KOIOS VS2233 Review
Pros: Good with delicate foods, fairly good value
Cons: Not the most convenient, average sealing performance
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|Pros||Good with delicate foods, fairly good value||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 price|
|Cons||Not the most convenient, average 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||Subpar sealing performance|
|Bottom Line||This kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an award||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 well-priced model allows you to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum sealer without breaking the bank|
|Rating Categories||KOIOS VS2233||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||NutriChef PKVS18BK||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Sealing Performance (40%)|
|Delicate Foods (20%)|
|Suction Power (10%)|
|Specs||KOIOS VS2233||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||NutriChef PKVS18BK||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Measured Vacuum Strength||17 -inHg||14.5 -inHg||19 -inHg||18 -inHg||16.5 -inHg|
|Measured Weight||2.8 lbs||3.1 lbs||2.7 lbs||2.9 lbs||2.2 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||13 seconds||9 seconds||6 seconds||7 seconds||6 seconds|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Koios VS2233 is good at sealing delicate items and has a decently strong vacuum, but it doesn't seal as well and isn't as convenient to use as other models that scored higher in our tests.
For this metric, we compared how quickly each product could seal different types of food, the number of bags it could seal in a row, the thickness of the heat-sealed area, and if there was an increase in pressure when sealing manually. The Koios got off to a bit of a rough start in our speed test, being one of the slowest vacuum sealers to seal. We tasked each product to seal four slices of bread, a pound of ground beef, four pre-cooked sausages, and one cup of dried rice. This sealer was among the slowest in each of these tests, taking 9-11 seconds longer than the average time.
However, the Koios did fairly well in our next evaluation. This model was able to seal 14 bags in a row before there was a noticeable loss in suction, but we wouldn't necessarily do this in normal practice if we were sealing food for sous vide or long-term storage. The heat-sealed section is slightly thinner than average, only measuring about 2mm across, compared to the average 2.5mm.
Finally, the Koios did decently well in our manual sealing test. While it didn't completely maintain pressure when we manually initiated a seal, the vacuum only lost about one inch of mercury before the heat seal completed.
Following our sealing performance set of tests, our round of convenience assessments came next in terms of importance. We awarded points to sealers that had a convenient place to store a roll of bags and an easy way to cut them, if there was a tray that you can take out to make cleanup easier, the overall form factor of each vacuum sealer, as well as the interface and if there were any included accessories.
This product got off to a bit of a rocky start, lacking both a cleaning tray or a place to store a roll of bags. It also does not have any sort of integrated bag cutter.
However, the Koios did earn a few extra points by taking up an average amount of counter space and being lighter than average. We also liked that the lid locks down so you don't have to hold it while sealing and that it includes a pump attachment for sealing rigid containers with small holes. Unfortunately, we weren't totally thrilled with the interface, finding that the buttons weren't always the most responsive to anything besides a really hard press.
For our delicate foods metric, we scored each sealer on how much control you have when manually sealing an easily squashed item — like white bread, crackers, or berries. We looked at both the ease of pulsing the vacuum on and off and how finely we could control the amount the food that was squished when comparing performance between products. The Koios did very wel here.
The controls on the Koios are very simple to pulse for soft items, with the vacuum starting and stopping with the "Vac/Seal" button. This also makes it easy to pretty precisely control the amount of vacuum and not squash your food. However, the Koios can occasionally fail to respond to your button presses, squishing your food considerably.
For our final metric, we measured the actual strength of the vacuum using a dial gauge built into one of the usual bags. The Koios finished with an average performance, managing to pull a vacuum that registered as 17 inches of mercury on the gauge — right in line with our average of 17.3.
This vacuum sealer retails at a solid price, but some less expensive models outperform it.
Overall, we didn't dislike the Koios VS2233, though it is a bit slow. We were simply uninspired by its results and it failed to noticeably distinguish itself from the rest of the group.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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