A high-quality food vacuum sealer should have the durability to perform well for years, since leftovers and long-term food storage are always going to be issues in the kitchen. The best vacuum sealers are designed for simple operation, easy cleanup, versatility, and adaptability. Many vacuum sealer systems accept other brands of sealing bags; some will even work with the food’s original packaging. We give high marks to models that offer hands-free or one-step operation.
There are many benefits associated with vacuum sealing, but none of those benefits can be realized if the machine is too difficult to operate. Better systems arrive with detailed instructions and tips on handling difficult vacuum sealing situations. Creating an ideal vacuum and a quality seal is vital for successful food storage, and our top contenders need to deliver on that promise time and time again.
FoodSaver V3240 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit: The FoodSaver V3240 is designed to provide years of reliable service. Its vertical design saves counter space, and the on-board vacuum bag storage compartment keeps everything in one place. Unlike some other vacuum sealer systems, the FoodSaver V3240 offers two motor speeds and a moist/dry food switch. A dishwasher-safe drip tray mounted under the sealer’s heating bar captures any fluids drawn up during the sealing process. We especially like the unit’s ability to handle delicate foods through proprietary Crush-Free technology.
Presto 01781: Stay-cool handles and a strong-lock steel lid are some of the Presto’s most notable features. Owners also enjoy the deluxe pressure dial gauge, which regulates pressure at various altitudes. At least one user told us that the gauge is one of the pressure cooker’s best features, reliably regulating temperatures even at higher altitudes. For safety reasons, we recommend using a jar lifter instead of the cooker’s tongs in order to get a secure grip when removing jars.
T-fal P25107: A variable control operating valve and over-pressure gasket release windows are among the features users most enjoy on the T-fal P25107. The variable control valve cooks at 10 or 15 PSI for various recipes. Other features include a pressure indicator and a safe opening and closing system, as well as a multi-base layer which evenly distributes heat and prevents warping. We really appreciate the steam basket and stand that come with the cooker – it’s obvious that the manufacturers have thought every detail through in this fine machine.
All American 921: The All American pressure cooker’s features include an exclusive “metal-to-metal” sealing system for a steam-tight seal, a geared steam gauge, and an automatic overpressure release. We especially like the fact that this pressure cooker requires no rubber, plastic gaskets, or rings – this is sure to extend the product’s life.