The FoodSaver® FreshSaver® Handheld Vacuum Sealing System
Product is not consistent
I purchased one of these and absolutely love it. Then I decided to purchase a second one for use at my cabin. Unfortunately the second one does not work as good as the first one and doesn't really give a good seal at all. I have tried both of them on the same thing and the first one is three times better in power and seal than the second one. Of course I threw away the box so can't even return it.
October 3, 2015
Battery too good???
I've had the red handheld over a year. Use it about 1 - 2 times/week. It was beginning to lose power. So, I thought, time to pop in some new batteries. What? It's rechargeable? Where's the cord? Somewhere during early ownership, I must have said to myself, this is too much clutter on the counter, and put the cord away. The battery was a little too good, because it took too long (is that possible?) to need a recharge for me to remember what that cord was for. Yeah, I know it's my fault. But apparently, during one of our, 'what's this recharger for?', it was tossed. I'm guessing there was no 'freshsaver' text or logo on the charger. Anyway, can I get a replacement charger?
June 20, 2015
Vacuum pump is almost useless
I have bought two hand held battery powered vacuum pumps. I realized the first was defective since a full day's charge would only last one or two bags. I bought a second pump which was no better than the first. It takes at least 12 hours to charge enough for a few bags.
Conclusion: either the other glowing reports are faked or I have purchased two defective units from different stores. At $14 a unit I am almost tempted to try another - after all I've got a lot of bags that are not good for anything else.
And BTW the pump will lose a full 24 hr charge overnight.
Why do they need to be battery powered? The concept seems to be OK except for the poorly designed and/or manufactured pumps.
September 10, 2015
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
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
Love this gadget!!
So handy to keep in kitchen. Keeps anything leftover fresher, especially lunch meats. My tomatoes even last longer!
October 2, 2015
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