If you’re serious about stretching your food budget and adding convenience to your cooking life, a vacuum sealer can be a game-changing tool. Vacuum-sealed foods last for years in a freezer while maintaining freshness and avoiding freezer burn. This allows you to buy in bulk and meal prep for long periods of time without constantly running to the grocery store. Avoid cumbersome containers and messy zip lock bags—vacuum-sealed foods don’t take up any excess space, so you can get your freezer feeling spacious and organized.
In addition to saving you time and money, a vacuum sealer is also ideal for cooking with the sous-vide method. This is a technique in which food is vacuum-sealed and cooked in a temperature-controlled bath of water at low heat for a long time. This method allows you to cook foods evenly to a specific temperature without sacrificing moisture or flavor. Try it with steak, fish, eggs, veggies, and more. Here are some of our favorite vacuum sealers available now.
Anova Precision Vacuum Sealer
Ideal for sous-vide.
Anova makes one of the most well-respected sous-vide cookers, and their vacuum sealer is that cooker’s perfect companion. It is small in size but can handle any bag length, so you can cook for a large group at once. It is also user-friendly and has only three buttons—one to seal, one to vacuum, and a button that does both at once. This machine comes with 10 pre-cut bags, but separately purchasing the Anova Vacuum Sealer Rolls is recommended for sealing larger portions. This sealer also works well for food storage.
FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer Machine
Has handheld sealer for bags, jars, and bottles.
This vacuum sealer is versatile and easy to use. It has a “seal” button and a “vacuum and seal” button, both of which have corresponding LED lights. You can lock this sealer shut with the turn of a latch, as opposed to simply clamping the sealer down on a bag. This machine is also easy to clean because of the nifty drip tray that catches any excess juice from the ingredients you’re sealing. You can even attach a hand-held sealer to the accessory port and seal bags without attaching them to the main sealer. Purchase the FoodSaver jar-sealer separately to seal mason jars as well. The FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer conveniently comes with an 11-inch by 10-foot roll, three one quart vacuum bags, and two one gallon vacuum bags.
Mueller Vacuum Sealer Machine
Most versatile and most affordable.
The Mueller sealer gives you more options than the average vacuum sealer. It has two vacuum modes—“gentle” and “airtight.” Choose “gentle” if you’re not sealing with the purpose of freezing or cooking sous-vide style. Some foods that are poached or steamed need to retain more moisture than others, so this sealer gives you a “moist” and a “dry” option. All of these choices are made with soft buttons that have corresponding LEDs. This vacuum sealer also comes with five medium vacuum bags and one extra-long vacuum bag to get you started.