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Are you looking to save more money by buying more dry food in bulk? Or maybe your produce or frozen meats are going bad before you get the chance to use them. Whatever your situation, perhaps it's a good time to invest in a vacuum sealer.
Vacuum sealers work by sucking all the oxygen out from the space around your food inside a bag or canister, and then sealing those containers to prevent air from leaking back inside to spoil your food.
Besides extending shelf life, vacuum sealers are also useful for sous vide cooking, keeping valuable metals protected from air exposure, preserving fish after a fishing trip, and more. Here, a list of the best vacuum sealers for whatever your storage or cooking needs.
Best Overall: FoodSaver FoodSaver 4800 Series 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit, v4840
Fully automated makes it simple to use
Powerful suction is quick to seal
Easy to clean
There is a small cooling period between seals if handling a large volume
FoodSaver is known for, well, food-saving systems, and it makes some of the top best-selling vacuum sealers available today. This vacuum sealing system is fully automated so using this machine is quick and easy, as many customers have confirmed in their positive reviews.
It features automatic bag detection that starts the vacuum sealing process and moisture detection that selects the correct mode whether you're sealing marinated steaks or pantry snacks. There's a LED light display to indicate progress and the machine turns itself off when the job is done. It's also easy to clean thanks to a pull out drawer that houses a dishwasher safe drip tray.
This model also has built-in roll storage, a bag cutter, and a retractable handheld sealer that can be used to preserve pantry snacks, cereals, and nuts in FoodSaver zipper bags, containers, and canisters. These convenient features plus a five-year limited warranty make it our top pick.
Quick, strong seal
Compatible with other brands of sealer bags and rolls
It needs to cool down after sealing a few bags
A customer favorite, this vacuum sealer from Mueller Austria has an easy-to-use control panel that gives you complete control over the vacuum-sealing process. There are options for gentle or airtight vacuuming so you don't have to worry about delicate foods like crackers or soft produce getting smushed. It also has settings for moist or dry food to help you customize the perfect vacuum seal no matter what type of food you're sealing.
Reviewers praise this model for working fast, creating strong seals, and being compatible with other brands of vacuum sealer bags and rolls. You'll receive an accessory air suction hose, five medium vacuum seal bags, and a vacuum bag roll.
Simple to use
Doesn't have a removable drip tray
Vacuum sealers preserve food up to five times longer than regular plastic baggies, and this particular model was subjected to in-depth lab testing to ensure that it does just that. Reviewers praise this vacuum not only for its compact size and quiet operation but also for its versatility. Two sealing options—dry and moist—allow you to seal anything from soup to chicken or steak for sous vide. It has a suction rate of 12 liters (around 3 gallons) a minute, with smaller items being sealed in as little as four seconds.
The kit comes with five medium-sized vacuum bags and one extra-large vacuum bag roll, both of which are completely waterproof and reusable. If you need more, replacement bags are easy to repurchase from NutriChef or other vendors. Keep in mind that you do need an inch or so of room on each side of the item to successfully seal it: the more air the vacuum is able to remove, the longer food will stay in the fridge or freezer.
Straightforward to use
Lightweight and compact
Doesn't include a bag cutter
This compact vacuum sealer doesn’t include some of the bells and whistles that the big boys do, but it does the one thing you buy it for—it vacuums and seals bags for freezing, food storage, and sous vide cooking.
This can use any brand of vacuum-sealer bag rolls up to 12 inches wide, or with a pre-made quart or gallon-sized bags. To seal bags, you place the end into the machine and press down to lock it in place, then press the vacuum button. A sealing indicator shows the progress, or you can stop the vacuuming at any point to seal the bag before it is fully vacuumed, which is great for delicate foods. You can also operate the sealing function without vacuuming first, which is great for making bags. Reviewers love how affordable and easy to use this vacuum sealer is.
To get you started, this includes five 7.8 x 11.8-inch bags and one 7.8 x 78-inch roll of bag material. This does not have a bag cutter or integrated bag storage.
