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Vacuum Sealers Buying Guide

Vacuum Sealers - A Buying Guide

Vacuum packers are the perfect addition to any kitchen. By sealing food or liquids within a pouch, you can marinate, store, freeze or cook. And thanks to being airtight, your contents are far more likely to remain fresh for longer to reduce food waste.

In order to seal your pouches effectively and reap the benefits, a sous vide vacuum sealer is exactly what you’ll need.

When considering which one is right for you, think about how frequently you will use it. What is it you’ll likely be storing? Do you need it to be dishwasher safe?

Vacuum sealers have come a long way in the past few years and it’s never been easier to find one that is perfect for your requirements.

Read our guide or use the comparison table below to see the difference between some of the best on the market, stocked by ourselves.

Here’s our simple guide to buying a vacuum sealer…

Here’s our simple guide to buying vacuum sealers

Why Vacuum Pack?

Some food types need to be stored in an airless environment, usually in airtight packaging to reduce the growth of microorganisms. When vacuum sealing, most of the bacteria is expelled from the bag as the air is removed, providing a very safe and hygienic method of storage.

Vacuum sealing also helps maintain the product quality and size. For example, in meat items such as steaks, the blood can’t leak out and the meat doesn’t dry out so the product weight is maintained. Vacuum packing food can extend its life by three to five times.

You’ll also need to vacuum seal ingredients before sous vide cooking. After all, that’s what sous vide means; ‘cooking under vacuum.’

Pre-prepared foods such as fresh or sliced meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, salads and cheeses can be stored for several days without reduced quality. By pre-portioning soups, sauces and completed dishes you can reduce food wastage. All these benefits help increase efficiency in the kitchen. Cooked and raw food can be hygienically stocked in vacuum pouches for storage in the fridge or easily transported between locations with minimal risks of cross-contamination.

In Short the main benefits of vacuum packing are:-

  • To eliminate oxidation
  • To preserve delicate flavours & oils
  • To prevent freezer burn
  • To maintain natural moisture
  • In preparation for sous vide cooking

The Products

When it comes to buying a vacuum sealer, it can be a little confusing at first, but to help you out, here’s our suggestions for the most suitable products based on your usage…

Home Foodies:

SousVideTools® VS180B
Vacuum Sealer

£40.83 Excl. VAT

£49.00 Incl. VAT

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SousVideTools® Vesta
310 Vacuum Sealer

£199.17 Excl. VAT

£239.00 Incl. VAT

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Magic Vac® Futura
Vacuum Sealer

£99.17 Excl. VAT

£119.99 Incl. VAT

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Professional Chefs - Recommendations

SousVideTools® IV250
Chamber Vacuum Sealer

£232.50 Excl. VAT

£279.00 Incl. VAT

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SousVideTools® Fresco 300
Vacuum Packing Machine

£915.83 Excl. VAT

£1,099.00 Incl. VAT

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SousVideTools® iCucina 405
Vacuum Packing Machine

£1,849.17 Excl. VAT

£2,219.00 Incl. VAT

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We do, however, offer a much wider range of vacuum sealers. See our product comparison below to help you choose the right product or give us a call on 01524 770060 to discuss your requirements in more depth.

ProductFor Home UseFor ProfessionalsSeal FunctionsSuitable for LiquidsBag TypeSize HxWxDOther BenefitsPrice 
SousVideTools® VS180B Vacuum Sealer

• Manual Cycle for delicate foods
• Dry & moist food function
• Pulse function
• Seal only function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

76x363x160

• Seal only function
• Sealing Length - 303mm
• Single Seal (2.2mm)
• Cycle Time - 25 seconds

£40.83
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® Vesta 310 Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Pulse function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

145x437x275

• Seal only function
• Sealing Length - 310mm
• Single Seal (5mm)
• Cycle Time - 15 seconds

£199.17
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® Vesta 410 Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Pulse function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

145x540x275

• Seal only function
• Sealing Length - 406mm
• Single Seal (5mm)
• Cycle Time - 15 seconds

£240.83
ex. VAT

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Magic Vac® Compact Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Sealing in progress led indicator

Embossed
Bag or Roll

60x380x100

• Powerful pump to create a commercial level vacuum
• Sealing Length - 300mm
• Single Seal (2.2mm)
• Nominal pump flowrate:10 l/min

£57.50
ex. VAT

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Magic Vac® Futura Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

80x390x140

• Powerful pump to create a commercial level vacuum
• Sealing Length - 300mm
• Single Seal (2.2mm)
• Cycle Time - 20 seconds

£99.17
ex. VAT

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Magic Vac® Champion Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

105x510x175

• Powerful pump to create a commercial level vacuum
• Sealing Length - 315mm
• Single Seal (2.5mm)
• Cycle Time - 25 seconds

£124.17
ex. VAT

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Magic Vac® Master Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

105x510x175

• Powerful pump to create a commercial level vacuum
• Sealing Length - 315mm
• Single Seal (2.5mm)
• Cycle Time - 20 seconds

£140.83
ex. VAT

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Magic Vac® Perfetta Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual & Automatic function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

105x510x175

• Powerful pump to create a commercial level vacuum
• Sealing Length - 315mm
• Single Seal (2.5mm)
• Cycle Time - 15 seconds

£207.50
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® VS270P Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Pulse function
• Manual function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

95x405x160

• Seal only function
• Sealing Length - 300mm
• Double welding
• Cycle Time - 50 bag seals in a row

£65.83
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® VS520P Vacuum Sealer

• Can create vacuum in containers
• Dry & moist food function
• Pulse function
• Manual function

Embossed
Bag or Roll

120x400x200D

• Seal only function
• Sealing Length - 300mm
• Double welding
• Cycle Time - 50 bag seals in a row

£107.50
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® Senses 300 Chamber Vacuum Packer

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

257x367x446

• Sealing type - 2.5mm x 2
• Cycle Time - Max 60 Seconds
• Dry pump
• Chamber Size 100x310x330
• Sealing Length 305mm

£449.17
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® IV250 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

175x320x355

• Double Welded Seal (2 x 2.5mm)
• Cycle Time - Max 99 Seconds
• Dry rocker piston
• Chamber Size 60x265x265
• Sealing Length 250mm

£232.50
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® IV300 Chamber Vacuum Sealer

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

235x360x430

• Double Welded Seal (2 x 2.5mm)
• Cycle Time - Max 99 Seconds
• Dry rocker piston
• Chamber Size 110x305x355
• Sealing Length 300mm

£332.50
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® Fresco 300 Vacuum Packing Machine

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

360x360x425

• Single Seal (5mm)
• Cycle Time - 25-60 seconds
• 8m3/hr Vacuum Pump
• Chamber Size 130x300x350
• Sealing Length 300mm

£915.83
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® Fresco 400 Vacuum Packing Machine

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

470x495x567

• Double Welded Seal (2 x 3.5mm)
• Cycle Time - 25-40 seconds
• 16m3/hr Vacuum Pump
• Chamber Size 160x425x457
• Sealing Length 400mm

£1,165.83
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® iCucina 315 Vacuum Packing Machine

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

382x388x491

• iSeal smart sealing system
• Cycle Time - 15-40 seconds
• Busch 8m3/hr Vacuum Pump
• Chamber Size 162x328x385
• Sealing Length 315mm

£1,549.17
ex. VAT

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SousVideTools® iCucina 405 Vacuum Packing Machine

• Instant seal function
• Dry & moist food function
• Manual function

Boilable Bag,
Embossed
Bag or Roll

454x475x561

• iSeal smart sealing system
• Cycle Time - 15-40 seconds
• Busch 10m3/hr Vacuum Pump
• Chamber Size 200x412x453
• Sealing Length 405mm

£1,849.17
ex. VAT

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About Vacuum Packing

Vacuum packing is a method of storing and preserving food in an airless environment, usually in air-tight pouches to prevent the growth of micro-organisms. Tangible advantages can be gained in the kitchen through vacuum packing, such as products being stored for several days longer without any deterioration in quality.

Vacuum packing is a method of packaging, storing, presenting and then cooking food. Some food types need to be stored in an airless environment, usually in air-tight packaging to reduce the growth of micro‑organisms. When vacuum packing most of the bacteria is expelled from the bag as the air is removed, providing a very safe and hygienic method of storage.

Vacuum packing also helps maintain the product quality and size. For example, in meat items such as steaks, the blood can’t leak out and the meat doesn’t dry out so the product weight is maintained. Vacuum packing food can extend its life by three to five times.

Pre-prepared foods such as fresh or sliced meats, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, salads and cheeses can be stored for several days without reduced quality. By pre-portioning soups, sauces and completed dishes you can reduce food wastage.

All these benefits help increase efficiency in the kitchen. Cooked and raw food can be hygienically stocked in vacuum pouches for storage in the fridge or easily transported between locations with minimal risks of cross-contamination.

What benefits does a vacuum packing machine provide?

Chefs and caterers find many benefits when using vacuum packing machines including:

  • Advanced food preparation
  • Portion control
  • Spreading workload
  • Reduced food wastage
  • Lower food costs
  • Safer food storage
  • Higher standards of food hygiene when used together with sous vide cooking

Benefits of sealing food under vacuum

ELIMINATING OXIDISATION

Vacuum packing helps preserve food by removing air from the bag it is stored in. This gets rid of oxygen which affects food in various ways including odour, colour, taste & texture and allows for longer storage. Certain types of bacteria cannot grow without oxygen. Once food is in contact with air it begins to lose its natural flavour and its appearance starts to change. This reaction affects all fresh foods even if the effects are not immediately obvious.

PRESERVING DELICATE FLAVOURS & OILS

In today’s world a lot of emphasis is placed on eliminating salt and fat from our diets and increasing natural oils. More of us are trying to eat fish which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids as these lower blood levels of triglycerides, which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.

Fish oils do deteriorate faster than the fat found in meat such as beef, chicken and pork. You can keep fish well wrapped in a fridge for two days and in a freezer for two months. By vacuum packing these foods you can preserve all the natural goodness and taste for four to six days in the fridge or frozen for two years.

PREVENTING FREEZER BURN

When foods are frozen without preparation, freezer burn can occur. It happens when the surface of the food is dehydrated and this causes a dried and leathery appearance. The flavour and texture of foods can also be ruined, vacuum packing reduces freezer burn as it protects the food from exposure to the cold, dry air.

MAINTAINING NATURAL MOISTURE

Air causes moisture to evaporate. One of the reasons we package or wrap food is to keep it from drying out. How many of us reach a few slices down into the loaf of bread to find the softer slices? Vacuum packing is a much better way to pack food because the air removal keeps the food moist.

SOUS VIDE COOKING

Over the years vacuum packing has advanced and it is no longer just a way of extending shelf life and improving portion control. Today it is an innovative cooking technique. Sous vide cooking involves sealing ingredients in a pouch under vacuum. These are then cooked at a precisely defined temperature to reach a desired result.

This gentle cooking style has proven to be a popular method for more and more leading chefs. And the numbers using it are growing. The technique is one of the most important culinary innovations of today as it keeps meat tender and fish succulent no matter how long it has been cooked.

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