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Anova Culinary

Anova Culinary

Anova Culinary

Sous vide recipes and guides

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  • Suggestions for app Oct 22, 2020

    By J.C.Stone
    Got my Anova recently and so far have just been using it for reheating meats I have previously smoked with fantastic results. But have some suggestions for the app for improvement: 1. Somebody needs to proof the recipes within the app. There is a huge variation in directions for basically the same cut of meat (i.e. Leg of Lamb - one recipe says 131° for 2 hrs another same temp for 8:23). This is very confusing for cooks just starting out. 2. Guides seem to be simply filtered recipes. I was expecting something more of general guidelines. 3. Finally, being a wifi enabled app I was disappointed that there was no way to setup a notification on my mobile. Yes the device beeps but it would be really beneficial if I got a notification on my mobile in case I’m not nearby.
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  • Apr 3, 2021

    By JC Niemann
    Updated: Better internet, stays connected now. Good to know if you don't have great internet and you are hoping for those features. Doesn't stay connected. Bluetooth/Wifi doesn't work outside of my home. Love the concept and the food, but not the inability to connect from afar.
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  • Highly recommend Apr 15, 2020

    By Rneutron
    I received the sous-vide as a gift and was hesitant to use it for a long time. Kept thinking, do I have time to learn another way of cooking. Set up has to be complicated. If I ever use it I’ll never do it again so what’s the point. Well I have to say I was wrong on all accounts. The setup is so easy. If you can download an app on your phone you’re through the hardest part. I’ve used it 4 times in the past 2 weeks and everything has come out juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. I made chicken breasts, tenderloin steak, and burgers twice. Once you prep the food you put it in a ziplock bag (or vacuum sealed bag) and submerge it in the water once it reaches target temp. Generally I’ve been choosing meals that take 2 hrs to cook but the only active cooking is the prep. Once it is done I will put it on a pan to sear it but that only takes 2 minutes. Highly recommend it for anybody that is looking to elevate their cooking. Time commitment is minimal but you should prep your meals about 2hrs prior to when you want to eat.
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  • Mar 21, 2021

    By Ken Lane
    Wi-fi remains sketchy requiring frequent re-connects. UPDATE: With Anova recommendation to split my 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz network names I had much better function until March 19th, 2021 when my Anova app decided I needed to reconnect to the Precision Cooker Pro. That has not been successful. Currently talking to Anova support to see what has happened this time.
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  • Easier than I thought Mar 23, 2020

    By Lazy putt
    I received the Anova 1000 WiFi enabled precision cooker for a gift. Great addition to meal prep/planning. If you have a big pot, this will work. A nice perk is it can be used on any table or counter near a plug, so it frees up the oven/stove top/grill. You can easily repeat your dish, once you choose a temp/time you like. It is almost bullet proof on creating consistent dishes. The Anova food app is a great place to start as a baseline for time/temp for whatever. I have used Ziplock Gallon Freezer bags with no issue. Clean up is none existent (pour out the water and wipe down pot/cooker unit). This approach will free you up completely. Impossible to over cook. One nice perk- we have cooked more fish as this approach removes the odor that may accompany fish prep. Starting to use the WiFi and app as I now have a few favorite time/temps for target protein. I may get a second one to do vegetables (different temp/time requirements). Btw- the food is amazing! One tip, you can use the water in the pot to help remove the air from the bag (you tube video, so easy)😃
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  • Poor app Mar 31, 2019

    By Joe93103
    Anova intends this to be the directions for using their sous vide machines. As such it fails. There simply are not enough clear directions provided. Very many of the user-contributed recipes are poorly and unclear written as to technique. Those need to be much better-curated. Some examples of issues Anova leaves unanswered: Is there a limit to the amount of product you can cook at one time? When cooking animal flesh, can you put more than one cut (e.g., one pork chop or steak) into a single bag? If so, would you “stack” them one on top of another, or lay them side by side? Do you put the product in the water before it has come to temperature, or after? Many recipes give very large ranges for cooking times, what gives? Do those relate to the thickness of the cut? When the product is done cooking, can/should it be removed immediately, or can it be left in the (gradually cooling) water to keep warm until ready to sear/serve? Is it dangerous if a small amount of air is left in the bag (because it leaves product out of contact with hot water), or is it ok so long as the bag is fully submerged? It is very unfortunate Anova leaves so many basic questions unanswered. Sous vide is a unique technique; I am a skillful home chef but the skills used in other cooking techniques do not directly transfer to sous vide cooking.
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  • App needs work Jul 28, 2018

