Vacupack Elite Vacuum Sealer Review

Review of: Vacupack Elite
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On July 21, 2013
Last modified:August 28, 2013


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Our Take:

Designed and made in Italy, the Vacupack Elite Vacuum Sealer is modified for sale in the United States. Modifications ensure a consistent seal with any bag, be it wet or dry with a high quality heat bar. Vacupack is a well respected brand name in the vacuum sealer world with a good 25 years of experience building quality machines. Quite naturally, it is the reliability and durability of this brand name that makes it a worthy investment. This particular model boasts of a 2 year warranty and 5 year extended service contract, which is yet unheard of in the consumer grade vacuum sealer industry.

Portability: 3/5

With the oblong crimping heating bar separated from the main unit that houses the motor and pump, it takes up a larger footprint than usual weighing at least twice an average vacuum sealer. Furthermore, since it requires AC power at all times, the Vacupack Elite Vacuum Sealer isn’t exactly a portable unit. At best it can be used in RVs and the likes but don’t expect to take it along on road trips or other places. This is a heavy and bulky sealer designed for prosumer use.

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Functional Versatility: 5/5

Some have complained that it is slow, big and heavy that works well only when the heating slab is pushed down. However, one needs to understand that it is highly versatile in its functioning and hence needs a bit of time to achieve its miraculous feat. To start with, it accepts both wet and dry bags because of the unique design of the crimping heat bar that works perfect on the first attempt to seal wet bags. Together, the motor and pump manage a good 26 to 27 hg pressure and work with any kind of textured bag and since the sealer uses a soft jaw, it is very bag friendly. In short, this sealer accepts all bag materials and so you, the consumer, can decide what type, size and kind to use. Additionally, it comes with Vacupack Sous Vide bags specially designed in Italy.

This sealer also works well with jars and containers using the vacuum port and external vacuum hose. As for the exact type of bags to use, 4 mil and 3 mil standard textured bag rolls work fine. You can also use precut sizes regardless of its dimensions.

Design: 5/5

Inspired by Chamber vacuum sealers used in professional kitchens, the Vacupack Elite vacuum sealer uses a two part design with the major weight taken up by the motor and pump housing that also holds the controls and a connected front end that houses the sealing heat bars. The entire unit is enclosed in a sleek stainless steel exterior, which resists dust and grime accumulation and maintains its appeal for the entire 5 years of its service contract, plus more.

Furthermore, the heat seals measure around 12.5 inches over the face of the machine and it uses Italian grade piston pumps with a moisture filter between the sealing bar and the motor/pump housing to help keep the motor dry even when sealing wet items.

Because of the division of space between the heating bar and the motor unit, some would say that this is a chamber sealer but I classify it as an external sealer simply because it keeps most of the bag outside with just the head securely positioned under the heating bar.

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Rating: 4.7/5 (1 vote cast)

Capable of handling 50 bags per hour, taking many different bag brands, operating on auto mode and sealing canister. It is a versatile and functional sealer.
Long cooling time and large footprint. Not the most portable of designs.

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Ease Of Use: 5/5

Some might say that the Vacupack Elite is a obnoxiously slow machine and needs a bit of pressure on top but I did not find such complications with this vacuum sealer. If anything, it is actually one of the easiest external sealers to use. All you have to do is protect against jagged edges when sealing anything that may puncture the bags by using a paper bag first and place the mouth of the vacuum bag inside the crimping heat bar. Choose the option from the six available choices based on whether you are sealing wet or dry products and the capacity, press start and wait for the sealing to finish. It is that simple.

I have managed to seal around 40 bags per session after which, the unit gets hot and needs a good 10 minutes cool down time. This translates to about 50 bags per hour, which in my books is obscenely fast!

Warranty And Replacements: 5/5

A first in the consumer vacuum sealer industry, Vacupack Elite comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty that covers every possible kind of defect and a 5 year service contract that gives you, the user, peace of mind knowing that any damage will be taken care off with the only extra investment being spare parts.

Maintenance: 5/5

Maintaining this little beauty is easy. After the device cools down, make sure to wipe the crimping heat bar clean and free of any liquid deposits. That is all you need to take care of. And if you don’t over fill bags with wet stuff, this sealer should last a lifetime.

Our Overall Rating: 4.7/5

The Vacupack Elite is a prosumer grade vacuum sealer designed to handle wet, dry and canister sealing. With an ergonomic and durable design, excellent performance and high functionality this is a sealer that you can depend on. In short, if your freezer holds a lot of vacuum bags, if you prefer vacuum sealing anything and everything then this sealer is made exclusively for you. Although, it isn’t commercial grade, one could use it for the same.

