FoodSaver 5860 Premium 2-In-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealer Review

If you are going to spend a decent amount of money on a vacuum sealer you want to make sure you get your money’s worth. Many sealers make grand promises of being fully automated, easy to use and have tight air locked seals that won’t open.  What you end up getting half the time are bags that don’t seal correctly, have air bubbles even after several suctions or they just fail after a few uses.  This model claims to be just the opposite.

Features

This FoodSaver model is on the higher end in quality of their vacuum sealer line.  It comes with a large starter kit unlike other models.  This kit includes 1 – 11″x10′ Heat- Seal Roll, 1 – 8″x10′ Heat-Seal Roll, 3 – Quart-Size Heat-Seal Bags, 2 – Gallon-Size Heat-Seal Bags, 3 – Quart-Size Vacuum Zipper Bags, 2 – Gallon-Size Vacuum Zipper Bags and 1 – 2.25 Wt. Square Marinator container. It works great with its air tight heat seal. So you’ll get a great vacuum seal job done right every time.

Ease of Use

This product is designed to be fully automated. It has an option for an auto bag dispense.  So your roll can be stored away and you just dispense the amount of bag material you need. If you pull out too much there is a rewind option button as well to retract. Once your bags are packed, vacuumed and sealed they can be easily cut with the auto bag cut and seal button.  This whole automated process lets you be nearly hands free. You just place your bag into the machine for sealing and the machine does all the hard work for you. The best is that the sealing process is very quick. You can seal up a bag in less than a minute.

Marinating food is an extra option with the product.  The One Touch marinate mode allows your food to be marinated quickly and not in hours as with other products.

Another cool feature here is that when you are nearing the end of the bag roll, this lets you know.  So you won’t run out of bag material halfway through the job.  There is a button on the front that indicates when you need to replace your bag.   The bag roll is easy to replace in its convenient holder.

Cleaning this product is easy too. It is made of stainless steel on the outside which cleans up easily with a paper towel or wet cloth. You don’t have to use scrubbers on this to clean anything. The drip tray easily opens up from the bottom of the machine. You just pull it out to clean if there are any spills or leaks.  Crumbs or powders can be cleaned up easy too with some simple wipes.

Accessories

With this model you get the retractable hand held sealer. This is great for marinating foods, sealing up jars, canisters, zipper bags and other storage containers that can be vacuum sealed.  It stores away nicely in a side holder on the machine.  It is easy to use and clean.  It is also compatible with other FoodSaver products.

Drawbacks of Use

While compatible with different bag types, it is using different roll length sizes that may be problematic. The vacuum sealer is designed to seal bags that are either 8 inch wide or 11 inch. So if you purchase bags of larger sizes you won’t be able to seal them properly if at all.  The automated sensor that detects the bags has some issues. The sealer is in the back of the machine. So you may end up wasting some bag material if you don’t place it in the sealer correctly.  Also, the sensor does not always detect a bag is there. So you may need to play with it a few times to get it to work.  If you are trying to seal up something moist or wet, the bag won’t seal if the machine detects too much moisture. So it is recommended to prefreeze moist foods. Or you should use a different storage container like a jar and the handheld sealer.

Conclusion

This is an amazing product overall. Its high end price tag equals a high quality product.  The drawbacks are minimal and easy to overlook.  The fully automated process is better than other similar products. Just about everything except for loading up your bags can be a hands free process.  Sealing bags with this model is a quick and powerful process. This product is durable and sturdy. It doesn’t need a long break in between bag seals.  This is excellent for sealing large food quantities or continuous sealing jobs.  FoodSaver has definitely designed this model to out last its other products.  This model is highly recommended over its competitors and very worth the higher cost.

Michael
 

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