Welcome to Home Vacuum Sealing HQ. This site contains lots of reviews, articles and tips for anyone looking to purchase a vacuum sealer. We think that the better informed you are before making a purchase, the more likely you are to get a good machine that is suitable for your needs, and one that offers you great value for money.
Research To Get The Best Vacuum Sealer For Your Needs
I did a lot of research before i went to purchase my first sealer and thought that it would be a shame to waste all the stuff i had learned. That’s what this site is all about, helping you to find the right model of Vacuum Sealer that fits your requirements better. So if you’re a house-wife, house-husband, hunter, fisherman or prepper or just someone who wants to learn about the different vacuum sealing options available to you then this site is just for you.
Prior to getting my first sealer i went and looked at lots of the different manufacturers models on sale from FoodSaver, Seal-a-Meal, Weston, and ARY VacMaster® and others. I read what seemed like hundreds of descriptions on mostly useless sites that just repeated the information available direct from the manufacturer who coincidentally each think they sell the “best” machine.. What a suprise ..
From doing more research, it became apparent to me that some models were very much better than others when put to different types of uses, such as sealing in bulk, or sealing liquids or wet foods etc. Some models were also able to use much cheaper bags roll material or pouches so the running costs were much less. Some types also seemed to be much better built and last for longer as reported by many verified purchasers. Some of the companies also had very poor customer service. You need to be aware of these things when you go to buy a vacuum sealer so i have assembled the information you need on this specialist site.
Guides on Vacuum Sealing
I have also added a number of very useful guides to help you get the best from your sealer. Be aware also that there are certain foods that must not ever be sealed. I have also included a Sealer glossary to explain any of the odd terms that you might find used on manufacturers web sites. You’ll also find several other useful articles explaining, amongst other things, how to vacuum seal different foods and the many other things that you can use your sealer for so that you can get the most from your purchase.
The Different Types of Home Vacuum Sealers
If you are interested in getting a Vacuum Sealer then you need to know about the different types that are available and what each of them is best at, and what, if any, drawbacks they have.
There are basically 2 different types that you need to concern yourself with:
1. External Clamp Vacuum Sealers
This type of sealer is the most commonly used in the home and is generally better suited to low amounts of periodic use. These machines use custom supplied bags with an embossed side to the bag or pouch opening.
The bag is filled with its contents and the embossed mouth of the bag is placed between the external clamp jaws. The air is then sucked out of the bag. Once a vacuum is achieved the mouth of the bag is heated and sealed shut.
Because this type of sealer sucks air out of the bag it will also suck any liquids out as well. Any liquids that are sucked out of the bag can get between the edges of the bag and prevent the edges sealing when heat is applied.
This means that these machines are not ideal for sealing up wet meats and liquids like soups. To overcome this problem many users dry or pre-freeze wet foods and liquids before sealing so there are no liquids present to spoil the seal but this is inconvenient and can add a lot of time to the processing of batches of food.
Another drawback of this type of machine is that many rapidly overheat so they cannot seal many bags at once without cutting out. Indeed, with some of these models they need to be rested between seals so it can take a lot of time if you have a number of bags to seal.
The cost of the special bags and rolls that have to be used with these sealers are also much more expensive than the pouches used on the chamber type sealers.
2. Chamber Type Vacuum Sealers
This type of vacuum sealer is most commonly used by small shops and restaurants and commercial kitchens that do a lot of vacuum sealing. They are designed to be able to perform many seals one after the other without overheating.
These particular models all consist of a box that a standard vacuum pouch is placed inside. The pouch is filled with the contents being sealed and then the air is sucked out of the body of the sealer. At the same time the opening of the pouch sits inside a channel where heat and clamp is applied once the vacuum reaches the desired pressure.
Because the pouch sits inside the box there is no pressure difference between the inside and the outside of the pouch, This means that any liquids do not get sucked into the vacuum pump so they are much better than the external clamp type sealers when dealing with vacuum sealing liquids or wet foods.
Chamber type vacuum sealers are more expensive than external clamp types. The extra cost is due to the extra size of the unit and the stronger vacuum pump required to evacuate the chamber. The machine will also need much more room and will not be portable due to its weight.
Some models have the capability to be able to fill the pouch with an inert gas after a set vacuum pressure has been achieved. Using the sealer to gas flush the pouch can prevent the pouch crushing delicate foods such as pita breads, crisps or cakes etc.
Even though the initial cost of a chamber vacuum sealer is high, the running costs are much lower. The reason for this is that the pouches used are much less expensive than the bags and rolls used in the External Clamp Types and there is much less material wasted when the pouch is sealed up.
Chamber sealers also give you a lot more control over the vacuum pressure settings which means that you can turn the pressure down to reduce the risk of crushing delicate foods.
So there are your 2 basic types. Now all that’s left is for you to choose the model that is best for you. No easy task.. That’s where we come in..
Please have a good look around this site before you buy a Vacuum Sealer. You will find reviews on all the latest models and i have included a summary on each of them which tells you whether its a good fit for what you are planning to use it for.
Also please let me know if there’s anything else that you would like to see added to this site to make it more helpful. I look forward to hearing from you.