Earlier this week, SousVide Supreme announced their entrance into the chamber vacuum space. An OEM'd VacMaster VP112, this tabletop chamber vacuum sold out within hours of the announcement.
Assuming that this isn't the result of EAT, LLC doing an incredibly small first run of chamber vac's, I am surprised that their customers would rush to buy an $800 chamber vacuum to assist with a $400 water bath. You'd think that people that had the budget for the chamber vac would have bought an immersion circulator instead of the SousVide Supreme.It is possible that once people start cooking sous vide they become more willing to invest. Maybe I am also underestimating the number of professional kitchens using the SVS. If that is the case, it makes me wonder if we will see a high end SousVide Supreme1. Finally, I wonder if there was a lack of awareness around the VP112's existence. It was on my list to research this product given its (relatively) affordable price point.
So, any of my readers willing to speculate? Or if you bought one of these, can you tell me what was compelling about this?
1Perhaps they can call it the SousVide Supremerer