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Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank #7781515
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Thinking about getting a vacuum sealer, what are some good ones for under $200?


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781539
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LEM. Max vac 500. Not $200 but $350. Been using for at least 5 years. Over the time itís saved me a bunch. Lot of items like shrimp chowder I put in seal bags and freeze first before sealing. Itís not the greatest with wet stuff but it locks food. Best one I ever had for the price

Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781553
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I have a Foodsaver brand. The $149 model from Sam's Club. I have used it fairly heavily for two years. It's about worn out. It still works, but the lid catch doesn't hold anymore so it is a pita to line up the bag for sealing. Also, bags are stupidly expensive. I have been using the Kirkland bags from Costco because they are about half the price of Foodsaver brand bags, but they are not the quality of Foodsaver bags. They work, but they often have wrinkles and are difficult to seal. Overall, it's been a decent machine for the price.


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781566
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Weston is what I have for five yrs now prior to that I would smoke a unit a year when using food saver and other cheaper brands


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781571
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Nesco Deluxe Food VS-12 Vacuum Sealer


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781573
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Food savors work good for about 2-3 years of good use, then they give up. We do use it quite a lot.


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781594
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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: SJA] #7781654
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Originally Posted by SJA
Nesco Deluxe Food VS-12 Vacuum Sealer

X2!


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781981
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Foodsaver brand purchased in 2016. I have only used it 4-5 times. Putting rats in for storage.

Some of the rats were from 2016. I opened and sent them to get tanned. They look great.


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7781991
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I've got a black and decker that is over 20 years old.49 bucks on amazon right now....
I buy meat in bulk and freeze it. It gets used 3-4 times a month and I'll freeze 10 -20 bags at a time. Buy sausage patties in a box and freeze them 6 to a bag . Get the quart / gal bags from amazon.

chicken legs/ breast / quarters
pork tenderloin
sausage patties

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One bad thing about the nesco and other models that have the ears that the bag must go under , is if your using roll bag material it curls. Sometimes when you close the lid if it jumps up over the ear it want seal. Has nothing to do with the quality of the product . Just ease of using it. On the black and decker as long as the bag is in the area of the black gasket it works great. Another thing on my black and decker the vacumn chamber lifts out so you can wash it. You seal 25 lbs of chicken legs and their is a lot of liquid standing in the tray.

Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: mississippiposse] #7782002
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Originally Posted by mississippiposse
LEM. Max vac 500. Not $200 but $350. Been using for at least 5 years. Over the time itís saved me a bunch. Lot of items like shrimp chowder I put in seal bags and freeze first before sealing. Itís not the greatest with wet stuff but it locks food. Best one I ever had for the price



thanks for that I looked it up and that will probably be my next one , I am on my second food saver brand and since it was a gift can't beat the price but

one of the things I like about LEM is parts
https://www.lemproducts.com/product/maxvac-500-vacuum-sealer/all-vacuum-sealer-products
they have seals , gaskets and most importantly sealer strips , the sealer strips are 2.50 each I would buy some of those to keep on hand , that is always what goes on the food savers for me is the sealer strip

I buy bags in 2x50 foot rolls off amazon https://www.amazon.com/Gamesaver-Weston-Commercial-Puncture-Prevention/dp/B07TMZDGQ1/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=3MC70YSX83LR2&keywords=vacuum%2Bbags%2Bfood&qid=1674663436&sprefix=vacuum%2Bbags%2Bfood%2Caps%2C140&sr=8-2-spons&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyR09EV1M3Sk1OSEtEJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTkxMzM5MUhNRVRTMU5FQkZKTiZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjk4MjI3M0gwSkVXRVhGTEhPOSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU&th=1

did about 350 pounds of meat this year in these bags


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7782031
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Green I use the same bags but went to the pre cut. Easier and a lot faster to use. But I put the same amount in each bag everytime. I know how big a portion for just My wife and I or if the whole family is coming for supper.

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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Green I use the same bags but went to the pre cut. Easier and a lot faster to use. But I put the same amount in each bag everytime. I know how big a portion for just My wife and I or if the whole family is coming for supper.


I like the versatility of uncut , they can be a little more labor , but
some times I am making 1 pound packs for daughter when she is living away at school
other times family packs at about 3 pounds
sometimes a big chunk of biscuit
or if I am packing fish


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7782047
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Foodsaver Here.
Be sure to keep the gasket in the vac chamber limber and clean to function.
.Be sure to take pauses when sealing to keep from overheating the heat strip.
Wet and liquids are a hassle

The plus is I can buy them all summer long at yard sales.
Cheap gamble and usually easy to correct any issues.

I do like the ones with canning jar vac. attachments.
Dried mushrooms, fruits and other Herbs.

Fortunately I bought enough bags to last my lifetime 12-15 yrs ago in a bulk sale.


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Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7782080
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Just bought and started using a Potane, got it off Amazon, less than $150,. So far so good , says it has a 5 year warranty , we'll see

Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: jbyrd63] #7782145
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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
One bad thing about the nesco and other models that have the ears that the bag must go under , is if your using roll bag material it curls. Sometimes when you close the lid if it jumps up over the ear it want seal. Has nothing to do with the quality of the product . Just ease of using it. On the black and decker as long as the bag is in the area of the black gasket it works great. Another thing on my black and decker the vacumn chamber lifts out so you can wash it. You seal 25 lbs of chicken legs and their is a lot of liquid standing in the tray.

No ears on mine.

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Bob this is the nesco vs-12 notice the ears the bag must go against? Number one complaint on all the reviews I read

Re: Best vacuum sealer that won't break the bank [Re: 8117 Steve R] #7782165
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After years of food saver and similar vacuum sealers. I would burn them up at a rate of one a year.

we went to a vac master 380 15 years ago, it has seal around 5000 bags so far and going strong. I see other make similar models but this one is a beast.

Tip. Never , ever run any type of liquid into the vacuum pump of any sealer or get ready to buy a new one soon. Freeze then seal.

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Another vote for the nesco vs-12, those "ears" are guide tabs to help line it up but not required, as long as the opening of the bag is in the channel it'll suck.

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