A must for all kitchens
So, I read reviews on this product before replacing my old food saver. I’ve always said that a brand name does make a difference and here I agree. The Sunbeam VS7850 may be a little bulky but I feel there’s a reason for this. You can store your roll in the unit. When needed, lift the cover to bring roll to sealing line, seal then pull to desired length. Using the cutting slide, cut then removed bag and put to use. Simply followed by vacuum sealing. The use of pump takes a little getting used to. Unfortunately, the price of the bags you don’t want to make too many errors.
Overall, I found the Sunbeam food saver a better improvement to what I previously owned.
Every Kitchen Should Have One!
As a long time purchaser of Sunbeam appliances for many years, I am very thankful to be given the opportunity to test and review the FoodSaver VS7850, for Sunbeam and ProductReview.
The Sunbeam FoodSaver VS7850 is sleek and compact in design and packs a punch with versatility, easy to use features and is a must have for every kitchen.
Delivery was prompt.
The appliance & additional accessories were delivered separately.
Everything was package well from the FoodSaver appliance to the additional FoodSaver Fresh Containers and bags.
Purchased in July 2019.
Lowered my grocery bill!
I was excited to try the Foodsaver as part of the Product Review Ambassador program. Having a family to feed is no easy task - simply because I have to try to please many different tastes, find the balance between buying more fresh food than we can consume and not buying enough and having to do a grocery dash midweek, and trying to keep it healthy yet still enticing enough for little eaters.
I am often left feeling guilty and adding up the cost of waste when clearing out the fridge and realising just how much fresh food has spoiled before we ...were able to eat it, or by finding forgotten leftovers. This is where the Foodsaver has entered our lives and become a “Foodsaviour”! To test it out, I decided to do some prep ahead of time and cut up all the fresh fruit and veges that I’d purchased for the week, with the goal of having it ready for lunchboxes and after school snacks. I also did one day of meal prep and cooking for the week, and then fired up the Foodsaver. Using the Foodsaver with the Foodsaver vacuum seal containers, I was able to store beef stir fry and a chicken casserole in the fridge all week and then reheat it for dinner without it losing flavour or freshness. I used the plastic satchels and plastic wrap to store and seal up chopped fruit and veg, and I was pleasantly surprised at how beautifully it kept things like apple slices and mashed avocado. Several days on and both these items, which are notorious for going brown quickly, were still fresh and hadn’t started to spoil in the slightest. My kids are enjoying a greater variety of fresh snacks throughout the week, rather than just in the few days after a food shop, and we are utilising leftovers with confidence for meals, knowing that it truly is still fresh after a period of time being stored in the fridge. For a busy, growing family, this product has been truly life changing!
Intelligently designed kitchen helper
This is an intelligently designed device that will save time, energy and food waste and it is wonderful for the environment. The reason I have given it four stars is because the instructions are pedantic, a little confusing and difficult to follow. It took a while to work out exactly where to place the plastic roll when sealing. Green markers on the spot would make a difference. Having said that, it is a small issue because this product will truly make a difference to families of all sizes who need to store food. It has been a welcomed addition to my kitchen.
Purchased in July 2019 at Gift.
Food gets put into a time warp
I have wanted a vacuum sealer for a really long time. There are plenty on the market, but I never wanted one that didn’t have it’s own container system. The container system alone makes using this product really worthwhile. As with all my appliances I keep this out on the counter. If it’s in a cupboard it won’t get used. The plastic rolls and bags and ziplocks all help make this super easy to use. I can now make meals for my significant other and package them for when he works in remote areas. Brilliant. Home cooked meals that are fresh and con...venient make you happier when you have to work away. If you like bbqs, fishing and camping, it’s just too easy to prepare meals and food that stay fresh and uncontaminated. You can throw the pouches into an iced esky or camping fridge. Literally the best and most helpful feature in my view for the outdoors. At home I use the FoodSaver containers a lot. Fish, meat, veggies and healthy food all stay amazingly fresh in these containers. If I didn’t experience it, I wouldn’t believe it. I could not tell the difference between fresh food and the food in the containers after days. No other containers can do the same thing. Having air evacuated from food is highly superior to anything else. You can also reheat straight from the containers! Love! It’s something I want to experiment with further. There is a marinate function that I’ve used with salmon. The function is great, but the instructions are a little strange. My only gripe with the appliance. There is an extra attachment and the instructions don’t cover this off. But once you get used to it, it’s really easy. The instructions could be improved a little, but try YouTube for tips and tricks. The accessory is the reason you would pick this over other vacuum sealers. Overall I do love this appliance, but I would like to get more containers to save on single use plastic. I love the containers. Honestly, it makes life so much easier. I can actually have fresh tasting food days after being cooked. I love this vacuum sealer and will be using this religiously for camping and outdoor activities and fresh food in the home.
