Food Vacuum Sealers

Submitted: Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:08
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Can anyone recommend a food vacuum sealer that they have had good success and reliability with?
We are considering purchasing one for our trip north in August.
Thank you.
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Reply By: Member-George (WA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:17

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:17
We have a Sunbeam one for 3 years, has never failed.
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Reply By: Member - garytee - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:22

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:22
George,
Is it the VS4300 or the VS7800?

Thank you.
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Follow Up By: Member-George (WA) - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:22

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 10:22
It is the VAC 660
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:56

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 13:56
We have/had a Freshield for a fair amount (I think about $160 or more) and have never been happy with its ability to reliably seal. Seems to only do one seal per session and then gets a headache.
Bought a Homemaker form Target or maybe Big W for about $50, and it works wonderfully well. We take it away on fishing trips to seal our fillets and it gets it right first time every time.
Pays to wipe the fillets with paper towels to get them nice and dry though.

I think homemaker may be their "home brand"
Online purchased bag rolls work perfectly with it also.

Cheers, Bob
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:38

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:38
Ditto re the Freshshield. I always got leaks.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 14:23

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 14:23
Sunbeam VS4300 ,never a problem in the last 4years or so , just need to allow it to 'rest' for 20/30 sec between sealing , rolls to make own size bags work out cheaper than pre made bags ,less wastage.
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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:00

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:00
Another vote for Sunbeam.
Have had our for approx 6 years and no probs to date.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:06

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:06
Sunbem FoodSaver VAC430
5 years old and no problems.
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Reply By: Ron A - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:20

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:20
Had a Freshshield now for over 8 years. Traveled throughout Outback Aus, used on 240v and inverter from 12v. Never missed a beat and would happily buy another one.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:28

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 15:28
I have the Aldi version. Seals dry and semi-dry food well, if any liquid gets into the seal area, the seal is not continuous and will leak, presumably the liquid cools the area there's not enough heat to make a good seal. You can just redo the seal higher up the bag. Perhaps if you left a bigger gap between the contents and the seal it wouldn't be such a problem. I have used my son's Sunbeam for Sous Vide cooking and this doesn't seem to be an issue. The Aldi also doesn't have a removable tray so cleaning is harder, but it was 1/3 the cost of the Sunbeam and works perfectly well on meat, fish, veg, dry stuff just thin marinades and casseroles you get the described problem.
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:30

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:30
Bought a Unika Effene by Monroe at a caravan and camping show seven years ago so far faultless.
We always buy our meat and fish bulk $250 buys and take it home and vac seal it in meal sizes.
For touring and home use.
Bags bought on line from Monroe are the best and are reused.
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:44

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 16:44
I had a freshield for several years. It never sealed properly and sucked juices into the pump area.

Fed up I threw it in the bin.

I eventually got one of these

It sucks the air from the top, has a double seal, and lots of accessories. I had never heard of it on these forums but it is fantastic.

Got it from Hardly Normal for around $150


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Reply By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 19:33

Monday, Apr 11, 2016 at 19:33
Sunbeam x 4.

Never missed a beat

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Reply By: Member - Noah273 - Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 08:48

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 at 08:48
Hi Gary,
We have the Vacuum Sealer. The bags have a one way valve and are reusable. If you put your food into a freezer bag first, then put the freezer bag into one of the vacuum bags, less mess is created and the bags don't get soiled. The vacuum unit is small and light and runs on battery & 240v. There is also a hand vacuum in the kit. You just hold it onto the valve and all the air is sucked out. Pretty easy to use and great for storing foods.
The website is www.tv2you.com.au

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Reply By: Member - gaz 290 - Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 00:18

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 at 00:18
I have a Domestic 240 &12 volt great unit got it at Camping show a few years ago I vac seal every thing cooked meals for the road I get the bags at Ali when the haha be them cheaper there cheers
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