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.
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).
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!
More Specs for the Breville Polyscience Hydro Pro and Hydro Pro Plus
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.
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?
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