Purchased in July 2019.
Keep it on the counter to use every day!
There are dozens of vacuum sealers available on the market, ranging in price from as little as $30 up to over $300 (and then some). Once you've made the choice to get one, how much should you spend, and which one is the best for you? Read on and consider my views on the Sunbeam FoodSaver VS7850, the top-of-the-range from Sunbeam.
What is, and why should I be, vacuum sealing?
I've had a vacuum sealer for over seven years now, and I use it almost every day. Once you realise the many things that you do without even thinking that would be bette...
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The unit itself is light,fairly compact and feels reasonably sturdy. It’s well designed with the auto retracting accessory adapter which keeps makes storage neat. The power cord must be wound up manually in its recess underneath the body. The latch lever ensures the product can only be operated safely and integrated bag cutter works really well. Overall, a good job on design.
I live alone but buy in bulk so the Foodsaver works for me. I make bread and buy at least 5kg of flour at a time. Instead of keeping it in the fridge (live in humid Qld)...I now break it down and bag it. This frees up fridge space. I do the same for 5 Kg bags of rice which stops the rice aging. Likewise with those cheap n’ nasty 1kg blocks of cheese. I break these down into 3 portions and they are always perfectly preserved with no white bloom developing as you work through it. I also break down whole chickens and don’t get over icing or freezer burn of the meat.With whole gypsy hams I slice half and bag seal this portion, then store the other half in the Foodsaver container. I have also done this with the resealable bags. These worked really well, the seal itself is very sturdy and you feel confident the seal will be maintained. You can also dispose of the bag saving wash up when you have stored stinky items. No white mould bloom which often develops with whole hams. The resealables are also good for maximising preservation quality of cut lemons used for drinks, chillies, kaffir lime leaves etc which can then be frozen. The containers are a great idea and made of sturdy plastic. I use these for grated cheese, cut avocado, fruit salad and an ‘all in one’ container of sandwich making items. Everything is kept fresher, longer. They are a bit awkward to open though, needing a fair bit of force. Don’t see the elderly, people with arthritis and those with motor skill impairment being able to use them easily. For effective sealing you have to make sure the lid is pressed down firmly until you hear it click, otherwise the containers don’t seal. Once sealed, the seal is maintained for days. I did not experience any ‘de-sealing’. I’m not sure how durable the cable and retracting mechanism will be long term, it doesn’t feel very robust. Where the cable connects to the accessory has no reinforcing. I did a test with a halved avocado, half in the bag and the other in the container. There was no oxidation of the cut surface of the vacuumed bagged portion after 4 or 5 days until opened. Perfectly preserved! There was mild oxidation of the half in the container. It was a very ripe avo, so yes the bag has greater preservation ability than the container which is to be expected. While the unit is simple to use, the instruction manual could be better. Areas that need improvement are where to actually insert the open end of the bag for sealing. A close up of this area would help greatly or at least state in the manual to place the open end into the drip tray. Whether you are meant to stick the end here I don’t know, but didn’t seem to work if I didn’t. It’s just not clear enough for the first time user. I later noticed the tips said place just over the edge of the drip tray, this needs to be in the main body. Same goes for dismantling the accessory tool, the manual doesn’t tell you anything.
Purchased in July 2019.
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Great time and money saver ........a master appliance
For a long time now we had considered purchasing a vacuum sealer but it was always one of those appliances we would look at, yet walk out empty handed. When the opportunity arose to test the Sunbeam FoodSaver I obviously jumped at the chance.
As we buy our meat in bulk it is a great appliance to separate all the meat into meal size portions and store them in the bags in which we can make to measure from the roll provided. So goodbye freezer burn on the meat and no more throwing out meat that we can't identify anymore too.
With simple to follow ...
Purchased in June 2019.
Great food saver and time efficient wonder for pre-prepping meals
I never realized how useful this Sunbeam FoodSaver could be until I had one in my kitchen - I now consider it indispensable.
I really wish I had invested in one earlier, when getting home late from work meant that I didn't want to spend a long time preparing dinner - this is definitely the solution, in that I can pre-prep all the veges for a roast meal (at a more convenient time), enabling me to simply put the roast in the oven and add the pre-prepped veges later. Similarly, with parboiling and sealing, any meal can be cooked in far less time...
