One of the cardinal rules of frugal grocery shopping is to buy in bulk.
However, all of the savings you experience from buying in large quantities is lost ifyour food spoils before you have a chance to eat it.
This is where a quality vacuum sealer can save the day.
Before we get started with our video detailing the best vacuum sealers, we have includedlinks in the description for each product mentioned, so make sure you check those outto see which is in your budget range.
Starting off with the best overall vacuum sealer we have the FoodSaver V4840 2-in-1Vacuum Sealing System Starter Kit.
With its professional, stainless steel look, the FoodSaver V4840 not only keeps your foodfresher for longer, but it complements just about any kitchen décor, which is a mustfor an appliance that will live on your counter.
The V4840 includes both a standard vacuum sealer with fully automatic operation anda retractable handheld sealer that can be used for canisters, containers, and zipperbags.
When not in use, the built-in retractable sealer has a storage spot on top of the unit.
Another fun function available with the V4840 is the rapid marinate mode, which allows youto marinate your food in minutes instead of hours.
FoodSaver claims its devices work best with the bags and rolls the company sells, butyou can get away with using less expensive alternatives.
Regardless of which bags you use, this vacuum sealer will keep your food fresh longer.
Vacuum sealed foods also avoid freezer burn better than your standard Ziploc freezer bags.
Expert reviews of the V4840 are almost uniformly positive.
Your Vacuum Sealer gives it high marks because it can be used to seal non-edible products.
Cooking Hacks gives a detailed comparison of how the V4840 stacks up against other FoodSaverproducts and notes that this product is superior because it corrects the problems of oldermodels.
In its review, Super-Kitchen focuses on how the V4840 compares to the V4880 and concludesthe V4840 is better because it is easier to use.
Reviewers of this FoodSaver model on Amazon give it five stars 71% of the time.
Buyers appreciate that the vacuum sealer gives them the freedom to choose how much air isremoved from the food.
This is important for when you want to seal soft items — like rolls or chips — withoutcrushing them in the process.
The V4840 can also package liquids without sucking them up into the vacuum.
That's important because previous models malfunctioned when liquid got into the vacuum.
Next up we have the best vacuum sealer for hunters and fishermen which goes to the FoodSaverGameSaver Deluxe Vacuum Sealing Kit.
FoodSaver created the GameSaver line to handle more difficult sealing jobs.
What sets the GameSaver Deluxe apart is its large fan, powerful motor, and the 10-yearlimited warranty.
There are two vacuum speeds and two seal levels.
These features are important for avoiding crushing soft foods.
It also comes with 10 pre-cut pouches, two bag rolls, a dishwasher-safe drip tray, andan accessory port with an included hose.
If you only have one sportsman in the house, that doesn’t mean no one else gets to usethe vacuum sealer.
The GameSaver Deluxe can also be used to vacuum pack and store your surplus garden vegetables,seal cheese to keep it from molding, and reseal crackers, chips, and other crunchy snacksthat tend to go stale otherwise.
We looked at several expert reviews of the FoodSaver GameSaver Deluxe, and the overallverdict is that this sealer is a good value for its price.
The review site Ratingle liked the GameSaver Deluxe because it was able to handle largerworkloads while not being too loud.
The Healthy Kitchen Shop appreciated the appliance’s intuitive interface and the built-in bag cutter.
And, the GameSaver earned points from Your Vacuum Sealer for its small footprint andstrong sealing powers.
Of the more than 800 Amazon buyer reviews for the FoodSaver GameSaver Deluxe, 74% arefive-star reviews.
Buyers on Amazon appreciate that the sealer can handle larger items and that it has someweight to it — it weighs eight pounds — so it doesn’t slide around when you use it.
One buyer cautioned that you should be careful when vacuum packing liquids because the moisturemay get sucked up into the nozzle and cause the machine to malfunction.
Instead, consider freezing liquids in a silicone pan before you seal them.
Up next we have the best vacuum sealer for wet foods which goes to the FoodSaver V44402-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System.
The FoodSaver V4440 is similar to our top choice, the V4840.
The biggest differences are that the V4840 is significantly more expensive, and it hasa pulse mode.
