Creates seals in seconds
Fan-cooled to allow for continuous use
Automatic and manual seal modes
Heavy and difficult to move
Large countertop footprint
Hefty price tag
We purchased the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Vacuum sealers can help to preserve food for significantly longer than traditional storage methods, which can save you a lot of money by reducing your home’s food waste and allowing you to buy food in bulk. Of course, to save that money, you’ll have to spend some cash upfront on an efficient vacuum sealer, but do you need to buy a high-end model like the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer?
This gadget promises to be one of the best and most powerful vacuum sealers on the market, but those big promises also come with a big price tag. We wanted to know if it was that much better than budget-friendly models, so we put the Pro-2300 to the test to see if it would live up to the hype.
Setup: Ready to use
When the Weston Pro-2300 arrived on our doorstep, we were a bit intimidated by the size of the box, and we mentally prepared for a lengthy, complicated setup process. However, after opening the package, we were surprised to see that everything was already put together and ready to go.
There was some plastic sealing covering the vacuum sealer’s stainless steel frame to protect it from scratches and damage during shipping, but it was easy to peel it off. That was the only preparation needed, and it took about 30 seconds total.
There’s an extra piece of sealing tape included in the box, and once the sealing tape that’s already in the machine wears out, you can use the replacement to get another round of use out of the vacuum sealer.
While this was a nice touch, we were disappointed to find there weren’t any vacuum seal bags included in the package. For the price of the machine, we assumed there would be at least a couple sample bags in the box to get us started. Luckily, we had some lying around the house, but we could see how it would be an inconvenience if you didn't.
Design: Sleek and sophisticated
The Weston Pro-2300 certainly looks like something that belongs in an upscale commercial kitchen. It’s made of stainless steel with a see-through acrylic lid that allows you to see exactly where you’re lining up the bag.
There are three buttons on the top of the machine: Start, Manual Seal, and Stop. On the side of the machine, there’s the On/Off switch, the port for the power cord, and a dial controller for the fuse. The power cord is detachable and, when you carefully fold it, it fits perfectly into a storage compartment that’s positioned on the back of the machine.
It’s not just the sharp look that makes the vacuum sealer a perfect fit for a commercial kitchen—it’s also really big and heavy. The machine's footprint is 15.3 x 23 x 9 inches, so you’ll need a decent amount of space to use it and probably won't want it to be a permanent countertop appliance. The machine itself also weighs 22 pounds, so lifting it up onto the counter and moving it around can be a little bit of a struggle.
The size of the Weston Pro 2300 allows it to have an extra-long 15-inch seal bar, but it makes it difficult to store in a regular kitchen cabinet. It wouldn’t fit in any of our cabinets, so we packed it back in the box and stored it on a steel rack in our basement. While this type of storage setup is fine if you’re only planning to use the vacuum sealer occasionally, it would present a hassle for anyone who wants to vacuum seal more frequently, as the idea of lugging the 22-pound machine up and down stairs is definitely off-putting.
Features: Packs a powerful punch
The Weston Pro-2300 Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer isn’t loaded with features, but it makes up for that in power. The 935-watt motor is much more powerful than an average consumer-focused vacuum sealer, which cuts down on sealing time and allows you to move through big jobs faster.
The powerful motor is also fan-cooled, so you can use the machine continuously without having to wait too long between bags. While the manufacturer does recommend giving the sealer a 20-second cooling period to prevent damage to the machine, some users report that you can successfully vacuum seal 50 to 60 bags in one sitting without overheating. (Though, with such a big investment, do you really want to chance it?)
The 935-watt motor is much more powerful than an average consumer-focused vacuum sealer, which cuts down on sealing time and allows you to move through big jobs faster.
There’s also an option to choose between automatic and manual sealing. The automatic sealing is set to 3 seconds of vacuuming followed by another 3 seconds of cooling. With the manual setting, you can stop the vacuuming process sooner, if needed, which comes in handy for softer items like baked goods or bread.
