We received a great question from Matthew on our Facebook page that you might find interesting as well: “Is there any reason to buy a 7306C over the new Sous Vide Professional? It seems like the new model is better in every respect, and cheaper to boot.”
7306C Sous Vide Circulator | The Sous Vide Professional
The SousVide Professional is the next generation of Sous Vide cooking system from PolyScience. Like all of our products, the Sous Vide Professional is designed and manufactured in our Illinois headquarters.
During the design process, we had three specific goals:
- Create a unit that reflected the input we’ve received over past years from the world’s best chefs.
- Maintain the same high level performance and quality that you’ve come to expect from PolyScience.
- Streamline the manufacturing process to be able to deliver this new unit at a lower cost.
With the SousVide Professional, we have achieved these goals. We understand though that some of our customers may not be ready to move onto our newest product and that’s why we’re still offering both models, for now.
Let me point out the differentiating features:
The Sous Vide Professional is slimmer and takes up less space in your water bath. It allows for better handling and is easy to store in a drawer when not in use. Some chefs mentioned that they are excited about it because it fits better in their travel bag.
The Sous Vide Professional design incorporates the protection of the pumping and heating systems, eliminating the need and cost for an additional protective cage. The outer casing is made of a durable FDA approved material. The back cover can be easily removed for cleaning of the heating coils.
We also eliminated the side vents so we could minimize the amount of steam that can get into the unit. This will lead to longer life of the pump and control electronics.
Stability and heating time
The Sous Vide Professional is equipped with a more aggressive PID control (proportional–integral–derivative) that allows for quicker heat up and response time. The trade-off to the stability of the 7306C is 1/100th of a degree Fahrenheit. The stability of the Sous Vide Professional is 0.1°F and 0.09°F for the 7306C. You would probably agree that reaching set temperature faster outweighs the benefit of 0.01°F more stability.
The new large display on the Sous Vide Professional shows SET and ACTUAL temperature at the same time. All chefs we showed this to liked this new feature a lot. It allows you to see how quickly the water bath temperature is rising and how much longer it may take to reach the new set temperature.
We also listened to chefs that mentioned that they switch a lot between temperature units (Fahrenheit and Celsius). The 7306C requires a restart of the unit while the Sous Vide Professional allows this during operation.
Both units have adjustable flow rate, it’s just achieved in a different way: The Sous Vide Professional features a sliding adjuster to change pump flow at the pump outlet, while the 7306C has a two-speed switch. Both methods allow you to have maximum pump output or reduce flow for delicate foods like eggs.
Which 7306C feature is not available on the Sous Vide Professional?
Temperature preset buttons
We found out that an overwhelming majority of users are not using the preset temperature buttons. When asked, chefs weren’t willing to pay more to have this feature. So we decided to eliminate this feature with the new model and give you the benefit of a more affordable system.
Obviously there are a lot of benefits and improvements with the new Sous Vide Professional. But at the same time, these two systems are also very different and there might be a few chefs that prefer the 7306C for very specific reasons.