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Mueller Vacuum Sealer Review

This relatively low-cost machine made a consistent performance across to board but excelled in gentle sealing
Mueller Vacuum Sealer
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Price:   $60 List | $59.97 at Amazon
Pros:  Powerful suction pump, gentle on food, manageable size and weight
Cons:  Narrow seal, overheats quickly, touchy touch screen
Manufacturer:   Mueller
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Feb 5, 2021
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  • Sealing Performance - 40% 6
  • Convenience - 30% 6
  • Delicate Foods - 20% 10
  • Suction Power - 10% 7

Our Verdict

If you're looking for a lightweight, compact, and efficient vacuum sealer, then have a look at the Mueller. This puppy brings a powerful pump to bear to increase productivity and decrease package air content. At the same time, its simplistic controls are responsive and it has a soft hand for tender foods. Now, consider that this tantalizing machine seals the deal with a very manageable bottom line. Need we say more?

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Pros Powerful suction pump, gentle on food, manageable size and weightIntegrated bag roll and cutter, limited overheating issues, auxiliary suction hoseDesigned for heavy use, easy clean-up, decent ease of use featuresTender with delicate foods, solid valueGood with delicate foods, fairly good value
Cons Narrow seal, overheats quickly, touchy touch screenNo drip tray, So-so suction powerBulky, a little rough on food, narrow sealCan't seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing actionNot the most convenient, average sealing performance
Bottom Line This relatively low-cost machine made a consistent performance across to board but excelled in gentle sealingThis inexpensive, easy to use machine can seal bag after bag to just the right amount of suctionIf 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 should top your listThis kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an award
Rating Categories Mueller Vacuum... Amazon Basics... FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233
Sealing Performance (40%)
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7
7
6
5
Convenience (30%)
6
7
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6
5
Delicate Foods (20%)
10
9
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Suction Power (10%)
7
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Specs Mueller Vacuum... Amazon Basics... FoodSaver V4400 NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233
Measured vacuum strength 19 -inHg 14.5 -inHg 16 -inHg 18 -inHg 17 -inHg
Measured weight 2.7 lbs 3.1 lbs 7.8 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.8 lbs
Included air suction hose Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removable tray No No Yes No No
Built-in roll storage No Yes Yes No No
Built-in bag cutter No Yes Yes No No
Measured seal thickness 2 mm 3 mm 2 mm 2.5 mm 2 mm
Measured average seal time 6 seconds 9 seconds 13 seconds 7 seconds 13 seconds

Our Analysis and Test Results

In a competitive class of vacuum sealers, the Mueller established itself as a leader for having a steady but gentle action. This machine makes quick work sealing up foods as it has a fast-acting pump that won't leave you hanging. Additionally, it has a responsive control interface that makes it easy to pulse the pump for the soft treatment of delicate items. As if these achievements were not enough, the machine's manageable size is matched by its price tag.

Performance Comparison


The simple and efficient design of the Mueller makes basic sealing a...
The simple and efficient design of the Mueller makes basic sealing a breeze. We know this because we sealer just about everything we could think of during our testing process.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sealing Performance


The sealing performance metric looks at all of the aspects of quality sealing except suction which is addressed separately. We ran these machines through several tests for suction speed with various foods being packaged. We also looked at the number of continuous bags that the units could seal before the accumulated heat from the sealing element required a cool-off period. Finally, we looked at the width of the heat seal as wider seals are more effective at maintaining vacuum. All told, the Mueller received a slightly above-average score for its sealing performance.


Our sealing analysis is broken up into four sections covering speed, continuous sealing volume, seal strength, and the ability to maintain its suction gains between pump pulses. For the speed evaluation, we use four foods of varying consistency (ground beef, bread, rice, sausage links) and time the full vacuuming and sealing cycle. The Mueller was a leader in this series of tests as all of its times were well below a minute as well as being well below the class average. As for maintaining suction pressure during the sealing process, the Mueller delivered a perfect performance.

