FoodSaver V3835 Review

Review of: FoodSaver V3835
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On July 21, 2013
Last modified:August 28, 2013


foodsaver V3835

Our Take:

Compact and affordable, the FoodSaver V3835 is a higher end model from the pioneers of vacuum sealing in the United States that features an all-new brain called the SmartSeal Technology. This is supposedly configured to help keep food fresh five times longer than usual storage solutions such as foil, plastic wrap, containers and zipper bags. The sealer uses multi-layer specially designed bags to remove moisture and air helping you store stuff longer. Let’s see just how effective its new brain really is.

Portability: 4/5

Compact and taller than it is broader, the FoodSaver V3835 is actually much more portable than many other larger smarter units. Yes, it needs an AC power outlet to operate but considering its size, carrying it along on roadtrips and in your RV isn’t a bad idea. Moreover, the construction is solid enough to handle a few bumps and bruises.

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Rating: 4.3/5 (1 vote cast)

Completely automated process, can seal canisters, marinate and wet seal. Taller design makes it easier to store, affordable and reliable.
Wastes a bit of bag each time, slow speed and doesn’t always read the bag.

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Functional Versatility: 5/5

Capable of sealing dry, wet stuffs, marinating and sous vide cooking, the FoodSaver V3835 carries off where its predecessor V2835 left off. This sealer in order to get maximum freshness provides various settings that operate at a different vacuum strength, heat and settings. Moist and dry food get two settings for speed letting you increase and decrease vacuum rate based on the fragility of the food. On the other hand, a rapid marinate mode lets you quickly marinate meat or fish in minutes and if you use crush free instant sealing bags then you can control the amount of air to be left inside. This is excellent for delicate food items. Finally, it comes with an accessory button and an outlet that lets you vacuum seal canisters, cans and jars.

Design: 4/5

A typical FoodSaver all-black design with a massive backend and small front slit gives the V3835 a traditional vacuum sealer design. The surface is smudge and grime free, doesn’t really dirty quick and is a breeze to clean too. As for the buttons, they are conveniently located on top and easy to read.

My only real concern is the moving motor unit inside that has to come down once the bag is detected in order to start the sealing process. In my experience, more the moving parts in an electrical device, greater is its tendency to break down.

The built-in bag storage roll compartment helps keep your bags close at hand while the LED progress indicator is a nice addition to keep you informed. In fact, it lets you know when the device is ready to accept another bag and whether it needs a quick cool down.

Ease Of Use: 5/5

The instructions from the manufacturer comes in two lines – first place the bag with food into open end of the appliance and then press the start button to automatically begin sealing process. I wanted to find out if it really was this simple, after all every sealer I have tried and tested till date needs some amount of tinkering to get it just right. I found the FoodSaver V3835 to be exactly as simple as the instructions.

A word of caution though, many reviewers have complained that it is hard to fit the bag in so that the machine reads it. In my experience, this is probably because folks try to shove the bag into the opening rather than trying to slide it into the interface from the right to the left. This is specifically mentioned in the instructions and as long as you stick to the instructions, using this vacuum sealer is a breeze. Besides, it doesn’t really waste much bag as only an inch or inch and a half is used up during the sealing process.

Warranty And Replacements: 3/5

Protected under a limited one year warranty, this vacuum sealer isn’t exactly designed to last long. Thankfully, finding replacement parts for the V3835 isn’t hard since it is a newer model from FoodSaver. The cost of procuring them from the manufacturer or a local wholesale dealer too makes it a lucrative choice compared to many other brands. As for customer support, FoodSaver isn’t the best but they are at par with plenty other brand names.

Maintenance: 5/5

Remember that the more intelligent and automated a vacuum sealer, the less maintenance it requires. This SmartSeal vacuum sealer decides the strength, duration and all other settings based on what option you select and the bag used. Moreover, with an extra wide sealing strip, it helps in reducing bag wastage and maintaining a good air-tight seal. To protect the motor and pump from liquid spills, it comes with a dishwasher safe removable drip tray that catches overflows. In short, maintaining and operating this vacuum sealer is a breeze.

Our Overall Rating: 4.3/5

The FoodSaver V3835 promises a lot many things in a tight budget and while the drop in manufacturing costs hasn’t affected its performance, the overall construction is something that might bother you. To me, it seems like a perfectly reliable investment with decent performance, automated mechanism and good dependability.

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  • 2 seal levels and 2 vacuum speeds with optional accessory port to seal canisters and jars
  • Comes with 3 quart size, 11 inch roll bags and 2 gallon sized bags.
  • Bag cutter and bag roll storage built into the unit.
  • Removable drip tray with automatic liquid detection for wet sealing.
  • Ergonomic design with LED progress indicator.
  • Taller than wider design helps save space and makes it portable.
  • Great for marination and sous vide cooking.
  • SmartSeal Technology for automatic vacuum sealing.
  • 1 year limited period warranty.

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Broken vacuum hose connection broken

Feb 25, 2014 by Allen

The black plastic nozzle at the end of the plastic vacuum hose/line separated, I,e., the hose connection in broken at the entry point of the nozzle.
Foodsaver dies not have a replacement part … Disappointing to say the least!


Jan 18, 2014 by Lisa Janisin

I have bought 3 vacuum sealers and each one is better. I vacuum seal everything from nuts, cookies, veggies, and meat. I absolutely love it.

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2 Responses to “FoodSaver V3835 Review”

  1. Bobbie Spinks says:

    Thank you SOOO much for this video demonstration! I have been looking at food vacuum units for several days now and having so much difficulty in deciding on which model or type to get. Your demonstration has shown me that I do not need to spend an arm and a leg to get the features I need to perform the tasks that I want to do with a vacuum sealer! You have probably saved me from spending $100 or more on one of the higher end models!!! You demonstrated all of these models so well, shown how simple and easy they are to use and how there is no need for all of the bells and whistles of the more expensive models. I truly appreciate that you took the time to critique these machines in a video rather than just posting a comment!!! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!

  2. Wayne Fuiten says:

    I have owned 2 of these. Easy to use, but do not expect it to last for more than 3-400 sealings.

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