Food and Nutrition

14 Best Vacuum Sealers To Keep Your Food Fresh for Longer

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If you like to buy groceries in bulk, meal prep, or sous vide your food, then you, my friend, need to consider buying a vacuum sealer. These handy machines help suck the air out of specific bags or containers to keep your food fresh, which means no more stale pantry items or frozen foods that are unrecognizable (and probably inedible) due to freezer burn. You can use them for produce, meats, liquids, bread, crackers, and pretty much anything you want to save for later, and they’re not only fun to use, but can also help save you some time and money so you’re not tossing out good food before you have a chance to eat it.

Here are 14 of the best vacuum sealers, including budget, commercial, countertop, and handheld models, that will all help you enjoy your food for longer.

Best Food Vacuum Sealers

nesco food vacuum sealer
NESCO Deluxe Vacuum Sealer — $86.00

The NESCO vacuum sealer has multiple pressure and sealing options, including a double seal feature, to make sure all types of food, whether dry or moist or fragile in nature, stay fresh. It has a large handle and display that makes it easy to use, and a built-in bag storage compartment and cutter that allows you to use standard vacuum sealer bags or customize your own size. And you can get started right away: the vacuum sealer includes two roll bags. One reviewer loves the simplicity, saying “The button setup is simple and intuitive, the vacuum well is large so you don’t have to struggle getting the bag to sit perfectly in order for it to vacuum out the air, the double pump vacuum is quick and it seals perfectly the first time.”

Pros

  • Multiple sealing options (including double seal) and pressure settings
  • Built-in bag storage and cutter
  • Handle locks
  • Includes bags

Cons

  • Bulkier design
  • Need to wait in between sealing bags
nutrichef food vacuum sealer
NutriChef PKVS Vacuum Sealer — $70.00

With a sleek design, the Nutrichef vacuum sealer won’t be an eyesore on your countertop. The one-touch control panel is on the top of the machine and it has sealing options for both dry and moist foods. It comes with a suction hose attachment that can be used with vacuum canisters, as well as a wine stopper cork, five medium vacuum bags, and an extra long vacuum bag roll. One reviewer said it helped in cooking as well, especially with sous vide, saying “When it arrived, I vacuum sealed maybe a dozen things. It’s SO easy to use, works perfectly, and seems very durable. I sous vide some spareribs (they take 24 hours in a 158 degree water bath!) & the seal held up the entire time. No air or water got into the bags. I’m very, very impressed & glad I decided on the Nutrichef vacuum sealer.”

Pros

  • Compact design
  • LED lights are easy to see
  • Multiple sealing options, including vacuum hose
  • Includes bags and wine stopper cork

Cons

  • Buttons are sensitive
  • Hard to lock lid
  • Drip tray isn’t removable

 

foodsaver compact food vacuum sealer
FoodSaver VS3150 Multi-Use Vacuum Sealer — $180.00

This unit has both a heat vacuum sealer for freezer bags and a built-in handheld sealer for smaller jobs or things you just want to store in the pantry. The roll storage compartment has an alignment tool to ensure you’re making the most of your vacuum bags, and a cutter bar that allows you to cut your bag while sealing the next. There are dry, moist, and pulse (for delicate foods) sealing options, and it includes two vacuum seal rolls, two one-quart vacuum seal bags, and two one-quart vacuum seal zipper bags. One reviewer commented, “Just seriously the absolute easiest Food Saver I’ve ever used. After more than 20 years, and a few households I’ve used more than a couple. Not much in the way of footprint which is always nice. Some of these machines are just entirely too big. Bigger is not better. After slipping the bag across the sealing bar and closing the top, selecting your sealing or vacuum mode, simply flip the handle on the right side of the appliance.”

Pros

  • Includes a built-in handheld sealer
  • Built-in bag storage and cutter
  • Four custom sealing options
  • Removable drip tray

Cons

  • Vacuum power could be stronger
mueller food vacuum sealer
Vacuum Sealer Machine By Mueller — $60.00

Plug and preserve with the Mueller vacuum sealer, which has a simple control panel and modes for dry and moist food, and gentle or airtight options. It comes with an air suction hose, five medium vacuum bags, and one extra-long vacuum bag roll. Said one reviewer, “This is so much smaller and quieter than my old vacuum sealer. It worked wonderfully right out of the box. It’s easy to figure out how to use and seals great. I used bags from a roll I already had of a different brand and it worked well. Great value for the money.”

