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Most useless Kitchen aid I have ever bought.
The lids of the very expensive containers do not seal properly so are quiet useless. The bags are quiet small so not useful for more than 1 serving. Very disappointing product , I've ended up having to buy amother vacuum sealer.
Container lids a poor fit and kept popping off. Sunbeam customer service poor.
I bought the upright unit from Myer last month. I liked the 5 bags that came with the machine and bought extra. All have worked well. I liked the small container that came with the unit and it worked well. I bought three additional containers from Harvey Norman. None of these worked properly. It was as if the lids didn’t fit the bases properly and n amount of trying to snap them on would work. They kept popping off, both for me and store staff (as I returned them today @$64 for the 3) and would not hold a vac seal. I also tried using the air tu...be sealer on my regular Sunbeam Vac unit (that just seals bags) and the original one from the pack from Myer worked and the other three did not. Put in an online Customer Query with Sunbeam that had a 3 day turnaround (it said) after 2 weeks, had not heard back. Tried calling Customer Service, which is operated out of another country. The service agent was very hard to hear and it was difficult communicating the nature of the issue, as he didn’t seem to know about the product and THEN the call ceased (mid conversation) and a recording came on asking me to rate my customer satisfaction, but would not accept my rating of “1”. Hung up and returned the pack to Harvey Norman. Cranky now.
Bag lose suction
I have had this for a while. I bought a lot of bags and containers thinking it was going to save me so much time. The bags are supposed to be re-sealable. But they never ever keep the air out. They lose suction after a few days. It does NOT do what its meant to. I tried taping up the hole after sucking out the air with no luck. I tried a new box of bags thinking I had a lemon set, but None have worked for me.
Purchased in January 2019.
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Great Product For Prolonging Fresh Food
We got this product on special at Harvey Norman by accident. Lovely product, very easy to use with the Foodsaver containers and bags. Yes, the bags do lose vacuum after a week, but the containers were good. Able to keep produce fresher longer in the container, and we are in the process of getting more containers as a result. A word for Harvey Norman; very quick shipping and kept us in the loop via Facebook messenger was very good experience.
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Perfect accompaniment in the kitchen
Even though I also own the Sunbeam FoodSaver VS7850, this is a perfect accompaniment to have in the kitchen. Due to its size, it may be left on the bench for everyday use. It’s easy to use, place container on base, make sure it seals into place, adjust height to sit on top of the container, press seal and done. Easy peasey. With the lack of air in containers, your food does stay fresher and is so easy to store. Quick release of pressure, simply pushing down into air release button then removing lid.
I also found, due to the prices of the Sunbea...
This has ACTUALLY changed my life
I went to not knowing what on earth FoodSaver was to owning now two of their products and using them on a daily basis. My fridge is super tidy now, everything in bags or containers.
I now do meal prep on a Sunday and my lunches stay fresh for the whole week in the containers - a great way to save money through the week too not going out and buying lunch everyday. I blend smoothies in the morning and this little gadget means I don't HAVE to use the whole Avocado in one go and my ingredients last weeks!!
Love love love. Just make sure you inv...est in the containers and the bags otherwise you won't get into the groove of using it enough. Only downside is that the container lids can be a bit fiddly, give them a bang on each edge to make sure it is close before you vacuum it.
Wish there was more detailed 'how to use' manual
I want to love this product but found my first effort of using the bags in the refrigerator a miserable fail. I've googled a lot but apart from blanching vegies for freezing, very little help on how to use for short term refrigeration. I want to use mainly for cucumbers, celery , avocado etc. I want to know when to use bags & when to use containers & how to prepare for refrigeration. Any help out there?
Works well but...
This is a great little gadget for family's to keep food fresh for longer and it does exactly what it says, I do wish that it came with a few more containers as buying new ones are quite expensive and I also wish there was an option to freeze your vacuum sealed food as I would use that more. Overall though its a good product, works well on fruit.
Nifty food vacuum device
Very happy with the food saver and highly recommend it. The unit has a small foot print. As well as prolonging the life of foods, it increases the amount of space in both fridge and freezer. The plastic bags are reusable and the unit can be also be used with the sunbeam containers. Only criticism, is there should be different sized bags and the cost of the containers. I would love to exclusively use these containers in both our fridge and freezer, however it would be too costly.
Great to avoid wastage
This is my new favourite kitchen appliance.
Fresh homemade bread was going mouldy within 2 days due to the humidity at the moment and it goes stale more quickly if put in the fridge (scientific fact apparently) so started putting in the 10 cup capacity foodsaver, definitely get an extra couple of days.
Have found with avocados they stay fresher for longer in the bags over the containers, but still impressive either way.
It has a small footprint too, I just leave mine on the bench.
Fantastic way to reduce the amount that gets thrown away due to spoiling
Best kitchen gadget I've bought all year!
Fresher for longer! Not only is it small and easy to store in a cupboard or drawer it is incredibly effective! Every week despite how hard I try bag loads of spoiled fruit and vegetables and containers of leftovers end up in the bin. With the Food Saver I can keep prepared meals in the fridge for twice as long as I once would have. Both my food wastage and grocery bill has significantly reduced thanks to the Food Saver. The glass containers make selecting a meal from the fridge easy and are a huge time-saver.
Say goodbye to soggy berries!