    By Ratcliff851
    The hardware is great. I can’t begin to describe what a game changer sous vide cooking is. If I had it to do over though, I’d buy a base model with no connectivity because the app is a joke. First, the WiFi settings are ridiculous. After trying to connect unsuccessfully many times, I went to the web. I found out that neither your WiFi network name nor your password can be over 15 characters long. Their solution, I kid you not, is to change your network name and password to be shorter (less secure) than it is now. Also, there are many times where the app continues to tell me I need to get within range of the cooker so it can connect. It’ll stick like this with the app 3 inched away from the cooker. Better to just use the manual controls. Beyond that, I don’t understand how hackish their developers must be to not be able to get a simple timer right. It seemed to work on my first two cooks. After that, the timer now starts during the warm up phase. So you end up having to manually time everything anyway. And you have to listen for the cooker to hit the right temperature. The convenience of “set it and forget it” is totally missed with the poor app functionality.
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  • Apr 5, 2021

    By Luke Welch-Adams
    When starting a cook from the guides section, the device no longer waits to heat up before starting the timer as it used to. I think it's time to look at other cookers as I've had nothing but problems since I wasted my money on this.
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  • Mar 29, 2021

    By ostego
    Probably the worst app for an expensive piece of equipment. It hardly ever connects. When it does it won't stay for long. Takes over 20 minutes just to get it initially set up. Whoever designed this should be boiled alive....
  • Mar 29, 2021

    By Anthony Sevigny
    There is a bug currently where, if you have special characters (at least a %) in your WiFi password, it won't connect. Unsure if it's a bug in the New Anova Precision Cooker, or the app. Will leave this review until it's fixed.

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  • Highly recommend Apr 15, 2020

    By Rneutron
    I received the sous-vide as a gift and was hesitant to use it for a long time. Kept thinking, do I have time to learn another way of cooking. Set up has to be complicated. If I ever use it I’ll never do it again so what’s the point. Well I have to say I was wrong on all accounts. The setup is so easy. If you can download an app on your phone you’re through the hardest part. I’ve used it 4 times in the past 2 weeks and everything has come out juicy, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. I made chicken breasts, tenderloin steak, and burgers twice. Once you prep the food you put it in a ziplock bag (or vacuum sealed bag) and submerge it in the water once it reaches target temp. Generally I’ve been choosing meals that take 2 hrs to cook but the only active cooking is the prep. Once it is done I will put it on a pan to sear it but that only takes 2 minutes. Highly recommend it for anybody that is looking to elevate their cooking. Time commitment is minimal but you should prep your meals about 2hrs prior to when you want to eat.
    more
  • Easier than I thought Mar 23, 2020

    By Lazy putt
    I received the Anova 1000 WiFi enabled precision cooker for a gift. Great addition to meal prep/planning. If you have a big pot, this will work. A nice perk is it can be used on any table or counter near a plug, so it frees up the oven/stove top/grill. You can easily repeat your dish, once you choose a temp/time you like. It is almost bullet proof on creating consistent dishes. The Anova food app is a great place to start as a baseline for time/temp for whatever. I have used Ziplock Gallon Freezer bags with no issue. Clean up is none existent (pour out the water and wipe down pot/cooker unit). This approach will free you up completely. Impossible to over cook. One nice perk- we have cooked more fish as this approach removes the odor that may accompany fish prep. Starting to use the WiFi and app as I now have a few favorite time/temps for target protein. I may get a second one to do vegetables (different temp/time requirements). Btw- the food is amazing! One tip, you can use the water in the pot to help remove the air from the bag (you tube video, so easy)😃
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  • Best Sous Vide Guide Aug 12, 2018

    By firemellow
    First of all, I don’t bother pairing my hardware to the app. I use the timer on my iPhone. Apparently, most of the negative reviews are based on issues with connectivity. But in consideration of actual cooking info and recipes, this app is the best by far and I’ve tried many Sous Vide apps. I am not new to Sous Vide cooking but I found so much information in this app. The “Guide” section of the app is detailed yet easy to read. Within the “Guide” section is an “About” tab for each category of food (beef, poultry, veggies, etc.). This section is loaded with more information that I have seen anywhere else. It includes tips and techniques for each category of food. Easy to read and very useful info that will improve your Sous Vide results - especially for the Sous Vide novice. So according to some of the reviews, there are issues with connecting your hardware for timing and controlling purposes. But for Sous Vide cooking content, this app stands way above the others. FIVE STARS FOR THAT!
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  • Jan 25, 2021

