Fowlers make two different electric units. While both models work in the same way they have their relative advantages and disadvantages. Below is a comparison of the two units.
This is the cheaper of the two preserving units Fowlers sell; being smaller, made of plastic and without a thermostat. It is the unit I use as its smaller size means it is better suited to processing small batches of home grown produce. I usually only bottle what I grow myself. While the plastic the container is made of is tough it will not last as long as Fowlers’ Professional Stainless Steel Preserving Unit.
As it does not come with thermostat control you have to be careful that you do not cook the bottles longer than the recommended time, though I have generally found this not to be a problem.
- 19 litre capacity – fits up to 8 No 20 (600 ml) jars or 5 No 31 (1 litre) jars.
- Plastic construction with 1800 watt, 240 volt electric element.
- Comes with three No 14 (350 ml) bottles each complete with rings, lids, and clips.
- 40 page recipe & instruction book: ‘Secrets of Successful Preserving’ .
- 12 month warranty.
- Retails for around $175 Australian. (2020 Price)
The Fowlers Simple Natural Preserving Kit.
Is larger and more expensive than the Fowlers Simple Natural Preserving Unit. Being made of stainless steel it will last longer and the bigger size means it can process more jars. As it comes with a thermostat it offers much better temperature control.
- 34 litres capacity – fits up to 12 No. 20 (600 ml) jars and 7 No. 31 (1 litre) jars.
- Stainless steel construction with 2400 watt, 240 volt electric element and thermostat.
- Sold as a unit only or as part of a kit.
- The kit comes with three No 20 (600 ml) jars and three No 31 (1 litre) jars, each complete with rings, lids, and clips. As well as a 40 page recipe & instruction book.
- 12 month Warranty.
- Retails for around $505 Australian for just the unit and $590 for the complete kit. (2020 Prices)
The Fowlers Professional Stainless Steel Preserving Unit.