Nise Wave

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

Wh at is it?

It’s a stick thing that gets a bit warm. It has Wi-Fi.

Face­tious as ever, Guru.

All right, all right. The Wave is the lat­est in Nise’s line of sous-vide cook­ing de­vices. If you’re un­fa­mil­iar, sous-vide – ‘un­der vacuum’ – is the cook­ing tech­nique whereby you put your in­gre­di­ents in a lit­tle air-sealed bag and leave it in specif­i­cally tepid wa­ter for a long time.

So th at’s good?

Sous-vide cer­tainly im­parts a unique tex­ture and level of flavour to your food, but Guru can’t help but feel that treat­ing a steak to a nice warm bath for half a day is some­what less ap­peal­ing than sub­ject­ing it to fiery burn­i­na­tion for a cou­ple of min­utes. The Wave takes even more of that ag­gres­sion out of meal­times; leave it in your stew­ing pool in the morn­ing, and it’ll ac­ti­vate at pre­cisely the right time to get your food done for when you have din­ner, adapt­ing its tem­per­a­ture through the day to en­sure a per­fect cook.

Any neat fea­tures?

There’s an app which in­cludes a bunch of recipes and au­to­matic Wave set­tings for them, wa­ter cir­cu­la­tion to en­sure an even level of done­ness, IP67 wa­ter re­sis­tance which, un­be­liev­ably, isn’t a stan­dard fea­ture in th­ese “dunk me in wa­ter all day” elec­tri­cal de­vices, and a bunch more things.

Prett y great th en?

This won’t do all your cook­ing for you. You can’t put a whole meal in a tub and call it a day – you’ll need to whip up the rest the tra­di­tional way. And sous-vide does not ap­peal to every­one. But yes, par­tic­u­larly at the price ($199, or around £155) this is worth a taste.

How did it do?

The Wave got a warm re­cep­tion, bag­ging well over $230,000 of a $35,000 goal.

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