FoodSaver® V3835 Vacuum Sealer
Not what Food Savers used to be
I have been using food savers for about 25 years. The quality was such that I wore two of them out over the course of 15 years of fairly heavy use. I bought a new one to replace the old work horses ( I purchased a Professional II) and it only lasted about 3 years before the sealing unit quit working. I have since purchased a model (V3825) from Costco about a year ago. This is junk. Food saver has gone from selling a fine product to selling an item that promotes the sale of bags. The original used to use about 1/2" to 3/4" of bag material to using 1 1/2" to 2" of bag material for the sealing waste.
This machine is also very frustrating to use. The bag sensor is in a place where the bags have to be perfectly flat and smooth in order to fit into the slot.
March 13, 2012
Happy exept for...
We've used a food saver for many years. We just purchased a new model and were excited about how it looks on our counter as it matches the rest of our kitchen appliances. It functions perfectly however, the new model requires approviamtely 1" of bag every time you seal it. We use the bags to freeze as well as keeping products fresh in referigerator. We constantly open and reseal bags as needed (much better than zip lock bags). Unfortunately, the new model precludes the reuse of bags as you lose too much of the bag when resealing. Sorry to say, we are returning the unit we just purchased.
March 26, 2012
I love it
I bought my FoodSaver V3835 in June 2009. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I have never had any trouble with or while using my FoodSaver. It has worked perfectly since the day I bought it. Plus it looks ever so pretty sitting on my counter right next to my black and stainless stove. I love it.
October 22, 2011
Great Product! Great Customer Service!
I actually received this unit 2 years ago for Christmas, and it has really served me well! I never got around to writing a review on it before, but after the wonderful experience I had with the customer service from this company I had to write one. After having this unit for almost 2 years my accessory hose broke. I contacted the customer service about possibly purchasing a replacement hose for the unit. After informing me that it was not possible to replace the accessory hose, the customer services rep offered to help me send the unit in to be repaired or replaced. Even though my warranty was up they replaced my unit with a brand new unit, and the only cost to me was the shipping to ship my broken unit back! I was amazed at how fast the turn around time was for everything. All of my emails were replied to within 24 hours, they were all very friendly. I had a brand new unit delivered to me in less then 2 weeks after I sent mine back, during the Christmas season.
You've got a customer for life here!
I can't wait to get the mason jar sealing attachments now that I have a working accessory hose again!
December 26, 2011
What a delight
I had a much older version of a vacumn sealer system from Food Saver. What a delight this model is to use. No standing there holding the lid down to get a seal on the vacumn process or sealing the bag and this one stands up with a retractable hose for the containers you sell. I will start using them again. It was such a hassel to pull the old model out every time I wanted to seal a container. I almost threw them all away. So glad I kept them as this model makes it easy and is so nice looking on my counter. Thanks.
January 14, 2012
Now, can't do without it!!!
Once accustomed to using the FoodSaver, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it! It enables me to buy expensive items (such as premium meats) when on sale and freeze them without any concerns that they will be other than perfectly fresh when I defrost and use them. Fresh vegetables remain "fresh" and cheeses, etc., may be refrigerated after opening and kept for some time before reusing them and enjoying their flavor as if just bought and opened. A truly remarkable device!!! Thank you FoodSaver!!!! I have bought several for friends and family.
February 11, 2012
Why did we wait and waste all that food and money? Should have gotten this years ago! We like to buy in bulk and cook enough for lots of left overs. I tried using the regular zipper bags with very limited success. After reading all of the user reviews, especially focusing on the "negatives", we bought the V3835. We've used it 10 times and it's VERY easy to use! Yes, there's what seems like waste in sealing. However, the store bought sealed packages have about the same amount of "waste", so, to me, that's acceptable. I figure our savings buying in bulk and buying on-sale items, coupled with no lost food due to freezer burn, will more than off-set the cost of the bags due to the "waste".
Bottom line: if you're shopping for a vacuum sealer, I highly recommend the FoodSaver brand AND the V3835.
December 30, 2012
3800 series review
other than the machine leaving an inch of bag past the seal, and lack of really complete instructions when it came to things like meat that can trap air pockets at the bottom of the bag if packed too tightly, this machine is a ton better than my other ones have been, automatic operation is a breeze, the accessory setting for mason jars works so much better than the old machine - even with the old jar sealing accessory on the new machine.
I am looking forward to using this to save me a lot of money buying meats and cheeses wholesale.
Can't wait to try the marinate cycle too.
July 17, 2012