The Foodsaver VR2244 is a very economical choice as a vacuum food sealer. I’ve owned one since Christmas and I can’t believe I haven’t bothered to get one sooner! I’ll tell you that the first time I put several granola bars inside a bag, saw the air sucked out, and turned my granola bars into a solid brick… I was hooked.
While there are other models available (I have no experience with them) I would say the VR2244 does just what I want it to, and it’s simple to use. One button creates the seal, the other button evacuates air. The instructions are easy to understand. I haven’t had a problem with it yet.
I’ve attempted to seal a variety of dry goods (from pre-packaged foods to canning dry goods) with much success. About the only thing that didn’t work well was trying to evacuate the air out of a bag of Cheerios cereal. I read somewhere that it was possible, but it didn’t seem to work for me. Other than the Cheerios, the Foodsaver VR2244 has worked flawlessly.
The only note I would caution (which I think I read on an Amazon review but I’m not sure anymore) is that you should keep the lid from completely closing onto the base of the unit because, over time, the seals will compress and you may have problems down the road. I followed the reviewer’s advice and kept the piece of cardboard the unit was shipped with to separate the lid from the base.
About the only accessories you should include for this unit are the regular-mouth and wide-mouth (pictured above) jar sealers. You’ll need these if you intend on canning dry goods in mason jars like I do. For example, if you intend to can foods like nuts and definitely if you use a dehydrator, then these are a requirement. In fact, I’m so pleased with the seal I don’t even bother to put an oxygen absorber inside the mason jars.
The last thing you’re going to want are additional food saver rolls. While the rolls will last a while, you don’t want to be in the middle of a project only to find that you’re out of rolls.
For about $125 or so you can get yourself setup quite well with an economical food sealer that will last for years and get you better prepared. If you’ve been on the fence about buying one, don’t wait. I love mine and recommend you get one too.