Don’t! Don’t buy this product. I bought it because I love to eat nice food. I wanted to use it for sous-vide cooking. The first one I bought, I bought with a voucher I’d won in a lottery. I couldn’t get it to work. I took it back to the place of purchase and the sales lady asked me, “Are you double clicking?” I thought about it, and replied,”Well….no.” She explained that I had to close the lid, not once, but twice, to get the unit to work. I’m assuming the genius who came up with this idea was a big fan of his computer mouse! Anyway, I took it ...away, and with my new information, managed to get it to work a couple of times. However, I found that I had to close the lid increasingly more forcefully, to the point where I was belting it! Naturally the unit no longer worked. I thought, “I really liked the steaks I managed to cook, when the unit worked, I’ll try again.” I had more vouchers that I’d won at golf. Don’t ask me how, I’m swinging like a rusty gate at the moment. Hoping for a different experience, I bought another unit, from a different outlet, with the golf vouchers. It’s just as hopeless. Honestly, if you’re thinking about buying one of these units, take 4 x $50 notes out of your wallet/purse, and set fire to them. It will save you a lot of grief.
Hopeless sunbeam product
We purchased this product and the first one had to go back as the vacuum and seal did not work. Exchanged and bought home 2nd one as really wanted something to avoid freezer burn on meat! Same issue, will not work in vacuum and seal. It to is going back this time for a refund. Only good thing has been the good customer service at Harvey Norman Thomastown ...
Purchased in November 2020 at Harvey Norman for $169.00.
Great Product. Tips & Tricks
I have had my machine for 10 months, LOVE IT ! It is said that 'a bad tradesman blames their tools', ( no offense intended ). At first, I made mistakes and blamed the food sealer.
I do find the 'double click' for sealing a bit difficult, but now I am used to it. I would like the wet area catchment to be a lot deeper or bigger.
Tip 1: Make sure the there is at least 60mm of space at the top of the bag. The more space, the easier to seal. It is important that the opening of the bag can lie smooth and flat, inside the jaws of the machine,...prior to sealing. Tip 2: "Wet don't Seal". I cut my bags a bit longer than needed. Fold the plastic at the opening, outwards, to form a double layer lip. This makes it easier for food to be placed into the bag. Refold the plastic bag back to normal. The sealing area should still be clean. I then double check that the sealing end is very clean, and often use a paper towel to absorb any sign of moisture. Tip 3: I find the quality of plastic bags / rolls can vary. This will alter seal. I often double seal, 5mm apart, thicker bags. It all comes down to trial and error.
Purchased in December 2019 at eBay for $150.00.
Absolute struggle to close the lid
I bought this machine just over a month ago to replace my very old sunbeam food saver. Went to use it and could not get the lid to close. Watched the demos from sunbeam and was still unable to close the lid so I returned it to Harvey Norman where I purchased it. I wanted to upgrade it to the next model which has the closing knob at the side and very easy to close but as the young sales assistant managed to close it I was informed that it was in good working order and after a consultation with her manager, I was informed there was nothing they could do to help. Very disappointed with the outcome as I have been going to the same Harvey Norman store for years.
Purchased in July 2020 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores - Electronics.
Junk. Do not waste time & money on this.
Bought about 18 months ago. Barely used it as it was fiddly to use and the bags always lost their seal within a few days. Bought some containers last week to try out the hose function, and the unit won’t even turn on anymore! It’s only been used a few times and is out of warranty. Horrendous waste of money. Stay well away.
Purchased at Harvey Norman.
Wanted to like it, but disappointed
Okay, soooo....bought this product believing it would be better than the cheapie I got years ago. (The cheapie had served me well for several years of constant use with 4 kids...) However, I was very wrong.
This product is very hard on the wrists to close, has to double click.
It didn't always seal properly, & worked when it felt like it. I tried different types of bags etc & tried to persevere, but to no avail.
Returned it to Retravision, they were great, swapped it over for a new one out of the box.
Got it home, used it straight away only ...
Purchased in May 2020 for $160.00.
It works well enough for me
As a first go at vac sealing it is good enough. I'd say it is an entry level unit and if it dies I may well upgrade to a more pro version that would handle wet sealing better. I don't think it's as bad as many of the other reviews here make out - but this is just my experience with my machine. I don't find it hard to use, it goes in a cupboard when I'm not using it. It doesn't really do wet sealing so if that's what you want it for I'd look elsewhere but for sealing stuff for sous vide it's a damn sight better than ziplock bags
Purchased in August 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $229.00.
Poor sealing function
Purchased the product from Goodguys when it was on sale on June 2019. I was hoping to utilize sous vide cooking method to try things like Chicken breast, and Thick cut pork chop, ingredients usually difficult to cook to perfection.
