FoodSaver V2440 Advanced Design Vacuum-Packaging System, White
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- Home vacuum-packaging system vacuums, seals, and shuts off automatically with a single touch
- Variable speeds; food-specific settings; CrushFree Instant Seal; sealing strip with nonstick coating
- Full-sized vacuum channel catches overflow liquids and fits any size FoodSaver bag; indicator lights
- Dishwasher-safe antibacterial drip tray, bag material, accessory hose, and instructions included
- Measures 16-3/4 by 9-3/4 by 4-1/2 inches
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One problem I've read about with the Foodsaver is the canisters leaking. I've decided that most likely this is not really a leak. Whenever it seems like my canisters won't vacuum properly, I check the lights to see if they are cycling properly. If not, I first unplug the hose and then reinsert, switching the ends. I don't know if the switching is the thing that makes it work or I'm just making a better seal when I do this but it usually that takes care of the problem. If that doesn't work, I wipe the seal and the rim of the canister with a damp cloth to make sure nothing is on it that will interfere with the vacuum. I've not had a "leak" since.
Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, it's easy to waste money on food. Usually, we have to buy too much which ends up spoiling or in small portions which is too expensive. Now, we can buy family portions and vacuum the leftovers for later. I use this on lettuce (keeps it two weeks with no brown spots or wilting), bread, fresh fruit & vegetables, nuts, meat, leftovers, and more. It's well worth the money!
The only problem is that on the "Dry" food setting it doesn't seal the bag well enough to hold the vacuum, regardless of what kind of food is in it. But "Dry" is the default setting, so you have to remember to press the "Moist" button before every seal on every bag. It adds an unnecessary step to an otherwise flawless process.
I don't understand why they even have those two settings. The only difference is in the amount of time heat is applied to seal the bag, and it seems like you'd always want the best seal you can get. If "Moist" were the default setting--or if "Dry" weren't even an option--I'd have given this product five stars enthusiastically. Even so, it's the best kitchen appliance I've come across in many years, and I don't see how I managed so long without it.
About 3 years ago, I had to replace it. The only Foodsaver vacuum sealers I could find were automatic w/ dry & moist settings. The system would seal manually, but not vacuum manually. For about the first 6 months, the Foodsaver model worked pretty well, which ws good because it gave me a chance to 'adjust' to the new system. Since then, it's been unreliable. The heating, sealing strip works sometimes and sometimes not. The vacuum does the same. Turning the Foodsaver off doesn't reset it. Whether it works properly is the luck of the draw, and can change from bag to bag.
I am now looking for my 3rd vacuum sealer. Based on my experience with my first 'manual' Foodsaver, I WOULD give a manual model a try...if I could find one. But, I can't. I WON'T pay for the new models' bells and whistles, so called improvements that: 1. I don't need, and 2. don't function reliably. I will be purchasing another manufacturer's model.
For comparison purposes: I cook large batches of food about twice a year. I vacuum and seal family sized (4 person) servings that I can heat up and serve quickly. I want my family to sit down and have meal-time together AND not always be eating unhealthy fast food. My Foodsaver doesn't get worked to death everyday or even every week.
I have abudant food supplies for a pet parrot and two rodents: a chinchilla and a hamster. Without the Foodsaver I don't believe I could care for them all as the problem of food storage would be too difficult. As for humans, it saves having to throw out so much food because of fear it is no longer good.
The problem, expressed by many on the web, is of the leaking canisters. I worked on this problem for years before finding the solutions. The company (Tilia, which just sold to another company - Jarden Consumer Solutions) representative told me to take out the rubber liner of the lid, soak it in warm water for 10 minutes, let air dry, resoak it and air dry again. Then of course put it back in the lid. This does work most of the time on the smoke colored canisters, which are called "Bulk Storage Canisters". But not all of the time, and I do not remove the rubber linings from the Designer Canisters (clear with white lids). They are too difficult to fit back properly.
The other important thing which I discovered on my own is timing. Set the smoke colored canisters (Bulk Storage) on the Sealing Adjustment Switch number "2." Only set the clear canisters with white tops (Designer) on the Sealing Adjustment Switch number "1".
Since discovering these solutions, I have never had another problem. I used to throw out canisters and lids frequently, being quite angry with Tilia for having been ripped off, as they are not inexpensive.
I don't know how I ever managed my kitchen without the Foodsaver. I would never wish to be without it again. It would be a true hardship.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have saved soooo much money vacuum packing food and buying in bulk. Have been a Foodsaver fan for Years. Works perfectly and well worth the moneyPublished 5 months ago by Don in OH
i bought this at a yard sale about 3 yrs ago for 20 bucks and had nothing but good luck with it and got my money out of it already... Read morePublished 13 months ago by nate fraker
I really like this FoodSaver and do not like giving it only a 3 star rating. First, the appliance was delivered with a broken air hose fitting inside the top lid. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Chic
I have owned 2 of these Foodsavers and this model seems to work the best. It doesn't take up much counter space so it's always available for use. Read morePublished on December 7, 2013 by StephG
This is way better than sucking the air out of a baggie myself. We have had the unit for almost 2 years. Just now getting around to write a review on it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Bobby Knox
Excellent device, would be nice if it wasn't quite as expensive to buy and use. Works well to seal food for long term, and minimizes space used in refrigerator. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by D. Squires
AMAZING PRODUCT - the one I bought was used - not in original box, but in Like New Condition from a reputable seller. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by Saul Friedman