FoodSaver® V3835 Vacuum Sealer
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
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
Great money saver
This unit is a replacement for our older professional grade unit which we had for about 6 years, using it almost daily. Before Foodsaver, I regularly threw away a lot of food from the freezer. After Foodsaver: virtually none! When it finally died, I had trouble going a week without it. This one looks great on my counter, and, although I have had it only a few weeks, I am very happy. Time will tell whether it stands up to my constant use. And, I do disagree with some other reviews that state there is about 2" of waste when sealing; my husband measured 1 1/4".....
April 24, 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
Product is hard to use and performs poorly
I have owned the Food Saver V3835 for 1 year now. I bought the vacuum sealer on a friends recommendation, since I only need a vacuum sealer to perform minor tasks every so often. I have used the vacuum sealer approximately 8 times. Form day one the product has performed poorly and was very had to get the bags to vacuum seal (I only used Food Saver bags). Of recent the product stopped vacuuming all the air out and then ceased to seal the bags at the end of the vacuuming process. I would not recommend this product due to its poor performance overall.
July 4, 2014
This product has great features
I bought my first FoodSaver machine abt 8 yrs ago and declared to my husband that unless I have a Foodsaver in operation, I would not bother to put up garden food for our freezer. I just rec'd my new one, the V3835 and love it. The machine itself senses when to vacuum and when to shut off, very easy operation. It's wonderful , also, to have the roll stored in the machine with a handy cutter. I have not used the hose for containers yet , trust it will serve the purpose . Thank you , FoodSaver , for continuing to offer such machines !
August 28, 2012
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
Wastes 3/4" bag, every single use. Adds up cost!
Too bad! Don't waste your money on a "kitchen model" as "Foodsaver Support" calls them. This series will cost you lots more in bags, than its cool look is worth. It will also cost you lots in waiting time. They tell me mine is designed this way.
Instead, spend $20.00 or so more, for one of the "Professional Series" models. The "kitchen series" burns up the bag sealing surface, after two or three consecutive bag seals. Note the number of "consecutive seals" that the model you purchase is rated for. 25 is minimal!
September 10, 2013