SideKIC Kitchen Immersion Circulator
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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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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 ...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this item as a wedding gift, and I was excited to try it. However, although the water circulates perfectly well, and the temperature reading appears correct, the heater... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. Falk
Worked perfectly for 11 months. Now the circulator is dead. Used to half a dozen times or so. Ignored reviews similar to this when I purchased, and now I regret that decision. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by James Hendry
If you're a foreign buyer from a foreign country, AVOID THIS AT ALL COSTS!
When it works -- great! Read more
I initially loved this. Made some steaks that were some of the best I had every cooked at home (our guests asked for doggy bags for their leftover steaks!). Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by Robert Sell
I was planning to use this on a crock pot and the shape of it wouldn't allow the machine to sit level, so I ended up using a stock pasta pot. Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Seth G
I never write reviews, but it doesn't work at all. The system is not consistent - it seems that the temperature gauge is faulty. I have had two units. Read morePublished on December 11, 2013 by Ari Ariel
I have had to change my rating to a single star, and I strongly advise against purchasing this product, or ANY product, from ICA Kitchen. Read more
Not the fastest to use but you will get the same results as the more expensive versions. I love it and use it all the time.Published on October 11, 2013 by Daniel S. Lyon
2/2/2014 Update: After having our second SideKIC fail, I am revising this review to a low rating. I went from 5 stars to 2 stars. Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by BD King