Best Chamber Vacuum Sealers in 2024 – Expert’s Reviews

Have you found yourself struggling with foods going stale before you can use them all? Frustrated with squished bread or smashed chips? A chamber vacuum sealer is a must-have appliance for any home that wants to preserve foods long-term. Vacuum sealing extracts all the air from the packaging, preventing oxidation and moisture loss that causes food to decline in quality over time.

Buying Guide: When choosing a chamber vacuum sealer, consider these key factors:

  • Size of Chamber – Larger chambers allow you to seal more food at once, but take up more counter space. Measure your available area.
  • Automatic Operation – Look for easy one-touch controls for hands-free sealing. Manual pumps require more effort.
  • Roll Storage – Models with built-in storage for vacuum sealing rolls are more convenient than separate canisters.
  • Additional Accessories – Marinating and fermentation inserts add functionality for new preservation methods.
  • Warranty Length – Longer warranty periods provide better protection for your investment.

Two types of vacuum sealers

It’s important to note that there are two categories of vacuum sealers, the external kind like you see in most big box stores across the US, and chamber vacs.

The external vacuum sealers clamp around a bag and suck the air out. Chamber vacs have a cavity where you place the bag inside, and it pulls the air out of the entire chamber.

There are benefits to each, and we’ll cover those along with things like:

  • how loud they are when they’re in operation
  • how much air stays in the bag when sealing
  • size measurements
  • convenience features
  • and so much more

Best Vacuum Sealer Overall: Nesco VS 12 Deluxe

Nesco VS 12 vacuum sealer

Nesco VS 12 Deluxe Specifications

Measurement

17 x 15 x 9 inches

Weight

10 lb

Built in bag cutter

yes

Bag storage

yes

Accessory port

yes

Warranty

1 year

What we like:

  • We love that this vacuum sealer has 3 sealing modes including dry foods, moist foods, and double seal.
  • The Nesco VS 12 Deluxe offers internal storage for 1 bag roll as well as a bag cutter to give maximum customization when it comes to making your own vacuum-sealing bags.
  • We really like the locking mechanism on this vacuum sealer. It’s very clear and obvious whether it’s ready or not to create a vacuum.
  • While it’s not the smallest vacuum sealer we tested, it is still a reasonable size and weight for storage in the kitchen.

What we don’t like:

  • There is no removable drip tray so if liquid makes it past the seal bar you just have to get in there with a dishcloth and try to clean it out that way.
  • It is pretty loud when in operation.

The Nesco VS 12 Deluxe is our pick for the best vacuum sealer overall because it gets most of the jobs done quite well at an affordable price. It’s not going to be the tool you use to vacuum seal up bags of liquid, but that’s not the intended use for external vacuum sealers in the first place. For most home-kitchen vacuum sealing jobs, the Nesco is both affordable and reliable.

Best Compact Vacuum Sealer: Geryon Vacuum Sealer

Geryon vacuum sealer
 

Geryon Specifications

Measurement

14.6 x 5.67 x 3.3 inches

Weight

3.44 lb

Built in bag cutter

yes

Bag storage

no

Accessory port

yes

Warranty

2 years

What we like:

  • This unit easily disassembles the top from the bottom for easy cleanup. Since there are no electronics in the bottom half, it can be run directly under water if there is a mess.
  • It’s super lightweight and small so it’s pretty easy to find a corner of the kitchen cupboard or pantry in which to store it.
  • The price is right. At only $50, this is a super affordable vacuum sealer.

What we don’t like:

  • The Geryon vacuum sealer struggled some when sealing foods with a high moisture content. You have to watch it very closely and hit the seal button prematurely if it looks like the liquid level is going to reach the seal bar.
  • It’s loud to operate.
  • There is no place to store a bag roll.

If you live in an apartment or are just working out of a tiny kitchen, the Geryon vacuum sealer is a great fit for you. It can perform most vacuum sealing jobs just fine with proper monitoring and it won’t break the bank to get one.

