Best Vacuum Sealers in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 9, 2022
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

Equipped with a powerful 280 W motor, the device can vacuum up to 70 litres per minute; the maximum vacuum cycle time is 99 seconds. Featuring an 80 mm deep chamber, it will allow you to easily pack liquid-rich foods and even clothing items.

CONS

Sealer bags are not included in the box. 

OUR VERDICT

The SousVideTools IV2.5 is a professional quality appliance that will allow for up to 5 times longer storage of dry, moist, and liquid foods. Offering adjustable vacuuming modes and sealing time settings, the vacuum sealing machine boasts a user-friendly design and intuitive operation.

detailed parameters
Type

Chamber vacuum sealer

Application Area

Kitchen, Light commercial use

Vacuum Power

280 W

Functions

3 vacuum modes (liquid, normal, strong), 3 sealing time modes (eco, normal, extended), Seal, Marinating, LED progress lights, Auto, Cancel, Smart low profile design, Hinged transparent tempered glass lid

Compatibility

Bags and rolls (up to 25 cm wide), Canisters

Package

1 x accessory hose

Warranty

1 year (parts and labour)

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

External vacuum sealer

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 0.94 L bags, 5 x 3.78 L bags, 1 x roll (28 cm x 3 m), 1 x storage canister, 1 x accessory hose


Warranty

2 years

PROS

The LED progress lights are noticeable but not bright enough to be distractive. The integrated 12-inch (30 centimetres) heat strip will let you seal multiple bags simultaneously, whilst the built-in cutter will enable making custom-sized vacuum bags from vacuum rolls. 

CONS

The housing's not smudge-resistant. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite being the most affordable machine on this list, the Bonsenkitchen VS3802 is also the most attractive one. What looks like chrome treatment with an elegant grainy texture on top gives the unit an elegant appearance, with the control buttons and LED progress lights following the suit.

detailed parameters
Type

External vacuum sealer

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

125 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 food modes (dry/moist), Seal only function, LED progress lights, Integrated roll storage and cutter facility

Compatibility

Bags and rolls (up to 30 cm wide), Canisters, Bottles, Lunch boxes

Package

1 x roll (25 cm x 3 m), 2 x accessory hoses, 5 x vacuum bags (20 cm x 30 cm), 5 zipper bags (25 cm x 28 cm), wine cork

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The sizable drip tray will collect the liquids spilling when you're vacuuming moist foods, preventing messes. The seal-only feature will allow you to add an extra seam on the roll. The touch buttons are intelligent and responsive. 

CONS

The machine's not that powerful. 

OUR VERDICT

The Aobosi YVS-102 will be able to blend into modern kitchen settings and sit comfortably within the most upscale interiors. Besides sealing food items, the appliance can seal personal belongings, documents, and more when you're going on a trip.

detailed parameters
Type

External vacuum sealer

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

100 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 modes (normal/gentle), 2 food modes (dry/moist), Seal only function, LED progress lights, Integrated cutter facility

Compatibility

Bags and rolls (up to 30 cm wide), Canisters, Bottles, Lunch boxes

Package

1 x roll (28 cm x 3 m), 1 x accessory hose

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The unit looks very high-tech with its unique luminous LED ring that lights up to inform you when the process of sealing is done. In addition to that, it has an indicator light that will remind you to clean it after each use.

CONS

It has no cutter.

OUR VERDICT

The FRESKO V8 is one of the best vacuum sealer machines for home use. Besides offering you a fully automatic performance, it provides five types of vacuum functions so that you can vacuum seal with it pretty much everything. More to that, you get as many as 20 bags with the purchase.

detailed parameters
Type

External vacuum sealer

Application Area

Kitchen

Vacuum Power

130 W

Functions

Automatic vacuum and seal, 2 food modes (dry/moist), Seal only function, Luminous LED ring, Clean indication light, Removable magnetic drip tray

Compatibility

Works with vacuum bags, Containers, Canisters and bottle stopper, Maximum sealing size - 300 mm

Package

20 x food vacuum sealer bags (20 cm x 30 cm), 1 x vacuum tube

Warranty

1 year

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SousVideTools IV2.5 Chamber

For Freezing Large Batches

Vacuum sealing is a great way to preserve fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish in your freezer and fridge to enjoy delicious and nutrient-rich meals all year round. This machine by SousVideTools will make a great addition to any kitchen; moreover, the unit is appropriate for light commercial use. Though more expensive than external sealing machines, chamber vacuum sealers are also more powerful, and they are second-to-none for packaging moist foods.

So, the SousVideTools chamber vacuum sealer is equally good for sealing dry, wet, and moist foods and it has 3 vacuuming settings (Light, Normal, and Strong) and 3 time settings (Eco, Normal, and Extended) to suit your every packaging need. Providing a higher level of vacuum compared to its rivals, this efficient unit will maintain the same pressure both outside and inside the bag, thus preventing liquids from spilling and delicate foods from crushing.

