Sous vide popularity continues to rise as innovative companies create easy and effective methods of cooking the perfect sous vide meal. More recently, immersion circulators have been in the spotlight, serving as a compact alternative to sous vide ovens. However, one company is working to reinvigorate the traditional sous vide oven, and we think they succeeded. Meet Mellow.
What is Mellow?
Mellow is a smart sous vide machine that can be controlled from your phone, allowing you to start cooking dinner when leaving work and come home to a perfectly cooked sous vide meal. Multiple sous vide machines currently on the market have WiFi capability, so what sets Mellow apart? Let’s dive into the key features of this sous vide machine.
Let’s be honest, at first glance, nobody thought this would be a kitchen gadget – at most, it looks like a humidifier. Nonetheless, this is actually a huge positive in our book because the design does not look like a traditional bulky kitchen appliance. Coming in at 16” tall and 6” wide, Mellow is the first sous vide machine we would personally be fine with leaving on the counter full-time.
Refrigeration System and Weight Sensor
Without a doubt, the most innovative feature of Mellow is the built-in refrigeration system to keep your food fresh while waiting for your perfect time to begin cooking. This allows you to place food in the sous vide machine before leaving the house and not have to worry about the food going bad by sitting out all day. If this isn’t cool enough yet, Mellow also has a built-in weight sensor in the base of the unit. This smart sous vide machine will actually know when you place food into the water bath, which kicks on the refrigeration unit. You can then use the Mellow app to begin cooking at a later time.
The water bath consists of a double-walled tank which helps insulate temperatures and conserve energy. The size of the water bath is 9” x 4” x 7”, proving ample space for food. The tank is also removable, making cleaning a breeze.
As we previously mentioned, Mellow uses your WiFi network to communicate between the device and your phone. So what does this mean? In addition to controlling the device (when to start cooking), Mellow can also make suggestions and learn to cook the food to your personal taste. This is done by sending and receiving feedback after meals. If you didn’t like the way your salmon turned out, Mellow can offer suggestions for improving it the next time you cook based on your personal feedback.
- Heating Power: 1,000 Watt
- Cooling Power: 50 Watt
- Cooking Capacity: 4.5 Liters (roughly 6 regular portions)
- Temperature Range: 35 degrees to 192 degrees Fahrenheit
- Temperature Accuracy: +/- 1 degree Fahrenheit
Final Thoughts on the Mellow Sous Vide Machine
Honestly, we’ve never been more excited for the release of a sous vide product. Mellow’s Apple-esque design reinvigorated the sous vide market, and its innovative new features are sure to set the new standard for sous vide machines. Mellow is currently taking pre-orders on their website and is expecting to begin shipping units this Fall. Stay tuned for our hands-on, in-depth review.