Pros

  • Two vacuum and two food settings, including vacuum hose
  • Includes bags
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Have to wait a while in between sealing bags
  • Can be hard to lock lid
anova food vacuum sealer
Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer — $80.00

The super compact Anova precision vacuum sealer is for anyone who has limited kitchen space; it’s small enough to fit in a drawer. It has just three buttons on the top — vacuum + seal, seal, and pulse vacuum for delicate foods, and comes with 10 pre-cut bags you can use to sous vide or store leftovers. One reviewer said, “It works quickly, completely, and fairly (for what it’s doing) quietly. Actually, I’m thrilled. It’s small enough to leave in a drawer. It’s simple enough to use for all sorts of storage needs. Grated cheese, asparagus, coped rice, hamburgers, steaks, nuts, I think you get the picture.”

Pros

  • Slim and lightweight
  • Includes bags
  • Three different settings (seal, vacuum & seal, pulse vacuum)

Cons

  • Can’t use with liquids
  • No light to indicate when sealing is done
gerayon food vacuum sealer
GERYON Vacuum Sealer Machine — $42.00

Even though it’s affordable, this vacuum sealer still has plenty of features, including six food settings, soft touch buttons, and LED indicator lights. You can also take off the top lid to clean or wipe down the machine easily. The vacuum sealer includes a vacuum tube, one vacuum roll, and five pre-cut bags. It’s simple enough for beginners, too, as this reviewer says, “This is the first vacuum sealer I’ve ever owned. Super simple to use with great directions. A guide is included to educate you as to which settings to use when vacuum sealing your foods. I’ve used this machine so many times already and we absolutely love it! So far we’ve put up vegetables from our garden to enjoy throughout the winter season and I love it for extending the life of produce from lettuce, tomatoes to berries. Also great for keeping chips and crackers fresh.”

Pros

  • 6 food and 2 pressure settings, including vacuum hose
  • Includes bags
  • Lid is removable
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Vacuum suction could be stronger
foodsaver 2 in 1 food vacuum sealer
FoodSaver V4400 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealer — $175.00

Take part of the guesswork out of saving your foods with this FoodSaver 2-in-1 vacuum sealer, which uses technology to automatically detect bags — put your bag in the vacuum chamber and the machine will do the rest. There’s a pull out drip tray to collect any spills, and a retractable handheld sealer when you want to seal smaller items or containers. One reviewer commented on the ease of automation, saying, “Put the roll in the top and pull out the amount you need and there is a cutter. The vacuum pulls the bag in, seals it and releases it after sealing. This is the easiest sealer I have ever used. It is also the most dependable. I use it almost daily, for sealing everything from fresh produce to leftovers. I also use the sealer to protect important documents.”

Pros

  • Automatic bag and moisture detection
  • Built-in roll storage and cutter
  • Includes retractable hand sealer
  • Removable drip tray
  • Multiple settings

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Can be slow
  • Wastes a lot of the bag
hamilton food vacuum sealer
Hamilton Beach NutriFresh Vacuum Sealer Machine — $95.00

With five different settings, the Hamilton Beach vacuum sealer has options depending on what you’re trying to preserve. It has a high or low vacuum level, normal (for dry foods) or extended (for moist foods) seal time, and a pulse mode. It comes with enough bags to seal 20+ gallons of food, including a large roll, four gallon-sized bags, and six quart-sized bags. The extra-wide chamber allows for easy sealing without needing to line up perfectly. Says one reviewer, “The vacuum chamber (where the open end of the bag goes) is wide and accommodating – I no longer have to fiddle with the bag to make it fit exactly in the middle, exactly straight, and exactly ‘just so,’ including having to hold my mouth in a certain way to make it work… I roll the size of the bag I want, seal it, vacuum it, all in seconds, a little, or a lot, no muss, no fuss and I am done. Cleaning is a cinch.”

Pros

  • Built-in roll storage and cutter
  • Multiple settings
  • Includes bags

Cons

  • Drip tray isn’t removable
entrige food vacuum sealer
Vacuum Sealer Machine by Entrige — $50.00

This stainless steel vacuum cleaner has two vacuum modes and two food seal options, plus canister and seal modes. It fits up to 12” wide vacuum bags and comes with an air suction hose, five vacuum bags, and a roll. When you’re done using it, you can remove the lid for simple and safe machine cleanup. It’s also available in black. One reviewer said, “Third one we’ve owned and by far my favorite. It just goes to show price point doesn’t always equal quality. My last two were at least twice the cost. I can’t speak to longevity, however I can definitely say that initial impression is excellent. Very easy to use and the fact that I can remove the top and wash the lower part makes cleanups a breeze.”

