@Office_Zombie Same here, love my sealer, don’t need a new one. My most recent vacuum sealing discovery: cough drops. I only need cough drops during certain times of the year, but by the time I need them again they have become a sticky melty mess. Vacuum sealing completely solves this.
Foodsavers are available at every thrift shop I’ve seen, and they sell for about $10. ALDI sells a new vacuum sealer with bags for under $30 from time to time, and theirs have (typically) a 1 or 3-year warranty. Either you overpaid for these, or you’re pricing them too high. Sorry, Meh, your crap is just getting worse. Is this a sign? (/Foxworthy/)
@cbl_wv@Joedetroit Agree, I have no beef with refurbs. I think the one I own is a refurb. But if you’re stressing over the difference between $10 and $30, I do assume you’d be better off burning a ten dollar bill for warmth.
@CatFriend FWIW mine has been a real work horse… I use it often and have gone thru a couple of hundred feet of vac bags. AND, when I did have a problem with one, the warranty coverage and exchange process was excellent!
I’ve never had any good luck with refurbs, the single exception being a simple crock pot with a dial control that I ultimately chucked when the liner cracked.
So, even in that one, I had bad luck, but I’m not attributing that misfortune to it being refurbished.
Every other refurb I’ve bought has had something wrong with it that got overlooked during the repair process, and either showed up after the warranty period, or the limited warranty didn’t cover it.
@CatFriend@chienfou@Gypsigirl213 I have never had a bad experience with refurbs, or even used, from amazon warehouse or woot. At least in theory, someone was made responsible for inspecting them and making them right. Not necessarily the case with new items in this “throw 'em out the factory door” world we live in. I still haven’t found the minor cosmetic blemish on my “Used – very good” Echo Sub from woot. They should have called it “Like new.”
@CatFriend@chienfou@ThunderChicken Same. That’s why I trust them a little more, they’ve had more careful examination than the ‘throw ‘em out the door’ variety as you said.
Maybe you get what you think you’ll get out of them. I expect greatness, I get greatness, you expect problems, you get problems. Maybe our thoughts are shaping our realities?! This went meta fast.
@chienfou@Gypsigirl213@Narwalt@Joedetroit@ThunderChicken I think my main trouble with refurbs is that you don’t know if you’re getting new parts or used parts that “passed testing”. Then, even if all of the electronics and mechanical parts get replaced, you are still getting some used parts, and you never know what the prior owner might have done to them. And you know there are some sick f***s out there who would do sick s*** just for giggles.
I have a regular model, not this upright version. Can anyone with the upright version (or better, both) comment on if it is worth the switch? I keep mine stored above a cabinet, so permanent counter space is not an issue. Is it easier to line up or hold while sealing?
@mike808 I have both and I find the regular model is much easier then the upright model. The upright ones have a sliding door that is much harder to line up and seal, especially if the bag you are using is a tiny bit smaller then it should be. Upright one now lives in the basement as a back in-case my main one dies.
Folks are referencing these “wearing out”. How does one tell? Is it sudden or do you have to remember that it’s not as good as it used to be (according to one’s personal subjective scale of suckitude)?
@mike808 I have an older upright one. The suck&seal function doesn’t work anymore - it’ll suck for 15 mins without flipping it over to the seal part. But, I can override with the buttons, so it’s more me just watching it until I’m happy, then pressing the seal.
If you’re a smoker (not that kind…), it’s an absolute must - my smoked meats in the freezer under vac reheat well. Pulled pork, packed up in 1lb bags is a quick mid-week dinner
@ManBehindPlan@mike808 I found that if I put a little pressure on the top of mine I could get it to cycle correctly. I then took out the foam, cleaned and flipped it and it seems to be doing better. The new models have a ‘park’ lock so you don’t store the foam compressed which I think helps
@chienfou@ManBehindPlan That sounds right. It sucks until it hits its max vacuum, and then seals. But if the foam doesn’t seal around the bag and air is constantly leaking in, it won’t ever hit the max vacuum and never turns off to trigger the seal.
I was just wondering how to know when it is time for a replacement. So far, not yet.
Also good tip to check and “refresh” the foam seal if possible to stretch the life if you need to.
I live in a green state and use a foodsaver with a jar attach to seal cannabis in 1l jars. keeps it very fresh. I don’t find much support for vaccum sealing buds in bags, as it crushes the flowers flat. I also use for freezing and sous vide…thinking on this one.
We purchased this last time it was offered and it has more than paid for itself. Works quite well. Just don’t buy the recommended sealing bags/plastic roll - they’re crazy expensive and the off brand works just as well.
I just tried to fix our other food saver by pulling out the seals, just to find out the bottom one wasn’t suppose to come out… I wondered why it was hard as hell to get out… oh well, I got another one coming now… And at a great price!!!
My wife is happy with me once again!
My daughter just told me that she want’s a vacuum sealer for Christmas. I jokingly asked her if a refurb would be OK because it’s on meh today. She said “For $34? Hell yeah.” I think my daughter is destined to be a mehtizen.
@bagingospringo have you tried moving the end of the bag? They can be a little finicky if the bag isn’t in the right place. If you bend it into the chamber a little that usually works. Does it try to heat seal the end still?
@bagingospringo@Link991 I’ve had the same issue with a different sealer. I think it was the cheaper bag roll I bought. The ones that came with the machine had a ridges on both sides. The cheaper ones only had bumps on one side. Also make sure there is no food or especially moisture in the opening.