It’s highly unlikely, if not impossible, that you’ll try and look up some vacuum sealers without running into a good ole FoodSaver at least once. And for good reason – the brand has consistently delivered such quality and rugged perfection that many user testimonials applaud their machine’s enduring performance, more often than not lasting over the span of several years. Considering the modus operandi behind a vacuum sealer is usually the desire to increase the lifespan of our perishable foods so we can bulk buy, reduce waste and overall cut down the pressure on our pockets, the slightly higher price brackets for FoodSaver vacuum sealers compared to budget alternatives pay off considerably in the long-run – you definitely get your money’s worth, and then some.
In fact, the popularity and brand esteem of FoodSaver is such that you’ll likely find plenty of posts using the words ‘food saver’ interchangeably with vacuum sealers – pretty much comparable to how Hoover, the brand, became synonymous to owning and using a vacuum cleaner, regardless of the brand name. But the savvy consumer doesn’t simply pick up any sealer with the name FoodSaver slapped on it – there are options upon options, and to help you make the smartest and most beneficial decision for your specific needs, we’ve shortlisted our picks for the best FoodSaver vacuum sealers on the market.
FoodSaver V4440 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System
Gone are the days since the first FoodSaver units, which had to be manually held down for the vacuuming and sealing, were predominant in the market. This sleek and intuitive machine makes the business of keeping your food fresh for longer ridiculously easy – all you need to do is fill up whatever items you’re looking to stick in the fridge or freezer inside the FoodSaver seal bags, and slot the open end into the machine. The unit automatically detects the bag, vacuums all the air inside it, then heat-seals the bag to make it completely airtight, letting you keep food fresh five times as longer as you would typically be able to otherwise.
That’s not all though – as the name implies, this unit is a 2-in-1 sealer, also featuring a retractable handheld vacuum sealer you can pull out and use separately to vacuum and seal cannisters, containers and Ziploc bags. The heat-sealing function of the machine is recommended for use solely with FoodSaver bags (which are included with the unit, are re-usable and can be bought separately), since the bags are devised with an appropriate degree of protective thickness and are designed specifically to heat-seal at the temperature the machine applies.
The unit has both wet and dry modes, meaning you can seal up both dry ingredients like cooked and uncooked veggies, but also liquids like soups, gravy or sauce. A pull-out drawer holds a removable drip tray which collects any excess liquid which might drip off during wet mode sealing, an indicator light blinking to let you know the tray is full and needs to be emptied and clean. The tray itself is dishwasher-compatible. The unit comes equipped with a 10 by 11 inches vacuum seal roll which can be slotted in under the machine’s lid and used to cut bags to size using the in-built cutter, as well as three 1-quart and two 1-gallon vacuum seal bags, and three 1-quart and two 1-gallon zipper bags.
KAREN’S BUDGET PICK
FoodSaver FSFRSH0053 FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
If you don’t have the space for a counter-top machine, or will only be needing a vacuum sealer occasionally, you could opt for this pocket-friendly handheld option by FoodSaver. Compatible with FoodSaver vacuum zipper bags and deli containers, this little handheld unit essentially operates at the push of a button – simply fill the bag with the food items you want to seal, secure the zipper, then position the sealer over the circle indicated on the bag, and push the button. Operation is cordless, making it all the more handy and convenient to use, be it for your deli slices, cheeses, fruits, veggies or other perishables like hops for home-brewing that you want to prolong the lifespans of. The unit features an easy to clean nozzle which captures excess liquids so you don’t wind up making an inadvertent mess, and can be placed into the dishwasher for a clean when needed.
FoodSaver FM2435-ECR Vacuum Sealing System
This unit might not feature the automatic bag detection and sealing features of our top pick, but it still ranks high as an incredibly effective machine and a life-saver in a busy household where food needs to be prepared for days in advance and bulk-buying is the key to efficiency. A sleek, space-saving device, the unit can be used with both wet and dry ingredients, a pull-out drawer featuring a drip tray to conveniently capture any excess liquid and keep you from making a mess on your counter. As with our top pick, an indicator light lets you know when the tray is full and needs to be emptied out and cleaned.
To seal using this device, fill in the FoodSaver bag (either pre-cut or cut to size, the unit accommodating an in-built roll dispenser and cutter to maximize convenience), leaving a fourth of it empty, before positioning the open end, closing the lid, locking it, and hitting the vacuum option. You can moderate how long you vacuum (which is important when sealing soft foods which might otherwise get crushed) and hit the Seal option when you’re ready to heat-seal the bag.
The unit also features a retractable hand-held sealer as well, compatible with FoodSaver deli bags, vacuum zipper bags, containers and so on.