Breville Polyscience HydroPro Plus: The Best Sous Vide Immersion Circulator?

Immersion circulators and sous vide have become incredibly popular, but there hasn’t been much innovation in the market in recent years; until now.

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breville polyscience hydropro and hydropro plus.
The Breville Polyscience HydroPlus immersion circulator.

Breville and Polyscience have teamed up once again to create the newly released Breville Polyscience HydroPro and HydroPro Plus. Polyscience, who have been manufacturing immersion circulators since 1963 for laboratories, introduced immersion circulators to professional kitchens when they got a call in 2005 from a chef looking to have a sous vide setup for his restaurant. The rest, as they say, is history.

While immersion circulators have become incredibly popular for professional and home cooks alike since then, there hasn’t been much technological innovation in the marketplace in recent years… until now.

Two Options: The HydroPro and the HydroPro Plus!

The HydroPro, which features a coil-less heating chamber, represents a significant technological leap in the world of sous vide circulators. There are two different versions of the circulator, the HydroPro and the HydroPro Plus. They appear to be mostly similar to each other; however, the plus has the addition of a food probe that allows you to monitor the core temperature of your food, and it also enables you to speed up sous vide by having a bath temperature that is slightly above the target goal temperature. The probe will let you know when you’ve reached temperature so that you can remove your food from the temperature controlled bath.

The HydroPro Polyscience Plus.
The Breville Polyscience HydroPro Plus comes with a temperature probe for the ultimate precision cooking experience.

No Need for a Phone with the Breville Polyscience HydroPro

What intrigues me most about the HydroPro is the fact that it comes loaded with a color touch screen that’s mounted physically on top of the circulator. The menu can be displayed in either English, Français, Deutsch, or Español. Polyscience calls this on-board touch screen a “Sous Vide Toolbox”, and it will replace mobile phone apps found bundled with the competition’s “smart” immersion circulators.

I’ve never been a fan of using my phone to control kitchen appliances, but I constantly see myself taking it out to look up temperatures. There’s just too many temperatures and variables to memorize.

It’s not just the germ-factor that bothers me about using a phone in the kitchen; it’s the interruption in the flow of my cooking. It’s one of the big reasons I’m a fan of the Breville PolyScience Control Freak induction cooktop which has physical knobs and a programmable interface built right into the unit (you can read my review of the Breville PolyScience Control Freak here

Lots of options for the HydroPro: My Presets, Manual Mode, Sous Vide Toolbox.

However, if you prefer using a phone, it looks like there may be that option based on product photos on Breville’s website.

Being able to navigate to different temperatures and times without having to do a Google search is a huge plus for me. The touch screen will also calculate cooking times based on thickness and shape of food, and whether it’s fresh or frozen. It can also be programmed to cook to a core temperature, to pasteurize the surface of a protein, or to pasteurize the core of the food. Very versatile! If I’m able to get my hands on one, I’ll be sure to write up a review of the Breville PolyScience HydroPro Plus. I definitely see myself sous vide cooking a lot more often with one of these units!

When you want to cook with the HydroPro, you can get started cooking by choosing from various presets or you can operate the immersion circulator in manual mode and create your own presets. Lots of options to make sous vide as seamless as possible!

Cooking eggs with the Breville Polyscience HydroPro.

More Specs for the Breville Polyscience Hydro Pro and Hydro Pro Plus

Data logging with the Breville Polyscience HydroPro.
Data logging gives you the ultimate control. HACCP compliant.
A carrying bag with handle for the Polyscience Breville HydroPro.
A carrying bag for the HydroPro; perfect for catering gigs!

The Breville Polyscience Hydro Pro and Hydro Pro Plus has a lot of features; it’s difficult to list them all! You can change between celsius and fahrenheit, as well as imperial and metric units of measurement. Multiple timers help you stage cook times. The HydroPro plus also allows for data logging and temperature probe calibration. You can even adjust the flow speed of the immersion circulator, allowing it to operate in shallow water; think ramekins full of crème brûlée set in a shallow water bath!

The Breville PolyScience HydroPro is easy to clean with a magnetic impeller that can easily be detached. The removable parts are even commercial dishwasher safe! When it comes time to descale, there will even be on-screen directions.

The HydroPro comes with an adjustable and detachable clamp, adding to its versatility. The immersion circulator also comes with a carrying case with a handle that matches the style of the carrying case for the Breville Polyscience Control Freak; a perfect pair of tools for catering gigs!

The Breville Polyscience HydroPro and HydroPro Plus won the Red Dot Design Award; a prestigious award known worldwide for recognizing quality and excellent design.

Cleaning the Breville Polyscience HydroPro.
The Breville Polyscience HydroPro is easy to clean with detachable parts that are safe for commercial dishwashers.

Breville Polyscience HydroPro Accessories

Polyscience sells replacement probes for the HydroPro. They also sell extra foam tape that allows you to penetrate a vacuum bag with a probe without losing the vacuum. You can see all of the HydroPro accessories sold by PolyScience here.

If you are looking for a tank to hold your sous vide water bath, I recommend the Lipavi 18 quart sous vide water tank.

Is the Breville Polyscience HydroPro Plus Worth It?

Do you own a HydroPro? Let us know if it’s worth it in the comments below.

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    Clara McBride
    10 months ago

    Please tell me how the foam tape works with sous vide. Do I place it after I remove the thermometer? Will I be able to use the same piece of tape to check the temperature several times for one recipe?

    Thank you for the review of the Anova Combi Oven. Perhaps I’ll wait to see if there are improvements some time soon.

    Sizzle and Sear
    10 months ago
    Reply to  Clara McBride

    Hi Clara,

    I’ve used a foam tape similar to this before while sous viding:

    How it works is you place it on the bag prior to insert the thermometer. Then you poke it with the probe and through the bag. The probe can either be left in for the duration of the cook, or it can be removed and reinserted without the bag losing its vacuum seal.

    I hope this makes sense. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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