Offering 280 watts of power, the appliance can vacuum up to 70 litres per minute. It has a 250 mm sealing bar and an 80 mm deep chamber allowing you to pack large pieces of meat and fish, liquid-rich fruit, and even clothing items. Protected from freezer burn and bacteria growth, vacuum-sealed foods will remain fresh and delicious up to five times longer. Because seasonal products are cheaper, the investment will surely pay off. Meanwhile, vacuum sealing clothes will help you to free wardrobe space.

Review of SousVideTools IV2.5 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

Vacuum Sealing and More

Simple in operation, the appliance has an ergonomic control panel and integrated side handles. Efficient as it is, the unit is quite portable. It can be used to remove the air from both food bags and vacuum canisters and the hose attachment is included in the box. The only downside is that there are no bags provided; you can buy them additionally to use the unit right from the box.

Oh, and one more awesome feature. Great for vacuum sealing, this machine can also be used for pulling vacuum without sealing; this function is great for marinating foods. It will just take 99 seconds to prepare fantastic pickled cucumbers!

To sum it all up, the SousVideTools chamber sealing machine will allow you to quickly and easily vacuum seal wet, dry, and liquid foods and prepare marinated goodies. Powerful and functional, it will become a great buy for a big family or a small business.

SousVideTools IV2.5 Chamber Vacuum Sealer in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £329.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B08FWWYVCK

 

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?

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. The 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.

Review of FoodSaver FFS005X-01 Vacuum Sealing System

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.

FoodSaver FFS005X-01 Vacuum Sealing System in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £153.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B01HRSEUWQ

 

Bonsenkitchen VS3802

Elegant Grainy Texture

We're not quite sure what the reason is but, more often than not, vacuum sealers look gorgeous, much more expensive than these appliances usually are. The Bonsenkitchen VS3802 fits the same mould. Looking at it, you cannot tell that the unit costs less than 40 quid. No, the appliance presents a stunning front, with this chrome-treated finish sporting an elegant grainy texture that makes the model look elegant but not flashy. The lines are clean, the company's logo is discreet, and the edges are rounded, making the unit safe. There's a certain streamlined aesthetic to this appliance, an aesthetic that even much more expensive vacuum sealers cannot quite match.

When you start nitpicking, the one issue that we have regarding the model's appearance is that, despite looking the part, the housing is not smudge-resistant, so you'll have to wipe the appliance with a damp cloth every now and then to maintain its elegant appearance. Other than that, even the low-profile control buttons and the LED lights above them contribute towards making this unit as sleek and streamlined as possible without losing the practicality sight. Borrowing from the competition, these buttons include Dry, Moist, Stop, Seal, and Vac Seal.

Review of Bonsenkitchen VS3802 Vacuum Sealer with Built-in Cutter

Sealing Multiple Bags Simultaneously

As you can imagine, the Dry and Moist buttons let you control Dry and Moist modes. While the latter will prove excellent for steamed, poached, or simmered food, the former, surprisingly enough, will prove more suitable for dry food.

The more interesting part is the 12-inch (30-centimetre) heat strip that this machine comes armed with. Using this strip, you can seal multiple bags at the same time, reducing the workload and saving time. In the same vein, there's a storage compartment embedded into the appliance, so you can keep these bags within reach. Well, technically speaking, you'll be storing rolls, but the integrated cutter will let you make custom-sized vacuum bags from these rolls without using scissors.

Setting the appliance aside, you'll receive one roll (25 centimetres x 3 metres), two accessory hoses, five vacuum bags (20 x 30 centimetres), five zipper bags (25 x 28 centimetres), and a wine cork. Needless to say, the wine cork will let you preserve red wine.

Without discussing the details or features that vacuum sealers these days do not come without, the Bonsenkitchen VS3802 is an attractive-looking machine that will enable you to reduce spoilage and food waste.

Bonsenkitchen VS3802 Vacuum Sealer with Built-in Cutter in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £45.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07DZZP4B1

 

Aobosi YVS-102

Looking the Part

The Aobosi YVS-102 leaves mixed feelings. On the one hand, the machine's sleek, matching grey and black to create this polished look with smooth touch buttons, clean lines, and soft curves. You can add this appliance to any kitchen setting and even the most modern, upscale interiors will accept the unit.

On the other hand, the machine looks the part, sure, but not necessarily performs the part. Drawing and outputting only 100 watts, this appliance is not as capable as you'd expect from its premium appearance. It will take you some time to vacuum and seal most foods, more time than we'd like. More often than not, the appliance requires 8-10 seconds to seal, 10-20 seconds to vacuum, with maximum airflow capping at 4 litres per minute, which's not bad but not remarkable either.

That being said, the machine's still pretty great, even with its relatively slow operation. The smooth touch buttons that we've mentioned before are sensitive and responsive, so one gentle touch will be enough to activate the model's features. There are LED indicator lights next to these buttons, informing you on the progress to eliminate guesswork and give you an accurate timetable.

The appliance might not be fast but it is thorough. Thanks to the 3D suction tech, the unit makes sure that not even an iota of oxygen is left inside the container. To add more, the 3-millimetre extra-width sealing strip is able to downright eliminate air leakage.

