FoodSaver® V3431 Vacuum Sealer - The Fresh Starter Kit
Great updated replacement
I bought the 3431 to replace an old model that I'd had for years when the vacuume went and I'm pleased with this one. After a few tries, I got the hang of the new one and I really like the roll cutter. It does a nice job of making a straight cut, something I did by hand with mixed results previously. Other reviewers complained about the amount of waste on the bag end, but I don't find this excessive. I'm counting on this one keeping food as fresh as my old one did, though I've only been using it a few weeks. One complaint, the website pages don't give the dimensions of any of the models, and because I have limited storage space, I took a chance.
April 29, 2014
A Must Have!
Love my foodsaver! I have used it for many things but my favorite is homemade "Tv dinners"! I have celiac and can not have gluten, gluten free is expensive. Foodsaver has saved me so much already and I have only had it for a month. When I cook I double every recipe, plate the extra into meals, flash freeze, then vacuum seal. When I need a quick meal I have a safe cheap meal I can pop in the microwave that is actually good. The model I got is very easy to use and the canisters are great for so many things, I have had grapes in one for 3 weeks and they look like I just bought them. I just wish I could have gotten it in red to match my other counter appliances.
February 7, 2013
A Very Very Long Time Happy Customer!
Shifted our very old (early '90s) and reliable Professional Foodsaver to fishing use only and introduced our new Foodsaver to the kitchen. We use it at least 3-5 times per week and it slid into action very rapidly. Although we have zero complaints with our old unit, the new vacuum system has seemed to go through a quantum leap in performance.
Foodsaver in and of itself has saved us countless dollars by helping to prevent food spoilage, moreover it has provided us fresh caught taste from the freezer over 3 years later and fresh tasting refridgerated products 6 months after code date. Very COOL!
If you buy foods in bulk as we do, it will extend your $$'s substantially...
December 12, 2012
This is the best vacuum sealer I have had -- ever.
I have owned 4 vacuum sealers over several years now and when had to replace my last one, I went on line and researched reviews. The reviews on this one seemed to suggest it was the one I was looking for so I ordered it. It has performed to my every expectation. It has more features than before, including a moisture and gentle button and its automated suction and seal feature is much easier to use than having to position the bag and close the lid. For those penny pinching minded people, the fact that it uses slightly more plastic to seal the edges may be a negative, but for me it's worth the extra plastic to have the ease of the automated sealing process.
December 14, 2012
The V2490 food saver has a lot of flaws
I purchased the V2490 because it appeared to have a lot of advanced features compared to the older food saver which I purchased and loved, but I have noticed problems soon after the warranty was up. 1. The seal strip developed a wrinkle which interfered with sealing the bags. 2. The sealer strip is set so far back it wastes bag material. 3. The option to seal jars does not work. 4. The vacuuming power is inefficient at best. The amount I have paid on two food savers I could have purchased a commercial product. The bottom line is that I am sorry I purchased it and will not be purchasing another food saver product.
November 10, 2013
Stock up and keep it fresh
This is my third vac and seal product. The first one lasted about 1.5 years and the latch broke. The second on lasted under a year and the vac didn't vac.
This time I went for the best unit I could find. I love the appearence.. easy to keep clean. The bag cutter is wonderful to slice new bags with one swipe. The only thing I HATE is giggling the bag in and out, back and forth until the automatic sensor finally senses the bag. It takes twice as long to get the same job done compared to one with a handle. Had I know... I would have gone with one that has a manual sealer.
December 11, 2012
does the job, almost always!
I bought this to vacuum seal items i purchased that would be traveling overseas to my daughter who serves in the Peace Corps. I wanted to get as much as I could in the boxes, as to maximize the contents! It is a bit bigger than I thought, but that is really not a problem. You HAVE to leave the indicated amount of the bag roll in order for it to seal properly. The machine has directions printed right on the unit, which I love! So far, out of about 15 bags I made and sealed, only 2 have lost their seal and loosened the contents. But overall, a very worthy product, and hope to begin to use it for my soups as well!
February 11, 2014
Simple to use, great seals, LIFE CHANGING!
I'd lusted after a FoodSaver for as long as my best friend and her father wouldn't shut up about them. Finally took the plunge and bought the V3431 Fresh Starter Kit. Great way to get started, since neither my friend nor her father would EVER let me (or anyone) touch their FoodSavers. I had been worried after reading several reviews from people saying they couldn't get a good seal or had a hard time getting the FoodSaver to activate. Well, those people are doing it wrong. This thing couldn't be simpler to use, nor the instructions much clearer. I have been FoodSavering EVERYTHING—ALL OF IT—since I received my FoodSaver. I'm not sure I can stop myself...my dogs are nervous that they're next. Other reviewers have noted how great it is to have a FoodSaver in their vacation home, deer lease, yacht...I'm going to buy one for my helicopter AND my submarine! Great purchase! ¡VIVA LA FOODSAVER!
March 20, 2013