Sleek and compact
Easy to use
Includes a pulse suction feature
Not many accessories included
This sealer is intended for use with the brand's popular sous vide cooker, but it works well for food-saving, too. The super-sleek and simple one-touch Anova is designed to extract air quickly and seal tightly. Use it with bags of different sizes for serving groups of two or ten.
The best part is that it has a small footprint, making it ideal for people in apartments or homes with limited cupboard and counter space. However, the tradeoff is that the no-frills model doesn't come with accessories (beyond 10 pre-cut bags) like other options.
Reviewers also like that it includes a pulse suction feature, which lets them have more control over suction, especially when sealing delicate foods.
Easy to use
Vacuum feature can be controlled
Includes removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray
No roll storage
Available in silver or black, this FoodSaver model is affordable and easy to use. It features an easy latch lock system that can be operated one-handed. The control panel is intuitive—it will suck the air out of bagged food and seal them, then turn itself off, with the touch of one button.
Reviewers like that the vacuum feature can be controlled so you can choose to suck all the air out of a bag, or just seal open bags of snacks like chips and pretzels.
It comes with a removable drip tray that is also dishwasher safe so this sealer can be used to preserve wet foods like marinated meats without making a mess. You'll also receive an accessory hose that's compatible with FoodSaver jars and canisters and three 1-quart sealer bags, two 1-gallon sealer bags, and a 10-foot vacuum seal roll. This sealer lacks roll storage, but you'll save some counter or storage space with a smaller unit.
Compact and portable
Great for those who live in small spaces
No indicator light
Measuring 4.62 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches, this super-compact unit fits easily in the hand and on the countertop when not in use—one of the main pros listed by reviewers. Powered by a built-in lithium-ion battery, the sealer and docking station don't require a plug. This, plus its minimal size, makes it ideal for those with small kitchens, such as apartment dwellers. It also might make a good travel unit for those who hunt or fish.
Note that it's meant for use with compatible FoodSafe containers, bags, and accessories, but it does come with four quart-sized bags so you can start sealing immediately. If you experience any issues within a year, FoodSaver offers a limited manufacturer's warranty.
Seals within seconds
Fan-cooled to allow for continuous use
Manual seal mode is ideal for softer foods
It’s heavy and difficult to move
It’s has a large countertop footprint
If your vacuum-sealing needs exceed normal household use, or if you love having restaurant-quality equipment at home, you should consider this option. It’s great for hunters and fishers, or those who tend to buy meat in bulk at the grocery store. It’s also perfect for people who want a quick way to marinate their meat.
This commercial-grade countertop machine has a double piston vacuum-pump with 935-watts of power to seal your food in a matter of minutes. The extra-wide 5mm seal bar ensures a consistent and tight seal with no leaks. In fact, our product tester says she was able to get a successful seal the first time, every time. You can seal a variety of different sized bags, and the manual seal mode gives you complete control over the amount of pressure so you can expertly seal delicate foods without crushing them.
You can also use this machine with coins and other valuables to keep them safe from air and moisture.
"The air was sucked out and each bag was sealed within three seconds. As an added bonus, there’s no extra effort involved." — Lindsay Boyers, Product Tester
The FoodSaver FM5200 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealer Machine claims our top spot because it includes settings for sealing wet foods, dry foods, canisters, and more. Plus, it makes seals closer to the cut edge of bags, meaning less waste. If you're looking for something with a smaller footprint and you'll only be sealing occasionally, go for the Geryon Vacuum Sealer Machine E2800-C. It's compact, easy to use, and affordable.
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What to Look for in a Vacuum Sealer
Special features: Higher-end machines tend to have special buttons (for things like pulsing or sealing wet foods), and some might also have the ability to seal more than bags (like containers for marinating foods). More basic models come at a lower price point with fewer features, but they tend to take up less space and work well if you don’t need the extra amenities.
Bag storage: Do you want a vacuum sealer that stores bag rolls? The rolls will always be on hand and the machine will cut the bags to length. On the other hand, if the rolls don’t store inside the unit, you’ll have two separate things to keep track of, but the units themselves tend to be more compact.
Included extras: There’s no doubt that you’ll eventually need to buy extra sealing bags and rolls, but some machines include a variety of both so you can decide which you prefer before you purchase more.