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Unread 11-17-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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I have had two vacuum sealers and neither one of them have worked very well. Can anyone give me a recommendation of one you have had success with? There are so many at such different prices.

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Unread 11-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
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Which ones have you used before?
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I have a Vac Master VP 112 chamber sealer. It's really nice but pricey. After going through 3 others I went for this and so far so good.
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Usually vacuum sealers are one of those things where you get what you pay for. The higher priced ones generally last longer. I've got a Foodsaver that I've had for years and it still works fine. If memory serves me correct it was a little over $200.


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I've been using a foodsaver for years. They work pretty good. Not always perfect, but it depends on what you are vacuum sealing.

They go on sale often. Check out/search a deal site like slickdeals.net. I just have a basic electric model. I have no need for the fancier ones.
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Yep, keep an eye out for foodsaver deals. I have been using a Foodsaver 2200 series (not sure the exact model) for several years now for light usage around the house. It does really well and can handle a good workout. When my buddies and I do mass processing of fish or game, we have a VacMaster VP 215 chamber sealer that is awesome but extremely pricey for basic home usage.
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I love my vacmaster, too. They do cost more, but I'd bet I've almost saved the cost in bags. The chamber vacuum bags are much cheaper. I use mostly the large boil in the bag type, great for reheating que, and think I paid about .09 each....
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I love my vacmaster, too. They do cost more, but I'd bet I've almost saved the cost in bags. The chamber vacuum bags are much cheaper. I use mostly the large boil in the bag type, great for reheating que, and think I paid about .09 each....
Excellent point, I got a couple thousand bags when I bought mine and haven't run out yet...
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Which ones have you used before?
A Rival and a cheaper FoodSaver model. I don't mind spending a bit more if it works.


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The Vac Master Units are great, I looked at them when I was shopping for a sealer. I went with the Weston 2300 so I could use containers for marinating and bags for storage. I also like the readily available rebuild kit rather then sending it back for repairs.

I have heavily used my Weston without any problems.


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But as Swamp Donkeyz BBQ States, "You Get What You Pay For".

The Vac Master is nice because the whole pouch sits inside the Vacuum Chamber.
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I have a V3840 for a year or two now. Seems to work just fine. If I am sealing a lot (like 20 bags) it seems to go into a protection mode and needs to rest for 10 minutes. But other than that the only problems I've had are bits of food in the seal causing it not to seal.
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Short of a chamber vacuum sealer, I own and recommend a Weston 2300.
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We have a small Foodsaver and it works great. The Foodsaver website has clearance items sometimes, picked ours up for 20 bucks delivered.
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I went with the Weston 2300 so I could use containers for marinating and bags for storage. I also like the readily available rebuild kit rather then sending it back for repairs.

I have heavily used my Weston without any problems.


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+1 for the Weston Pro 2300. I've had one for 2 years now and it is an excellent quality product. I owned several of the cheap thow-away sealers, and got tired of repeatedly buying junk. Sure it costs a little more, but you get what you pay for.
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