The Wancle Sous Vide Cooker is an increasingly popular budget sous vide machine getting more and more attention on Amazon.
For this reason, I decided to compare it to the Anova Precision Cooker Nano, a well-known sous vide machine made by a trusted brand that’s in a similar price range to the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker (it’s the closest in price to the Wancle of the three Anova sous vide models).
In this Wancle vs Anova Nano review, I’ll highlight the key differences and similarities between these two devices that you should know about to help you decide which one is right for you.
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Wancle vs Anova Nano Overview
From this table, you’ll be able to see that the Anova Precision Cooker Nano is the better device overall. Sure, it comes at a higher cost, but it’s absolutely worth paying the difference. Read on to the next section to better understand why.
|Wancle Sous Vide Cooker||Anova Precision Cooker Nano|
|Larger device with bulkier handle, weighing 3.53 pounds||Slim device, weighing 1.6 pounds|
|Shorter temperature range of 77 to 211.8˚F (25 to 99.9˚C)||Larger temperature range of 32˚ to 197˚F (0˚ to 92˚C)|
|No Bluetooth connectivity or compatible phone app||Can connect to device with Bluetooth and use the phone app for controlling remotely|
|Poor clamp design, less secure, less compatible with containers, and is bulky||Clamp fits most pots and containers and is slim|
|Timer must be set to run device||Able to disable timer and run device without setting the timer|
|Lower cost (check price)||Higher cost (check price)|
How They’re Different
Size and Weight
One of the big appeals about sous vide immersion circulators is that they’re small and fit in your kitchen drawer. The Wancle Sous Vide Cooker fails a bit to deliver this promise. The handle, too, adds extra bulkiness.
The Anova Precision Cooker Nano lives up to its namesake as a “nano” device. It’s slim and sleek and can easily slide into any kitchen drawer.
Most sous vide cooking is done in the 110 to 120˚F range, and both the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker (temperature range of 77 to 211.8˚F [25 to 99.9˚C]) and the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano (temperature range of 32˚ to 197˚F [0˚ to 92˚C]) more than meet this need.
However, it’s also pretty handy to have a sous vide machine that can reach lower temperatures if you’re interested in using it for purposes like defrosting or chilling (you can use it to chill wine bottles!).
Wireless connectivity is a really nice feature to have if you’d like to have the option of controlling your sous vide cooker remotely. Maybe you’re busy doing laundry and other chores around the house and want to check in on your cooking time or need to stop or start the device. This is where wireless connectivity comes in handy.
The Wancle Sous Vide Cooker doesn’t have wireless capability, and therefore, doesn’t have a compatible phone app either.
The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano, however, has Bluetooth connectivity to connect to the iPhone or Android app to control the device. You can change the temperature, timer, or turn the device off or on from a distance. You can also access hundreds of recipes in the app to cook your next fantastic meal.
Although the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker has notches to adjust the device up and down, it still ends up falling short of the water line than other sous vide immersion circulators. You end up having to put more water in the container than you’d need, to reach the minimum fill line. This can be inconvenient because it uses more water, and it takes more time to heat up more water.
The clamp also doesn’t seem to be made for pots and polycarbonate containers alike. It’s more suited for use with pots. And finally, users report the clamp on this device is poor quality and not very sturdy.
On the other hand, the clamp on the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano attaches to almost any pot or container, despite not being adjustable up and down. It’s also sturdy and well-made.
Increase/Decrease on Control Panel
Wancle Sous Vide Cooker is unique in that it has a scroll wheel on the right of the control panel to increase and decrease settings. The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano on the other hand has an increase button and a decrease button.
Many users aren’t big fans of the scroll wheel on the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker, reporting that it doesn’t work very well and is a bit too sensitive when trying to adjust the timer and/or temperature up and down.
On the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano, you have the option to disable the timer and run the device indefinitely, if you choose.
With the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker on the other hand, you have to set the temperature for the device to run.
The importance of this feature really varies from person to person. If you don’t like having to rely on a timer, are doing a lot of experimenting, or are cooking for really long periods of time (for example, some home cooks like to do roasts for 2 to 3 days), then this feature might matter more to you.
What They Have in Common
- They effectively circulate water at a precise temperature for perfectly cooked food every time you use either of them.
- The Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano has a high wattage of 750 Watts and the Wancle Sous Vide Cooker has a high wattage of 850 Watts to quickly heat up your water bath.
- Both have great temperature accuracy of +/- 0.1˚C (0.2˚F), so you don’t have to worry about your meals being under- or overcooked.
- They have a very large maximum water bath capacity of 4-5 gallons, so you can easily cook in large quantities, in bulk for meal prep, or even a whole turkey in a large container.
- They have lines conveniently marked on the devices to show you the minimum and maximum heights you should fill the water bath to.
Wancle Sous Vide Cooker vs Anova Precision Cooker Nano Comparison Chart
|Wancle Sous Vide Cooker||Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano|
|Dimensions||4.45 x 11.11 x 14.78 inches||4.1 x 2.2 x 12.8 inches|
|Weight||3.53 lbs||1.6 lbs|
|Wattage||850 Watts||750 Watts|
|Voltage||110-120 V||120 V|
|Temperature Range||77 to 211.8˚F (25 to 99.9˚C)||32˚ to 197˚F (0˚ to 92˚C)|
|Temperature Accuracy||+/- 0.1˚C (0.2˚F)||+/- 0.1˚C (0.2˚F)|
|Maximum Water Bath Capacity||4-5 gallons||4-5 gallons|
|Compatible iPhone/Android App||No||Yes, for access to recipes and to control device|
|Control Panel on Device||Yes, touch screen digital controls; display for current temperature; display for target temperature and timer; button to toggle between target temperature and timer; start/stop button; scroll wheel to increase/decrease||Yes, touch screen digital controls; display shows temperature, increase/decrease button, start/stop button, current temperature button, target temperature button, timer button|
|Timer Feature||Timer must be set||Able to disable timer and run device without a timer|
|Material||Plastic handle, stainless steel heating element||Full plastic covering (handle and stainless steel heating element)|
|Maximum Water Depth||Line indicated on unit||Line indicated on unit; 6 inches|
|Minimum Water Depth||Line indicated on unit; 2.5 inches||Line indicated on unit; 2.6 inches|
|Flow Rate||7-8 L/min||8 L/min|
|Clamp||Stationary but can be adjusted up and down using the notches on the clamp shaft||Stationary (cannot be moved up and down)|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years|
|Price||Check Price||Check Price|
Wancle Sous Vide Cooker vs Anova Precision Cooker Nano Summary
When comparing the Wancle vs Anova Nano, there are a few key features, such as the overall size, temperature range, clamp design, and wireless connectivity, that I think just make the Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker Nano the better device.
If you’d like to compare the Wancle to the other Anova sous vide models, check out my article here.