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Rival Vacuum Sealer

by Rival
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Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds
  • ASIN: B004JPU6XI
  • Item model number: FSFGSL0100-015
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,286 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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313 of 318 people found the following review helpful By goosedude on February 12, 2011
For years I have craved a FOODSAVER or SEAL-A-MEAL or other vacuum sealing products but I just couldn't swallow the expense of the large units available. I liked the variety of uses and containers available but I really just needed a unit to every once in a while seal gallon and quart size bags.

For years I used ZIPLOC's hand pump vacuum bags (Bags = difficult to find, expensive and the seals didn't last) and Reynold's hand held motorized vacuum system (Too much trial and error to get the pump positioned to start vacuuming...and the line was ultimately discontinued).

Recently purchased the Handheld FoodSaver model as a present for Xmas and contemplated getting one for myself when lo & behold......WOOT offered the RIVAL Vacuum Sealer for 1/2 the price.

I figured....what the hell?? If it sucks I can return it or I am out only a couple bucks.

Be advised....The Unit is not the smallest thing & does not have a long power cord and lays horizontally so don't expect to be far from an outlet or get a short extension cord. If you are using on a countertop in front of other appliance (i.e. coffee maker) expect to be a little cramped.

I started with the sample quart bags + Gourmet deli cold cuts bought = break up into 2 1-lb portions.
NOTE: This unit is NOT quiet. You push down....wait for Hands-Free light & Sealing light to go on....let go....wait for lights to turn off. Hit Open/Cancel button....VOILA! in ~10-15 sec Vacuum sealed food. So impressed.

This unit is compatible with SEAL-A-MEAL & FOODSAVER bags and ran off to the local warehouse club which have a package of rolls & bags for the lowest price.

NOTE: This unit does not offer a bag cutter like the more expensive units.....
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151 of 158 people found the following review helpful By Jill R on January 27, 2011
This is a great no frills product. At 1/3 the cost of the "fancy brand name" sealer this unit does just what it is supposed to do..remove air and seal the bag. Sure there are units out there that have more bells and whistle but what do you expect for $50?? and on the gold box deal it's even better!!!

OK, so you can't manually stop the suction to seal soft foods and there is no hose to do canisters but again, for the price it does what it is supposed to. One thing it has and the fancy ones don't is the removable tray for liquids. After doing some chicken it's good to have the piece come out to get properly washed!

It makes noise yes.. it's a machine! I bet those complaining about how loud it is also complain about the sound of the ice from falling from the ice maker..

If you want a vacuum sealer and don't want to spend $100+ this one does the job perfectly (and uses the foodsaver bags too, just put the textured side up).
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107 of 119 people found the following review helpful By J. Foy on March 18, 2011
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My wife and I decided to make an emergency 30 day food supply and I bought this to seal up foods mostly for that purpose. After a trip to the grocery store to buy our first round of stuff, I was lined up and ready to start sealing everything. When it works, it really does a great job. For dried beans, I poked a hole in the existing bag so the sealer could get the air out of the inner bag as well. The result was a package of dried beans hard as a a brick - good thing.

I did mention 'when it works'. After a couple of bags were done, I started having an issue in which the unit did not suck out the air and went on to seal the bag. I quickly aborted the process to save the bag and retried over and over with no success. After messing with the unit for a while, I finally realized that I had to reseat the gasket/seals (as others mentioned in these reviews). After doing so, it started working property again. That said, I am a bit disappointed as I have to mash down and massage the seals about every fourth or fifth usage.

Next, as someone else mentioned, you do have to press fairly hard on it to activate it. The unit has a 'hands free' indicator on it which simply means it has acquired enough suction that you no longer have to press down on the unit and it will continue on its own. This is fine for many items, but when I poured a box of dry rice into a bag and started to seal it, my arms started to get tired really quick as it seemed to take much longer until the 'hands free' kicked in. Makes sense that it would take longer given that it was loose rice in a bag. Still, when you're doing many items at once, your arms get a bit of a workout.

I bought the combo box of bags (4 - 11', 1 - 8", 30 quart bags), which seemed to be a good starting place.
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100 of 116 people found the following review helpful By dvd watcher on January 27, 2011
I have owned another brand by foodsaver. It was loud. It took about a minute to seal. You need to line up the suction just right to remove the air. Unless you were blind you could tell when it was done. Rival's product does what it is supposed to do. Concerning the sound it is like complaining about a vacuum or air compressor for being loud. You don't like the noise don't use it. It works.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By pixels and bits TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 7, 2011
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We've been buying bulk meat from Sams Club for years and had been breaking everything down for storage using Ziplock freezer bags. Over time, though, it became obvious that Ziplock bags aren't necessarily the ideal thing to use for long term storage. We often find air in some of the bags (and freezer burn) where the zip seal has been compromised or was never completely shut in the first place.

I bought this unit when it was the Gold Box Deal of the day. It was $24.99 with free shipping. I only tell you what I paid for the unit so that you will understand me when I say that the biggest expense with a system like this will be the future cost of bags. I also bought a box of Rival FSSMBF0626 Seal-a-Meal Rolls, 11" x 9' (2-Pack) to use with it. It's easy to get this unit up and running. I've found that you can't be cheap with the amount of bag that you use because the juices in the meat tries to seep out during the vacuum stage and it can compromise the integrity of the seal. I like that you can write on the bags and that the item inside is very easy to see and identify. This sealer should work with any brand of bags. I've heard you can re-use bags but I'm a bit skeptical. That would all depend on how easy it proves to be to clean them and dry them between uses.

The real challenge with this system is to not let it break the bank. The bags are expensive, so shopping around both online and off would be a good idea. For us, these replace the need to buy the more expensive freezer bags as we can now get away with only having the cheap ones on hand for everyday uses and needs. The only thing I've used the unit for is to store food, though I would imagine that there are a lot of other possible applications.
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