Reynolds 00590 Handi-Vac Vacuum-Sealing Starter Kit
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- Vacuum-sealing starter kit protects food from freezer burn and spoiling
- Compact and efficient handheld sealer operates on 6 AA batteries (included)
- Includes 3 quart-size polyethylene freezer bags with patented zipper closures and air valves
- Sealer removes air in seconds; microwave-safe bags offer convenient thawing
- Measures approximately 4 by 9-1/2 by 3-1/2 inches
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I could not be easier to use. Use a sharpie to label with bag with contents and date packed, put the food in the bag, zip the bag closed and then vacuum. You are done. No rolls, cutting, making sure that the seal area is clean or getting a bulky sealer out using it and then putting it away again.
It is less expensive to use. You can buy a carton of 17 one quart bags or 9 one gallon bags at Wal-Mart for $2.84. This works out to 17 cents per bag for the quart size and 32 cents per bag for the gallon bags. The quart FoodSaver bags list on Amazon for $19,99 for 48 or 42 cents a bag and the gallon bags list for $19.99 for 32 bags or 62 cents per bag. In other words, the FoodSaver bags cost 100% to 150% more.
The bonus for me was finding that the Reynolds Handi-Vac worked perfectly with the FoodSaver wine corks. I no longer have any reason to hold onto my old FoodSaver and will value the newly found counter space.
It's tricky to figure out the best placement for the nozzle at first, but you get the hang of it and the wand sucks air out pretty well. I love that you can seal something for the fridge, open it to pull part out, then reseal the bag like it was new. Usually green onions start to go brown after a week in the veggie drawer. I sealed some up a month ago and they still look like new, and I've even opened the bag twice to pull onions out.
It's not recommended that you seal soupy or liquidy items (I guess something you could do with a Food Saver). Also, if you're sealing meats, you have to be careful that any juices don't get near the sealing spot or it won't seal properly. If it happens, just wipe the inside of the bag dry and start over.
We've had ours for a month and every day I'm thinking of new ways to use the bags. For such a cheap price (in store price), you really can't go wrong.
I decided to give it another chance last night. It failed. It is a great concept...it just needs to be more user friendly. With the cost of the bags, I cannot accept hit or miss when I need to use the sealer. Sorry I cannot recommend this product.
I have an update. I called Reynolds last week and complained. They quickly sent me a coupon for a replacement unit. I just used the unit for the first time today. So far working as it should.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Time consuming and not worth the price..also the batteries were dead on arrival.. There is another brand that uses a manual hand pump thats faster and pulls out more air and it... Read morePublished 17 hours ago by Maurice H. Price III
This product came with batteries already installed; however, they were corroded. Once I changed the batteries and cleaned the product it worked great with the bags enclosed in the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Susan
FOLLOW UP TO NON FIVE START REVIEW. Thank you very much..... Unit had arrived with dead batteries. Seller gave partial refund, unit works excellent. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B.Duncan
I have recently bought 2 of these, the first one lasted a month or so and the second didn't work right out of the box. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Batteries were exploted upon arrival,new batteries installed, would not workPublished 1 month ago by Carolyn Ellis
I love this product! It does everything it says it can and more. It is a definite staple in our pantry!Published 2 months ago by MAHINA
Did not work. Put in new batteries. Nothing. Do not buy. Wasting your money!Published 2 months ago by Charles S. Earnshaw