Best Vacuum Sealers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 26, 2019
If you want to extend the shelf life of food, a vacuum sealer is an appliance you surely need. Thanks to a vacuum sealer, you will be able to keep food fresh longer, which is especially useful for those who tend to buy food in bulk. In this review, we've rounded up the most popular vacuum sealers available so you can choose the one that fits you best. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Application Area
Vacuum Power
Functions
Compatibility
Package
Warranty
 
PROS

The low-profile design incorporates this cleverly hinged lid that neatly folds back to minimise space. The model's transparent lid will let you observe the sealing process and make sure everything's going smoothly.

CONS

The sealer is relatively large. 

OUR VERDICT

The SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer is the most powerful and versatile machine on the list. It is equally suitable for commercial and home use. Using this kitchen appliance, you'll be able to vacuum seal pretty much anything, including liquid-rich food ingredients.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

350 W

Functions

Vacuum and seal, seal only, marinating food, adjustable time, built-in vacuum bags/roll container and cutter

Compatibility

Bags and rolls (up to 30 cm wide)

Package

Vacuum chamber sealer only

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You can choose between one of three pre-set speed modes to control the vacuuming process with more convenience. An accessory hose comes with the package too. 

CONS

It might take you some time to figure out the controls. 

OUR VERDICT

Powerful and functional, this vacuum sealer by Food Saver will let you keep your food products fresh 5 times longer than without the seal. Choose this model and enjoy the taste of your favourite food whenever you want.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

140 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 3 speeds, 2 food modes (dry/moist), Canister mode, Pulse button, Seal-only function, LED progress lights, Integrated roll storage and cutter facility, Vertical design

Compatibility

FoodSaver® bags, Rolls, Canisters, Bottle Stoppers, Quick Marinators, Containers

Package

5 x 0.94L bags

5 x 3.78L bags

1 x roll (28 cm x 3m)

1 x storage canister

1 x accessory hose

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The machine comes supplied with a few bags of various sizes which will allow you to try it out right after unpacking. Also, the kit includes one 3m roll.

CONS

Some find the appliance somewhat loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The FoodSaver FFS017 can be trusted to save food. You'll be able to keep different food items as delicious and flavoursome as the day you bought them. You'll have no issues with plastic and glass containers/lunch boxes/bottles too.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

140 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 food modes (Dry/moist), Seal-only function, LED progress lights, Marinate feature, Integrated roll storage and cutter facility, Vertical design (for saving countertop space)

Compatibility

Bags and rolls of various sizes, Canisters, Bottles, Lunch boxes

Package

3 x 0.94L bags

2 x 3.78L bags

3 x 0.95L zipper bags

1 x roll (28cm x 3m)

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Manual mode will come in helpful for vacuum sealing soft and crumbly products without the risk of deformation. An LCD progress indicator is a nice addition too: it will minimise guesswork and make the use of the device much more convenient.

CONS

The built-in cutter is passable at best. 

OUR VERDICT

The Toyuugo Food Saver Machine is an easy choice to make. The machine's as affordable as they come. You can place (and use) the appliance vertically too, saving countertop space. The machine's effective and easy to upkeep, so you won't have to spend much time on maintenance.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

150 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 food modes (Dry/moist), Seal-only function, LED progress lights, Manual mode, Integrated roll storage and cutter facility, Vertical design (for saving countertop space)

Compatibility

Bags and rolls of various sizes, Canisters, Bottles, Lunch boxes

Package

10 bags

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The model's adjustable head will enable you to work with just about any and all fresh containers and zipper bags. The complimentary accessories are BPA-free and easy to use. They are perfect for keeping refrigerated foods like deli meat, cheeses, snacks, and leftovers.

CONS

The closure mechanism is a little fiddly. 

OUR VERDICT

The FoodSaver FFS015 will let you keep leftovers and just-bought food as fresh as the day they're stored. It is great for meal preparation and portion planning. You'll be able to enjoy fresh meals everywhere and anywhere you go.

detailed parameters
Type

Stationary

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

140 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 speeds (gentle/normal), 2 food modes (dry/moist), Seal-only function, LED progress lights, overheat warning indicator

Compatibility

Bags and rolls of various sizes, Canisters, Bottles, Lunch boxes

Package

5 x 0.94L bags

5 x 3.75L bags (28 cm x 3 m)

1 x accessory hose

Warranty

2 years

SousVideTools iVide

Superior Sealing Method

Every other sealer on this list is very much suitable for home use but not necessarily for commercial use. These models are relatively powerful but not powerful enough to be that versatile. That's not the case here though. The SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer means business. Using this kitchen appliance, you'll be able to vacuum seal pretty much anything, including liquid-rich food ingredients, which is something that regular vacuum sealers simply cannot do.

