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Weston Pro 2300 Review

Unless you are an avid hunter or fisher, then this product might be overkill for you
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Price:   $500 List
Pros:  Excellent suction power, extra thick heat seals, fast
Cons:  Huge, expensive
Manufacturer:   Weston
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 3, 2019
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  • Sealing Performance - 40% 7
  • Convenience - 30% 3
  • Delicate Foods - 20% 4
  • Suction Power - 10% 7

Our Verdict

The Weston Pro 2300 is a semi-industrial external vacuum sealer for those who need to vacuum seal copious amounts of food. It has some of the strongest suction power out of the entire group and delivered one of the best showings in our sealing performance test. However, this vacuum sealer is exceptionally large, heavy, and is one of the most expensive products we have tested so far, costing five to ten times as much as some of the other products in the review. The high price tag puts the Weston into a comparable price range as a chamber vacuum sealer, which would probably make more sense for most people. However, you can seal exceptionally large items with the Weston, making it a great option for avid hunters who need to store large quantities of meat for later consumption.


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Pros Excellent suction power, extra thick heat seals, fastGreat with delicate foods, fantastic sealing performance, easy to cleanFantastic at delicate foods, great valueGood with delicate foods, fairly good valueCheap
Cons Huge, expensiveDoesn’t have the strongest vacuum, no built-in bag storageCan’t seal a ton of bags successively, bit on the slower sideNot the most convenient, average sealing performanceSubpar sealing performance
Bottom Line Unless you are an avid hunter or fisher, then this product might be overkill for youIf you are looking for the best when it comes to vacuum food storage, the V2244 is your best betIf you are looking for an excellent vacuum sealer without breaking the bank, this should be your first choiceThis kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an awardWhile the Geryon is quite inexpensive, its overall performance is quite mediocre at best
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Rating Categories Weston Pro 2300 FoodSaver V2244 NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233 Geryon E2900-MS
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Specs Weston Pro 2300 FoodSaver V2244 NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233 Geryon E2900-MS
Measured vacuum strength 20 -inHg 15.1 -inHg 18 -inHg 17 -inHg 16.5 -inHg
Measured weight 22.3 lbs 3.4 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.8 lbs 2.2 lbs
Included air suction hose No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removable tray No Yes No No No
Built-in roll storage No No No No No
Built-in bag cutter No No No No No
Measured seal thickness 5.25 mm 2.5 mm 2.5 mm 2 mm 2 mm
Measured average seal time 7 seconds 12 seconds 7 seconds 13 seconds 6 seconds

Our Analysis and Test Results

Overall, we felt that this model tied with the Geryon E2900-MS in terms of overall performance and outperformed the Gourmia GVS415. The Weston pulls one of the strongest vacuums of the entire group and has one of the heftiest heat seals, but it's by far the most expensive of these three, it isn't all that convenient to use, and doesn't do very well at all with delicate food items. The Gourmia and Geryon don't have the best sealing performance and can't match the suction power of the Weston, but are much easier to use and retail for hundreds of dollars less.

This product definitely is for semi-industrial use.
This product definitely is for semi-industrial use.

Performance Comparison


To determine which vacuum sealers are really the absolute best you can buy today, we looked at and compared the specs on close to 50 different models, then picked out the most promising ones to buy and test head-to-head. We scored the performance of the Weston and all the other products in four different rating categories, with its results outlined below.

The Weston makes some of the thickest heat seals we have seen to date.
The Weston makes some of the thickest heat seals we have seen to date.

Sealing Performance


First, we timed and scored how long it took for each vacuum sealer to seal four types of food — a cup of dried rice, four sausages, a pound of ground meat, and four slices of standard bread. We also rated each one on the strength of the heat sealed area, the number of times you could use each product in a row, and if it held a vacuum if you had the machine seal the bag early. The Weston did very well in this first test metric, which is responsible for 40% of its overall score.

The Weston is definitely on the speedier side, taking less time than the average to seal the bread, the rice, and the sausages. It did about average with the ground beef.

This product is faster than average when it comes to sealing most foods.
This product is faster than average when it comes to sealing most foods.

This product did exceptionally well in our volume test, sealing 15 bags without any break at all and being ready to start all over again with less than a minute respite. This model also makes one of the sturdiest heat seals of the entire group, measuring over twice as wide as some of the other models. However, the Weston won't maintain pressure when you hit seal and will continue to evacuate air until the plastic melts. This caused the pressure in the bag to change by an additional 2.5 inches of mercury after we hit the seal button.

The Weston Pro is designed for someone with serious vacuum sealing needs.
The Weston Pro is designed for someone with serious vacuum sealing needs.

Convenience


Next up, we assessed the overall ease of use and the level of difficulty to operate and maintain each machine. We specifically scored each one on the ease of cleaning, if there is a handy way to store additional vacuum bags, the overall size and weight, the buttons, and if there are any accessory ports or hoses, as well as if the lid locks in place while in use. These tests make up 30% of the total score, with the Weston delivering a somewhat disappointing performance and earning a 3 out of 10.

This appliance doesn't have a storage location or a cutter for rolls of bags and also lacks a tray that you can take out for easy cleaning. Additionally, the lid does not lock down — you have to press and hold it at the start, but can let it go after it starts to seal. There are no accessory ports or pump attachments to seal other sorts of containers and this is one of the largest and heaviest models of the group, weighing in at 22.3 lbs. While most of the other products are in the 2-5 lbs. range.

The Weston is one of the largest products of the entire group.
The Weston is one of the largest products of the entire group.

However, the Weston does have a decent interface with a push-button interface that is quite easy to operate.

The Weston Pro thoroughly crushing some berries.
The Weston Pro thoroughly crushing some berries.

Delicate Foods


Accounting for 20% of the final score for each product, our next metric scored each product on how easy they made it so seal crushable foods without crushing them. As you can't do this in the automatic mode, you need to pulse these appliances on and off to get them right to the sweet spot where the vast majority of the air is gone from the bag without obliterating the food items. Unfortunately, the Weston fared quite poorly in this testing category, meriting a 4 out of 10.

This product tends to keep vacuuming past when you cancel, then take a pause and let a non-trivial amount of air in, making it very hard to precisely regulate the amount of vacuum. We usually ended up squishing the bread we tested on a bit, but it still at least resembled what bread should look like, compared to some other products that squished it almost beyond recognition.

The Weston has some of the strongest suction power we have seen to date.
The Weston has some of the strongest suction power we have seen to date.

Suction Power


For our last testing metric, we measured the suction power of each vacuum sealer. The Weston Pro delivered an excellent performance in this ultimate assessment, receiving a 7 out of 10. This appliance pulled a vacuum that measured at 20 inches of mercury on our gauge.

Value


This product is a pretty terrible value, being one of the most expensive out of the entire group.

Conclusion


Overall, the Weston is far too large and expensive for most people and the vast majority of users don't need the semi-industrial vacuum sealing abilities that this product provides.


David Wise and Austin Palmer