Rival Vacuum Sealer
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- Product name: Rival Vacuum Sealer
- Manufacturer: Rival
- Model: FSFGSL0100-015
- Dimensions: 15" x 7" x 4"
- Weight: 5.3 pounds
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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 far....so impressed.
This unit is compatible with SEAL-A-MEAL & FOODSAVER bags and rolls...so 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.....Read more ›
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).
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.
Actually, I was amazed that the little Rival worked so well on such a large quantity of meat. I guess everyone has their own opinion or story to tell, but I have been quite pleased, indeed. I think people should consider these reviews as a general indicator, but do their own research. I have found many products rated less than satisfactory here only because people did not use them correctly. You MUST read instructions if you would like to achieve satisfactory results.
Just my two cents.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wish the bags for the product were cheaper. It needs plugged in so a battery on this would have been smarter.Published 3 months ago by CareBear
Tried higher cost units but the Rival sealer perforns far better. Very solid and easy to use.Published 5 months ago by ALFREDO SIRIANNI
Worked so-and-so on some plastic bags (frozen vegetables), didn't work on others... After a while we got frustrated and ended up throwing it in the garbage. Sorry to say...Published 6 months ago by James J. Szabo
Works just as well as more expensive brands. I've had mine, used moderately, for the last couple of years.Published 7 months ago by Stacy Jones
I purchased this to compliment my sous vide cooking setup and to that end it did just fine for thirty-odd dollars and 18 months before it died. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A. Hamrick
This product does not seal consistently. I've tried using it on chicken and if any moisture gets on the inside of the bag near the sealing area it does not seal it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Tberry
It's cheap and does a great job. We've used this product for 5 years now with no problems.Published 11 months ago by JimmyTheWall