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Old 08-20-2008, 09:42 PM   #1
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ISO best vacuum sealer

so i'm looking for a vacuum sealer and doing some research it seems as though the food saver is the way to go. reading some reviews it also looks like some people are having some problems with the food saver lasting them more then a year, with regular usage. i was just wondering what the experience has been with the food saver, and if there are any other products out there that are reliable and do a good job to boot.

thanks any help is welcome

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Old 08-20-2008, 09:50 PM   #2
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We've had a FoodSaver for quite a few years and love it. Use it often and it's performed flawlessly so far. You will, no doubt, receive more replies to your query. Good luck on your search.
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Old 08-20-2008, 10:13 PM   #3
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I have had 3, and the only reason I had 3 is that I keep upgrading to a nicer model. I love the foodsavers and it is one of the best and most useful kitchen appliance purchases I have ever made. The two I replaced were in tip-top working order when I gave it away. And I use mine alot!
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Old 08-20-2008, 11:06 PM   #4
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Just make sure you follow proper precautions to prevent fluid intake thru
the vacuum ports.
And be sure to take care of the foam seals, too.

I have to tweak mine now, but it still does OK.

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Old 08-21-2008, 12:22 AM   #5
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I use a food saver when I'm packaging large amounts at a time. If it's a single package I use the Reynolds HandiVac. Happy with both!
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:39 AM   #6
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I have a foodsaver and a handivac. Honestly, the handivac gets more use. Just so very convenient and quick. I am more comfortable reusing the foodsaver bags, so, it is probably less expensive to operate. The handivac is great if you will be opening and closing a bag in the freezer or fridge. I also like that I do not have to plug handivac in, just grab and use.

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Old 08-21-2008, 08:35 AM   #7
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I have 2 Food Savers and I love the brand. I tried the Daisy Seal-a-Meal and didn't like the way it sealed. The Food Saver is far easier and does a great job of sealing. This is the largest selling brand in the country so they must be doing it right.
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I have a foodsaver and a handivac. Honestly, the handivac gets more use. Just so very convenient and quick. I am more comfortable reusing the foodsaver bags, so, it is probably less expensive to operate. The handivac is great if you will be opening and closing a bag in the freezer or fridge. I also like that I do not have to plug handivac in, just grab and use.

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Ditto what AC said.
I can't even remember the last time I used my FS. I use the handivac almost daily. I really like that you are not making the bag shorter everytime you want to get something out of it like with the FS. They need to come up with a different bag sealing system that you can still vaccum.
Oh wait, Reynolds already did
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #9
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I just googled the Handi-Vac and it looks like a pretty nice little gadget. How does it measure up to vacuum sealing against the FoodSaver for long term freezer storege? Does it hold the seal as well? What do the bags cost and how are they sold - by the yard like FS or individual sized bags? For $9.95 I may look into it for my RV.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:29 AM   #10
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I have a foodsaver that is about 6 years old or so. It gets used multiple times a day every day. I have never had a problem with it. I was on a vacuum saving forum a while back. 99% of the people on there had foodsavers and many of them were 20 years old or older with no problems. The people that had other brands constantly complained of problems.
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