AquaChef Smart Cooker Review

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Aqua Chef Smart Cooker Review

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AquaChef Smart Cooker, gourmet technology in your own kitchen! Moist, mouthwatering healthy meals, cooked in their own juices perfect every time! Sounds great doesn’t it!

Developed by KitchenAdvance and introduced at the 2012 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, the innovative AquaChef makes it simple for home cooks of all skill levels to prepare mouthwatering meats, fish and other items. Sous-vide (pronounced soo-veed) is French for “under vacuum.” So, in a foolproof system that eliminates guesswork, ingredients are placed in a vacuum-sealed bag and submerged in the water-filled oven, which is preset to the final and most desirable consumption temperature.”


I was offered to review the AquaChef Smart Cooker and being a lover of small kitchen appliances, and trying different ways to make meals I was excited! Well when the unit arrived it came complete to get started, a cookbook of ideas, a KitchenAdvance Seal n Fresh Hand Vacuum, Seal n Fresh bags and a stylish modern looking unit! Love me some stainless steel and black, with a digital readout its a sweet little machine.  It’s similar in looks to a deep fryer, but remember this is healthy cooking, so put away the oil! Everything is cooked in a sealed vacuum bag, add marinade if you’d like, the bags are placed into the basket and the basket goes into WATER! Set the temperature, and your on your way to a mouth watering delicious, healthy meal.



I decided to test it out cooking Hubby and I a cod fish dinner. So after reading the instructions I was ready to give it a try. I simply added my favorite lemon pepper with lemon juice marinade drizzled over the fish, sealed in the Seal n Fresh bag. You just need to watch where your marinade is while you vacuum the air out, because yes it will suck up the juice and equals a mess. My fault not the vacuum, it was one of those oops in the kitchen moments.


Using the unit is nothing more then filing the removable pan with water, set the temperature , let the water come up to the boil and alerts you its ready, place the bag into basket and basket into unit, cover. Set cook time and there you have it! It alerts you when its done cooking, and will never over cook or dry out your food because it only cooks to the temperature it is set to. Not over or under!  No burnt, dried out meals! Our Cod came out so juicy, flaky and perfect it was amazing! Other then for flavoring, I could have skipped the marinade, it was so juicy on its own. If you cook fish you know it’s very easy to dry it out, and even with this being the first meal I cooked in the AquaChef Smart Cooker, the fish could not have tasted better! I guesstimated at cooking time even, and did not dry out the fish! It was done perfect in 25 minutes which is only about 10 minutes more then conventional cooking methods, to achieve that perfectly cooked flaky fish. Did I mention their is NO cleanup other then to dump the water pan and wipe it out!! Doesn’t get easy then that!!

fish complete with AquaChef

The unit is not for a quick last minute meal, it cooks meals in less time then a slow cooker, but time length is longer then conventional oven or grilling. The trade off of needing to plan ahead for cooking a meal, is the difference in taste! The same as a slow cooker, although healthier, the AquaChef Smart Cooker is going to take even cheap cuts of meat to a moist, tender piece of meat you can’t cook and eat from the grill or oven! Do meats, fish,veggies, and even desserts! I haven’t tried desserts yet, but yes the recipe booklet show’s them! Nice!! Even the fussy hubby who sooo loves his fried fish, had to admit the AquaChef cooked the cod to perfection and he was very happy with it! It’s a great way to do healthy meals, and is very popular method of cooking by top Chef’s around the world. I won’t give up my speed methods for cooking meals, but on the days I have the added time to make a more delicious, healthy meal, I will be using my Sous-Vide AquaChef Smart Cooker!


Kitchen Advance is offering the AquaChef Smart Cooker with a 60-day, risk free trial for $39.95. If a consumer is dissatisfied with the product for any reason, it can be returned for a 100 percent money back guarantee. If satisfied, KitchenAdvance will bill for three additional $39.95 payments. Order information here

The risk free trial includes not only the AquaChef Water Oven, but the Seal ‘N Fresh™ Handheld
Vacuum System; a set of 20 Seal ‘N Fresh™ Vacuum Seal Bags; the AquaChef Instruction
Manual; and, the AquaChef® Cookbook. $159.80 half the cost of  just a Sous-Vide Units found in Kitchen Stores!

