After comparing over 65 different vacuum sealers, we bought themost promising nine and tested them head-to-head. We vacuum sealed all sorts of different food items from burgers to berries. We compared their convenience and ease of use as well as their seal strength and suction power. Our full review tells which vacuum sealer took our breath away, which is the best for hardcore food preservation, and which is best for a budget.
The Best Vacuum Sealers of 2019
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|Pros||Great with delicate foods, fantastic sealing performance, easy to clean||Fantastic at delicate foods, great value||Good with delicate foods, fairly good value||Extremely convenient, alright sealing performance||Cheap|
|Cons||Doesn’t have the strongest vacuum, no built-in bag storage||Can’t seal a ton of bags successively, bit on the slower side||Not the most convenient, average sealing performance||Exceptionally large, expensive||Subpar sealing performance|
|Bottom Line||If you are looking for the best when it comes to vacuum food storage, the V2244 is your best bet||If you are looking for an excellent vacuum sealer without breaking the bank, this should be your first choice||This kitchen appliance did fairly well in our tests, but not quite well enough to win an award||While we did like some of the extra convenience features, this product is a bit too large and expensive to recommend||While the Geryon is quite inexpensive, its overall performance is quite mediocre at best|
|Rating Categories||FoodSaver V2244||NutriChef PKVS18BK||KOIOS VS2233||FoodSaver FM5200||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Sealing Performance (40%)|
|Delicate Foods (20%)|
|Suction Power (10%)|
|Specs||FoodSaver V2244||NutriChef PKVS18BK||KOIOS VS2233||FoodSaver FM5200||Geryon E2900-MS|
|Measured vacuum strength||15.1 -inHg||18 -inHg||17 -inHg||16.2 -inHg||16.5 -inHg|
|Measured weight||3.4 lbs||2.9 lbs||2.8 lbs||7.1 lbs||2.2 lbs|
|Included air suction hose||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Built-in roll storage||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Built-in bag cutter||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Measured seal thickness||2.5 mm||2.5 mm||2 mm||3 mm||2 mm|
|Measured average seal time||12 seconds||7 seconds||13 seconds||11 seconds||6 seconds|
Best Overall Vacuum Sealer
Earning the title of sealer supreme, the VS244 by FoodSaver is our top recommendation. It is one of the best for delicate foods, allowing you to precisely control the amount of suction. It has an easy-to-use interface and locks in place while sealing, all while using relatively little counter space. It offers a removable cleaning tray and can handle quite a large number of bags concurrently before it overheats or there is a noticeable loss in performance.
However, the heat seal isn't the largest and takes a bit longer to heat up and seal than some of its rivals. It also lacks built-in storage for a roll of bags or an integrated cutter and doesn't have the strongest vacuum compared to heavier duty machines. Regardless, it should be strong enough for most people, whether you are using it for sous vide cooking or simply hoping to save by buying food in bulk, and is the model that we most highly recommend.
Read Full Review: FoodSaver V2244
Best Bang for the Buck
For a top-notch vacuum sealer that won't suck your wallet dry, check out the NutriChef PKVS18BK. It finishes near the top of the entire group. It has above average suction power and allows enough finesse to seal foods that are easily squashed. Plus, it is quite easy and convenient to use.
Regrettably, the PKVS18BK failed to impress us much when it came to sealing performance; it was only able to seal five bags consecutively before it needed a brief break to cool down. This makes it a poor choice for sealing large amounts of food, but should be more than adequate for smaller batches of food. So this should be your first choice if you are shopping on a budget.
Read Full Review: NutriChef PKVS18BK
Best for Tight Budgets
When shopping for a vacuum sealer on a super-tight budget, then consider the Geryon E2900. It does a fairly good job with easier-to-seal food items. It is reasonably convenient and hassle-free to operate — though we missed an integrated bag holder and cutter — and it has an included pump attachment that can be used to evacuate the air from certain types of rigid containers or an open bottle of wine. Its suction power is average.
The Geryon isn't close to being one of the best products and we wouldn't necessarily recommend it to most people. It can be a bit hard to seal delicate types of food without either leaving residual air or smashing it and it takes a long time to seal dense foods with air pockets, like ground beef or turkey. However, it is a sealing solution if you are on a shoestring budget.
Read Full Review: Geryon E2900-MS
Top Pick for Heavy-Duty Food Storage Applications
Weston Pro 2300
If you are an avid hunter or fisher or someone else who routinely needs to vacuum seal large quantities of food, then consider the Weston Pro 2300. This massive appliance can seal bags that are almost twice as wide as many other products and it can seal significantly more bags in quick succession without a break than most of the lighter-duty models. The interface is intuitive and easy to operate and this heavy-duty model has superior suction.
Unfortunately, it also costs significantly more than every other model in this test — costing about the same as a vacuum chamber, which allows you to vacuum seal liquid without freezing it. This makes it a bit of a hard choice between the Weston and a chamber model, but the Weston is a great choice if you know you are primarily preserving large quantities of meat. This machine is too much for the average person, but among the best for a hunter who needs to store a whole lot of meat.
