When I lived alone, every trip to the grocery store confusing and slightly overwhelming. As a single guy, I never really knew much about the ins and outs of meal prep or cooking for one.
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that a much-needed kitchen appliance is a vacuum sealer. It will keep extra food frozen and preserved pristinely—like one of these top-rated models.
Best Value: Nesco VS-12 Deluxe Vacuum Sealer
Ultimately, the “best vacuum sealer for most people” depends on how much you’re willing to spend, but the Nesco VS-12 hits a good sweet spot at $100—a bit more than budget brands, but still affordable and significantly less than professional models. It has powerful suction, a number of different settings to adjust based on the food you’re preserving, and a pulse button to help you avoid crushing more delicate items. It can even double seal your bags for extra strength. The Nesco VS-12 comes with a few different-sized bags to get you started, as well as a built-in roll for holding bags inside the sealer itself (so you aren’t cluttering up your drawers). It does not, however, come with other extras like a hose attachment for sealing jars—though you can buy one separately if you plan on doing so. Its 1-year warranty is shorter than many other options, but the price to performance is tough to beat.
Best Price: QDH 5-in-1 Food Sealer System
With a variety of sealing modes, the QDH 5-in-1 Vacuum Sealer provides fast and easy preservation for your food. You can preserve everything from meat to vegetables, extending their life up to eight times longer. The vacuum pressure reaches up to 85 kPa, efficiently ensuring a tight seal and even preventing freezer burn. The adjustable vacuum sealer bag cutter allows you to create a bag that is specific to your needs. This product even has high-temperature resistance, so you don’t have to worry about it overheating. Its slim design also ensures that it can be easily and effectively stored.
Best FoodSaver: FoodSaver FM2435
With a global pandemic in full swing, we’re all looking for ways to cut corners around the house. Vacuum sealing your leftovers and storing them in the freezer can help them last up to 3 years and still taste fresh and flavorful. The FoodSaver FM2435 can reach an optimal airtight seal for 60 consecutive seals before needing to cool down. This model is durable, high-quality, and backed by a 5-year limited warranty. It can also be easily operated with one hand, compared to other sealers which required 2 hands with considerable force.
Best Compact Option: Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer
Designed to be used with the company’s own sous-vide cookers, Anova’s Precision Vacuum Sealer is perfect for sous-chefs and food preservers alike. While it doesn’t have all the options and accessories that many of its competitors do, it does have that ever-handy pulse button and 10 free bags to get you started. Most importantly, though, it has an incredibly small footprint—only about 3 inches tall and 5 inches deep—which makes it ideal for those short on the counter and cupboard space. Pop it out when you need to seal it, then stash it in a drawer when you aren’t using it. That means it doesn’t have a built-in bag roll or cutter, but for only occasional vacuum sealing sessions, it’ll do the trick well—with a 5-year warranty to keep you confident in your purchase.
Best Handheld: Amareisbe Handheld Food Saver
If you have a kitchen that doesn’t have ample storage options, why not try the Amareisbe Handheld Food Saver? It’s just as fast and powerful as it is compact. With an upgraded motor and 5L/min pumping speed, it takes only about 10 seconds to vacuum air. This new design also has a larger suction area to allow for a better fit for an airtight bag. Just aim the nozzle at the bags’ suction valves and compress for the air to be all sucked out. This product is able to do this one minute at a time, three to five times a day with up to one month of continuous battery use. Its size also makes it easy to carry on picnics, camping, and trips of any kind.
This story was originally published by Whitson Gordon on 03/09/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 04/16/2021.