A brilliant little machine
OK so a machine like this is something that I have never considered ever owning or needing. But since I was offered to take one for a test drive and report my findings, I am now a vacuum sealer convert.
I received the machine which comes in a box supplied with a full roll 5.4 metres by 28cm wide to customise your own desired length, also 5 zip lock vac bags, and 5 pre-cut bags. I also received a box of hard containers of two different sizes, and another separate box of two 5.4m rolls for spare.
As I am unfamiliar with vac sealers and had no id...
I never knew that I needed a vacuum sealer until I owned this and now I can't live without it!
Sunbeam FoodSaver Controlled Seal VS7850 & Fresh Containers
I never knew that I needed a vacuum sealer until I owned this and now I can't live without it! For me, these are the key benefits of owning this:
- Prevent freezer burn
- Keeps my food fresher for longer, so that I am not wasting food
- Saves freezer space as it is so compact
- Great for sous vide and much better than ziploc bags (which can leak)
Purchased in July 2019.
Really easy to use, wonderful for preserving food quality if you freeze a lot
I had often fancied owning one of these but I put off buying one as I thought it might be a bit of an extravagance. So I was rapt when I was sent one to try out and review. I can now see that although they aren’t cheap, they could save you a lot of money over time. Wish I had had one earlier.
The machine is nice and solid and I was sent a variety of freezer bags and containers to use with it.
The instructions are fairly easy to follow and the machine itself is extremely easy to use. I found that mine worked beautifully, with absolutely no eff...
Purchased in July 2019.
Fantastic - must have item for the kitchen!
I’m a new mum and before getting this found it so difficult to eat healthy meals. Now I food prep and portion my food for the week using the Foodsaver. It’s so easy to use and is a really high quality product. In the long run I’ll save money because now I have zero wastage and my food is fresh and delicious, I don’t have a large freezer to stash meals so this is a great alternative. I would 100% recommend this item.
The only very minor negative which may need to be considered is storage because it’s quite a bulky item, which logically it has to be to be able to wrap larger foods/quantities but if you have very limited kitchen space and storage this is something to keep in mind. Other than this tiny point it’s absolutely brilliant. 10/10!
Very useful for freezing products, bulky but worthwhile
Very slick and modern packaging all over. Very simple to use out of the box, as my husband of course refused to read the instructions! A few trial and errors and away we went.
This is a fantastic item to help reduce food spoilage. We often buy meat in bulk and use freezer or ziplock bags to freeze individual portions, however this often leaves ice build up on the meat. Using this we tested steak, sausages and chicken breasts and none of them had any ice build up after a few weeks in the freezer! It's also so much easier to see what it's in th...e packet and I love the strip along the bag that has the space to write what's inside and the date. We used the container's to store my husband;s work lunches in the fridge and they definitely seemed to stay fresher for longer. It would be great if they were a little more affordable, as a mum to 3 it would be so good to use them for kid's lunches and be able to make them a week in advance! It definitely takes some getting used to to remember to get it out of the cupboard and use rather than just grabbing a plastic bag, but I can see us using this a lot especially for storing bulk meat in the freezer. Pro's: -That you can cut the bag to any length you like
Use it all the time and you'll save money in the long run despite a few minor gripes.
