Seal-A-Meal VS107 Review
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The Seal-A-Meal’s VS107 is an entry level vacuum sealer designed primarily for casual vacuum sealing needs. Its lightweight feature and uncomplicated design make it perfect for a small counter-top use and busy kitchens. While the one touch operation and easy handling do make the appliance well suited to initial vacuum sealing endeavors, the VS107’s technical and conceptual flaws can get nerve-wracking from some users.
About the Seal-A-Meal VS107
The VS107 features right up there with some of the smaller models out there. Sadly, the appliance cannot function without a external power supply and therefore isn’t portable. But, we did try sealing a variety of items apart from food products, and in that respect found it quite easy to transport the vacuum sealer from one room of the house to the other.
The VS107 does not have a internal slot for housing bag roll and therefore is ideally suited to work with pre-cut vac bags. However, if you are hell bent on using bag rolls, then you could cut out the desired length using a pair of scissors and seal one of the two open ends to create a bag. The appliance requires 20-30 seconds of cool-down time between each bag.
With the package, you also receive an accessory hose and attachment module. The hose goes into the accessory port situated towards the right side of the appliance face. This can be used on specialized jar attachments for vacuum sealing mason jars or other attachments found on the lids of vacuum seal-able canisters and plastic containers.
Furthermore, when working the VS107 on a large volume of bags or canisters, you’ll need to give it a rest of 20-30 minutes after a batch of 12-20 bags otherwise it overheats the internal mechanism producing inconsistent results.
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The VS107 has a simple design and a flat bed orientation. The top face features a single button (Cancel/Open) in the middle and has two light indicators on either sides. The light on the right is the Hands Free indicator which lights up to lets you know when you remove your hands from the lid whereas the seal indicator is to the left.
The VS107 has a lid that swings up to expose the inside of the appliance. Around the outer perimeter, you’ll find the seal strip followed by vacuum port and removable drip tray as you move inwards. The lower gasket surrounds the vacuum port with a mirroring upper gasket fixed on the lid. The seal gasket clamps the neck of the plastic bag nicely against the seal strip when the lid is closed.
Ease Of Use
For all bag based operations (vacuum sealing and seal only process), the open end of the bag goes into the drip tray and is clamped shut by firmly pressing on the lid with both hands. This will automatically start the motor.
Now, we didn’t find any problems when we tried to seal 2-3 mil vac- bags of small volumes. However, with a bag of larger volume or thickness (3.5-4 mil), the machine either failed to extract all the air from the bag or created an uneven seal. Also, the hands-free light doesn’t always go off, which means that we had to hold on to the lid during the operation longer than what was needed.
Warranty And Replacements
The VS107 comes with a 1-year limited warranty from the manufacturer. You may purchase a extended warranty from a third party service provider like Square Trade, but be sure to read the T&C documents before you do so.
Parts like the rubber gasket, heat seal strip and removable drip tray can be purchased as replacements from the Seal-A-Meal website, department stores selling the products or online shopping portals like Amazon and EBay. However, actually finding one that isn’t out of stock can be quite difficult.
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Both the drip tray and the rubber gaskets need to be cleaned from time to time to ensure proper functioning of the appliance for a longer period. While the drip tray may be placed in a dishwater, the gaskets need to cleaned by hand using a wet cloth and dried properly before reattaching them into their appropriate places in the appliance.
The Seal-A-Meal VS107 is at best an appliance meant for casual use. While it performs well with smaller sized bags of lesser thickness, it fails miserably in both the vacuum creation as well as the sealing departments when larger or thicker bags are used. However, if you are a beginner with less than average sealing needs, then the VS107 proves to be a good, cheap and easy option to get a taste of the whole vacuum sealing process.