Buggy as heck 2/5
By Juanqui Villa
Wow, this application is incredibly buggy. The temp displayed sometimes goes to single digits and then back to three. The timer can not be stopped remotely from the app, it just keeps beeping, if I set the timer to zero it will say it’s preheating forever even though it’s already at the right temp, and the list goes on and on... and all of this just the FIRST time I used it. This company really needs to get a new development team and QA because this is worse than pre-release alpha quality software.
Horrible app 1/5
The product is decent but this app completely ruins user experience!
Every single time it reached the cooking temperature, the app said the connection was lost. Thus, it lost my timer completely!
Sometimes I just put my food in once I heard the beep from the rod. The buggy app lost my timer! I either over cooked or under cooked.
Please find a IT company who knows how to write an mobile app and TEST it personally.
Worked great for me 5/5
Downloaded the app, plugged in he device, 1 minute later I was cooking.
Newest Version Works Well 4/5
I hadn’t used the cooker for a couple of months. After initial setup last year, App & Cooker worked fine, connected automatically each time used. Today, it wouldn’t connect to WiFi or Bluetooth. After futzing around I finally read the “troubleshooting” guide. Per instructions, I deleted the Bluetooth connection, then App, then reinstalled the App. After starting the reinstalled App, everything connected seamlessly in a couple of minutes.
Don’t but if you want to use WiFi 1/5
After a dozen attempts to connect to WiFi it will not connect. Several emails to customer support with no help. I regret buying this.
Will not work with Wifi 1/5
Impossibile to get it to connect with WIFI and from what I gather many people are having the same problem. Even after several reinstalls and following all the troubleshooting procedures still nothing. Hopes this is fixed imminently or I will request a refund.
Works, but a few features need to be improved 4/5
It connects to my WiFi Anova without any problem. It turns it on and sets the temp without any problem. The recipes and guides are amazing!
The timer needs to be improved, and the saved recipes thing needs to get better.
But the real point of the app- controlling the Sous vide cooker and finding guides works as advertised. Don’t know why there are so many complainers leaving reviews.
Anova App 3/5
You never know about this app. Every update has a new surprise. Now the cooking timer starts before it even comes up to temp.
App is garbage! 1/5
By Hopeful former customer
App is complete garbage. I paid the extra money for the WiFi version so that I could adjust/monitor outside the house. The app took 5 tries to even register my cooker In the first place. Tried cooking with it for the first time and the app wouldn’t recognize my cooker or the WiFi network my phone was connected to. Then it finally connected for about a minute. Great product idea, terrible app execution. Definitely returning.
Poor design 1/5
It will not stay connected to anova.
It requires uninstalling, reinstalling, unplugging, standing on your head and luck to work.
It feels like a 90s dial up connection. Never know what you are going to get.
Customer service is friendly but poor things can't do anything with a badly designed product.
Love the Sous Vide, not the app 2/5
Love the actual thing, we have cooked delicious steak, pork tenderloin, fish, and bison burgers. The timer on the app does not work. We always set a separate timer.
Worst app 1/5
This app has been going downhill first they removed feature saying they were “improving them” now in the app the timer doesn’t work, no notification that the preheating is finished. Neat product but obviously they don’t want to put any money into app development and support.
Do they QA test the app? 3/5
The recipes and guides are great and convenient.
As far as setting timers and temp the app is flaky. I do not even try to use the app to set a timer or temp just to get the specs on how long to cook at what temp. Use Siri or google home for the timer.
Horrible app 1/5
This is a piece of junk. It forgot my timer, doesn’t connect reliably (impossible to get on Wi-Fi). If I start it for the first time this week, the app IMMEDIATELY tells me my food is done—it’s not even up to temperature!
I just had it tell me it was heated and start my cooking timer—it was nowhere close. Good thing I noticed it took an extra 10+ minutes to heat, otherwise their app would have killed me with undercooked meat. Should be an FDA fine or something.
Giant pile of s*** that needs to be thrown away and redone.
I tried searching for “hard Boiled Eggs” and it found nothing.
Timer not sync’d with temp. 1/5
I have the Bluetooth only model which works great. However when you try to set a timer on the app, it starts counting down immediately. If it was programmed properly, it would wait until the temperature you set was reached and then start to count down. This should have been addressed long ago. One reason this app is rated so poorly!
