Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
While we’ve covered a wealth of kitchen appliances — microwaves, Instant Pot accessories, and even sous-vide machines — here we’re going deep on the best food vacuum sealers on Amazon, according to the people.
Best-rated food vacuum sealer
“A trusted workhorse in our home. We use this every day,” writes one satisfied user, listing a great number of perks of this food vacuum sealer with built-in roll storage and LED indicators. “We reseal chip bags, treat storage totes, create perfect marinades, freezer storage, prep slow cooker meals, remove moisture from rice storage bags.” Another reviewer notes the space-saving value of this vacuum sealer: “It works so well that it practically does it all on its own. Our foods stay fresh so much longer, we consolidate space in cabinets, in the refrigerator and especially in the freezer … Don’t second guess any longer as this unit looks great on the counter and is a very fast sealer that you’ll find dozens of uses.”
Many reviewers also cite just how much it’s gotten used. “A friend of mine had been recommending that I should get one of these for quite some time. I had initially resisted, thinking it’s ‘just another kitchen item’ that won’t get used, and will eventually just be put away and forgotten. Now that I got one, I find I was quite incorrect. Since I have gotten more into food dehydration, as well as other aspects of food saving, I have come to find that this is quite an invaluable tool — and I use it quite regularly.”
Best-rated (less expensive) food vacuum sealer
While this handheld vacuum sealer is intended for helping out in the kitchen, one reviewer found another use: “I’m buying this to keep the air from oxidizing my Ping-Pong paddle rubber. After placing the protective plastic shield on both sides of rubber, I place entire paddle inside and vacuum out the air.” Still, the positive reviews for traditional uses abound. One reviewer writes, “I’m really happy with the product. There’s no set-up and it’s easy to use. I love the fact that there are multiple settings to best accommodate the type of food you’re storing.” And another adds, “I love this machine! I’m a single guy and I like to cook, but I spontaneously eat out. That means that many times my food goes to waste. Not anymore (geez, that’s like an infomercial line). I have already been to Costco and bought meat and extra bags … Last night was the first night cooking something I marinated with the machine overnight. When I took it out of the freezer, the meat was still red, no freezer burn, and it tasted excellent. I’ve even recommended it to other people already.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of food vacuum sealer you might be looking for.
Best compact vacuum sealer with accessories
This compact and lightweight vacuum sealer is designed for easy storage and moving around the kitchen. “I wanted to try a vacuum sealer because I have begun using a sous-vide appliance,” says one reviewer. “After trying a different sealer, I settled on this one for several reasons: It’s small, and my kitchen storage is limited. It’s only 3 inches tall and just over 5 inches deep, so it fits comfortably in one of the drawers. It has an auto-lock feature so I don’t have to stand down on the lid while it’s sealing … The value was great. The machine comes with attachments needed to work with vacuum.” The bulk-saving abilities stand out among the reviews too. “We use it for Costco bulk purchases to divide into smaller portions. Sealed and froze some small portions of meats to send back to college with our son. With a couple of big blocks of ice in the cooler, everything arrived in solid frozen condition,” writes one reviewer. “I like that this sealer comes with a vacuum bottle top. Used it to vacuum seal an open bottle of wine. Ingenious.”
Best full-size food vacuum sealer with handheld vacuum sealer
“I bought this food sealer several months ago and I must say I have noticed a huge improvement with the way my frozen and refrigerated food is preserved,” writes one reviewer. “For frozen meats, the color of the meat remains good, flavor stays locked in, and there is no more freezer burn. For leftovers in the vacuum sealed bowls, the food remains good much longer in the refrigerator as it is tightly sealed. Also, the vacuum seal is holding well on the products that I bagged and froze.” To seal in all of these different types of food, there are different settings on the machine. “I especially like the fact that it has a setting for wet foods as well as dry so that it doesn’t suck all the juices out of the item and make a mess,” writes one reviewer, adding, “It is noisy, but all sealers are and it does a great job of ensuring that my bulk meat that we purchase will last in the freezer.” And the additional handheld attachment is an added bonus for many reviewers, like this one who writes, “I’ve been using FoodSavers since they came out. This one is by far the best one I have had so far. And with the extra handheld sealer that it comes with makes this much better. I really love the bags that you can use and then reseal. Makes keeping items in your fridge and outside of it very fresh.”
Best professional-grade vacuum sealer
This commercial-grade vacuum sealer has a simple one-touch vacuum-to-seal operation that gets reviewers talking about its ability to work with massive and messy tasks. One reviewer writes, “Just finished processing 2 hogs (about 400 pounds of meat) with this unit. Used three different bag sizes. Works quickly and reliably and seals much better than the Cabela’s 15-inch sealer I was using. Fast cycling makes this a good high-volume sealer. Fit and finish is excellent. Easy to use.” Many comments note that this Weston sealer is worth every penny. That includes this reviewer, who deals with many oily sealing projects: “The Weston sealer is amazing! The sealer is able to make a 1/4-inch-wide seal, even with oil in the sealing area. The machine requires a short cool-down period between seals (average of about 5 seconds), but can seal 50-60 bags without overheating. It’s considerably larger and heavier than the FoodSaver sealers I have, but I value the reliability of the seal over any weight [or] space issues. The price is what kept me from buying this sealer earlier, but it is worth every penny. This one sealer is replacing my other two FoodSaver sealers.”
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