The issue with these sealers is that they use the inferior suction method, sucking the air from a vacuum bag and sealing that bag afterwards. The problem here is that liquids are usually sucked from the bag as well, leaving messy film/oil/liquid along the sealed edge that looks disgusting, feels disgusting, and might even occasionally make the seal incomplete.

This sealer works differently. Once the vacuum bag is inside the chamber with the lid closed, the sealer makes sure to remove the air from the entire chamber and not just the bag. Since the air pressure stays exactly the same both outside and inside the bag, the liquids aren't drawn out. The result is always a much more flavourful package.

Review of SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Low-Profile Design

Setting the model's sealing method aside, let's talk construction. Measuring 41.5 x 39.5 x 27 centimetres, the sealer is not necessarily too compact. At the same time, considering its power and specs, it is not that large either.

Plus, the low-profile design incorporates this cleverly hinged lid that neatly folds back to minimise space.

The clear and streamlined touch display will let you control the sealer with ease.

On the other side, the model's transparent lid will let you observe the sealing process and make sure everything's going smoothly.

Bottom line, the SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer is the most powerful and versatile machine on the list. It's not professional yet but the model runs circles around any mid-range sealer.

SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer in the use

Subtle Accents

You don't buy these things to elevate your kitchen's appearance but we cannot overlook the model's sleek look either. It's nothing necessarily special but the silver and black combo creates this elegant contrast that really separates the model from its competition. It is subtle but the model's polished accents will definitely let this sealer blend perfectly with any modern kitchen space.

As an added bonus, this machine is also able to marinate food. Without relying on the sealing function, you can pull vacuum for 99 seconds. This feature will prove especially useful for pickling cucumber in, say, vinaigrette in a bowl.

Detailed review of SousVideTools iVide Chamber Vacuum Sealer

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FoodSaver FFS005X-01

Save Your Food Save Your Money

The Foodsaver FFS005 Vacuum Sealing System will help you keep your food products fresh up to five times longer in comparison to traditional preservation methods. The appliance boasts the power of 140 Watts that provides fast and effective air removal from a bag. Five 0.94-litre and five 3.78-litre bags are included so you can use the sealer as soon as you bring it home. And if you need to preserve large quantities of food in one go, you’ll definitely find the roll included in the box useful. Thanks to a special roll storage space and a cutting facility, sealing big-sized foodstuffs will not be a problem. One more advantage of this model is a retractable hose that gives you a chance to remove air from food containers and bottles – quite a useful function, isn’t it?

Review of FoodSaver FFS005X-01 Vacuum Sealing System

Ergonomic Controls

Although the Foodsaver FFS005 Vacuum Sealing System has a lot of buttons on the control panel, we want to reassure you that handling the device is as easy as it can be. Control buttons are marked with signs, not words, that’s why it’ll take you some time to learn what each button is used for. But as soon as you remember their functions, using the appliance will become a fast and simple process. Moreover, light indicators located near every button inform you which function is currently being performed. As for the sealing process itself, it is carried out with only one button. However, you can adjust sealing parameters by changing operation speed and choosing dry/ moist mode. Pulse button will come in handy to vacuum seal fragile food products (cookies, snacks, crisps, etc.) because this very option gives you full control over the sealing process. One more advantage you’ll like about the Foodsaver vacuum sealer is its vertical design. By this we mean it can be stored in a vertical position when not in use, thus clearing space for other kitchen appliances.

FoodSaver FFS005X-01 Vacuum Sealing System in the use

Marinate in Minutes

In addition to all the common functions a vacuum sealer usually possesses, the Foodsaver FFS005 boasts a marinate mode that may come helpful in situations when you need to quickly organise a BBQ party. To marinate fish or meat in the twinkling of an eye, you’ll need to buy a special container from Foodsaver company, put ingredients inside, season them, close the lid, and connect a built-in hose. As soon as you do it, choose marinate (with all other models) mode on the container and push an accessory button on the sealer. The appliance will remove the air from the container in several seconds and you’ll be able to cook freshly marinated fish/meat in 10 minutes.

Detailed review of FoodSaver FFS005X-01 Vacuum Sealing System

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FoodSaver FFS017

Removing Air

The FoodSaver FFS017 is effective and efficient. Before that though, the machine's good-looking enough too. It is stylish and streamlined, matching silver housing with black buttons and black removable parts.

The machine measures 46.4 x 17.4 x 14.8 centimetres, pretty standard as far as these sealers go. However, the difference here is that this appliance can be placed and used vertically too, so you'll be able to save countertop space.