Performance: Lives up to the price tag
We knew the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer’s motor was powerful, but we were blown away by how quickly it vacuum seals bags. We tested out its performance with three different food items using pre-cut vacuum seal bags, and for each bag, the air was sucked out and the bag was sealed within 3 seconds. Plus, as an added bonus, there’s really no effort involved.
With some vacuum sealers, you have to hold down the sealing bar until a seal is formed, but with the Pro-2300, all we had to do was line the bag up with the vacuum tray and press the start button—the machine handled the rest. This automatic setting was the perfect option for denser items, like meat, hard veggies, and some fruits (as long as you don’t mind if they get a little squished), but the machine really shined when we were using the manual setting.
When we were vacuum sealing softer items, like bread or leafy greens, we didn’t want to apply too much pressure or else the food gets smashed and never really bounces back. The manual setting allowed us to precisely control when the vacuum stops, and then it immediately seals the bag. We tried the manual option with fresh bread, and there was just enough air sucked out to keep the bread fresh without compromising its shape.
We also tested the vacuum sealer on ground beef and blueberries on the automatic setting. In both instances, the vacuum sealer stopped at the perfect time to pull just enough air out without squeezing out too much of the juices.
The seals created by the machine were tight and complete, and we were able to get a successful seal on the first try every time. The seal is also thicker than most—the band is about 5 to 6 millimeters thick, compared to 1 to 2 millimeters of other machines. This ensures that the bag is completely airtight.
We tried the manual mode on fresh bread, and there was just enough air sucked out to keep the bread fresh without compromising its shape.
After sealing, we put the bags of beef and blueberries in the freezer and checked on them after one day, three days, and two weeks. Each time, they looked as good as new. The outside of the packages was frosty, but there were no ice crystals or signs of freezer burn in sight.
The seal showed its reliability again when we let the meat thaw out in the refrigerator after two weeks. While there were a lot of juices released during the thawing process, they stayed contained nicely within the bag and didn’t leak into the refrigerator.
Price: Your wallet will take a hit
At a retail price of close to $600, the Weston Pro-2300 definitely isn’t the most budget-friendly option out there. While its performance is certainly impressive, we think it’s more than the average home user would need. If you run a commercial operation or, for instance, you’re a hunter who needs to preserve a large quantity of meat, the price may be worth it, but if you’re a casual user, you can find a suitable vacuum sealer that’s significantly less expensive and less cumbersome.
Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer vs. FoodSaver FM5200 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealer
It’s hard to pit the Weston Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer against other models because it really feels like it's in a class of its own, but the FoodSaver FM5200 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealer is likely its biggest competitor. Like the Weston Pro-2300, the FoodSaver FM5200 has a clear acrylic front so you can see exactly where to position the bag, and it also has both manual and automatic sealing options.
However, the FoodSaver has some added features. You can purchase a separate attachment to seal food in glass jars, and it also has a cutting bar so you can make custom bags out of any bag roll. The FoodSaver is also considerably smaller, with a countertop footprint of 9.3 x 17.6 x 9.6 inches. The FoodSaver weighs only 8.5 pounds, so while it’s still a little heavy, it’s a lot easier to move around the kitchen and more convenient for the average user.
Perhaps most appealing, if you opt for the FoodSaver, you’ll also save yourself quite a bit money. It retails for $199, which is half the price of the Weston.
Too much for your average user.
If you’re a store owner or a hunter who seals a lot of meat, the time-saving speed and power of the Weston Pro-2300 Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer are worth its weight in gold, but if you have more casual vacuum sealing needs, you’re better off with a less expensive and more compact option.
- Product Name Pro-2300 Vacuum Sealer
- Product Brand Weston
- Price $549.99
- Weight 22 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 23 x 9 x 15.3 in.
- Model Number 65-0201
- Material Stainless steel
- Motor 935 watts
- Warranty 2 years