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Anova Precision Oven


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48 minutes ago, blue_dolphin said:

 

Do you have a stove or cooktop of some sort?  That's what I use to boil water.  Usually in a tea kettle but sometimes in a pot. I've never had a separate appliance for boiling water, though I know they are common in some places.

 

As to the microwave, you might get better answers if you were to to identify the specific microwave capabilities that can't be lived without.  This Anova thread may or may not be the best thread for that, at least at this point when no one has seen one. 

 

There has been some discussion of small combi oven capabilities when @KennethT was thinking along the same lines about the Cuisianart CSO. You could check out this post and its replies in the "Do I need..." thread and follow up with this post of his in one of the Cuisinart CSO threads and read down through both of them for some thoughts. Probably other places I can't recall, too.

 

A small combi oven, on steam bake can do a great job reheating a plate of leftovers.  Takes a little longer than a MW but the result is superior, to me.  It's not ever going to be the single best appliance for boiling a cup of water in the shortest amount of time.  Mine replaced the toaster and I suspect the Anova can, too.

When I save up enough, I plan to get rid of my over the range microwave in order to install a proper vent hood.  I don't think I'll miss it.  Well, except that it's a handy storage spot for the cooked bacon one of my cats will quickly devour if I should step out of the kitchen 🤣

It's hard to believe that I was involved in this discussion a year ago when we were getting ready to move... fast forward a year later, and we still haven't moved!!! (but we're making progress with renovations, finally).

 

After using the CSO for a while, I have determined that, for our needs, we definitely do not need a microwave and have no intention of getting one.  For defrosting coconut milk, stock (which I keep in a ziplock bag in the freezer) or frozen chicken parts, I used to use my sous vide rig, but now I find it's even easier to get a large bowl of warm water and plunk it in there for a bit.  The english muffin defrosts and is just like out of the microwave in 4 minutes on steam bake - compared to 1 minute in the microwave... no big deal. And heating water for tea (which I used to use my gas range) I got a 2-3 cup kettle which has various temp settings for different types of tea.  It will bring a small amount of water to boil in less time than on my gas range or the microwave - and unlike the microwave, I don't have to keep checking it to make sure it doesn't explode.

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On 9/17/2020 at 12:22 PM, blue_dolphin said:

There has been some discussion of small combi oven capabilities when @KennethT was thinking along the same lines about the Cuisianart CSO. You could check out this post and its replies in the "Do I need..." thread and follow up with this post of his in one of the Cuisinart CSO threads and read down through both of them for some thoughts. Probably other places I can't recall, too.

Thanks. Indeed, we have a cooktop but firing it up to boil water seems slower and less energy efficient. 

    Both threads were very interesting reading. I don't think I will be able to get DH to give up his MW (or water boiler). One person summed it up well: "Our microwave keeps kitchen-phobic husband alive at lunch." Another phrase used was "time intolerant" which fits the bill nicely for his food prep routines -- also his concern for energy usage/efficiency: morning scrambled egg; lunch/dinner reheating of whatever has been prepared/packaged for a meal; reheating coffee.

     That said, a separate 'real' oven (i.e., in addition to, rather than instead of, the current mw/convection oven) would let me stay out of the way ... I always seem to be in the middle of some multi-step baking adventure using the convection function when it's time for DH to mw his lunch. Having a 'real' oven would let work proceed in parallel. The only issue is running out of countertops for these "countertop" items. I'm thinking that a baking oven in the garage wouldn't be all that bad -- go out there at the start and at the end of a bake, and for some checks mid-way. Now that the garage is home to the pantry and the storage fridge, the trips out there are more frequent and less bothersome....

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How likely is it that the APO will eventually be sold at outlets such as Best Buy (or Home Depot ... or even Costco)? At this time, the Anova site shows additional shipping charges for Alaska & Hawaii.