This one arrived in our kitchen at a time where we have been actively trying to cut down our food waste. It pulled up alongside another Sunbeam unit which we had received as a gift a year or so ago. Whilst we used the old unit occasionally its biggest shortcoming was the fact that it was a container and zip lock bag only unit (VS1300 model) and that it only came with one container. Additional containers aren’t cheap so, although we initially took to it with gusto, were put off when we realised the cost associated with buying enough containers a...nd zip bags. This unit resolves the issues with the bags and the containers as it comes with a roll that simply cuts and seals to the required dimensions. The rolls are long (over five metres) and the seal seems to be far superior (heat seal) than the seal offered by the bags or the containers so that was a definite step in the right direction for us. As people who generally bulk shop, our biggest areas of waste are fruit and vegetables and, more annoyingly and expensively, meat. We inevitably end up throwing out freezer burnt meat after several months; there’s always something that makes its way to the bottom of the freezer and, in time, the bin when discovered. Theoretically, the Food Saver should negate this. We packed a side of beef in the freezer with the Food Saver and it is terrific to watch. The seal is strong! You basically need to cut the plastic open with scissors or a knife. We have family members who have a similar unit and they report that the meat lasts for ages and never gets burnt so hopefully we can expect the same. If that’s the case then it will end up saving money. The replacement rolls also seem to be reasonably priced; about $40.00 for two. We continued with the roll and also tried out some vegies that are almost notorious for being almost dead on arrival; asparagus and avocado are the biggest culprits in our house. It seems that you are always throwing out asparagus with mushy spears and the other half of an avocado that goes brown the second it gets put in the fridge (cling film is useless!). Using the roll and its firm seal (be careful not to go too firm with the settings!) we managed to keep both asparagus and avocado alive and edible for days! The unit can also be used with the aforementioned zip lock bags and the Foodsaver containers. Given that we got a few extra containers with the unit to add to our existing collection of one, we decided to give the containers another go. Unlike our other unit this one seals containers with a hand held device that detaches from the side of the unit. This appeared to give a far better seal than our old stand mounted container sealer which frequently struggled to get a precise fit. We did experience some issues with the duration of the seal (i.e. the lid detaching) but think that this can be attributed to a temperature change (i.e. moving from a warm room to a cold fridge). If you already have a container in the fridge and then reseal it the seal appears to stay intact. For us I think the biggest savings will come with things like berries and supermarket lettuce mix. Both of these items are notorious for rotting rapidly. Both lasted considerably longer in the sealed containers.
Helps reduce food spoilage & wastage.
As a single person, living alone, I often find that food loses freshness before I can consume it all. This is especially the case with nuts, chips, biscuits etc. The resealable vacuum containers make keeping 'snack foods' fresh & crisp easy. Just remember to vacuum seal the container after each opening (takes only a few seconds using the 'Accessory attachment'). I have also found the resealable ziplock bags great for stopping avocados from going brown in the fridge. It is so easy to use as much as you want, put the remaining avocado back in the...bag, zip it closed & use the 'Accessory attachment' to vacuum reseal the ziplock bag. Avocados will last a few days stored this way, without going brown. Hard cheeses, preserved meats (ie. Devon, Salami, Ham etc.) can be stored the same way & vacuum sealing them stops them from going mouldy. I have always had problems with freezer burn, in the past, especially with chicken & meat. Since vacuum packing the meats, I no longer suffer freezer burn, great! This will really help my food costs, by reducing food wastage. One thing that I would like to mention, that concerns me, is the use of plastic bags. Environmental concerns are coming to our notice, more & more often, with regards to plastic waste getting into the environment & into the food chain. I suppose we need to weigh up the savings in food wastage against using plastics to store foods & what affect those plastics will have on the environment after disposal .... At the moment, I would still use ordinary freezer bags to store meats etc. so using the vacuum sealed bags instead, doesn't add too much extra plastic into the environment. Perhaps in the future, someone will invent truly biodegradeable plastics for use in storage bags etc. In the mean time, I think that the Foodsaver vacuum system is worth having for the benefits of keeping food fresher for longer & savings on food wastage.
Purchased in June 2019.
Nice to see good Design in a product
Impressed before I even saw it by the thoughtful packaging - minimalist and recyclable.
After the first use I was very happy to see clever design at work in this product, examples;
- power cord is not separate but is coiled up in its own space underneath
- the vacuum attachment used with storage containers is not an ugly afterthought but has it's own neat housing and a retractable hose
- control switch is a mechanical lever, thoughtfully located and provides for safe use (cannot be on while unlocked)
Plus the elegant looks, and the durable bui...ld of the food containers - it's obvious some thinking has gone into this. Good example of Industrial Design where people have considered how it will be used. Oh, and it seems to work pretty well too - you just fill your bags and lock the end in and press a button; all the timing is done for you. So it's one of those things you look forward to playing with.
Purchased in June 2019.
Taking care of business!
To commence, I have utilised the Foodsaver VS7850 on two rounds of shopping. I purchase a lot of green vegetables and when I come home I have a coffee or cup of tea and then take the Foodsaver unit out and take care of parcels of vegetables for the next 5 -7 days. This has led to limited to no wastage. Far more room – FAR more room – in the fridge, and just the feeling that I have taken care of business properly.
This is a largely vegetarian household so consider the review against that. If I was a big meat eater or fisherperson etc, the Foods...aver would be indispensable. The item is light and easily transportable. For apartment living it’s good to be able to store it away between uses and not need too much space for that. Easy to wipe down and keep clean. The Foodsaver containers were initially difficult to use in terms of understanding how to ensure you can tell when the item is vacuum airtight. A good video guide would assist here and I will come to that again in further comments. Suffice to say that you need to ensure you push the lid down quite hard and when you put the accessory tool on the top keep one hand on that lid. The green ‘bubble’ on the side vent will drop and become a dimple when airtight. Once I figured this out I really appreciated these containers.
