The 10 Best Vacuum Sealers

Updated February 06, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 43 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. The average family of four throws away about 25 percent of the food it purchases. But you can easily and simply cut back on that waste by storing leftovers and raw ingredients in vacuum sealed packages, which ensures they'll stay fresh for longer. There's no better way to do that than with one of these machines. Some can also provide a great way to help with sous vide cooking. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best vacuum sealer on Amazon.

10. Seal-a-Meal

Cheap but effective, the Seal-a-Meal gets the job done, with a patented removable drip tray and a simple, press and hold system. It has the same features as name brand models at half the price, but you may need to double-seal your food to ensure a leak-free enclosure.
  • cancel button stops process
  • some units fail quickly
  • only comes with four bags
Model FSSMSL0160-000
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Cuisinart VS-100

For smaller kitchens, choose the Cuisinart VS-100, which is compact enough to fit in a drawer even with its built-in roller storage. It creates tight seals and is less expensive than many models, but its cutter does not work well, so you may need scissors.
  • comes with multiple sizes of bag
  • very easy to operate
  • fairly loud while in use
Brand Cuisinart
Model VS-100
Weight 6 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

8. Nesco VS-02

Save time as you reduce spoilage and keep your foods fresh for longer with the Nesco VS-02, which has both a built-in roll storage compartment and a bag cutter. It's a convenient unit that boasts a fully automatic operation at the touch of a button.
  • override function for delicate foods
  • works great for non-food items too
  • suction power weakens over time
Brand Nesco
Model VS-02
Weight 6.3 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

7. VacMaster VP210

The VacMaster VP210 is a professional-grade, chamber-style unit, and one of the only ones in existence that can seal liquid-based foods, such as marinades or soups. It's ideal for restaurants or catering operations that need to preserve many portions at a time.
  • double seals every bag for security
  • long-lasting pump mechanism
  • considerably expensive
Brand Vacmaster
Model VP210
Weight 106 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

6. Mooka TVS-2150

Compact, convenient, and classy in its all-black, glossy finish, the Mooka TVS-2150 may seem like any other machine in its class, but it's actually quite powerful. It can be used up to 40 times in a row without overheating and can even seal multiple small packages at once.
  • built to last up to a decade
  • can be used with or without suction
  • instructions are a bit lacking
Brand Mooka
Model pending
Weight 5 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. FoodSaver FM2435-ECR

The FoodSaver FM2435-ECR boasts a stainless-steel body that will match your modern appliances. It's a great balance of space-saving and affordable without sacrificing many of the features of higher-end models, such as a detachable unit for use on nonstandard packages.
  • convenient built-in cutter
  • you choose how much air to remove
  • backed by a 5-year warranty
Brand FoodSaver
Model FM2435-ECR
Weight 8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

4. Geryon Starter Kit

The Geryon Starter Kit includes everything you need to kick off your new life of food storage and preservation. In addition to the machine itself, it comes with an attachable hose that can be used to suck the air out of bottles, cans, and nonstandard bags.
  • 12-inch wide feeder slot
  • can compress clothing for storage
  • good value for the price
Model E5700
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

3. NutriChef PKVS18

With cool blue LED indicator lights and a brushed silver finish, the NutriChef PKVS18 will make your kitchen feel ever-so-slightly-more like a spaceship. It comes with a detachable suction hose and can be set to handle moist or dry foods with ease.
  • includes a stopper for sealing wine
  • works with a wide variety of bags
  • also available in black
Brand NutriChef
Model PKVS18SL
Weight 4.1 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

2. Weston Pro-2300

A great choice for restaurants, the industrial grade Weston Pro-2300 has a dual-piston suction pump that stands up to heavy use without losing power, and an automated, one-touch operation mode. Its transparent lid lets you keep tabs on the action as it unfolds.
  • led status indicator lights
  • works with bags up to 15 inches wide
  • cord storage reduces clutter
Brand Weston
Model 65-0101
Weight 26.2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. FoodSaver 4840

Whether you are looking to preserve foods or for help in cooking healthy sous vide meals, the FoodSaver 4840 is up to the task with its two-in-one sealing technology. Its main portal handles standard bags while a handheld attachment can be used on Ziplocs, jars, and more.
  • drip tray slides out for cleaning
  • wet and dry food settings
  • internal roll storage
Brand FoodSaver
Model FSFSSL4840-000
Weight 11.4 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Save Money, Save Time, Save Food, With a Vacuum Sealer

You've probably been putting food away for a long time. Maybe you wrap it in plastic or foil. Maybe you use a plastic container or a Mason jar. Maybe you bury it underground in scattered locations in the forest. Why mix it up now? Why use something as high-tech as a vacuum sealer?