    By Eileen Votava
    This was a Christmas gift which I love. So far I'm still learning but have made rib eye steaks, lobster tails, filets and pork chops. All were delicious and very tender. Also did beef short ribs with a little red wine sealed in the bag. The recipe called for processing it for 48 hours (which seemed a little scary) but the meat was so tender! The wine gave the outside a dark color so searing as a last step wasn't even necessary. I love this thing!
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  • Very Good Machine Nov 10, 2018

    By RonQuill
    I have owned the Anova pod for several months now. I have used it to cook beef, chicken, pork and, several different vegetables. I have found it to be easy to use and a reliable device. Before I purchased, I read a number of reviews which questioned the reliability of the Wi-Fi connection. My experience with this connection initially did present me with some problems, but they were quickly resolved in a call to technical support. I had failed to scroll all the way down on the set up screen to find the right option. I am particularly impressed with the quiet operation of the Anova. I have also used a Gourmia sous vide pod for several years. The Gourmia pod is much noisier and it’s Wi-Fi connection was not nearly as reliable as the Anova’s. But most importantly, the customer support for Anova is vastly superior to that for the Gourmia. The Anova is the machine I would recommend you should consider for purchase.
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  • Suggestions for app Oct 22, 2020

    By J.C.Stone
    Got my Anova recently and so far have just been using it for reheating meats I have previously smoked with fantastic results. But have some suggestions for the app for improvement: 1. Somebody needs to proof the recipes within the app. There is a huge variation in directions for basically the same cut of meat (i.e. Leg of Lamb - one recipe says 131° for 2 hrs another same temp for 8:23). This is very confusing for cooks just starting out. 2. Guides seem to be simply filtered recipes. I was expecting something more of general guidelines. 3. Finally, being a wifi enabled app I was disappointed that there was no way to setup a notification on my mobile. Yes the device beeps but it would be really beneficial if I got a notification on my mobile in case I’m not nearby.
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  • Apr 3, 2021

    By JC Niemann
    Updated: Better internet, stays connected now. Good to know if you don't have great internet and you are hoping for those features. Doesn't stay connected. Bluetooth/Wifi doesn't work outside of my home. Love the concept and the food, but not the inability to connect from afar.
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  • Jan 31, 2021

    By Kerron Montgomery
    love it! missing ONE KEY feature though... I really love making lots of different foods with the sous vide. The only thing I wish is that it would alert me once the "recipe" what time that I have it set for is complete. if you don't watch it, it just keeps cooking at the same temperature.... there's no push notification to the phone saying that the time is done. so you have to use a different method to remind yourself when it's time to take the food out of the sous vide.
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  • Life changing Apr 17, 2020

    By olly wallie
    I love my Anova. It completely changed the way I cook and so far everything has turned out great. My only knock is really 2 things. Even though my settings are in “F” it always defaults to “C” and I have to change it. Another downside is that the timer rarely sets from the ap. I have to try it sometimes as much as 10 times for it to not give me an error. Usually I just turn it on and change the timer from the unit. Final gripe, is the touchscreen doesn’t work well. Hard to change options and adjust the settings. And I’m unable to turn off the unit half the time and have to use the ap or just unplug it. All in all, the unit works great but the ap and touchscreen need work.
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  • Love it. Just some small fixes to the app are needed Jan 31, 2019

    By DanaM.
    This really does the job and says it does. It helps you produce some of the most delicious meals ever. If you love steak then you have to have this in your kitchen. It produces perfect medium rare steaks that are, to take the common phrase, like a butter. Nothing that I have in my Kitchen has upped my cooking game as this. That said, the app is good but it could be improved. The timer could be better and some of the presets sometime say zero minutes when they should be giving you some kind of cooking time. Would love that they add a few more presets as well. I would have liked to of given a 4 1/2 star rating if I could because this product is near to perfect.
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  • Mar 21, 2021

    By Ken Lane
    Wi-fi remains sketchy requiring frequent re-connects. UPDATE: With Anova recommendation to split my 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz network names I had much better function until March 19th, 2021 when my Anova app decided I needed to reconnect to the Precision Cooker Pro. That has not been successful. Currently talking to Anova support to see what has happened this time.
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  • App Needs Improvement Sep 21, 2019

    By Ought2Otter
    I bought an Anova in August 2019. The device is great, and the app had great features. In particular, it was good at preheating, and letting you know about how long it would be until your water is up to temperature. Since then, the app has undergone an update, which has now disabled that feature. Now, when you start a 45 minute recipe, it starts counting down that time immediately, even if the water is preheating. That makes it impossible to use the built-in guides and recipes unless you manually use the device to preheat your water before starting the programmed recipe. In addition, they have now hidden my own recipes in “My Profile”, instead of on the front page dashboard. I have customized several recipes to the “doneness” my family prefers, and they are the recipes I most frequently use. Why bury them on me? Fortunately, these things can be corrected. I just hope Anova does before I abandon the app for manual settings and a kitchen timer. This isn’t rocket science
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  • It’s been improved Jun 7, 2018

