Wancle Sous Vide Precision Cooker Review – MUST READ Before You Buy!

wancle sous vide precision cooker review

  • 1/10
    Performance - 1/10
  • 6/10
    Ease of Use - 6/10
  • 4/10
    Design - 4/10
  • 7/10
    Features - 7/10
4.5/10

Summary

The Wancle is a cheap sous vide machine and in my experience, not a very good one. The design is lacking and borderline unusable. My unit ended up breaking not long into testing.

I would highly recommend you go with the Anova Bluetooth if you’re looking for a similarly cheap sous vide machine or the ChefSteps Joule if you’re ready to make a bigger investment.

Wancle Sous Vide Review

With the explosion of new sous vide circulators on the market, it’s only a matter of time before they get cheaper and cheaper. Is cheaper what the sous vide community is after, though?

Not in my mind. If you’re willing to put in the time to learn sous vide and cook a meal to perfection, then you’re probably willing to invest a decent amount into your equipment. As a result, I haven’t really bothered taking a look at most of the cheap “knock offs” on the market from many of the no-name brands you may have seen on Amazon and elsewhere. I think it’s best for the sous vide community to focus most of my time on brands that have a legitimate presence in advancing the technology and growing the community of sous vide such as Chef Steps and Anova.

All that being said, the Wancle has caught my eye with its somewhat unique design and a large number of positive reviews on Amazon. Looking at their Amazon storefront page, they have received 80 ratings in the past year, all positive. So despite not having much of a web presence, it does seem that some people like this Wancle sous vide machine and the company has apparently been treating customers well, so I figured the Wancle would be worth checking out.

 

wancle sous vide machine review

How does this sous vide machine compare to the rest of the products available on the market, and it is worth buying in order to save some money? Let’s jump into the review.

Unboxing

The Wancle came packaged in a nice looking box that encourages you to “sous vide like a chef at home”. Inside the box is simply the sous vide machine and a small user guide.

 

wancle sous vide box review

Design

What caught my attention on this sous vide machine is the interesting top handle/grip. Underneath the grip is a “trigger” mechanism that you squeeze in order to open up the plastic clamp running along the stainless steel tube of the heating element.

wancle sous vide handle

One thing you’ll notice right away when pulling the trigger is that the clamp does not open particularly wide. While it may not seem like a big deal, it turned out to be a major design flaw. When I tried to attach the unit to my polycarbonate sous vide container, I couldn’t even get it beyond the first tooth of the clamp, let alone secure it!

I had to manually pry the clamp open extra-wide in order to slide the circulator down enough to secure it.

wancle design flaw

This turned out to be more than just an annoyance when I realized the reach of this sous vide machine is noticeably shorter than others – about 2 inches shorter because there’s a hard-stop on the clamp that prevents it from sliding any further. This means that with the unit clamped on to my container as far as it will go, I can’t use the sous vide machine with 6 liters of water – the water line doesn’t come up to the minimum to meet the heating element!

wancle review in water

In the above photo you can see that the water line is still about half an inch below the minimum required.

Of course, I could simply add more water – but that would be wasteful and require more energy to heat more water than is really needed. Also, no other sous vide machine I have tested had this issue. All were able to safely run with 6 L of water in a standard polycarbonate container.

It seems this clamp was designed only with those who want to use a cooking pot in mind. This is a huge downside in my book, as I exclusively use containers.

Display

The Wancle sous vide machine’s display is pretty straight forward and easy to read. It shows you the current temperature and has a button to toggle the second, smaller display between your set time and your desired temperature.

The play/pause button is used to start or stop the cook.

wancle sous vide display controller

On the side of the unit, you will see a small scroll wheel. The wheel will light up blue if everything is fine, or red if you have an error or it’s not yet running.

wancle controls

This scroll wheel ended up being a pain point. First, it felt very cheap to use. The resistance it gave on each turn/click was noticeable different, often feeling flimsy and imprecise.

Another design feature is if you are to spin the scroll wheel fast, it will skip more degrees or minutes to let you get to your desired value faster. In theory this sounds fine, but in practice it was much too quick to jump into “hyperdrive”, often causing me to overshoot my target even when making small adjustments.

By contrast, the scroll wheel on the Gourmia sous vide machine is very reliable and feels sturdy. I wouldn’t bet on the Wancle scroll wheel lasting very long.

