FoodSaver® V3840 SmartSeal Vacuum Sealing System
Very consumer friendly
Had an issue with the vacuum plugging when we sealed crushed strawberries. After consulting with helpline we found that liquid products do better if placed upright in an unsealed bag and partially frozen to the slush-state, then sealed. Very happy with the machine - we have had 3 different models - all extremely well designed and well built. We are able to take advantage of sales and large quantity packaging at warehouses.
December 2, 2013
Wasteful use of rolls.
Honestly, the first machine is the one that I liked best. The 1200 was wonderfully compact and you barely wasted any of the bag.
With this machine, you are -required- to use about four to five spare inches just to seal it, which leaves you with a -minimum- of 2 inches on either side of the seal. The Seal is also so far back in the machine that you have zero choice but to use about 2-3 inches, rather than what they specify.
Because of the lack of manual seal function, you cannot seal a bag without this gap, even before you add the food. Also, you cannot down the middle of an empty bag to shorten the bag and then have two meals attached to each other either. You are forced to use one bag at a time, with a 1-2 in gap on both sides.
This model strikes me as being nothing more than an oversized gimmick, designed to make you go through the bags faster. (And the model is huge compared to its siblings)
(I Used my first food saver for 8 years without any of these issues; dissapointed in this new one)
December 31, 2013
This product's features are as stated.
I found the V3840 very easy to use. The convenience of the roll cutter is great.
November 28, 2013
My latest purchases were gifts because I have one and love it. Delivered on time as well. As for the food saver...there is no such thing as freezer burn. Keeping bulk items such as cereal etc is exceptional. I also have a fresh saver and bought two this Christmas for gifts. Keeps cheese fresh for weeks with no mold. Experimented with lunch meat easy close "fresh packaging" versus fresh saver. The resealable store packaging was inedible after 3 days, while the food saver lunch meat plastic container and the fresh saver bag still looked and smelled fresh after almost a week. I have almost every food saver gizmo on the market and use them everyday to keep refrigerated foods fresh. I highly recommend any food saver products! This is the best kitchen appliance investment I've ever made.
December 25, 2013
What a great product ...
I got on for my wedding and starting using it right away, seeing how good it worked I bought one for my mother and now she uses hers more than me, LOL
December 26, 2013
Best food saver I have bought....I will recommend to friends.
December 26, 2013
overall its great but can be difficult to seal bag
Our food saver wasn't working after 8 years. The new model looks fantastic. I am concerned about the retractable hose as I fear it will break. My husband is finding that sealing the bags with this model is difficult to do. In addition, my husband likes to make his own bags but hasn't even attempted to as he says it looks difficult! Maybe you put too many bells and whistles on the newer model as the old one was easy to use. I fear this one won't last 8 years.
December 29, 2013
Our food lasts even longer
I love our FoodSaver! Our food lasts longer and stays fresher. It makes harvesting our wild game go quicker and nothing gets freezer burn. We can butcher and package an elk in one afternoon and it will last us for months! We also use it to keep jerky and smoked fish longer. With a truck driver in the family we can portion out some food and the FoodSaver allows him to eat healthy while he is gone on the road.
December 29, 2013