Great product and easy to use. Love the roll storage, and the pulse feature for fruits. Recommend this product highly.
I have fought numerous food saver vacuum sealers in the past and was tired of buying a new one every few years and still having them not work consistently. The vacmaster is a high quality vacuum sealer for the money and has lots of convenient features like auto lock and the vacuum and seal time adjustments. The only reason i gave it four stars over five is that it is kind of bulky and the black tape over the sealing strip really looks like it is supposed to come off, which is exactly what i did right out of the box. I called vacmaster and they shipped me new tape immediately, so no real issues at all. They said it is a common mistake and were working on gluing the tape better. We will see how it holds up over time but knowing i can replace parts instead of having to buy a new unit is a good feeling.
Here are the specifications for the VACMASTER PRO260 Suction Vacuum Sealer:
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- A double seal on each bag ensures a complete and lasting seal that keeps your food fresh up to five times longer.
- Perfect for preserving and organizing food and non-food items, so you can free up space in your freezer, refrigerator and cupboards.
- Saves you money by reducing spoilage and prolonging shelf storage life.
- Roll dispensing system holds two bag rolls simultaneously (one 8″ and one 11.5″) with a two-way built-in roll cutter
- Marinating option is perfect for infusing your food with flavor.
The vacuum sealer performed very well, right out of the box. The one disappointing thing is the noise. It was advertised as very quite, in fact it is louder than my previous foodsaver sealer.
When we unpacked this vacmaster pro 260 we were impressed with the design and the set up. Then we decided to use it for sealing a test package. It went through all the gyrations of closure, but it did not take the air out of the package. We called their customer service number, someone answered after two rings. Then i was told the person in the shop would get on the phone and in about a minute he was there. It was a pleasure to understand his speaking. He asked me if i had used sealers before and i told him yes we had a competitor brand which had stopped working. We want to upgrade and were disappointed.
Reviews from purchasers :
- Excellent product for storage vacuum sealing
- and reviews on this PRO260 were excellent. The previous brand ran 50/50
- Happy so far
I bought the pro 130 ( the then current model) in july, 2012 and used it maybe 15 time and the heat seal bar went out this month. Vacmaster considers this a consumable ( not set out in warranty) so you have to buy the part and install it your self. Installing is easy, and the part cost about $30 with shipping. You cannot use the seal feature without the vacumn running so you have to freeze liquids first. When you are sealing light things like flour you have to put it in a plastic bag before inserting into the seal bag or the product will get sucked into the machine. I tried placing a paper towel in the seal bag to block the flour, but that did not work.
This was a replacement for an old, seldom used sealer, and i much prefer this one and have used it more often. The machine is weighty, and i don’t care much for the roll holder, but it functions as expected. Like all good sealers, it’s quite fussy until you get the bag in straight, which is good since if it seals anyway, it defeats the purpose.
I’ve had 3 or 4 vacuum sealers (another brand), before the vacmaster. None worked as well as this. I did a lot of research before purchase, and reviews on this pro260 were excellent. The previous brand ran 50/50. Some liked them, some didn’t. I wanted an better unit, because last fall i harvested a large moose, and the unit i had would not handle the processing. It wouldn’t remove all of the air, and i feared freezer burn. When i received this unit, i redid my earlier moose, and a pig. This vacmaster did an excellent job. All air was removed, and i completed sealing both the moose & pig, in 1/4 the time it took previously, just to do the moose.
So i am going to elaborate on few different areas with this sealer. I have used food saver and have also owned ziploc sealer n both of those are well known name so would think ‘geez they should work pretty good’ well think again cause everyone i have used lacks my purpose of use with that being said i took a gamble on the vacmaster pro260. . Right out of the box it felt as if i already made the right choice by feel and weight alone. So plugged it in turned it on and a little whisp sound was being made so figured ok it takes a little time to warm everything but no i was wrong it is an internal cooling fan that keeps it from overheating. Started going thru my freezer to try this thing out before i tackled a big job with it. So i cut a bag n sealed the one end which worked ok. . So i vacuumed the item n vacuumed n sealed amazing. So i tried another item which didnt go so well. Which leads me to what ppl have complained about. I sealed the one end n it dint work worth a damn. So i started playing with it some more n figured out that once you push the seal button you need to hold the lid down with couple fingers until the lid gets sucked down by the machine which is an awsome feature. . It tightens right down on that bag hard. So i tried another one without holding lid n same problem occured it didnt seal hardly at all. So what i am getting at is hold the lid down when doing just a seal for couple seconds till the machine takes over n it worked flawless everytime.
I had bought the costco foodsaver bundle a little over a year ago, but from the very beginning i was disappointed with the strength of the vacuum. I smoke a lot of meat and would find that the foodsaver would not fully remove all of the air from the bag. One great thing about costco is that they took back the foodsaver and gave me a full refund. The vacmaster pro260 came recommended from a number of forums i routinely visit and decided to give it a try. On the first few attempts i noted that by using the automated “vacuum” setting it would not always remove the air, similar to the foodsaver. But when i switched to the pulse setting, it removed all of the air from the bag. I sealed 15 lbs worth of meat without having to let the unit cool down between bags and i was impressed at the tight seal and zero air pockets within the bag. I also like the fact that the vacuum runs during the sealing process. I know others don’t like this feature, but there are times when you don’t get a good seal, if say a food particle is sucked up between the heat sealing bar. I can add a double seal to the bag and it will remove any excess air that may have flowed back into the bag.
I have had just food saver machines in the past and the vacmaster is much better. First the hands free operation is a big improvement over the food saver machine and the auto vac or seal process is also more full proof than a manual process. The bag cutting on the vacmaster is where i would rate my food saver machine better. However any one that uses a vac packer a lot like we do will find they like this machine much better than their old ones.
I’ve had several vacuum sealers and this is the best one yet.
I have used it a lot and has worked great. It is a little bit louder than others. I would recommend to others.
I’ve been using a ‘food saver’ vac sealer for over a decade and the last one i had purchased never really worked well. Thanks to a tip off from a co-worker i was turned on to this wonderful product. It works flawlessly and the marinating setting is a wonderful bonus.
I absolute love this machine.
Sounds and feels kind of cheap. Very lite weight and cheap looking compared to the foodsaver brand. Hopefully, it will not breakdown like the foodsaver’s do.
I have had mine for about a year now after looking for something better than my foodsaver. But now, i am noticing things i froze 3 months ago are developing freezer burn. . So time to look for something better.
I read several reviews about the heat strip overheating and smoke coming from it. I don’t know if they peeled off the black tape that protected the heat bar or not. I use mine often and i give aprox 5 minutes in-between each seal or vac & seal cycle. I know this is not for soups but, i placed left over soup in the bag and did a seal only. By two weeks later, the soup tasted just the same as the first day i cooked it. I like to dry my own herbs and blend some of them to a fine powder. The powder did start to rises up but, then i used the pulse feature and was able to vac out 95% of the air then seal. I will test the herbs out in 6 months to check for freshness. I did put an oxy absorber so that should help. I understand what it is meant by ‘trial & error’ at times i couldn’t get the bag to seal all the way across because the bag became wet or food residue.
I have been using this since i got it in. The first day i got it in i put up 50 lbs of catfish and it worked like a charm. Since them i have been putting up vegetables out of the garden and it has performed good so far.
My husband and i have used this to make the tiniest of bags such as vitamin packs. It worked for many hours continuously and without fail. It arrived on time and in great condition.
It is ok but it took a lot of fussing around for it to work properly. Vacuum did not work with out me physically holding the lid down.