 

Clip

I already talked a bunch about the issues with this clip above in the design section but it’s worth mentioning again how disappointing it was for anyone not using a cooking pot. Other products that use more of a pressure-clamp system rather than this teeth system that the Wancle uses are much better because you can adjust them more precisely and you don’t have issues getting them on wider containers.

wancle sous vide parts

 

Heater and Circulator

The Wancle uses a 850 watt heater with a temperature range of 77-211.8ºF. The product page claims to have “3D Circulation” (huh?) which seems to mean they believe their circulator moves the water around the container in all directions at once, heating the water faster and keeping the temperature more precise.

wancle sous vide close up

In practice, the Wancle did seem to move a good amount of water differently than other sous vide machines, but I can’t say for sure if it was truly superior in keeping water temperature more consistent. When it comes to noise, this was definitly one of the more quiet sous vide machines I have used, but not so much so that it really stands out.

Performance

I tried to test the unit to see how the heating element worked, but shortly into my test the unit started beeping at me repeatedly, and the wheel status kept changing between blue and red. It seemed like it couldn’t decide if there was an error or not and was caught in a loop as a result. The below video captures my experience –

I wasn’t able to find anything in the manual about trouble shooting this issue. The water level was within the acceptable range at this point (I added more water), so it just seems like a faulty unit.

Wancle vs Anova

My final thoughts to wrap up this Wancle sous vide review would be to skip it and get something else. If you’re looking for something on the cheaper end, I would suggest you go with the Anova Bluetooth model. Many people ask me which of these they should get since they’re similar in price, and the answer is clearly the Anova. Here’s a few key points on why the Anova is superior –

  • Established US company with great customer service and support. You can get someone from the company to actually answer your questions or fix your issues.
  • Many years experience of designing sous vide machines means greater quality and reliability.
  • Better features and design in the Anova when comparing based on the sous vide machine alone.

If you’re willing to invest a bit more after reading this review, then the Joule is the way to go.

 

9 thoughts on “Wancle Sous Vide Precision Cooker Review – MUST READ Before You Buy!

  • January 28, 2018 at 10:15 am
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    My husband bought me a Wancle for Christmas and I have used it around ten times. I experienced no problems. I feel your 1 out of 10 performance rating is harsh and unjust. I visited your website to research sous vide containers, so I do appreciate your comments about the clip. I will look for a container with a narrow lip.

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  • February 14, 2018 at 1:02 pm
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    Been cooking with my Wancle regularly for over 12 months – no problems at all. Great value for money.

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  • February 24, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    I used this sous vide twice with no problems. Today I’m experiencing the continuing beep that does not stop. I did turn it off and on. The water is on the level that it supposed to be. All of a sudden this thing does not stop beeping.

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  • April 5, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    I experienced the repeated beeping as well but it WAS a water level problem. Hold down the start button and it resets. That takes care of the error loop you’re talking about. Then I added more water and it worked just fine.

    I’ve used this about 20 times and it’s performed like a champ. I too think this is a low rating for what amounts to a very good value immersion circulator. This has a 4.5 average customer rating on Amazon out of 527 reviews (400 are verified purchase). Who are you going to believe, 500 Amazon reviews or one guy who’s mad because he couldn’t figure out how to correct a simple problem?

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  • September 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm
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    I to feel you are being unjust mine seems to work fine and not all of us want to invest $200. not knowing if it will be something we use. I use mine at least once a week and now my hubby 88 yrs. of age can once more eat steak.

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  • October 17, 2018 at 11:22 pm
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    Had mine 1yr. Used less than 10 times..dead.

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  • November 1, 2018 at 12:38 am
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    I have a Sous Smart, an older branding of the exact same machine. I’ve had it in heavy use, 3-5 times per week for 22 months and it’s still going strong. I like that it has virtually no features, less to break and disable the unit. I thought the dial was going bad, after vigorous spinning for 30sec. back and forth it cleaned the contacts and is working like new again. I cook 90% of my meat with it, 3-6 times per week. The clamp can easily be opened wider by hand after squeezing the trigger, not an issue. You do need tall vessels for more than a couple hours of cooking time.

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  • December 17, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    I have he wancle and love it, it is perfect, your problem with the container is because you have a lip on the container. try a different container or cut the lip away and get on with it. Bad research bad review. Rethink the problem and you will find a solution. A bad workman blames his tools.

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  • May 13, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    Hi,

    Been using the Wancle Sous Vide for a few months now and the only thing I notice in performance is when getting the water warmer to 85/90º Celsius for vegetables it takes a long time if you’re using a big container like the Lipavi C15. We’re talking about a Sous Vide Circulator that costs around 80€ while both Anova and Joule cost double (at least in Portugal). Have a friend with less luck and his died after a couple of uses. Overall, I recommend it. The temperature button system could be better but, still… Used it several times to cook Turkey breasts over 22h and temperature kept constant the whole time.

    Regards.

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