Best of the Best
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|Automatic sealing, hand-held hose attachment, and even a drip tray to reduce mess.||Affordable and compact, with an in-built port for attachments.||Simple but powerful, with hose attachment and plenty of bags included.||Durable construction and powerful suction, combined with the gentleness to seal the most delicate food.||Awesome portability and surprisingly powerful suction from an affordable sealer.|
|A little larger and more expensive than other models.||Very loud and a bit messy, which we suspect leads to the malfunctions users report.||Short cord and needs to be stored unlatched to retain the sealing rubber.||May be too expensive and powerful for the average family.||Battery and charging dock have been critically reported as weak and faulty.|
|The most versatile and well-built vacuum sealer for home use.||Decent small- to medium-volume budget sealer.||Best budget sealer, offering significant value.||Good for those who go through high volumes of food throughout the year.||Great for specific portability needs, but not for regular or heavy use.|
Hunters, home gardeners, and families looking to save money on groceries all have one thing in common – they all know vacuum sealers are indispensable appliances that make food tastier, longer. Use vacuum sealers on anything, from dry cereal to frozen meat, to keep out the air and bacteria that turns food sour. This results in foodstuffs which last up to 5x longer. You can even vacuum seal jars with the proper attachments.
Food sealers come with their caveats, however. Some models have a learning curve for operation, and not all were designed for heavy volumes of food. We look at the best vacuum sealers for home use, based on how easy they are to use, the excellent quality of their seal, and the convenient features which make them stand out against the rest.
Most stand-alone vacuum sealers look a bit like printers, but where paper would typically eject, you place the open side of your vacuum bag to begin the sealing process. Cutting the disposable bags requires a very straight line, so it's helpful when the sealer comes with a cutting aid.
This review looks at which accessories come with each vacuum sealer, as well as which accessories the sealer is compatible with. The most common accessory is a hand-held hose attachment which allows users to seal special bags to any size or shape. This hose is also used with jar-sealing attachments.
One of the most important thing to consider when choosing a vacuum sealer is how wide it is, which will determine the maximum width of the bags. We'll also look at overall construction and warranty options.
Vacuum sealers are one of the few appliances that will ever get the chance to pay for itself, and that's something to consider when purchasing one. How soon would you like to see a return on all the food you've saved? The models on this list range from about $70-350, designed for a range of volume and convenience.
Setting the standard for ease-of-use, the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System does exactly what it promises by automatically sensing your bag and engaging without even having to press a button. This sealer also comes with a cutter, so making perfectly straight bags from a roll is simple. There is a Seal button for creating bags, and additional options for wet or dry ingredients.
This compact machine is easy to use, with buttons for setting selection clearly labeled on top. Choose from normal or gentle suction, and between dry or moist food. This ensures proper vacuuming for whatever you may seal. There is no cutter attachment, so be aware that you will have to cut the bags with scissors to size, but most reviewers say this is not a huge inconvenience. Customers say that sometimes bags need to be reset before the machine will lock and engage.
This model may look a lot like the Ivation, but once you start using them, the two become very different. For instance, to begin vacuuming with the FoodSaver V2244, the user closes the top over an open bag and pulls the locking latch mechanism so that the unit is safe to operate. The Ivation is much more choosey, requiring perfect placement before the locking mechanism engages automatically. The FoodSaver V2244 also has fewer buttons, making for simpler operation with the same or better performance.
For those who process high volumes of food for storage, like hunters and gardeners, you may need something a little stronger than the other options on this list. The Weston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer looks industrial because it is, sporting just three buttons: Start, Stop, and Manual Seal. A handy display lights up as the machine works to let you know what part of the process it's in, and when the bag is ready to safely remove. A fool-proof on/off switch is illuminated on the side of this model.
All the other vacuum sealers on this list share the same flaw of being too bulky and static. They sit rigidly in place, forcing you to bring the food to them. With the Waring Pro PVS1000 Pistol Vac Professional Vacuum Sealer System, you can break the bonds of the power cord and roam free, sealing bags wherever you happen to be. Like the hose attachment with other sealers, simply press the nozzle of this unit to the valve of whatever you're trying to seal, then pull the trigger to start sealing.
This vacuum sealer comes with a hand-held hose attachment for semi-portable sealing. This attachment is used alongside zipper bags with special valves, where you push the attachment against the valve, then select your setting. The hose features both Accessory and Marinate options, and can be used with the jar-sealing accessories. Press the hose to the opening on the special jar-lid attachment to create an air-tight seal in standard mason jars.
The Ivation Vacuum Sealer VSP180 comes with 5 quart-sized bags and 5 gallon-sized bags, and is compatible with bag rolls up to 12”, though no roll comes with purchase. There is also a built-in port for accessories, like a hose attachment. As a budget unit, this model has limited accessories.
Like the other FoodSaver on this list, the FoodSaver V2244 Sealing System comes with a hose attachment. This attachment can be used with specialized bags and other accessories to vacuum seal almost anything. Accessories can also be implemented using the built-in accessory port. Be aware that this model includes just the hose, and not the attachments necessary to seal jars, for example.
This model comes with an extra-long power cord which stores nearly in the back of the vacuum sealer when not in use. The motor is fan-cooled, allowing it to work for longer periods than other sealers, but users report that the Weston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer will overheat with extended use. We especially appreciate the LED display that lets you know how far along in the sealing process you are.
