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Old 01-07-2013, 06:59 AM   #1
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Looking for one online. Dont know which one to get. Saw the Rival vacuum sealer and price seemed right but hate to go cheap on items I plan to use alot. Comments suggestions?



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I have the "Food Saver" V2220, have had it for a few years and haven't had any issues with it. It uses either 11" or 8" inch bags and has a port for a jar sealer.

I dont think that model is available anymore but a similar one is the V2244.

http://www.foodsaver.com/product.aspx?pid=9902

The one I had before the V2220 was a Rival. It croaked because I let a bit of liquid be sucked up into the vacuum pump and that was the end of it but I had no issues with it up to the time I let that happen.



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A big thing to consider would be supplies. Where can you get the bags (or bag material) for the different sealers? I can get the FoodSaver products at my grocery store or at a Walmart - the other company names are harder for me to get. Just something to consider.

Like Dave, I also have a FoodSaver. I got my current one off Amazon - it's a really, really basic one. Found I didn't need (or even want) the bells and whistles that come on some of the other models.

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I just got the Foodsaver V3440 for Christmas and I love it. Works great and came with some nice accessories. It also lets you use a variety of bags and canisters, like one that allows you to vacuum seal things in recycled jars (like pickle jars). The Foodsaver portion control bags are perfect for sealing up smaller items. Since it was a gift I did not pick it out, my wife did. But she said the reviews were very positive, her friends who have vacuum sealers recommended it and she said the same thing that Goshengirl said; bags and supplies were readily available locally (but cheaper online). I am sure there are many other awesome vacuum sealers out there, but I am definitely enamored with Foodsaver.

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I also recently found the 11" expandable bags at my local rural king. These come in very handy for bulky items as you can seal one end expand the bag to fit almost anything and then simply fold the other end back up and seal it too.

I was able to seal up rice, beans, etc in 5 gallon buckets using these bags instead of mylar.

We have a pretty old foodsaver model, but it still does the job and has the port for vacuum sealing lids onto jars. We also have several of the vacuum seal containers from foodsaver (I think we got them at walmart) for when we open the big packages of rice, beans etc to keep it as fresh as possible as long as possible.

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I just got the Foodsaver V3440 for Christmas and I love it. Works great and came with some nice accessories. It also lets you use a variety of bags and canisters, like one that allows you to vacuum seal things in recycled jars (like pickle jars). The Foodsaver portion control bags are perfect for sealing up smaller items. Since it was a gift I did not pick it out, my wife did. But she said the reviews were very positive, her friends who have vacuum sealers recommended it and she said the same thing that Goshengirl said; bags and supplies were readily available locally (but cheaper online). I am sure there are many other awesome vacuum sealers out there, but I am definitely enamored with Foodsaver.
I have this same model, have had it for 8 months now and it is rock solid... The bags can be cut down in size, you can also get containers with lids, etc... Great buy...
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We bought a set of plastic canisters that are made for the food saver.
Every one of them cracked within a few months.
We use the jar sealer and it works great.


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We have an old Food Saver that we've owned for about 15 years, and it's still going strong. However, last year we purchased a Weston Pro 2300, and it is a great machine. It does automatic sealing, but also has a manual mode that lets you control just how much vacuuming is done so you can vacuum things like bread without crushing them. It was a good bit more expensive, but it has proven to be worth the extra cost.


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Im hearing foodsaver a lot.


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We have an old Food Saver that we've owned for about 15 years, and it's still going strong. However, last year we purchased a Weston Pro 2300, and it is a great machine. It does automatic sealing, but also has a manual mode that lets you control just how much vacuuming is done so you can vacuum things like bread without crushing them. It was a good bit more expensive, but it has proven to be worth the extra cost.
I get the impression that Weston is to the food sealer world what Excalibur is to the dehydrating world. Do they have attachments to use with mason jars?


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