So you want to know How to Choose a Vacuum Sealer? In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the key factors you should look at to make the best choice. First, you need to think about how often you think you’re going to be using a vacuum sealer. Will you be using it a few time a week, maybe you’ll only use it one or two days a month, but when you do use it you’ll use it a lot dividing up and storing bulk purchases, from places like Costco. If you are going to be using it often you’re probably going to want a countertop model that you keep out all of the time. Another feature you’re going to want if you’re going to use it often is having built-in storage for a roll of bags (all of the FoodSaver vacuum sealers have this). Having an auto-sealer to seal the bottom of the bags would be another nice feature to have.
What Size Vacuum Sealer Will I Need
The next thing you want to think about is how large are the food items you’re going to want to vacuum seal. All of the vacuum sealers we reviewed will seal 8″ wide bags, and almost all of them will seal 11″ wide bags (these are the most common sizes. The FoodSaver 4440, FoodSaver 4840, FoodSaver FM2435, and Weston Pro 2300 will all seal bags up to 15″ if you think you’ll need larger bags.
Will I Be Vacuum Sealing Wet Foods
Next, you want to think about the types of food you’re going to be vacuum sealing. All vacuum sealers can seal dry foods and normally moist fish and meats. If you think you’re going to be sealing delicate foods that crush easily like lettuce, potato chips, or bread be sure to get a model that has pulse mode. The FoodSaver V4840 and Crenova VS100S both have pulse mode. Do you think you’re going to be vacuum sealing “wet foods”? With the increasing popularity of Sous-Vide cooking, this is becoming a lot more common. Wet foods would include sealing raw uncooked meats in a marinade, in cooked meats in a sauce or gravy. When you vacuum seal wet foods some of the liquid is occasionally sucked out, to prevent this from making a mess look for a model with drip tray. If you’re going to be working with marinades and raw meats you really want a removable drip tray that’s dishwasher safe. This will stop bacteria from building up, and prevent you from cross contaminating your uncooked foods. All of the FoodSaver vacuum sealers have a removable drip tray. The FoodSaver 4440, FoodSaver 4840, FoodSaver 3835, and FoodSaver 3460 all have special marinade mode designed specifically for marinading meats.
Can I Vacuum Seal Containers and Canisters
Do you think you’re going to want to seal foods in canisters or containers or use standard kitchen Ziptop style bags? Some manufacturers sell specially designed canisters or containers that allow you seal foods in them. The advantage of using these containers is they are easier to store in your cupboard or pantry. To use these canisters and containers you’re going to need a vacuum sealer with an accessory port and hose. The FoodSaver 4440, FoodSaver 4840, FoodSaver FM2435, FoodSaver 3460, and FoodSaver 3835 all come with an accessory port and hose. The Crenova VS100S has an accessory port but doesn’t come with a hose, you’ll need to purchase that separately (FoodSaver Accessory Hose).
Hopefully, this has helped you think about what you need to consider when you’re choosing the right vacuum sealer for your needs. For more information check out our vacuum Sealer Reviews listed below.
Vacuum Sealer Reviews
|Brand - Model #||Price||Rating|
FoodSaver V4440 Review
FoodSaver FM2435 Review
FoodSaver V4840 Review
Crenova VS100S Review
Weston Pro 2300 Review
FoodSaver V3835 Review
FoodSaver V3460 Review
FoodSaver V2244 Review
Nesco VS-02 Review
Seal-A-Meal VS107 Review
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- Vacuum Sealer Buying Guide - The ultimate guide to helping you choose the vacuum sealer that right for you.
- How to Choose a Vacuum Sealer - What factors you should be looking at when buying a vacuum sealer.
- Vacuum Sealer FAQ - Answers to common questions people have when buying a food vacuum sealer.
- Vacuum Sealer Reviews - In depth reviews for for each of the vacuum sealers we looked at.
- Best Vacuum Sealer - The best vacuum sealer according to our editorial team.
- Top 10 Vacuum Sealers - A top 10 ranking for each of the vacuum sealers we reviewed.
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