Kitchen Advance and other fan’s of AquaChef Smart Cooker can be found on Facebook, and Twitter  follow and see what’s cooking!

In time for a great plan ahead Mother’s Day Gift, Kitchen Advance is supplying one complete

AquaChef unit for a GIVEAWAY!!  One Lucky Winner will be glad they entered this giveaway!!

Keep a watch out for the Giveaway to go LIVE  Friday 3/29 12:00 A.M.  EST.


75 thoughts on “AquaChef Smart Cooker Review

  1. jennifer zuna says:

    this looks like an amazing product! I might have to try one out!

  2. I’ve never heard of this before, but it sounds like something I need in my kitchen!

  3. Great concept ! You can tell by the picture that it is nice and moist, cooked perfectly
    pretty cool !

  4. Kate, aka guavalicious says:

    And I thought I knew every cooking gadget! This has gone on my wish list!

  5. Jennifer Williams says:

    Forwarding this to my husband as a hint for Mother’s Day, of course that means I will be ordering it myself the day after because he will not get it, lol. Love this can not wait to try one out.

  6. I hate cooking, but this looks like something I could use!

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  9. This product looks awesome and i can use of it easily.

  10. Rebecca @ Love2EncourageYou says:

    Wow! Fabulous! I think that would be amazing! What a neat opportunity to review such a cool cooker. Enjoy all those tasty meals!

  11. Lori Thomas says:

    This and my Deep Fryer would be awesome

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  13. Susan Broughton says:

    great idea, I would really like to give it a try to see how it cooks. Fingers crossed that I win.

  14. I’d love to give a new cooking method a try!

  15. This looks like an awesome product and I would love to try it. It would help you eat healthier too.

  16. I would love to have this, I’m always looking for the latest gadet.

  17. Sylvia Zajis says:

    I have seen the use of cookers like this on the Food Network and often wondered why so many chefs used it. I am very glad to have seen this review. I would definitely like to add this machine to my kitchen.

  18. Danielle Whitfield says:

    This sounds wonderful. I would love to cook like this, because it would be better to be able to set up my meal before leaving for work and then coming home and boiling it.

  19. NIcole Strunk says:

    This is so great. We have been working toward healthier eating, this would help!

  20. cool, would like to try one out, winning one would be even better

  21. I’d never considered using one but this looks very interesting. Thanks for the info.

  22. Marti Parks says:

    I would love to try cooking with this and I think it’s great that they have a 100% money back guarantee.

  23. My nephew is a chef and he raves about this form of cooking.

  24. This is so cool and I love the healthy options. I would love to have this.

  25. would like to win this for my kitchen

  26. clark roberts says:

    the reveiw helped me understand this better thanks i cant wait to buy one

  27. vickie marks allbright says:

    this is such a awesome product and a healthier way of cooking

  28. I too have seen the pros use this on Iron Chef, etc. I never realized until reading your review exactly what the benefits of using one were. So glad to have found your blog! I am needing to lose weight, & I think this would be a great addition to my kitchen to cook healthy meals! Thanks so much! :)

  29. I’m trying to do healthier, and I have loads of time for cooking, so this would be a plus in my kitchen. You did a nice job on the review. Thank you. Vicki

  30. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    This looks great, would love to try it. I like to make healthy, good tasting meals. Thanks for the great review.

  31. I love the idea behind this! Water is such an amazing idea!

  32. Darlene Jones-Nelson says:

    A great way to eat healthy with out frying food

  33. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    This looks like a wonderful way to cook. I like “freezer cooking” but the trick is to make the food taste just as fresh afterwards. This sounds like a great idea.

  34. My husband has had two heart attacks so we are really trying to eat healthier.

  35. Interesting. I have just started hearing about these and I’d love to sample a meal cooked in one.

  36. Kathy Scott says:

    A great crock pot. Mine is all scratched and beat up.