Best Home Professional: VacMaster Pro360

VacMaster Pro 360 vacuum sealer
 

VacMaster Pro360 Specifications

Measurement

19.25″ x 11.5″ x 6″

Weight

16 lb

Built in bag cutter

yes

Bag storage

yes

Accessory port

yes

Warranty

1 years

What we like:

  • The clear lid is really nice. It’s helpful when monitoring the sealing process of high-moisture foods.
  • We love the double seal on this vacuum sealer. When we vacuum sealed raw chicken in a marinade we were still able to get a great seal in spite of the marinade traveling past the seal bar.
  • There is a marinade function that allows you to marinade meat in only minutes.
  • Your options of what can be vacuum sealed is practically endless with a 16″ seal bar and built in bag roll storage and bag cutter to make custom vacuum seal bags.

What we don’t like:

  • There is no lock on this vacuum sealer so you have to press down on the handle in order for the vacuum sealing process to begin.
  • There is only a 1 year warranty on this vacuum sealer.

If you want to take your home vacuum sealing to the next level, we’ve ranked the VacMaster VP 360 as the best home professional. If you do a lot of vacuum sealing, particularly of larger items, this vacuum sealer would be an excellent step up for your kitchen.

Most Versatile: VacMaster VP95

VacMaster VP95 vacuum sealer
 

VacMaster VP95 Specifications

Measurement

11” x 16” x 9”

Weight

42.5 lb

Accessory port

yes

Auto-lift lid

yes

Warranty

1 years

What we like:

  • Though we didn’t have the opportunity to test it yet since we don’t have any canisters, the fact that this chamber vac has an accessory port and can vacuum seal canisters is a standout feature in this category.
  • It has a sleek and attractive design.
  • It makes a nice secure double seal.
  • The lid auto-lifts upon completion of a vacuum sealing program. 
  • It comes with a removable incline plate for when you’re vacuum sealing bags with liquid.
  • It’s much quieter than the external vacuum sealers.
  • It does an impressive job sealing liquids.
  • To be honest, it’s super fun to watch the process through the glass lid. We have literally had guests come to our house and vacuum sealed leftovers for entertainment.

What we don’t like:

  • The manual wasn’t as helpful as we would have liked it to be. Particularly if you’re new to using chamber vacuum sealers, it may take you a little longer to figure some things out.
  • It’s really heavy. But it’s a chamber vac. So heavy is really your only option.

The VacMaster VP95 is the tech nerd of the bunch because it has such an amazing feature set. It isn’t the vacuum sealer I’d choose to process a whole deer, but for work around the kitchen and here at The Lab, it’s been the one that we reach for the most. It has an auto-lift top and countless customization options for dialing in your sealing sessions.

Best Professional: VacMaster VP230

VacMaster VP230 food vacuum sealer

VacMaster VP230 Specifications

Measurement

15.5” x 19” x 15.75”

Weight

89 lb

Accessory port

no

Auto-lift lid

yes

Warranty

1 years

What we like:

  • The VP230 makes a 12.25″ double seal. That’s a decent sized bag width and a nice secure seal.
  • The capacity of this chamber vac is pretty substantial and it comes with a removable filler plate to occupy some of the space you don’t need when your vacuum sealing needs are on the smaller side.
  • It vacuum seals liquids with ease.
  • You can completely customize the vacuum time and sealing time to the exact needs of the food you’re sealing. 

What we don’t like:

  • This thing is huge. And crazy heavy. You’ll need the right space to put it… and leave it there.
  • The price.

If I’m honest, you’re probably not going to want to purchase this vacuum sealer for your home. However, the VP 230 is the Best professional for those of you whose vacuum sealing needs are extending outside of the home into more of a restaurant or catering scenario.

It comes the closest to an industrial chamber vacuum sealer as any that we have in our testing group, and it’s big enough for any task I throw at it.

FAQs:

How long can foods last when vacuum sealed?

Properly vacuum sealed foods can maintain quality from 6 months to 5 years, depending on the specific item. Freezing extends shelf life even longer.

Can I seal liquids and wet items?

Yes, chamber vacuum sealers work great for liquids, soups, stews and marinades. They suck out air efficiently without spills. Just be sure to leave enough headspace for liquid expansion during sealing.

Conclusion

A quality chamber vacuum sealer pays for itself by eliminating food waste. Whether you want to save money or better utilize your pantry space, the models mentioned here offer reliable, long-lasting performance for all your food preservation needs. Investing in one ensures you can enjoy fresh, high-quality ingredients for much longer.

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