For price and convenience, this food vacuum sealer is great. It's small enough to store easily, it works well, and it is a great price. It's not for commercial use, but just right for the average kitchen.
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I am so glad that I finally purchased the Rival Vacuum Sealer. It has already proven itself as a money saver. As you know, going to the market can be very expensive. I pre-sliced Bell Peppers, and Onions andn placed in the Rival Sealer and they really hold up to the freshness. I have also used thisproduct with chicken and steak. and they freeze perfectly. GREAT PURCHASE!!!
I look a round for a food saver and saw at walmart the Rival , glad I took a look at it . for the price it was a good deal and after a few times going back , though forth, The price I try it. Took it home and had some food left over from the night before and put the left over food in the bag and it work like a dream. for the price it a good buy and no bells on the unit just does what it does. suck all the air out of the bag and seal it . I give it a 5 star as for the cost of it it wourth every penne and all ready it save me $25 in food this week alone. for $49.00 it a great buy.And the gags are not to much to buy as foodsaver are a little more and it use more bag the the Reval does to seal the bag. Good little unit. N.S.
My old seal-a-meal died. Bought $89+ and the unit kept sealing bag without a full seal. Took it back to store (not Walmart). Then bought a "pro" version, same thing, and returned to warehouse store. Was desperate, read a review, and thought, 1 more time. This little unit is the basic, no frills, but does it pull a tight seal. Works everytime. Have had for a few months and use it often. I am thinking that without all the "fancy" stuff, it allows the machine to work as intended. Glad I bought it.
Got the Rival Vacuum Sealer to replace a different brand that had worn out. I liked the simplicity of this sealer from the start and have been using this on a regular basis for over two years without any regrets. Take an open chip bag and seal it back -- I don't do this often as usually not enough chips left, but it is something that can be done and is quite useful. I read an earlier review that says this doesn't work well for steak unless you chill the meat first -- not so. Either use a factory-made bag, or one of you've made from the rolls; but in either case you need to have enough of the bag to fit into the sealer comfortably (where the meat is not jammed right against the sealer). I recommend taking a paper towel and wiping the inside of the bag opening after you've inserted the meat. Then let vacuum take over and there will be some juice that is drawn toward the seal, but not enough to prevent a good seal. I highly recommend the Rival sealer and am purchasing one for my son-in-law's birthday at his request.
I bought this today so I could pack up some fish i caught last week, but didnt want to spend a ton of money. I'll tell you this sealer works pretty darn good, really wish it took more air out of the bag but it did a good enough job. It is loud though. No frills but gets the job done, includes 6 medium sized bags. Hope this review helps.
This vacuum sealer is an inexpensive, no frills, starter unit. I too had a problem when I first starting using it till I called Rival customer service. This unit, and I suppose other more expensive ones, will only work correctly if the end of the bag is ENTIRELY in the channel with NO WRINKLES. But it will NOT work properly on overly wet foods. An example would be a fresh RAW steak. The moisture content will not allow a sufficent vacuum and will prevent it from sealing. Pre-chill these type foods for an hour and the machine should work. To seal the END of a new bag put it on the heat strip ONLY. If the end of an empty roll type bag is placed in the channel the machine will pull a vacuum but NOT seal. If the bag is placed over the sealing strip ONLY the machine will SEAL but NOT pull a vacuum. Remember, To seal a bag you MUST have the vacuum. There is a good reason for all this but not enough room here. Good luck.
It really sucks, which is good. It works well but I think it is a little fiddly sometimes. It absolutely positively wants a seal before it goes through its program of hands free then seal. So you have to place the top of the bag in the vaccum well just so and the bag over the gasket just so. Probably an end user training issue. I kind of wish it had a vaccum bypass for when I am just making up bags from a roll or pegging bag corners to make bag bowls. You will have to develop a technique for those operations since anything in the vaccum well, even well sealed and it has trouble choking up.
This is not a good product. It does not suck out the air before sealing which defeats the purpose of storing the food. The company really needs to take it off the shelves and come up with something that works.
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