76 overall score
Mellow Sous Vide
42 Scoring Factors Researched in this Comparison

Mellow Sous Vide Review

Section Scores
Hardware
73
74 (avg)
Performance
79
78 (avg)
Design
79
80 (avg)
Durability
65
77 (avg)
Usability
90
85 (avg)
What makes it better?
Mellow Sous Vide Average Sous Vide
Has a smaller heating tube diameter (NA vs. 2.4 in.)
Lets you manually set the flow direction (Yes vs. Unknown)
Has a lower min temp (39°F vs. 68°F)
Has a more precise temp setting (0.1°F vs. 0.2°F)
Has a higher flow rate (NA vs. 2.25 gal/min.)
Requires a smaller container depth (NA vs. Unknown)
Has a larger clamp opening (Not Applicable vs. 0.5 in.)
Has built-in refrigeration (Yes vs. No)
Can set a timer delay (Yes vs. Unknown)
Has automatic shutdown after timer ends (Yes vs. Unknown)
Has a Taste Learner (Yes vs. No)
Is shorter (height) (14.8 in. vs. 15.8 in.)
Is lighter (weight) (2.9 lbs. vs. 17.4 lbs.)
Has a higher max temp (197°F vs. 194°F)
Can heat a higher max water capacity (5 gal. vs. 1.3 gal.)
Requires a lower water capacity (3 in. vs. Unknown)
Has a digital display (Yes vs. No)
Has a more durable heating tube material (Stainless Steel vs. NA)
Has a longer consecutive max cook time (100 hrs. vs. Unknown)
Has a better water & splash resistance (IPX7 vs. Unknown)
Has manual controls (Yes vs. No)
Can operate in Celsius (Yes vs. Unknown)
Has alert sounds (Yes vs. Unknown)

Hardware

Power (watts)

Mellow Sous Vide: 1000 watts
Average Sous Vide: 1000 watts
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Generally, the higher the wattage, the more power. If you're looking to heat a lot of water, or want to have a sous vide that heats up quickly, this is an important factor for you to consider.

Voltage

Mellow Sous Vide: 110–120v
Average Sous Vide: 110–120v
Voltage is what makes electric charges move. But for this comparison, it's just important to note that appliances in the USA use 110-120v, while Europe uses 220–240v. Map for reference.

Hertz

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: 50hz
Hertz is the frequency unit of the vibration cycle time. But, again, for this comparison, it's just important to note that USA uses 60hz, and Europe uses 50hz. Map for reference.

Height (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: 15.8 in.
Average Sous Vide: 14.8 in.
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The smaller the sous vide, the less space it takes up. However, size can sometimes come with a trade-off in power. We generally favor smaller sous vides over larger ones, because most people won't be cooking for a restaurant of people.

Tube Diameter (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: 2.4 in.
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The tube diameter determines how much space you have left in your pot or container for placing your food. We think a smaller diameter is better, as it gives you more space in your container to fit more food.

Weight (lbs.)

Mellow Sous Vide: 17.4 lbs.
Average Sous Vide: 2.9 lbs.
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Weight is pretty self-explanatory. We think that the lighter the sous vide, the better.

Length of Power Cord (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: 33 in.
Average Sous Vide: 33 in.
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An often overlooked feature. The longer the cord, the more freedom you have to cook where you want to. And sometimes, there just isn't enough space around your outlet. Definitely keep the length of cord in mind when choosing the right sous vide for your kitchen.

Set Flow Direction Manually

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
Sous vides heat and circulate water around the cooking container. Most sous vides control the flow automatically, evenly heating the entire pot. However, some sous vides allow you to set the water flow direction manually, in case you've got an oddly shaped container. We think this is a small benefit, but overall, not super impactful.