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6 minutes ago, Keri AH said:

How likely is it that the APO will eventually be sold at outlets such as Best Buy (or Home Depot ... or even Costco)? At this time, the Anova site shows additional shipping charges for Alaska & Hawaii.

 

This page lists Anova's current retail partners which might give you a hint as to outlets they may choose for the oven.   Best Buy is on the list.  HD and Costco are not listed at this time.

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20 hours ago, blue_dolphin said:

This page lists Anova's current retail partners which might give you a hint as to outlets they may choose for the oven.   Best Buy is on the list.  HD and Costco are not listed at this time.

 

Oh, excellent! Several of those (including Amazon Prime) work for Hawaii (assuming the retailer opts to carry the APO, eventually). Thank you!!

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On 9/22/2020 at 8:12 PM, JoNorvelleWalker said:

The anova website is now saying the interior height of the oven is 10 inches.

I really hope the 12.4" turns out to be the depth. A 10" depth kills off all the 12" round pans (cake, pizza, etc.) which sounds like a bad idea.

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3 hours ago, Keri AH said:

I really hope the 12.4" turns out to be the depth. A 10" depth kills off all the 12" round pans (cake, pizza, etc.) which sounds like a bad idea.

 

Let's hold out for 12.4 inch height and 12.4 inch depth.

 

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41 minutes ago, jimb0 said:

They explicitly spell it out on the website. The interior dimensions are 16.9 inches wide (429mm) x 12.4 inches deep (315mm) x 10 inches high (254mm).

 

https://anovaculinary.com/anova-precision-oven/

 

(the dimensions have been mentioned before, just pointing out they specifically say WxDxH)

 

They do now.  They didn't a couple days ago.  And the information contradicts what the anova customer service rep told me.  However I suspect 10 inches is the height.

 

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1 hour ago, Robin G said:

I also noticed that change to add WxDxH. I am losing confidence in the answers given by customer service.

 

I suspect the customer service rep working out of a closet at home did not have a ruler to go measure.

 

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Anyone else notice on the Canadian site they switched batch 1 shipping date to October 9th? I noticed a count down before to get the oven shipped by September 28th (only 15% of units left)... but now it just gives 1 date for batch one... no email communication since the initial order...

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Just spoke on chat:
Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing delays for Anova Precision Oven. ☹️ We are expecting ovens to arrive on warehouse between October 4 to 6. That’s why orders will begin shipping by October 9.”

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Overall I left feedback that communication has been poor. Starting with the perforated pan that’s featured in their main videos that apparently you have to pay extra for. Now changing the shipping date without emailing customers. I understand delays happen but communication is important. They charged my credit card the day I made the preorder (not upon shipping) so I do expect to be kept in the loop.... maybe I’m expecting too much?

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20 minutes ago, CanadianHomeChef said:

I noticed a count down before to get the oven shipped by September 28th (only 15% of units left)... but now it just gives 1 date for batch one... no email communication since the initial order...

This 15% label was also formerly on the USA batch 2 button, and has also been removed. However, the dates have not changed - Sept 28 for batch 1 and Oct 12 for batch 2.

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8 minutes ago, Robin G said:

This 15% label was also formerly on the USA batch 2 button, and has also been removed. However, the dates have not changed - Sept 28 for batch 1 and Oct 12 for batch 2.

Yeah. It looks like only the Canadian shipment has been delayed. No email communication though.

I wonder if they redirected the initial Canadian shipment to American warehouses to fulfill USA demand that they advertised a September 28th shipment date to? Wouldn’t surprise me........ doesn’t make it right though. A simple email would have been enough though... I don’t like being left in the dark.

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For those of us fortune enough to be getting it hopefully this week (or those poor folks in Canada who will be getting it in a few weeks), what are some tests and things others want to see from us guinea pigs? Any cooking tests? Any measurement verification? (I can confirm the website originally had the depth and height backwards) Anything else? Let's get a set of trials going and see if we can use this to its fullest.

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