In June 2009 I purchased the SousVideMagic 1500B and my review was globally very positive.
In August 2009 FreshMealsSolutions spread the information about a new product, a “Bubbler” called FreshMealsMagic (FMM). Prior to the launch of the FMM, this new device has been commented in this post.
I also have to admit that I was doubting on the capability of the FMM to stabilize in an accurate way a waterbath.
The core product of FreshMealsSolutions is the SousVideMagic PID controller (now the 1500D version). In my opinion, the main improvement of this PID controller version is the 2nd digital screen (green screen on the above picture). Setting the temperature and the cooking time becomes easier and “readable”. A second screen indicating the cooking time is a function that is strangely not implemented on most Immersion Circulators.
The bubbler (FMM) can be summarized as a heater element together with a probe and a hose expulsing air. The FMM replaces the usual ricecooker plugged to the SousVideMagic. Therefore the FMM offers the possibility to use pots of any size. Potentially the FMM and the SVM become highly versatile.
The Bubbler solution (contrary to immersion circulators that are using a circulation pump) needs a new device to pulse the air: a small air pump (see on the 2 above pictures). For non American users, the input power cord and an adaptor for the pump should be purchased in you own country (approx. EUR 20 alltogether).
I tested the temperature accuracy of the FFM together with the SousVideMagic controller. As from now I made a technical test without cooking food stuff. For that purpose I used my Thermoworks K type thermometer. The test was conclusive. I tried to find cold spots (once again this test was done without any plastic pouches) and globally the temperature was almost the same everywhere.
Regarding temperature stability: I filled the container with 12 liters of water at 35°C (starting temperature). I set the PID controller to 56°C. The SVM 1500D is 2,000 W and therefore reached the target temperature quickly. I haven’t tuned the SVM and the stability of the temperature was nevertheless very good (in the range from (55.9°C to 56.3°C).
To sum up:
- This new sous vide kit makes FreshMealsSolutions entering in the world of the versatile sous vide equipments.
- Temperature accuracy is very good (I have not especially insulated the container at the occasion of this review).
- Temperature stability seems good but I should do futher tests cooking some food.
- I like the possibility to check the temperature and the cooking time at the same time!
- Main drawback: this sous vide piece of equipemnt is composed of 3 devices and 7 cables…what a mess!
Cost of the SousVideMagic 1500D (PID Controller) + FreshMealsMagic (Bubbler):
- SousVideMagic 1500D: USD 160
- FreashMealsMagic: USD 140
- Sending costs to Europe: USD 110
- Custom duties (Europe): EUR 50
- Input power cord and socket adaptor: approx EUR 20.
Grant total (1 EUR = 1.25 USD): approx. EUR 372 (USD 446).
The sous vide world is definitely very active those last days. FreshMealSolutions announced some weeks ago to work on the launch of a bubbler (the FreshMealsMagic), Addélice with its thermal immersion circulator (the Swid) will be launched soon and finally Eades Appliance Technology LLC indicates on its site the SousVide Supreme will be launched October 23rd.
The SousVide Supreme site shows a very nice video illustrating the use of this “water oven” dedicated to sous vide. Their not so many information about the technology and the precision of the appliance available on the site. Nevertheless, watching the video you can see their is no integrated pump to mix the water inside the container. We don’t know the capacity of the container but in any case will be limited to a personal use.
What I like in this product is the price, USD 450 (launche price USD 399 – does it include the shipping costs?), the design is reassuring, feminine and reminds bread baker or French fries appliances. It should be noted that the SousVide Suprem comes with a praticale rack to hold pouches inside the water bath.
It seems the SousVide Supreme will be first available in the USA with 120 V specifications.
Sousvidecooking.com mentioned some weeks ago fresh news about next Fresh Meal Solutions’ PID controller called Freshmealsmagic!
Fresh Meals Solutions is well known for providing the most price competitive PID controller dedicated to sous vide at home. I purchased and tested Sousvidemagic 1500B. I have to admit I was very satisfied about it.
For your information the global cost for my SousVideMagic 1500B was:
- SousVideMagic 1500B: USD 169 + USD 25 = USD 194 incl. sending to Europe
- Custom duties: EUR 35
- Basic rice cooker: EUR 45
- Input power cord and socket adaptor: approx EUR 16.
Grant total (1 EUR = 1.4 USD): approx. EUR 234 (USD 327)
This article indicates next Fresh Meals Solutions’ equipment will keep the original appliance (the PID Controller) but add a new device: an immersible bubbler.
Fresh Meals Solutions replaces the rice cooker by the built-in immersible bubbler which has 2 functions: heating the water of any kind of container and stirring water so that the heat is spread evenly in the pot.
I personally think this is a great evolution of Fresh Meals Solutions products and expect this product being sold below 200 USD. The release of this new sous vide equipment has not been disclosed to date.