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  • Automatic operation.
  • Separate crimping heat bar and motor unit.
  • Can handle both wet and dry sealing jobs.
  • Designed exclusively for US markets in Italy.
  • External sealing attachment works with wide mouthed and narrow mouthed canister sealing tubes.
  • Great for marination and sous vide cooking.
  • Stainless steel construction with low maintenance.
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty with 5 year service contract.

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7 Responses to “Vacupack Elite Vacuum Sealer Review”

  1. Norman Farrar says:

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  2. Kathleen B says:

    We have the following questions regarding the Vac Pack Elite sealer.

    1. What is the weight of the Unit?
    2. What is the wattage of the unit?
    3. Is it a single or double piston?
    4. Where do you buy the bags?
    5. What is the cost?
    6. Does it have a drip tray, and if not, does the liquid from wet meat get sucked into the seal?

    • Gean Smith says:

      The VacUpack Elite, I don’t think you will find it under Vac Pack.
      1) Mine unit weights about 12 pounds
      2) 5 watts
      3) It is a single piston as it is only 12 inches wide. We had a double piston in our Pro2300 but that is a huge machine, I am sure that is why they have 2 pistons in that unit.
      Our Vacupack Elite sucks the bags much harder than our Pro2300 ever did. I don’t think a double piston is a selling point for any unit unless it is really big.
      4) We buy bags anywhere they sell them. We have never had a bag not suck or seal with our Elite. But we do like the bags we got from VacUpack the best.
      5) We paid about $650.00 for ours. But that was in 2009 so I am sure they are more by now.
      6) The liquid gets sucked into the seal with any unit we have ever used. What we like about the VacUpack Elite is it actually seals the bag. We do not have to cut open the bag, clean it out and start over. We also do not have to put paper towels in the bag. It has a place where any excess water goes and it has a water jar on the side. We have never gotten water in that jar, but were told it protects the pump and motor. Our Pro2300 burned out when we did get just a minor bit of water into the pump. It was almost nothing but it ruined the unit.
      Our VacUpack Elite is much better protected from water in our experience.

      We say it is worth the few extra bucks to buy this unit the quality difference is obvious when you have owned it a few years. We have yet to have any unit built in China last over about 2 years. They all start out great but they quickly die from one thing or another. Our Elite just has not done this and just keeps going. Hope this helps you we love ours.

  3. Gean Smith says:

    The VacUpack Elite is the best unit we have ever used. We have NEVER had a bad seal with this unit. The heat bar is very different than any other vacuum sealer we have owned. The juice from beef or chicken on all our other units kept the bag from sealing. Our Vacupack Elite seals it every time without fail on any bag we have ever used. We have tried many different bags and they all work but we do like the bags that came with it the best.
    We disagree the 3 star portability star. Our unit only weights 12 lbs and is quite small compared to the oversized Pro2300 we had, which only last 2 years.
    We also use it in our RV and carry it into our home on every trip. My husband built a box to take it with him in the over head compartment on the plane, on his Alaska trip last year. We would give it a 5 star on all categories.

    It was worth every penny and had paid for it’s self many times over. We have had it since 2009 and still works perfect. Even that old it still looks good. All the other units we have had in this time or before have all been thrown out. We believe there really is superior quality from the Italian manufactures verses the China factories of all the others on the market.

  4. Mez says:

    I see the jar sealer attachment, so I assume it has a vacuum hose. Is it built in or separate? I would like a full demo to show the attachments, as well. I’ve used FoodSavers for more years than I can count. Another one just died on me. I want a quality sealer that is easy to use and will last a long time.

  5. Jeff Bennett says:

    The best portable unit I have ever bought. As the owner of a personal Chef company we take our Vacupack Elite with us to private homes. My crew and I cook meals and vacuum seal them for our clients. This unit is the only small unit “not chamber” that we have found that seals the bag when it is partially wet. I say partially wet as it is not capable of sealing soup or extreme liquid meals if not frozen. If we need to seal soups we cook those meals first then quickly cool and par-freeze. We can vacuum seal them before we leave 80% frozen successfully. At that point our clients only need to drop the SousVide bags into boiling water to reheat. This is a key point in our business the SousVide bags from Vacupack.

    It is really quite amazing how much better this unit vacuums and seals than the other vacuum sealers we have purchased at the typical retail stores. We have owned 2 of them since 2011 and 2012 and they both are still in excellent condition. We are also very careful, clean and professional with our equipment.

  6. Patty says:

    I have read reviews. Looks great. But I do hae some questions. How long does it take to cool down after 50 bags? I
    Reviews say it’s slow. How slow compared to other brands?

    Thank you?


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