Of course, first and foremost, the appliance will let you extend the lifespan of every single food item/meal/dish, from leftovers to the food you've just purchased. You'll be able to keep the food fresh and tasty, cutting down on waste and taking full advantage of store promotions. Removing air, the biggest culprit behind mould and spoilage promotion, from different food containers, the appliance is able to create this airtight seal that locks the freshness inside.

Review of FoodSaver FFS017 acuum Sealer Machine with Roll Storage

LED Progress Lights

Everything above sounds somewhat complicated, right? That's not necessarily the case though. The machine does pretty much everything for you. You press one button and the appliance automatically vacuums and seals food. At the same time, you can choose the seal-only function when you don't want to vacuum the container.

The machine's appearance is streamlined. Its operation is streamlined too though. You can use the aforementioned automatic modes. You can also choose between dry and moist modes.

The LED progress lights will tell you what stage the machine's currently at, so you'll be able to figure out how long the entire procedure will take and how long you'll have to wait.

The machine also lets you select the marinate feature that, oddly enough, will enable you to quickly and easily marinate meat.

FoodSaver FFS017 acuum Sealer Machine with Roll Storage in the use

Saves Food

In addition to the appliance, the people behind this product send you three 0.94-litre bags, two large 3.78-litre bags, three 0.95-litre zipper bags, and one 28-centimetre x 3-metre roll.

We especially like the roll because you'll be able to make your own storage bag, choosing the size that's right for you. The integrated roll storage and cutting mechanisms let you quickly and easily cut the company's rolls and heat-seal them into bags using the aforementioned seal-only function.

As far as the product's downsides are concerned, some find the appliance somewhat loud.

Other than that, the FoodSaver FFS017 can be trusted to save food. You'll be able to keep different food items as delicious and flavoursome as the day you bought them. You'll have no issues with plastic and glass containers/lunch boxes/bottles too.

Detailed review of FoodSaver FFS017 acuum Sealer Machine with Roll Storage

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Toyuugo Automatic/Manual

Looking Brilliant

The Toyuugo Food Saver Machine looks brilliant. Generally speaking, we don't gush over these machines' appearance, but we're willing to make an exception here.

The silver housing with these subtle grated patterns looks fantastic, while the black accents add character to the machine, making the entire unit look modern and elegant. The blue and red touch buttons on the control panel work towards that goal, somehow meshing surprisingly well with the otherwise stern and colourless composition.

In other words, the machine's stylish low-profile metal finish will be able to fit most countertops and most kitchen settings. Plus, the finish is easy to clean too. The housing's also not susceptible to fingerprints and scratches, so you'll have no issues maintaining its stylish appearance. Moreover, the stain-resistant housing won't be absorbing accidental spills.

Review of Toyuugo Automatic/Manual Food Saver Machine

Safety Lock

Of course, you don't buy these machines for looks alone, although considering how affordable the product is, we're pleasantly surprised with the machine's more-than-presentable aesthetics.

Its streamlined operation is excellent too though. You open the appliance's lip, pull the bag's open end with both hands, and place the curling direction towards the vacuum chamber.

After that, you close the lid, making sure to lock the latch and press the lid's both sides until you hear this especially audible click. That latch will make sure to keep the food inside whilst the machine's operating, so we wouldn't recommend forgetting about the safety lock.

All that's left is to select the mode. As it is usually the case, the machine will let you press one button and automatically vacuum the bag and seal the food. However, there are other options/settings available too.

Toyuugo Automatic/Manual Food Saver Machine in the use

Make Custom Bags

You can choose between dry and moist modes. These modes should be selected according to the food's consistency. There's also the manual mode that will let you control and make sure that chips, different pastries, and other easily deformed foods preserve not only the taste but also the form. There are LED progress lights that let you know at what stage the machine is and how much time it will take.

The built-in cutter will enable you to make customised bags within seconds. You'll be able to use this cutter not only to make bags for preserving foods but also organising household items.

All things considered, the Toyuugo Food Saver Machine is an easy choice to make. The machine's as affordable as they come. You can place (and use) the appliance vertically too, saving countertop space. The machine's effective and easy to upkeep, so you won't have to spend much time on maintenance.

Detailed review of Toyuugo Automatic/Manual Food Saver Machine

 

FoodSaver FFS015

Low-Profile Design

The FoodSaver FFS015 is the most intuitive model on this list. The sealer is able to keep your food fresh for up to five times longer. The model's streamlined design is definitely its biggest strength. It presents the quickest, most convenient way to keep fresh food as tasty as possible for as long as possible, all while cutting down on waste and taking advantage of store promotions.

Just like every other vacuum sealer on this list, the appliances removes air, the biggest reason behind mould and spoilage, from food storage containers, creating an airtight seal to lock in freshness.