The Waring Pro PVS1000 Pistol Vac Professional Vacuum Sealer System is wireless, and needs to be charged before use. It comes with a charging dock, where it quickly recharges your machine for up to 30 bags worth of usage. 12 1-gallon bags and 12 1-quart bags are included with purchase. Users report excellent results using this product with accessories from other brands, including jar-sealers.
This machine takes care of delicate food, allowing you to select wet or dry settings for maximum control. Uniquely, the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System has a liquid-catcher under the sealer, minimizing mess when sealing wet foods. It also includes a roll storage for bags, and cutter for straight bags every time. Seals bags up to 11” wide and includes a limited 5-year warranty.
Sealing bags up to 12”, this small vacuum sealer carries more than its own weight. It's extremely compact, measuring a mere 14.5 x 5.9 x 2.9 inches and weighing just 4.2 lbs. Despite its small frame, this vacuum sealer also gives customers a range of settings so your more delicate food isn't crushed. Users did note, however, that wet foods tend to leak during the vacuum process, creating a mess. Also, while all vacuum sealers make noise, this model is particularly loud.
A little larger than the Ivation, the FoodSaver V2244 measures 10.5 x 17.7 x 5.9 inches and weighs 4.8 lbs. While there are no selectable settings for gentle or regular suction, or wet or dry foods, this model uses CrushFree Instant Seal to preserve the integrity of your food every time. This mode also comes with a dishwasher-safe drip tray, minimizing mess. Finally, the FoodSaver V2244 comes complete with a 1-year limited warranty.
Perhaps most importantly, the Weston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer can seal bags up to 15” wide. That makes it perfect for large-volume jobs, though users warn against doing too much work at once because the machine tends to overheat. Instead of giving you options for settings, this vacuum sealer simply has a Manual Seal button so you are in control of how much pressure your food endures. For such a powerful unit, it's relatively small, measuring 22.5 x 12.25 x 6 inches, and includes a 1-year warranty.
Even though this 3.5 lb. vacuum sealer is cordless, it still seals up to 30 bags before running out of charge. Keep in mind that you can only use this sealer on items with the appropriate valves or attachments. Unfortunately, many users also report that the charging port may become faulty and stop charging the sealer as well after months or years of use, though this is to be expected from a cordless model. This vacuum sealer comes with a 5-year limited motor warranty to cover damage from overheating or other malfunction.
While not the most expensive model on this list, the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System will still be a significant investment at $194.59. That said, users report this sealer paying for itself within the year, especially since the starter kit already comes with a 11” x 10' roll of bags and 10 large-sized bags for high-volume sealing needs. With the 5-year warranty, you'd only need to save $40 worth of food from freezer burn a year to earn your money back.
Even though the Ivation Vacuum Sealer VSP180 has some shortcomings, customers are generally very satisfied. This is largely due to the fact that this sealer is only $64.95. There is no available warranty information for this model, but for the price and included starter-kit bags, some customers may not care. If you need a quick, cheap replacement on the fly, this model will outperform your expectations without overspending.
Reflecting a significant savings on list price, the FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit can be purchased new on Amazon for just $79.99. For only $15 more than the Ivation, you get an additional hose attachment, 1-year warranty, and a 11” x 10” roll of bags. Since this model is also more reliable, it edges out the Ivation for budget sealer, despite being a little more expensive.
Starting at $341.29, the Weston Pro-2300 Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer may be rightfully out of some people's budgets. For others, though, who process large amounts of produce and meat throughout the year, this is a fair price. With 15” bag width capacity and super powerful double-piston vacuum pump, this machine provides quality, professional results in your home. This product is encased in stainless steel, making it easy to clean and maintain over its years of durable use.
Even though this vacuum sealer has all the portable convenience in the world, backed by a 5-year motor warranty, it still only costs $69.93. If you need more flexibility than traditional vacuum sealers or their hoses provide, this is an incredibly affordable and powerful solution. Users are repeatedly impressed by the powerful suction available from this small, hand-held machine. Be prepared to replace this machine within the year, however, if you process a high volume of food.
Although the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System is a little expensive, the added features and the ready-to-use hose attachment make this sealer well worth the extra money. Still small enough to fit comfortably on your counter, this sealer is also one of the best looking on the list.
Going out of their way to meet your every need, this model starts automatically when bags are placed at the lip. Any excess liquid is caught in the drip catcher, and bags are sealed perfectly every time without the need to readjust, reset, and start over.
As added incentive, this model comes with the largest and most useful starter-kit, including a 10” roll of FoodSaver bags. Store those bags within the machine, and use the included cutter to make straight cuts every time. They really thought of everything when building this model, which is why we've crowned it Best of the Best.
For those on a tighter budget, or for those who don't process much food, a smaller vacuum sealer like the V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit may be all you need. While it lacks some of the finer features in the FoodSaver 4840, the V2244 still has plenty to write home about.
For instance, this affordable sealer still has the drip catcher for easy cleanup. It also comes with a hose attachment to get you started with various accessories. For standard jobs, users securely lock the machine in place before using, ensuring your safety and no food waste.
Take the guesswork out of selecting each individual setting and let the CrushFree Instant Seal Technology do the work for you. This is a simple but efficient machine that has great value for the price.