The FoodSaver® FreshSaver® Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
Enjoying its simplicity.
I bought the hand-held vacuum system recently after using the regular vacuum system for years and am thoroughly enjoying it. The product is very simple to use for cold cuts I place in the refrigerator and use frequently. I primarily use canisters and an oblong-shaped attachment to the hose. Sometimes I use special bags and don't need the attachment for the hose.
I use my regular vacuum system when I freeze a number of smaller portions from large cuts of food (i.e. Costco's large sized portions) and it is wonderful. I use bags that can be cut to the needed size and I can seal and vacuum both dry and wet products as needed. I love these products and don't know how I survived without them.
February 13, 2014
We bought this and although it does a fairly good job, after several months the battery life is so poor that you almost have to recharge it after each use.
One great thing about the hand sealer and bag systems is that if there is any liquid in the bag, it will still seal because the water goes into the little cup and so the seal is perfect. Unlike the regular counter sealer which will not seal if water is sucked beyond the sealing wire.
Important: the bags for this product are not made for freezing. However, you can use packing tape over the sealing area to ensure that the seal stays in place. Otherwise, the little square where you place the hand sealer to the bag falls off and the seal is no longer of use.
July 1, 2014
Does it's job well!
After reading some of the other reviews, I decided to write one also. I am a 59 year old man and I have owned this product for 2 years, and have had no issues at all with it. The name "FreshSaver" should be an indication that this is meant for items that only require refrigeration. If you read the booklet that comes with it, it will tell you the bags are not to be put in the freezer or in boiling water. (They make another appliance for that)
I loved using this for things like cheese, vegetables, lunch meat (the small plastic containers worked really well) and leftovers that would be used in the next few days. I never had any problems with the unit not keeping a charge or removing the air from the bags or plastic tubs. Overall, I was very pleased with it, and the price was excellent.
July 18, 2014
Wish product worked better
I bought the handheld food saver and it looked,seemed,and sounded amazing. Problem is that the little tabs where the sealer connects to falls off in the freezer 7 out of 10 times. I have also had to re vacuum the bags that still have them attached and even after I do this ,sometimes they hold air and sometimes they still do not. I hope they can fix this flaw cause when they work, they are great! Problem is when they don't, its quite expensive when u have to keep throwing bags out and using new ones. I think its about $9 for about 18/ 1Qt. bags.
December 3, 2013
Was great for a couple of months..
After a couple of months it will no longer hold a charge for more than 3 days sitting idle and it takes about half a day for it to fully charge. It needs to be recharged after a few bags are done. The suction power has lost its oomph. I was really excited about owning this but now I'm just flat out frustrated.
March 6, 2014
Excellent for preserving cold cuts, cheeses, diced vegetables, etc. Only a slight criticism that it needs some base to stand as I leave mine on the counter for quick access.
December 5, 2013
Refrigerator bags and pump
I had a hard time and never did get all the air out of the bag. If it was easier to use, I may like it, but it takes to much to use it.
December 29, 2013
Keeps dying! Not even a year old!
I have two of these little handheld sealers, one which I bought and one that i won! I've had them both under a year, will charge them for 3 days straight before I know that I am going to use them and I'm really lucky if I can get it to seal 2 1/2 bags! So sad, I really love this product and the idea of sealing and saving my food and making it last longer! I'm just now unsure as to putting more money into a bigger one more expensive one!
July 24, 2014