Why is the pulse mode important?It makes it easier for you to seal chips, lettuce, bread, and other soft foods withoutdestroying them.
The V4840 is also able to detect wet and dry foods.
However, the V4440 lets you input this information, and it has a sleeker design.
So, if you do not plan on sealing soft foods and don’t mind inputting info manually,you can save some money with the V4440.
What are the experts saying about the V4440?Cooking Hacks gave it the highest rating for a vacuum sealer because of its flexible, simple-to-operatefunctions, and streamlined countertop design.
Healthy Cooking Corner also appreciated the versatility of the V4440 and felt the lowerprice made it easy to live without the added capabilities of the V4840.
Lastly, Vacuum Mania, a site that specializes in all vacuum-based appliances, liked howaffordable the V4440 is, but noted that it does not seem to be the best unit for heavyduty work.
Buyers of the V4440 on Amazon are almost uniformly positive in their reviews.
In fact, 76% of the 700+ reviews are five stars.
Users like that the seals are wide, at about 3/16 of an inch.
They also like that you can indicate whether you are sealing wet or dry foods.
The biggest negative we found was that the retractable vacuum hose may not retract properly.
The vacuum works fine, but you may have to patiently work the hose back into the cabinet.
Next we have the best vacuum sealer on a budget which goes to the Gourmia GVS425 7-FunctionVacuum Sealer.
For the uninitiated, sous vide cooking involves putting your ingredients in a waterproof bagand dropping it in a bath of water heated to a precise temperature.
This method is meant to keep the nutrients and juices in the food while cooking yourmeal to perfection.
You can put your ingredients in just about any bag, but a vacuum-sealed bag is the bestmethod.
If you're just getting into it, the Gourmia GVS425 is a popular, low-cost option for sousvide cooking.
The GVS425 comes with a starter kit that features everything you need to begin vacuum packing,including 12-inch-wide vacuum bags and rolls.
You can set the machine to seal wet, dry, and soft items.
The GVS425 is also unique because you can choose from several design options each witha different model number, including an upright silver sealer and a low-profile white one.
It seems like the FoodSaver sealers get all of the attention from the experts, but thereare a few professional reviews of the Gourmia GVS425 out there.
Your Best Kitchen rates it highly for its compact design and variety of sealing modes,but it loses points for the noise it makes.
Vacuum Sealers for Food says the GVS425 gets the job done for a basic model.
However, it has trouble with daily use or projects that require it to run for a longtime.
Best Reviews Guide rated the GVS425 number two on its list of the “Best Vacuum Sealersfor Sous Vides.
”Around 73 percent of the 425+ Amazon ratings of the Gourmia GVS425 are five stars.
Users were impressed with how it was easy to use out of the box.
Despite the expert reviews, verified purchasers have commented that they are able to do largersealing jobs with this model.
So, results may vary.
For our last pick we have the best vacuum sealer for commercial use which goes to theWeston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer.
The Weston Pro-2300 is about twice as expensive as the second priciest vacuum packer on ourlist.
That's because it is designed to last, and with its wide sealing area, it can take onbig jobs.
With some sealers, you need to allow the machine to cool down after you seal a few bags, butthis model has internal cooling fans that keep it from overheating after extended use.
Also, the manual controls let you process delicate items without crushing them.
Many of the expert review sites have taken the Weston Pro-2300 for a test drive.
Top Ten Reviews liked its durability, superior suction power, and quality design, but pointedout that its size and lack of a bag cutter were inconvenient.
The Healthy Kitchen Shop was impressed with the sturdy, stainless steel construction andthe variety of control options.
Vacuum Sealer Digest rated it one of the best vacuum sealer designs since it has a largemouth that seals bags up to 15 inches wide.
There are more than 250 five-star ratings of the Weston Pro-2300 on Amazon.
One user created a video showing you how to use the Weston Pro-2300 to seal Mylar bags.
For the most part, buyers felt that the added suction power did not justify the high price.
And, many found the unit to be unwieldy with its 22-pound weight and 15.
3 by 23 by 9-inchsprawl.
So that sums up our best vacuum sealers.
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