Review of Aobosi YVS-102 Automatic Food Sealer Machine

No Stains, No Scratches

From the construction angle, besides its sleek appearance that we've already established, the machine offers nothing new. Measuring 29 x 14 x 4.5 centimetres, it is neither especially bulky nor particularly compact. Its ~2-kilogramme weight lands somewhere between these two descriptions too.

What's somewhat new though is that the ABS housing is shockproof, so dropping something onto the machine and even (maybe) dropping the machine itself will not mark its end. The finish is also scratch-resistant and not susceptible to smudges, which means the appliance will maintain its presentable appearance without much help on your part. Last but not least, the surface is stain-resistant too, so you won't have to worry about the machine absorbing any accidental spills.

Long story short, the Aobosi YVS-102 is a solid vacuum sealer for personal use. Aside from vacuuming and sealing food, the machine will also allow you to seal documents and personal belongings to make sure they're taking minimum space inside the suitcase.

Aobosi YVS-102 Automatic Food Sealer Machine in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price $0.00
Stock May be out of stock
ASIN B07LC1BNSF

 

FRESKO 5-in-1 Hands-Free

Helpful Assistant

When you look at the tech of the FRESKO Vacuum Sealer Machine, you'll know it's not for commercial use. However, it's not what it was designed for in the first place. What it's meant for is to help all regular home cooks who often buy products in bulk to extend the shelf life of the products and keep them fresh and delicious for longer, making it a helpful little assistant in every home kitchen.

Speaking of performance, the FRESKO Vacuum Sealer Machine isn't the most powerful unit out there, sure. Yet, with its power output of about 130W, it is not that incapable either, needing only around 25-30 seconds to get the job done. Besides, it doesn't tend to overheat even if you use it continuously, so if necessary, you can safely vacuum seal multiple bags in succession.

Using it is also quite easy. It features a fully automatic function, meaning it pulls bags and vacuum-seals them hands-free, with no assistance required. All you need is to slide the bag in and press the ON button. For your convenience, 20 reusable vacuum bags (20 x 30 cm) come already included with the purchase, but any other bags that aren't larger and thicker than 300mm and 3mm will work fine in this machine, too.

Review of FRESKO 5-in-1 Hands-Free Vacuum Sealer Machine

5-in-1

Digging deeper, let's cover the functionality.

Similar to all other units on this list, the FRESKO V8 offers a one-touch operation. This means once you place the open end of the bag in the drip trap and choose the mode (dry or moist), the machine will do the rest for you. Also, like most other vacuum sealers, the FRESKO V8's made looking very nice, so even if you decide to not hide it away after use, it won't clash with your kitchen interior.

What's unique about the FRESKO V8 is the luminous LED ring. It's used there to give users a sign of cold and hot, as well as informing you when the process of sealing is finished so you can effortlessly remove the bag after use.

Finally, the FRESKO V8 combines five types of functions. In addition to vacuum sealing food products, vital documents, and medications, it can also be used to vacuum seal liquids and for preserving wine bottles thanks to the built-in external vacuum function.

In general, the FRESKO V8's a fantastic appliance for home use. The only reason we've detracted a few points from its merits is that it's got no cutter. This means you'll need to either use scissors or buy pre-cut bags. Surely, it's not that big of an issue in the grand scheme of things, but including it in the unit would make things a tad bit easier.

Other than that, we see no reason why not to buy the FRESKO V8 hands-free vacuum sealer machine.

FRESKO 5-in-1 Hands-Free Vacuum Sealer Machine in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer

Last updated price £73.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B08L4SKK94

 

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Comparison of Vacuum Sealers

What Is a Vacuum Sealer?

Whether vacuum sealers are a new thing for you or one you've been contemplating for a while, you may have a few questions.

To start off with the main one, a vacuum sealer is a home appliance used to preserve food. You can use it to store perishable foods such as chicken, meat, cheese and everything else that you usually buy in bulk for an extended period of time.

Besides that, vacuum sealers can 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, with the help of a vacuum sealer, you can not only reduce food wastes but actually preserve any product you wish, making it a universal helper.

On the note of kitchen appliances that can come in handy for prolonging the life of perishable foods, you may want to read about dehydrators.

Another appliance that you're sure to find helpful in your kitchen is a food processor. Check out our top 5 and make a choice.

What Features to Compare

Application Area

When choosing a vacuum sealer, you should pay attention to its application area. All food savers can fit into the three common categories that 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 type of vacuum sealer is quite small in size. 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 food in large amounts.
  • Kitchen - kitchen vacuum sealers are best suited for home use. The distinguishing features of this type are moderate capacity and their ability to seal different types of packaging material.
  • Industrial - these are the most powerful models. 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 almost any packaging material.

Functions

You should also check additional functions. While all vacuum sealers can remove oxygen from the pack, not all of them are made equal. Thus, you can find both automatic and manual devices offering a different range of sealing options. 

Vacuum sealers can also include wet/dry pumping, broadening the range of food products and items that can be vacuum sealed with it.

Some things may differ with the type of device. Chamber vacuum sealers are great for sealing larger batches and liquid-rich foods; external vacuum machines are less versatile and are more appropriate for occasional use, however, they are also more affordable. 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, these machines will usually let you work with different food storage containers too.

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