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Mueller Vacuum Sealer Review

This relatively low-cost machine offered a consistent performance across the board and 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, great price
Cons:  Narrow seal, overheats quickly, finicky 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% 8

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 the table 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. Indeed, this is our top recommendation if you plan to be sealing softer items. On top of that, 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 weight, great priceIntegrated bag roll and cutter, limited overheating issues, auxiliary suction hose, excellent priceTender with delicate foods, solid valueGood with delicate foods, fairly good valueGood price
Cons Narrow seal, overheats quickly, finicky touch screenNo drip tray, so-so suction powerCan't seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing actionNot the most convenient, average sealing performanceSubpar sealing performance
Bottom Line This relatively low-cost machine offered a consistent performance across the board and excelled in gentle sealingThis inexpensive and easy to use machine can seal bag after bag to just the right amount of suctionIf you are looking for a decent vacuum sealer that has a deft touch with soft foods, this is a good choiceThis kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an awardThis well-priced model allows you to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum sealer without breaking the bank
Rating Categories Mueller Vacuum Sealer Amazon Basics Vacuu... NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233 Geryon E2900-MS
Sealing Performance (40%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
Convenience (30%)
6.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
6.0
Delicate Foods (20%)
10.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Suction Power (10%)
8.0
3.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Mueller Vacuum Sealer Amazon Basics Vacuu... NutriChef PKVS18BK KOIOS VS2233 Geryon E2900-MS
Measured Vacuum Strength 19 -inHg 14.5 -inHg 18 -inHg 17 -inHg 16.5 -inHg
Measured Weight 2.7 lbs 3.1 lbs 2.9 lbs 2.8 lbs 2.2 lbs
Air Suction Hose Included? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removable Tray? No No No No No
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 2.5 mm 2 mm 2 mm
Measured Average Seal Time 6 seconds 9 seconds 7 seconds 13 seconds 6 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 a very friendly 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 sealed just about everything we could think of during our testing process.
Credit: Laura Casner

Sealing Performance


Our sealing performance metric looks at all of the aspects of quality sealing except suction (which is addressed separately). We ran the machines in our lineup through several tests for suction speed with various foods. 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 a vacuum. All told, the Mueller received a slightly above-average score for its sealing performance.


Our sealing analysis was broken up into four sections covering speed, continuous sealing volume, seal strength, and the ability to maintain suction gains between pump pulses. For the speed evaluation, we used four foods of varying consistency (ground beef, bread, dry rice, and sausage links) and timed 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 and 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 holds suction when pulsing for gentle 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 — just 2mm — and the unit overheated after sealing just 9 bags. These unimpressive stats 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 2mm 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. When you buy a machine of convenience you don'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, and whether the bags and cutting tool are integrated. We also assessed 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 pounds), has an auxiliary pump, 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 could be gentle on food for when the occasion to seal up tender items arised. This analysis focused on the units' ability to control suction rate through pulsing the suction pump on and off, and how the overall sealing process affected the test food (two slices of white bread). Make no mistake, the Mueller is a total boss — there was no better-performing product in our review.


The Mueller received top marks for its treatment of delicate food because, above all, the unit pulled the air from the package very evenly. 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 also maintaining suction. This feature allows the user to work in increments that, in the end, preserve the integrity of soft, airy, and delicate items.

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 offered above-average performance in our analysis contrasted with a below-average price point, making 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, and the ease of use. Moreover, the above review structures the details of this machine's performance relative to its peers. Bottom line, this sealer came out as top dog for anyone needing to seal delicate items.

David Wise and Austin Palmer