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I'm beginning to buy hops in quantity and am wondering which Vacuum Sealer is best for the $$$ and will last.. I hate to buy something and find out it won't do the job.....

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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2013, 10:26:00 AM »
I grabbed this one when it was on sale along with some seal-a-meal plastic rolls.  If you're doing a lot of food, you might want something more full featured, but it works fine for what I want.

http://www.amazon.com/Rival-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B004JPU6XI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1370280209&sr=8-8&keywords=vacuum+sealer
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2013, 10:28:41 AM »
I grabbed this one when it was on sale along with some seal-a-meal plastic rolls.  If you're doing a lot of food, you might want something more full featured, but it works fine for what I want.

http://www.amazon.com/Rival-Vacuum-Sealer/dp/B004JPU6XI/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1370280209&sr=8-8&keywords=vacuum+sealer

How long have you had that narvin? I was looking at that a month ago but was concerned with durability.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2013, 10:34:32 AM »
I'd get the one Costco sells.  If you run into ANY problems - take it back.  With that kind of return policy and the usually great value they have, you can hardly go wrong!  (BTW, I have one of their "Foodsavers" and it works great)
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2013, 10:53:50 AM »
Go to homebrewfinds.com and check the link for vacuum sealers in the right hand sidebar, target has a basic FoodSaver on sale for about 50% off. I've got a FoodSaver and love it, for hops and more. I get my rolls and bags off eBay, same quality as the brand name and a lot cheaper.
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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2013, 10:56:53 AM »
I've had it for 2 years now.  You can buy 4 of them for the price of a fancy Foodsaver, so I wasn't too concerned about trying it out.
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2013, 12:34:24 PM »
My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2013, 12:48:48 PM »
+1 on the foodsaver
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« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2013, 12:56:00 PM »
My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.

I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever.  I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it.  One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2013, 12:56:20 PM »
+1 on the foodsaver

Yep, the middle of the road FoodSaver has worked great for us.  If your mainly doing dry goods and careful when doing wet/messy foods it works really well.  It's made well enough that if you're careful and clean it will last.  S'pose that's true of most things though. 
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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2013, 01:16:23 PM »
Another +1 for the FoodSaver.  And using it for something other than hops and grain, who knew?  ;)
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2013, 07:07:57 AM »
Thanks for the replies, will check this out...  I don't have a Costco membership, but do have a Sams and BJS Wholesale membership, will check at both of them.


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« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2013, 08:51:42 AM »
My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.

I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever.  I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it.  One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.

This is exactly what I was worried about and why I want a FoodSaver. I would rather not buy it twice. As my mom says, only rich people can afford to buy cheap things.
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Re: Vacuum Sealers? Can I get some recommendations-Need to seal hops
« Reply #14 on: June 04, 2013, 10:00:24 AM »
My Seal-a-meal by Rival promptly failed after a couple uses. I've had it's replacement (Foodsaver) for 5 years now.

I love my Foodsaver...I bought it in 1991 (or thereabouts) and have used it for both food and brewing stuff. It still pulls as good a vacuum as ever.  I've had sero issues with it. The only maintenance I've had to perform is to run an ounce or two of a warm, diluted vinegar solution through it to clean it.  One of the best appliance purchases I've ever made.

This is exactly what I was worried about and why I want a FoodSaver. I would rather not buy it twice. As my mom says, only rich people can afford to buy cheap things.

On the other hand, everything is made in China these days and a higher price doesn't necessarily mean quality.  You're going to find bad reviews for almost everything out there if you search for it.  It's cheaper for the manufacturers to offer better warranties and replace lemons than to build something that lasts.

http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-Vacuum-Sealer-SmartSeal-Technology/product-reviews/B001E42R8O/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0

http://www.amazon.com/FoodSaver-Advanced-Design-Vacuum-Sealer/product-reviews/B000F9PNF8/ref=cm_cr_dp_qt_hist_one?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0
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