it, and then I went and tried to buy a second one to replace it, thinking I just got a bad unit.

This current unit which I am now repackaging to return probably has a working heating element but I have no idea because while the water circulates, the temperature gauge is stuck at 00.0 degrees fahrenheit. There will be no third time, I'm taking the refund and looking for another solution. Darn shame as I like the controller, the setup was easy, but there's something wrong with the build of this device.
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My SideKICK stopped working after 6-7 uses, when the screen stopped responding. I contacted customer service at ICA Kitchen asking how I would be able to get it fixed, and they were nice enough to respond saying they would gladly repair or replace the product. I shipped my product back about two months ago and never received a response back. When I followed up, they said they had probably lost it and would get back to me the next day regarding its status. Three weeks later with me following up once a week I have yet to hear a response. I don't even care if they fix it at this point, I would just appreciate it I could get my product back.

Conclusion: Don't buy this product for reliability, and be prepared for customer service to not assist you when the product breaks. Quite a disappointment.
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