Purchased in July 2019.
The gold standard in food storage.
What can I say? Having had a Sunbeam food saver in the past (Vac 430), I was expecting the same sort of thing but just a bit updated.. how WRONG I was. The VS7850 is like the Wright Brothers jumping off their first flight on the Kittyhawk and getting behind the controls of a Dreamliner.
So lets look at the detail. First it looks ultra sleek and modern and whilst the instructions can look a little daunting, once you start to use the Food Saver it all makes sense.
The range of options is only limited by your imagination and the amount of food ...you have. I would never have thought about vacuum packing toiletries for a flight had I not seen the suggestion on the box. Who would have thought? We used the food saver a number of times and the marinade option is something else, making the food even more tasty after storage. And there is definitely an entertainment value in watching the machine seal the food into varying shrunken, shaped packages. Our grandson was so fascinated, he has made an effort to learn how to use it - making it even easier for us to store our food - as HE does it for us! Cleaning the unit is a breeze and it is obvious that whoever designed the food saver has a genuine understanding of the end user and their requirements. All in all, the unit is just about perfect and I have no idea how it could ever be improved on. It will certainly be getting a work out at our place for years to come.
Purchased in July 2019.
Almost perfect but Not Quite
I have the FoodSaver from Sunbeam a week now and put it through its paces.
The machine itself is quite light and compact.
There are a few things I really like about this machine as I had another brand of food sealer, I could compare it to.
The roll being in the machine is a big plus.
The retractable hose is also a nice touch.
The cutter incorporated into the lid is also nice as the previous machine had the cutter on its own frame inside the machine which was rather flimsy.
Having the knob for sealing the lid on the side of the machine is a gre...at idea. My previous machine required a lot of pressure to push down on the lid and seal the machine for vacuum operation. This one however only requires a light turn of the knob on the side to lock the vacuum chamber in place.
Purchased in June 2019.
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Questions & Answers
Hi, I am looking at getting this machine. I will be using it to vacuum seal a lot of fish and other meats. I have a 500kg steer which I will be looking to butcher shortly and want to make sure this unit will be able to keep up. I see the GameSaver model states it can complete 50+ consecutive vacuum seals, however, I cannot see anything for this model. I would prefer the stainless steel model opposed to the plastic GameSaver as well as there isn't very many reviews on the GameSaver model. Can you please provide insight to this machine being capable to vacuum sealing consecutive bags for a period of time, or be capable of vacuum sealing a whole beast. Thank you in advance
I can't answer your question about how well it would perform to vacuum seal a whole beast as I haven't had to do that much. But I can tell you there is a suggested time lapse between seals. It is only a matter of a few seconds. I forget exactly how many, maybe 20? Would have to look it up. I think you could complete a number of seals. I did with mine. But I am not sure about 50 in a row, you might need to give it a bit of a rest so it doesn't overheat.
Thank you Sherri for your fast reply. I did see there is a 20second time between seals and I am happy with that. Just would like to know if I should be trying to find a more suited vacuum sealer or if this would suffice. Thanks again :)
Hi Dom B,
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. Our FoodSaver units are quite powerful little units, however for a whole carcass, it will take longer than usual. These units are in general 120-130W only. Best to look at a vac sealer that is more a commercial power. Kind Regards Sunbeam
What would be the longest fish /fish fillet you could do with the VS7850 and also with the game changer model?
Hi Louise James,
The wider rolls are 28 cm wide but if you go lengthways then it would not matter how long as you cut to fit.
There is also FoodSaver roll 28cm (when wound on roll)- VS0530 - Expandable. Like a gusset style that widens up to 40cm wide. for the wider catch. Check it out on www.sunbeam.com.au Hope this helps, Kind regards Sunbeam.
Hey Sunny B,
I want to grab this machine but I have concerns around the bags. Can the machine work with other bags or will it only work with your bags. where can your bags be pickup
Hey Steven, I've got this machine and I reckon it'll work with any bags the same dimension as the Foodsaver originals. I'm going to try some cheaper versions next time I need bags to see how they go.
Hi Steven H.
Thank you for contacting Sunbeam. FoodSaver bags are the only ones we recommend to use. Main reason being is the bags and other accessories are designed specifically for the FoodSaver brand units - temperature, size and pump capacity wise.
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