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FoodSaver FM5200 Review

While we do like some of the extra convenience features, this product is a bit too large and expensive to recommend
FoodSaver FM5200
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $210 List | $199.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Extremely convenient, alright sealing performance
Cons:  Exceptionally large, expensive
Manufacturer:   FoodSaver
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 15, 2022
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RANKED
#8 of 13
  • Sealing Performance - 40% 6.0
  • Convenience - 30% 7.0
  • Delicate Foods - 20% 2.0
  • Suction Power - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The FoodSaver FM5200 is a solid vacuum sealer that stands out from the rest of the group by being exceptionally convenient and easy to use — among the best of the entire group. It has a solid amount of suction power and delivered a respectable performance in our sealing performance testing metric. We also appreciate its convenience features, such as built-in bag storage, a cutter, and a locking lid. However, this large vacuum sealer does an abysmal job with delicate foods and is more expensive than most people are willing to spend on a kitchen appliance.

Editor's Note: The FoodSaver FM5200 review was updated on February 15th, 2022, to include more information on our recommendations and additional in-depth product comparisons.

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Pros Extremely convenient, alright sealing performanceIntegrated bag roll and cutter, limited overheating issues, auxiliary suction hose, excellent pricePowerful suction pump, gentle on food, manageable size and weight, great priceDesigned for heavy use, easy clean-up, decent ease of use featuresTender with delicate foods, solid value
Cons Exceptionally large, expensiveNo drip tray, so-so suction powerNarrow seal, overheats quickly, finicky touch screenBulky, a little rough on food, narrow sealCan't seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing action
Bottom Line While we do like some of the extra convenience features, this product is a bit too large and expensive to recommendThis inexpensive and easy to use machine can seal bag after bag to just the right amount of suctionThis relatively low-cost machine offered a consistent performance across the board and excelled in gentle sealingIf you plan to seal many bags at a go, this machine is resistant to overheating while having convenience features that speed up the processIf you are looking for a decent vacuum sealer that has a deft touch with soft foods, this is a good choice
Rating Categories FoodSaver FM5200 Amazon Basics Vacuu... Mueller Vacuum Sealer FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK
Sealing Performance (40%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
Convenience (30%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
8.0
6.0
Delicate Foods (20%)
2.0
9.0
10.0
5.0
8.0
Suction Power (10%)
5.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
Specs FoodSaver FM5200 Amazon Basics Vacuu... Mueller Vacuum Sealer FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK
Measured Vacuum Strength 16.2 -inHg 14.5 -inHg 19 -inHg 16 -inHg 18 -inHg
Measured Weight 7.1 lbs 3.1 lbs 2.7 lbs 7.8 lbs 2.9 lbs
Air Suction Hose Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removable Tray? Yes No No Yes No
Built-in Roll Storage? Yes Yes No Yes No
Built-in Bag Cutter? Yes Yes No Yes No
Measured Seal Thickness 3 mm 3 mm 2 mm 2 mm 2.5 mm
Measured Average Seal Time 11 seconds 9 seconds 6 seconds 13 seconds 7 seconds

Our Analysis and Test Results

A large and expensive machine, the FoodSaver FM5200 performs terribly with delicate foods. However, it's highly convenient with some good features. Read on to see if it might be a good fit for you.

Performance Comparison


FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - this foodsaver model is one of the larger vacuum sealers of the group.
This FoodSaver model is one of the larger vacuum sealers of the group.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Sealing Performance


For our first metric, we looked at the sealing performance of each product. We graded each one based on multiple tests. We evaluated the strength of its seal (judged by its thickness), tracked its speed with different food items, checked for a maintained vacuum when sealing manually, and tested the number of bags that we could pack in a row without a break or a noticeable drop in performance.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - integrated bag storage and a cutter make the fm5200 much more...
Integrated bag storage and a cutter make the FM5200 much more convenient to use.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The FM5200 made one of the thicker heat seals of the group, measuring 3mm across, a measurement on par with the Amazon Basics. It also did an excellent job of maintaining pressure when we stopped it mid-cycle and manually initiated a seal. However, this product could only seal four bags in a row before needing a break. Four is much less than many other products that could easily pack bags into the double digits before showing a noticeable drop in quality. The FM5200 is also a bit on the slower side, taking longer than average to vacuum and seal in all four of our speed tests: one pound of dry rice, a pound of ground beef, four sausages, and four slices of bread.

Convenience


In our next rating metric, the FM5200 did exceptionally well, earning one of the best scores out of our entire group. We looked at how easy and intuitive the interface on each machine was to use, its size, weight, and ease of cleaning, as well as if it had any accessory features and if there was onboard storage for bags and a way to cut them.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - the integrated storage is a handy way to keep the clutter to a...
The integrated storage is a handy way to keep the clutter to a minimum in your kitchen cabinet.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

While this vacuum sealer lost a few points by being one of the larger and heavier models — weighing 7.1 pounds compared to the average 3 pounds — it has a built-in storage location for a roll of bags and an integrated cutter. It gives you a perfectly straight cut every single time without any hassle.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - a built-in cutter makes it easy to get a clean cut every time.
A built-in cutter makes it easy to get a clean cut every time.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The lid also locks down, negating the need to hold it down while it is sealing, and the push-button interface is relatively easy to use and very responsive.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - the fm5200 has a few more functions than some of the other products.
The FM5200 has a few more functions than some of the other products.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

On top of that, this product has an accessory vacuum pump that you can use for zipper bags or for some types of canisters with the proper attachment. And there is a tray that you can remove to make cleanup easier if you accidentally suck any liquid out of the bag and into the machine.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - the fm5200 has an accessory attachment for sealing certain types of...
The FM5200 has an accessory attachment for sealing certain types of containers.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Delicate Foods


Following its stellar performance in our group of convenience evaluations, the FM5200, unfortunately, delivered one of the worst showings out of the entire group in our delicate foods test. We graded it on how fine of control we had over the amount of vacuum it pulled and how close to perfectly sealed we could get two slices of soft bread without smashing them. Sadly, it's almost impossible to pulse the vacuum on this machine, so we either ended up squishing the bread beyond recognition or leaving a ton of air in the bag every single time. You might be able to improve upon this with a ton of practice, but it still would be a huge hassle.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - it is almost impossible to seal berries without crushing them.
It is almost impossible to seal berries without crushing them.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Suction Power


We compared and scored the actual suction power as measured by a dial gauge sealed into a standard quilted bag for the final metric. The FoodSaver FM5200 did okay, pulling a just-under-average vacuum that measured 16.2 inches of mercury.

FoodSaver FM5200 vacuum sealer - the vacuum gauge measuring the suction power of the fm5200.
The vacuum gauge measuring the suction power of the FM5200.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Should You Buy the FoodSaver FM5200?


Overall, the FoodSaver FM5200 is easy to use, but its high price tag and subpar delicate foods performance outweigh its extreme convenience and make it hard to recommend. There are other kitchen tools we would prefer to keep in our homes.

What Other Vacuum Sealers Should You Consider?


The FM5200 is quite pricey, and other vacuum sealers are much less expensive and outperform it. We would not consider it a great value or a particularly useful machine. If you want the best of the best, know that you don't always have to spend exorbitant amounts. Our first choice is the Amazon Basics Vacuum Sealer, which also happens to be one of the most affordable models we tested. If you are after the convenience features, the FoodSaver V4400 is a sister product that scored much higher overall and earned a Top Pick award for convenience.

David Wise and Austin Palmer
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