VAC780 food saver
I purchased the VAC780 food saver some years back now, don’t know exactly when, maybe 2013. It was so bad, that I gave up after many tries and put it in a cupboard. I recently got it out, bought new bags, thought I’d try again, but still insufficient vacuum to remove air and shoddy sealing. Are there better models these days or should I be looking at other brands? I always avoid sunbeam brand products because of my experience with this machine. But if they’ve improved, maybe I’ll reconsider.
a piece of junk
I purchased this appliance at Myers boxing day sale I had, from the onset, problems to get it to operate sucessfully and took it back, where Myers promptly replaced it, but alas the replacement was no different, and does not work efficiently, I discovered that if you apply finger pressure to the lid that it will work well, but not all the time, it really is a matter of finding the right spot to apply finger pressure to, I bought a Sunbeam because of the brand reputation, but this quite frankly, is a piece of frustrating junk If you are in the market for a food saver stay clear of the Sunbeam VS4500 and save yourself disappointment
Purchased in January 2019 for $120.00.
Amazing Food Saver
The Sunbeam Food Saver is exactly that. A food saver!. Very easy to use and sits nicely on my kitchen bench. Can prepare food in advance and then vacuum seal. Have used for home made pastas, salami, vegetables, fresh lettuce, vegetables. The list goes on. I also use it for storing things when we go camping. Affordable and excellent quality!!
My machine won't vacuum seal properly
Hi. My foodsaver wont vaccuum and seal. When I press the vaccuum seal button it vaccuums the air out then the machine releases prior to sealing and air reenters the bag. It wont seal at this point. I have to press the seal button to seal my food. I cannot return it to Target as I dont have the receipt. I am awaiting contact from Customer Service.
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I wanted this to save money by vacuuming my food to last longer. The device is a good price, the bags are a little expensive. I got this model because of the size, but I kind of wish I got the other model that cuts the bags and stores the bags. I blanched some vegetables and the moisture in the bags stopped the bag from sealing and I found it very frustrating. There is only so much drying of blanched vegetables you can do. The instruction booklet said put in paper towel, but that did not work very well. Wasted bags because of this.
So far so good. Improvement over previous model.
I was disappointed when the previous model (VS4300) broke right at the end of the warranty period, but Sunbeam support sent me the upgraded model. And it seems to be completely overhauled and much better built. Pretty much all the complaints I had with the previous model have been resolved.
There are now independent seal and vacuum modes, there's an ergonomic latch to apply pressure rather than awkwardly doing it with the palms of your hands in just the right spot to activate the switches, and the bags seal right next to the edge rather than leaving a gap of wasted plastic.
We'll see how long this one lasts. It feels a bit more solid than the last one.
Have used this for some yeast, so had to make the bags smaller. Using just the heat seal first to make the right size worked well. The vacuum part worked well too. Made a small lasagna in a foil tray to freeze. Froze it first then vacuum sealed it. Stopped the vacuum bit early as the container started to crush a bit, but I expected that. Easy enough to use. Extra bags are expensive but easy enough to find and purchase. Had a sunbeam before that worked very well(used for freezing fish...no more freezer burn!), tho I think this one works even bet...ter. Gave that away to someone 5 years ago when my husband was killed....stupid me! So went out and bought another one! Travel a bit with frozen food and freezer bags just don't last with the vibrations in the freezer so this will be much better!
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I bought this food sealer on sale in an effort to try and make my food last longer. As a single person it's very hard to grocery shop in a way that doesn't end up with wasted food.
The unit is easy to operate and the generous starter pack of rolls and bags will keep me going for sometime. I had no issue with making a good seal, although you do have to be careful to line it up properly on the line (I may just be over cautious on this as it is all new to me). I can see online that the bags can be re-used which should save me even more money.
Looking forward to the $ saved being able to buy in bulk!
Questions & Answers
Hi, I purchased a Sunbeam v7800 from Harvey Norman and the warranty has expired but I have been disappointed with it as it has never sucked enough air and now it refuses to seal, I paid in excess of $200. I only use it maybe three or four times in a year when I have had a great deal and access to fish and meat but now I am frustrated that this machine is so unreliable .. thank you ....Dennis
Hi dennis k,
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. We are very sorry to hear about your experience with your product. Please be assured all customer feedback is taken seriously and your comments will be forwarded on to our development and technology teams. Kind regards Sunbeam.
My VS 4500 worked well to start with but now doesn’t want to suck the air out of the bag. You can see that the lid is being sucked tighter as it is operating, it’s almost like the lid is closing tightly on the bag and not allowing the air to be sucked out.
First time using it after purchasing it about 5mths ago in prep for Italian sausage season.
Received my sunbeam vs4500 food saver as a gift in September 2018. Tried to vacuum and seal some meat. Power on pressed vacuum seal, on for about a minute then stopped. Did not vacuum or seal. Please advise?
You need to make absolutely sure the bag is tucked into the sealing channel correctly. If not the machine will not vacuum and seal it. This is the most common reason for it not sealing. I would also suggest you go to our website www.sunbeam.com.au and download the instruction book if you don't already have. Hope this gets you going with it.
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