Still bad display 2/5
They keep updating this app, but the cooking time is still obscured by the STOP ANOVA button. I am running this on an iPad Air, not an iPhone.
Does not allow you to reset time and temperature. Automatic functions allow no flexibility. Really maddening to use.
Anova removing bad reviews now? 1/5
By Flying recipe lover
Nice, real nice (sarcasm) After a year and a half of a great device that I LOVE, Anova removes reviews that they don’t like. The device is awesome the app is still pathetic as of 4/18. The Bluetooth connectivity is frustrating. There is no way to set a custom temp and timer via Bluetooth. Pathetic app! I may as well delete or use the competitor’s app. I wish I had bought a different device even though I love my Anova. Less than 1 Star.
App is problematic 2/5
When I first got this device it was great and fantastic to use. Then problems slowly started cropping up.
My anova no longer automatically goes from preheat to cook mode when controlled by the app. So I have had many instances where it finishes preheating and then does not continue holding temp for the duration of the cook. As you can imagine this results in wasted time and is a food safety issue.
More recently the app has been unable to locate the anova or has found it, started a cook, and then lost it. The only way to re-pair the device is to delete and reinstall the app. This loses my presets every time and is extremely annoying.
I still love the actual results of the anova sous vide and have recommended it to/purchase for friends and family. But if the app no longer works like it is supposed to I will switch to one of the many competitors out there. Fix the app!
Wi-Fi nightmare. Don’t buy the wi-if version 2/5
It’s just a nightmare. Wi-Fi connectivity is the simplest thing in the world. Anova doesn’t have it down. Save your $ and get the Bluetooth version until they figure out their issues.
Deleted My Recipes 2/5
Deleted my recipe after recent upgrade
What a terrible app! Connection to the WiFi (and maintaining it) is nearly impossible! What a poorly executed feature!!! Money down the drain...
Anova Sous Vide 5/5
Disconnects a lot. Have to find the recipe, even in favorites, that you’re using just because your phone goes to sleep. Kind of a pain. Can’t adjust the time or the temp in each recipe. Would be useful. There’s just not really any benefit to using the app other than the recipes - which are all 4 stars but clearly hit or miss.
Wi-fi connectivity 1/5
Hot garbage! This thing stinks! You buy it hoping to save yourself some time, but end spending an inordinate amount of time fruitlessly trying to get it to connect.
Love my Anova, don’t love the app 2/5
By Midiver 1942
So far I’ve had a great experience with my Anova but the app leaves a lot to be desired. The biggest complaint I have is that despite every attempt I’ve made I can’t get the app to store any of my recipes.
Could use a couple of improvements. 4/5
I like the update that switches the app to immediately start cooking once the selected temperature is reached. It would be nice if the app adjusted itself for running on an iPad. It would also be better if rather than approximating the amount of time needed to reach the selected temperature, it would just stay in precook mode until it actually reached the selected temperature.
New Bluetooth app. Is lousy 2/5
By sous vide addict
Anova must have tried to update their Bluetooth app and it is now worse than when we first bought the Sous Vide. We really liked the original app. but now it starts the cooking countdown before you even put the food in to cook. Constantly stopping and starting the device.
One star for Bluetooth. 1/5
The product is great if you use it manually and don’t have to connect to WiFi. The WiFi and Bluetooth is trash and disconnects often. It’s not a plug-n-cook feature. It’s more of a plug and pray it recognizes your phone of you are gonna spend the next 20 mins reinstalling and going through the setup process all over again. I could have bought another machine that didn’t have the WiFi and Bluetooth and saved money if I knew this would be so much of a pain to work.
Only works if it is connected? 1/5
My app won’t open. Fail. Really nice cooking device, really poor app development.
Needs Improvment for the Novice 2/5
So far, okay. It took a couple of tries to pair iPad to cooker through the app. I am making my first dish. The question, "What are you cooking?" covers up the timer in the app. I entered the name of the recipe, but the question doesn't go away. Now the title and the question both cover the time remaining to cook. It would be nice if there was a section in the app about Sous Vide Basics - not a ton of reading but quick go-to bits of information for ease of use. Meal planner would improve the app, possibilities of cooking a few things at once for a whole meal.
