If you’re planning ways to scrape a few dollars off your electricity bill, and if you’re cooking food fitting of a feast for the next few days, then I have just the right tool for you. Forget about storing your refrigerator or hitting the gas all the time to prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper and your pet’s food. Countertop vacuum sealers are here to save your hassle.
Although a countertop vacuum sealer is more durable and offers stronger suction power, it is, predictably, more expensive than handheld sealers, besides taking up more space on your kitchen cabinet. But if reliability and strength are what you’re looking for to do regular vacuum sealing, then read on.
Best Counter-top Vacuum Food Sealer
Out of a very few available models in the market, one of the best countertop vacuum sealers that are value for money is Seal-A-Meal VS107. Generally, a vacuum sealer works by sucking air out of a bag to create an airtight seal which prevents air and moisture, both of which cause oxidation and finally spoilage, from entering the bag. And some models, including VS107, could also be used to remove air from canisters and wine bottles.
Pros : Clean and neat design, good suction strength, easy to use with indicators and pleasant extra features
Cons : Lid must be held during long sealing process, loud
Clean and Neat Design
Rectangular-shaped with smooth edges and round corners, VS107 suits the contemporary kitchen design. Colored in white, it is an elegant appliance to sit on your countertop demanding care and attention so as to not blemish its neat exterior. At a dimension of 6 × 18.5 × 10.5 inches and at a mere weigh of 6 pounds, the vacuum sealer could be easily moved when countertop space is needed for other purposes.
Good Suction Strength
After putting VS107 to the test by experts of a culinary magazine, it is found out that it has a good suction strength when measured with a pressure gauge. As for the strength of the seal created, small air pockets were discovered only after a month while early signs of freezer burn were visible after two months since the seal was made. All in all, that research shows that if you’re sealing food for two months or less, VS107 is a good pick.
Easy To Use With Indicators
To kick-off the vacuum process, hold the button down for 3 to 4 seconds, after which the machine would take over and you could attend to other tasks like preparing the next bag to be vacuumed. There are “hands-free” and “sealing” indicators signaling when you can remove your hands from the lid and when does sealing complete. By the end of both those cycles, the indicator lights go off, and you could push the button releasing the vacuum. Nonetheless, a user reviewed that the sealing process took a long time, and that the lid must be held firmly with both hands while operating.
Also present are a removable moisture trap and an accessories hose. The moisture trap makes sealing food with liquid like marinade or sauces possible, unlike weak handheld sealers which suck in the liquid as well. Suggested by a user, liquid food should be put in the freezer first to freeze solid chunks before being vacuumed so that sealing is not hindered. The accessories hose, on the other hand, is used to remove air from canisters and wine bottles.
Besides being loud enough to drown out the sound of a television, Seal-A-Meal VS107 strikes in all other departments, including being neatly-designed so as to not like the roughness of a kitchen appliance. Save time and money by investing in this product.