Geryon E2900-MS Review
Pros: Good price
Cons: Subpar sealing performance
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|Pros||Good price||Integrated bag roll and cutter, limited overheating issues, auxiliary suction hose, excellent price||Powerful suction pump, gentle on food, manageable size and weight, great price||Tender with delicate foods, solid value||Good with delicate foods, fairly good value|
|Cons||Subpar sealing performance||No drip tray, so-so suction power||Narrow seal, overheats quickly, finicky touch screen||Can't seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing action||Not the most convenient, average sealing performance|
|Bottom Line||This well-priced model allows you to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum sealer without breaking the bank||This inexpensive and easy to use machine can seal bag after bag to just the right amount of suction||This relatively low-cost machine offered a consistent performance across the board and excelled in gentle sealing||If you are looking for a decent vacuum sealer that has a deft touch with soft foods, this is a good choice||This kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an award|
|Rating Categories||Geryon E2900-MS||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||NutriChef PKVS18BK||KOIOS VS2233|
|Sealing Performance (40%)|
|Delicate Foods (20%)|
|Suction Power (10%)|
|Specs||Geryon E2900-MS||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||NutriChef PKVS18BK||KOIOS VS2233|
|Measured Vacuum Strength||16.5 -inHg||14.5 -inHg||19 -inHg||18 -inHg||17 -inHg|
|Measured Weight||2.2 lbs||3.1 lbs||2.7 lbs||2.9 lbs||2.8 lbs|
|Air Suction Hose Included?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in Roll Storage?||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Built-in Bag Cutter?||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Measured Seal Thickness||2 mm||3 mm||2 mm||2.5 mm||2 mm|
|Measured Average Seal Time||6 seconds||9 seconds||6 seconds||7 seconds||13 seconds|
Our Analysis and Test Results
In our quest to find out which of these products is really the supreme sealer, we bought all the most promising and well-reviewed models, then tested them side-by-side until we had a clear winner, scoring each product on four different attributes. The Geryon definitely was not a competitor for a podium position. However, it's not a terrible machine. Read on for the details of its high and low points in our testing metrics.
We ranked and graded each vacuum sealer on how fast it could seal several different types of foods, the number of bags it could seal in a row, how thick the seal is, and if the pump could maintain the pressure inside the bag when manually sealing. The Geryon came in a bit below average with the number of bags it could seal in a row. Where the class average was ~13, the Geryon could manage 12. Moreover, this product lets a ton of air into the bag when you attempt to manually seal a bag already under pressure.
The heat element producing the bag seal is also slightly thinner than average by about 0.5mm. This is thinner than we like to see. However, this can be remedied with a double seal if you want to ensure that the bag is airtight, though this will lengthen the unit's already middling working time. Case in point, the Geryon took an average amount to seal four slices of bread; same with the cup of dried rice. Yet it took a little longer with the four sausages in our sealing time tests. It put up an average time for sealing a pound of ground beef as well, though it left a little more air in the bag than is preferable.
Next, we ranked each of these kitchen appliances on how much of a hassle it is to use properly. We compared the difficulty in cleaning each sealer, whether or not there is an easy way to store a roll of bags and cut them to size, if the buttons and overall interface are easy to operate, and if the lid locks down while sealing. Additionally, we took stock of any attachments for sealing other types of containers.
While the Geryon doesn't have built-in storage or a bag cutter, it does earn a few points by being particularly light and for not taking up a ton of counter space. The lid also locks down while in use and there is an included pump attachment that lets you seal certain types of containers including bottles of wine if you are so inclined. It also has push buttons that prevent accidentally activating an unwanted function.
Unfortunately, this product lacks a removable drip tray, so cleanup can be a bit of a pain if you accidentally spill or suck liquid into the machine. We also found the touchscreen buttons to be overly sensitive and easy to actuate accidentally.
Next, we tested out how finely you can control the amount of vacuum applied to a bag as a means to preserve fragile foods. The main method for controlling the amount of air being removed from the bag being sealed is to pulse the pump by cycling the "Vac/Seal" and "Cancel" buttons. What you want to see is an instant response when depressing the cancel button and the ability to maintain the pressure in the bag. This allows the trapped air time to work toward the bag opening without constricting the contents of the bag. Unfortunately, the Geryon lets in a little bit of air with each pulse, so it isn't the easiest to use with delicate foods. However, with a little bit of fiddling it can achieve a reasonably satisfactory outcome. In our tests, we used airy white bread as our delicate food and we could usually seal it up without too much damage.
For our final test, we measured the maximum vacuum that each of these machines could pull using a vacuum gauge. The Geryon finished out with a solid performance, pulling a vacuum that measured 16.5 inches of mercury — right about the average for our group.
While there are better options out there, the Geryon is one of the least expensive models we tested, so it offers a decent value especially if you're shopping on the tightest of budgets. That said, there are better options available for even less money.
Overall, the Geryon E2900-MS isn't an amazing vacuum sealer — though it isn't a terrible one either. It's nice that it has a vacuum wine cork attachment and has one of the lowest prices of the group, so it's an alright choice if you are looking for an inexpensive option that still performs the functions of a sealer to a respectable degree.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer