There are many Vacuum sealers on the market and we have been researching them all over the past 6 months or so.
You can find them priced anything from $50 to over $1,000. Based on our research we determined that the cheaper brands are just that, Cheap.
Unless you will be using a vacuum sealer continuously over hours you will most likely only need a sealer that is intended for domestic use.
We purchased several different units including Luvelo, Hillmark, Seal Ezy, i-eco, Maxkon, Campfire and Sunbeam.
Based on our research it seems that Sunbeam Food Saver Vacuum Sealers are the benchmark that many of them aspire to reach but based on our testing many of them fail to reach the quality and show the features that prove that some thought has been put into the design of the machine. Interestingly MANY of the machines we purchased and tested are made in the same factory in China - Bigland, the place to go if you want to import cheap electrical items.
We wanted to offer the best most reliable, affordable, most suitable vacuum sealer for our customers to use with the Banquet Bag range and still be suitable for other kitchen requirements.
We have finally decided to offer the Sunbeam Food Saver vacuum sealer. They do come at a slightly higher price than the other ones that we tested but when it comes to vacuum sealers you most definately get what you pay for. You need to consider purchasing a vacuum sealer as an investment as you will use it for more than you can imagine. My favourite thing to do other than using it with our Banquet Bags is to freeze left overs and then transfer the frozen food into a vacuum sealed bag, frees up the container and makes more room in the freezer. It is also good to have the vacuum containers for speedy marinating and when making Jerky.
Some of the issues and lack of features that we discovered during our testing are as follows:
We chose the Sunbeam Food Saver as it gave us the best results when using them with our Banquet Bags and also gave us the option to use them with other standard kitchen requirements. As standard the Food Saver requires a bag with an embossed inner lining as our Banquet bags do not have this embossing we have our Banquet "Channel Helper" that works beautifully with the Food Saver, it also works with other vacuum sealers but not as well as with the Sunbeam.
The FoodSaver vacuum sealer has many features that unless you knew to look for them you would not see. We have two models and their individual features are listed on each item but in breif this is what you can expect
You wont be dissapointed when you use a Food Saver, we were very pleasantly surprised after testing all the other ones first, to be honest we were getting quite discouraged until the Sunbeam.