The biggest difference between this model and every other sealer here is its one-button operation. As you would imagine, this one-button mechanism means the appliance makes it easier than ever to vacuum pack and seal food. You don't have to bother with different dials and settings. The necessary and complementary functionality is there but it's been organised and streamlined to make the appliance as sleek and accessible as possible.

Review of FoodSaver FFS015 Food Vacuum Sealer System

Streamlined Aesthetics

The model's streamlined profile isn't just about its one-button design. The overall appearance has been positively affected too.

The streamlined aesthetics with polished accents and purposefully soft lines and curves create an excellent combination to make for the sleekest kitchen appliance. The glossy silver foundation with black details here and there work wonders together.

The model measures 41 x 14.5 x 9 centimetres in overall dimensions and weighs just 1.7 kilograms. The slim design means you can store this vacuum sealer vertically, freeing up space in your cupboards.

As far as we're concerned, the only issue with the model's build is that the closure mechanism is a little fiddly, so we would recommend treading particularly lightly on that front.

FoodSaver FFS015 Food Vacuum Sealer System in the use

Fresh Meals Anywhere You Go

Moving to the sealer's functionality and overall package, there isn't much here that we haven't seen before. The usual moist/dry food functions let you control the seal time for different food types. Using the seal-only function, you'll have no issues sealing bags and rolls. The model's adjustable head will enable you to work with just about any and all fresh containers and zipper bags.

As far as the overall package isn't concerned, the sealer comes with five 0.94-litre bags, five 3.75-litre bags (28 cm x 3 m), and the usual accessory hose. These accessories are BPA-free and easy to use. They are perfect for keeping refrigerated foods like deli meat, cheeses, snacks, and leftovers.

In other words, the FoodSaver FFS015 will let you keep leftovers and just-bought food as fresh as the day they're stored. It is great for meal preparation and portion planning. You'll be able to enjoy fresh meals everywhere and anywhere you go.

Detailed review of FoodSaver FFS015 Food Vacuum Sealer System

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What Is a Vacuum Sealer?

In this review, we're comparing five top-selling vacuum sealers popular among consumers. To answer the question of what a vacuum sealer is, it's a kitchen appliance used for preserving food. The key selling point of vacuum sealers is that they allow for storing perishable foods such as chicken, meat, cheese, and similar stuff, which we usually buy in bulk, for an extended time. Yet, not only that. A vacuum sealer can also be used outside the kitchen. All those things like documents, medicine, car titles, etc. that tend to degrade over time can be vacuum sealed to stand to test of time. So a vacuum sealer can preserve any product you wish, reducing food wastes. If you're still not sure whether you need a vacuum sealer, you may want to learn what else you can use it for besides food storage.

Electric skillets and food processors can become your perfect assistants allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen.

What Features to Compare

Application Area

When choosing a vacuum sealer, you should pay attention to its application area. All food savers can be divided into three categories which define what they are best used for: kitchen, outdoor and industrial. Let's take a look at each of them:

  • Portable - as the name suggests, this vacuum sealer is smaller and more mobile than the other two. As a rule, portable vacuum sealers are also battery-powered so you can use them anywhere. The downside of portable sealers is that they are not big, making them an inappropriate option for sealing lots of food.
  • Kitchen - vacuum sealers designed for kitchen are best for home use. The distinguishing features of this type include moderate capacity and their ability to seal different types of packaging material.
  • Industrial - these are the most powerful and are used for vacuum sealing a lot of products. Vacuum sealers of this type are usually used by commercial facilities, public catering, shops, and other big establishments. On top of huge capacity, they stand out for being able to vacuum seal most any packaging material.

Functions

You should also check out additional functions. Though all vacuum sealers are designed to remove oxygen from the pack, they may greatly differ by design, size, operation, and even pumping mechanism. You can find automatic and manual devices, providing a different set of sealing options. Vacuum sealers can also include wet/dry pumping, broadening the range of items you can vacuum seal. These pumping methods will let you work with different foods that vary consistency-wise.

Some things may differ with the type of device. For instance, if you buy a vacuum sealer that works with food film, most likely your food saver will include a knife and a bar in the purchase as a nice little addition. Other than that these machines usually come supplied with different bags and rolls, letting you start using the appliance from the get-go and even sometimes make customised bags from the supplied rolls.

Maintenance

Last but not least, check out what bags and materials the food saver uses. There are two main types: packaging film and reusable bags. Some vacuum sealers use only branded bags, which eliminates the hassle of having to choose the right bags for your device. The good news is, you are not limited and can choose whatever option suits you better. Apart from that, thees machines will usually let you work with different food storage containers too.

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