  37. misty farmer says:

    I love to cook and I would LOVE to try this~! Awesome review!

  38. Great review of a product I know would find a lot of use in my kitchen! Interesting!

  39. JEAN HOLLAND says:

    I have heard of this concept before, but never had the opportunity to try it. Your review was quite clear and informative. I especially like the idea of “no mess cleanup.” Thanks for the tip abou the marinade.

  40. Tammy Schweitzer says:

    This sounds like a great product too try for sure could help with cooking time

  41. Michelle Perez says:

    I love that it makes cooking easy & that it is healthy as well.

  42. I have never heard of this type of cooking before. Your great review has me intrigued though. I’m glad it comes with a recipe booklet, because I would be at a loss of how to use it. I hope I win and get a chance to cook with the Aqua Chef Smart Cooker!

  43. When I read your article and saw this applicance I could only imagine how wonderful it would be to own it. It sounds like it can take your cooking experience to another level. I love cooking and kitchen gadgets are my passion.

  44. tanya devenney says:

    new and healthy way of preparing food. Great idea

  45. this looks like something I would love, and is definitely a new way of cooking that I hadn’t heard of before so I am pretty intrigued! Thanks for the review!

  46. Ashley Nolan says:

    This makes cooking easier then before!

  47. Peggy Greco says:

    This is a great cooking gadget and looks like a breeze to use. I could really get lots of use from it!

  48. Michelle Boor says:

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win. This thing looks amazing.

  49. looks amazing- would love to try since trying to eat healthier

  50. Holly Uhler says:

    Wow what a cool appliance! With as many people as I cook for and have to keep on a balanced diet… this would just be awesome!

  51. I would love to make chicken wings and perogies with this

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  52. Kelly A. Tanner says:

    This looks like a fun and healthy “new” way to cook! I have got to try this!

  53. Nicole Carter Weasley says:

    I would love this! A great healthy way to cook and enjoy the things you love!

  54. Denise Taylor-Dennis says:

    This sounds like a fun new way to make dinner.

  55. Kat Hanaway says:

    My future husband would have a blast cooking with one of these!!

  56. Sandy McFadden says:

    I love this product…………such a great idea would so love to try this!

  57. I have a large family and when we get together it can be total chaos. This appears to be so much better than a slow cooker. It would also be great for us busy Wives and Moms so we do not have to stay in the kitchen and watch it until it is done. It looks so awesome.

  58. i would love to have one of these.

  59. laurie nykaza says:

    I’ve seen this used on tv and it looked great to use and the food looked amazing. I would like to use one in cooking for my family especially fish.

  60. richelle bowers says:

    this would be so much healthier

  61. I have become so very interested in sous-vide cooking, there seem to be so many nutritional benefits in addition to improved taste and texture. Thanks for this expanded information.

  62. I would like to make a big batch of deep fried mushrooms in this.

  63. Shannon Orton says:

    I love trying new ways to cook, makes it less boring.

  64. Very nicely written review which explains tiniest detail that I am sure is important for someone.

  65. Thanks for the info. It would be great to use this style of cooking. Easy and good.

  66. Rachael Henzman says:

    This is really interesting! And, since we don’t have a stove, we are always on the lookout for new ways to cook things!

  67. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    I would love to have the Aqua Chef Smart Cooker and so would my family. It is a family joke about my cooking because I cook everything so well done that they complain that it is burnt (and sometimes it is). This would be a win-win situation – I could have my food very, very well done and they could have it not burnt. How awesome would that be?

  68. I saw this on a program about cooking and kitchen gadgets and the host raved about it! I really want to try it myself.

  69. Rebecca Peters says:

    Looks really awesome.. very simple and easy which with a busy life is what I need!

  70. We don’t have an oven and stovetop cooking gets SO old. I want this gorgeous slowcooker!

  71. Julie murphy says:

    It is alot healthier than deep frying

  72. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    I love how easy this is to use and since my Husband is the Cook in the Family, this would make a great Surprise for him!!! He would be Thrilled!!!

  73. Whewoooo, thank you, thank you! Vicki