Read Full Review: Weston Pro 2300
Why You Should Trust Us?
Our lead testers, Austin Palmer and David Wise, both have reviewed dozens of different kitchen appliances for TechGearLab. In addition, both use similar products at home frequently — Austin is a BBQ master and David is an avid home baker. TechGearLab purchases all of the vacuum sealers that we tested — we won't ever accept free products so that our reviews are unbiased.
We sealed hundreds of food items such as berries, ground beef, sausages, and dried goods. We also spent tons of time comparing the ease of sealing different types of food — both wet and dry — and the overall convenience of using each machine. Finally, we used a vacuum gauge to see which one had the strongest suction.
Related: How We Tested Vacuum Sealers
Analysis and Test Results
We conducted extensive research, combing through existing reviews and manufacturers' websites to pick the models that had the highest potential to win an award. We then bought the most promising nine to test side-by-side.
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Both of our award winners, the Editors' Choice FoodSaver V2244 and the Best Buy NutriChef PKVS18BK are both decent values. The FoodSaver is priced in the middle of the group but delivers the best performance. The NutriChef PKVS18BK is a less expensive and only scored a few points lower overall. The Weston Pro costs a few hundred dollars more than the rest. It is a much heavier-duty product, far more suitable for someone who hunts or fishes and needs to preserve a large quantity of their take or for someone who needs to store a larger quantity of much bigger portions.
This metric is responsible for 40 percent of each sealer's score, or almost half the total. We first measured how fast each one could evacuate the air from a bag and seal it, using four different food items. We also scored each product on the number of bags that could be vacuumed and sealed in a row without the machine needing a break or a noticeable drop in performance. Finally, we also awarded points based on the thickness of the heat seal.
Claiming the top spots, both the FoodSaver V2244 and the Weston Pro 2300 each earned a 7 out of 10 for their sealing performances. However, neither of them got off to a great start in our speed test. We timed how long it took to seal four slices of standard white bread, one cup of dried rice, a pound of ground beef shaped into a square patty, and four premade sausages. The Weston did a bit better than the V2244, but still was not the fastest of the group. The Foodsaver V2244 took a bit longer than average to seal the rice, ground beef, and the sausages and was right on the average time for sealing the bread.
The Weston was above average at vacuum sealing the sausages, rice, and the bread, and the average time to seal the ground beef. It did the relative best with the bread: 29 seconds to evacuate all the air and seal the bag, 6 seconds faster than the group average.
Both of these products did very well when it came to volume. The V2244 was able to seal 21 bags, the Weston 15 bags. The Weston had the edge in actual seal strength with a heat-sealed area that measured 5 mm across, twice that of the FoodSaver's.
Following these top products, the FoodSaver FM5200 and the NutriChef PKVS18BK each earned a 6 out of 10 for above-average sealing. The NutriChef PKVS18BK is reasonably speedy at sealing, putting up faster than average times in our rice, ground beef, and sausage tests and an average time with slices of bread.
The FM5200 is on the slower side in all four tests, but it still took less than a minute to complete each one. Neither the FoodSaver FM5200 or the NutriChef PKVS18BK can match the Weston or the V2244 when it came to sealing multiple bags, each only able to seal 4-5 before needing a break.
These both have some of the larger seal sizes of the group, with the NutriChef measuring 3 mm and the FoodSaver FM5200 2.5 mm. This pair had great showings in our last test, each maintaining vacuum perfectly when we manually sealed a bag.
Next, the Koios VS2233 and the Hamilton Beach NutriFresh 78213 both earned a 5 for their middle-of-the-road sealing performance. The Hamilton Beach is surprisingly speedy at sealing.
The Koios is the polar opposite — of the slowest vacuum sealers of the entire group. However, it did fairly well in our volume test, able to seal about 14 bags in a row before the vacuum weakened. The Hamilton Beach only made it to 8 before showing signs of fatigue. These both had slightly skinnier than the average seals of 2 mm in width, and both let in a tiny bit of air when manually sealing, losing about 1 inch of mercury before the bag was closed off.
The Geryon E2900 and the Nesco VS-02 followed, both with 4 out of 10 for below-average sealing skills. The Nesco seals surprisingly fast, but it only sealed about 6 bags before performance dropped and has a seal on the thin side: 1.5 mm.
The Geryon is about average in speed, although it took a long time to seal the pound of ground beef. It did seal 11 consecutive bags before showing signs of a struggle. It has a thinner seal — 2 mm — and let in a ton of air with the manual seal function, making this a poor choice for delicate food items. The Nesco does the opposite, continuing to evacuate air when you initiate a manual seal.