360° Directional Pump

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
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The 360° directional pump is a standard feature in most sous vides. Unlike the previous feature (manual flow direction), the 360° pump automatically circulates water in all directions, helping keep temperatures consistent throughout the container.
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Our Score
100
Our Score
100

Performance

Maximum Temperature (°F)

Mellow Sous Vide: 194°F
Average Sous Vide: 197°F
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Obviously, the higher the maximum temperature, the better. The more temperature range, the more you're able to cook. We also consider it an overall indicator of a sous vide's power.

Minimum Temperature (°F)

Mellow Sous Vide: 39°F
Average Sous Vide: 68°F
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Much like the maximum temperature, the lower the minimum temperature, the better. As we stated before, the more temperature range, the more you're able to cook.

Temperature Setting (Smallest Increment °F)

Mellow Sous Vide: 0.1°F
Average Sous Vide: 0.2°F
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The smaller the increment setting, the more precise you can be with your cooking. If a recipe says cook something at 153°, but you have a sous vide that can only select either 150° or 155°, it's going to be a bit disappointing. We definitely feel this is an important feature to consider.

Flow Rate/Pump (gallons/min.)

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: 2.25 gal/min.
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The flow rate is the amount of water that the sous vide can pump per minute. The more it can pump, the faster the container can heat and remain heated. Flow rate is another measure of sous vide strength.

Motor Speed (revolutions/min.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
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Motor speed is how many revolutions per minute the sous vide's motor can spin. Much like flow rate, the motor speed is an indicator of the sous vide's strength. The faster, the better. However, it's important to note that most manufacturers don't measure their motor speed.

Max Water Capacity (gal.)

Mellow Sous Vide: 1.3 gal.
Average Sous Vide: 5 gal.
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The max water capacity is the maximum amount recommended by the manufacturer. The higher the maximum, the more food you can cook, and the stronger the sous vide. So it goes without saying that the higher the capacity, the better the score.

Max. Water Line (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: 5 in.
The max water line is the maximum height that water level can be on the sous vide heating tube. Think of it like a tea kettle: if you overfill it, when it boils, the water can come out of the pot. With the sous vide, if the water is too high, it can damage the machine. On it's on, this isn't a massive factor in scoring a sous vide, but it's something to keep in mind.

Min. Water Line (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: 3 in.
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The minimum water line is the opposite of the maximum water line. It's the area of the sous vide heating tube that must be covered by water. The lower the minimum line, the less water necessary for the sous vide to work. Generally, we think the lower the minimum line, the better.

Minimum Container Depth (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
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Some sous vides are too large, or have a clamp that's too high, to fit on specific containers. This is where a minimum container depth comes into play. Generally, the smaller, the better, because you shouldn't be required to have giant containers to run the sous vide.

Noise Level (db.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
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Noise level is somewhat important, as you don't want to be distracted by your sous vide cooking your food. Not many manufacturers measure the noise level, but for those that do, we wanted to include it. Here's a noise level reference.
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Our Score
98
Our Score
89

Design

Maximum Clamp Opening (in.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Not Applicable
Average Sous Vide: 0.5 in.
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The clamp which holds the sous vide in place on the container can open this amount of inches. This is especially important to note if the container(s) you plan on cooking in have thick walls or a lip/edge that's wide.

Adjustable Height Clamp

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: NA
An adjustable height clamp allows you to choose how much of the heating tube goes into the water. This makes it much easier to get the correct water height on the sous vide heating tube.

Detachable Height Clamp

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: NA
The height clamp is the piece on the side of the sous vide that keeps it attached to the container. When it's detachable, it makes it easier to clean and store.

Digital Display (LCD/LED)

Mellow Sous Vide: No
Average Sous Vide: Yes
A majority of sous vides have an LED/LCD screen, which let you interface with the machine. Some sous vides can only be operated via an LCD/LED screen, others only use an app, and some use both. We'd stick to finding a sous vide with a screen and an app if possible.

Manual Temperature Calibration

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
There are times where after a lot of use, the sous vide can be off by a few degrees from what the temperature reading says. With manual calibration, you can correct the machine to make sure it's accurate.

Built-in Refrigeration

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: No
With built-in refrigeration, you can place your food directly into the container in the morning (or whenever), and it'll keep it refrigerated until you've scheduled it to cook.

Removable Skirt / Bottom Cap

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: NA
The skirt/cap is the bottom cover part of the sous vide. With a removable skirt/cap, you can more easily clean the sous vide. However, we don't know how often you'll need to clean the sous vide, as the only thing you'll be heating is water (unless a bag breaks or something).

Color

Mellow Sous Vide: White
Average Sous Vide: Black
Color really comes down to preference. You'll basically be choosing between white, black, and metal.
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Our Score
88

Durability

Upper Tube Material (for Handling)

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: Plastic
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This is just a nice quality of life feature for your sous vide. Upper tubes that are made of metal feel nice to handle, and really give you the impression of a durable, quality sous vide.

Lower Tube Material (for Cooking)

Mellow Sous Vide: NA
Average Sous Vide: Stainless Steel
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The standard heating tube is stainless steel. We'd be highly cautious of purchasing any sous vide that doesn't have a heating tube that's stainless steel.

Max Single Cook Time (hrs.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: 100 hrs.
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For most cooking, this feature won't be super important. But in the event that you need to cook for a long time, the max single cook time lets you know how long the sous vide will stay on and cooking.

Water & Splash Resistance

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: IPX7
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The upper and lower halves of the sous vide have different purposes: the upper is for handling the sous vide, and the lower half goes in the water. But it's nice to have a sous vide which has a nice splash resistance. IP 67 is the best, IPX7 is second best.

Low Water-level Alarm

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
If there isn't enough water in the cooking container to cover the minimum water line on the heating tube, the sous vide will notify you with an alert/noise.

Low Water-level Shut-off

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
If there isn't enough water in the container to cover the minimum water line, the sous vide will automatically shut off. This is a nice protection feature for your sous vide.

Warranty (yrs.)

Mellow Sous Vide: 1 yr.
Average Sous Vide: 1 yr.
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The longer the warranty, the more belief the manufacturer has in their product. It's pretty self-explanatory, the longer the warranty, the better the score.
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Our Score
97
Our Score
97

Usability

Manual Controls

Mellow Sous Vide: No
Average Sous Vide: Yes
Some sous vides operate only with an app, others only with buttons on the sous vide itself, and some with both buttons and app. We think it's nice to have manual controls as a backup if the app should somehow have issues.

Buttons

Mellow Sous Vide: None
Average Sous Vide: Knob
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Buttons are an important thing to consider when choosing a sous vide. Some sous vides operate only with an app, others only with buttons on the sous vide itself. Which you prefer will

Can Operate in Celsius

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Yes
Important for those those who get a lot of recipes from foreign countries, operating in Celsius is a great quality of life feature.

Alert Sounds (Beeping, etc.)

Mellow Sous Vide: Unknown
Average Sous Vide: Yes
Alert sounds are a nice quality feature to consider when purchasing a sous vide. The feedback noises are appreciated whether it's just pressing buttons on the interface, alerting you to a problematic water level, or even just when your food has finished cooking.

Has Timer

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Yes
A basic, necessary component of any sous vide. Most sous vides have a built-in timer. And if it doesn't have one, it's a bit questionable.

Delay Timer/Scheduling

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
Some sous vides will let you set a delay on the timer start. This means you can prep your meal before work and set the sous vide to start start cooking an hour before you get home. It's a great additional feature to have.

Time Setting (Smallest interval)

Mellow Sous Vide: 1min
Average Sous Vide: 1min
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Some recipes require short, specific amounts of time cooking. The time interval setting is quite valuable for these types of recipes. Most sous vides have 1min or 5min interval.

Automatic Shut-down (when timer ends)

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
Some sous vides have an automatic shutdown when the timer ends. It's a super handy feature in the event that you forget about the timer or something takes you away from the kitchen. It can save you on the electricity bill and putting unnecessary hours on the machine.

Connection

Mellow Sous Vide: WiFi
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
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Connections lets you know whether or not the sous vide has Bluetooth, WiFi, both, or neither. When a sous vide has the connection feature, it allows you to control your sous vide from outside the kitchen.

iOS App

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
Is there an iOS app to accompany the sous vide?

Android App

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: Unknown
Is there an Android app to accompany the sous vide?

Taste Learner

Mellow Sous Vide: Yes
Average Sous Vide: No
Taste Learner is a rare feature which uses AI to help you cook foods better by asking for your feedback after each meal. Then it alters the cooking method based on your preferences.
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Our Score
99
Our Score
99

Full Comparison Chart

Mellow Sous Vide Average Sous Vide
Hardware
Power (watts) 1000 watts
Mellow Sous Vide
1000 watts
Sous Vide
Voltage 110–120v
Mellow Sous Vide
110–120v
Sous Vide
Hertz Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
50hz
Sous Vide
Height (in.) 15.8 in.
Mellow Sous Vide
14.8 in.
Sous Vide
Tube Diameter (in.) NA
Mellow Sous Vide
2.4 in.
Sous Vide
Weight (lbs.) 17.4 lbs.
Mellow Sous Vide
2.9 lbs.
Sous Vide
Length of Power Cord (in.) 33 in.
Mellow Sous Vide
33 in.
Sous Vide
Set Flow Direction Manually Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
360° Directional Pump Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Performance
Maximum Temperature (°F) 194°F
Mellow Sous Vide
197°F
Sous Vide
Minimum Temperature (°F) 39°F
Mellow Sous Vide
68°F
Sous Vide
Temperature Setting (Smallest Increment °F) 0.1°F
Mellow Sous Vide
0.2°F
Sous Vide
Flow Rate/Pump (gallons/min.) NA
Mellow Sous Vide
2.25 gal/min.
Sous Vide
Motor Speed (revolutions/min.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Max Water Capacity (gal.) 1.3 gal.
Mellow Sous Vide
5 gal.
Sous Vide
Max. Water Line (in.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
5 in.
Sous Vide
Min. Water Line (in.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
3 in.
Sous Vide
Minimum Container Depth (in.) NA
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Noise Level (db.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Design
Maximum Clamp Opening (in.) Not Applicable
Mellow Sous Vide
0.5 in.
Sous Vide
Adjustable Height Clamp NA
Mellow Sous Vide
NA
Sous Vide
Detachable Height Clamp NA
Mellow Sous Vide
NA
Sous Vide
Digital Display (LCD/LED) No
Mellow Sous Vide
Yes
Sous Vide
Manual Temperature Calibration Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Built-in Refrigeration Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
No
Sous Vide
Removable Skirt / Bottom Cap NA
Mellow Sous Vide
NA
Sous Vide
Color White
Mellow Sous Vide
Black
Sous Vide
Durability
Upper Tube Material (for Handling) NA
Mellow Sous Vide
Plastic
Sous Vide
Lower Tube Material (for Cooking) NA
Mellow Sous Vide
Stainless Steel
Sous Vide
Max Single Cook Time (hrs.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
100 hrs.
Sous Vide
Water & Splash Resistance Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
IPX7
Sous Vide
Low Water-level Alarm Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Low Water-level Shut-off Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Warranty (yrs.) 1 yr.
Mellow Sous Vide
1 yr.
Sous Vide
Usability
Manual Controls No
Mellow Sous Vide
Yes
Sous Vide
Buttons None
Mellow Sous Vide
Knob
Sous Vide
Can Operate in Celsius Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Yes
Sous Vide
Alert Sounds (Beeping, etc.) Unknown
Mellow Sous Vide
Yes
Sous Vide
Has Timer Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Yes
Sous Vide
Delay Timer/Scheduling Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Time Setting (Smallest interval) 1min
Mellow Sous Vide
1min
Sous Vide
Automatic Shut-down (when timer ends) Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Connection WiFi
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
iOS App Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Android App Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
Unknown
Sous Vide
Taste Learner Yes
Mellow Sous Vide
No
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