Pros

  • Separated design makes it easy to clean
  • Two sealing modes
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Doesn’t include bags
  • Vacuum suction could be stronger
koios food vacuum sealer
KOIOS Vacuum Sealer Machine — $56.00

The KOIOS vacuum sealer has an extra wide sealing wire that lets you seal one large bag or multiple small ones at the same time, which can come in handy if you’re trying to save individual portions of food. The powerful motor can handle up to 40 consecutive seals, and the machine comes with a small cutter, a vacuum hose, and 10 vacuum bags. One reviewer liked the different sealing options: “I like the fact that you have a lot of control over how much vacuum you want to apply, so you don’t necessarily have to pre-freeze soft compressible foods like bread to prevent them from collapsing before you vacuum seal them. You can stop the vacuum sealing process by just pressing the vacuum button (to turn it off) at any point during the vacuum cycle. So far, the seals on my bags all seem to be air-tight so you don’t have to worry about checking the bags frequently for air leaks.”

Pros

  • Extra wide sealer to handle multiple bags at once
  • External pumping function
  • Includes bags and a bag cutter
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Doesn’t have multiple pressure settings
  • Vacuum suction is slow
  • No drip tray
FoodSaver VS0160 PowerVac Compact Vacuum Sealer
FoodSaver VS0160 PowerVac Compact Vacuum Sealer — $90.00

This compact vacuum sealer can be stored vertically to save room, but is so easy to use, you may want to leave it out. It has a one-touch operation, moist/dry custom settings, and a built-in drip tray to help contain any messes. It also has bag alignment and seals with 35 percent less waster compared to previous FoodSaver models, which means, you’ll won’t have to reorder bags as often. Said one customer, “This is incredibly easy to use, and I have already vacuum sealed fruits, vegetables, meat, and more. I shop at Costco, and even with the occasional thrown-away food, it is still cheaper, but I always feel terrible about food waste. Now, I my chest freezer is full of vacuum sealed food, and I am not throwing food away weekly.”

Pros

  • 35% less bag waste than previous FoodSaver models
  • Compact design, can be stored vertically
  • Moist/dry settings
  • Includes bags

Cons

  • Not for large batches of food
  • Cool-down time in between seals (20 seconds) is long


Best Commercial-Grade Food Vacuum Sealers

weston commercial food vacuum sealer
Weston Pro-2300 Commercial Grade Stainless Steel Vacuum Sealer — $430.00

If you’re looking for something commercial grade, this Weston vacuum sealer is a great option. It has a powerful vacuum and is extra wide to handle large quantities or big food items (like an entire fish or chicken, for example). It’s stainless steel and has a fan-cooled motor that allows for repetitive use without overheating. The automatic sealing mode requires just a press of a button, and there’s also a manual mode for sealing more delicate items. One reviewer said, “The Weston sealer is amazing! The sealer is able to make a 1/4″ 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… The price is what kept me from buying this sealer earlier, but it is worth every penny.”

Pros

  • Good for large batches of food
  • Has a fan-cooled motor to allow for continuous sealing
  • Extra wide sealer
  • Has options for one-touch or manual operation

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky


Best Handheld Food Vacuum Sealers

foodsaver handhled food vacuum sealer
FoodSaver Cordless Food Vacuum Sealer — $40.00

The FoodSaver handheld vacuum sealer is convenient and cordless, weighing less than a pound, so you can use it anywhere in or out of the house. It comes with a charging dock and four one-quart zipper bags. A full 24-hour charge lets you seal up to 60 one-quart bags with a press of a button — you’ll be tempted to vacuum seal everything around the house. Says one reviewer, “I really like it much better than the full size vacuum sealer. There’s no cutting bags and sealing the ends before using. There’s no trying to maneuver the bag in the machine the right way….no error messages. No holding a bag filled with food while waiting for it to vacuum. This is small and portable. After opening the bag to remove some food….. all you have to do is re-vacuum it. I really like the zipper feature, instead of sealing both ends of the bags.”

Pros

  • Cordless design
  • Charging dock is convenient
  • Easy to seal jars or bags

Cons

  • May not be powerful enough for large jobs
  • Need to use specific bags
KOSBON Electric Vacuum Sealer
KOSBON Electric Vacuum Sealer — $24.00

This USB chargeable portable vacuum sealer only takes 10 seconds to seal, and requires just a press of a button. The machine comes with various accessories, including 30 reusable bags (10 each of small, medium, and large bags), a charger cable, five cooking clips, five sealing clips, and 10 replacement valves. The bags can also be used for sous vide cookers. One reviewer said, “I’m super happy with my decision to purchase this sealer compared to the other, BIGGER, ones on the market. My husband catches a lot of fish so instead of filling my freezer with ziplock bags full of water to keep the fish fresh, I sealed all the fillets with the little gadget & have so much more room now! Which also, cuts down on the thawing time since there is no ice block to melt. It’s lightweight, yet powerful. Its easy to clean & charges well. It comes with some many bags & they are even reusable!”

Pros

  • One-touch button
  • Comes with many reusable bags and accessories
  • Has a removable reservoir to make it easy to clean
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Can’t use it for wet food
  • Have to use specific bags

 

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