It’s a start 2/5
There are things I love about this app (but they usually have a “but”), and there are things that are almost deal breakers. This review will bridge into the hardware some, but that’s because it’s somewhat difficult to separate the two.
Things I love:
-The hardware is pretty good. It seems like it’s just a firmware update away from being great (more on that later)
-Remote control by WiFi is wonderfully convent. I can start pre-heating from the store, while picking up ingredients.
-Recipes in the app are convenient, but they’re not what you first expect (more on that later)
Things I’m not so fond of:
-The monogamous link between devices seems annoying and unnecessary. Especially when you have more than one person in the household who cooks. Additionally, the link that forms seems pretty tenuous. Anytime I take the circulator somewhere else, where it’s not able to connect to its single stored WiFi network (you can’t save multiple networks for multiple locations), the link remains broken when I get home. The only way to restore it is to uninstall the app and reinstall it. Then, I’m not sure why I’m logging into an account, because my saved “recipes” don’t sync back.
-Speaking of recipes, this function is not what it seems. The recipes in the app are curated, you can’t add your own, and you can’t see other people’s that they’ve submitted. The “my recipes” section only saves the time and temperature you cook at, no place to store ingredients or instructions. I’d love to see this area turn into a place like AllRecipes, but specific for sous vide recipes, where you can conveniently call it up on your cooker while you’re there.
-The timer. It’s nice to have, and I like that it notifies in the app as well as on the device, but it turns out that the app is the only way to use it, despite there being a timer button on the device. There used to be a back door to get to it on the device, but I’ve never been able to make it work, and it seemed intentionally designed to be difficult (it was something to the effect of pressing and holding the unlit spot where the timer button usually appears until the units change between C/F, then the button appears, you can use the wheel to set the time, press the timer button to start, then press and hold again to convert the units back). My suggestion as a mediocre UX designer: just keep the timer button lit all the time, tap to enter timer mode, scroll to set, then tap timer again to start. Make the button white when the timer is active, and blue when it isn’t. The LEDs are there. Also, once the timer is set from the app, it doesn’t always start, and you don’t realize it until it feels like it’s been a while, and you check the app to notice that it hasn’t moved.
Overall, for Anova being the premium offering in the sous vide market, I’m quite disappointed in the app experience. And it wouldn’t be so bad, if the cooker hadn’t been half-crippled to force you to use the app.
Stupid just stupid 1/5
This new update is just the worst, I'm at the grocery store looking for time and temperature to select something for dinner, now I can't even browse recipes without being connected to the sous vide? It's searching for the machine while I'm at the store trying to open the app. Can't navigate without being connected? Are you serious? So should I bring my anova to the grocery store and plug it in connect via Bluetooth and then I can browse the app? This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen.
Great app, lots of info! 4/5
Being a newbie to sous vide, I need to learn a lot- love reading the in-depth info in the about section, in addition to the specific directions. If the app played a bit better with my iPad, it would be five stars. (I lose part of the screen when looking at cooking details..)
Can’t Enter WiFi Password 1/5
When trying to connect the Anova to my WiFi, the app doesn’t allow spaces or in the WiFi password. This, I would have to change my WiFi password and make it less secure to use this feature.
WiFi passwords can have spaces.
Was working fine until update! Upset
Not Saving My Recipes 2/5
With the last update, all of my recipe temps and times disappeared. When I look who I am logged in as it has no name. I tried to log out and back in, but it never asks for my I’d and password. I tried saving new recipes temp and times but none of them appear in my list. Buggy!!!!!!
I'd value the hardware at $20 1/5
Uses 2GB/mo to reach out to their AWS servers, Bluetooth and app stability issues mirror what other users say, and recipes are off. Doesn't seem to get things cooked properly. Must rely on third party/online cooking instructions over built-in. Water pump noisy and sounds like it glitches sporadically.
