Before purchasing a food sealer for your home, consider a few factors that may guide your decision.
Ability to continuously use without overheating
While commercial-grade vacuum sealers have 100% duty cycles for continuous operation, some consumer-grade models require 20-30 minute intervals of downtime to cool when sealing a higher volume. For lower-volume users this won’t be an issue, but if you have a large garden or hunt big game animals, you’ll want a sealer that can run nonstop.
Portability and storability
Before your purchase, consider how big the vacuum sealer will be and where you will store it between uses. Some units can be stored horizontally or vertically to save space and most feature built-in cord wraps and accessory compartments.
Advances in food sealing technology have led to simple one-touch operation, but check if your sealer provides a manual mode for custom control over your food packaging. Some even allow you to “seal only” and not remove the oxygen from your bags.
The jar and bottle sealers as discussed above are some of the attachments available with some models, including Tilia vacuum sealers.
Overall size is a factor if you plan to keep it on the countertop, as are weight and portability if you will need to move it for storage.
Manual or Auto
Dual settings are convenient, with an automatic mode being excellent for one-touch operation, and manual settings for custom seals.
Easy to Clean
A removable drip tray and seal bars are handy for cleaning and sanitizing.
Look for a fan cooled motor for continuous use.