My thought was, a little bulky and hard to operate. I am a professional chef by trade and familiar with how vacuum sealing machines works but I had to get manual out to actually get this machine to work. Especially when using the provided sealer roll and use of the inbuilt roll cutter is extremely confusing, also it...requires decent amount of pressure to "Double click" the locking mechanism then I can finally vacuum and seal it. The force require to this is a little beyond reasonable as I was not sure if the plastic body will take this much of pressure from two hands. The down sides don't end here. Many of my sealed meats are later found not sealed properly. Often failed at the either side of the bag, and many happens to moist products. So this could be a design flaw. Basically this sealer is good for sealing dry items, however even with "Moist" vacuum function they advertise, this machine has very little tolerance towards wet products like meats or seafood. If the protein is marinated with liquid, failure rate is significantly increased, I'd say almost 4 bags out 5 will fail. When sealing is failed, I tried repeating the process and seal again, but the sealing power of this machine is just not adequate and will not do much even after multiple attempts. Having this product for a few weeks, I am not sure If I will be using so often, knowing the sealing function will fail with most of the moist product which I wanted to use for, the purpose of the machine is now questionable, and It is quiet bulky too! Taking quiet a bit of space on my kitchen bench. If the Goodguys allows, I will seek for return of the product and will purchase something else.
Purchased in June 2019 at The Good Guys for $150.00.
Doesn’t seal well.
Ok for dry food, but not for wet. The seal is not good, and even after multiple sealing cycles, many times the seal is not perfect. Would have been better off with a more professional product. I used the bags/rolls that were supplied with the unit. I guess you get what you pay for.
Purchased this from David Jones, thinking it was a good product for the money; however it has poor vacuum sealing ability with air still trapped inside the bag, and defiantly not worth the money. Spoke to David Jones and they basically don’t want anything to do with it, expensive mistake.
Works great plus easy to use
I got this on sale at DJ’s for $129.
I am a bit of an amateur butcher and like to make my own sausages and small goods. The vac packer works great for packaging up meal-size portions of meat, storing jerky or sliced salami and putting cuts of meat on rubs or marinades.
I also went a bit nuts when I first got it and packaged up stuff in the pantry like lentils and the millions of open spice packets..
The internal roll and cutter works really well and it’s easy to make your own pouches etc with the seal strip.
Most recently I’ve used it t...o sous-vide a brisket, and it worked out great.. The seal was rock solid and never even looked like leaking. I’d like to get some of the containers to try next, so I can do wetter marinades, or even just to keep rice fresh in the cupboard. Note that with this model the tube you need does not come with it.
Questions & Answers
Just purchased yesterday and can’t get it to work. When locked should you be able to pull the bags out. No lights come on as if there’s no power
Hi....sorry we could not even get it to vacuum seal on either machine. We bought the first one and it did not heat or vacuum seal. Took it back and got it replaced. Same issue so we took it back and got our money back. We researched and paid a bit more and bought a Livele which is brilliant and has not missed a beat
I could not get my machine to work, during my first 2 hours of use. It is a common problem. I am going to blame Sunbeam, for the quality of their documentation, ( which I have asked to fix ).
I have just done some experimenting with my 2 x VS6100 machines ; so I can answer your questions.
Place open end of a bag into the jaws of the Food Sealer. Press left and right edge of cover and you will hear a PAIR of clicking noises. BUT, there will be NO green light, left hand side, close to the 'VS6100' logo. The bag is not secure and is easily pulled out. ( I call 'first click' - line up the bag or ready to store away the machine after use. )
NOW, press even harder, on both left and right corners. There will be a second PAIR of clicks, AND the first green led will appear. GOOD, ready to go. The bag can NOT be pulled out. It is stuck for both Sealing the bag and the Vacuum & Sealing of the bag.
Another Tip : The pre-made bags are good, because they are ready to be filled and then [Vacuum & Seal]. The opening should be placed over or into the small removable green trough. I like to have heaps of spare room in the bag. This makes sure the opening is nice and flat in the jaws. I double click, to get my first green light. Then I take a moment to even out the contents, make sure there are no sharp edges in the food, nice and flat for the fridge / freezer. I also like to judge how much vacuum I want, by quickly hitting the [Seal], when I am ready.
Our VS6000 model will not open It was working fine and we are very pleased with it but when we went to use it this time it will not open as per usual . Any thoughts please
How do you turn the food saver 6100 on? It’s plugged in and turned on at the PowerPoint but nothing is happening.
I had the same problem and even took it back to the retailer....you have to push hard down on both sides so there are 2 clicks. Then the green light will come on....
Thank you so much.
What a stupid design. What’s so bad about having a switch?
I returned it as I hated the “on” (non switch)
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|Features||Removable Drip Tray and Roll Storage|
|Dimensions||130 x 200 x 400 mm|
|Cord Length||1.7 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Silver|
- MPN: 36490830 and VS6100
- GTIN13: 9311445023013
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