The "vac mode" on this unit is very efficient. It rapidly evacuates...
The "vac mode" on this unit is very efficient. It rapidly evacuates air from the bag and the pump hold suction when pulsing for gentile closures.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conversely, the Mueller did not fare so well in the other sealing performance tests. Specifically, the unit has a rather narrow heat seal — 2 mm to be exact — and the unit overheats after sealing just 9 bags. These pitiful performances offset the steller sealing time and vacuum holding results resulting in an average score.

While this unit is quite fast at sealing up food, it has a narrow...
While this unit is quite fast at sealing up food, it has a narrow heat element that both overheats quickly and is just 2 mm in width.
Credit: Laura Casner

Convenience


When you really get down to it, vacuum sealers are all about convenience. These simple machines make it easier to buy in bulk and keep food fresh. Fewer trips to the store mean a saving in time and cash. So, when one buys a machine of convenience one doesn't want the machine to come with a new set of inconveniences. This metric identifies all the nuisances common to these machines and rates them on how thoroughly the problems are resolved. Specifically, we look at size and weight, whether the bags and cutting tool are integrated. We also assess the user interface, the ease of clean-up, and the presence of an auxiliary suction pump. Taking all these aspects into account, we can say that the Mueller provides an average level of convenience to users.


There are a lot of factors at play here, so let's be clear. The Mueller has many helpful features. However, its lack of onboard bag storage and bag cutter dragged it into a middling position in this evaluation. Other than that, the unit is lightweight (just 2.7 lbs), it has an auxiliary pump, it has effective and easy to operate controls, and the sealing process is largely automated. So, if you don't mind getting out a roll of bags and a pair of scissors when you're working, this machine has everything else that one could want to ease them through the sealing process.

We preferred machines that have tactile push-buttons as they...
We preferred machines that have tactile push-buttons as they self-confirm function actuation and they are hard to accidentally press.
Credit: Laura Casner

Delicate Foods


While many foods that are good candidates for vacuum sealing are not what we'd describe as delicate, we wanted to know which machines are gentle on food for when the occasion to seal-up tender items arises. This analysis focuses on the units' ability to control suction rate through pulsing the suction pump on and off, and how the overall sealing process affects the test food (two slices of white bread). Make no mistake, the Mueller is a total boss such that we literally can't think of a better performing product.


The Mueller received top marks for its treatment of delicate food because, above all, the unit pulled the air from the package evenly such that air trapped in the bag had time to work its way out without having to compress the food. Also, the on/off button is responsive, instantly turning off the pump when pushed, while maintaining suction. This feature allows the user to work in increments that, in the end, preserve the integrity of, in this case, the soft, airy bread.

The Mueller has a feather-soft touch on food with special needs.
The Mueller has a feather-soft touch on food with special needs.
Credit: Laura Casner

Suction Power


Unlike other portions of this review, the suction power test is an entirely objective analysis of the amount of negative pressure that the sealers can exert on a vacuum bag as measured in inches of mercury (in. Hg). The Mueller is a leader in the class due to its ability to pull an impressive 19 in. Hg of pressure. We made this analysis with our custom built suction gauge that mounts to the vacuum bag for consistent and accurate readings.


Value


Value is often a personal assessment made by a consumer. However, we try to iron out the subjectivity and make the assessment a matter of price versus performance. From this perspective, the Mueller's above-average performance in our analysis contrasted with its below-average price point make it easy to definitively say this is a value, nay, a high-value item.

Conclusion


This thorough review of the Mueller vacuum sealer addresses every practical aspect of this machine's functionality. More than just a basic test drive, we conducted structured, reproducible evaluations of the suction power, the time to seal, as well as ease of use. Moreover, the above review structures the details of this machine's performance relative to its peers. Bottom line, this review aims to make your comparative shopping experience straightforward and effective.

David Wise and Austin Palmer