The first, fancy reason is to cook sous vide, literally "under vacuum" in French. To prepare food sous vide, you need to put your protein (meat or fish) in a bag, remove the air, then immerse it in a precisely heated water bath for a long time. We can thank the molecular gastronomy movement for making sous vide preparation mainstream.

A more pedestrian reason for having a vacuum sealer is to keep your food fresher longer. Freezer burnt food tastes nasty. Freezer burn is the result of dehydration, and it occurs when dry air from the freezer comes in contact with your food. The moisture in the food is sucked out, often settling on the top as ice crystals.

It's totally safe to eat that freezer burnt venison if you want; it won't hurt you at all. It's just not as good. Cut off the worst bits and salvage what you can. Maybe make something spicy to hide the taste. And get yourself a vacuum sealer. You don't want to keep ruining your hard won game meats.

Vegetables also lose water, to the dry constantly moving air of the refrigerator. The cell walls of the plants are no longer sturdy, and your celery goes all soft and limp. I'm guessing you don't like to eat it that way, but I don't really know your life. Maybe that's perfect for you. Maybe the crunch of produce haunts your dreams or something. In that case, make it see pain, man. Wilt that shit. I'll look the other way. I will not judge.

Dry foods, like crackers and bread, become stale by absorbing water. The starches are in a foam-like structure, but when they absorb water they become crystallized. This is both how bread gets soggy and how it goes stale. Science is wild, man.

Keeping air out of contact with the surface of your food will prevent freezer burn and will keep it fresh longer. Fortunately, there's one solution for both - a vacuum sealer.

Okay, So How Does a Vacuum Sealer Work?

There are two types of vacuum sealers: edge sealers and chamber sealers. They work in two different ways.

An edge-style vacuum sealer--like seven of the eight in the video, and four of our top five picks--sucks as much of the air directly out of the bag as it can, leaving the food behind. This is why this type of sealer struggles with liquids--note that it can handle them, but they should be frozen first.

Many people say all cut meats (like sliced ham) seal better when they're frozen. If you're going to seal flour or wet cuts of meat in the sealer, a piece of paper towel between the food and the edge of the bag like so keeps the seal from getting broken by particles of grain or wet bits of bloody filth.

A chamber-style vacuum sealer works by changing the air pressure outside the bag, not inside of it. The bag is placed inside of a chamber, as the name suggests, with the edge of the bag hanging off of the sealing bar. The lid is lowered, and the air pressure in the chamber around the bag is reduced until it is low enough for the bag to be pressed around the meat.

Chamber vacuums aren't slowed down by liquids; you can seal sauce or water or hard liquor in them. You might have a problem with liquids boiling in them, as the pressure is dropped really low inside of them. They're more powerful, and you don't have to freeze everything. The workspace is smaller.

Really, it isn't so much that one is better than the other. It depends on what works better for you.

So You're Telling Me I'll Never Go Shopping Again?

If you plan on freezing everything you want to eat in one go, and live out of the freezer for the rest of your life, then yes: you'll never have to go shopping again. Congratulations.

But if you think you can vacuum seal a steak and leave it on the counter, then I'm sorry; the answer is no. Don't do that. You're playing with anaerobic bacterial fire. Maybe you'll get botulism, maybe it'll be clostridium. But just because it's in a neat little package doesn't mean you made it shelf stable.

It's extremely important to note some of the most pathogenic bacteria really dig warm, low-oxygen environments, so it's vital you refrigerate or freeze any vacuum-packed items--meats, sauces, vegetables, cheeses--that you would normally keep cool.

Your cereal, nuts, ammunition (I am not an ammo specialist, so you should really look into this before you store your ammo in any way) won't make you sick if you eat them after they're stored in a vacuum-sealed bag, provided they're not all moist and delicious when you put them in. I like to eat my bullets dry, don't you?

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Last updated on February 06, 2018 by Ezra Glenn

Ezra is a writer, photographer, creative producer, designer, and record label-operator from New York City. He's traveled around the world and ended up back where he started, though he's constantly threatening to leave again.

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