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Geryon E2900-MS Review

This inexpensive model allows you to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum sealer without breaking the bank
Geryon E2900-MS
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $70 List | $49 at Amazon
Pros:  Inexpensive
Cons:  Subpar sealing performance
Manufacturer:   Geryon
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 5, 2021
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  • Sealing Performance - 40% 4
  • Convenience - 30% 6
  • Delicate Foods - 20% 6
  • Suction Power - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Geryon E2900-MS is an undistinguished vacuum sealer that finished right in the middle of the pack. It's fairly easy to use and has decent suction power, but it didn't do the best in our speed and sealing tests. When compared to its competitors, the unit's heat seal is a little on the skinny side and the pump runs at a leisurely pace. However, it is a contender when it comes to cost versus performance as it received an average score overall in out evaluation while being one of the least expensive products in the group.

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Pros InexpensiveIntegrated bag roll and cutter, limited overheating issues, auxiliary suction hosePowerful suction pump, gentle on food, manageable size and weightDesigned for heavy use, easy clean-up, decent ease of use featuresTender with delicate foods, solid value
Cons Subpar sealing performanceNo drip tray, So-so suction powerNarrow seal, overheats quickly, touchy touch screenBulky, a little rough on food, narrow sealCan’t seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing action
Bottom Line While not a leader in any of our evaluations, this model is nonetheless functional and quite inexpensiveThis affordable and convenient unit can seal up to 30 bags in a row while remaining gentle on tender foodThis relatively inexpensive unit is packed with convenience features, is easy to operate, and has a soft touch for delicate foodsIf a machine capable of sealing in bulk is what you’re after, this convenient, though a bit bulky, machine has staying power while remaining easy to useThis NutriChef offers above-average performance particularly in delicate foods assessment
Rating Categories Geryon E2900-MS Amazon Basics... Mueller Vacuum... FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK
Sealing Performance (40%)
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Convenience (30%)
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Delicate Foods (20%)
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Specs Geryon E2900-MS Amazon Basics... Mueller Vacuum... FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK
Measured vacuum strength 16.5 -inHg 14.5 -inHg 19 -inHg 16 -inHg 18 -inHg
Measured weight 2.2 lbs 3.1 lbs 2.7 lbs 7.8 lbs 2.9 lbs
Included air suction hose Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removable tray No No No Yes No
Built-in roll storage No Yes No Yes No
Built-in bag cutter No Yes No Yes No
Measured seal thickness 2 mm 3 mm 2 mm 2 mm 2.5 mm
Measured average seal time 6 seconds 9 seconds 6 seconds 13 seconds 7 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.

Performance Comparison


The Geryon is a bit slower than some of the other products.
The Geryon is a bit slower than some of the other products.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Sealing Performance


Delivering a somewhat subpar performance, the Geryon earned a 4 out of 10 in our first testing metric, which is responsible for 40% of its overall score. We ranked and graded each vacuum sealer on how fast they can seal some different types of foods, the number of bags it can seal in a row, how thick the seal is, and if the pump can maintain the pressure inside the bag when manually sealing. The Geryon came in below average with the number of bags it can 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 0.5 mm. That's a bit 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 the pound of ground beef as well, though it left a little more air in the bag than is preferable.

Convenience


Next, we ranked each of these kitchen appliances on how much of a hassle they are 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 take stock of any attachments for sealing other types of containers. These sundry assessments are responsible for 30% of the final score for each sealer, with the Geryon doing fairly well with 6 out of 10 points awarded.


While the product 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.

The performance of the Geryon was pretty decent (especially...
The performance of the Geryon was pretty decent (especially considering its price). We particularly enjoyed the push-button interface as well as the compact size and minimal weight.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Unfortunately, this product does lack 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.

Delicate Foods


Next, we tested out how finely one can control the amount of vacuum applied to a bag as a means to preserve fragile foods. This analysis accounts for 20% of a product's overall score. The Geryon performed slightly above average, earning 6 out of 10 possible points.


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.

It is possible to seal delicate foods with the E2900 with a little...
It is possible to seal delicate foods with the E2900 with a little practice.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Suction Power


The remaining 10% of the sealer's total score is the product by a single test: suction power. We measured the maximum vacuum that each of these machines can pull using a vacuum gauge. The Geryon finished out our testing process with a solid performance and earned a 6 out of 10, pulling a vacuum that measured 16.5 inches of mercury — right about the average of the group.

The Geryon has about an average amount of suction power.
The Geryon has about an average amount of suction power.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


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.

Conclusion


Overall, the Geryon 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 the absolute least expensive option that still performs the functions of a sealer to a respectable degree. Yet, some products far outperform the Geryon and don't cost a whole lot more.

David Wise and Austin Palmer