Got this nifty appliance just in time for berry season! Our family goes through huge quantities of berries. I'd love to buy them in bulk and save, but I always find they end up soggy in the fridge and go to waste. :-( Now I can simply Foodsaver four punnets at a time (in my 10 cup container) and our berries stay fresh in the fridge for so much longer! The zip bags are great for lunch ham and weekend bacon. The 5 cup containers is great for cut avocados or chopped veggies ready for the school lunchbox / after school snacks. The machine itself is...very compact, easy to use and sits neatly on my bench or is easy to tuck away in the cupboard. It's heartbreaking when I throw away food at the end of the week that hasn't lasted in my fridge. This appliance is a great solution (and saves me a few pennies!). Very happy.
Reduced wastage + fresh food!
I have found the Foodsaver to be a game changer in terms of reducing my food wastage. Too often previously I would have crackers go stale, veggies go limp or cheese dry out after doing a big shop and then not getting through everything quickly enough. Now, my big shops actually last twice as long!
I’ve loved it using for avocados, cheese leftovers and pre-chopped veggie crudités. It was suprisingly easy to use, and quite compact as well.
Reducing waste and keeping food fresh
The Sunbeam FoodSaver VS1300 is a great way to keep food fresher for longer. I have loved using it for avocados, fruit and cheese - foods that go off if not consumed quickly. It's easy to use and if you have the bench space you can leave it out so it's accessible. I have also loved that I am reducing my waste as I am not using the cling wrap to store food. The containers are great and even the vacuum zipper bags are reusable.
Keeping it Fresh
Loving my foodsaver. I'm not longer wasting money and I'm able to keep food which I would usually have to throw away. Love how it keeps my avocados green. Meat, fish and poultry fresh. Herbs green, cheese doesn't go mouldy. Keeps my crackers crunchy. It's nice and compact so doesn't waste much bench space. It suctions super quick and is so easy to use.
Saves food, money and my environmental fooprint
I've had the foodsaver for about two weeks and I use it everyday especially on my avocados, lemons, nuts, crackers and cheese. I throw out a significant amount of food, mainly cheese, veggies, herbs, stale biscuits and nuts, so now I can save it, it's fresh and lasts a long time. It's quite tall about the same height as my Aldi espresso machine, so I put it away when I'm not using it, mainly because I have little bench space in my one bedroom place and I don't like leaving my appliances out in general. It suctions the bags and containers in les...s than 10 seconds. When I open the bags and containers my food is always fresh and crunchy. Yes! The three pros for me are saving money, food and the environment. The one con is that it's too tall to leave out on the bench everyday in my one bedroom apartment and due to my personal preferences of not leaving any appliances out on the kitchen bench. I would highly recommend this product as the quality is excellent and for the three pros mentioned above. You won't regret purchasing this at all.
Super quick and easy to use :)
It takes 10 seconds to vacuum seal your food and is just as big as a kettle, so it now permanently stays on the my kitchen bench. Definitely the best way to save your everyday food from going off! Perfect for my family of 5 that can waste a lot of food, particularly fruit and vegetables.
Works great if prepared to take extra time
Using the food saver for vegetables has been great especially avocados.
It has worked to keep them fresh longer however I will admit often times I have not been bothered to pull the machine out as I live in a small apartment so it needs to be put away.
Would be great for people with the time!
I've had this for a few weeks now. It's Sunday and just made our work lunches for the week using the containers, and made up all the kids school snacks using the zipper bags. The vacuum seal keeps the food fresh through the week and I save time so my busy week mornings are so much calmer
Questions & Answers
Hello Can the containers go in the freezer?
You mentioned the heat seal bags can be washed and reused , just making sure I understood this correctly.
Yes, there is a “snowflake” symbol on the bottom of the vac container, indicating that it can be put in the freezer. It can also go in the microwave. There are two types of bagging you can do - one is heat seal, as you have mentioned. Re-use is not recommended for meat and sometimes it’s hard to get the odour out of the bag if you put something like fish in it. The other type of bag is for the upright VS1300 machine which has a double ziplock at the top and a flat valve that the machine goes on top of and sucks out the air. It means you can unzip, take out something and re-vac the bag. These are also suitable for the freezer. Good luck getting the container to maintain the seal, though. Only one of mine worked. Sunbeam didn’t explain why the other three didn’t hold the seal. They were just happy that I could return them *sigh*. Not really backing-up their product.
Can you get replacement parts in particular the vacum port? Great product but can't get rid of the smell of fish from the port.
Honestly, not certain. Have you inquired with Sunbeam? Another tip, vinegar and bicarbonate mixed together, let soak overnight. I use vinegar when raw egg products are on any of my kitchenware. Will try and look further into your request and hopefully get back to you.
Some of the containers we have about 10 use all the time very good product, only hold the seal for about 2 hours
Glad to hear you are loving the containers As for the seal, the containers might have not been closed completely before they were vacuumed.
Please press firmly at each corner of the container then vacuum the air out.
Please also check the green rubber seal, to see that it is sitting evenly and correctly. If it has lifted, or is bent just a little that space is enough to let in air. Also if you can please check that there are no crumbs or food debris on the Container Lid, rubber seal or Vacuum Valve, as these will also cause a little space that will let in air and prevent air an even seal.
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