I have a regular size Food Saver - I keep it off the counter and stored in a cupboard. I have always liked the idea that I can cut a bag open to retrieve part of what's in it and re-vacuum and re-seal, but it's very cumbersome with the full size model. Then I saw an online add for this little wonder - and the angels sang!!!! What a wonderful addition to my kitchen!! You have to buy FS special bags, but they are zip-lock bags with some sort of MAGIC circle on them - you put whatever in the bag, zip it shut, place the hand-held vacuum sealer over the hole, suck the air out and VIOLA - just stick it in the freezer, fridge, pantry, wherever! Great for lunchmeat, cheese.......the possibilities are endless!!!! Oh - and you can keep it in a kitchen drawer with its charger. EVERYONE NEEDS ONE!!!!!