The 6 Best Vacuum Sealers to Buy in 2017

Shop for the best vacuum sealers on the market for preserving your food

Have you ever looked at the expiration date on vacuum-packed meat, cheese, or other perishable foods and wondered how they could possibly last so long? The foods packaged in plain plastic wrap certainly couldn’t last that long, but vacuum packaging keeps air away from the food, so spoilage is greatly reduced.

While it doesn’t make sense to vacuum-pack meats at home and leave them at refrigerator temperatures for long periods of time, vacuum sealers are amazing for freezing meats and other foods,...MORE since the vacuum sealing keeps the food from getting freezer burned. You can also vacuum-seal foods that quickly oxidize, like avocados, so your guacamole will last much longer.

But that’s not all. Sous vide cooking is becoming more popular, and for best results, the food should be vacuum sealed. You can also use a vacuum sealer to marinate food rapidly, and with adapters, you can remove the air from bottles of olive oil or wine to keep them fresher longer. Here are the best vacuum sealers on the market for every cooking style and budget.

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    FoodSaver FM5200-000 Vacuum Sealer Plus Starter Kit
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    One of the latest FoodSaver models, this one has two different areas for sealing. When you pull out a length of bag material and cut it, you make the first seal on the next bag at the same time. Then, once the bag is filled, you insert the open end of the bag into a slot to vacuum the air out and seal it.

    The vacuum sealer machine also has an integrated attachment for vacuum-sealing special canisters, special vacuum zipper bags, or for using the optional accessories that seal wine bottles or...MORE canning jars.

    This has buttons for wet or dry foods, canisters, quick marinating, accessories, pulsing, and instant sealing, so you’ll always use the right amount of vacuum suction. There is an integrated attachment for using this with canisters and accessories, and a drip tray to catch any moisture that might get sucked out of the bag during vacuuming.

    This unit makes its seals closer to the cut edge of the bag material, so there is much less waste compared to previous FoodSaver models. There is a clear window where the bag is inserted for vacuuming, so you can make sure it’s straight and make sure you’re not wasting plastic bag.

    This comes with a starter kit that includes one 11-inch by 10-foot roll of bag material, three quart-size bags, two gallons-size bags, three quart-size vacuum zipper bags, and two gallon-size vacuum zipper bags. There are other models sold without the starter kit, if you prefer.

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    Gourmia Vacuum Sealer
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    Gourmia has burst onto the American market with a wide variety of kitchen appliances, including this vacuum sealer. It has seven different functions for perfect sealing every time, including dry, moist, delicate, instant seal, and pulsing. It also has a port for canisters or other compatible accessories.

    There is no bag cutter, so you’ll need to use scissors to cut bags to size, or buy pre-made bags for convenience.

    This model is lightweight and a little more compact than some, but there’s no...MORE integrated storage for bag material. It does not have a drip tray, so care should be taken to properly vacuum wet foods.

    This includes a roll of bag material to get you started, and it’s compatible with bags and rolls sold by many manufacturers. It is also compatible with many of the accessories made by FoodSaver, but not all of them.

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    Nesco VS-02 Food Vacuum Sealing System with Bag Starter Kit
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    This vacuum sealer has many of the features of more expensive vacuum sealers, but at a lower price point. It has integrated storage for rolls of bag material as well as an integrated cutter for making custom-sized bags.

    It has one-touch vacuuming with auto shut-off and sealing for standard foods, and a seal-only button so you can stop the process to seal delicate or crushable foods. It also has a feature that will extend the sealing time when you’re sealing potentially wet foods or for tighter...MORE sealing.

    This comes with two rolls of 8.66- by 9.8-inch bag material, five 8.66- by 11.8-inch bags and five 11.0- by 11.8-inch bags.

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    Holife Vacuum Sealer
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    This compact unit is only about three inches high, so you’ll be able to tuck it into a drawer or slide it into a cabinet for storage, if you don’t want to leave it on your counter. At that size, it obviously doesn’t have internal storage for bags, nor does it have an integrated bag cutter, but it does have many of the same features of other vacuum sealers.

    This has a brushed silver exterior that will look good on your counter, and LED lights that indicate the process of the vacuuming and sealing....MORE It can accommodate wet or dry ingredients, delicate foods, and it has a button to stop the process so you don’t crush those potato chips, and the ability to seal without vacuuming. It also has an integrated hose for use on vacuum canisters and other accessories.

    This includes five small bags and one roll of bag material. The instructions are obviously translated, but operation is not complicated, so the need for instructions should be minimal.

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    FoodSaver FSFRSH0055 FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum-Sealing System
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    If you need quick, short-term vacuum sealing, this cordless unit works with FoodSaver vacuum zipper bags and deli containers. It operates with one simple button, and the dishwasher-safe nozzle catches any liquids that are removed during the vacuuming process.

    This has a charging stand, so it works cordlessly, so you can take it where you need it. Two vacuum zipper bags are included.

    This can be used for short-term freezing, just as you might use standard zipper bags for freezing, but for long-term...MORE freezing, the heat-sealed bags are a better option.

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    VacMaster Chamber Vacuum Sealer
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    Have you ever watched a cooking show and coveted one of the chamber vacuum sealers that can compress watermelons, do a super-quick pickle, or vacuum-seal bags filled with liquids? You can certainly buy one, if you’re willing to pay the price—and if you’ve got space for a large appliance that you probably won’t want to move around a lot.

    While this isn’t for casual cooks who want to freeze the five pounds of ground beef that was on sale, it is definitely the machine for folks who know what...MORE molecular gastronomy is, or who want to freeze bags of tomato sauce, stew, and soup. Or for hunters and fisherman who bring home a lot of meat to be stored for the year.

    The reason that this machine can handle bags filled with wet ingredients is that the bags are place in the chamber and then the air is sucked out of the entire chamber rather than just from the bag. The pressure remains the same inside and outside of the bag, so liquids are not sucked out, as happens with other vacuum sealers. The chamber can also achieve a much stronger vacuum. Once the vacuum is achieved, the bag is double-sealed for additional security.

    This also works well for fine powders that might get sucked out of the bag with a standard vacuum sealer, and of course it’s great for normal vacuum sealing uses. The vacuuming and sealing can be customized for your requirements. Overkill for some people, but just right for others.