    By Torf08
    Originally got the cooker during the holiday season of 2017. During use then had similar problems as others with the timer not working well or randomly resetting. Used it for approximately 2 months before it went into a cupboard. Recently (last two weeks) got it out and started to use it again. Timer issues in the app appear to be fixed (only a handful of uses as of yet). Timer continues to function even if I go to another app (previously this would reset the timer or break it completely). Very happy that the Anova team is hard at work to correct these annoying flaws. I should add that there are still issues with WiFi connectivity. I haven’t extensively tested these issues but it appears to still mess up when attempt to reconnect to the cooker after leaving the WiFi network and rejoining while the cooker is in operation. The app unable to “find” the cooker and I have to go in an unpair and repair the cooker to the application.
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  • Mar 1, 2021

    By W Young
    the wifi connectivity is very flakey and can't be trusted to work when you need it. it often loses connection with the wifi. After it is stopped but still powered on, it loses connection. Now I have a problem setting the temperature with the app. It will accept the time and start/stop commands but not the temperature.
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  • Works but needs improvement. May 26, 2018

    By The Fiddl3r
    A few weeks ago I purchased the Anova w/o WiFi and loved it. The app, however left a few things to be desired. At that time I would grudgingly have given the app a 2 star rating. I liked it so well I wanted to expand into 2 course Sous vide and purchased the WiFi version. I have a Linksys Velop system and at first it wouldn’t connect. I reread the troubleshooting guide a second time and saw the problem. I had a space in my SSID name and for some strange reason the Anova/app combination didn’t allow that situation to exist. I changed the SSID name to remove spaces and it connected immediately. Why then only three stars? Simple, first, the WiFi connectivity is improved, but having to change nearly 50 WiFi switches, light strings, light bulbs, and switched 110v outlets from one SSID to another without a space in the name was a *major* pain — it took me a couple of hours. Believe me my wife wasn’t happy when Alexa wasn’t able to control the lighting 😬. Second, the app *is* slowly improving but does need further refinements — all of those I noted have been listed in other reviews so I won’t duplicate them here. One star for each results in 3 stars.
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  • Works, but many glitches Apr 5, 2020

    By SFPixie
    When it works, the app is pretty easy to use, but it has a number of annoying issues with the user interface. It will become unable to communicate with the Anova device, telling me it’s out of range, which is a bit hard to believe when I’m holding my phone less than 6 inches (15cm) away. It also is fond of displaying a notification count on the app icon, but giving me no way to find the actual notifications. The app will tell me that it’s been keeping my food warm for 150 hours, when in fact the Anova has been unplugged. The recipes and recipe guides also leave MUCH to be desired. For example, every recipe for steak in the Guide section assumes that you want “rare to extremely rare.” News flash: some of us like it medium, or even medium well! But there is no hint of what to do even to get up to medium rare. Presumably you adjust the water temperature, but how much? Do you also need to adjust the cooking time? Not the slightest hint of a suggestion of a clue.
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  • Some pretty poor software Jul 7, 2019

    By AppleBrettski
    The device Sous Vide well. This is about the app though. The app is very unfriendly and difficult to work with. The last update lost my WiFi settings. I haven’t been able to get it to connect. Just not with my time anymore. At least the extra cost for WiFi unit also included more watts so it’s not an entire waste for the better unit. You set you temp and time and the water starts heating. Once to temp the timer stars regardless if the food is in or not. No prompt, etc. so I usually stop the cook, put the food in and start again. Which the food has cooled down the water and preheat begins. So now it will bathe for extra time. While running all seems fine. The cook is done and the unit beeps, and beeps and beeps. No option to tell it to stop. No option to extend or reduce the time. You can change the temp though ( I believe). The Anova app had a notification on it for some reason. I would open the app and it asked to connect the unit. The unit is in the box I am not cooking right now. There was no way to see what the notification is or to clear it. It’s just there. In general it is so buggy. It doesn’t matter either as there are no other options. If you are going to use an Anova cooker you’re stuck with the crap software. The cooker is quite nice, the software, meh.
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  • Feb 19, 2021

