Best Vacuum Sealer Bags Reviewed including Where to Buy
Today we’re focusing on something every vacuum sealer user will have to come across at some point; choosing bags. Bags (or rolls) are what a sealer uses to contain your food, and each have their own pros and cons in terms of how they are designed, how durable they are, whether they are reusable or not. The best way to choose is to look through the features of each, consider the cost and make an informed decision. We’ve put together this guide to help you to work out the very best for your own vacuum sealing needs.
It is worth stating at the start that some sealers are designed only to use certain bags, and if this is the case then you need to consult with the documents the manufacturer provided, it will usually say on the box or in the manual whether you can use compatible vacuum sealer bags or even rolls, but it is also worth looking online at whether people are mixing and matching with their own sealers. You need to make sure you have this compatibility, unfortunately we can’t just walk into a store and pick up any old bags.
What to Look For in the Best Vacuum Sealer Bags – The Considerations
Before looking at some models, we’re going to have a look at what you need to consider when it comes to buying bags.
- Branded or compatible. Most vacuum sealers have their own bags or rolls which you can buy, these will be branded as foodsaver, nesco or whatever brand your vacuum sealer is. They’re pretty safe to buy and use but the price can also add up and many people think you’re just paying for the name. There are many compatible bags and rolls out there which will work just as well with your foodsaver vacuum sealing machine, and cost a lot less money. A good method to work out whether they will work for you is to scan through the reviews on amazon which will tell you more about how people are using their sealer bags and whether compatible models are reliable.
- Rolls or Bags. This is a big one and will depend largely on your model of sealer. Some will let you use either but this is not common, so your choice comes at the point of buying a vacuum sealer. With bags, you’re restricted to exact sizes, but the process is arguably a bit easier.
- Thickness and durability. This comes down to the quality of manufacture and is something to look at on individual reviews. It will also affect how easy it is to seal certain types of foods.
- Reusable? This is an ongoing cause for debate and is something to consider. If you buy a vacuum sealer bag which is reusable, it may set you back to start with but it may in the long term save you a lot of money. I would add to that though that it will also mean more effort as cleaning out the bags after use can be tough, especially if they’ve been used to vacuum seal liquids or for frozen food.
- Sizes. The chances are you’re going to want to seal things of different sizes, especially if it is being used in a kitchen which is lively and therefore the sealer is going to be regularly used, this can be a commercial kitchen or a home kitchen. The size of bag you’re going to need to save a big batch of a meal is going to be different to if you’re just saving a small piece of expensive, quality steak or fish. Thinking about what you’re going to be using it for will lead you to an answer about what size of bags you need. Some sealers will allow you to use different sizes, but for the most flexibility, you’re going to want to use rolls which allow you to cut to size.
Reviews of the Best Vacuum Sealer Bags (and Rolls)
Instead of going through their whole range, I’m going to recommend a brand of manufacturers for vacuum sealers. FoodVacBags manufacture a range of sealer bags and rolls with a lot of compatibility. They are, as you would expect, BPA free and safe, but they’re also flexible and come in a variety of sizes you can use to seal food! The reviews of their products show you what you need to know, with the vast majority of users reporting no problems at all and using their bags with a wide variety of sealers from all different brands and models.
Best FoodSaver Bags and Rolls
FoodSaver are a prolific manufacturer of vacuum sealers, in fact I don’t think there are a rival who even come close to the amount of sealer models they have on the market. It follows that they have exceptional quality vacuum sealer accessories and consumables, and their bags are excellent. They are ‘simmer and microwave safe’ which means they are probably the best vacuum sealer bags for sous vide cooking and allow you to submerge them after sealing and cook within their bag. The reviews on Amazon and elsewhere show how highly regarded these are, and the vast majority of the reviews are 5 star. Are there any downsides? Well, these aren’t the cheapest models on the market and using compatible bags is undeniably cheaper. FoodSaver do not recommend it and even claim their own bags are the only ones which you can safely use (this is up for debate).
The point is that these are wonderfully good quality and durable bags which are designed to work seamlessly with the vacuum sealers made by FoodSaver.
The above tips are designed to make choosing bags for your sealer easier, as well as recommending some models for you to try out, but the decision is often down to the individual vacuum sealer you have bought, and whether you want to use unbranded bags or rolls or you want to stick with the manufacturer, spending more in the process but playing it ‘safe’.
Vacuum Sealers have revolutionized the way many kitchens are run and can save you a lot of time and money, but without using good quality bags then the effectiveness is going to be compromized.