Finishing at the back of the pack, the Gourmia earned a 3 out of 10. The product did seal quite quickly, but it didn't do well at getting all the air out of the bag with the ground beef in it. It also can't seal very many bags successively and has one of the thinnest seals out of the entire group. This product also won't let you manually seal a bag while it is vacuuming; you have to stop the vacuum first, which lets in a ton of air.
We evaluated how easy each product was to use. We awarded points if products had built-in storage for a roll of bags and an integrated bag cutter, if there is a removable cleaning tray, and if there are any integrated attachments for sealing other types of containers. We also rated the interface, the locking mechanism on, and their overall size and weight. Altogether, these tests are responsible for 30 percent of the total score.
When it comes to convenience, one stood well above the rest: the FoodSaver FM5200 earning a 7 out of 10. It has both a bag cutter and storage for a roll, making it super easy to evenly cut a lot of bags quickly. It also has a removable tray that makes cleaning it a breeze. It also has an accessory port for specific zipper bags or other containers.
Unfortunately, this vacuum sealer is also one of the larger models, making it more difficult to store. The lid locks in place and the push-button interface is fairly easy to use and navigate.
Following the FoodSaver, the FoodSaver V2244, the Geryon, the Nesco, and the NutriChef all earned a 6 out of 10. Of these four, only the Nesco has built-in bag storage and an integrated bag cutter. None of these has a removable tray for easy cleaning. The NutriChef, the Geryon, and the V2244 are all about average in size and have an included pump attachment for other storage containers. The Nesco is quite a bit larger and only has an accessory port.
Both the Nesco and the V2244 have push-button interfaces that we favored over the touch buttons on the NutriChef and the Geryon. We liked that all four have a lid that locks in place while vacuuming and sealing.
Following this group, the Koios and the Gourmia merited a 5 out of 10 for their average level of convenience. Neither has any bag storage options or a removable cleaning tray, but both are relatively compact and have locking lids.
The Gourmia lacks an accessory port or pump attachment, while the Koios does have one for containers with small holes. Both of these products have push-button interfaces, but we weren't thrilled with the one on the Koios, finding it a bit finicky and slow to respond.
Finishing in the back of the group, the Hamilton Beach received a 4 out of 10 and the Weston Pro merited a 3 of 10. These both lack any sort of bag storage or cleaning tray, as well as a pump attachment, though the Hamilton Beach does have an accessory port. These both have fairly responsive interfaces, you have to press and hold the lid down when using it. Finally, the Weston Pro lost some points by being gigantic, weighing almost 10 times as much as some of the other models, putting it behind the much more average-sized Hamilton Beach.
Next in terms of importance, we scored each on how it handled squishable food items; how easy it is to control the amount of vacuum to avoid pulverizing more delicate food items. These tests account for 20 percent of the overall score.
The NutriChef and the FoodSaver V2244 tied for the top spot, each with 8 of 10. It was very easy to manually control how much air was evacuated from the bag by alternating between the "Vac/Seal" and "Cancel" buttons, though the V2244 is a tiny bit better. Both machines are very responsive, allowing you to pulse the vacuum and creep up to the perfect seal with delicate foods: evacuating as much air as possible without smashing the food.
Next, both the Gourmia and the Koios merited a 7 out of 10. The Gourmia is as easy to pulse and is as responsive as the Nutrichef, but it does let in a bit of air with each pulse, making it more frustrating to use. The Koios operates about the same, but it occasionally isn't very responsive to the "Cancel" button and can thoroughly smash delicate food items.
The Geryon came next with 6 of 10. It's very easy to manually control the vacuum and the machine is very responsive, but it lets in a bit of air with each pulse cycle — similar to the Gourmia. The Geryon lets in quite a bit more air, making sealing delicate foods a two steps forward, one step back kind of process.
The Weston Pro followed with 4 out of 10 for below-average performance. It doesn't stop or start immediately when you press the buttons and lets in a significant amount of air with each pulse cycle, making it a pain to seal delicate foods.
The remaining vacuum sealers — the FoodSaver FM5200, the Hamilton Beach NutriFresh, and the Nesco all earned a 2 out of 10. The FoodSaver and the Nesco all continue vacuuming when you try and pulse, leading to some very squished bread, while the Hamilton Beach lets in a ton of air each cycle, making it almost impossible to effectively seal delicate foods without smashing them.
For the last 10 percent of the score, we measured the maximum vacuum each appliance could pull, measuring the strength by a gauge we mounted into a standard vacuum bag.
Earning a 7 out of 10, the Weston and the Nesco tied for the top score, pulling a vacuum that measured 20 and 18 inches of mercury (inHg), respectively.
The Geryon, the Hamilton Beach, the Koios, and the NutriChef came nex at 6 out of 10 with measurements between 16 inHg and 18 inHg. Both FoodSaver models earned a 5 out of 10 each pulled between 15 inHg and 16 inHg.
At the back of the group, the Gourmia earned a 4 out of 10, only able to pull 13 inHg.
— Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman