The Best Vacuum Sealer

The Best Vacuum Sealer

Our pick

Nesco American Harvest VS-12 Vacuum Sealer

Nesco American Harvest VS-12 Vacuum Sealer

The best vacuum sealer

This affordable vacuum sealer has the suction capability of models costing twice as much. It has multiple controls, too, so you can adjust how you seal your food.

Buying Options

$100 from Bed Bath & Beyond

The Nesco VS-12 has all the features we look for in a great vacuum sealer: powerful suction, several useful control options, an accessory port (for using attachments to seal jars or marinate meat), and the ability to create a single or double seal on bags. The Nesco also has a cancel button for stopping the machine midcycle. In contrast to some of the models we tested, the lid is easy to lock in place, so you know you’ll get a secure suction every time. We also appreciated the built-in holder for conveniently storing bag rolls and the sliding bag cutter, which quickly slices the plastic to the size you want. The 12¼-inch sealing bar provided a secure closure on bags, which has kept freezer burn to a minimum in our tests so far. The Nesco comes with two starter bag rolls, one measuring 8.7 inches by 9.85 feet and the other 11 inches by 9.85 feet.

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Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer ANVS01-US00

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer ANVS01-US00

Best for small spaces

This model is best if you don’t have space for a larger machine in your kitchen, or you plan to vacuum seal food only occasionally.

Buying Options

$80 from Best Buy
$80 from Amazon

The Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer is one of the smallest models we tested, so it’s a great option if you’re short on storage space. Its pared-down design lacks the bells and whistles of our other picks—such as an accessory port, a bag cutter, and bag storage—but the Anova still allows you to pulse and vacuum seal. Since it’s not as powerful as our main pick, we think the Anova is best for occasional use or for the sous vide hobbyist, but not for those who plan to seal meat and pantry items on the regular.

Budget pick

Nesco VS-02 Vacuum Sealer

Nesco VS-02 Vacuum Sealer

A compact vacuum sealer under $100

This vacuum sealer gives you more control options thant most models under $100.

Buying Options

$97* from Wayfair
$97 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $53.

With a low price, versatile interface, and strong suction capability, the Nesco VS-02 vacuum sealer is a steal. It gives you more control options than most models in this price range, including the option to extend the sealing time for moist foods that require a more secure closure. The Nesco performed just as well as our former runner-up, the now-discontinued Gourmia GVS435, and it has a slot to store extra bags and a sliding bag cutter, which the Gourmia did not. But the Nesco is harder to close.

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Our pick

Nesco American Harvest VS-12 Vacuum Sealer

Nesco American Harvest VS-12 Vacuum Sealer

The best vacuum sealer

This affordable vacuum sealer has the suction capability of models costing twice as much. It has multiple controls, too, so you can adjust how you seal your food.

Buying Options

$100 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Also great

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer ANVS01-US00

Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer ANVS01-US00

Best for small spaces

This model is best if you don’t have space for a larger machine in your kitchen, or you plan to vacuum seal food only occasionally.

Buying Options

$80 from Best Buy
$80 from Amazon

Budget pick

Nesco VS-02 Vacuum Sealer

Nesco VS-02 Vacuum Sealer

A compact vacuum sealer under $100

This vacuum sealer gives you more control options thant most models under $100.

Buying Options

$97* from Wayfair
$97 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $53.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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