    By Nick Fennell
    While I love my Anova immersion circulator and vacuum sealer, I can not say the same for the app. If I need cooking times for items I usually use the Joule circulator app. The search for recipes need to be opened up with multiple ways to search as well as saved searches. There also should be nutritional facts such as calories on the recipes. Almost every website and app that has recipes will have nutritional facts. Also allow for notifications on app when water is to temperature.
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  • Buy Anova but not for the app Jan 2, 2018

    By Bambam481
    The device is fantastic and works great without the app if you do a few minutes of googling to understand how to use it. The app is really disappointing and I’ve had to shut it down to stop annoying problems. Tonight I got about 15 notifications in as many seconds that my food was done while the water was still heating. I can’t figure out how to use some app features that would be convenient. The app isn’t particularly modern looking or attractive. There are better recipes and cooking guides on the joule app, and I’ve been using them for my Anova. That said, the Anova is the best Christmas present I’ve ever received and it’s totally functional without an external device or app, which I like. The company would be well served to include more common sense instructions in the box and redesign the app top to bottom.
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  • Ok but extremely annoying timer resets. Nov 27, 2017

    By fluxrad
    The app itself is pretty well done, with a ton of recipes from Serious Eats proprietor J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. It also has a relatively intuitive interface. Unfortunately it’s sabotaged by poor timer functionality. As you start a “recipe” the Anova unit heats up to target temperature. Once it reaches target temp — say 140° — the timer will start and the app will notify you. Unfortunately, if the target temp drops by even 0.1° then rises again above the target threshold, the timer resets and you will once again get a notification that it’s time to start cooking. Lather, rinse, repeat. As I write this review I’ve received no fewer than four alerts for some chicken breasts I have cooking right now. Until the Anova team can fix this issue, I’m afraid I can’t recommend using the app for timing your cooks, which seems like it should be a core piece of functionality.
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  • Poor app Mar 31, 2019

    By Joe93103
    Anova intends this to be the directions for using their sous vide machines. As such it fails. There simply are not enough clear directions provided. Very many of the user-contributed recipes are poorly and unclear written as to technique. Those need to be much better-curated. Some examples of issues Anova leaves unanswered: Is there a limit to the amount of product you can cook at one time? When cooking animal flesh, can you put more than one cut (e.g., one pork chop or steak) into a single bag? If so, would you “stack” them one on top of another, or lay them side by side? Do you put the product in the water before it has come to temperature, or after? Many recipes give very large ranges for cooking times, what gives? Do those relate to the thickness of the cut? When the product is done cooking, can/should it be removed immediately, or can it be left in the (gradually cooling) water to keep warm until ready to sear/serve? Is it dangerous if a small amount of air is left in the bag (because it leaves product out of contact with hot water), or is it ok so long as the bag is fully submerged? It is very unfortunate Anova leaves so many basic questions unanswered. Sous vide is a unique technique; I am a skillful home chef but the skills used in other cooking techniques do not directly transfer to sous vide cooking.
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  • App needs work Jul 28, 2018

    By Ratcliff851
    The hardware is great. I can’t begin to describe what a game changer sous vide cooking is. If I had it to do over though, I’d buy a base model with no connectivity because the app is a joke. First, the WiFi settings are ridiculous. After trying to connect unsuccessfully many times, I went to the web. I found out that neither your WiFi network name nor your password can be over 15 characters long. Their solution, I kid you not, is to change your network name and password to be shorter (less secure) than it is now. Also, there are many times where the app continues to tell me I need to get within range of the cooker so it can connect. It’ll stick like this with the app 3 inched away from the cooker. Better to just use the manual controls. Beyond that, I don’t understand how hackish their developers must be to not be able to get a simple timer right. It seemed to work on my first two cooks. After that, the timer now starts during the warm up phase. So you end up having to manually time everything anyway. And you have to listen for the cooker to hit the right temperature. The convenience of “set it and forget it” is totally missed with the poor app functionality.
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  • Apr 5, 2021

    By Luke Welch-Adams
    When starting a cook from the guides section, the device no longer waits to heat up before starting the timer as it used to. I think it's time to look at other cookers as I've had nothing but problems since I wasted my money on this.
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  • Mar 29, 2021

    By ostego
    Probably the worst app for an expensive piece of equipment. It hardly ever connects. When it does it won't stay for long. Takes over 20 minutes just to get it initially set up. Whoever designed this should be boiled alive....
  • Mar 29, 2021

    By Anthony Sevigny
    There is a bug currently where, if you have special characters (at least a %) in your WiFi password, it won't connect. Unsure if it's a bug in the New Anova Precision Cooker, or the app. Will leave this review until it's fixed.

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