Earning decent scores overall and having one of the more manageable price points, the NutriChef PKVS18 established itself as a top contender in our lineup of vacuum sealers. This product affords plenty of pump control, allowing it to gently remove air from a bag without compressing the contents. It's also fairly easy to operate and has solid sealing times while pulling an above-average vacuum. All in all, this sealer is definitely worth a look if you value appliancesthat show decent performance with a below-average cost.Editor's Note: This product review was updated on February 15th, 2022, with more information on which sealers we would buy and help to better compare individual products.
NutriChef PKVS18BK Review
Pros: Tender with delicate foods, solid value
Cons: Can’t seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing action
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|Pros||Tender with delicate foods, solid 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||Good with delicate foods, fairly good value||Good price|
|Cons||Can't seal a ton of bags successively, slow vacuuming/sealing action||No drip tray, so-so suction power||Narrow seal, overheats quickly, finicky touch screen||Not the most convenient, average sealing performance||Subpar sealing performance|
|Bottom Line||If you are looking for a decent vacuum sealer that has a deft touch with soft foods, this is a good choice||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||This kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an award||This well-priced model allows you to enjoy the benefits of a vacuum sealer without breaking the bank|
|Rating Categories||NutriChef PKVS18BK||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||KOIOS VS2233||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Sealing Performance (40%)|
|Delicate Foods (20%)|
|Suction Power (10%)|
|Specs||NutriChef PKVS18BK||Amazon Basics Vacuu...||Mueller Vacuum Sealer||KOIOS VS2233||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Measured Vacuum Strength||18 -inHg||14.5 -inHg||19 -inHg||17 -inHg||16.5 -inHg|
|Measured Weight||2.9 lbs||3.1 lbs||2.7 lbs||2.8 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||2.5 mm||3 mm||2 mm||2 mm||2 mm|
|Measured Average Seal Time||7 seconds||9 seconds||6 seconds||13 seconds||6 seconds|
Our Analysis and Test Results
To figure out which vacuum sealer is the absolute best, we looked at and compared dozens of different models before buying all the ones that showed the most potential to test out in-house. We rated and scored the sealing and suction performance of each machine and how they handled delicate foodstuffs, and how easy each one is to operate. This NutriChef ended up about in the middle of our lineup, with a particularly notable performance regarding delicate foods.
Our series of sealing performance evaluations were the most highly weighted set of assessments for each product. We graded each on how fast it could pack different types of food, the number of bags it could seal in a row, the width of the seal, and if the bag changed pressure when we sealed manually. The NutriChef was actually on the faster side, with above-average times in three out of four speed sealing challenges and an average time in the fourth. It made quick work sealing a ground beef patty, sausage links, and a cup of dry rice. However, the machine took a bit longer to seal four slices of white bread.
Unfortunately, the NutriChef didn't do very well in our sealing volume test and had a limit of just five bags sealed in a row before requiring a break. However, it recovered somewhat by producing an average width heat seal (2.5mm) and maintaining the same vacuum level while doing so. It performed on par with the Mueller in this metric.
After our sealing performance metric, we rated and ranked the products for ease of use and convenience features. We compared the ease of cleaning, storing, and cutting bags and then evaluated the user interface and measured the unit's size and weight. We awarded some bonus points for sealers that offer a secondary vacuum pump attachment or accessory port for sealing food or drink in rigid containers. The NutriChef sadly doesn't have a place to store a roll of bags within the unit. Nor does it have an onboard tool to cut them. Moreover, it lacks a removable drip tray for easy cleanup. However, its design is fairly compact, and it is one of the lightest models in the group at 2.9 pounds. We also like that this vacuum sealer has a locking lid and a pump attachment for particular containers such as a wine bottle.
Our third rating metric focused on sealing easily smashed food, like standard white bread. We rated each product on how much effort it took to control the amount of air evacuated by pulsing the control manually rather than using the automatic functions. The NutriChef PKVS18BK delivered a top-notch performance, earning a score beat only by the Amazon Basics and the Mueller. It's super easy to finely control the vacuum pressure with this sealer. You can alternate pressing the "Vac/Seal" and "Cancel" buttons to pull small amounts of air out, which allowed us to remove as much air as possible from the bag without smashing our squishy white bread.
We used a vacuum gauge to determine just how much suction power each sealer could produce for our last test. The NutriChef did reasonably well, with a measured 18 inches of mercury (in. Hg) — a good bit more than the average.
Should You Buy the NutriChef PKVS18BK?
If you are looking for a good all-around vacuum sealing solution that won't suck away all your spare cash, then you should definitely check out the NutriChef PKVS18BK, especially if you will mainly be sealing soft or delicate foods. We feel that this machine will round out any kitchen set up very nicely.
What Other Vacuum Sealers Should You Consider?
Overall, this NutriChef is a good value. It holds its own with models at the top of the class while keeping the costs competitive. However, a few others narrowly beat out this model when it came time to pass out awards. The Mueller Vacuum Sealer has similar scores but is excellent with delicate foods, making it a better option for this purpose. The Amazon Basics Vacuum Sealer is our overall highest scoring machine. Both products cost less than the NutriChef, and we can't think of a reason not to consider them first.
— David Wise and Austin Palmer
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