Why is it so hard to get a basic app working???? 1/5
It’s a pretty simple request. When I set a temperature and then I set a timer, timer should go off when the temperature is reached. But, when the temperature is reached. GUESS WHAT. NO TIMER!!!!! Timer didn’t start!!!!! Now I have no idea how long it’s been in there. Come on this isnt brain surgery. What are you guys doing over there????????? Get it working and leave it alone
Love the WiFi version 5/5
No issues w the app. Love how I can Control my cooker from virtually anywhere
2.8.4 is better... 4/5
WiFi is functional now. Still kludgy, you MUST make sure your phone is on a 2.4 network. I had to reconfigure our router to do that, a step back in technology, but the Anova is on WiFi.
For cooking, it works great. A 3 for technology, a 5 for cooking, review is 4.
Timer is still broken 1/5
The timer resets if set during preheating. Ridiculous this hasn’t been resolved yet.
Latest version is a useless mess 1/5
Update Mar 18: Bluetooth has timer set back! But... the timer countdown is overlaid by “stop anova” so you can’t see it. It also tells you to put the food in during warmup, totally wrong!
The biggest problem is still after warmup it just starts cooking with no pause to put your food in! I can’t believe anyone at Anova tested this disaster. Buggiest/worse IOS app I’ve seen since the App Store started.
Original review: Wow, we thought the last version was bad. Now:
* Timer is not set for a recipe, you need to manually enter it or it will never stop cooking!
* No more pause after warmup! Now, after the water reaches cooking temp it starts cooking immediately, it needs to pause and let you know it’s time to put food in then press to start cooking like it did before this mess.
* Still a mess on the iPad with scrambled fields, you must use an iPhone. The timer and other information is all scrambled on an iPad and is unreadable.
* The app only supports one Anova at a time in Bluetooth, it must be unpaired to switch. So you need to use two iOS devices one for each Anova.
* It also needs to be more intuitive, the new app is worse.
Please fix this app correctly.
Timer frustration 3/5
Can you please make it possible to shut off the timer from the app? There is no way to stop the noise, even by creating a new timer.
Can’t Trust the Timer Functionality 2/5
By Mike and Joy
Issue  is fixed as in timer works however Issue  is now completely broken in this release as in nothing saves to “My Recipes”.
As previous reviews state the app looks nice and has great recipes however two things:
 - timer fails to work properly both when preset or with saved “my recipes”.
 - my recipes will save recipes but when activated will not correctly add in the time even when time is saved.
Please fix so this can be a 5-Star app.
Stable and loaded with good intentions 3/5
Love the cooker. The App is nice and works well when it works. My biggest complaint is that it does seem to lose connection with the app sometimes. It seems to set the temp and timer okay even when it loses it connection so that a good thing. The cooker works perfect. I love the recipe ideas wish there was more. Keep working on the app and it will be a five star .
Anova is great, app is awful 1/5
I always have trouble getting the app to pair with my Anova. I’m not even trying to use features beyond just setting the time and temp - even that is not intuitive. The latest annoyance is that the device no longer shows the time remaining, only the temperature. I don’t want to go to my iPad or phone (depending on which one is pairing today) to check the remaining time.
The standard developer reply to each negative review is insulting. If they are going to do a “comprehensive review” (been saying that for months and months) we should have seen improvements by now.
This is an expensive and very fine piece of equipment but having such a poor companion app tells me that after they have the $ they really don’t care.
Anova app is garbage 1/5
The phone cannot maintain a WiFi connection. Tried it with two phones. Many retries, it just plainly does not work.
It Worked Once 1/5
It worked the first time I used it. Now it won’t work, even after uninstalling and reinstalling the app multiple times. I followed the troubleshooting guide, and it still doesn’t work. I would have saved a lot of money by not buying something that was claimed to be Bluetooth compatible.
I got ripped off, and I’m not happy about such terrible equipment.
Device ruined my vacation 1/5
Anova decided to exclude open networks (no password) from connecting to their sous vide cooker.
The resort I stayed at had an open network.
We left the hotel in the morning and didn’t come home until late night. Our plan was to start the cooker mid day and come home to perfectly cooked steaks. But the geniuses at anova doesn’t allow open networks to connect via the app. Thanks a bunch for ruining our dinner while on vacation. I will be looking into chefsteps and other WiFi sous vide.
Cannot connect after update 3/5
By Johnny cashtor
Cannot connect after update